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December 27, 1999 | Daily News Staff Report
It was a terrifying way to spend Christmas night - or any night. A 29-year-old Chester County woman was abducted from a convenience store and then locked in the trunk of her car. She called for help on her cellular phone, but she didn't know exactly where she was - and it took hours for police to find her. After an intensive search by police, fire crews - even a Coast Guard helicopter - authorities finally located the woman yesterday morning...
NEWS
November 13, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Hassan Golsonel almost got away yesterday morning. The 20-year-old prisoner escaped from police during a routine transport and enjoyed 40 minutes of freedom, indirectly causing an accident between two police cars. The drama began shortly before 9 a.m. when police were transporting prisoners to the 18th District headquarters, at 55th and Pine streets, in West Philadelphia, for preliminary hearings on various charges, said Capt. Linda MacLachlin, district commander. Golsonel somehow slipped out of his handcuffs during the ride and was ready when Officer Andrea Jones opened the wagon door, MacLachlin said.
NEWS
November 12, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Andre Baker, 22, had a good reason to panic when he saw a cop car signaling from behind while driving along Ridge Avenue on Feb. 2. Barker, of Cumberland Street near 24th, didn't have a driver's license and was at the wheel of a car that had an expired license tag, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson. So Baker sped into the opposite lane and forced oncoming traffic to veer out of his way, Gilson said. When Baker pulled around 23rd Street, he lost control, ran up onto the sidewalk and struck two men walking toward a bus stop.
NEWS
November 12, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Three people, including a disabled little girl, were injured yesterday when their car was rammed by a car carrying three alleged robbers being chased by police. "The added tragedy that these individuals inflicted on this family is that the four-year-old already suffers from spinal bifida and cannot walk," said Capt. Anthony Boyle, commander of the 25th Police District, where the accident occurred. The child, Sasha Rivera, received a broken leg and broken jaw and was in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
NEWS
October 25, 1999 | by Christine Bahls , Daily News Staff Writer
A Bensalem man, accused of hitting and injuring an undercover cop with his car after an alleged drug buy, was arraigned yesterday on charges including aggravated assault and drug possession. The officer suffered bruises and cuts after the Saturday morning incident. Police said that Mark Besden, 47, was counting his heroin and crack-cocaine packets on Orianna Street near Susquehanna about 10 a.m. when he was spotted doing so by some undercover cops. Detective Bob Fetters said that one of the officers approached Besden, who immediately got into his white 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was parked nearby.
NEWS
August 10, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Last month on a dark Center City street, a man encountered a Philadelphia police officer. The man said the cop used his authority as an officer to intimidate him, then performed oral sex on him without his consent. The accused cop has not been charged. He has been taken off street duty while the matter is being investigated. The alleged victim said the district attorney's office told him charges would be filed against the cop soon. Officially, the office is saying the matter is still under investigation.
NEWS
June 21, 1999 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
In a city that hasn't seen a brand-new cab in at least three years, where the average age of taxis is seven, this qualifies as earth-shattering news: A 1998 Ford Crown Victoria has hit the streets. Dispatched by the small Avant Garde taxi association, it is the newest cab in Philadelphia. True, it is a two-year-old former police cruiser. And, yes, it already has 72,780 miles on it. But fleet owner Mike Menachem says the "new" car is a sign that all Philly cab owners are not as bad as the ones recently chronicled by the Daily News.
NEWS
June 2, 1999 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The city will pay $1,125,000 to the estate of a South Philadelphia man who was crushed to death by an out-of-control police car racing to help another officer. The proposed agreement, which is expected to be approved by U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro, will resolve all outstanding federal civil rights claims stemming from the tragic 1997 accident. The accident took the lives of 39-year-old Lee More Rich and his 7-month-old son, Lemore Jordan Rich In the accident's aftermath, lawyers representing Rich's estate had accused the Police Department of encouraging reckless driving, in disregard of public safety, when cops respond to "assist officer" calls.
NEWS
April 14, 1999 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
A federal judge yesterday postponed a civil trial stemming from the tragic deaths of a South Philadelphia man and his 7-month-old son who were crushed by an out-of-control police car racing to assist another officer. A day before the case was to begin in Philadelphia, U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro, blaming pre-trial publicity for the postponement, ordered the trial to begin June 21, and to be moved to Allentown. Attorneys for both sides said they couldn't discuss the judge's decisions.
NEWS
April 7, 1999 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
Hundreds of damaged cop cars. Dozens of injured police officers. Millions of dollars in legal costs. Innocent civilian lives ruined or lost. That's what police car crackups - from fender-benders to fatal assist-officer smashups - cost Philadelphia. City cops have been crashing almost 1,000 times a year in recent years - an average of one accident for every marked police car in Philadelphia's fleet. Despite 40 hours of driver training at the Police Academy and one of the nation's most conservative pursuit policies, Philadelphia cops seem out of control on the streets, smashing into everything from utility poles on their coffee breaks to pedestrians during calls by other officers for help.
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