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.
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.
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.
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 12, 2013 |
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.
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 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...
November 25, 1998 |
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.
June 14, 1997 |
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.
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.