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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.
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.
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.
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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 16, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
HUNDREDS OF Northeast Philadelphia residents signed City Councilman Bobby Henon's petition to split the 15th Police District so that the more violent southern sector, including Frankford, wouldn't drain cops from the northern neighborhoods, where break-ins are a bigger problem than assaults. Supported by leaders from Mayfair, Bridesburg, Tacony, Holmesburg, Wissinoming and Frankford, Henon met with police brass to state the case for "The Split. " He didn't get it. Instead, the Philadelphia Police Department recently added 30 more officers to the 15th District.
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
September 11, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE CHILDREN sobbed while they watched. The shouting had given way to the sickening sound of fury meeting flesh as their father started beating their mother, wrapping his hands around her neck, the terror spilling from one room of their North Philly home to another on March 31, 2012. Ricardo Gonzalez, an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, ended up on top of his wife, hissing threats, promising to kill her and stuff her body into a trash bag, according to court records. To calm the couple's four hysterical children, he yelled: "Stop crying!
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
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September 28, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A BUS crash yesterday claimed the life of a young mother as she tried to cross the street, police said. Just before 7:30 p.m., police were called to the scene of a SEPTA bus crash on Washington Avenue near 15th Street in South Philadelphia, said Capt. Anthony Ginaldi. There officers found an 8-year-old boy trying to rouse his mother, who was lying in the middle of the street. The woman, 29, was trying to cross Washington Avenue with her son and a 32-year-old man, running to beat the bus as it turned, Ginaldi said.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE LEGAL fallout from disgraced ex-narcotics cop Jeffrey Walker continued yesterday, as a judge overturned another 59 of his drug convictions. The cases were first reopened, then dismissed, by Common Pleas Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper as part of an agreement between the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. To date, 162 convictions resulting from Walker's arrests have been tossed out, said attorney Bradley Bridge, of the Defender Association, which filed most of the petitions to reopen the cases.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE OUTCOME of the investigation into an attack on two gay men in Center City is now in the hands of the District Attorney's Office. Yesterday, detectives from Central Division submitted their final report on the case to the office, according to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "It's in their hands now," he said. "They will review what we've given them and decide what charges, if any, are appropriate. " Ramsey called the file "extensive," adding that it contained all the statements taken from the victims, witnesses and several "persons of interest" in the incident, which took place Sept.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE MURDERS were gruesome, even by big-city standards. Vu Huynh, 31, and his brother, Viet Huynh, 28, made the mistake of gambling away most of the $100,000 that an Asian gang had given them to buy drugs. The brothers were tortured, gagged, bound to buckets filled with tar and dumped into the Schuylkill on Aug. 27 - oh, and their throats were slit, too. A buddy who tried to save them met the same fate, but unlike the Huynhs, the 23-year-old man somehow managed to survive, claw out of the river early that morning and flag down cops along Kelly Drive.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Heavily armed police - now from New York and New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania - continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County where they believe alleged cop killer Eric Frein is moving on foot under the cover of dense forest. Gov. Corbett said at a news conference Monday that he was "confident that we would be able to apprehend this individual. " "He's out in those woods right now," Corbett said. "My thoughts are constantly with those people right now, who are looking for this individual.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
NO ONE WORE A SUIT to Daniel St. Pierre's final send-off, and that seemed just about right. A few women put on dresses and some men wore ties for Danny, but it was mostly jeans and work boots walking through Leroy P. Wooster Funeral Home, calloused hands and voices etched with Marlboros, men who rarely revealed sadness as they did on this Saturday morning in September. The dead man's brother, James Manning, drove up to South Jersey from North Carolina with his family for the memorial service, wearing a tie, a freshly pressed shirt and a camouflage ballcap.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A TEEN POINTED a gun at police in West Philadelphia last night, prompting them to shoot him, police said. At 8:53 p.m., officers responded to Frazier Street near Media for a report of a man with a gun, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the cops arrived, they spotted a teen holding a gun who matched the description of the gunman, he said. The 17-year-old saw the officers and ran to 57th Street, Small said, but then turned and pointed his gun at the cops, prompting two officers to fire, hitting him in the shoulder and torso.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police officer was arrested yesterday and will be fired for leaving the scene of a car accident - twice - in University City, authorities said. Officer Tayon Moore, 31, a seven-year veteran assigned to the 35th District in Ogontz, was off-duty and driving his mother's Chrysler 300 shortly after 1 a.m. June 24 when he rear-ended a car driven by a Drexel University student on Chestnut Street near 34th, police and the District Attorney's Office said. He allegedly fled the scene - but the other driver followed him, police said.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
GEROLD GIBSON, a fired Philadelphia narcotics cop and former son-in-law of Gov. Corbett, sat stone-faced in court yesterday as a prosecutor told a jury that he was a "thief" who had disgraced his badge. "Honor, service and integrity. These are the pillars of the Philadelphia Police Department," Assistant District Attorney Douglas Rhoads said in his opening statement at Gibson's trial. "This trial, however, is about one officer who not only failed to live up to that oath, but he committed crimes while on duty.
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