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August 1, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THELMA BROWN has one thing to say about Jonathan Rosa and Cornelius Crawford, the two men police say struck her and killed three kids she loved dearly: "They are very lucky that the police officers got them before the people around here that know me did," she said last night in an interview on her front porch in Tioga. "Because otherwise, the cops would've had to bring body bags. " Brown, 69, was released from Hahnemann University Hospital last night, nearly a week after she was struck by a stolen vehicle as she sold fruit for a church fundraiser at Germantown and Allegheny avenues.
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August 14, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JUDGE is expected to rule this afternoon on whether ex-narcotics cop Thomas Liciardello - whom the feds have called the "ringleader" of a rogue group of cops - should be granted bail. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno yesterday heard an hour and a half of arguments and testimony about Liciardello. The government contends that Liciardello, 38, intimidated witnesses and alleged victims, and even threatened a lawyer. His attorney says he didn't intimidate anyone. Liciardello and five other ex-narcotics cops were arrested two weeks ago on a 26-count indictment charging them with racketeering conspiracy, robbery and related offenses.
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August 1, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592 "P
POLICE! Police!" the narcotics cops screamed after they busted through a locked, red wooden gate, then burst through the door to the couple's Frankford home. About 10 plainclothes cops, some with police badges around their necks, armed with guns and rifles, raced into their house, on the second and third floor of a building, the wife told the Daily News yesterday. More cops were outside, she said. Her husband, a small-business owner, was one of the men allegedly robbed by a band of rogue cops, six of whom were arrested by the feds Wednesday morning.
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August 1, 2014 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN & BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writers rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
IN AN UNMARKED four-door Ford, the three cops drove John Goodwin in silence to a secluded spot under Interstate 95 behind the Port Richmond Village Shopping Center. It was an early evening in August 2009. The sun had not yet set, and traffic rumbled overhead. Officers Thomas Liciardello and Brian Reynolds and a third officer ordered Goodwin out of the car and pinned him against a concrete pillar. Or so remembers Goodwin. Liciardello did most of the talking, Goodwin recalled.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 29, 1997 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
A pleasant dinner was the plan, but as attorney Scott Lempert and his wife drove across traffic-jammed South Street near 4th, their first concern was a parking spot. Meanwhile, Officer Joseph Galie, a three-year veteran of the force, was frantically trying to keep the traffic moving. At about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 1996, Lempert met Galie. There was screaming and shouting, maybe some pushing and foul language. The couple never broke bread. Instead, Lempert was surrounded by cops and ticketed.
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January 3, 1992 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 23, 2012 | By Phillip Lucas
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 22, 1989 | BY JEFFREY A. KATZ
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.
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