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August 4, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were times in the two years since her husband was killed that "I wished I was with him, instead of being here and dealing with all this stuff," Michelle Liczbinski said. But she had three children to worry about and a grandchild on the way, and "knew I would have to stand up for him at his trial. " On Tuesday she did just that, describing to a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury, briefly and simply, the agonizing aftermath of May 3, 2008. On that day, Stephen Liczbinski, 39 - her husband of two decades, a police sergeant of a dozen years - was shot to death pursuing bank robbers through Port Richmond.
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July 21, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sullen and obstinate and blindly ignoring questions, Eric DeShann Floyd finally got his time before the jury this morning and denied any involvement in the 2008 killing of Philadelphia police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski and preceding bank robbery. After a morning of fits and starts in which he got more time to consult with his lawyers, Floyd, 35, took the witness stand about 11:20 a.m. and verbally sparred with his own attorney, Earl G. Kauffman, and then with Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy.
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July 21, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the jurors who will decide if he lives or dies for his role in the killing of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, Eric DeShann Floyd has existed only as a color photo shown periodically on monitors in a Common Pleas courtroom. Floyd, 35, has watched his trial via closed circuit TV from an adjacent holding cell since June 9, the start of jury selection. On that day, angry because the judge would not let him represent himself, Floyd punched one of his defense lawyers. On Wednesday, Floyd is expected to return to the courtroom - live, and likely volatile as ever - to exercise his constitutional right to testify in his own defense.
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July 9, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the end, Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski had barely enough time to slide from behind the wheel of his patrol car and begin to stand. He had time to plead "No! No! No!" before the first of eight shots from a military assault rifle tore into him, knocking him to the street and leaving him barely conscious, radio clutched in his right hand, service pistol still in its holster. Liczbinski's last moments before the deadly confrontation with three bank robbers in a getaway car were described in often brutal detail Thursday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court by four people who were at a quiet Port Richmond intersection on May 3, 2008.
NEWS
July 8, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At the end, Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski had barely enough time to slide from behind the wheel of his patrol car and begin to stand. He had time to plead "No! No! No!" before the first of eight shots from a military assault rifle tore into him, knocking him to the street and leaving him barely conscious, radio clutched in his right hand, service pistol still in its holster. Liczbinski's last moments before the deadly confrontation with three bank robbers in a getaway car were described in often brutal detail Thursday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court by four people who had been present at a quiet Port Richmond intersection on May 8, 2008.
NEWS
June 30, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
North Philadelphia cabbie Aaron Savage did not know Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, but the veteran officer's death affected him profoundly. It could have been him. Less than 24 hours before Liczbinski, 39, was shot to death on May 3, 2008, the self-described "gypsy hack" stopped for three people at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue, near Temple University Hospital. Savage told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury Tuesday that the pickup seemed like a safe-and-easy $5: "two sisters" covered in Muslim garb and an older man asking for a lift to Sixth Street and Allegheny.
NEWS
June 29, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
North Philadelphia cabbie Aaron Savage did not know Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, but the veteran officer's death affected him profoundly. It could have been him. Less than 24 hours before Liczbinski, 39, was shot to death on May 3, 2008, the self-described "gypsy hack" stopped for three people at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue near Temple University Hospital. Savage told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury Tuesday that the pick-up seemed like an safe-and-easy $5: "two sisters" covered in Muslim garb and an older man asking for a lift to Sixth and Allegheny.
NEWS
June 22, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
A drug dealer who began working from home after being placed on house arrest was shot Sunday afternoon, along with two men who came to his Upper Darby home to rob him, police said. One of the alleged robbers died as a result of the Father's Day gunfight that occurred on a crowded street, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. About 3 p.m., Christopher Bogan, of Sunshine Road near West Chester Pike, who is wearing an ankle monitor for a drug conviction, walked just outside his door to meet Kanard Jones, 25, and Latif Morris, 25, police said.
NEWS
December 24, 2009 | By Nathan Gorenstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was the old story: Boy meets girl, sparks fly, love ensues. Or, in this Philadelphia romance, bank robbery. Seven of them, plus a Target store. The take? Some $17,000 and a dye pack. For that, William Kusznir, 25, of Oxford Circle, yesterday got 36 months in jail after explaining how he and Bridget Carey, 27, met in a drug-treatment program last year and then proceeded to rob banks across Northeast Philadelphia. Kusznir would walk in with a note demanding money while Carey waited outside in her 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue.
NEWS
September 26, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before they knew his name, investigators referred to Joseph McAdams as the "Closing Time Bandit. " He was a prolific bank robber, getting away with $939,000 from New Year's Eve 2001 until his arrest last fall in North Jersey. Yesterday, McAdams, 53, admitted robbing 14 banks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and pleaded guilty to related charges in federal court in Camden. He faces a mandatory seven years in prison but could spend life behind bars if U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle hands down the maximum term.
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