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January 8, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Cheryl L. Stephens was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for lying to a federal grand jury during a loan-sharking investigation. Stephens, 48, a 10-year police veteran, gave false testimony about a $100 loan she got from another officer who was convicted in the same investigation. Prosecutor Anthony Wzorek told U.S. District Judge Darnell Jones that after initially making false statements to the grand jury, Stephens helped the government make its case against codefendant Gary Cottrell.
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January 8, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
PHILADELPHIA-AREA police officers will get another shout-out on Saturday at a "pro-blue" rally at Independence Hall. Beginning at 1 p.m., speakers including U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and conservative radio talker Dom Giordano will give testimonials about their positive interactions with cops, said rally organizer Joe Eastman. "This is not pointing fingers at any group. This is to say, 'Thank you, and this is why we're thanking you.' We have a police department here that does a pretty good job, day in and day out," said Eastman, 63, who is retired from the Navy and serves on the 6th Police District Advisory Council.
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January 7, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
GIVEN OUR TRACK record of clearing bad cops, this might be a little hard to believe: Not every cop who behaves badly gets a pass. In November, a federal jury awarded Khadijah White $31,000 in a wrongful-arrest suit against several Philadelphia police officers, the commander of the Police Department's Civil Affairs Unit and the city's public safety director after White was arrested and injured outside the Municipal Services Building. On March 12, 2012, White was protesting peacefully with other demonstrators outside a public hearing on the mayor's proposed ban against feeding the homeless when a scuffle broke out between police and protesters.
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January 2, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE SMOKE billowing out of the home on an isolated Camden street was too thick, too strong for anyone to reach the family trapped inside. There was no time to think: The police officers who raced to the scene had to act immediately to save the 25-year-old woman and her two kids. "Jump!" they shouted to the trio, trapped near a second-story window. And jump they did, their leap of faith ending in the outstretched arms of a group of Camden County Police officers. "They all showed incredible bravery," Capt.
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December 31, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
A DRIED PUDDLE of blood remained on Pine Street yesterday between the curb and a gray Audi parked near 46th. Sad, residents agreed, but from what they'd heard it seemed that the police officer had no choice. An off-duty cop walking his Pekingese about 7 p.m. Saturday opened fire on an unleashed Cane Corso that attacked his dog and then bit him when he tried to intervene, police said. Neighbors reported hearing between four and six shots. Internal Affairs is investigating, as it does whenever a police officer discharges a weapon, but the shooting appears to have been justified, according to Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.
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December 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"I'M JUST GOING to the gym to work out . . . hopefully there won't be any problems. " Joseph Pacini recorded that statement in a YouTube video railing against police in Delaware County. About 30 minutes after the video was posted online yesterday, Pacini, 52, of Clifton Heights, died in a hail of gunfire at a Drexel Hill intersection after he allegedly tried to mow down a cop with his Nissan sedan, officials said. The deadly shooting was preceded by a pursuit through Delaware County, after law-enforcement officials from Haverford Township and Clifton Heights tried to arrest Pacini on a warrant for terroristic threats and related offenses, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said last night.
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December 30, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
UPPER DARBY police are searching for a Philadelphia man who was involved in what Superintendent Michael Chitwood described as a brutal robbery inside 69th Street Terminal on Christmas morning. The 48-year-old victim was returning from work and waiting for a bus about 1:40 a.m. Thursday when three men approached him and demanded his SEPTA TransPass, according to police. They punched and kicked him and threw him down the steps. "These guys were at the terminal for one reason only, to rob and steal something," Chitwood said.
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December 30, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IT TAKES ONLY about 10 minutes for a citizen to let police know about a surveillance camera at home or at work that can be tapped for solving crime. The Philadelphia Police Department's SafeCam program, launched in 2011 as a tool to connect police with citizens who have private surveillance cameras on homes and businesses, has about 900 participants throughout the city. One West Philadelphia woman whose husband installed cameras at their Cedar Park home last year said that signing up for SafeCam has helped her form a relationship with detectives who work where she lives, and fostered her trust in the officers around her neighborhood.
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December 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"IT'S NOT ME!" William Pugh kept telling the stranger who approached him about 11:30 a.m. on the sidewalk outside his home in Grays Ferry that he had the wrong guy, his family told the Daily News . "It's not me," he repeated, before the unknown man, maybe out of frustration, maybe out of spite, pulled out a handgun and fired a round into Pugh's right leg. Not satisfied, the punk then walked onto the porch of the adjacent home, pried...
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December 23, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
McGEEHAN'S Rock Bottom Bar was founded in 1929, during that dark chapter in American history known as Prohibition. You think a few bullets are going to keep customers away? Of course the Holmesburg taproom was open for business yesterday after a booze-fueled evening that everyone seems eager to forget. Just knock on the temporary plywood door, they'll buzz you in. Don't mind the bullet hole in the window. Cops went to McGeehan's, on Cottage Street near Cottman Avenue, at 12:03 a.m. yesterday, responding to a report of gunshots - a rare occurrence in the section of the city where Holmesburg, Mayfair and Tacony converge.
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