September 23, 1996 |
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.
November 15, 2014 |
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.
October 24, 2012 |
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.
January 29, 1996 |
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.
November 14, 2014 |
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.
June 30, 1998 |
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.
October 12, 2012 |
A WEST PHILADELPHIA man wrongly identified as the drunk and stoned driver of a stolen SUV that struck and killed a Villanova University student while being chased by cops has sued police for false imprisonment and other civil-rights violations. Kenny Woods, now 23, was arrested Sept. 29, 2010, after a high-speed crash in Haverford Township that left Daniel Giletta, 21, dead and his roommate, Frank P. DiChiara, seriously injured. A day after Woods' arrest, Donnie Sayers of Bryn Mawr confessed that he was the driver, and police swapped Sayers for Woods as the defendant.
March 6, 1987 |
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.
September 18, 1988 |
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.