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.
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.
January 3, 2013 |
Camden's plan to lay off all its uniformed police officers and replace them with a new, county-run force has received approval from the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, according to Mayor Dana L. Redd's office. The mayor also announced this afternoon that the layoff of more than 250 officers is now set for April 30. "We cannot sit back and allow our children and families to experience another 2012. We have an opportunity to improve public safety by bringing back community policing and adding more law enforcement officers to patrol our neighborhoods and business corridors," she said in a statement.
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.
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.
October 2, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIA'S political Cold War crept even closer yesterday toward a doomsday scenario - one with the potential to spread nuclear fallout across the criminal-justice landscape, from police departments to the Supreme Court. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, a Republican, continued to attack state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, charging the embattled Democrat with felony perjury and related misdemeanors after Ferman's detectives raided Kane's Harrisburg office last month.