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August 14, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JUDGE yesterday sentenced a former cop who robbed drug dealers and users of prescription pills and money to feed his drug addiction to eight years in prison. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno's sentence, imposed on Christopher Saravello, was within the advisory guideline range. Saravello, 38, who joined the force in 2007 and worked out of Chinatown's 6th District, pleaded guilty in February to conspiring with three drug dealers to rob other dealers and buyers of money and drugs from November 2011 to June 2012 while he was a cop. One of Saravello's accomplices was his South Philly drug dealer, Robert Nagy.
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August 14, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Police dogs learn many single-word commands. Seek . Track . Hold. But for a 10-year-old German shepherd named Bento, the most important word - loyalty - isn't a command. It's in his character. "He's always had my back," says Glassboro Police Sgt. Ryan Knight, Bento's handler since 2006. "As far as he's concerned," Knight adds, "it's me and him. " I meet the duo at home in Franklin Township, where Knight lives with his wife, Glassboro Police Cpl. Mindy Knight, and their 16-month-old son, Ryan Jr. Bento, who has lived with the Ryans for years, retired July 1. He was diagnosed with cancer in May. "They found a malignant mass on his spleen," Knight, 37, recalls.
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August 9, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Philadelphia judge on Friday reversed 158 narcotics convictions tainted by allegations of police corruption - the largest such dismissal in one day in city history. The rulings by Common Pleas Court President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper were the latest fallout from the federal prosecution of seven police narcotics officers. The officers - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser - were acquitted of all charges at a federal trial in May. A seventh officer, Jeffrey Walker, pleaded guilty to separate federal corruption charges and testified against his former colleagues at trial.
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August 7, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PERRY BETTS, one of the six Philadelphia Police narcotics officers who recently won back his job after being acquitted in a federal corruption case, is about to be booted from the force again. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Daily News yesterday that Betts will be suspended on Monday for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. Betts, a law-enforcement source said, failed a drug test that was part of a medical exam required before he could rejoin the force. Betts tested positive for marijuana, the source said.
NEWS
August 7, 2015
DEVOTED CLOUT readers probably remember the name-calling and the campaign fliers of weird hot-tub photos that popped up during the fierce spring primary election race between City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and real estate developer Ori Feibush . At the time, former Gov. Ed Rendell noted the race had entered something called the "silly season," a point in time where candidates just throw ideas - and rumors - at a wall, and hope something...
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August 7, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A PHILADELPHIA MAN was charged with murder yesterday after allegedly plunging a sword into his father's abdomen, police said. Eli Goodrich, 26, visited his parents' home on Trappe Lane in Langhorne - where the family runs an antiques business - every Tuesday to spend the night with them, police said. But when he arrived about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, he argued with his father, according to a criminal complaint that detailed parts of their conversation. "You're not going to control my mind anymore," Goodrich told his father and employer, Alan Goodrich, 67. "I have to kill you. " Eli left after that and took the dog for a walk, police said.
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August 6, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
THIS TIME AROUND, jurors showed little confusion in the retrial of a civil case against two cops over a 2013 stop-and-frisk. After an hour of deliberation yesterday, the U.S. District Court jury found that officers David O'Connor and Brad Momme had not used excessive force against ex-cop Herbert Spellman, and had not violated his constitutional rights or caused him unreasonable harm when they stopped and frisked him. Jury foreman Shanene King said...
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August 5, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
YOU COULD BE forgiven for thinking Philadelphia's biggest problems have been limited recently to pope fences, a dismembered traveling robot and Chip Kelly's roster moves. Violent-crime numbers - a quality-of-life measurement temporarily forgotten in the basement of the city's consciousness - have been climbing. As of Sunday night, 152 murders had been recorded - a 5 percent increase from the same point last year, when the tally stood at 141, according to police statistics. The number of Philadelphians who have been shot has risen 9 percent, hovering at 627 victims as of last Monday, compared to 572 at the same time last year.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Philadelphia suburb Deptford Township has the wrong perspective on New Jersey's effort to equip all state troopers and police officers with body cameras, which local officials criticize as an unfunded mandate. Body cameras are fast on their way to becoming as ubiquitous as guns and body armor in police departments. While a number of high-profile recent cases have shown that cameras can create valuable records of police misconduct, they can also protect officers from false allegations.
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