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June 2, 1995 | By Tamara Chuang and John Way Jennings, FOR THE INQUIRER
"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.
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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.
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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.
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September 13, 2012 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard P. Quinn woke up Tuesday around 3 a.m., hours before he would deliver a speech in Moorestown recalling what he saw after the attacks on the World Trade Center 11 years ago - stunned and fearful faces and a sea of debris and ash all around him. He was an FBI counterterrorism agent in New York, on his way to work at the field office at the World Trade Center that day. "It was a seminal moment in terrorism," said Quinn, now the FBI assistant...
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January 17, 1992 | By Kathi Kauffman, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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March 28, 2006
IHAD entertained the pleasant notion that with recent appointments to the Supreme Court, this august body was now in the hands of a solid conservative, law-and-order majority that would give the benefit of the doubt to law enforcement in cases that come before it. But in a conclusion that defies logic and would appear to further enhance the rights of criminals and stymie the police, the court ruled 5-3 that when law-enforcement officers suspect...
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November 25, 1998 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eighteen Burlington County people were arrested during early-morning raids yesterday and charged in connection with a marijuana distribution ring in the area. More than 75 law enforcement officers conducted the raids at dawn, said James J. Gerrow Jr., acting Burlington County prosecutor, and Col. Carl A. Williams, State Police superintendent. While making the arrests, officials said, they seized more than five pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $10,000. Police also seized $3,000 in cash and four vehicles.
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June 14, 1997 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer
For more than two decades he's been a big-time drug dealer with ties to outlaw motorcycle gangs and organized crime, law enforcements officials said. Yesterday, he got busted in Philadelphia for violating probation. On May 16, Dennis "Chief" Virelli, 50, was charged with heading a $15-million-a-year methamphetamine business in New Jersey. In 1984, Virelli, of Hulseman Street near 18th, South Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to heading a multimillion-dollar methamphetamine ring, and served eight years of a 12-year sentence.
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June 3, 2013
AS A WOMAN with two generations of law-enforcement officers in the family, as well as loved ones who are like family serving in the Philadelphia Police Department, I know what it is like to worry as they leave their homes, wondering if they will make it back alive. Sadly, we live in violent times when it seems as if everyone has a weapon. In addition, the thugs who terrorize our streets have no respect for themselves or others, and especially for the men and women in blue. That is a bad combination.
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July 21, 2012
Vincent R. Mancusi, 98, the prison warden whose iron-fisted command of Attica Correctional Facility in Upstate New York failed to prevent the bloody inmate insurrection there in 1971, died July 5 at his home in Springfield, Va. Mancusi moved to Northern Virginia after his retirement from Attica in 1972. His removal as warden had been one of the demands made by inmates who staged the revolt in the maximum-security prison on Sept. 9, 1971 - one of the most dramatic confrontations in American criminal justice.
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October 12, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
ABINGTON Gun-safety advocates tried to drum up support Thursday for a stalled state bill that would require background checks for all sales of rifles, shotguns, and assault weapons. At a news conference at Abington Memorial Hospital, Democratic lawmakers from Bucks and Montgomery Counties, advocates, and doctors urged a vote on the bill, which has been before the Judiciary Committee since March. Unlike handguns, the "long" guns can be purchased from a private seller without a background check.
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September 30, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
RADNOR TWP. Villanova University is considering joining the ranks of colleges with a full-service police force, a national trend that has accelerated since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and amid stepped-up concern about student safety. But the Main Line university - which announced a series of campus meetings to discuss a possible upgrade from its current public-safety department - will not yet discuss details of what it is considering, such as whether officers would carry guns.
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June 3, 2013
AS A WOMAN with two generations of law-enforcement officers in the family, as well as loved ones who are like family serving in the Philadelphia Police Department, I know what it is like to worry as they leave their homes, wondering if they will make it back alive. Sadly, we live in violent times when it seems as if everyone has a weapon. In addition, the thugs who terrorize our streets have no respect for themselves or others, and especially for the men and women in blue. That is a bad combination.
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May 31, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the SWAT team kicked in the door of Room 207 at the Summit Hill Inn in Upper Darby, Anthony Galla was crouched between a bed and a window holding a fully loaded Glock handgun. He pointed his weapon toward the doorway; Officers fired. Law enforcement officers knew when they began looking for Galla that the former police officer with military training was heavily armed, was wanted in connection with a shooting, and had talked about committing "suicide by cop. " The four officers shot 52 times, killing Galla, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
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March 26, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
The release of scores of kinky emails written by a powerful New Jersey Democrat to a lobbyist has sparked an investigation by prosecutors in Sussex County, according to reports. Joe Cryan, an assemblyman from Union County, was a rising star in the state's Democratic Party. Until 2010, he was majority leader in the state assembly and state party chairman. The New York Post published an enormous cache of sexually salacious emails allegedly written by Cryan documenting the details of a sado-masochistic affair he had with lobbyist Karen Golding.
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February 15, 2013 | By Tami Abdollah and Haven Daley, Associated Press
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. - Officials said Thursday that the burned remains found in a mountain cabin have been positively identified as those of fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner. Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff-coroner, said the identification was made through Dorner's dental records. Miller did not give a cause of death. The search for Dorner began last week after authorities said he had launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing, warning that he would bring "warfare" to LAPD officers and their families.
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February 13, 2013 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A MURDEROUS WAR of revenge by a rogue ex-Los Angeles cop against the department that fired him appeared to come to a fiery end Tuesday night inside a charred cabin near the remote town of Big Bear, Calif. Several news outlets reported that a burned body had been found inside the cabin, presumably that of Christopher Dorner - the man tied to the killing of four people, including two law-enforcement officers, and the wounding of three others. Late Tuesday night, law-enforcement officials at the scene said authorities had not been able to enter the house to confirm that Dorner was inside but said there was no evidence to indicate he'd made it out alive.
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February 13, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
HOURS AFTER a gunman opened fire at a courthouse in his home state of Delaware on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden held a roundtable on gun violence with a slew of local officials in North Philadelphia. Biden said that the group of law-enforcement officers and Democratic politicians supported much of President Obama's recently announced gun-control plan, including an improved system for background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. "The nation is demanding that we act responsibly," Biden said of recent calls for gun control following the massacre in Newtown, Conn.
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February 11, 2013 | By Gillian Flaccus and Tami Abdollah, Associated Press
IRVINE, Calif. - A heavy police presence sectioned off a block of homes in a quiet Southern California suburb Sunday, as residents adjusted to life at the center of a sprawling manhunt for a fugitive whose police and military background and vitriolic online manifesto has put the region on high-alert. Joe Palacio lives down the street from a home surrounded by authorities protecting a police captain mentioned as a target in Christopher Dorner's Facebook rant against those he held responsible for his dismissal from the LAPD five years ago. Dorner, 33, is suspected of killing three people, including one police officer, and as the manhunt entered its fourth day with no success, authorities posted a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture.
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February 7, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office is turning over prosecution of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale accused killers to Camden County after being notified that members of her family planned to sue the office. In a statement Wednesday, the office said going ahead with a prosecution under the cloud of a likely suit "created a potential conflict. " The announcement came shortly after it was learned that Autumn's mother, Jennifer Cornwell, had filed a suit against her ex-husband, Anthony Pasquale, in a dispute over control of a memorial fund set up in their daughter's name.
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