April 22, 2015 |
WHEN IT COMES to brainstorming sessions on building stronger bonds between law-enforcement officials and the communities they serve, one vital group seems to be missing: Young people. "Any police official will tell you these discussions are dominated by older folks," Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said yesterday at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Center City after one such discussion. "Without them, we can't get to the core of the issues at hand, and it's clear why: They have the most contact with police.
March 2, 2015 |
They lined up as Evesham Township Judge Karen Caplan called their names. First one row, all ticketed for using a cellphone while driving. Then a second, a third, and a fourth. The pack grew to nearly 40 people, all planning to plead guilty, when Caplan finished the list. "Were you using a handheld cellphone while driving?" Caplan asked each person, eliciting the inevitable "yes" in response. First-time offenders received $200 fines, second-time violators had to pay $400, as state law mandates, and so on. More than the amount of the fines, it was the size of the crowd he was in that surprised Dave DiMedio, 55, a lumber company owner from Medford.
December 29, 2014 |
NASHVILLE - The situation is deliciously ironic. Flyers coach Craig Berube, a one-time NHL bad boy who finished his career with the seventh-highest penalty-minutes total in league history, steadfastly insists his team does not need an enforcer. The subject came up again after Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien threw his 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame at Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Brayden Schenn, et al in the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win last Sunday. Giroux, a 5-foot-11, 172-pound center who has been the NHL's leading scorer over the last four-plus seasons, absorbed at least a half-dozen hits from Byfuglien, who weighs 88 pounds more than the Flyers' captain.
December 15, 2014 |
Cornell Edens was the proverbial innocent. On a Sunday evening in December 2011, he was walking down the sidewalk in Germantown, on his way to visit his elderly mother. Edens worked occasionally, but mainly lived on disability checks. As his sister put it, he had been "always behind in school. " He was 59 years old and mentally challenged. Archie McLean was anything but innocent. He had served time for robbery and gun convictions. That night, Dec. 18, McLean was driving drunk on Price Street when his Toyota minivan jumped the sidewalk and rolled onto Edens, crushing him to death.
October 11, 2014 |
Police briefly quarantined a house in South Philadelphia on Thursday morning after a woman who had recently returned from central Africa was suffering abdominal pain, high fever, and aching joints, law enforcement sources said. Despite initial concerns that the woman could be suffering from Ebola, doctors and the city Department of Public Health quickly determined she was not infected with the virus, which has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa. Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran said "rumors of a suspected Ebola case in South Philadelphia" were reviewed by the department's Division of Disease Control - and emergency services physicians.
October 2, 2014 |
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - After more than two weeks on the run, police say, Eric Frein must be tired. He has hastily left behind two homemade bombs, ammunition, and other supplies as he scrambles to avoid capture, they said Tuesday. Both explosives were found since Monday. That, and a fresh sighting, convinced investigators that the accused gunman is "undoubtedly" still hiding in roughly five square miles of forest in Monroe and Pike Counties, State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said.
September 18, 2014 |
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - A man described as a "survivalist," a trained marksman with antigovernment leanings, was the gunman who killed one state police officer and injured a second in an ambush outside the barracks here last week, investigators said Tuesday. At an afternoon news conference, police said they identified 31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein from documents he left in a Jeep he abandoned about two miles from the barracks, where he ambushed Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass on Friday.
September 18, 2014 |
In response to the police shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., about 100 people gathered Tuesday night in Norristown for a public forum on race, law enforcement, and community relations. The discussion, hosted by Zeta Phi Beta sorority's Montgomery County chapter, spanned a wide range of topics, from arrest and incarceration to education, ingrained social systems, and economics. The moderator, community activist Buck Jones, read a list of more than a dozen names - all young black men, unarmed, killed by police in recent years across the country.
July 30, 2014 |
CHICAGO - Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says he isn't happy with the NCAA's enforcement process. He discussed the need for improvements Monday on the first day of the conference's media days. Delany said he doesn't think the NCAA has been effective in meting out punishments to schools that are under investigation for violations. Over the last few years, several investigations have dragged on, demonstrating some of the inefficiencies of the process. "It's fairly clear to me that the conferences have to get together and find a mechanism or a process that serves our needs," Delany said.
July 29, 2014 |
Sgt. William McGovern of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office fatally ran over a motorcyclist and called 911 last July 27. Then, minutes after he learned the victim was off-duty Moorestown Patrolman Craig Berner, McGovern left the scene on Westfield Road to feed a friend's cat, according to law enforcement records. Although McGovern returned within an hour of the 10 p.m. crash - and township police then documented that he smelled of alcohol - authorities called off a sobriety test requested by a Moorestown officer.