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February 6, 1998 | by Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
Cops had been hunting more than two months for the gunman who shot up a star-studded birthday bash for a popular rapper at a Delaware Avenue nightclub, killing a bouncer and wounding two other men. Yesterday, the FBI nailed a suspect. In Richmond, Va. Agents raided a home there shortly before 9 a.m. and arrested Joseph Rodgers, 30. Rodgers, of Wilmington, is accused of killing Antonio "Tony" Blackston, a bouncer who was working the bash at Gothum on Nov. 21. During a brawl outside the club, a man armed with an automatic weapon began shooting.
NEWS
December 8, 1997 | by Julie Knipe Brown and Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writers
Ever since Eagles lineman Mike Mamula allegedly waved his penis at her in an Allentown bar, Sherri Happaney says her life hasn't been the same. She says she's been called lewd names, threatened, harassed and hounded. She's gotten nasty letters and phone calls at home. She's suffered sleeplessness, migraines and asthma attacks. She's been demoted and fired. And now, five months later, the 30-year-old single mother who vowed not to squeeze cash from the millionaire football player admits she asked him for $150,000 for the trouble he caused.
NEWS
November 30, 2011 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposed city ordinance requiring registration and professional training for bouncers at drinking establishments cleared a City Council committee Tuesday and appears likely to become law. "I think we've come up with a bill that is reasonable, that will protect the public and also be fair to business owners," said its sponsor, Councilman William K. Greenlee, citing similar programs in New York; Providence, R.I.; and Sacramento, Calif. Greenlee said no opposition had surfaced since he introduced the measure in September, provoked by a series of incidents where bouncers' overreactions or bad judgment led to serious injuries for patrons.
NEWS
September 16, 2009 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
Larue Yusef Smith had just lost his job as a bouncer at Moda in the late spring 2007 and needed to raise some quick cash to pay bills and rent. Unfortunately for Smith, he decided to overcome his financial predicament by committing a string of convenience-store robberies in Philadelphia during June and July 2007 using a loaded handgun. The robberies netted Smith, of North Wales, $2,510 - enough to pay his bills and buy him life in prison. Smith, 37, who has been in federal custody since 2007, was sentenced yesterday to a mandatory minimum of 232.5 years in federal district court for 10 Hobbs Act robberies in which he brandished a loaded handgun and demanded money.
SPORTS
December 6, 1997 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Sherri Happaney, the bouncer who accused Eagles defensive end Mike Mamula of exposing himself to her at an Allentown bar in August, filed a criminal complaint against him yesterday before a district magistrate in Lehigh County. But District Attorney Robert Steinberg still must decide whether to pursue the charges of indecent exposure and public lewdness. Happaney, 30, of Catasauqua, Pa., said she had not brought charges against Mamula earlier because she feared she would lose her job. She was fired Oct. 22 as a bouncer at the Sterling Hotel.
NEWS
October 25, 1993 | by Dave Saltonstall, New York Daily News
Taunts about his sensational Palm Beach rape trial and an insult aimed at his date sent William Kennedy Smith into a rage early Saturday that ended with his arrest in Virginia for punching a bouncer in a barroom brawl. Smith, acquitted in 1991 of raping a 30-year-old Florida woman at the sprawling Kennedy estate in Palm Beach, could face a maximum of one year in prison for blindsiding a bouncer outside an Alexandria, Va., bar. "My friends and I were hassled, baited and insulted by people who wanted to pick a fight with me," Smith said through his lawyer, Greg Craig.
SPORTS
June 26, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
A bouncer who was shot and said his left ankle was bitten by Adam "Pacman" Jones in a strip-club melee sued the suspended NFL player and other members of his entourage for damages yesterday. The suit for an unspecified amount was filed with Nevada's Clark County District Court on behalf of Aaron Cudworth 3 days after the Tennessee Titans cornerback surrendered in Las Vegas on two felony charges of coercion and posted $20,000 in bail. Another bouncer was paralyzed and another person wounded during the Feb. 19 incident, which took place at Las Vegas' Minxx Gentleman's Club.
NEWS
May 14, 1999 | By Lewis Kamb, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A burly tavern bouncer, who authorities say was so enraged by an acquaintance's early-morning visit last month that he beat the man to death with a baseball bat, was bound over for trial yesterday on murder charges. District Justice Joanne V. Adamchak ordered that Michael Scott, 46, be arraigned next month in Bucks County Court in connection with the death of Russell Tomasiello, 40, of Philadelphia, whose badly beaten body was found by a passerby along South Pennsylvania Avenue shortly after dawn April 10. Scott will remain in Bucks County prison without bail.
NEWS
July 9, 1987 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The legal difficulties of two murder suspects - including a reputed organized-crime figure - have grown a little deeper with their indictment on charges of threatening to kill a bouncer at an Atlantic City nightclub last month. The pair - alleged mob member Philip Narducci, 25, of the 3200 block of South Broad Street in Philadelphia, and Jeffrey D'Orio, 22, of the 1600 block of Croatian Street in Philadelphia - were indicted last Thursday, but the indictment was not disclosed until yesterday to give authorities time to find and arrest D'Orio.
NEWS
November 29, 1997 | by Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writer
Trigger-happy and wanted by police, Joseph Rodgers missed Thanksgiving dinner with his family this week. Instead, the man who cops believe is the gunman behind last week's deadly gunplay at a Delaware Avenue nightclub spent another day hiding from the law. Police yesterday named Rodgers as their prime suspect in the Nov. 20 slaying of Antonio "Tony" Blackston, a bouncer who was working a rap party at Gothum. "We believe he's the only shooter," said Homicide Inspector Jerrold Kane.
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NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Francesca Serritella, For The Inquirer
As a bridesmaid at a bachelorette party, you are part dance partner and part security guard to the bride-to-be. You want the bachelorette to have a VIP experience, and you are the velvet rope. But in order to do that, you have to master the art of bar sign language. Last weekend, 10 friends and I celebrated my BFF's bachelorette party at a beachside bar. On the dance floor, we formed a protective circle around the bride-to-be, ready to wrangle, distract, and, if need be, repel incoming males.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
A LOT of prisoners write to the Daily News . Most of them ask for help with their cases. An incompetent lawyer blew the trial, they say. A cop lied on the stand. New evidence proves their innocence. They were nowhere near the crime scene. I try to read every letter, mailing back the same response: I'm sorry for your troubles, but we haven't the resources to investigate your allegations. I wish you well. But Shuja Moore's plea was different. He didn't deny that on Oct. 17, 2004, he was a 22-year-old drug dealer who brought a loaded gun into Club Deco at Front and Spring Garden streets.
NEWS
October 9, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 47-year-old North Philadelphia man was sentenced to life in prison after a jury Monday found him guilty of murder and related offenses for a 2011 bar shooting that left one man dead and five wounded. The Common Pleas Court jury took less than an hour to return the verdict against Wayne James for the June 26, 2011, shooting at the Genesis bar at Wayne and Roberts Avenues. Judge M. Teresa Sarmina then sentenced James to life without parole. Carl Sharper, 43, a Water Department employee who was drinking beer with a cousin, was killed.
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARGATE, N.J. - Call it Margate Muscle. Actually, some people on the beach do just that. Like George Orfe of Mount Laurel, who raised an eyebrow in 100-degree heat Tuesday when approached by beach-badge checker Samantha Tepedino, 18, and her, well, backup. "Oh, are you the muscle protecting her?" he said to Tim Goodwin, 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, standing silently behind Tepedino in Margate Beach Patrol T-shirt, shorts, and visor. As a matter of fact, yes. And you should see his partner, Andrew Baumgardner, 6-2, 272 pounds.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prosecutor described the Genesis Bar in Nicetown as one of those friendly neighborhood tappies where - literally - "everyone knows your name. " And that, Genesis regulars testified Tuesday, was what made Wayne James stand out: No one remembered seeing him before. What they did remember, witnesses told a Philadelphia judge, was that James refused to stop smoking, blew smoke in a bouncer's face, and came back with a gun after being ejected. "I was in shock," said bouncer Curtis Aiken.
NEWS
November 30, 2011 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
HANG ON, big fella. A bill that would require bouncers to receive proper training and register with the city before they start working in a club was approved yesterday by City Council's Committee on Licenses and Inspections. The bill was introduced earlier this year by Councilman Bill Greenlee, who was inspired to put legislation together after reading stories about out-of-control bouncers in a May issue of the Daily News . Greenlee said yesterday that he hopes the bill will come before Council for a final vote before the end of the year.
NEWS
November 30, 2011 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposed city ordinance requiring registration and professional training for bouncers at drinking establishments cleared a City Council committee Tuesday and appears likely to become law. "I think we've come up with a bill that is reasonable, that will protect the public and also be fair to business owners," said its sponsor, Councilman William K. Greenlee, citing similar programs in New York; Providence, R.I.; and Sacramento, Calif. Greenlee said no opposition had surfaced since he introduced the measure in September, provoked by a series of incidents where bouncers' overreactions or bad judgment led to serious injuries for patrons.
NEWS
September 17, 2011 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
WILLIAM GREENLEE hasn't seen many bouncers booting boozehounds out of bars. "I don't hide out in my house or anything, but I'm too old to hang out in bars," the 58-year-old city councilman said with a laugh. But when he read a story in the Daily News in May about bouncers who go bonkers and hurt - or even kill - the patrons they evict, his politician's problem-solving instinct kicked in. The result was legislation he introduced Thursday that, if passed, would require bouncers to register with the city, for a onetime $40 fee, and undergo safety training in how to eject disorderly patrons without getting anyone bloody.
NEWS
June 28, 2011 | By Mike Newall and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
It was a weekend of violence and mayhem - brutal even by Philadelphia standards. From Friday through Sunday, 32 people were wounded, six fatally, in about 20 shootings across the city, police said, and a seventh person died in a stabbing. Police are also investigating four assaults and robberies committed by "roving packs of young people" leaving a North Philadelphia street festival Saturday night, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. Police had not yet determined if the 32 shooting victims represented the worst three-day span of violence in the department's recent history.
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