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November 26, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 55-YEAR-OLD MAN who was involved in an accident that killed an off-duty Philadelphia firefighter was sentenced yesterday to 30 to 60 days in county jail. Teddy Wilson had been convicted of DUI by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner, and acquitted of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter. "This was a very, very difficult case to try," the judge said yesterday. After reviewing witness accounts, "I am absolutely convinced in a system where the commonwealth bears the burden . . . there was absolutely no way any fair fact finder could determine . . . who was responsible for this accident.
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November 11, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Chambers was the right person with the right training at the right time. And a Philadelphia police officer could owe his life to that. About 5:20 p.m. Saturday, the 17-year-old high school senior from Ridley Park was watching an episode of Cops while visiting his sister on Tasker Street in Grays Ferry when he heard a loud bang. "I know the sound of an accident," said Chambers, who doubles as a volunteer firefighter. "I jumped right up. " When he peered out the window at the corner of 28th and Tasker Streets, he saw a police cruiser throwing sparks and leaking fluids - the result of a collision with a black pickup truck.
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October 22, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A PHILADELPHIA firefighter arrested recently with his girlfriend, for allegedly beating up his pregnant ex-wife and her boyfriend, was cleared of the most serious charges and released from jail yesterday. Michael Lawson, 38, will be tried on two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, after felony counts of aggravated assault and all other charges related to his ex-wife were dropped by Municipal Judge Karen Y. Simmons at the end of a preliminary hearing. Sada Greenlee, Lawson's girlfriend, was held for trial on aggravated assault and related counts for the alleged attack of Lawson's ex-wife, Shareba Timbers.
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October 17, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Confronted by a gunman just blocks from the state Capitol, a legislator from Northeastern Pennsylvania pulled his own weapon and traded fire with a would-be robber. No one was hurt in the Tuesday night shootout, and police arrested four teens and charged them for their alleged roles in the attempted street robbery. But the firefight had the Capitol buzzing on the last day of its legislative session and underscored the difference between life in the golden dome and the gritty city that surrounds it. Rep. Marty Flynn (D., Luzerne)
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October 4, 2014 | By Vernon Clark and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two Philadelphia firefighters were charged Thursday with separate crimes - one with kidnapping and sexual assault while impersonating a police officer, and the other with assaulting his pregnant ex-wife and her boyfriend. Lt. Jemal Johnson, 45, an 18-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, was arrested after a 48-year-old woman alleged that she was forced to perform a sex act on him late Wednesday night. Johnson was driving his Nissan pickup truck at 13th and Ruscomb Streets in the city's Logan section around 10:30 p.m. when he pulled over and began questioning a woman who had just left a friend's home, said Police Lt. John Stanford, a department spokesman.
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October 3, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
TWO PHILADELPHIA firefighters - one of them a lieutenant - are in hot water after being arrested this week in separate bizarre and disturbing incidents. In the first case, Fire Department Lt. Jemal Johnson is accused of impersonating a police officer and forcing a woman to perform sexual acts on him on Wednesday night. In the second case, Firefighter Michael Lawson and his girlfriend are accused of violently assaulting Lawson's pregnant ex-wife and her new beau on separate occasions.
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September 28, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Memorial services are set for Saturday, Oct. 18, for John R. Hild Sr., 71, a retired Philadelphia fire captain and safety administrator, who died Tuesday, Aug. 12, of bladder cancer at a hospice in Lecanto, Fla. A longtime resident of Southwest Philadelphia, Mr. Hild had retired to Crystal River, Fla., in 2003. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated in 1961 from John Bartram High School, where he played baseball. After high school, Mr. Hild enlisted in the Marine Corps and served eight years as an active reservist.
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September 25, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Democrats took down a controversial attack ad in a heated South Jersey congressional race Tuesday, even as the Philadelphia-born firefighter in the ad stood by its message. The cable TV spot attacked Republican candidate Tom MacArthur, accusing him of profiting from his former company, York Risk Services, as the insurance services firm denied claims from injured Phoenix firefighters. But MacArthur had sold the company and left it nearly a year before York got involved with the firefighters' claims.
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September 14, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia lawyer Jimmy Binns took in the scene before him Friday - cops on motorcycles, cops on horses, firefighters on a truck, and even the Phillie Phanatic, all shutting down Market Street - and he remembered when the Hero Thrill Show was in need of a rescue. "I took over in 2006, when it had gone out of business," Binns said of the annual fund-raiser he heads. "They had virtually no people attending. They had about 200 people attend. Last year, we had 55,000. This is my ninth year, and I'm putting 17 children through college.
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September 4, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hoping to stabilize the dilapidated West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua, the city wants to entice police officers and firefighters to move into the struggling area - with cash to help buy homes and pay taxes on them. Officials think having police and firefighters living in Mantua and interacting as neighbors with residents would improve the quality of life in the area. But even with the cash incentives, the initial $200,000 program could be a hard sell. "It's a good idea," said Joe Schulle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22. "However, our guys are still going to be reluctant to move into transient neighborhoods if they have kids and families.
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