A North Philly funeral home director has been arrested, months after police discovered unburied bodies in her W. Hagert Street garage on August 25th. Read more »
Philadelphia Police have arrested one of their own in connection with an attack that took place at a Dunkin’ Donuts in West Oak Lane last winter.
Officer Joseph Marion, 39, a four-year veteran of the force, was arrested today and charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Read more »
Authorities in Chester County announced today that reports of needles found in Halloween candy in the borough were “unfounded.”
In a statement, Chester County Detectives said both children who made the reports have recanted their stories after an “intensive investigation.” On Facebook, the Kennett Square Police Department department originally said the pair would face charges in juvenile court of filing a false police report; a later release from authorities said the pair had been released to their respective parents and no formal charges would filed. Read more »
Chaka Fattah’s son, Chaka Fattah Jr., who goes by Chip, is on trial for tax fraud. Acting as his own lawyer (though he’s not a lawyer), Fattah Jr. has now called for a mistrial due to a surprising revelation heard in court this week. Below, the details on that revelation and a few other unexpected moments.
1. The FBI leaked info to the Inquirer. The lead FBI investigator into Fattah’s fraud case testified yesterday that in 2012 he alerted an Inquirer reporter that there’d be an FBI raid on Chip Fattah’s condo. The Inquirer’s Jeremy Roebuck writes:
Under questioning from prosecutors, FBI Special Agent Richard Haag said he contacted reporter Martha Woodall during the investigation to learn more about Fattah’s work at a for-profit education firm. In exchange, he said, he gave Woodall limited information about the federal probe. He said he did not share any grand jury material.
Penns Grove is a small town in Salem County, New Jersey, sitting directly across from Wilmington along the Delaware River. But as small towns go, the borough of just over 5,000 has more than its share of tension and unrest, and community activist Walter Hudson seems to be at the center of a lot of it. Read more »
Fans are relentless with "She said no" chants to Patrick Kane pic.twitter.com/oOtjmo0i46
— Kyle (@Kyle_Phillippi) October 15, 2015
Last night, the Flyers played the Chicago Blackhawks in their fourth game of the season. The Flyers actually beat the defending Stanley Cup champions, 3-0. It was backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth’s second straight shutout. The Flyers are now 2-1-1.
One of the Blackhawks’ star players is Patrick Kane, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Flyers in the 2010 Finals. In August, Kane was accused of rape. He has not been charged, and the case has played out in the media in incredibly odd ways. It remains an ongoing investigation.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has the ability to suspend Kane, but is waiting to see how it plays out. So Kane is playing. Some NHL fans have supported Kane despite the allegations. But last night, Flyers fans let Kane have it, chanting “She said no” at Kane throughout the game. Read more »
Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah had his first day in court Tuesday, and it was an absolute circus. The 20-year Congressman didn’t simply declare that he was innocent. He fiercely went after prosecutors, made irrelevant remarks about the Eagles to reporters, and told a federal judge that he was not guilty long before it was the appropriate time to enter a plea.
This scene, believe or not, underlines just how difficult it will be for a challenger to defeat Fattah in his bid for reelection next year.
At first blush, one might think Fattah is done politically, no matter how his case turns out. He has been charged with bribery, racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering, bank fraud and more for, among other things, allegedly using public dollars and charitable donations to pay back an illegal $1 million loan to his failed 2007 mayoral campaign. Plus, a qualified candidate is already nipping at his heels: Daniel Muroff, a Democratic ward leader who has worked on Capitol Hill, filed paperwork last week to run against Fattah in the April primary.
But it will be enormously challenging for Muroff or anyone else to defeat Fattah. Here’s why:
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Congressman Chaka Fattah goes to court today, his first appearance since being charged with racketeering conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud. He has said he will fight the charges at trial.
Fattah and four associates were indicted last month for their alleged involvement in a racketeering conspiracy that involved misappropriating “hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds,” according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney. Among the schemes alleged, prosecutors claim that Fattah and some associates borrowed $1 million from a wealthy donor in connection with his failed 2007 mayoral bid and that he hid the money as a loan to a consultant. He repaid $400,000 after the campaign and allegedly arranged for a non profit to repay the rest, disguising the whole mess with fake contracts and false accounting entries and bogus campaign disclosure statements. Read more »
Police are seeking two men they believe to be responsible for a late-July tire-slashing spree in Queen Village.
Thirty vehicles were vandalized early the morning of July 26th, all of them in the 100 and 300 block of Queen Street and the 800 block of South Swanson and South Third streets. Read more »