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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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May 17, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
COMMUNITY relations and departmental oversight took top billing in a report released Monday by a presidential panel co-chaired by Philly's top cop to improve policing across the country. The report was compiled by the 11-member Task Force on 21st Century Policing after 90 days of research that included seven "listening sessions" featuring testimony on best practices from government officials, law-enforcement officers, academics and community leaders. "The report is a step in the right direction, but more work needs to be done, not just by us, but with implementation," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the  Daily News  on Monday in a phone interview from Washington.
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March 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
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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March 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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March 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
COMMUNITY relations and departmental oversight took top billing in a report released Monday by a presidential panel co-chaired by Philly's top cop to improve policing across the country. The report was compiled by the 11-member Task Force on 21st Century Policing after 90 days of research that included seven "listening sessions" featuring testimony on best practices from government officials, law-enforcement officers, academics and community leaders. "The report is a step in the right direction, but more work needs to be done, not just by us, but with implementation," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the  Daily News  on Monday in a phone interview from Washington.
NEWS
January 12, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two hundred people turned out for a "Pro-Blue Rally" Saturday on Independence Mall, shivering in the cold and cheering as speakers urged the public to appreciate the dangerous work that police do every day. Protesters at recent rallies against perceived police brutality in New York and Ferguson, Mo., "don't speak for America," Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) told the crowd. Noting that 115 police officers died in the line of duty in the United States in 2014 - and that 10 have already been shot this year - Toomey called it a "great day to be standing up for our law enforcement officers" who "protect us day in and day out. " With a theme that "All Lives Matter," the rally was in response to numerous recent demonstrations around the country protesting the deaths of unarmed black men by white police officers.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON
IN THIS basically urban society, how is it possible to prevent the kind of incidents that have stirred the people's passions and brought about massive protests, some of them violent? The answer is that it may not be possible, without radical changes - in law enforcement, economic and educational opportunities, and cultural, social and racial attitudes that free us finally from the dead hand of the past. Accomplishing all this may be just too much to expect in a nation overwhelmed by domestic problems, from immigration to the fear of terrorism, and still wrestling 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation with how to deal with our ethnic differences.
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May 17, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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