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June 18, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE HEADLINE out of West Philly last week was bizarre. A brazen gunman took a cab to a robbery on Ogden Street near 41st on June 9, shot his target twice when the man didn't comply, and then hopped back into the cab. At the time, investigators offered two possible explanations: Either the cabbie was in cahoots with the punk, or he was being coerced with the same gun seen in the surveillance footage. In reality, there was a third, much simpler, answer. That cab, along with 11 others, was stolen from Southwest Philly by an enterprising thief with an "intimate knowledge" of the city's taxi system, police said yesterday.
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June 17, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FORMER Philadelphia Police Sgt. Thomas Winkis said he hoped David Farries' relatives could find some peace. "I'm truly sorry for the loss of Mr. Farries to his family," Winkis said in court. "I truly hope my actions today bring some closure to them. " That hope was expressed yesterday morning when Winkis, 46, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, DUI and reckless endangerment for slamming his Dodge Challenger into Farries' Ford Econoline van in 2013 in Holmesburg. The high-speed crash at State Road and Ashburner Street threw Farries, 55, from his van. He died three days later.
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June 15, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
RUDOLPH KEITT Jr., the man who was shot by police last month after allegedly hitting several cops with his car, has been found incompetent to face his preliminary hearing, a prosecutor told a judge yesterday. A forensic psychiatrist has recommended that Keitt be committed for mental-health treatment for 60 days, Assistant District Attorney Jacob Sand said. An Aug. 11 status date was scheduled for the next briefing on Keitt's mental competency. Keitt, 47, who is being held in a city jail in the Philadelphia Prison System complex in Holmesburg, is expected to be transferred to its mental-health wing.
NEWS
June 13, 2015
ISSUE | COLLEGE PAY Block this trend So the president of Pennsylvania State University, entrusted with the development of minds - the source of all past and future knowledge - makes less money than the football coach, whose task is the development of football players who don't even compete internationally ("Report: 3 at PSU earned $4.1M," June 8). This is a case where the brain takes second place to brawn - and it is happening at an institution of higher learning. And we wonder what's wrong with this country?
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city is paying $490,000 to the family of a man murdered by a rogue Philadelphia police officer who opened fire after his girlfriend's cellphone got wet during a neighborhood squirt gun fight, officials announced Wednesday. Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Mayor Nutter, said the city also is paying $85,000 to a woman who was wounded when former Officer Rudolph Valentino Gary Jr. - who is serving a 25- to 60-year prison sentence for third-degree murder and aggravated assault - started shooting.
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June 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN HE'S NOT on duty at the Criminal Justice Center, Deputy Sheriff Mike Terry drives all over the city and suburbs, inviting thousands of cops and corrections officers to this weekend's Sgt. Robert Wilson III Memorial Basketball Tournament. Along the way, Terry honors his deep North Philly roots by giving out tournament tickets to kids on the street corners of his youth, and in GameStop stores, including the one, on Lehigh Avenue near 21st Street, where Wilson was shot dead in March while trying to stop an armed robbery.
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June 11, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
SO WHAT really happened on the night a Philadelphia police officer fatally shot Brandon Tate-Brown? That's the question Tate-Brown's family and their supporters haven't stopped asking since the 26-year-old was gunned down in December after struggling with two patrol cops who pulled him over in Mayfair. Yesterday, the city released a plethora of files - interview transcripts, videos and DNA evidence - and even identified the cops who were involved in the controversial incident.
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June 8, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ANDREW ELLERBE'S revolver was loaded with blanks. But off-duty Philly Detective Mark Flacco didn't know that when he saw the gun's flash and then pulled the trigger of his own weapon, a Glock pistol loaded with real ammo. Ellerbe collapsed and died from Flacco's bullets, just steps outside of Rising Sun Pizza in Lawndale. I have three words for Flacco: Thank you, sir. Because the next time that Ellerbe used that gun to terrorize hard-working merchants, he might have used real bullets.
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June 5, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE dismissed an attempted-murder charge Thursday against a man accused of running over a cop's leg in January, but held the man for trial on aggravated assault and related offenses. Municipal Judge David Shuter agreed with defense attorney Perry de Marco Sr., saying that defendant Dominique Fallins, 24, "was trying to get away from the officer, not trying to kill him. " Police Officer Joseph Kochmer, of North Philly's 22nd District, testified at Fallins' preliminary hearing that about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8, he and partner Brian Hollman were in a patrol car, stopped at a light on Ridge Avenue, near 32nd Street, in Strawberry Mansion, when he saw a 2006 silver Chevy Impala traveling south on 32nd.
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June 5, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
NO REMORSE - that's what Judge Jeffrey Minehart said he heard from Rafael Jones. Jones, 25, of North Philadelphia, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of off-duty Police Officer Moses Walker Jr. in 2012. Walker's relatives and a fellow officer gave emotional testimony in a packed courtroom yesterday morning. "I pray that you rot in hell," Walker's mother, Wayne Lipscomb, told Jones. She asked the judge to impose the longest sentence permissible.
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