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July 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
CLAIMS THAT an officer injured a 16-year-old boy's testicle during a January stop-and-frisk are unfounded and a surgery the boy underwent the following day on his scrotum was merely "exploratory," according to a grand jury report released yesterday by the District Attorney's Office. However, that same grand jury also found that the boy, Darrin Manning, had committed no crime and his belief that he shouldn't have been stopped in the first place was "understandable. " On Jan. 7, Manning and several of his teammates from the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia were on their way to a game when one of them gestured toward a police van that was parked on Girard Avenue near Broad Street in North Philadelphia, according to the report.
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July 17, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
POLICE ARRESTED a SEPTA passenger and confiscated four BB guns, ammunition, two large butcher knives and a meat cleaver he carried with him Monday night as he rode the Broad Street Line. Darryl Donahue, 52, of Germantown, told officers he had the weapons for protection, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel said. He was riding the Broad Street Line north when a passenger noticed the "telltale bulge" of a gun in his waistband, took his photo with her smartphone and alerted police, Nestel said.
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July 15, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
DONNY SMITH, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, wants to split the sprawling 15th Police District into two districts, with a guaranteed number of officers patrolling each neighborhood. Right now, Smith said, the quieter neighborhoods like his suffer quality-of-life crimes, such as theft when cops are busy responding to the 15th's high-crime areas. "We're a blue-collar neighborhood," Smith said. "People are at work all day. They don't want to come home to find their house was broken into because there aren't enough police patrolling the streets here.
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July 11, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A HANDFUL OF U.S. Department of Justice officials found themselves neck-deep in a thick, simmering stew of raw emotion in City Council chambers last night. The members of the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office attended a packed two-hour forum, moderated by the Police Advisory Commission, to collect community feedback as part of an ongoing review of police-involved shootings in Philadelphia. It didn't take long for things to get contentious. "It's not comforting to me to hear you tell us that you're here to assess the situation," said Vivienne Crawford, counsel to the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Action Network.
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July 11, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THERE ARE THINGS that go bump in the night, and then there are creeps who break into homes and stand over women like weirdos until they're awake. Tyrell Booker is of the latter variety, according to Upper Darby police. Booker, 21, of Yeadon, is the man police said is responsible for five break-ins in the Stonehurst section of the Delaware County township in the last three months. In each case, a woman awoke to find a strange man standing over her, police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
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July 11, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Police arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed three people in an Olney home around 12 a.m. Wednesday. One of the victims, a 25-year-old woman, was stabbed once in the chest, back, left arm and head. The other two victims, a 32-year-old man and another 25-year-old woman, each was stabbed in the left arm. Medics transported the victims from a residence on the 200 block of Albanus Street to Albert Einstein Hospital. All three were in stable condition Wednesday morning.
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July 11, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AN UPPER DARBY man piled his daughter's belongings in his back yard and doused them with lighter fluid, then chased after his neighbor with a nail-studded board because the man took in the daughter he had kicked out, police said. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said that on Tuesday night, Jeremy Davis, 38, kicked his 18-year-old daughter out of the home they share with her mother, on Ruskin Lane near 69th Street, because she wouldn't give him money from her bank account.
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July 10, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A WOMAN WAS beaten by her ex-boyfriend and her current boyfriend simultaneously early Saturday morning and after the men were arrested, a District Court judge allowed both of them to walk free on signature bail, according to police. The 28-year-old victim was living with her current boyfriend, Jose Garcia-Canto, 29, on Larchwood Avenue near Keystone in Upper Darby, when her ex-boyfriend, Mario Guitarrero, 28, showed up at the couple's house about 2 a.m. Saturday, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
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July 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER 10-year Philadelphia police officer sat in a courtroom yesterday as a defendant and was ordered to stand trial for false imprisonment and related charges. The ex-cop, Kevin Corcoran, 33, found himself on the wrong side of the law for allegedly snatching a retired military veteran off a Center City street, cuffing him, throwing him face-first into the back of his marked SUV and driving him to a dark alley in the early-morning hours of March 31. "I was very scared," the alleged victim, Roderick King, of Lansdale, testified during the ex-cop's preliminary hearing.
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July 8, 2014
WHEN I READ the article about Mrs. Krewson it made me sick. These two uniformed officers failed to take action because they didn't have a police radio. I'm sure both of them had cellphones. They probably were in court getting paid time and a half. They should be identified and disciplined for neglect of duty and cowardice. They put Krewson in danger. As for Lt. Sanford saying it was wise for the officers not to confront the suspectm, what's wrong with him? Somebody should tell him what real cops do. I recently retired from the Police Department after 44 years spending my last 28 years in homicide.
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