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April 4, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police officer was arrested yesterday for an off-duty incident last fall in which he allegedly drove into a pedestrian - and then threatened to kill the man, shouting a racial slur at him and flashing his gun. Officer Edward Sawicki III, 33, surrendered to police yesterday morning. He faces charges including terroristic threats, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, harassment and disorderly conduct. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Sawicki for 30 days, with intent to dismiss the nine-year veteran officer, who was most recently assigned to North Philly's rough-and-tumble 25th District.
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April 3, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE MEN and women held and restrained him. They marked him up with tattoos of genitals and racial stereotypes, he said. They were, he believed, his friends with whom he shared a basement residence in Mayfair. Police yesterday were trying to unravel the bizarre case of a 52-year-old man who says he was forcibly tatted up by his four roommates over two days ending sometime yesterday, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman. Cops were called by the victim and arrived about 10 a.m. to the house on Brighton Street near Hawthorne.
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March 30, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
WHO KNOWS how close the city came to witnessing a horrific tragedy earlier this week. Three children, all under age 10, were alone in their Brewerytown rowhouse on Thursday when police say a bed went up in flames after one of the tots started to fiddle with a lighter. Authorities said the kids were saved thanks to some heroic police officers and firefighters, who rushed into the house, on Newkirk Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, and pulled the youngsters outside. Their mother, however, was nowhere in sight.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
"AN HONEST mistake" is how disgraced ex-cop Jonathan Lazarde yesterday described the extortion scheme he undertook last year that ended his career and resulted in his pleading guilty in January. "It was the worst decision I ever made," Lazarde, 28, added during his sentencing hearing in Common Pleas Court. "I'm still stuck on 'an honest mis-take,' " Judge Robert P. Coleman said after Lazarde spoke. The judge told Lazarde misconduct like his leads to distrust of police and makes it harder for prosecutors to win convictions.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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