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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
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
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 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
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 27, 2012 | Bill Bender
Calculating the so-called street value of drugs is like trying to see into the future with a calculator. Experienced narcotics cops have a good idea of how drugs are packaged and sold to consumers, and they use that information to guesstimate how much a large shipment of drugs might have been worth down the line if it hadn't been confiscated. That usually involves dividing kilos and pounds into grams or smaller quantities then multiplying that by the retail value of each bag. Some cops, figuring that the drugs will be "cut" with other substances, use another multiplier.
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
WHATEVER happened to the good old days of Tattle when our lead stories were about Paris Hilton , Britney Spears and Tiger Woods ? Oh, what we wouldn't give for a good sex scandal instead of so much violence. Although we'd love to write about the lunacy of giving a 9-year-old girl shooting lessons with an Uzi (see anywhere that loves viral videos), fitting in better with our entertainment motif is this story out of Omaha, Neb., in which police officers who opened fire during a robbery at a Wendy's killed a "Cops" crew member as well as the suspect.
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NEWS
November 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IN A DECISION that Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey called "disappointing," an arbitrator on Wednesday moved to reinstate fired Philadelphia narcotics cop Jeffrey Cujdik. Ramsey booted Cujdik from the force in May, following a long-running Internal Affairs investigation into allegations that the veteran cop lied on search warrants and had an inappropriate relationship with an informant - and then lied about both to investigators. The allegations were first unearthed in the 2009 Daily News series "Tainted Justice.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
WHEN FORMER Philadelphia police officer Edward Sawicki crossed paths with Lamar Fouse in the early morning of Oct. 20, 2013, things got real ugly, real fast. Fouse, 38, told a judge yesterday that while walking across 9th Street near Wharton headed to Pat's King of Steaks at 2:45 a.m., the off-duty Sawicki bumped into his knees with his car while trying to park. That's when Fouse said he tapped the back of Sawicki's car to get his attention, but ended up getting a lot more than that.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
H OWARD RUBIN is suing CBS3 for defamation after the station ran a report saying that he molested an underage boy at the charter school where he was employed as a guard. Rubin previously acted as a security guard for various hip-hop stars, including the Notorious B.I.G ., Junior M.A.F.I.A and Lil' Kim . According to the suit, filed Sept. 29, anchor Chris May reported that Rubin was fired "over accusations of child sexual abuse" of an underage male student at Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A PHILADELPHIA police lieutenant who once cost the city big bucks in a lawsuit payout was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting a fellow officer. Cops were called to Kraydor Street near Ditman, a stone's throw from the old Holmesburg prison, when George Holcombe allegedly got into an argument with the mother of his children. Holcombe, who was off-duty, threatened the woman, and then "struggled" with the responding officers, police said last night. The 42-year-old was charged with aggravated assault on police, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AFTER A REVIEW of more than two dozen cases of fired Philadelphia Police officers that showed the majority of them were reinstated, the Police Advisory Commission yesterday called on the city to examine the police arbitration process. In its inquiry into 26 cases of police officers fired between 2008 and last year for offenses ranging from domestic incidents and retail theft to excessive force and on-duty intoxication, the commission found that 19 of the cops were reinstated by arbitrators, PAC executive director Kelvyn Anderson said during a news conference last night at which the commission released its 2012-13 annual report and announced its recommendation.
NEWS
November 18, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gary Cottrell, federal prosecutors said Monday, was a dirty cop who ran a West Philadelphia loan-sharking enterprise that used violence and the threat of violence against those who failed to pay interest fees of 300 percent. Not true, said Cottrell's defense attorney, Jack McMahon, portraying his client as a friendly businessman who worked for 15 years on the police force and aided the needy who asked him for loans to buy groceries or pay utility bills. "My client helped over 300 people," McMahon said in his opening statement to the jury.
NEWS
November 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Police Officer Gene Mackey heard the radio call about a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he had no way of knowing that the victim was a child. As it turned out, Mackey, an officer in Folcroft, and Sharon Hill Patrolman Stephen Mummo may have saved the 10-year-old's life after they rushed to the shooting scene at a Darby Township auto-body shop. In interviews Monday, they described the drama Saturday night after the boy accidentally shot himself with his father's .357 Magnum.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 80-year-old man who police said fired nine shots at officers and threatened to shoot down a news helicopter -- evidently because he was angry at The Inquirer -- is being held at the Delaware County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Thursday for Joseph Smith, of Upper Darby Township. After Smith called 911 threatening to kill himself, police arrived at Smith's apartment about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and found him "irate," said Michael Chitwood, the Upper Darby police superintendent.
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A Philadelphia jury on Friday convicted former police officer Kevin Corcoran of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of an Iraqi War veteran last year. The Common Pleas Court jury of five women and seven men found Corcoran not guilty of two other charges - false imprisonment and official oppression. Corcoran, 34, a 10-year police veteran at the time of his dismissal in March, could receive up to 1-to-2 years in jail when sentenced Jan. 9 by Judge Robert Coleman.
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