Two men are charged with stealing $3.6 million from PennDOT, money taken by billing the agency for work never done and supplies never purchased. Thanh Nguyen, 62, of Montgomery County, and Robert Slamon, 54, of Berks County, were charged Thursday. Read more »
Following Wednesday’s announcement of federal charges against six Philadelphia police officers, the Committee of Seventy today called for the creation of a permanent police oversight board.
James Worthington will face trial on charges he bit and mangled another man’s ear on St. Patrick’s Day in Newtown Township.
Anthony McGeehan, the alleged victim, described the fight at a preliminary hearing this week. The Bucks County Courier Times reports the two men were complete strangers, got involved in an argument that became an all-out fight. The two fell to the ground as they grappled:
“Four people have admitted their role in what Montgomery County prosecutors call a drug ring operating along the Main Line that sold narcotics to high school and college students,” CBS Philly reports. “The four, labeled “sub-dealers” by prosecutors, pleaded guilty to numerous drug charges in Montgomery County Court.”
The water is getting hotter for members of Ironworkers Local Union 401.
Ten union members were charged back in February with “criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault“ in order to persuade property owners and construction managers to use union labor on their projects. Now there are additional charges.
The U.S. Attorney on Wednesday said it was adding to the original charges, announcing it had evidence of 14 new acts of extortion to force construction sites to turn to unions.
[Update 1:14 p.m.] Philly Police have released an official announcement, along with photos of each officer:
The press release:
Today July 30, 2014, the United States Attorney’s Office unsealed an indictment charging six members of The Philadelphia Police Department with RICO conspiracy, robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing. United States Attorney Zane David Memeger announced the charges against the six police officers this morning after their arrest. The case was investigated by a joint task force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau. The names of those arrested and charged are:
Thomas Liciardello – 38yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 06-26-95 – 12yrs in Narcotics
Perry Betts – 46yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 01-02-95 – 13yrs in Narcotics
Linwood Norman – 46 yrs old, 24 year veteran of the force, appointed 09-11-89 — 16yrs in Narcotics
Brian Reynolds – 43yrs old, 20 year veteran of the force, appointed 08-13-93 — 13yrs in Narcotics
John Speiser – 42yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 10-17-94 — 5yrs in Narcotics
Michael Spicer – 46yrs old, 19 year veteran of the force, appointed 05-22-95 — 12yrs in Narcotics
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey is suspending these individuals for thirty days with the intent to dismiss.
“It’s never a good feeling when you have to deliver this type of news about members of your department; however, it shows the ongoing efforts of our FBI/Internal Affairs Task Force to rid the department of individuals who don’t belong in our ranks. We don’t tolerate this type of disgraceful behavior, and these officers don’t represent the majority of this department. The majority of our department is represented in the dedicated police work displayed daily by working endlessly with the community and getting wanted criminals off the street. We will continue to be transparent; we will continue to pursue those involved in corruption, and remove those who don’t belong in this department. We will continue to make strong efforts in developing a trusting relationship with every community as we build a safer Philadelphia for our citizens.” …… Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
The office of District Attorney Seth Williams also sent out a press release: More coverage and full indictment after the jump »
The other day on my way home from work, when I was a block away from my house, I pulled over and called my son Jake, who’s back from college for the summer. I asked him to come out to the front porch and check if my left-hand turn signal light was out. He emerged onto the porch as I pulled up, and turned two big thumbs up as I tested first my left-hand signal and then the right one. “Both working,” he assured me when I got out. “What’s up?”
“Some jerk pulled right out in front of me at the four-way stop at Wilson and Franklin,” I told him. “I absolutely had the right-of-way, and I had my left-hand turn signal on. And he still nearly plowed into me. I figured the light must be out.” Because, really, why else would somebody almost drive into my car like that?
Jake shrugged. “I don’t know what to tell you. He was an idiot, I guess.” Read more »
A Philadelphia man accused of being an SS guard at Auschwitz in World War II has died, just as he was on the verge of being extradited on charges of “aiding and abetting murder in Germany.”
AP reports: “Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, attorney Dennis Boyle said Wednesday, the same day that U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice approved the extradition request.”