May 13, 2013 |
More than 30 years ago, as Charles J. Kocher and fellow officer Raymond Garrison patrolled the streets of Camden, the two got the idea of creating a city police museum, and they did, one item at a time. Officers and family members fetched old uniforms, batons, and badges from attics and lent photos dating to the 1920s. In 1981, the display opened in the lobby of the department's new Federal Street headquarters. Among the exhibits were a microphone from a two-way 1930s radio and snapshots of "potato sacks" - wool, below-the-knee police coats - and of green police wagons from the 1950s.
June 12, 1994 |
The K-9 police unit of Winslow Township gave demonstrations June 3 during a visit to the Littlest Angels Nursery School, at Church and County House Roads. The unit is composed of three dogs - Caesar, Magnum and Ruger - and their masters. The K-9 unit gives about 60 demonstrations during a year's time.
September 10, 1989 |
Zeke was only 6 the summer of 1984, when he sniffed out two burglars in the crawl space of a Lansdale department store and wrestled one to the ground with his teeth. The capture of those two suspects solved 22 area burglaries. But his biggest coup came two years later, in 1986, when he nosed out a professional burglary ring that had been plaguing small towns in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The "bug-eyed" canine cop was honored posthumously Sept. 1 by the Hatfield Township Police Department.
May 9, 2011 |
TRENTON - People who intentionally kill police dogs or dogs involved in search-and-rescue operations may soon face stiffer penalties in New Jersey. The Assembly is set to consider legislation, named after a Gloucester Township police dog killed in November, that would mandate minimum five-year prison terms - with no chance of parole - for such offenders, who also would face fines of up to $15,000. The current maximum sentence is three to five years in prison. The measure, set to be considered on Monday, was passed by the state senate in February.
November 15, 1986 |
A federal court jury found yesterday that Philadelphia police Officer Stephen Gubicza did not violate the civil rights of an Elkins Park man when he permitted his police dog Stormy to attack the man during a 1983 arrest in Center City. The jury deliberated about an hour before reaching its verdict in the lawsuit filed by Roosevelt James Patterson, 33, who had sought $165,000 from the city and the officer. The suit charged false arrest, use of excessive force and civil rights violations by Gubicza.
November 29, 1990 |
The date: February 1989. Plymouth Township police, with the assistance of a drug-sniffing dog from Norristown, raided a trailer on Main Street. The haul: 157 bags of cocaine, two bags of methamphetamine, and other drugs and drug paraphernalia. The date: May 1990. Three times during a series of burglaries in Plymouth, a police dog was called in. But by the time it arrived from a neighboring municipality, the burglar was long gone. "We're very appreciative" of the other departments bringing dogs to Plymouth, said Police Chief Joseph R. Cross.
July 31, 2010 |
After charges were announced yesterday against an officer accused of stealing money from an open safe in a Northeast Philly bar, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he's preparing a proposal to root out bad cops from the force. Ramsey said he'll submit the plan to Mayor Nutter by Monday. He declined to divulge details of the plan, other than to say it would focus equally on preventive action and aggressive internal investigation. "Crime is bad no matter who commits it, but it's even worse when it's a police officer," Ramsey said.
November 9, 1993 |
The township Planning Board delayed action last night on the Police Department's plan for a new kennel for its K-9 patrol, but said it had no major bones to pick, just a few minor concerns. Sgt. James Evans, head of the K-9 patrol, said that he expected the department to submit a revised site plan for the kennel within several days, and that it would address the board's concerns over fencing, landscaping and some other technical points. With the Planning Board not scheduled to meet again until Dec. 13, Evans said he would ask for a special meeting to approve the revised plan so work could begin soon.
December 2, 2010 |
A SOUTH JERSEY man who starred on the gridiron years ago threw away his freedom Tuesday night when he hurled a prized police K-9 into oncoming traffic, police said. Police in Gloucester Township, Camden County, said that their decorated K-9, Schultz, a 3 1/2-year-old German shepherd named after beloved Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, had clamped down on Skyler Robinson's arm after a robbery Tuesday night and held tight as they struggled toward busy Route 42. Robinson, 20, a former standout running back in high school, swung Schultz into the southbound lanes while his handler watched, and the dog and Robinson were struck by a vehicle, police said.
August 2, 2011
The accomplice in a Chinese-takeout robbery that ended with the death of a police dog in November accepted a plea deal Monday. Evan Scotese, 20, of Washington Township, pleaded guilty to robbing the Gloucester Township restaurant and is expected to be sentenced to six years in prison under the deal. Scotese had faced additional charges of aggravated assault and conspiracy under an eight-count indictment presented by a Camden County grand jury in June. Skyler Robinson, a former football standout at Washington Township High School, awaits trial for his alleged role in the robbery and death of the police dog, which was run over during the police chase.