January 27, 1999 |
Seven hours into the standoff, the swelling crowd pushed against police tape to catch a glimpse of a North Philadelphia drama yesterday. They were relatives, friends, neighbors. A handful were news photographers. Many were cops - in uniform, in plainclothes and in tactical gear. Police said the five men hiding inside the house had broken into the bar at the corner of 22nd and Cumberland streets at about 3 a.m., stealing a load of liquor, cigarettes and cash. The men then ran into the house next door, where a couple of them lived.
October 8, 1996 |
Authorities in nine states are retracing a South Jersey couple's 11-day death rampage by following a trail of blood from Georgia to the New Mexico border. Alicia Woodward, 18, and John Esposito, 21, were captured last week in Colorado. They face extradition for the murders of three elderly people who were plucked from outside neighborhood supermarkets, robbed and beaten. "We need to know how they got from Georgia to Oklahoma and if there are any other crimes committed along the way," Oklahoma County Prosecutor Robert Macy said yesterday.
May 27, 1989 |
If famous showman P.T. Barnum was correct in assuming "there's a sucker born every minute," then the Pennsylvania Fair at Philadelphia Park Race Track has apparently seen more than a few recently. Pennsylvania State Police raided the fair early Thursday night and confiscated seven "rigged" carnival games and arrested eight people who were charged with theft by deception. According to Trooper Thomas Taylor, who works out of State Police headquarters in Harrisburg, a few officers played the games for several days and picked out the "worst offenders," before making the raid.
October 16, 2004 |
Authorities again searched the home of Portland Trail Blazers forward Qyntel Woods yesterday, seeking additional evidence of dog fighting. Officials from the Oregon Humane Society, with assistance from the Clackamas County sheriff's office, carried out the search. Woods' home was first searched on Monday, following allegations that Woods abandoned his pit bull - reportedly because it would not fight for him. "Investigators have probable cause to believe there is additional evidence of animal fighting within the residence that needs to be seized," the sheriff's office said yesterday.
May 1, 1996 |
Nicholas Cage won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his performance as a dying drunk. He barely got noticed for another recent movie in which he played what is, by today's standards, a far less exciting role. He played a good cop. So good that he offers to split a lottery ticket with a waitress he's never met before. When his number hits for $4 million, she can't believe he returns to say she's in for half. "A promise," he says to her, "is a promise. " That ain't just Hollywood.
March 4, 1994 |
The hale-and-hearty fanfare that traditionally accompanies the Twentieth Century Fox logo at the outset of its pictures has been replaced in The Chase with gear-grinding heavy-metal guitar chords. Then the title letters explode. Cut to a wild-eyed Charlie Sheen pulling into a mini-mart. The cops walk in. Whatever happens next, we already know it's going to be loud, fast and lacking in subtlety. Which is exactly what you get in writer-director Adam Rifkin's no-brainer action romp, a zooming comic book of a movie about a guy, a girl and a car - and a pack of police vehicles in hot pursuit.
August 23, 2000 |
Janet McGinnis didn't get a chance to tell her hair-raising story to a jury. She didn't mind. Before the 39-year-old hairdresser was scheduled to arrive in court yesterday, she was told that the man who beat and tried to choke her to death at her salon on Horrocks Street near Bridge had copped a plea. Just as jury selection was about to begin, convicted stalker Richard Sincavage, 33, of Solly Avenue near Ferndale Street, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, aggravated assault and related charges before Common Pleas Judge Sheldon C. Jelin.
February 13, 2012 |
AFTER PUTTING out a name and photo of a man whom police said escaped from their custody outside Pennsylvania Hospital on Thursday, cops issued a news release Saturday saying that they had identified the wrong man. "Through further investigation, it has been determined that the . . . information regarding an escaped prisoner was released in error," the release said. "The male identified . . . is not wanted. The correct identity of the escaped prisoner is not available at this time. " The person who was initially identified by police as the escapee - Randall Stiles, 22, of Lindenwood Street near Race, in West Philly - told the Daily News yesterday that he found out on Friday that he was a wanted man. A woman in his neighborhood showed him a computer printout of a paper with his photo on it, he said as he stood outside his house in the bitter cold.
April 7, 1999
Two of the most urgent needs in fighting crime in Philadelphia are accurate statistics and more police protection on the streets. Commissioner John Timoney is learning the hard way what his predecessors had to put up with - the system is more resistant to change than it is dedicated to fighting crime. He has been using computer specialists, trained at the University of Pennsylvania, to develop the sophisticated maps that guide police deployment and tactics. But the Fraternal Order of Police complained to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board that this takes work away from cops.
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.