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.
June 13, 2014 |
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.
August 7, 2014 |
Imagine if coworkers allegedly violated rules again and again, not over a year, but sometimes for more than a decade. Imagine if they allegedly committed acts of violence, and stole money and drugs, and their reckless behavior resulted in $500,000 in settlement payouts. And imagine if these employees were never fired or appropriately disciplined and, in some cases, collected substantial overtime and commendations. What sort of business would tolerate such behavior? Welcome to the Philadelphia Police Department.
August 1, 2014 |
MAYBE YOU'RE tired of reading news stories about police corruption. Nobody would blame you. According to Mayor Nutter, 146 Philadelphia police officers have been fired for a variety of offenses since his administration took office in 2008. Among those on that ever-growing list, 88 have been arrested, and 48 have been convicted of crimes that have included murder, rape and extortion. Maybe you're disgusted by the bombshell that dropped earlier this week, when six veteran narcotics cops were hauled off to jail on a 26-count federal indictment.