August 18, 2016 |
Najee Rivera's family sat in a Philadelphia courtroom Tuesday watching in anguish as the man who allegedly witnessed his fatal shooting last December claimed he did not get a close look at the accused gunman's face. Max Elmine, who sullenly told Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni that he didn't want to be there and that he had been brought to the preliminary hearing by officers and homicide detectives who showed up at his home at 3 a.m., testified that it was too dark around 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at C and Somerset Streets to have seen the face of the man who fought with Rivera before pulling a handgun and shooting him once.
August 17, 2016 |
A South Jersey police officer was charged with official misconduct for offering to help a woman with pending criminal charges in exchange for oral sex, prosecutors said Monday. Robert E. Marzi, 29, who has worked for the Monroe Township Police Department for two years, was suspended without pay pending the outcome of his case. Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said his office was reviewing other arrests involving Marzi for evidence of further misconduct. The criminal complaint, signed by a detective Wednesday, states that on Jan. 17 Marzi promised a woman "assistance with her pending criminal charges in exchange for fellatio.
August 13, 2016
By Michael J. Jenkins William "Bill" Bratton began his first tour as commissioner of the New York Police Department in the midst of headlines demanding "Dave, Do Something," referring to soon-to-be departing Mayor David Dinkins, who presided over sky-high crime rates in the city. Bratton was the first police chief of a major metropolitan area to embrace the strategies of broken-windows guru George Kelling, and, for the next 25 years, he led progressive police reform in New York, Los Angeles, and across the nation.
August 13, 2016 |
Police say a man wanted for posing as a woman on social media in order to solicit explicit images of teenage boys has been apprehended. Brandon Speach, 30, of North Philadelphia, was taken into custody late Wednesday after his image was distributed to media outlets, Philadelphia police said Thursday. He is accused of requesting explicit photos and videos of boys while pretending to be a woman on various social media platforms. Speach had been targeting boys between the ages of 14 and 16 for the past three years, police said.
August 9, 2016 |
A SEPTA rider who took a Philadelphia tourist's bag containing her family's passports on Thursday returned the bag early Sunday morning following a public offer of amnesty from SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "On Thursday, my trip turned into a nightmare and I was so sad," said Ximena Estrada, 35, of Colombia. "But when I got that phone call, it was like, wow . I felt so grateful, so grateful. " Estrada and her children, a 14-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, have been visiting family in Philadelphia from South America since June.
August 8, 2016
I'm still kvelling more than a week later about how good Philadelphia looked during the Democratic National Convention. Municipal authorities were well-prepared and city workers went above and beyond. I was nervous as delegates arrived and protesters began marching through Center City on July 24 - what felt like the hottest day of the year at the start of a week that promised to keep getting hotter. By 2 p.m., Philadelphia cops were clustered in groups of four or six under insufficient tree shade near the high-fenced perimeter of the protest zone around FDR Park.
August 2, 2016 |
Two men connected with the Temple University Police Department have been charged with murder, according to court records. Aaron Wright, 47, and Marquis Robinson, 41, are charged with six criminal counts including murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy, and abuse of a corpse. Their addresses were unavailable Sunday. The men were charged with killing a 24-year-old woman who was reported slain at 10:40 a.m. Friday on the 4600 block of Greene Street, Philadelphia police said. A 47-year-old man was arrested at the scene, according to the department's Friday report on the killing, and court records say Wright and Robinson were charged Saturday.
July 31, 2016 |
A 47-year-old man fatally beat his girlfriend Friday morning inside a house in Germantown, police said. By the time officers arrived at the home about 10:40 a.m., the 24-year-old woman was already dead, police said. The boyfriend, whose name was not released, was taken into custody. The victim's name also was withheld. A police spokeswoman said investigators believe the couple lived in the home, on the 4600 block of Greene Street. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly
July 29, 2016 |
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey endorsed Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, saying he believes Clinton is the candidate most likely to push for an assault weapons ban and comprehensive background checks for would-be gun purchasers. "Now more than ever, we need a strong steady leader to stop the bloodshed," said Ramsey, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in January. "A leader that will protect our officers from being outgunned by weapons of war, and to rebuild the bonds between police and communities.
July 25, 2016 |
Long after his retirement in 1971, Philadelphia Police Lt. John A. Stevenson would tell his children and grandchildren about the time he starred alongside Frank Rizzo and other Philadelphia officers in one of the first reality-based law enforcement shows on television. "He always talked about it. It was like family lore," said Dan Stevenson, 40, Stevenson's grandson. "We were like, 'OK, Pop Pop, you were on a TV show.' " Stevenson insisted he was on a TV show, and it was hosted by Oscar-winning actor Lee Marvin.