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March 3, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THERE WERE some mixups, and maybe a few cops who were just plain ticked off. Either way, the Philadelphia Police Department issued a "clarification" missive to officers earlier this week about the department's new interview and interrogation policy, which went into effect on Jan. 1. The memo noted that "it is entirely reasonable under the Fourth Amendment to temporarily detain all persons found at a crime scene. It is also expected," according to a copy obtained by the Daily News . The three-page note makes it clear that temporarily detaining people at a crime scene wouldn't conflict with a passage in Directive 151, the new interview policy, which states that a complainant or witness can refuse to be taken from a crime scene to a detective division for questioning.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donna Walter Muller lived for family, her neighbors and friends said. For her son, Richard, who had just earned his associate's degree and planned to attend Temple. And for her daughter, Heather Muller Kunf, and grandaughter, Kaitlyn, whom she and Heather had taken to Disney World before Christmas. The family all lived together in a rowhouse on Stevens Street in Lawncrest, where smiling graduation and baby photos lined the staircase wall. On Sunday afternoon, the Muller family home became a scene of tragedy when Donnna Muller, 49, and, her son, Richard, 22, were found upstairs shot to death.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN An Audubon Park woman was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison without parole for stabbing her boyfriend to death during an argument in 2010. Paige Pfefferle, then 19, and Matthew Hus, 21, of Audubon, had argued Sept. 4, 2010, over whether she should live on campus at La Salle University, where she was studying criminal justice and psychology, or at home. She stabbed Hus in the chest in her parents' kitchen with an 81/2-inch knife. She put the bloody knife back into the butcher block, and crime photos showed that the scene and Hus' chest had been mostly cleaned up, Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Natal said in recounting the facts of the case.
NEWS
October 9, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert J. "Bo" Terry, 76, a longtime crime reporter for The Inquirer, died Sunday, Oct. 6, of complications from lymphoma at his home in Manasquan, N.J. He had been ill for two years. "He fought and fought and fought. He never gave up," said his wife, the former Donna Donato. A throwback to the reporters of the 1930s and '40s, Mr. Terry was an expert at digging out the facts at a crime scene and phoning them in to a rewrite man in the newsroom for compilation into a detailed story.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
ANEL CUENAS, the man convicted in March of shooting a Philadelphia police officer in the leg during a 2010 traffic stop that turned into a shootout, was sentenced to 45 to 90 years in state prison yesterday. Officer Kevin Livewell, 33, who lost a piece of his left leg when Cuenas shot him on July 15, 2010, praised how the District Attorney's Office handled the case and how his partner and other officers backed him up at the chaotic Kensington crime scene. The 12-year veteran, who returned to work after a three-month recovery period, attended the sentencing hearing with his partner, Officer Brian Issel, 38. "I'm very happy with the outcome of the trial.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Homicide detectives are making "significant progress" in their investigation into the death of Daquan Crump, the 19-year-old found with multiple face and head wounds at a Bustleton construction site early Monday, police said. Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit said Tuesday that detectives had traced much of the final hours of Crump's life, from Saturday night, when he left his shift at a Wendy's restaurant on Red Lion Road, to when his body was found in a nearby site on the 10000 block of Northeast Avenue, near Red Lion Road, by a construction worker about 7 a.m. They have established Crump's whereabouts "not right up until the end, but close," Clark said.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, and Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Wounded Police Officer Edward Davies is responding to doctors after an emergency surgery Wednesday to remove one of his kidneys, police sources said Thursday. Doctors removed the organ so they could treat a bleeding artery that was nicked by the bullet allegedly fired by Eric Torres in a Feltonville minimart on Tuesday. After removing the kidney --  also damaged in Tuesday's shooting -- they were able to control the bleeding. He has another surgery scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.
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August 8, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LOUIS HARTDEGEN, the Northeast Philadelphia man who claimed in May that a neighbor broke into his home and killed his wife, was ordered to stand trial in the slaying yesterday. Hartdegen, 75, a bespectacled senior who used a wheelchair during the hearing, will be formally arraigned Aug. 27 on murder and related counts. He told police that he and his wife, Judith Hartdegen, 74, had argued over rent money May 6, according to a police statement read during his preliminary hearing yesterday.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
Firefighters found a body Thursday in the trunk of a smoldering car at an entrance to Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. Due to the condition of the body, officials could not immediately determine the sex, age, race, or cause of death, police said. Police said firefighters were called about 7:15 a.m. to the park entrance on the 2300 block of Woodward Street in the Bustleton section. They found a newer-model white Lexus smoldering. Firefighters found the body when they opened the trunk.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 46 years, Estelle DiCamillo lived in her Northeast Philadelphia home and, though 93, widowed, and living alone, she cared for herself, shopped and cooked, and walked in her neighborhood. That way of life ended on Easter 2012 when DiCamillo was walking home from church and was attacked from behind by a man who grabbed her purse, knocking her to the ground, and ran. On Tuesday, the man found guilty of the robbery and assault - 30-year-old Antonio Santiago - was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison by a judge who said he had "committed a crime against humanity" - destroying the right to walk free from fear.
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