Philly Judge Admits He Lied to the FBI

"Justice" engraved on Philadelphia's City Hall

“Justice” engraved on Philadelphia’s City Hall. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Municipal Court Judge Joseph O’Neill admitted today he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during an investigation into wrongdoing in the courts. He pleaded guilty to making false statements during the federal corruption investigation.

O’Neill, 65, admitted that he lied to the FBI on two occasions when they investigated former Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. earlier this decade. Waters abruptly resigned his position and pleaded guilty to fraud in September 2014.

During that investigation, investigators twice asked O’Neill if Waters communicated with him about a case involving Donegal Investment Properties. The owner of Donegal was Sam Kuttab, an ally of Waters, and the FBI had intercepted a conversation where Waters asks O’Neill to “take a hard look at it.” Kuttab pleaded guilty last year. Read more »

Investigators: Organized Crime Dumping Dirty Dirt in New Jersey

Palmyra site. Photo via New Jersey State Commission of Investigation

Jersey Recylcing Services Palmyra site. Photo via New Jersey State Commission of Investigation

The New York mob is cashing in on New Jersey’s loopholes in recycling regulations — and it’s costing both the environment and residents, according to investigators from New Jersey’s State Commission of Investigation.

At a three-hour hearing held Wednesday at the Statehouse in Trenton, investigators said organized criminals are profiting from an underground economy via the improper disposal of contaminated soil and construction debris from New York. A few recycling sites and makeshift dumping grounds in South Jersey are particularly notable, according to the Inquirer.

It’s prompted the SCI to inspect the state’s recycling industry, which has it says been tainted by organized crime for years.

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Jon Stewart’s New Horse Wasn’t Actually Shot 100 Times With Paintballs

Tracey Stewart stands besides Lily the horse she is adopting during a news conference Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Kennett Square, Pa. The former owner of the horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey that was portrayed as having been shot by paintballs over 100 times, said Wednesday the animal was used at children's finger-painting parties and was never injured by a paintball gun.

Tracey Stewart stands besides Lily the horse she is adopting during a news conference Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Kennett Square, Pa.

It’s not what it looks like – but it’s not great either.

Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart, recently adopted a horse from Kennett Square that was believed to have been shot more than 100 times by a paintball gun­ – but now the former owner is weighing in.

Doreen Weston, who previously owned the white mare named Lily, said the former Daily Show host’s new horse was used at her Pittstown, NJ farm as a canvas for children’s finger-painting parties.

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PLCB Approves Six-Pack Licenses at Gas Stations

Six packs of beer at Pennsylvania gas stations

Yesterday, we told you about Gov. Tom Wolf’s plea to “free the six-pack” at Pennsylvania gas stations. Wolf called for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to approve several licenses that

On cue, today the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved nine applications yesterday. Several were from gas stations asking to be able to sell six-packs of beer (up to 192 fluid ounces at a time). Almost as if this were designed this way, Wolf then released a statement complete with hip graphic (above) declaring victory and praising the LCB. Hrmm. Read more »

Auditor General: 42,000 Unanswered Calls to State Child Abuse Hotline

Eugene DePasquale

Eugene DePasquale

A troubling interim report released yesterday by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale shows that nearly 42,000 calls to Childline, the state hotline for reporting child abuse, went unanswered in 2015. Those calls account for 22 percent of total calls, up from just four percent in 2014.

“Any single one of those calls could have led to a life or death situation for a child,” said DePasquale during a press conference in Harrisburg on Tuesday. Read more »

A Second-Grader Brought a Loaded Glock to School Today

iStockphoto.com | RonBailey

iStockphoto.com | RonBailey

A second grade student at Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter found a surprise in his book bag when he got to school this morning: a fully-loaded Glock.

A police source told Philadelphia magazine that a relative allegedly stuck the weapon in the little boy’s bag for reasons that are thus far unclear. The child didn’t realize the weapon was lurking in his school bag until he got into his classroom.  Read more »

Here’s How the SEPTA-Uber Suburban Connection Works

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Today’s the day that SEPTA Regional Rail riders no longer have to worry about finding a parking space at 11 of the system’s busiest suburban stations.

That’s because of a pilot partnership between SEPTA and Uber that seeks to find new ways to fill the “last mile” gap between home and the train.  Read more »

Poll: Most Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens

"The Puerto Rican Tree," as residents and Parks & Rec workers refer to it, in Norris Square Park. Photo | David Cruz via Instagram.

“The Puerto Rican Tree,” as residents and Parks & Rec workers refer to it, in Norris Square Park. Photo | David Cruz via Instagram.

So this happened: From May 6th to May 9th, the Economist and You-Gov conducted a survey of U.S. citizens 18 and older, asking them several questions about the Puerto Rican financial crisis which has been in the news.

One of the questions was about the citizenship of Puerto Ricans, and the results are a bit embarrassing: Only 43 percent of those surveyed knew Puertorriqueños are U.S. citizens from birth. Another 41 percent thought “Puerto Rican” was its own citizenship, and another 15 percent weren’t sure.

The numbers are higher than I expected, but I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve heard stories from Boricua friends about Department of Motor Vehicle employees refusing to renew driver’s licenses because they believe Puerto Ricans are “foreigners;” and I’ve seen far too many articles (and even respected research efforts) that classify Puerto Ricans as “immigrants” when they move stateside — as they’ve been doing since beginning of the 20th century.  Read more »

Cosby Attorney Promotes Rape Culture as He Defends the Accused Sexual Predator

Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for comedian Bill Cosby, arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for comedian Bill Cosby, arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

On the way out to Bill Cosby‘s preliminary hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse early on Tuesday morning, my Uber driver Clarence made it pretty clear how he felt about the dozens of women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault and other crimes.

Why did they wait so long to report it?

They got something out of it, too.

Did you know that Andrea Constand was Cosby’s girlfriend?

Did you know that she lied to the police?

Well, Clarence appears to have taken a page right of out the playbook of Brian McMonagle, Cosby’s lead defense attorney in the only criminal case against him. McMonagle exploited every opportunity to tear apart Constand’s credibility during the hearing, a proceeding she did not attend. Read more »

Univesity of Delaware Student Charged with Pot-Laced Goodies Business



A University of Delaware student is facing multiple drug charges after being accused of manufacturing and selling food laced with marijuana, including treats that bear a strong resemblance to Froot Loops and bunny-shaped gummies.

Dylan Nunn, 22, a hotel and restaurant management and entrepreneurial minor (hmm…) is alleged to have run a home shop in his Newark, Delaware, apartment called “The Bakery” where he concocted and sold the pot-infused food.

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