June 30, 1997 |
Rudolph "Rudy" Merritt Jr., a law enforcement officer for more than three decades, died Friday after a long illness. He was 54 and lived in Mount Airy. Merritt, who received 37 commendations and awards during his 31-year career, joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1966 after a tour in the Army. He served in the anti-crime unit, Highway Patrol, the Third District and the Special Task ForSce. He retired from the department in 1985 to join the district attorney's office as a detective.
June 7, 2014 |
The chief financial officer of the region's publicly funded marketing agency, Visit Philadelphia, embezzled $210,000 over five years, but was permitted to resign quietly when she agreed to pay back the money. Joyce Levitt, according to Visit Philadelphia's federal tax forms, left her job in February 2012 after the misuse of funds was discovered. Law enforcement was never notified of the problem with the money. Levitt currently is director of finance at Benefits Data Trust, which, like Visit Philadelphia, is a nonprofit organization.
November 24, 1993 |
Paul F. Taylor Sr., 54, a U.S. marshal and former Philadelphia police officer, died Monday at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Taylor was a resident of Northeast Philadelphia for 29 years and had recently moved to Wilmington, Del. After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in the late 1950s, he joined the Army and was honorably discharged 18 months later. Mr. Taylor began his law enforcement career in 1963 with the Philadelphia Police Department and became a detective in the narcotics division.
January 8, 2011 |
Philadelphia Police Officer Thomas Fiorino was on a bank-robbery detail at a busy Commerce Bank office in Center City on the day Rodney Blackman walked in, drew a gun, and demanded money from a teller. Blackman, a suspect in seven armed robberies at Center City banks, had eluded all attempts by law enforcement to find or even identify him. But on that day, all Fiorino knew was that he had to stop Blackman - so he pulled his gun, ordered Blackman to surrender, and made the February 2008 arrest before a shot was fired.
October 21, 2003 |
Amid the ongoing federal probe into possible corruption in the Street administration, thousands of the nation's top law-enforcement officials are descending on Philadelphia, beginning today, for three separate conferences. At the Convention Center, 15,000 municipal and state police chiefs are gathering for their annual convention, which runs today through Saturday. Mayor Street and Gov. Rendell are scheduled to address the group this afternoon. On Friday, the police chiefs are expected to hear from Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller, whose offices unleashed the investigation that involves city contracting.
August 27, 2004
Law enforcement doesn't get fancy or convoluted when describing its mission. Its officers will uniformly say that their job is "to get the bad guys. " This week, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office took a giant step in pursuit of that mission - without hiring another deputy or buying any high-priced gadgets. Instead, Sheriff John P. Durante is using the Internet to go after scofflaws. Go to www.montcopa.org/sheriff and you will see the names of about 760 people wanted for failing to pay child support and about 4,700 wanted on bench warrants for everything from skipping out on trials to not paying fines to violating parole or probation.
June 2, 2012 |
Before sunrise, police tightened their bulletproof vests to their chests as they spread through Camden to take down two violent heroin-dealing gangs. For some officers, the raid Wednesday morning was the start of a grueling day and a half that found them struggling to keep up during a crime spree that claimed the lives of three people and left five others in the city wounded. "We're under siege," said Lt. Frank Falco of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, who was among 250 state and local law enforcement officers involved in Wednesday morning's arrests.
August 2, 2011 |
I fell in love with Center City the first time I walked up Walnut Street. Arriving in Philadelphia from Syracuse, N.Y., where the drab downtown emptied out after 5, I eagerly embraced my new city's cosmopolitan vitality. Three decades later, I still do. But lately when I hop on the Speed Line at Westmont and head downtown, an unwelcome guest comes along for the ride. Fear. This feels like a confession of uncoolness, or an admission I've become comfortably suburban or, worse, hopelessly middle-age.
August 29, 2014 |
The two brothers were being held, bound, and beaten in a garage behind a Southwest Philadelphia house when their captors allowed one to make a phone call, law enforcement sources say. They needed $100,000, he told the friend who answered, or they would be killed. Their captors - members of a violent Vietnamese drug crew, law enforcement sources say - had given them the money to buy drugs, but the brothers instead gambled it away at a casino. The friend, a 23-year-old Northern Liberties man originally from Vietnam, said he could muster only $40,000.