Bada-Bing! Joey Merlino Arrested By Feds in Massive Mob Bust

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Not that you asked, but as of a couple of weeks ago, everything was A-OK in Joey Merlino’s world.

“He was doing absolutely great,” said Edwin Jacobs, Merlino’s longtime attorney. The two men got together for a few hours recently with some friends, just to catch up and shoot the shit.

“He’s got grown kids in college, and he and his wife have a wonderful life in Florida,” Jacobs said over the phone, from his office in Atlantic City. “He was doing fine, until this.”

This would be the massive federal racketeering conspiracy indictment that led to the arrests of Merlino, the former head of Philly’s mob, and 45 other alleged members of La Cosa Nostra on Thursday, shaking up mob operations from one end of the East Coast to another.

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Cops: “Vicious” Predator Eyed in Four Kensington Attacks

Special Victims Unit Capt. Mark Burgmann (left) says the man shown on surveillance footage has attacked three women and possibly killed a fourth in Kensington.

Special Victims Unit Capt. Mark Burgmann (left) says the man shown on surveillance footage is wanted for questioning in the attacks of three women and the murder of a fourth in Kensington.

Did the gruesome stabbings and rapes start in April, or earlier? Is he getting more comfortable, the butcher who preys on prostitutes in Kensington, bold enough to strike twice in the same day?

These are among the questions gnawing at detectives who are trying to track down a madman before he strikes again.

Police on Thursday re-released surveillance footage of a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a female prostitute on Jasper Street near Buckius on July 12th — after he beat and choked her unconscious — in an attempt to hopefully garner enough information to identify him.

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Meet the South Philly Anti-Violence Activist Speaking at the DNC

South Philly community activist Anton Moore (above, with Presidents Obama and Clinton) will speak at the DNC on Tuesday.

South Philly community activist Anton Moore (above, with Presidents Obama and Clinton) will speak at the DNC on Tuesday.

You could’ve knocked Anton Moore over with a feather last week when he got a phone call from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s team, letting him know that they wanted him to speak at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

“I was shocked. I just thought, ‘Oh my God, is this really happening?’ It came out of the blue,” Moore said, sounding almost breathless as he recalled the brief exchange.

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Feds Indict Ex-Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer

Pennsylvania Republican state Treasurer Barbara Hafer appears at a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, in a sea of signs after endorsing Democrat Edward Rendell for governor of Pennsylvania. Photo | Paul Vathis, AP

Pennsylvania state Treasurer Barbara Hafer at a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Photo | Paul Vathis, AP

Federal authorities indicted former Pennsylvania state treasurer Barbara Hafer today, charging her with lying to federal agents and concealing half a million dollars.

Hafer served two terms as treasurer from 1997 to 2005; she was also auditor general from 1989 to 1997. She was a Republican until 2003, when she switched to the Democratic party. She was charged with two counts of making false statements to authorities and concealing $500,000 in payments from a businessman. The indictment did not identify that person, but the Inquirer reported it was Richard Ireland, one of Hafer’s biggest fundraisers.

Federal authorities said in a release they interviewed Hafer in May as part of an ongoing investigation. She allegedly lied about her financial relationship with a businessman (reportedly Ireland) in that interview, even when “shown a signed contract between Hafer & Associates, LLC, and a company owned by the business person.” Read more »

City Employee Indicted in Child Pornography Case

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Earlier this week, Grant Shea was the Health and Human Services Program Manager at Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management. Today, he is the defendant in a federal child pornography case.

Shea, 29, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury and charged with receipt of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The FBI obtained a search warrant for his home in South Philadelphia in May, but it is unclear when that search warrant was executed.

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Accused Pedophile Alex Capasso Asks Judge to Let Him Out of Jail

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It has been nearly one year since renowned Rittenhouse Square chef Alex Capasso was arrested on child pornography charges, and he has remained in federal detention awaiting trial. In June, Capasso’s lawyer filed a motion asking the judge to allow the accused pedophile to move into his parent’s house in Collingswood, and Capasso showed up in Camden’s federal courthouse on Monday to learn his fate. Read more »

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