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April 1, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Police said a South Jersey man has been arrested for allegedly setting more than 20 brushfires over the last two years. Dennis Casario, 62, was apprehended after New Jersey Forest Fire Service officials saw him pull over on Beebetown Road in Winslow on Tuesday, start a fire in the brush, and leave the scene, Winslow Township police said. Authorities had been conducting surveillance in the area after multiple forest fires were deliberately set there over the last several weeks, police said.
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March 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A female groomer at a PetSmart store in South Philadelphia was attacked by a customer's bullmastiff, police said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman suffered cuts to her hand, arm and ankle, and was taken to Methodist Hospital, police said. The incident happened about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday when the employee was trying to groom the dog, police said. The mastiff then attacked a Pomeranian in the grooming area of the store on the 2300 block of Oregon Avenue, according to police and a spokeswoman for PetSmart.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury returned a split verdict Monday in the trial of a former SEPTA police officer accused of roughing up and falsely arresting a nurse after a Christmas 2013 argument in a Suburban Station doughnut shop. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women deliberated about two hours before finding Douglas Ioven guilty of misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and official oppression involving the arrest of Muibat Williamson. The jury acquitted Ioven, 44, of simple assault and obstruction of administration of law. The assault count involved Williamson's allegation that Ioven stepped on her foot after cutting in line at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse and later banged her head into an ATM trying to apprehend her. The obstruction charge involved arresting Williamson to prevent her from filing a complaint against him with SEPTA superiors.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police in Montgomery County are searching for a man who left behind an 11-year-old boy at a West Norriton Walmart store last week after trying to shoplift tools from the store. Shortly before 7:30 p.m. March 17, the man was seen putting tools in empty Walmart bags that he had in a shopping cart while in the store, at 650 S. Trooper Road, Police Chief Dale Mabry said Thursday. The man, who was with the 11-year-old boy, tried to leave the store without paying for the tools, but was stopped by a loss-prevention officer, Mabry said.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The prosecution in the trial of a SEPTA police officer accused of roughing up a nurse who had wanted to submit a complaint against him ended its case Thursday with testimony from a police supervisor that both helped and hurt the accused. SEPTA Police Lt. Garrett Marsh told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury that he saw Officer Douglas Ioven struggling to control a handcuffed woman during the Christmas morning incident at Suburban Station in 2013. "When I went down the hallway, I saw the officer struggling with a black female," Marsh said.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
As an immigrant, Muibat Williamson has firm ideas about what the United States and its citizens should be about. So when a SEPTA police officer cut in line on Christmas 2013 as she waited in the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Suburban Station and then, according to her, stepped on her foot as he left, Williamson was not about to let it rest. "I said, 'Excuse me, you stepped on me. Aren't you going to apologize?' " Williamson told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday. SEPTA Officer Douglas Ioven said no, he didn't step on her foot, and wouldn't apologize.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
An investigation is underway to determine how a 3-year-old girl was able to get her hands on and swallow an unknown amount of crack cocaine at a West Philadelphia day care center. The incident occurred about 9 a.m. Tuesday the Work of Learning Early day care center on 52nd Street near Haverford Avenue, police said. Police credited a center worker with getting the child quickly to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after she saw the girl gnawing on a packet with a white residue.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
Two men have been arrested on charges of trying to smuggle drugs into a Burlington County high school hidden in a doughnut hole, police said. They said the incident occurred last Wednesday when Brian Perry Jr., 21, showed up at Bordentown High School with a lunch for Ilker Ceyla, 18, a senior at the school. For reasons not explained, school officials suspected the lunch might contain contraband and searched the bag, Bordentown Township police said. Inside they found a small plastic bag with six Xanax tables tucked inside the hole of a doughnut, the police said.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Officers who were out in Port Richmond early Friday to serve a warrant on a man who failed to show up for a court hearing ended up shooting and wounding one of the fugitive's pit bulls after he fled in his underwear, authorities said. Sgt. Thomas Walsh, of the East Detective Division, said police were at a house on the 3000 block of Weikel Street about 5:30 a.m. to serve an absconder warrant on Matthew Harvey, 23. There were three pit bulls at the house, Walsh said. One of the dogs charged at an officer in the house, prompting the officer to fire his weapon and fire three times at the dog, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.
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