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.
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.
April 2, 1999 |
All cops should be model cops, but it isn't so. All are model until they're caught framing, brutalizing or assassinating a citizen. The Abner Louima, Rodney King and 39th District scandals are clear examples of terroristic actions that police inflict upon the citizenzy.When cops send innocent persons to jail, that's a crime. They put unnecessary hardship on the relatives of the inmate. Sometimes relatives must travel miles to visit their incarcerated loved ones. When a partner of a cop fails to report police misconduct, that is also an injustice.
February 20, 1997 |
If they were drug dealers, their arrests by corrupt cops will give them a chance to laugh at the system. If they were not, and it turns out they were framed, they could sue the city for big bucks. Today, at a hearing before Common Pleas Judge Legrome D. Davis, all charges will be dropped against 11 people picked up by former 19th District cops Kevin Daniels and Derrick Mayes. The ex-cops are serving five- to 10-year jail terms for robbing and framing suspected drug dealers in West Philadelphia.
February 28, 1997 |
Nicholas Ellerbee is known as a two-bit criminal by the cops, but maybe that ought to be two-bite. Ellerbee, 18, got this bright idea that by biting the tips of his fingers, he might confound the cops and foil the fingerprint experts, Assistant District Attorney Brian Lenz said. All it got him was suspicion. Lentz said that after being arrested for a series of crimes last September, Ellerbee, formerly of Foulkrod Street near Frankford Avenue, tried telling cops his name was Adam Smith and bit his fingers to hide his real identity.
January 4, 2000 |
Some people apparently didn't take Police Commissioner John Timoney seriously when he warned people who fired guns to celebrate the New Year would be arrested. He kept his promise. Preliminary information available last night showed that more than a dozen people were arrested early Saturday for firing guns into the air. In two separate incidents, the revelers opened fire on cops who tried to stop them, police said. The most dramatic encounter occurred between Capt.
September 3, 2015 |
WHO KNEW that four little words - You are being recorded - could be so magical? At least, that's what cops in North Philadelphia's 22nd District have found since they volunteered eight months ago to take part in a pilot program that tested the viability of body cameras. Officer Roger McFadden, who's been in charge of monitoring the district's program, said he observed several encounters between civilians and officers that seemed to change dramatically because of the presence of the cameras.
October 27, 2008
RECENTLY, a thug was killed by highway patrol officers in West Philly. The cops pulled him over and he started to run (sound familiar?). The cops gave chase. The bad guy turned around and pointed a loaded Glock at the officers, they returned fire, killing the suspect. The neighbors made a memorial for this man, saying he was a good neighbor. Why does a good neighbor with priors carry a loaded pistol? Why did this good neighbor flee the scene? Why did this good neighbor point a loaded gun at police?