March 26, 2016 |
A woman is suing the Philadelphia NAACP and State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, among others, claiming that they failed to pay her rewards they offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a woman who abducted a 5-year-old girl from a West Philadelphia school in 2013. In a civil suit filed March 17 in Common Pleas Court, the woman, identified as "Jane Doe," said that the rewards had "induced" her to provide tips to police and that her tips led authorities to the kidnapper, Christina Regusters.
March 25, 2016
THIS WEEK has been a real head-scratcher in Philly politics. And when you don't have any hair, you tend to notice these things. Let's start at City Hall. Kevin Vaughan was appointed chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the fiscal watchdog group that must approve Philadelphia's five-year spending plans in order for the city to get state funding. Vaughan was appointed by Gov. Wolf - on Mayor Kenney 's recommendation. Oh. That's . . . convenient.
January 12, 2016 |
A WOMAN approached a Philadelphia police officer anonymously Saturday night to warn that officers were in danger because three "radical" associates of confessed gunman Edward Archer's were at large. Police officials, taking the tip seriously as they worked with federal authorities to verify it, ordered patrol officers to go out with partners until further notice. Archer is charged with attempted murder and related crimes in the Thursday night ambush of Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was patrolling at 60th and Spruce streets when a man dressed in a long white tunic rushed at his patrol car, firing more than a dozen bullets from a 9mm Glock at point-blank range.
October 8, 2014 |
IT TURNS OUT that one woman who thought that police had found her missing Pomeranian was barking up the wrong tree. Nia Kora, 23, a nursing student, has been separated from her prized pooch Chispa, a/k/a Chi-Chi, since July, when police say two punks dognapped her during a break-in at Kora's North Philly apartment. "Every day I didn't have her was tough," she said Tuesday outside the Central Detective Division, on 21st Street near Hamilton. "It was hard to keep going; my family was so distraught.
January 23, 2014 |
The encounter captured on video from Front Street on Sunday night is startlingly brief, but heartbreaking, said a source with knowledge of the investigation. It starts with two men, heads down, walking toward two women. It ends moments later, with a daughter shot in the chest and curled up, dying, at her mother's feet. The footage is at the center of an investigation into the death of Amber Long, 26, who was killed in front of her mother, Stephanie Long, in Northern Liberties.
May 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A New York Police Department detective told a federal judge that he has seen no evidence that one of his informants brought up the subject of jihad as a way to bait Muslims into making incriminating remarks. But text messages obtained by the Associated Press show otherwise. While the detective, Stephen Hoban, described the activities in a new legal filing in U.S. District Court as narrowly focused on a few people under investigation, text messages show a wide-ranging effort.
January 9, 2013 |
A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN is facing a slew of charges in connection with a brutal attack on a young woman in Bella Vista in which police say he slashed her face with a knife and stole her purse. Cory Harley, according to South Detective Division Capt. Laurence Nodiff, is no stranger to law enforcement. A telephoned tip led cops to Harley's residence on South Street near 6th, Nodiff said, where he was arrested in the attack on Monday. Harley is accused of approaching Ashley Hackett, 23, from behind, assaulting her and robbing her as she walked home on 9th Street near Fitzwater in the early morning of Nov. 11. Nodiff said that Harley cooperated with police after his arrest and led them to the clothes he'd worn during the attack and the knife he used, which they recovered from a water inlet at 5th and Monroe streets.
October 4, 2012 |
ON AN ICY winter night, Oscar broke Philly's strictest street code, the code of silence, enforced by fear, which makes it so hard for the city to wash away the bloodstains. He picked up the phone, called the police and gave them a crucial tip on a major case. It was Jan. 17, 2011, and police had finally identified the Kensington Strangler, the phantom who'd killed three women and terrorized the city for months. Oscar told investigators where Antonio "Black" Rodriguez could be found.
January 22, 2012 |
The call came into Homicide about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, just as the late news finished: A tipster was on the line with information in the Old City beating death of Kevin Kless. A sergeant from the Special Investigations Unit picked up the receiver; he quickly realized the caller's details matched what was known about the Jan. 14 killing and gave police their first solid lead. The tipster said that the night Kless was killed while hailing a cab near Independence Hall, Steven Ferguson, an off-duty hotel parking valet, was boasting with friends about beating up a "white kid" in Old City.