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September 28, 2011 | BY JASON NARK & WILLIAM BENDER, narkj@phillynews.com 215-854-5916
THE PAGAN stationed on a corner of Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood stood with his burly arms crossed over his belly, guarding the infamous motorcycle club's hotel-turned-fortress like a living, breathing gargoyle. Behind him, yellow caution tape and blue tarps draped the Binns Motor Inn - a signal from the Pagan's Motorcycle Club for "citizens" and nosy cops to keep out during the 2011 Roar to the Shore biker rally this month. It's the same hotel where federal prosecutors say that leaders of the Pagan's Long Island chapter at last year's rally told their minions to prepare for death or prison as they plotted a hand-grenade attack on the rival Hells Angels.
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March 28, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writers
MEN SHUFFLED along Chancellor Street toward the Gold Club early Saturday, nearly getting past a line of Dumpsters to the strip club's dingy red carpet before cops standing outside told them that the business was closed for the night. After the guys walked back down the alley, police led two women from the club in handcuffs toward 15th Street, where a police van was waiting with its back doors flung open. The Pennsylvania State Police busted the pair of buxom blondes earlier in the night in an undercover prostitution sting.
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October 14, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I DON'T KNOW when Philip Nace became a Philadelphia police officer. But I have to believe, when he swore an oath to protect and serve, that he didn't imagine his future would include seeing his scowling red face on a Daily News cover about bully cops. But there he was, in yesterday's story by Bill Bender about a stop and frisk. Nace and another cop harangued two pedestrians in the 25th District after the men had - sigh - said hello to a third man unidentified on the street. To write the story, Bender didn't need to rely on anyone's memories of what went down.
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August 21, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THE NEEDLES are gone from Needle Park. The children are back, fearlessly running over McPherson Square Park's five green acres without fear of being stuck by a used heroin syringe. The kids are hanging upside down from the new playground equipment, feeling the freedom of summer like they've never felt it before because the park - notorious for 30 years as Kensington's outdoor shooting gallery - is clean and peaceful for the first time in their young lives. "That playground is always crowded like it's Kensington's Rocky statue," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, whose second summer directing a Parks and Recreation Department day camp is so unlike last year's, when she called police to remove an unconscious, bleeding addict from the play area and confronted a drug dealer doing business next to a woman selling shaved ice to the children.
NEWS
December 9, 2002
LET'S TALK about crooked cops. Philadelphia is known for many things - like cheesesteaks, pretzels, sports teams, and, yes, "crooked cops," too. It's a reality that has tarnished the image of this police department, and upsets the overwhelming majority of good cops who are doing a great job out there. I won't criticize any member of the public for making comments about crooked cops in Philly - instead I get disgusted with the dirty cops who give us this image. In my opinion, they are nothing but filthy pigs, and I'm tired of being embarrassed for their actions.
NEWS
August 13, 2010
The Democrats, at long last, had strung together a good day. They forced House Republicans to return, grumbling, from summer vacation for votes that allowed Democrats to show support for teachers, cops, and strong borders. Then they got Rangeled. "For what purpose does the gentleman from New York seek recognition?" the speaker asked of Rep. Charlie Rangel, the fallen Ways and Means chairman, when he rose from his seat early Tuesday afternoon. The gentleman from New York sought recognition to deliver, without warning, one of the most extraordinary pieces of political oratory in recent memory.
NEWS
December 5, 2007
HAD THESE casinos broken ground, we would have had the money on the table to maybe have more police so they could keep from being shot and killed. All these people yapping not here, not there, no casino should be held responsible for the city not having the money for overtime. Moses Cook Philadelphia
NEWS
May 21, 2007
YOUR op-ed page informing us of the total cost of providing a new police officer was very interesting. But what price do you put on their lives? Police officers are a good investment for our city. They do a great job and are often not respected enough for the dangerous job they do. They give up living a normal life because they are police officers 24 hours a day. So, hats off to them, and may God always keep them in his sight. Josephine Zirilli Philadelphia
NEWS
July 29, 1997 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
A pleasant dinner was the plan, but as attorney Scott Lempert and his wife drove across traffic-jammed South Street near 4th, their first concern was a parking spot. Meanwhile, Officer Joseph Galie, a three-year veteran of the force, was frantically trying to keep the traffic moving. At about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 1996, Lempert met Galie. There was screaming and shouting, maybe some pushing and foul language. The couple never broke bread. Instead, Lempert was surrounded by cops and ticketed.
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January 3, 1992 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
Cops were mostly close-mouthed about their reactions to mayor-elect Ed Rendell's plans for their department as they gathered last night for midnight shift roll call at the 6th District at 11th and Winter streets. But the few who talked expressed cautious optimism for the Police Department's future once Rendell takes office on Monday. Part of the future, according to Rendell, is the eventual addition of 1,000 officers to the ranks. Rendell also wants to reassign 100 desk cops to street patrol duty and start training sessions for 100 police and 100 fire recruits next month.
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June 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writervellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER THE CRASH, the truck's driver seemed sincere, at least initially. He jumped out of the cab, looked over the cyclist lying broken on a North Philly street and told a witness that he would be right back, that he was only going to move his car out of traffic. But that driver, who police haven't identified, bolted after parking the 1989 Ford F-150 pickup truck he had been driving, leaving behind the man he had run down just moments earlier. The victim, identified as Julio Torres, 55, was in critical condition Tuesday night at Temple University Hospital, said Capt.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed a lower-court ruling vacating the death sentence of convicted cop-killer Edward Bracey and ordering him to serve life in prison without parole. The state's high court ruled, 4-1, that Bracey may not be executed for the 1991 shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Boyle because he is "intellectually disabled" and the U.S. Supreme Court barred such executions in 2002 in Atkins v. Virginia. First Assistant District Attorney Edward McCann said Wednesday that it was "very unlikely" his office would appeal.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE HEADLINE out of West Philly last week was bizarre. A brazen gunman took a cab to a robbery on Ogden Street near 41st on June 9, shot his target twice when the man didn't comply, and then hopped back into the cab. At the time, investigators offered two possible explanations: Either the cabbie was in cahoots with the punk, or he was being coerced with the same gun seen in the surveillance footage. In reality, there was a third, much simpler, answer. That cab, along with 11 others, was stolen from Southwest Philly by an enterprising thief with an "intimate knowledge" of the city's taxi system, police said yesterday.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FORMER Philadelphia Police Sgt. Thomas Winkis said he hoped David Farries' relatives could find some peace. "I'm truly sorry for the loss of Mr. Farries to his family," Winkis said in court. "I truly hope my actions today bring some closure to them. " That hope was expressed yesterday morning when Winkis, 46, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, DUI and reckless endangerment for slamming his Dodge Challenger into Farries' Ford Econoline van in 2013 in Holmesburg. The high-speed crash at State Road and Ashburner Street threw Farries, 55, from his van. He died three days later.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
RUDOLPH KEITT Jr., the man who was shot by police last month after allegedly hitting several cops with his car, has been found incompetent to face his preliminary hearing, a prosecutor told a judge yesterday. A forensic psychiatrist has recommended that Keitt be committed for mental-health treatment for 60 days, Assistant District Attorney Jacob Sand said. An Aug. 11 status date was scheduled for the next briefing on Keitt's mental competency. Keitt, 47, who is being held in a city jail in the Philadelphia Prison System complex in Holmesburg, is expected to be transferred to its mental-health wing.
NEWS
June 13, 2015
ISSUE | COLLEGE PAY Block this trend So the president of Pennsylvania State University, entrusted with the development of minds - the source of all past and future knowledge - makes less money than the football coach, whose task is the development of football players who don't even compete internationally ("Report: 3 at PSU earned $4.1M," June 8). This is a case where the brain takes second place to brawn - and it is happening at an institution of higher learning. And we wonder what's wrong with this country?
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city is paying $490,000 to the family of a man murdered by a rogue Philadelphia police officer who opened fire after his girlfriend's cellphone got wet during a neighborhood squirt gun fight, officials announced Wednesday. Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Mayor Nutter, said the city also is paying $85,000 to a woman who was wounded when former Officer Rudolph Valentino Gary Jr. - who is serving a 25- to 60-year prison sentence for third-degree murder and aggravated assault - started shooting.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
SO WHAT really happened on the night a Philadelphia police officer fatally shot Brandon Tate-Brown? That's the question Tate-Brown's family and their supporters haven't stopped asking since the 26-year-old was gunned down in December after struggling with two patrol cops who pulled him over in Mayfair. Yesterday, the city released a plethora of files - interview transcripts, videos and DNA evidence - and even identified the cops who were involved in the controversial incident.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN HE'S NOT on duty at the Criminal Justice Center, Deputy Sheriff Mike Terry drives all over the city and suburbs, inviting thousands of cops and corrections officers to this weekend's Sgt. Robert Wilson III Memorial Basketball Tournament. Along the way, Terry honors his deep North Philly roots by giving out tournament tickets to kids on the street corners of his youth, and in GameStop stores, including the one, on Lehigh Avenue near 21st Street, where Wilson was shot dead in March while trying to stop an armed robbery.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ANDREW ELLERBE'S revolver was loaded with blanks. But off-duty Philly Detective Mark Flacco didn't know that when he saw the gun's flash and then pulled the trigger of his own weapon, a Glock pistol loaded with real ammo. Ellerbe collapsed and died from Flacco's bullets, just steps outside of Rising Sun Pizza in Lawndale. I have three words for Flacco: Thank you, sir. Because the next time that Ellerbe used that gun to terrorize hard-working merchants, he might have used real bullets.
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