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July 24, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
He's out of solitary confinement for the first time in 22 years, and $99,000 richer from settlement of a civil rights lawsuit against Pennsylvania prison officials. But at 72 - serving life without parole for the 1970 murder of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Frank Von Colln - Russell Shoatz is never getting out, and now ponders his remaining life behind bars. "One of the biggest things is that my father is now beginning a period of growth and development," said Shoatz's son, Russell III. The younger Shoatz said there was talk of using part of the settlement to help inmates reenter society.
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July 22, 2016 | By Michael Boren, STAFF WRITER
Bob Ossler's brain was fried. His body, crisped. The unforgiving sun of a Louisiana summer had drained him. The police chaplain from Millville, Cumberland County, had prayed with hundreds of law enforcement officials since he arrived Sunday in Baton Rouge, where a gunman had killed three officers in an ambush. But the fatigue didn't stop Ossler. When a group of officers waved him over Wednesday — where they came from he does not know; "I see badges and I pray" — he put his hands on their shoulders and read from Psalm 23. Even the toughest officers began choking up, he said.
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July 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police on Wednesday charged a 32-year-old East Stenton man with risking a catastrophe, endangering the welfare of children, and drug offenses after he was allegedly found with homemade dynamite in a minivan with kids Tuesday night. Derek McKinney of the 7400 block of Gilbert Street was taken into custody after officers on patrol about 9:30 p.m. saw a white Toyota double-parked on Champlost Avenue near 20th Street in East Germantown, then smelled a heavy odor of marijuana. The smell led them to a white Dodge Caravan minivan parked next to the Toyota, police said.
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July 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Authorities are looking for a woman who has stolen coffee dozens of times from Wawa stores around the region, taking bags from one location and returning them to another for cash. The thefts began early this year, according to West Goshen Township police. They have been reported at stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Police believe the woman has taken more than $3,000 worth of coffee in 40 to 50 thefts. The woman will take bags of coffee from one Wawa, then return them at another for cash, police said.
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July 21, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
There were few things that Jerome Rodio, a retired Philadelphia police officer, loved more than fishing. On a dock last week on Chesapeake Bay, Rodio watched as an older man worked to bring up several crab traps. Rodio, 75, offered to help. A trap scratched the inside of Rodio's arm as he lifted it out of the shallow water. Three days later, Rodio, of Oxford, Chester County, was dead. "At one point he showed me the scratch and we laughed about it," said son Gene, who accompanied his father on a boat that morning to reel in perch.
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July 20, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
On the front porch of a neat Bucks County home, a balloon waved Monday afternoon bearing the message, "Thinking of You. " It's the spot where Edward Dubinsky's body was found last week after what appeared to be a love-triangle killing in quiet Warwick Township. Authorities said Monday they were seeking two people in the shooting death of Dubinsky, 33 - the township's first homicide in 27 years. Police said Zannatul "Asha" Naim, described as Dubinsky's on-and-off girlfriend, and Jeffrey Gould, Naim's other boyfriend, were seen by a neighbor outside Dubinsky's home on the 2600 block of Virginia Lane late Wednesday, just after neighbors reported hearing a gunshot.
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July 18, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
Charles Ramsey has law enforcement credentials that few can match. Only now, for the first time in more than 40 years, the former top cop for the District of Columbia and Philadelphia, and cochair of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, finds himself advising from the sidelines. "I've been pretty busy," he told me, "but when things like this occur, of course I wish I was in the middle of it. But then there's another part of me that's probably glad I'm not in the middle of it. " Retirement hasn't diminished his willingness to address hot-button issues.
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July 15, 2016
By Joseph J. DeFelice A "Weekend of Rage" against the police rocked Philadelphia following the unprecedented assassination of five police officers ambushed while protecting the lives of Black Lives Matter protesters in Dallas. During the Saturday night protest, which was captured in a 40-minute video by the Fishtown Spirit of the Riverwards newspaper, speakers jeered at police officers outside the 24/25th Police District in North Philadelphia. They celebrated the black shooter in Dallas who "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," and called for more of the same: "This is the face of fear"; "That's what happened in Dallas . . . they did something"; "Philadelphia is Dallas"; and "Dallas is the point!"
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July 15, 2016
It's understandable that people are still talking about the Collingswood third grader questioned by police at school for making a racially insensitive remark about brownies. The seemingly innocuous incident adds context to the rallies and marches protesting the over-the-top police tactics that have made many in minority communities fear any cop they see. Collingswood schools have rescinded their policy of calling the police for any incident of alleged misbehavior. Officers had been responding to complaints ranging from a game of tag being too aggressive to a girl being called "Aunt Jemima.
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July 15, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A Drexel University police officer has been charged with theft and related offenses after allegedly pocketing $500 and two knives from a student this year, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. When a supervisor confronted Officer Che Brown about the theft, Brown, 37, allegedly said, "My bad, this is all on me," according to prosecutors. On Jan. 14, Drexel police searched a student's room at a residence hall on campus for marijuana and confiscated two knives, a bag of white powder, $500, rolling papers, and marijuana, a news release said.
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