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June 12, 1994 | For The Inquirer / ELLEN DI PIAZZA
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.
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September 10, 1989 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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May 9, 2011 | By Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press
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.
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November 15, 1986 | By L. Stuart Ditzen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 29, 1990 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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November 9, 1993 | By Nicholas Wishart, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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December 2, 2010 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
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.
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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.
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January 23, 1986 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
He comes from a broken home, goes by the unsavory name of "Blackjack," and frequently associates with criminals. But, to many, he's a hero. On Monday, after barking and yowling his way through the Pledge of Allegiance, the German shepherd was honored by the Medford Township Council. Blackjack and his handler, Patrolman Brian Berg, were recognized by the council after the pair had collected their 12th award for meritorious service, the regional Outstanding Canine Award for 1985 by the United States Police Canine Association.
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June 13, 1991 | By Bill Price, Inquirer Staff Writer
When suspected kidnapper Gary Botto, 36, of Northeast Philadelphia, was arraigned early Saturday morning before a Bucks County district justice, he apparently expected to be released on bail. After all, his mother had showed up at the 12:30 a.m. proceeding with $10,000 in cash, the amount required for his release on charges that he had kidnapped and beaten a Langhorne woman, according to Middletown Township Detective David Kemmerer. But then a drug-sniffing police dog named Baron foiled the plan.
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June 1, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN CHRIS Rodriguez drives his patrol car down streets in Mayfair and Oxford Circle that are known crime hotspots, he is always accompanied by his K-9 partner, Misha, and he always wears his licensed 9mm Glock 17. When he and Misha, a German Shepherd wearing a black K-9 Unit harness, do foot patrols through the playground and courts of Max Myers Rec Center, he is unarmed. Either way, Rodriguez, 30, who wears the black uniform of Homeland Intelligence and Protective Services LLC and a black K-9 Unit vest, feels that he and Misha help deter street crimes that plague parts of the 2nd and 15th police districts.
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August 15, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN JASON Walters first met Winchester, the German shepherd was a 120-pound ball of energy so big and high-strung that his overwhelmed owners had given him up to a shelter. He was exactly what Walters, a SEPTA police officer, wanted. "High-strung, for us, is a positive," said Walters, who helped transform Winchester into a working police dog (now a svelte 95 pounds from rigorous training). "Training these dogs is like playtime for them - their work is hide-and-seek. " Their partnership has proven so successful that Walters has created a charity, the Throw Away Dogs Project, that aims to train unwanted shelter dogs to be working police dogs.
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November 25, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY By next year, Atlantic City police officers could for the first time patrol streets of this resort town with miniature cameras mounted on their lapels recording every interaction with the public. About 10 to 20 officers, including members of the K-9 and tactical units, could be outfitted with the devices, which are about the size of a deck of cards, in about 90 days, Deputy Chief William Mazur said. Depending on the success, the patrol division of the 314-member department could also eventually be equipped with the cameras, which also function as radio microphones.
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May 17, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An AR-15 rifle - with a big boost from a controversy - has helped the Chester County Sheriff's Department raise more than $20,000 for its K9 unit. But the man who won the rifle in a raffle said it is unlikely a single shot will ever be fired from his prize. Mike Ivey, who has owned an auto-repair shop in West Chester for 27 years, said he entered the raffle after hearing about it on a TV news program. And he's so proud of his prize that he plans to frame it and hang it on his wall, right next to his winning ticket.
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May 13, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 15, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
HE SAYS that he walks the road less traveled, preparing to survive the end times with firearms and purified water, but Fernando Antonio Salguero wasn't quite prepared to find himself where he was on Wednesday. Salguero, a Bridgeport, Pa., resident who founded the group "Survive and Thrive," was attending Municipal Court in Somerdale, Camden County, on Tuesday for motor-vehicle violations when police noticed that his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria was parked illegally. Police also learned that Salguero had been arrested last month in Hopewell Township, near Trenton, for unlawful possession of a weapon, so they asked if they could search his car, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
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January 29, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Skyler Robinson, blamed for the death of Gloucester Township's much-loved canine police officer, is back in jail. Camden County officials detained him Monday after they discovered that Gloucester County had issued a warrant for a possible probation violation. On Thursday, law enforcement and elected officials were angered after a judge accepted Robinson's application into drug court, which places defendants into treatment programs instead of prison. In 2010, Robinson's arrest prompted national outrage after local authorities alleged that he had flung Gloucester Township's K-9, Schultz, into traffic as he fled from a robbery.
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January 27, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meet Sarge - the $10,000 dog. The two-year-old, 60-pound Belgian Malinois is the newest member of the Folcroft Police Department in Delaware County, complete with leather collar, bulletproof vest, and an insatiable appetite for tennis balls. "They think I'm a tennis pro at Modell's," said his partner, Officer Eugene Mackey. Sarge, a bomb-sniffing expert and patrol K-9, is part of a special breed. In smaller police departments such as Folcroft's, the K-9 unit is an endangered species, an immense expense at a time of tight money.
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October 26, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A convicted robber who fled a New Jersey minimum security facility last night and was captured hours later now faces time in maximum security. Josue Burgos, 33, was in the midst of a 14 year sentence when he fled Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, Cumberland County about 8 p.m. last night, said Danielle Hunter, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Bayside is situated on 1,148 acres of woods and farmland in rural South Jersey, about 17 miles south of Vineland.
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