September 16, 2008 |
The Organized Crime Strike Force, a prosecuting unit within the U.S. Attorney's Office that has a 20-year record of success in making cases against the Philadelphia mob, is being folded into a larger unit that will also focus on drug dealing and gang violence. The changes are expected to take place in about a month, according to Laurie Magid, the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Linda Hoffa, head of the office's Criminal Division. Both said the move would enhance the unit's ability to make cases.
February 3, 1997 |
U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles has named Robert E. Courtney III to head the Philadelphia Organized Crime Strike Force when its longtime chief, Joel Friedman, steps down in early March. "Nobody wants to see Joel leave," said Stiles. "But Bob has served the strike force well. " Courtney, 50, now Friedman's deputy, will begin his new job March 10. Courtney, a Connecticut native and son of an FBI agent-lawyer and an FBI secretary, will head all major organized crime prosecutions into La Cosa Nostra, Russian and Eastern Europe, Asian and other ethnically based criminal groups.
January 1, 1990 |
The prosecution of mob cases in Philadelphia will be no less aggressive as a result of U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh's order last week to merge 14 organized-crime strike forces - including the one here - into units in U.S. Attorneys' Offices, U.S. Attorney Michael M. Baylson said. Baylson, the top federal prosecutor in the 10-county area of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said that the 11 strike-force prosecutors in his district would continue to focus strictly on organized crime and that Joel M. Friedman would remain in charge of the unit.
June 25, 1989 |
Among them, they have a total of 145 years of experience as prosecutors - much of it spent in patient pursuit of the kind of massive organized crime cases that rely heavily on complex, elusive evidence that can take years to gather. Collectively, the 11 prosecutors in the local U.S. Organized Crime Strike Force have been chipping away at the Philadelphia mob for years, but their greatest victory came last fall when racketeering convictions of crime boss Nicodemo Scarfo and 16 others essentially dismantled the mob. Now, the plan is to dismantle the strike force.
January 6, 2012 |
Coach Paul Riley said Thursday that the Independence would give high priority to finding another forward when Women's Professional Soccer holds its draft in Kansas City next Friday. "Another forward from the first or second round is at the top of our agenda," said Riley, who has coached the Independence to the WPS final in their first two seasons. "We're also interested in another goalkeeper and another midfielder. " Riley made the team's draft plans known at a news conference one day after the team announced that it had re-signed forward Natasha Kai, a fan favorite.
August 18, 1988 |
The word was that a Jamaican national wanted on a homicide charge in Philadelphia had settled into a Sharon Hill apartment. As the investigation developed and the information was confirmed, the Sharon Hill police knew it was time to call in the county District Attorney's Drug Strike Force. Together, the agencies, aided by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, set up surveillance of the apartment in the 600 block of Poplar Street. The move proved fruitful. As they were preparing to surround the building at 11:55 p.m. July 18, the police said, they spotted the suspect, Robert T. Smith, and his brother, Everton Freeman Smith, leaving the apartment.
April 3, 1989
Philadelphia's elite strike force on organized crime, which has been mowing down the local mob, would be merged into the U.S. Attorney's office if Attorney General Dick Thornburgh has his way. That would be fine so long as he can get the mob to weaken its organizational structure in the same manner. If the federal effort against organized crime gets handed to each U.S. attorney's office - where the boss and the professional staff routinely turn over with the political wind - it's only fair that the mob as well dump its career professionals and rely on short-term employees.
March 7, 1997 |
Philadelphia's low-profile war on drugs exploded yesterday with City Council President John Street opening fire on Police Commissioner Richard Neal. Street was so displeased with Neal that he savaged the commissioner's plan to beat down street-corner drug sales plaguing city neighborhoods and called Neal's performance "unacceptable. " The Street vs. Neal dustup suggests a major policy dispute between Street and Mayor Rendell. David L. Cohen, Rendell's outgoing chief of staff, did his best to paper over the clash.
July 20, 1988 |
Members of the Gloucester County Narcotic Strike Force have added a new tool to help them fight the drug war throughout the county. Detective Sgt. Robert Ferris of the strike force said a 24-hour telephone tip line had been set up, effective today, to offer citizens a confidential way of passing along information about drug dealers and locations where drugs were being bought or sold. At a news conference at the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office on Friday, Ferris said there had been 170 narcotic arrests in the first six months of this year, compared with 51 during the same period in 1987.
January 31, 1991 |
The slow-moving wheels of the government's war on drugs are rolling into Philadelphia today. After nearly a 1 1/2-year delay, Mayor Goode, Gov. Casey and state Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. were to jointly announce a major new anti-drug strike force that could bring the city millions of dollars. The money - the exact amount to be determined by the amount of work done - comes from Casey's PennFree program, which was created out of money earmarked for his failed 1989 tax reform plan.