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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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May 6, 2010 | By KITTY CAPARELLA, caparek@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
"OH MY GOD! They shot a cop!" I shouted into the phone to a Daily News editor who was taking notes as police surrounded the MOVE compound in Powelton Village. Cops were trying to get the radical cult members to drop their weapons and come out of the basement with their children. Suddenly, gunshots came from the basement window of the MOVE house. From a third-floor apartment window, I looked down to where stakeout cop James Ramp was slowly kneeling to take a shooting position on the sidewalk with others.
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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.
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May 14, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, VINNY VELLA & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A FATHER of eight who was shot by police after his car allegedly struck four cops yesterday in Olney was disoriented because he had experienced a seizure while driving, according to the man's family members and a woman who was in the car with him. Rudolph "Blue" Keitt Jr., 46, of West Oak Lane, remained in a medically induced coma last night after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his chest at Einstein Medical Center, his family said....
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
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May 18, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A MAN WHO was shot by police Tuesday after his car hit four cops has been charged with attempted murder, even though relatives and a woman who was in the car contend he was having a seizure. Rudolph Keitt Jr., 46, also faces charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief and related offenses for the afternoon incident in Olney. According to police, after officers responded to Keitt driving his car into a wall on Olney Avenue near Wagner around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, he became combative, got back into his car and hit two officers with his 2000 Chrysler.
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May 15, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
SIX EX-NARCOTICS officers accused of going rogue and robbing suspected drug dealers during a six-year reign of terror walked out of federal court yesterday as free men after a jury acquitted them of all charges at the end of a six-week trial. Relatives of the former Narcotics Field Unit cops - Thomas Liciardello, 38; Michael Spicer, 47; Brian Reynolds, 43; Perry Betts, 47; Linwood Norman, 47; and John Speiser, 42 - packed into the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to hear the verdict, which came just after 11 a.m. They erupted into cheers and tears of joy after the jury foreman answered "not guilty" to each of the 26 counts against the men. Some of the officers faced more counts than others, but the charges against them included racketeering conspiracy, robbery, use of excessive force and falsifying police reports.
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May 15, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FOR TWO YEARS, a 16-member "serial-robbery gang" based in Philly carried out a string of home invasions, including an elaborate heist in which members posed as police and wig-clad victims. Yesterday, law-enforcement officials announced the arrests of 12 suspected members, ending what authorities called an "audacious crime spree. " Four of the defendants were arrested yesterday morning, said Louis Lappen, first assistant U.S. attorney. The gang's alleged ringleader, Khalil "Lil" Smith, was already in custody from a prior robbery.
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May 14, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, VINNY VELLA & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A FATHER of eight who was shot by police after his car allegedly struck four cops yesterday in Olney was disoriented because he had experienced a seizure while driving, according to the man's family members and a woman who was in the car with him. Rudolph "Blue" Keitt Jr., 46, of West Oak Lane, remained in a medically induced coma last night after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his chest at Einstein Medical Center, his family said....
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AFTER A DAY and a half of deliberations, a jury of six women and six men tasked with deciding the corruption case against six ex-narcotics cops left U.S. District Court yesterday without a verdict. The jurors are to decide whether to convict Officers Thomas Liciardello, 38, Brian Reynolds, 43, Michael Spicer, 47, Perry Betts, 47, Linwood Norman, 47, and Michael Speiser, 42, on various counts related to allegations that they threatened and robbed drug dealers, and falsified paperwork while working in a narcotics squad.
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May 10, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT TAKES a village to raise a child. And, apparently, it also takes one to turn him in. Hasheem Singletary, 17, surrendered to detectives just after midnight yesterday flanked by his brother - who's heading to prison himself - and his brother's attorney, according to police. The youth, whose birthday was Thursday, had been on the lam since Wednesday, when he hopped out of a car en route to his arraignment in a string of violent robberies. After his arrest yesterday morning, Singletary was charged with three counts of robbery, receiving stolen property, gun violations and related offenses stemming from his alleged involvement in two home invasions in Powelton and a stickup in West Philly in February, according to court records.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Held without bail and facing the death penalty, Eric Frein has suddenly found himself in an unexpected spotlight: at the center of a political campaign. In the mountainous Pennsylvania county where he allegedly ambushed two state troopers, killing one, and sparked a 48-day manhunt last year, Frein is now a prop in an unusually heated Republican primary race for district attorney. The winner will oversee his prosecution. One candidate in Pike County is a well-connected family-law attorney with no experience as a prosecutor.
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May 9, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fate of six Philadelphia narcotics officers charged with beating and robbing drug suspects now lies in the hands of a six-man, six-woman jury composed mostly of suburban residents. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno handed the case over to the panel just after noon Thursday, having instructed the jurors on the law surrounding the charges. Jurors deliberated about four hours before asking to leave for the day. In between, they asked to see a full list of exhibits filed in the case, police reports, and other paperwork associated with two drug raids that form the basis for the last two counts of the indictment.
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May 8, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
DEFENSE ATTORNEYS yesterday lauded the six former narcotics cops on trial, appealed to jurors' emotions, derided the government's witnesses and blamed the feds for their investigation. Jimmy Binns, attorney for defendant Michael Spicer, called his client and the other five former cops "innocent heroes," "the best of the best" in the police department, men "who stand up and carry the flag and uphold the oath that they took," and said in his closing argument that "they will be children of God. " Binns told jurors that when Spicer took the witness stand in the trial, he misspoke when he said he lived for his police job. "He lives for her," Binns said, pointing to Spicer's wife, Donna, who was sitting in the back row of the courtroom.
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May 8, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A TODDLER was fighting for his life last night, hours after being struck by a vehicle in Logan, police said. The crash happened about 1:15 p.m., as the 2-year-old was crossing Broad Street near Wyoming with his mom and two siblings, police said. Police gave this account: Instead of walking to a nearby crosswalk, the group tried to cross in the middle of the block, with the boy darting ahead of his family. As he ran out from between two stopped vehicles in the center lane, a Jenkintown Building Services van hit him as it drove toward the stop light in the right lane.
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