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November 29, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HOUSTON - Already at age 19 the face of the 76ers, Jahlil Okafor said that being heckled or approached disrespectfully in public doesn't happen often - but we are finding out it does happen. At 6-foot-11 and 265 pounds, he's usually not hard to spot. And that can lead to some uncomfortable situations for the rookie center, especially one playing on a team that hasn't won a game this season. According to five sources who spoke to The Inquirer independently on condition of anonymity, Thursday morning's incident in Boston was not the first time Okafor has been in an altercation with a heckler while out and about.
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November 15, 2011 | BY JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com215-854-5916
A man was arrested Tuesday in a scuffle with another man at the Occupy Philly site near City Hall. At 2 p.m., cops had the unidentified alleged assailant in handcuffs, while blood trickled down another man's face. "He's just high on drugs and wanted to start a fight with me," said the alleged victim, Brad Wilson. Wilson, who is homeless, said the other man had sucker-punched him. Police said the alleged assailant would be taken to Central Detectives, where he likely would be charged with simple assault.
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December 23, 2015
A SEPTA bus driver under investigation for allegedly striking a passenger last week was suspended Monday without pay, the transit agency announced. The action comes days after a video surfaced showing the driver, who remained unidentified Monday, allegedly dousing a young female passenger with water and hitting her twice in the face. The incident happened aboard a Route 57 bus about 8 a.m. Friday on Rising Sun Avenue near Duncannon Street in Olney. The incident was precipitated by a dispute over bus fare, said Andrew Busch, a SEPTA spokesman.
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August 2, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County prison guard was charged Wednesday with crimes including simple assault and recklessly endangering another person after he allegedly shot at someone in Holland last month over a dispute about his girlfriend. Anthony Pekarski Jr., 26, of Levittown, was driving his girlfriend and two others about 2 a.m. June 21 when Pekarski noticed one of the passengers, Pearson Crosby, talking with Pekarski's girlfriend in the backseat, according to court documents. Pekarski pulled over, documents say, and ordered Crosby to get out. The two got into a physical confrontation outside the car, and Pekarski eventually reached inside and pulled out a .40-caliber Ruger.
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August 18, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PENN STATE is without punter Anthony Fera, who has not been practicing due to his second alcohol-related incident. Fera, 20, a redshirt sophomore from Cypress, Texas, pleaded guilty on Aug. 4, to two summary offenses, according to court documents. He was charged with purchasing alcohol by a minor and disorderly conduct/fighting. Fera paid more than $650 in fines for the June 7 incident. In 2010, he was cited for purchase/possession of alcohol by a minor. That charge was dismissed.
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May 14, 2011
Two men were killed Thursday night near Eighth and Jackson Streets in Camden in what authorities think was one incident. Daquanta Watts, 18, of Camden, had multiple wounds and was found lying in a grassy lot about 10:45, police said. He was pronounced dead about an hour later at Cooper University Hospital. David Rivera, 17, of Clementon, was discovered dead in an alley about a block and a half away, police said. Anyone with information about the case is being asked to call Investigator Pete Longo at 856-225-8400 or Camden Police Detective Vince Robinson at 856-757-7420.
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January 2, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
FLYERS DEFENSE prospect Shayne Gostisbehere has been suspended for one game by the International Ice Hockey Federation for an incident that occurred on Monday during the United States' 9-3 victory over Slovakia at the World Junior Championships in Russia. Gostisbehere, selected by the Flyers in the third round of the 2012 draftm will sit out the USA's quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic on Wednesday. After a review, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel determined that Gostisbehere skated up behind Slovakia's Matus Matis and forcefully drove his stick between Matis' legs, striking him in the groin area.
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February 25, 2011 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The only thing louder than the hubbub surrounding what happened at an early-morning Holy Family University basketball practice one month ago today is the silence emanating from the school's administration. Basketball coach John O'Connor has resigned his position as a result of the controversy that followed an incident during the Jan. 25 practice in which he struck sophomore forward Matt Kravchuk. O'Connor said the extent of the contact was unintentional. Kravchuk, who filed a criminal assault charge, disagrees.
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October 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ONE SOUTH JERSEY man didn't toe the line when it came to expressing his affection earlier this month, according to police. Derrick Johnson Jr., 30, was arrested Tuesday by Mount Laurel Police, who had been searching for him for weeks after a bizarre, late-night encounter outside a supermarket in the Burlington County town. Johnson, of Mount Laurel, allegedly gets his kicks from women's toes, and he isn't afraid to let people know. Sometimes a demonstration is required. Police said Johnson approached a woman Oct. 4 as she was loading groceries into her car in the parking lot of a Shop-Rite on Ark Road near Route 38. He told the woman - whom he didn't know - that he wanted to have a chat, and then complimented her on her toes, police said.
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July 7, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Upper Darby Police officers have been terminated after an incident involving three juveniles last month, officials announced. They did not disclose the nature of the incident, but said it occurred June 15 in the township's Public Safety building. Officer Michael Givens, 39, who has been with the department eight years, and Officer Ryan Wiseley, 32, a 7-year veteran, were dismissed for violating township and police department policy and procedures, Mayor Thomas Micozzie said a statement.
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February 5, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
In what might be a precedent in Pennsylvania, a judge has nullified a grand jury report that cleared a police department of a cover-up in the suspected drunken driving of an officer and was critical of the township manager who brought the incident to light. The ruling by Bucks County Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. marked the first time a judge in the state has dismissed an investigative grand jury report already made public by a prosecutor, said Peter F. Vaira, who sought the order on behalf of Bristol Township Manager William J. McCauley III. McCauley, who was harshly criticized in the February 2015 report issued by District Attorney David Heckler, said he was "ecstatic" and felt vindicated.
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January 29, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
The Bucks County high school basketball coach who got into a highly publicized scuffle with a referee has been permanently dismissed from his coaching duties. Jerry Devine had been suspended from his position as the head coach of the boys' varsity basketball team at Neshaminy High School since the Jan. 5 incident. He was officially removed from his coaching duties during a Tuesday night school board meeting. Devine, a special-education instructor who teaches history and algebra, was briefly on administrative leave but has returned to the classroom.
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January 14, 2016 | Staff Report
Police are looking for the thief who stole a purse a school counselor left in a stairwell after assisting in giving CPR to a student. East Detectives said the theft occurred about 4:20 p.m. Jan. 6. at the Prima Charter School at 3556 Frankford Ave. in Kensington. The 32-year-old counselor went to the aid of a student having a medical emergency in a stairwell and assisted in administering CPR, police said. She left her purse while the student was taken away and returned minutes later to find it missing.
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January 2, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Robert Moran, STAFF WRITERS
Philadelphia ended the year with three women being wounded in two shooting attacks on New Year's Eve, police said. Shortly after 4:15 p.m. in the 4400 block of North Seventh Street in Hunting Park, two women were injured by shotgun blasts fired by a 40-year-old man standing on his porch, police said. A 29-year-old woman suffered wounds to her face, neck, and shoulder, and was transported to Temple University Hospital. A 58-year-old woman was struck in the shoulder and was transported to Einstein Medical Center.
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December 28, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
A teenager was fatally shot Saturday evening in West Philadelphia. Police said the teen, whom they did not identify, was struck several times in the torso. The incident took place in the 800 block of North 41st Street, police said. The teenager was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 6 p.m. Motive for the shooting had not yet been determined, police said. Being sought in connection with the incident was a black man in his early 20s who reportedly fled the scene in a green Ford Crown Victoria with a Pennsylvania license plate.
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December 23, 2015
A SEPTA bus driver under investigation for allegedly striking a passenger last week was suspended Monday without pay, the transit agency announced. The action comes days after a video surfaced showing the driver, who remained unidentified Monday, allegedly dousing a young female passenger with water and hitting her twice in the face. The incident happened aboard a Route 57 bus about 8 a.m. Friday on Rising Sun Avenue near Duncannon Street in Olney. The incident was precipitated by a dispute over bus fare, said Andrew Busch, a SEPTA spokesman.
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December 22, 2015
SEPTA police were investigating an incident in which a bus driver was recorded throwing liquid on a female passenger and hitting her during a dispute, an agency spokesman said Sunday. The incident, aboard a Route 57 bus, happened about 8 a.m. Friday on Rising Sun Avenue near Duncannon Street in Olney, said Andrew Busch, SEPTA spokesman. The video depicts the driver walking toward a young woman, dousing her with what appears to be water from a plastic bottle, and hitting her twice in the face.
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