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March 27, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
MORE THAN 40 shots were fired in two heated gunbattles last night, one of which took place between a cop and an armed man, police said. In that incident, on Louden Street near Mascher in Feltonville, the 21-year-old was struck once in his shoulder, and a second bullet grazed his head, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. He's in stable condition at Temple University Hospital, where he was taken by the same officers he took aim at just before 5:30 p.m., Small said. Small gave the following account: Two officers were assisting representatives from the Department of Human Services at an unrelated house on Palethorp Street near Louden when they heard gunfire.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN THEY MET in 2010, she was 14 and he, a silver-haired 72-year-old, was old enough to be her grandfather. They met at Courtesy Stables in Andorra. She rode horses. Walter Sasse, a retired Philadelphia cop who spent 18 years on horseback in the elite Mounted Patrol, supervised the barn. At first, everything was ordinary, she said. But friendly hugs and kisses soon turned into romantic kissing and fondling. That escalated into a 2 1/2-year relationship that included frequent oral sex and masturbation until she ended things in December, she said.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER ALL that's happened, Patricia Rafferty is just glad her son's home. "He looks good, he sounds good and he's starting to eat again," Rafferty said yesterday from her home in South Philly. "I'm just thankful everything worked out all right. " Her son, Fran Rafferty Jr., was released from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital yesterday, after he was stabbed in the chest and legs while off duty Thursday night. He is the son of former City Councilman Francis W. Rafferty. Rafferty, 49, a 19-year veteran of the Police Department who works for the Center City District, was attacked outside the Venture Inn, on Camac Street near Spruce in Center City, alongside Tommy Martinez, 40, who tends bar there.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A SOUTH PHILLY man was in police custody last night after he allegedly stabbed an off-duty policeman late Thursday in a expletive-ridden rage. William Johnson, 39, of Morris Street near 4th, is accused of attacking the officer - a 19-year veteran whose name the Daily News is withholding - and a bartender outside the Venture Inn, on Camac Street near Spruce in Center City, police said. Johnson was arrested yesterday afternoon while he slept in some bushes on 11th Street near Pine, police said.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN OFFICERS Ned Felici and Richard Holland pulled up to a home in the Castor section of Northeast Philadelphia one morning last August, they had no choice but to spring into action. That's standard procedure when a 2-year-old boy is clinging to power lines three stories above the ground. "We didn't really think; we just wanted to get him down," Felici, a 15-year veteran of the department, said yesterday after receiving a commendation for the rescue. "We didn't have time to wait for rescue or the fire department - we had to do it. " So, Felici and Holland scrambled to gain entry to the home, on Wells Street near Loretto Avenue.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
HATBORO A Hatboro man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly sending a scratch-and-sniff birthday card laced with ricin to a man now dating his ex-girlfriend, authorities said. Nicholas Todd Helman, 19, was charged with attempted murder and risking catastrophe after lab tests allegedly showed that the card he placed in the man's family mailbox March 6 was discovered this week to have contained traces of the toxic substance, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said. The form of the substance was unclear.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JURY yesterday acquitted two ex-cops in a case in which one was accused of masturbating in front of a woman without her consent while he was on duty as a plainclothes narcotics cop during a drug raid in an abandoned Kensington rowhouse in 2009. The panel of seven women and five men deliberated about three hours before clearing Joseph Harvey, 39, of a count of violating the woman's civil right to be "free from an unreasonable seizure by a police officer. " It also acquitted Sean Cahill, 34, of making a false statement to the FBI. When the foreman announced the verdicts, the wives of both Harvey and Cahill wept.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PERCY PRIDE'S phone started ringing when the surveillance video hit the TV news Monday night, a video of a big guy brawling with a SEPTA cop on a crowded subway platform. People thought it was his son, Steve Mason. Nah, Pride thought, it couldn't be. He looked closer. It was his son, all right - but that didn't seem possible. Pride said he'd spoken to his son earlier in the day, when Mason, 40, had called from the Warren E. Smith Health Center in North Philly. Mason needed help.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: A federal jury at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday acquitted Joseph Harvey and Sean Cahill. ----- JOSEPH HARVEY, the ex-cop accused of masturbating in front of a woman against her will in an abandoned Kensington rowhouse in 2009, took the stand in his own defense yesterday, testifying that their sexual encounter was consensual. In his testimony before a federal jury, Harvey said he and another cop, Sean Cahill, had arrived at work an hour early, about 6 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PHILADELPHIA police Officer Robbi Huff, fresh off an arrest for domestic violence, has been given her walking papers. Police spokesman Lt. John Stanford confirmed yesterday that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Huff, 35, for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. The Daily News reported Saturday that Huff was arrested Thursday when Cheltenham Township cops were called to her boyfriend's house on Arboretum Road near Rock Creek Drive on a report of a domestic dispute.
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