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April 1, 2004
ON THE face of it, there is nothing wrong with the governor exceeding the speed limit on the turnpike. Our governor is a national figure, and the best way to deter an attack on a moving vehicle that is unescorted is to travel at a high rate of speed. Furthermore, a Pennsylvania State Trooper is the driver of the vehicle. I drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike is excess of 4-5 times a week, and I commonly see Pennsylvania State Troopers exceeding the speed limit. Many complain of the risk associated with the high rate of speed that Executive One travels.
NEWS
December 31, 1987 | By Barbara McCabe, Special to The Inquirer
"Twas the week before Christmas and all through the town, the party animals were stirring, really drinking them down. Then they'd get in their cars and drive off without care, not knowing that Officer Bennett was there. Upper Merion Police Officer Joe Bennett had just begun the overnight shift. He turned his white police cruiser off Henderson Road onto Route 202 and headed south into the heart of King of Prussia. The Hilton Hotel was his first stop. At 10:30, he pulled into the crowded parking lot and passively observed the cars parked on the grass and in the fire lanes.
NEWS
June 29, 2007 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Initially, a state police crash investigator found that Gov. Corzine's driver did nothing wrong, despite barreling down the Garden State Parkway at 91 m.p.h. with his police emergency lights flashing moments before a harrowing crash that severely injured the governor. Instead, the investigator's report said the "primary cause" of the accident was the driver of a red pickup who swerved onto the shoulder and then back to the road, setting off a chain reaction that sent the governor's Chevy Suburban spinning into a guardrail.
NEWS
May 20, 1999 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Williamstown man was charged yesterday with eluding police after surrendering in the parking lot of the Winslow Police Department. Edward Fletcher, 38, of the 1000 block of the White Horse Pike, was also charged with drunken driving and other traffic violations. Winslow Patrolman Michael Kelly reported that he tried to stop Fletcher shortly before 5 a.m. on Sicklerville Road for a traffic violation. Instead of stopping when Kelly turned on his emergency lights, Fletcher continued driving the 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier, police said.
NEWS
July 17, 2012
A 53-year-old Sewell man was charged Monday with impersonating a police officer last month for the second time in five years. Kenneth DiLuigi was arrested at his home after an investigation found that he tried to pull drivers over on the Atlantic City Expressway in Hammonton, state police said. Motorists had complained about a suspicious-looking "police car" driving erratically, authorities said. On June 20, several witnesses told police, a green Ford Crown Victoria tried to get them to pull over.
NEWS
August 10, 2006 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A West Philadelphia woman and a police officer responding to a call to assist other officers were injured when his cruiser collided with her car, flipped, and hit two parked cars early yesterday morning, police said. At 5:30 a.m., 18th District Officer Randall Goodson was heading south on 48th Street, responding to a call to assist Southwest detectives serving a warrant, police said. At Locust Street in West Philadelphia, the police cruiser collided with a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Josephine Trimble, 58, of West Philadelphia, heading east.
NEWS
July 9, 1997 | By Sudarsan Raghavan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An ambulance with its siren blaring and a car collided at a downtown Norristown intersection last night. The car then veered into an office building, severely injuring the driver. Vann Ny Meng, 16, of the 100 block of Hartranft Avenue, was pried from the wreckage and flown by helicopter to Allegheny University Hospitals/Hahnemann, where she was listed in critical condition last night. About 7 p.m., George Sooter was sitting on his front porch when he heard sirens and then a "boom" and then a bigger "boom," he said.
NEWS
July 28, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An independent panel said in a report yesterday that Gov. Corzine's state police drivers should not far exceed the speed of traffic or use police emergency lights unless there is a specific roadway threat. The panel was not charged with analyzing the actions of Corzine's driver on April 12, when he was driving 91 m.p.h. and using his police emergency lights moments before crashing on the Garden State Parkway and severely injuring the governor. At a news conference yesterday, state Attorney General Anne Milgram said repeatedly that the panel's report was designed to improve the Executive Protection Unit, not to critique it. She said that all 18 of the panel's recommendations, which include training, staffing, and what kind of cars are driven, would be adopted.
NEWS
September 21, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Corzine limped out of Cooper University Hospital yesterday morning, three days after having excess bone surgically chiseled from his left leg, and declared himself ready to go back to work. Corzine, who turned over his executive powers to state Senate President Richard J. Codey before the surgery on Monday, resumed his duties at 10 a.m. He was released from Cooper an hour later. "I'm quite optimistic about the long-run outcome, and the short run as well," he told a scrum of reporters waiting in front of the Camden hospital.
NEWS
September 13, 1990 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bensalem Township has ordered the owner of a farm stand who was cited for 27 problems with his building to correct them or shut down, but officials admitted they were partly at fault for not cracking down earlier. Darrell Zaslow, the township attorney, said Bensalem was "negligent" in inspecting the building of the owner. But he added, "It's his fault for doing the wrong thing from the beginning. " Lou Tarlini, owner of Lou's Farm Mart on Bristol Pike, was first cited in September 1987 for building an addition to his stand without a permit.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Early arrivals at the Arden Theatre's fund-raising concert and award ceremony for Broadway eminence Stephen Sondheim on Monday night were greeted with champagne and popcorn and chatted happily in the lobby until just after 7, when the lights went out. According to Peco, an underground cable shorted near the theater at 40 N. Second St. during a powerful rainstorm, taking out about 600 customers. By 8:30, power had been restored to 400 of them - but not the theater, where only emergency lights gleamed.
SPORTS
June 14, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LAST WEEK at minicamp, Jason Peters told reporters he hadn't lost any mobility, and there's a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana right now who probably agrees. News reports indicate Peters, 31, was arrested early yesterday morning after drag racing and resisting an officer by flight, in Monroe, La. The Monroe News-Star reported that a deputy watched a white Camaro and a blue sedan take off from a traffic light at 4:45 a.m., apparently racing. (This would seem to be a clear violation of new coach Chip Kelly's request that players get 10 hours of sleep a night, by the way.)
NEWS
July 17, 2012
A 53-year-old Sewell man was charged Monday with impersonating a police officer last month for the second time in five years. Kenneth DiLuigi was arrested at his home after an investigation found that he tried to pull drivers over on the Atlantic City Expressway in Hammonton, state police said. Motorists had complained about a suspicious-looking "police car" driving erratically, authorities said. On June 20, several witnesses told police, a green Ford Crown Victoria tried to get them to pull over.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
First they took over our radios. Then our televisions, stereos, watches, toys, telephones, computers, and just about everything else. So is it any wonder that semiconductors are threatening to transform the lighting industry? That's the lesson of this week's Lightfair International at the Convention Center, where light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are the obvious stars of the show. These electronic devices already have a bright history. LEDs have come to dominate in niches such as automobile brake lamps, emergency lights, and decorative displays - in Philadelphia, witness the colored LEDs outlining Boathouse Row, flashing civic pride on the facade of the Cira Centre at 30th Street Station, or tinting buildings in the nightly light show on Avenue of the Arts.
NEWS
June 24, 2010
TODAY'S FISCAL climate has resulted in cutbacks in emergency services. Fewer police, fire and paramedics result in longer response times - further compromised by the driving of many vehicle operators. Every operator has to take and pass a state driver's test. In Pennsylvania, the Drivers Manual, Chapter 3 ("Learning to Drive") has a section on "Emergency vehicles and situations. " I know this because the situation is so bad I thought it had been removed from the manual. Well, it's still there, right between school buses and funeral processions: "Certain vehicles have sirens and flashing red lights or a combination of flashing red and blue lights.
NEWS
June 2, 2009 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey State Trooper Robert Higbee testified yesterday that he did not see a stop sign at the Upper Township intersection where two teenage sisters died after he plowed his police cruiser into their minivan in 2006. "The last few frames in my mind are braking, looking, and darkness," Higbee said during an emotional day on the witness stand. Higbee testified in his vehicular homicide trial in the deaths of Christina Becker, 19, and Jacqueline Becker, 17, of Upper Township, killed when he crashed into them while chasing a speeder.
NEWS
May 13, 2009 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It wasn't until school the next day, when he learned that a classmate and her sister had been killed in a car accident, that Joshua Wigglesworth realized he had played a role in the tragedy. "I just broke down," Wigglesworth, 20, testified yesterday at the trial of a New Jersey state trooper charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in the deaths of Jacqueline and Christina Becker on Sept. 27, 2006. No one disputes that Trooper Robert Higbee raced through a stop sign at Tuckahoe and Stagecoach Roads in the Marmora section of Upper Township around 10 that night and broadsided the minivan the girls were in. But a Cape May County Superior Court jury must decide whether his actions were criminally negligent.
NEWS
October 24, 2007 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
South Jersey police officers involved in the 100-m.p.h. pursuit that led to the fatal crash of a stolen SUV yesterday appear to have acted "appropriately," a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor said. Officers like the ones in Waterford Township, who weren't identified by their department or the Prosecutor's Office, are discouraged from chasing stolen cars, according to the state attorney general's guidelines on police pursuits. Still, the guidelines give officers wide discretion.
NEWS
September 21, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Corzine limped out of Cooper University Hospital yesterday morning, three days after having excess bone surgically chiseled from his left leg, and declared himself ready to go back to work. Corzine, who turned over his executive powers to state Senate President Richard J. Codey before the surgery on Monday, resumed his duties at 10 a.m. He was released from Cooper an hour later. "I'm quite optimistic about the long-run outcome, and the short run as well," he told a scrum of reporters waiting in front of the Camden hospital.
NEWS
July 28, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An independent panel said in a report yesterday that Gov. Corzine's state police drivers should not far exceed the speed of traffic or use police emergency lights unless there is a specific roadway threat. The panel was not charged with analyzing the actions of Corzine's driver on April 12, when he was driving 91 m.p.h. and using his police emergency lights moments before crashing on the Garden State Parkway and severely injuring the governor. At a news conference yesterday, state Attorney General Anne Milgram said repeatedly that the panel's report was designed to improve the Executive Protection Unit, not to critique it. She said that all 18 of the panel's recommendations, which include training, staffing, and what kind of cars are driven, would be adopted.
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