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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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July 15, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
DONNY SMITH, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, wants to split the sprawling 15th Police District into two districts, with a guaranteed number of officers patrolling each neighborhood. Right now, Smith said, the quieter neighborhoods like his suffer quality-of-life crimes, such as theft when cops are busy responding to the 15th's high-crime areas. "We're a blue-collar neighborhood," Smith said. "People are at work all day. They don't want to come home to find their house was broken into because there aren't enough police patrolling the streets here.
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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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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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June 13, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A RETIRED PHILLY cop who says he was stopped and frisked by two city cops last year because he was black has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers and the city. Herbert Spellman, 51, filed the civil-rights lawsuit on Tuesday against police officers Brad Momme and David O'Connor. According to the suit and an interview Spellman gave to the Daily News last year, Spellman says that on Sept. 10, he was walking to a bus stop near Wister Street in West Oak Lane when Momme and O'Connor stopped their police cruiser in front of him and grabbed him. Spellman told the cops he was an injured ex-officer, but they continued to frisk and verbally abuse him, the suit says.
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July 22, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE MYSTERIOUS deaths of an elderly couple in their home last week have been solved, police said, but the arrests of two men have only brought more confusion to the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood where the couple - and one of their alleged killers - lived. Homicide Capt. James Clark said Rufus Perry, 79, and Algladis Perry, 66, were strangled and suffocated Wednesday by their best friend's grandson, Terry Ballard, 26, and his friend, Justen Smith, 19, at the Perrys' home on Spangler Street near Sergeant.
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July 22, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
HE GETS PULLED over by police almost every month on his way to Army Reserve duty, the black man says. Each time, he rolls his window down, hands over his license and politely asks what he did wrong. He knows things can go badly very quickly. So he "yes-sirs" his way through the stop. If you're rolling your eyes and thinking, "Here she goes again, whining about just another black or brown man in Philadelphia being targeted by police," you're wrong. This was Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, sharing his experiences with police with a group of reporters during a news conference last week.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
SURELY, THIS situation could've been handled better. One leader of an Overbrook mosque is behind bars - and another might join him soon - after Philadelphia police said the two men tried to lop off the hand of a worshipper who had supposedly stolen money from the mosque. The macabre tale started to unfold as the sun began to fill the morning sky on Monday. A prayer service had just ended at the Al-Masjid Ur-Razzaq Ul-Karim mosque, which is housed in a decrepit, Hitchcockian building on 63rd Street near Lebanon Avenue.
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July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
DOUGLAS Ioven, the SEPTA police officer arrested last month for allegedly arresting a woman on Christmas morning after she attempted to file a complaint against him, yesterday was ordered to stand trial for witness intimidation, retaliation against a witness, false imprisonment and related counts. Common Pleas Judge Teresa Carr Deni made the ruling after Muibat Williamson testified during a preliminary hearing about the encounter with Ioven at Suburban Station last Christmas. Williamson, a registered nurse, had just left work and stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts in the station about 8 a.m. when Ioven, 42, who was in uniform, cut to the front of the line and stepped on her foot, she said.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
CLAIMS THAT an officer injured a 16-year-old boy's testicle during a January stop-and-frisk are unfounded and a surgery the boy underwent the following day on his scrotum was merely "exploratory," according to a grand jury report released yesterday by the District Attorney's Office. However, that same grand jury also found that the boy, Darrin Manning, had committed no crime and his belief that he shouldn't have been stopped in the first place was "understandable. " On Jan. 7, Manning and several of his teammates from the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia were on their way to a game when one of them gestured toward a police van that was parked on Girard Avenue near Broad Street in North Philadelphia, according to the report.
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July 17, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
POLICE ARRESTED a SEPTA passenger and confiscated four BB guns, ammunition, two large butcher knives and a meat cleaver he carried with him Monday night as he rode the Broad Street Line. Darryl Donahue, 52, of Germantown, told officers he had the weapons for protection, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel said. He was riding the Broad Street Line north when a passenger noticed the "telltale bulge" of a gun in his waistband, took his photo with her smartphone and alerted police, Nestel said.
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July 15, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
DONNY SMITH, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, wants to split the sprawling 15th Police District into two districts, with a guaranteed number of officers patrolling each neighborhood. Right now, Smith said, the quieter neighborhoods like his suffer quality-of-life crimes, such as theft when cops are busy responding to the 15th's high-crime areas. "We're a blue-collar neighborhood," Smith said. "People are at work all day. They don't want to come home to find their house was broken into because there aren't enough police patrolling the streets here.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THERE ARE THINGS that go bump in the night, and then there are creeps who break into homes and stand over women like weirdos until they're awake. Tyrell Booker is of the latter variety, according to Upper Darby police. Booker, 21, of Yeadon, is the man police said is responsible for five break-ins in the Stonehurst section of the Delaware County township in the last three months. In each case, a woman awoke to find a strange man standing over her, police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Police arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed three people in an Olney home around 12 a.m. Wednesday. One of the victims, a 25-year-old woman, was stabbed once in the chest, back, left arm and head. The other two victims, a 32-year-old man and another 25-year-old woman, each was stabbed in the left arm. Medics transported the victims from a residence on the 200 block of Albanus Street to Albert Einstein Hospital. All three were in stable condition Wednesday morning.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AN UPPER DARBY man piled his daughter's belongings in his back yard and doused them with lighter fluid, then chased after his neighbor with a nail-studded board because the man took in the daughter he had kicked out, police said. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said that on Tuesday night, Jeremy Davis, 38, kicked his 18-year-old daughter out of the home they share with her mother, on Ruskin Lane near 69th Street, because she wouldn't give him money from her bank account.
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