September 16, 2015 |
Services are set for Tuesday, Sept. 15, for Karl von Lipsey Sr., 89, formerly of Philadelphia, a law enforcement investigator whose specialty was white-collar and financial crime. Mr. von Lipsey died Wednesday, Aug. 5, of complications from a stroke at the Foulkeways in Gwynedd, where he had lived since 2004 after the death of his wife, Mary-Elizabeth von Lipsey. The two were married for 54 years. In 1950, Mr. von Lipsey began a distinguished career in law enforcement as an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department.
September 12, 2015 |
In his latest presidential pitch, Gov. Christie is pledging to restore "law and order," drawing on recent crimes and killings of police to accuse President Obama of encouraging "lawlessness. " Alleging that Obama hasn't adequately responded to killings of police officers, Christie has described police as being "hunted. " He has gone on the attack over an uptick in homicides in New York, deeming the city "less safe," blasting "liberal policies," and endorsing a return to stop-and-frisk to "empower" officers - after a federal judge in 2013 ruled that the city's tactics violated the constitutional rights of minorities.
August 29, 2015
A 22-year-old man who was shot by police after allegedly committing an armed robbery and then trying to ambush an officer Wednesday morning in West Philadelphia was identified Thursday by police as Marquis Cantland. Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at 60th and Spruce Street. Cantland, who fit the description of the suspect, was seen in the area. Police said Cantland ran when he saw the patrol vehicle. An officer pursued him on foot. The partner still in the patrol vehicle found Cantland at 61st and Walnut Streets allegedly holding a gun and appearing to wait for the officer on foot to turn the corner.
August 26, 2015 |
The embattled but entrenched Pennsylvania politician, proclaiming his or her innocence while clinging to the public payroll, is not just an individual but a species. Consider that the commonwealth has in recent weeks been drearily occupied by the spectacle of not one but two prominent officeholders - Attorney General Kathleen Kane and longtime Congressman Chaka Fattah - facing grave charges while scrambling to avoid their political graves. This increasingly familiar ritual features a pattern of predictable elements, including: The ad hominem: In a five-page letter released on the eve of his arraignment last week, Fattah attacked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray as dogging him, Javert-like, out of an acute aversion to pork-barrel politics and perhaps Fattah himself.
August 19, 2015 |
WHEN POPE FRANCIS hits Philly next month, I pray he misbehaves. Go rogue, pontiff. Throw caution and schedules to the wind and head to one of the city neighborhoods hardest hit by poverty and crime. Lots of people have suggested Kensington, but I'm not picky. Pontiff's choice - we have plenty of hurting people and places in Philadelphia. Hey, his holiness has gone off script before. In February, he made a detour on the way to a parish to stop at a shantytown on the outskirts of Rome.
August 8, 2015 |
Arrests by Philadelphia police dropped by 16 percent during the first half of 2015, the biggest plunge in six years, records show. And during the same period, all crime - including violent felonies, misdemeanors, and property offenses - increased by 5 percent, according to the latest data posted on the Police Department's website. Through June, police recorded 5,661 fewer arrests than they did in the first half of last year. Police made 34,786 arrests during the first six months of 2014; this year, 29,125.
August 5, 2015 |
YOU COULD BE forgiven for thinking Philadelphia's biggest problems have been limited recently to pope fences, a dismembered traveling robot and Chip Kelly's roster moves. Violent-crime numbers - a quality-of-life measurement temporarily forgotten in the basement of the city's consciousness - have been climbing. As of Sunday night, 152 murders had been recorded - a 5 percent increase from the same point last year, when the tally stood at 141, according to police statistics. The number of Philadelphians who have been shot has risen 9 percent, hovering at 627 victims as of last Monday, compared to 572 at the same time last year.
July 31, 2015
ISSUE | MORATORIUM Death penalty hardly tough on crime Two positives arise from the death-penalty confrontation among Gov. Wolf, District Attorney Seth Williams, and Attorney General Kathleen Kane ("Wolf calls on court to uphold his moratorium on death penalty," July 22). It keeps capital punishment under the spotlight, and it also makes it clear that many Democrats differ little from Republicans in important areas. Williams, Kane, and other tough-on-crime officials of either party seem to have given no consideration to the words of George Bernard Shaw: "It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind.
July 30, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - More victims of sexual violence will be notified if their attacker moves, takes a new job, or has other changes in his or her status as part of a new partnership announced Tuesday by state law enforcement officials and victim advocates. Under Pennsylvania's Adam Walsh law that was signed into law in 2011, the State Police is responsible for notifying victims when a sexually violent offender registers with its Megan's Law unit or if the offender changes jobs or addresses.
July 28, 2015 |
J EFFREY WALKER, the disgraced ex-cop behind one of Philly's biggest police scandals, will be sentenced for his crimes on Wednesday. But his punishment is hardly the end of a controversy that erupted about a decade ago, when attorneys first raised concerns about arrests made by the elite narcotics squad, where Walker once worked as an officer. Because, while Walker pleaded guilty and implicated his colleagues in crooked schemes to rob and beat drug dealers, those colleagues - Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, John Speiser, Perry Betts and Linwood Norman - were acquitted in May and got their jobs back earlier this month.