Jeremy Roebuck covers public corruption, white-collar crime, federal courts and the criminal misuse of power by celebrities, elected officials and others.

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Philadelphia Navy Yard worker and accused white supremacist too dangerous for bail, judge says

Fred C. Arena was charged with lying to the FBI about his ties to white nationalist groups. The question before a federal court Wednesday was whether his long record of racist vitriol makes him a safety risk or just a blowhard with an internet connection.

U.S. Attorney McSwain assails DA Krasner’s handling of defendant linked to shootings of 2 children

The latest flare-up between the two men only served to highlight the unusual – and messily public – souring of the relationship between the city's two top prosecutors during their respective first years in office.

Would-be armed robber shot, killed in West Philly by intended victim

Investigators described the hopeful thief as a black male approximately 25 to 30 years old. They said he was attempting to rob a man sitting outside a home near the intersection of Haverford Avenue and 60th Street when he was shot.

Why was water spewing from One Liberty Place? The answer took some time to find out.

The lack of any alarm, fire or visible damage to the 61-floor One Liberty Place left bystanders scratching their heads and building management and city officials were slow to offer any explanation.

Man dead, 14-year-old boy shot multiple times in Philly

The teenager was shot twice in the back and once in his right hand and was in stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, police said.

Rare Revolutionary-era rifle recovered nearly 50 years after brazen theft from Valley Forge

Stolen in a brazen, broad daylight heist at Valley Forge National Historical Park in 1971, this relic of America's cultural history might have been lost forever were it not for an eagle-eyed antiques dealer at a barn sale last year.

Navy Yard employee indicted for allegedly hiding ties to white supremacist group

While undergoing a federal background check earlier this year, Fred C. Arena, 41, of Salem, N.J., failed to disclose his purported affiliation with Vanguard America, one of several groups that marched in the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The FBI’s probe into Councilman Kenyatta Johnson involves his wife, Kenny Gamble’s nonprofit, and a Philly theater

Sources familiar with the probe describe a sweeping, multi-pronged examination into everything from the redevelopment of the Royal Theater on South Street to the work of Johnson’s wife as an education consultant, campaign adviser, and charter school advocate.

Feds charge hookah bar owners with setting Old City fire that displaced hundreds, shuttered popular eateries

The owners of popular establishments including Little Lion and Capofitto have cited the 2018 blaze as a devastating financial blow — from which many haven’t fully recovered nearly two years later.

Johnny Doc ally who led Philly zoning board admits $49K theft from Local 98′s charity arm

The deal that James E. Moylan struck with the government does not require him to testify against John Dougherty, City Councilman Bobby Henon, or the five other members of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who await trial on embezzlement and corruption charges.