October 8, 2010 |
Michele Martines doesn't allow guns in her house. Not even water guns. She's hated them since goons with guns riddled her father, mob associate Frank "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso, with bullets in 1985 and shot her husband, Ronald Martines, to death the next year in a drug dispute. So when the cops pounded on her door before dawn Saturday, demanding to search her South Philadelphia house for guns and gunmen, she didn't hesitate to let them in to look around, even though they had no warrant.
January 3, 1992 |
Cops were mostly close-mouthed about their reactions to mayor-elect Ed Rendell's plans for their department as they gathered last night for midnight shift roll call at the 6th District at 11th and Winter streets. But the few who talked expressed cautious optimism for the Police Department's future once Rendell takes office on Monday. Part of the future, according to Rendell, is the eventual addition of 1,000 officers to the ranks. Rendell also wants to reassign 100 desk cops to street patrol duty and start training sessions for 100 police and 100 fire recruits next month.
August 29, 2014 |
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.
February 23, 2012 |
A robbery suspect was nabbed and hospitalized yesterday after using a police officer's Taser to stun two other cops as the cops were trying to arrest him in Southwest Philadelphia. Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division, gave this account: A 37-year-old woman was walking on the street about 7:30 a.m. when Alexander Wade, 25, of Southwest Philadelphia, approached her from behind, pistol-whipped her and demanded cash. After taking $150 from the woman, Wade grabbed her, slammed her head against a nearby house and continued pistol-whipping her before fleeing.
January 15, 2007
WELL, there you have it, straight from our commissioner's mouth. The city needs 100 more cops just to deal with all the extra crime coming from casinos. Where's the $5 million to pay for the new officers? Coming from city taxpayers. Anne Dicker, Philadelphia Re the tires slashed in Center City: The tires are replaceable, and I'm sure these residents can afford to replace them. It's ironic that this is what has them in such an uproar, and that the residents in this area all of a sudden want more cops.
March 22, 1989 |
A brave member of the SEPTA Transit Police Department was slain in the early morning hours by a drifter wielding an eight-inch-long butcher knife. We will never know exactly what prompted the attack, nor will we know the last thoughts of the men involved, but we do know that the incident was tragic. The public reacts with shock and dismay when a young cop's life has been taken and offers expressions of sympathy to his family, but they soon forget his name and they quickly forget the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
November 22, 1996 |
They're the graffiti-busters, cops whose beat is nabbing the spray-paint vandals and wall scrawlers in West Philadelphia. But Wednesday was anything but routine for the four undercover cops. They tracked down and arrested a murder suspect. And it was a suspect in not just any homicide case. It was the high-profile, purse-snatching-turned-fatal-stabbing of Vladimir Sled, a University of Pennsylvania biophysicist who was slain on Halloween night while walking home from campus with his fiancee.
December 9, 1997 |
Three women were injured, one seriously, last night in a head-on crash that occurred when crooks tried to flee cops on the wrong side of Woodhaven Road, police said. The 6 p.m. crash capped a lengthy high-speed police chase on Interstate 95. Cops from Middletown Township, Bucks County, chased a 1979 Chevrolet station wagon onto the interstate after two men and a woman allegedly tried to use a stolen credit card at Strawbridge's in the Oxford Valley Mall, police said. After a 12-mile chase, the station wagon exited on Woodhaven Road, where the Middletown cops broke off the chase, according to state police.
March 19, 1997
A major lesson from the acquittal of the two punks charged with the murder of Kimberly Ernest is even more chilling than the fact that the killer presumably is still at large. Defects in the prosecution's case aside, the verdict poses another example of the nationwide crisis of confidence in those entrusted to protect the public and make our communities safe: the police. At one time, a confession was enough to convict. No longer. When a smart defense lawyer injects even slight suspicion in jurors' minds that the cops coerced the confession, unless there is substantive physical evidence, that shadow of doubt often springs a defendant.
December 12, 1996 |
The paralyzed man said he looked right into the face of Antonio Brinson and swore he was the one who shot him last March 18. When cops grabbed him, they said Brinson was carrying a gun that had just been fired. "I saw him point a gun at me," testified the wheelchair-bound victim, Corey Seabrook, 24. "I looked at his face. I am positive it's him. " Not only that, but Brinson, 22, blurted out a confession when arrested, police said. Open-and-shut case? Think again.