June 2, 1995 |
"Open the door, so we won't have to break it down!" yelled Camden County Investigator John Fetzer as he stood outside the Pennsauken apartment in the 3000 block of Schleicher Avenue. What a wake-up call. It was six in the morning, and already Fetzer had arrested two Pennsauken residents as part of Operation Mop-Up, a sweep by local and state law-enforcement officers that netted 76 fugitives, each facing at least one serious criminal charge, in six counties. Moments earlier, Fetzer, New Jersey State Police Detective Mike Parmenter and Trooper Robert Little had noticed a face peeking out from behind white, opaque curtains in an upstairs window.
September 19, 2016 |
Nicholas Glenn strode up Sansom Street just before midnight with a 9mm Ruger in his hand. In his back pocket was an envelope with a feverish, rambling letter inside, and two words scrawled on front. "DOOMED PEOPLE. " It was Friday night, and down the street at the Maximum Level Lounge, the door was open and the drinks were flowing. A few blocks away, a young woman and her boyfriend pulled up to her apartment. Philadelphia Police Sgt. Sylvia Young , a 19-year veteran of the force, parked her squad car at the corner of 52nd and Sansom.
April 14, 2016 |
Some of those who claimed to have seen the shooter described him as being heavier and taller than James Dennis, the man who was convicted. While legal battles raged, Dennis spent more than 20 years on death row. Then, in 2013, a federal judge overturned his conviction in the 1991 slaying of a high school student for her earrings at a Philadelphia subway station. In issuing the ruling, Judge Anita B. Brody described the eyewitness identifications of Dennis as "shaky. " Historically, false identifications have been a bane of criminal investigations.
November 8, 2012
NEW CASTLE, Del. - Eight people have been charged in a multiagency investigation into alleged drug distribution by members of a motorcycle club, according to Delaware state police. More than 100 law enforcement officers conducted the three-month investigation into the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club, state police said. On Monday and Tuesday, authorities executed search-and-seizure warrants on 11 sites in Delaware and Maryland. More than two kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $100,000, was seized, along with handguns, long guns, vehicles, and cash.
October 9, 2015
IN READING Stuart Caesar's diatribe about everyone having and carrying a gun, I am reminded of the stories of the Wild West where that policy prevailed. In the "good old days" people realized that everyone carrying a gun was not the answer and decided to abort (pardon me for using such a nasty word) that practice and restricted guns to law enforcement officers. I realize that Mr. Caesar adores the "good old days" and would love to return to them but the rest of us civilized people don't agree.
November 14, 2011
New Jersey authorities have identified the armed man who was fatally shot outside a Camden home over the weekend by state troopers and city police. But what sparked the events that led to the death of Jeffrey Thomas, 23, of Camden, remained unclear Sunday. Several law enforcement officers responded to the home about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, after a resident there reported that Thomas was waving a handgun outside the house. A short time later, officials say, officers and troopers fired several shots.
May 17, 2014 |
Richard J. Halasek Jr., 66, of Sea Isle City, N.J., who retired in 1997 as an Evesham Township police sergeant, died Tuesday, May 13, at home of complications from heart disease. "I'm a runner," Mr. Halasek's wife, Janet, said, "and I got involved in the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Run from Philly to Washington. " The event, which ended at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, helps celebrate National Police Week this week. "I got as far as Baltimore" shortly before noon Tuesday when, with her group at rest at the Fire Academy north of the city, companions who had been contacted by Philadelphia authorities told her of her husband's death.
December 2, 2011 |
LAWRENCE PEEL, a North Philadelphia drug dealer with 17 arrests on his rap sheet, yesterday was handed the longest sentence of his life for shooting a city police officer and shooting at a second officer during a wild bar melee in June 2009. "This crime reflects a callousness and disregard for the rule of law," Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson said before announcing that Peel, 31, would spend 35 1/2 to 71 years in state prison. Assistant District Attorney Mark Levenberg - who asked for a sentence of 50 to 100 years - said that Peel "is the most dangerous type of criminal" due to his attack on law enforcement officers.
January 17, 1992 |
The call came in late on the night of July 3, 1924 - a fire near Holland Avenue and County Line in Ardmore. Lower Merion Police Officers F.X. "Buck" Roy and Albert Miller arrived to find a wooden pole engulfed in flames on the edge of the Haverford College campus. They had come upon a Ku Klux Klan cross-burning. Deep in the woods, they spotted two men with gleaming weapons in their hands. Roy drew his own gun and shouted a warning. Shots rang out, and Roy and Miller were wounded.
March 27, 2015 |
A 21-YEAR-OLD man who last month cursed at and got into a courtroom brawl with a deputy sheriff tried to get a hold of that deputy's gun in a secure hallway adjacent to the courtroom, a prosecutor said yesterday. Arkel Garcia was convicted by a jury on Feb. 17 of second-degree murder, robbery and a firearms offense in the Nov. 30, 2013, shooting death of Christian Massey, 21, a special-needs man who graduated from Marple Newtown High School and was known as a "gentle giant. " Garcia had shot Massey in an Overbrook alley in an attempt to rob Massey of his $300 Beats by Dre headphones.