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November 19, 1986 | By JOHN C. WHITE, Daily News Staff Writer
The Baby Phillip reward fund, now approaching $50,000, will be given to an anonymous tipster, according to an officer of Provident Bank of Sellersville, Bucks County. "The money is going to be paid out," Provident banking officer Sharon Ochotny said last night, but she refused to identify the recipient. "That name will remain anonymous," she said. The reward was offered to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the safe return of Phillip, the son of Barbara and Neil Worthington of Silverdale, Bucks County.
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January 21, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
The tipster who collected a $40,700 reward for helping authorities find kidnapped newborn Phillip Worthington actually participated in the crime, according to lawyers for the woman charged with the kidnapping. Attorneys for Ramona Joan Thompson, the infertile suburban Baltimore woman accused of stealing the newborn from a Bucks County hospital, ask that the government be forced to identify the informant, whose name has been staunchly guarded by federal prosecutors. The attorneys, in petitions filed recently in U.S. District Court, note that the government has disclosed that the informant knew before the kidnapping that Thompson was planning the crime.
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March 23, 2007 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A salvage firm in Tioga has been closed and will have to be decontaminated after a stolen nuclear gauge was found in a crusher yesterday, authorities said. Police and firefighters working together discovered the gauge hours after information from a tipster about the device's distinctive yellow case led them to Nicetown Salvage, 4027 Germantown Ave. The gauge, which measures soil density, had been stolen Monday from a South Philadelphia construction site, and pictures of the case with its red radioactive symbols had been broadcast on local television.
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January 12, 2016 | BY AUBREY WHELAN JASON NARK & MICHAEL MATZA, Staff Writers
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.
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January 22, 2012 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 20, 2001 | by Alice McQuillan, New York Daily News
Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said Thursday the department had received a tip concerning "one or more" of the heavily armed convicts, but he stressed that the information had not been confirmed. Kerik would not disclose details, but police sources told the New York Daily News that an informant has come forward claiming that one of the seven prison escapees was recently videotaped. The tipster is a man now believed to be in the Dominican Republic, the sources said. He claims to have a videotape of one of the Texas convicts, although the exact connection to New York is still unclear.
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August 26, 1997 | By Russell J. Rickford, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Heriberto Rivera has given new meaning to the term "green grocer," according to Camden police, who arrested him on charges of dealing marijuana out of his corner store. An undercover police officer on Friday got a tip that some of the greens coming out of Maxi's Deli at Broadway and Chestnut Street were more than lettuce. He dropped in to investigate. First the officer purchased a cigar. Then, in accordance with what the tipster had told him, he dropped his voice and uttered, "I want one," police said.
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January 21, 2000 | by John M. Baer, and Chris Brennan, Daily News Staff Writers
Investigators may never know the Christmas card tipster who helped police focus on state Rep. Thomas W. Druce as the driver in a hit-run fatal accident here last summer. They may not want to know. If the tipster's motive spurs intrigue - a scorned lover, a jilted husband, a passenger - that adds weight to prosecutors' contentions Druce is deceitful. But if the tipster was just guessing or, given the capital culture, taking a political shot at the up-and-coming Bucks County Republican, that could help Druce.
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May 30, 2007 | By Jan Hefler INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Circuit City clerk Brian Morgenstern recalls his ah-ha feeling the day he saw federal authorities on television news saying they had foiled a jihadist plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. An FBI leader was lauding an "unsung hero" who tipped authorities to a videotape showing men firing machine guns and shouting in Arabic. Morgenstern, 23, wondered: Could that be me? Now he knows. In a whirlwind of media interviews yesterday that began with an appearance on CNN's American Morning, Morgenstern told how he was torn between what he thought might be a terror threat and the privacy of the two "normal-looking" men who had come to the Mount Laurel store asking that he transfer the contents of a videotape to a DVD. "I thought it might turn into something big, but 16 months went past and then I thought it might be like a lead or an anonymous tip that didn't pan out," Morgenstern said yesterday from his hotel in New York.
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March 26, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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January 12, 2016 | BY AUBREY WHELAN JASON NARK & MICHAEL MATZA, Staff Writers
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.
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October 8, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
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January 23, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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May 21, 2013 | By Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, Associated Press
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.
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January 9, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
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October 4, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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January 22, 2012 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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