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November 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
WHEN FORMER Philadelphia police officer Edward Sawicki crossed paths with Lamar Fouse in the early morning of Oct. 20, 2013, things got real ugly, real fast. Fouse, 38, told a judge yesterday that while walking across 9th Street near Wharton headed to Pat's King of Steaks at 2:45 a.m., the off-duty Sawicki bumped into his knees with his car while trying to park. That's when Fouse said he tapped the back of Sawicki's car to get his attention, but ended up getting a lot more than that.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR TWO WEEKS, the state of Philly's police cruisers has been a hot topic. Literally. Just days after Officer Mark Kimsey was pulled from his burning vehicle by a heroic passer-by Nov. 8, the city recalled the department's entire fleet of Chevrolet Impalas for preventive maintenance, officials said yesterday. The nearly 300 Impalas were taken off the street Nov. 10 after an investigation into that damaged cruiser found that its subframe was missing a bolt, mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
H OWARD RUBIN is suing CBS3 for defamation after the station ran a report saying that he molested an underage boy at the charter school where he was employed as a guard. Rubin previously acted as a security guard for various hip-hop stars, including the Notorious B.I.G ., Junior M.A.F.I.A and Lil' Kim . According to the suit, filed Sept. 29, anchor Chris May reported that Rubin was fired "over accusations of child sexual abuse" of an underage male student at Multi-Cultural Academy Charter School.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A PHILADELPHIA police lieutenant who once cost the city big bucks in a lawsuit payout was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting a fellow officer. Cops were called to Kraydor Street near Ditman, a stone's throw from the old Holmesburg prison, when George Holcombe allegedly got into an argument with the mother of his children. Holcombe, who was off-duty, threatened the woman, and then "struggled" with the responding officers, police said last night. The 42-year-old was charged with aggravated assault on police, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AFTER A REVIEW of more than two dozen cases of fired Philadelphia Police officers that showed the majority of them were reinstated, the Police Advisory Commission yesterday called on the city to examine the police arbitration process. In its inquiry into 26 cases of police officers fired between 2008 and last year for offenses ranging from domestic incidents and retail theft to excessive force and on-duty intoxication, the commission found that 19 of the cops were reinstated by arbitrators, PAC executive director Kelvyn Anderson said during a news conference last night at which the commission released its 2012-13 annual report and announced its recommendation.
NEWS
November 18, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gary Cottrell, federal prosecutors said Monday, was a dirty cop who ran a West Philadelphia loan-sharking enterprise that used violence and the threat of violence against those who failed to pay interest fees of 300 percent. Not true, said Cottrell's defense attorney, Jack McMahon, portraying his client as a friendly businessman who worked for 15 years on the police force and aided the needy who asked him for loans to buy groceries or pay utility bills. "My client helped over 300 people," McMahon said in his opening statement to the jury.
NEWS
November 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Police Officer Gene Mackey heard the radio call about a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he had no way of knowing that the victim was a child. As it turned out, Mackey, an officer in Folcroft, and Sharon Hill Patrolman Stephen Mummo may have saved the 10-year-old's life after they rushed to the shooting scene at a Darby Township auto-body shop. In interviews Monday, they described the drama Saturday night after the boy accidentally shot himself with his father's .357 Magnum.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 80-year-old man who police said fired nine shots at officers and threatened to shoot down a news helicopter -- evidently because he was angry at The Inquirer -- is being held at the Delaware County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Thursday for Joseph Smith, of Upper Darby Township. After Smith called 911 threatening to kill himself, police arrived at Smith's apartment about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and found him "irate," said Michael Chitwood, the Upper Darby police superintendent.
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A Philadelphia jury on Friday convicted former police officer Kevin Corcoran of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of an Iraqi War veteran last year. The Common Pleas Court jury of five women and seven men found Corcoran not guilty of two other charges - false imprisonment and official oppression. Corcoran, 34, a 10-year police veteran at the time of his dismissal in March, could receive up to 1-to-2 years in jail when sentenced Jan. 9 by Judge Robert Coleman.
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER Philly cop, fired for making a questionable arrest of an Iraqi War veteran last year, testified yesterday that he released the man without filing charges because of the man's military service. Kevin Corcoran, 34, said he cut Roderick King loose even after King cursed at him, challenged him to fight and refused to give his name while handcuffed and facedown in the officer's marked SUV during the wee hours of March 31, 2013. Corcoran, on trial in Common Pleas Court for false imprisonment, official oppression and obstructing the administration of law, said that King showed "a complete range of emotions" before breaking into tears and sharing that he had served in the Air Force during the Iraqi War. "I felt bad for the guy . . . I said, 'I'm going to cut you a break,' " a calm and confident-appearing Corcoran said while being questioned by his lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner told the jury during his closing argument yesterday that the former cop's version of events was "a fabrication, a convenient after-defense for when this defendant got caught.
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