March 18, 2015 |
A FORMER Philly cop told a federal jury in a civil case yesterday that in September 2013, when he was walking to a bus stop, two police officers jumped out of a patrol car, grabbed him, stopped him for no reason, and verbally and physically abused him. "The tugging and pulling was bad enough. I was in pain," said Herbert Spellman, 51, who had been injured while on duty in a 2006 auto accident. "Then [for them] to start talking to you like you are a little kid! I'm a grown man . . . I'm a human being.
February 27, 2015 |
ON AUG. 13, 2013, Eric Torres made a number of bad decisions - from fleeing a cop during a traffic stop to crashing his BMW into a wall to bringing a gun into a Feltonville store - that led to him shooting a police officer during a violent confrontation, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday. In the Almonte Mini Market, at 4th and Annsbury streets, kitty-corner from his Raymond Street home, Torres paced the aisles watching to see if cops would go to his house, Assistant District Attorney Lou Tumolo said in his opening statement.
November 20, 2014 |
FOR TWO WEEKS, the state of Philly's police cruisers has been a hot topic. Literally. Just days after Officer Mark Kimsey was pulled from his burning vehicle by a heroic passer-by Nov. 8, the city recalled the department's entire fleet of Chevrolet Impalas for preventive maintenance, officials said yesterday. The nearly 300 Impalas were taken off the street Nov. 10 after an investigation into that damaged cruiser found that its subframe was missing a bolt, mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said.
April 25, 2014 |
YOU WORK in the restaurant business long enough and you're bound to get a feel for when something just ain't right with a group of customers. Maybe they get a little antsy after ordering a big meal. Maybe their eyes keep darting between the wait staff and the exit as they contemplate making a run for it. The party of four who sat down for a late meal at the Tiffany Diner in Northeast Philly on Sunday night didn't show any of those obvious tells. But when it came time to pay, the group - two men and two women - allegedly dropped a phony $50 bill and bolted, Sinan Gecer, the diner's manager, said yesterday.
October 4, 2013 |
BLAKE BILLS, 25, the male half of the crime duo who stole two police cars in one day capping a four-day March crime spree, pleaded guilty in a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday. Bills' admission of guilt followed the guilty plea Monday of his girlfriend, Shayna Sykes, 24, his child's mother, who was sentenced to three to eight years in state prison. Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich, presiding over both defendants' cases, scheduled Bills to be sentenced Nov. 18. Wearing dark-framed eyeglasses and composed - unlike tearful Sykes - Bills pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing police, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, retail theft and criminal mischief.
October 2, 2013 |
SHAYNA SYKES, the female half of a crime duo that stole two police cars in one day in March and led cops in Camden and Philly on a high-speed chase, was sentenced yesterday to three to eight years in a Pennsylvania prison. Sykes, 24, fighting back tears and pleading for a nonprison sentence to be with her baby daughter, tried to explain her March 4 actions before Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich issued the sentence. "The guilt and the shame that I feel for my crimes will forever haunt me," Sykes said as her 14-month old daughter, Zoey, cooed in the background.
March 20, 2013 |
IT'S GOOD to be the mayor. I've been told that Mayor Nutter 's car got a parking ticket. And that he doesn't have to pay it. Hold up. Before you get up in arms over any special treatment the mayor gets, keep this in mind: The vehicle, which Nutter uses only for official business, is technically a cop car, driven by a member of his security detail. "It's like one of the city's blueand-white cruisers, so it shouldn't be ticketed," said Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald . "[Nutter's security detail]
March 7, 2013 |
SHAYNA SYKES posted a photograph to Instagram recently of a new tattoo on her foot that reads "Live fast DIE PRETTY. " On Tuesday morning, Sykes, 23, and her fiance, Blake Bills, 24, fulfilled the first part of her foot-tattoo prophecy - and came dangerously close to the second - when they stole not one, but two police cars and led cops on a chase from Camden to Philadelphia at speeds of up to 100 mph before they were eventually arrested, police...
January 18, 2013
NORTH PHILLY-born and raised rapper Meek Mill is suing Philadelphia and two police officers in federal court over his arrest last Halloween night that caused him to lose $50,000 from a promotional appearance, one of his attorneys said Thursday. The suit stems from an incident at 11th and Girard, where Officers Andre Boyer and Michael Vargas pulled over the Maybach Music Group rapper. According to the suit, the officers took Mill into custody, held him for nine hours and took pictures of him that they then posted on Instagram.
September 27, 2012 |
MOST EVENT organizers, seeing too many empty seats, would just cancel the event or carry on and ignore the low turnout. The Philadelphia Police Department, though, has the power to round up an audience. Which it did - ordering spectators to sit through an anti-violence program upon threat of arrest, according to a federal civil-rights lawsuit that will be filed on Wednesday by five men who contend that they were unwilling spectators at the June 24, 2011, event. Earlier that day, two of the litigants - Faheem Beyah, 35, and Jawaan Montgomery, 26 - were recording music for Beyah's company, ICF Entertainment, when they took a break, walked to a corner store for cigarettes and soda and then stood on the South Philly block where Beyah lives, waiting for Beyah's nephew Khalil to join them.