August 19, 2016 |
Police learned that Ruben Johnson Jr. had killed his wife and 10-year-old son in their Burlington Township home, and turned the gun on himself, after a 911 caller said someone had reported trouble at the house. "Someone called me and told me my son has shot his wife and son," the caller told dispatchers the night of Aug. 8, according to a recording of the call obtained Wednesday through a public-records request. The man on the call referred several times to "my son," and identified himself as living in Marlboro, N.J. Records show that is where Ruben Johnson Sr., father of Ruben Jr., lives.
August 1, 2016 |
A 76-year-old man was seriously wounded in his South Jersey home after an exchange of gunfire with a New Jersey State Police trooper late Friday that stemmed from an apparently mistaken effort to track a 911 call. . The state Attorney General's Office said in a statement Saturday that a preliminary investigation found that two troopers went to the home on the 300 block of Centerton Road in Upper Deerfield Township, Cumberland County, about 11:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call, which authorities initially thought originated from a cellphone at that home.
July 22, 2016 |
A large fire broke out overnight at a mushroom farm in Chester County. The blaze was reported about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Modern Mushroom Farms at 1330 Newark Road in Toughkenamon, according to Chester County dispatchers. About 1,000 hay bales caught fire, dispatchers said. The blaze was placed under control at 3:02 a.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
July 11, 2016 |
ALLENTOWN - Blue-and-black boa around his neck and plastic pigskin hat covering his eyes, Mike Hollenbach leaned over the 5-yard line. "Let's hit these guys hard today," Hollenbach bellowed as Soul players warmed up in front of him. "We're going to play hard today. " Walking the sideline, Ron Jaworski laughed as he shook Hollenbach's hand. "Keep the noise down, my brother," joked Jaworski, the former Eagles quarterback and Soul owner. Hollenbach knows the Soul's owners, players, and coaches.
June 29, 2016 |
Broadcast over police radio Friday morning, the call for help was harrowing. "I'm shot in the face! I'm shot in the face!" Folcroft Police Officer Christopher Dorman shouted as gunfire boomed in the background. "I'm shot! I'm shot! I'm shot!" Yet miles away in Delaware County's 911 center, no dispatcher heard him. For four minutes on Friday morning, a computer responsible for handling all emergency calls for the Folcroft area crashed, leaving Dorman and responding officers without an essential lifeline.
June 26, 2016 |
The call to Folcroft police Friday morning came in like a standard report: A resident had spotted a drug deal on the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue, and wanted an officer to check it out. Christopher Dorman, a 25-year-old part-time officer who had just celebrated his one-year milestone with the department, responded to the call just before 10 a.m. Within seconds, a run-of-the-mill crime became an ambush, one of the most horrific police shootings Delaware...
May 11, 2016 |
A Kensington man was in custody after allegedly calling 911 early Monday to say he had strangled his girlfriend and then taking off. The 24-year-old man, who continued speaking with dispatchers while police were looking for him, was apprehended more than a dozen blocks away in Port Richmond. Officers responding to the initial call about 2:15 a.m. found a 28-year-old woman unresponsive on the bed of a second-floor bedroom on the 3200 block of Rorer Street, police said. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene at 2:39 a.m. Her name was not released, and the cause of death was pending an autopsy.
March 29, 2016
For any Philadelphian familiar with the story, it's hard to forget the way Eddie Polec died. The 16-year-old was pummeled to death on the steps of St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church in Fox Chase as more than a dozen people, including a nun, called 911, only to be abused, ignored, and misunderstood by dispatchers. One caller held out the phone so that a 911 operator could hear the raging battle among teenagers from Abington and Northeast Philadelphia. But State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D., Phila.)
August 8, 2015 |
When her father, James Joye, died in 1972 at a relative's home in Columbia, S.C., Wilma Joye McConnell wanted to make sure that he had not taken all the family memories with him. So she, her brothers, and her sisters, all five of them, decided to hold an annual Labor Day weekend reunion for their extended family. It began that year "on my Uncle Joe's farm, a pretty big tobacco farm in Clayton, N.C.," Mrs. McConnell's son Mike said. In recent years, it had moved to the Garner (N.C.)
July 6, 2015 |
A reportedly suicidal man was shot and killed Friday by Camden police, the first fatal police shooting since the regional department's formation in 2013. The 33-year-old crashed into parked cars on a street in the Cramer Hill section before calling 911 and threatening to kill himself and police around 11:20 p.m. Friday, police said. On a 911 recording released by Camden County Police, the man identified himself as Oscar Camacho. "I want to come out at the cops. Like I said, whatever, we're going to go on a shootout, whatever.