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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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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
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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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.
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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
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
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December 12, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHANCIER McFARLAND, testifying yesterday as a prosecution witness in the shooting death of off-duty Officer Moses Walker Jr., said he and co-defendant Rafael Jones were looking for someone to rob in the early morning of Aug. 18, 2012. Their target? "Someone that looked easy, who wouldn't put up a fight," McFarland, 21, said at the nonjury murder trial of Jones, 25. McFarland, testifying in a low voice and not making eye contact with Jones, said he and Jones first drove around North Philly in a car shortly after 5 a.m. that day. McFarland had with him a .40-caliber semiautomatic gun, which he had previously stolen from a friend.
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December 12, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A LOVE TRIANGLE for the digital age sparked a fight yesterday that led to the stabbing of a Drexel University student on the University City campus in the wee hours of the morning, police said. Cops said the 20-year-old victim was fighting with two men - later identified by police as Pu Wang, 23, and Junlin Ye, 19 - over someone among the trio sending text messages to another man's girlfriend. Investigators said they were unsure who the offending texter was last night. In any event, Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said the fight on Race Street near 33rd about 3:30 a.m. escalated to pushes and shoves and went downhill for the victim from there: One of the aggressors pulled out a folding knife and stabbed the student in the back.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
BEFORE A PACKED courtroom yesterday, a Common Pleas judge found Rafael Jones guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in the 2012 shooting death of off-duty Police Officer Moses Walker Jr. Jones, 25, of North Philly, did not react when Judge Jeffrey Minehart announced the guilty verdicts. He faces a mandatory term of life in prison when he is sentenced March 6. Prosecutors withdrew their intention to seek the death penalty after Jones on Monday waived his right to a jury trial and decided to proceed with a bench trial.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A 21-YEAR-OLD Drexel University student told police that a stranger broke into her West Philadelphia apartment on Wednesday morning and raped her while threatening her with a meat cleaver from her kitchen. The woman reported that she heard a noise at 4:15 a.m. and got up to investigate, according to a Special Victims Unit bulletin posted by police yesterday. She encountered the man in the living room of her home on Spring Garden Street near 34th, police said. The man sexually assaulted her and then fled.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maurice Gibbs said he was playing cards with friends outside a Bartram Village apartment on Aug. 20, 2012, when a childhood friend, Rafael Jones, walked up. Gibbs said the only thing more surprising than seeing a friend he had not seen in almost seven years was what Jones said after drawing him aside: that he had killed a police officer. "Did you see or hear anything about a cop killing on the news?" Gibbs said Jones asked him. "I said, 'No, I don't watch TV,' " Gibbs said.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
POLICE OFFICER Ryan Saunders, the first to respond to the North Philly street where off-duty Officer Moses Walker Jr. was shot two years ago, testified yesterday that he didn't immediately recognize the bleeding victim lying facedown, "curled in a fetal position. " His first thought was to put the man, suffering from gunshot wounds, into the back of his patrol car and rush him to Temple University Hospital. He was able to get the victim onto the backseat of his patrol car with the help of another man on the scene.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last moments of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker played out in court Monday on surveillance video and in the emotional words of colleagues who stood with him as he was dying. "Moses, Moses, who shot you?" was the question posed by Officer Ryan Saunders, a fellow 22d District policeman, who was first on the scene shortly before 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2012. "He said, 'I, I,' and then his eyes rolled back in his head and he stopped breathing," said Saunders, who wiped away tears as he recalled how doctors announced Walker's death in Hahnemann University Hospital's emergency room.
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December 10, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A PHILADELPHIA police captain suffered a broken nose during a bizarre off-duty encounter with another man in Queen Village over the weekend. The incident unfolded on a narrow stretch of Howard Street near Queen about 2 a.m. Saturday. Ray Evers, the commander of the Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit, was talking with his girlfriend, who had just had $15,000 worth of jewelry stolen from her car, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman. Stanford said Evers claimed that a passer-by approached and began to film the couple with his cellphone, leading Evers to yell at the man. "At some point, the gap closed between them, and the guy cold-cocked [Evers]
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A HOMICIDE detective yesterday testified to some "bizarre" behavior by a murder suspect who was being questioned about his stepfather's shooting death in October. Detective Brian Peters testified that during questioning, James Kelly was acting childish, then "offered to fight me" and offered another detective $50 to fight. At one point, Kelly kept standing up and threw his fist into the air, as if punching, Peters demonstrated to Municipal Judge James DeLeon. Kelly, 23, is accused of killing his stepfather, Rafael Santiago, 41, in their home on Holly Road near Woodhaven in Northeast Philadelphia about noon Oct. 5. Peters, testifying at Kelly's preliminary hearing, said that when he went to the house about 4 p.m., he saw Santiago in a second-floor front bedroom, shot in the face.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ACCUSED COP-KILLER Rafael Jones is expected to face trial next week, attorneys confirmed yesterday. Jones, 25, is accused of fatally shooting off-duty Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 20th Street in North Philly about 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2012, during a robbery. During a short status briefing before Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart yesterday, Assistant District Attorneys Jude Conroy and Brian Zarallo and defense attorney Michael Coard confirmed that they will be ready for trial on Monday.
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