June 17, 2016 |
Two former employees of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission were charged Wednesday by state prosecutors with collecting pay for time they did not work. Sharie Anne Sacco, 56, and Stephen Michael Dombek, 51, were accused of stealing more than $8,000 by falsifying their work hours and using state vehicles for personal use. The Turnpike Commission conducted 39 days of surveillance between April and June last year on Sacco, a construction manager, and caught her submitting bogus time reports for all 39 days, prosecutors said.
June 2, 2016
By Chris Edelson Donald Trump clearly has a way of grabbing attention by making bold statements that energize his supporters and repel his critics. After the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Trump initially said he "would certainly implement" a database to register and track Muslims in the United States, while further suggesting there should be surveillance of mosques. He also left open the possibility that Muslim Americans might be required to carry specific identification indicating their religious faith.
May 15, 2016 |
A Philadelphia Police Department surveillance vehicle bearing a Google Maps logo seen in Center City on Wednesday was not authorized to use the logo, officials said Friday. "We have been informed that this unmarked vehicle belongs to the Police Department," police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said in an email. "Once this was brought to our attention, it was ordered that the decals be removed immediately. " The officers who used the logo were "trying to be creative," he added. News of the "Google" surveillance vehicle broke Wednesday morning, when a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor, Matt Blaze, noticed the white SUV on 13th Street near Arch and tweeted about it. He mistakenly called it a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle, but the online magazine Motherboard soon set the record straight.
December 14, 2015 |
After Bob Garraty's annual PSA blood test led to the diagnosis of a tiny, slow-growing prostate tumor, he opted to do something almost as stressful as getting treatment. He postponed it. Like a growing number of men, he chose "active surveillance" of his cancer. He had PSA blood tests plus physical exams every three months, and biopsies every year, in hopes that he would never need surgery or radiation - and never risk treatment-related urinary and sexual problems. It didn't turn out quite that way. In October, after four years of surveillance, his biopsy revealed the cancer was turning more aggressive.
December 6, 2015 |
Police released surveillance images Friday of two men suspected of a Thanksgiving homicide in the city's Port Richmond section and several armed robberies in the area. Ryan Kelly, 21, was shot in the chest shortly after 5 a.m. Nov. 26 in the 3500 block of Almond Street and was pronounced dead a short time later at Temple University Hospital. Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman, said it was unclear whether Kelly, who lived nearby and may have been on his way home, was the victim of an attempted robbery that turned deadly.
October 28, 2015 |
The judge presiding over the criminal case against an aide to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said at a hearing Tuesday that he and his wife had been followed and that his house had been under surveillance. Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter made the disclosure before denying a motion to dismiss a contempt-of-court charge against Patrick Reese, who was the head of Kane's security detail and her sometime driver. Carpenter also denied a motion to recuse himself.
October 15, 2015 |
A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's post-9/11 surveillance of Muslim religious and civic groups, comparing the program to other dark moments of race-based government monitoring in America's past. "We have been down similar roads before," Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote for a three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. "Jewish Americans during the Red Scare, African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, and Japanese Americans during World War II are examples that readily spring to mind.
October 4, 2015 |
Philadelphia police released surveillance video Friday of a man wanted in the sexual assault of a Temple University student this week. The man, in his 20s, is believed to be linked to a rash of armed assaults near the campus recently, police said. Around 11:15 p.m. Monday, a 20-year-old student left the university library and headed for her residence. As she reached the 1400 block of Carlisle Street, the woman heard footsteps, turned, and was struck by a man holding a silver handgun.
June 10, 2015 |
What started as a push to have Philadelphia bars install exterior surveillance cameras on Monday became a broader debate about mandating cameras elsewhere, including all parking garages. The suggestion that garages be required to have cameras was made to City Council by the lawyer for a woman who was beaten and raped in a Center City garage on New Year's Day. "Regrettably, common sense has not been sufficient to convince the parking garages - some of them at least - to go forward and have video surveillance in all areas of public access," Shanin Specter told Council.
April 23, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA'S 250 police surveillance cameras in recent years have documented shocking crimes and helped convict the evildoers responsible for them. But just how many of those cameras are operational? City officials say 93 percent are working and recording at any given time. But City Controller Alan Butkovitz told City Council yesterday that one-third of the cameras are broken, and some that work aren't even being monitored by human beings. Butkovitz said two reviews of the cameras by his office - in June 2012 and May 2013 - turned up the same results.