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June 17, 2010 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
A pair of patrol cops confiscated a 9 mm handgun from former NFL star Marvin Harrison in North Philadelphia yesterday, after stopping him for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, a police source said. The minor traffic incident, which occurred about 2:40 p.m., when Harrison was driving a Cadillac Escalade on Berks Street near 27th, got a bit more interesting when the officers started to question the ex-Indianapolis Colts wide receiver. Harrison, who starred at Roman Catholic and at Syracuse, showed the cops a permit to carry a firearm that was registered in Montgomery County, where he owns a home, the source said.
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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.
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.
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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
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.
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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
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September 2, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
WHO KNEW that four little words -  You are being recorded  - could be so magical? At least, that's what cops in North Philadelphia's 22nd District have found since they volunteered eight months ago to take part in a pilot program that tested the viability of body cameras. Officer Roger McFadden, who's been in charge of monitoring the district's program, said he observed several encounters between civilians and officers that seemed to change dramatically because of the presence of the cameras.
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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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February 6, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, Staff Writer
Police are seeking a robber who held up two Fairhill businesses at knifepoint Wednesday. In the first incident, the thief walked up to the drive-thru window of a Dunkin' Donuts on the 500 block of West Lehigh Avenue just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and placed an order, police said. But instead of paying, he pulled a knife and cleaned out the cash register drawer before fleeing on foot, south on Fairhill Street. The suspect was described as Hispanic, age 26-30, 5-foot9, 150-160 pounds, with a light complexion, wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and a black ski mask.
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February 4, 2016 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Staff Writer
KEVIN BOOKER figures it was around 11:30 at night when someone started pounding on his front door, late enough to make him a little nervous. When he swung open the door to his Logan home on Jan. 8, no one was there. Booker shrugged it off, trudged back to bed, and went to sleep. An hour later, the pounding resumed. This time it was loud enough to wake his neighbors. Booker, 54, a retired Philadelphia police officer, grabbed his .380-caliber handgun and headed for the door again.
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February 4, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Tuesday released video of a Center City shooting last month and asked for the public's help in finding the gunman. About 10:55 p.m. Jan. 21, police were called to 15th and Chestnut Streets for a report of a shooting. There, they found a 31-year-old man lying on the northwest corner with wounds to his back and left arm. The victim was treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Police described the gunman in the video as a man 35 to 45 years old, 6 feet tall, with a light beard.
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February 2, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Two robbers posing as police officers held up the owner of a Northeast Philadelphia auto-detailing shop Saturday night, police said. The owner of DTMS Detailing on the 100 block of Geiger Road told police that he was sitting at his desk in his second-floor office around 8 p.m. when two men came in and started yelling "Cops!" The men, one of whom had a handgun, ran upstairs and told the owner to get on the floor. After they bound his hands with zip ties, the men put him in a chair and demanded money and drugs, according to the Philadelphia Police Department's public affairs office.
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January 31, 2016 | By Michael Boren, STAFF WRITER
David Compton's sister still sometimes sets a spot for him at the dinner table, forgetting he's not coming. His father, Bill, tries to watch the Flyers, David's favorite team, but can't without tearing up. "I feel lost without David," Bill Compton said Friday at the Gloucester County Justice Complex in a courtroom packed with nearly 70 people. James Stuart, the former Deptford police officer who fatally shot David Compton in January 2013 - and maintained at his sentencing Friday it was an accident - stood up before the judge announced the term and told Compton's family, "I am sorrier than you will ever know.
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January 28, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 57-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man suffered a skull fracture in what appeared to be a random attack by a wrench-wielding man Tuesday morning at Suburban Station, SEPTA police said. The victim was at a ticket counter around 6 a.m. when a man behind him started striking him the head with a pipe wrench, said Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III. A nearby transit police officer quickly apprehended the attacker, identified as 38-year-old Jeremy Wilson, whom Nestel described as a transient.
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January 22, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
AN ALLEGED heroin dealer who was wanted by police for possessing 153 bags of the deadly drug was himself bagged by authorities when he showed up - at a police station - to testify as a victim at another man's preliminary hearing Friday, cops said. According to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, Sean Lyons, 23, who lived in the township's Merion Trace Apartments, on Merion Terrace near West Chester Pike, had been wanted since last Oct. 14, when authorities served a search warrant on his apartment.
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January 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
Police are asking for help finding the group of male teenagers who attacked another teen on his bicycle near the Schuylkill River Trail. Police recently obtained video of the suspects, described as a group of eight teens. The incident happened on Nov. 1, when the group approached a 17-year-old boy who was at Martin Luther King Dr. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at about 2:45 p.m. and took his bicycle. The 17-year-old followed them on another bike, police said.
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January 19, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
Update: Police said John Brock, 32, has turned himself in and will face charges of murder, attempted murder and related offenses for the Sunday morning shooting at Station House shelter in North Philadelphia. Previous report:  Police have identified the man who killed one shelter worker and wounded another early Sunday morning in North Philadelphia as John Brock, 32. Brock, who has 10 prior arrests on his record, remains on the run and is considered armed and dangerous.
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