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September 23, 1996 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
The story of Hayden Jones' life is a sad one, from beginning to end. Jones, a World War II-era veteran who was imprisoned in 1949 on charges of molesting young boys, who later said they had been forced by police to lie, died earlier this month of throat cancer and emphysema. Jones, 73, served nearly 20 years in prison before he was released. He was living in near-poverty in a basement apartment in Bristol, Bucks County, where he had waited more than two decades for the state to do him "justice" and compensate him for his false imprisonment.
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November 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER Philly cop, fired for making a questionable arrest of an Iraqi War veteran last year, testified yesterday that he released the man without filing charges because of the man's military service. Kevin Corcoran, 34, said he cut Roderick King loose even after King cursed at him, challenged him to fight and refused to give his name while handcuffed and facedown in the officer's marked SUV during the wee hours of March 31, 2013. Corcoran, on trial in Common Pleas Court for false imprisonment, official oppression and obstructing the administration of law, said that King showed "a complete range of emotions" before breaking into tears and sharing that he had served in the Air Force during the Iraqi War. "I felt bad for the guy . . . I said, 'I'm going to cut you a break,' " a calm and confident-appearing Corcoran said while being questioned by his lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner told the jury during his closing argument yesterday that the former cop's version of events was "a fabrication, a convenient after-defense for when this defendant got caught.
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October 24, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple University football player Kamal Johnson was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for allegedly beating his girlfriend and imprisoning her for several hours in September. Johnson, who played defensive end, is charged with false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault, and false imprisonment in a preliminary hearing before Judge Teresa Carr Deni. Formal arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13. Temple has said Johnson would not practice or play with the team until the charges are resolved.
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January 29, 1996 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The cop let booze ruin an unblemished 23-year career, the prosecutor said. After getting drunk while off-duty last July 21, the now-fired officer, Joseph Zagrocki, 47, broke into a West Germantown home and terrorized its occupants with his Glock service pistol, the prosecutor said. Zagrocki, formerly of the 14th District, pleaded guilty last week to burglary, assault, false imprisonment and related charges. He will be sentenced by Common Please Judge Gregory E. Smith in March.
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November 12, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
Former Philadelphia police officer Kevin Corcoran, who was fired after making a questionable arrest during a traffic altercation last year, was either a "rogue" cop or an "innocent man" just trying to get home to his family safely. The conflicting portrayals of Corcoran, 34, came during opening arguments Wednesday in Common Pleas Court, where he is being tried for obstructing the administration of law, official oppression and false imprisonment. The man Corcoran handcuffed and drove to a dark Center City alley at 2 a.m. March 31, 2013, testified that he did nothing illegal and felt that he was at "the mercy" of the enraged cop. "I was worried because of the way he was acting," said Roderick King.
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June 30, 1998 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia school-bus driver who took a load of panic-stricken middle-school students on a wild ride three months ago was convicted of 29 counts of false imprisonment yesterday, but was acquitted of other charges. Cedric McMillian, 40, stared ahead without expression when a judge found him guilty of falsely imprisoning the AMY Northwest Middle School students, whom he drove through the city for 90 minutes, refusing to let them off at their stops on March 10. Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom found McMillian not guilty of 29 other counts of unlawfully restraining the students.
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March 6, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / STEPHEN SHAMES
POLICE KEEP WATCH during a hostage-taking incident in the 2600 block of Montgomery Avenue in North Philadelphia. For more than an hour, a man barricaded inside his ex-girlfriend's home threatened the woman and her daughter with a knife before surrendering about 3 p.m. yesterday after negotiations led by Detective William Bugg, police said. The woman, Yolanda Duran, and her daughter, Laura, 2, were freed unharmed. The suspect, Charles Berry, 27, of the 1400 block of West York Street, was charged last night with simple assault, false imprisonment and other counts.
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September 18, 1988 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
A 27-year-old Ridley Park man faces charges of false imprisonment and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in connection with an alleged assault of his former girlfriend in a motel room in Clifton Heights. Nicholas Taziole, 27, of the 100 block of Stoney Hill Road in Ridley Park, was ordered to stand trial on charges of simple and aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, false imprisonment, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unauthorized use of an automobile and disorderly conduct.
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April 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Harrowgate woman was charged with false imprisonment after she locked her four children in the basement of their home for more than 12 hours, police say. In addition to false imprisonment, Charnae Lee, 29, faces charges of unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person. Police said one of her children called 911 from a cellphone at 1:31 p.m. Sunday and said he and his three siblings were locked in the basement in a home on the 1900 block of East Atlantic Street.
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August 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
FOR THE SECOND TIME this year, a motorist has filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia Police Officer Allen Marsh Jr., claiming that the officer assaulted him on a city street. In his suit, which was filed yesterday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Michael Marcantonio, a truck driver from Tabernacle, N.J., claims that his big rig was stopped behind several police cars at 13th and Spruce streets in Center City on Oct. 14, 2014. Once the officers on scene took a man into custody for unknown reasons, they did not move their patrol cars and continued to block the roadway for about 20 minutes, according to Marcantonio's lawyer, Brian Zeiger.
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August 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Philadelphia woman accused of abandoning her 21-year-old, quadriplegic son in Cobbs Creek Park with his wheelchair, blanket, and a Bible waived her preliminary hearing Monday on attempted murder and related charges. The decision by Niya Parler, 41, means the case against her proceeds directly to trial in Common Pleas Court. Parler remains in prison on $2.5 million bail. Parler was arrested in Montgomery County, Md., on April 11, one day after a passerby called police on discovering the 21-year-old man - with cerebral palsy and unable to communicate - lying on a pile of leaves in the woods near 59th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway.
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June 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman accused of dumping her 21-year-old quadriplegic son in Cobbs Creek Park two months ago has been found competent to stand trial. An evaluation by a forensic psychiatrist deemed Niya Parler competent but in need of treatment, Assistant District Attorney Megan Goddard said Friday. Parler, 41, of West Philadelphia, is being held at Riverside Correctional Facility on $2.5 million bail. Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan set a preliminary hearing date for Aug. 17. Parler, authorities say, abandoned her son on the morning of April 6 before she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend in Maryland.
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April 30, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Delaware County police officer convicted of falsely imprisoning two women - allegedly making a suggestive comment to one - during routine stops was sentenced Tuesday to six years' probation. County Court Judge Mary Alice Brennan also fined Christopher Scott, 36, of Berwyn, Chester County, a part-time officer in Darby Township at the time of the incidents, $2,000, and ordered him to undergo psychological evaluation. In January, Scott was convicted of two misdemeanor charges, false imprisonment and abuse of power, and acquitted of more serious charges of stalking and kidnapping the women.
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April 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Harrowgate woman was charged with false imprisonment after she locked her four children in the basement of their home for more than 12 hours, police say. In addition to false imprisonment, Charnae Lee, 29, faces charges of unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person. Police said one of her children called 911 from a cellphone at 1:31 p.m. Sunday and said he and his three siblings were locked in the basement in a home on the 1900 block of East Atlantic Street.
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February 8, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
FORMER Philadelphia Police officer Kevin Corcoran walked into court yesterday facing up two years in prison for a conviction stemming from his undocumented arrest of an Iraqi War veteran in March 2013. But hours later, he walked out - practically a free man - after a judge sentenced him to one day in prison for obstruction of justice. Before sentencing, Common Pleas Judge Robert P. Coleman cited Corcoran's "stellar" career prior to his arrest in the case, saying that given the charges, the recommended sentence of two to 23 months in prison was unfair.
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November 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER Philly cop, fired for making a questionable arrest of an Iraqi War veteran last year, testified yesterday that he released the man without filing charges because of the man's military service. Kevin Corcoran, 34, said he cut Roderick King loose even after King cursed at him, challenged him to fight and refused to give his name while handcuffed and facedown in the officer's marked SUV during the wee hours of March 31, 2013. Corcoran, on trial in Common Pleas Court for false imprisonment, official oppression and obstructing the administration of law, said that King showed "a complete range of emotions" before breaking into tears and sharing that he had served in the Air Force during the Iraqi War. "I felt bad for the guy . . . I said, 'I'm going to cut you a break,' " a calm and confident-appearing Corcoran said while being questioned by his lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner told the jury during his closing argument yesterday that the former cop's version of events was "a fabrication, a convenient after-defense for when this defendant got caught.
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November 14, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
FORMER Philadelphia police officer Kevin Corcoran, who was fired after making a questionable arrest during a traffic altercation last year, was either a "rogue" cop or an "innocent man" just trying to get home safely to his family. The conflicting portrayals of Corcoran, 34, came during opening statements yesterday in Common Pleas Court, where he is being tried for obstructing the administration of law, official oppression and false imprisonment. The man Corcoran handcuffed and drove to a dark Center City alley at 2 a.m. March 31, 2013, testified that he did nothing illegal and that he felt he was at "the mercy" of an enraged cop. "I was worried because of the way he was acting," said Roderick King, 31. "I was scared that I was not safe.
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September 23, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
AT 7:36 P.M. on Aug. 21, Andrew "A.J. " Marsico picked up his iPhone and tweeted: "Overheard at bar 'what time are we on tonight?' 'The Eagles?' 'No, the Taney Dragons.' " At 11:06 that night, the popular lobbyist was back on Twitter, posting a nighttime photo of City Hall. It wasn't until nearly a month later that cops showed up in the middle of the night at Marsico's luxury apartment in Center City and arrested him for what they believe happened between those two tweets.
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