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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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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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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
August 26, 2014
I DON'T LIVE in Ferguson, Mo., but I signed the national petition for Gov. Jay Nixon to name a special prosecutor to present evidence to the grand jury in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. My online signature was No. 79,198. Grand juries favor the prosecution, and lawyers joke - although it's not a joke - that grand juries will indict a ham sandwich. It is Officer Darren Wilson who stands to be indicted. St. Louis County lead prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who will supervise the case against Wilson, said he will not step aside, but would not object to the governor appointing a special prosecutor.
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.
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August 1, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
MAYBE YOU'RE tired of reading news stories about police corruption. Nobody would blame you. According to Mayor Nutter, 146 Philadelphia police officers have been fired for a variety of offenses since his administration took office in 2008. Among those on that ever-growing list, 88 have been arrested, and 48 have been convicted of crimes that have included murder, rape and extortion. Maybe you're disgusted by the bombshell that dropped earlier this week, when six veteran narcotics cops were hauled off to jail on a 26-count federal indictment.
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January 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
VERONICA JOYNER was just trying to keep her students warm when she gave members of the school's basketball team hats, gloves and scarves. She never imagined the gesture would lead to one of her star students being arrested and suffering from a serious injury to his genitals. It was a record cold day on Jan. 7. The school, on Broad Street near Callowhill, doesn't have its own gym, so the winning Mighty Elephants were headed to Berean Institute to play Frankford High. Darrin Manning, 16, says his mind was on the game when he got off the subway at the corner of Broad Street and Girard Avenue with a dozen teammates in uniform and suddenly found himself in handcuffs.
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
August 7, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Imagine if coworkers allegedly violated rules again and again, not over a year, but sometimes for more than a decade. Imagine if they allegedly committed acts of violence, and stole money and drugs, and their reckless behavior resulted in $500,000 in settlement payouts. And imagine if these employees were never fired or appropriately disciplined and, in some cases, collected substantial overtime and commendations. What sort of business would tolerate such behavior? Welcome to the Philadelphia Police Department.
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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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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August 28, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE CRIMINAL-justice system and even a kindhearted neighborhood woman who opened her home to James Mears gave the repeat felon just about every opportunity to get on the right track. Instead, police said yesterday, Mears violently turned on Dollie Evans, 67, the Holmesburg woman known as "Grandma" on her block, who gave the convict a place to stay after he was recently released from jail. In a plot to steal $500 from Evans, Mears attacked the woman Saturday afternoon in her living room on Vista Street near Torresdale Avenue, ruthlessly putting a bullet in her head when she fought back, Homicide Capt.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
I DON'T LIVE in Ferguson, Mo., but I signed the national petition for Gov. Jay Nixon to name a special prosecutor to present evidence to the grand jury in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. My online signature was No. 79,198. Grand juries favor the prosecution, and lawyers joke - although it's not a joke - that grand juries will indict a ham sandwich. It is Officer Darren Wilson who stands to be indicted. St. Louis County lead prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who will supervise the case against Wilson, said he will not step aside, but would not object to the governor appointing a special prosecutor.
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August 22, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant sparked an Internal Affairs probe this month after he showed up at a police district off-duty, handed over three handguns and then refused to cooperate when officers began to ask questions, the Daily News has learned. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year veteran, walked into the 35th Police District, at Broad Street and Champlost Avenue in Ogontz, at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 with three handguns - a 9 mm Taurus, a .38-caliber Taurus revolver, and a Bryco Arms .380 - in a maroon handbag, according to a police incident report.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ALLEGED RINGLEADER ex-narcotics cop Thomas Liciardello should stay in prison, a federal judge ruled yesterday. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno's order followed a motion filed Monday by Liciardello's attorney, Jeffrey Miller, who asked the judge to reconsider his denial of bail last week to Liciardello. Miller contended that Robreno "did not clearly acknowledge" that allegations that Liciardello had threatened people occurred about seven to 10 years ago. He said Liciardello does not pose a danger to the community.
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August 22, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
ONCE YOU KNOW the story, how police say the hulking, stocky robber stalks and targets vulnerable elderly victims, usually hitting and knocking them to the ground, the surveillance video of the moments leading up to the most recent attack is all the more chilling. An 87-year-old man, slight and a little hunched, walks unsuspectingly into the Sunoco store at Cottman and Castor avenues in the video from around 10 a.m. Aug. 13, which police released yesterday. He leans down to pick up a newspaper.
NEWS
August 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
AN INCH or so to the right, and people would be talking about Officer Stephen Korpalski in the past tense today. A bullet grazed the left side of Korpalski's head when a man started shooting at the Philadelphia cop and his partner in Northeast Philly early yesterday, Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said. Korpalski, 34, and three other officers fired back, fatally wounding the man, later identified as David Ellis, 29, Ross said. The deadly encounter started about 12:45 a.m., when a report echoed across police radios about a man with a gun on Ditman Street near Levick.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE TINY cameras are disguised as alarm clocks, teddy bears and cereal boxes, designed to keep an eye on the people baby-sitting children or caring for elderly loved ones. Members of one Bucks County family, according to police, had suspected that Ruth Reed, 90, a relative with Alzheimer's disease, was being mistreated at an assisted-living facility. So they bought a "nanny cam" a year ago and moved her to a facility in Yardley. For 10 months, everything at the Arden Courts residential assisted-living facility on Stony Hill Road was fine, police said.
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August 18, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AN EX-COP WHO lost his job at the University of Pennsylvania will undergo a mental-competency evaluation after he walked into the FBI field office in Center City this week with a loaded gun and falsely claimed to still be a cop. Melvin Anthony Ramos entered the federal building on 6th Street near Arch about 4:45 p.m. Monday. He was able to pass through the lobby security with his firearm after he allegedly identified himself as a police officer. On the eighth floor, after Ramos showed an FBI receptionist a Penn police ID card and "badge," a duty agent allowed him to keep his gun, according to an FBI affidavit.
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