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September 19, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day after police said a 12-year-old boy was raped by a teenager on his way to school in West Philadelphia, the leader of the city's school system said the district was considering what steps to take to prevent such attacks. "That was a terrible, horrible incident," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Tuesday. The boy, a student at Morton McMichael School in the Mantua section, reported the attack when he arrived at the school about 8:30 a.m. Monday, police said. The incident happened in an alley in the 3900 block of Brown Street, police said.
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August 16, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
In early July, the needle on the city's homicide dial jumped. The reason was Justin Mackie, who is 19 and has a tattoo of a .38-caliber revolver on his forehead. In statements to police, Mackie has confessed to killing three people over nine days this summer in separate attacks - all while on the run in the shooting of a cabdriver. Mackie and his older brother, Tevin Hammond, had bragged to friends that they would not go down without a fight. On July 22, the crime spree ended in a daytime shootout with FBI agents outside an East Mount Airy apartment building.
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July 31, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A FORMER EMPLOYEE of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed a whistle-blower suit accusing the agency of failing to properly train officers and failing to report the theft of controlled substances. Michael Houck Sr., who was hired as assistant director of humane law enforcement in September, claims he took his concerns to top officials at the nonprofit several times but was rebuffed. Houck was fired in May, allegedly for making racist and sexist comments, but the suit claims it was in retaliation for his speaking out. In the complaint Houck, a retired Philadelphia police sergeant, alleges that the agency failed to file a police report in March when vaccines, drugs and rabies tags taken from the agency were found by West Chester police.
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July 31, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities are investigating a fatal accident in which a police officer fell off his motorcycle and was struck by a county detective in a pickup truck on a dark road in Moorestown when both were off duty. "It was a chance encounter" between the two veteran law enforcement officers, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, referring to the Saturday crash. "It was through random chance they were on the road at the same time. " His office is handling the probe to avoid any conflict of interest.
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July 28, 2013 | By Mike Newall and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
Justin Mackie, arrested after a gunfight with police and the FBI on Monday, has confessed to killing three people in a 10-day spree of violence this month, police said. Mackie, 19, was charged Friday afternoon with three murders between July 9 and 18. Three law enforcement sources said he confessed to detectives in the hospital, where he was recovering from wounds received in a gunfight in which his brother Tevin Hammond was killed. Mackie was arrested Monday when police and FBI agents swarmed the East Mount Airy apartment complex where he was hanging out with Hammond, 21. Police said Hammond was a coconspirator in some of the crimes.
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July 16, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - When it comes to so-called puppy mills, the state's Dog Law Enforcement Office in recent years failed to live up to its name. An audit to be released Monday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has found that the agency charged with enforcing Pennsylvania's strict new commercial kennel regulations stopped inspecting those kennels at the same time the requirements were to take effect. The audit, a copy of which has been provided to The Inquirer, showed that through "lax leadership and ineffective program administration," the Dog Law Enforcement Office knowingly allowed kennels to operate for more than a year in violation of the law. "They knew that kennels were violating the law, and they chose not to enforce it. That's a problem," said DePasquale, who as a state representative supported the 2008 legislation toughening the dog law to improve conditions for thousands of animals living in large commercial kennels.
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July 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an effort to coordinate a patchwork of approaches to preventing and reporting bullying, Montgomery County officials presented a new manual Wednesday that was a year in the making. While the policies and practices suggested in the manual are not mandates, officials hope that school districts and law enforcement agencies will follow what a task force found to be best practices around the country. "This is one of the most challenging issues facing our youth," District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at East Norriton Middle School.
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July 7, 2013 | By Sean Carlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patty DiRenzo fought for a Good Samaritan law for drug overdoses after her son died of one in 2010. Since Gov. Christie signed New Jersey's version of the law in May, she has been fighting to educate the public on what it means. The law gives immunity to drug users who call for help for someone who has overdosed or needs medical attention. Recently, DiRenzo, of Blackwood, began an effort to hang signs around South Jersey that read: "Don't run. Call 911. New Jersey's Overdose Prevention Bill Will Protect You. " The signs were made by Denise Mariano, 49, of Roxbury, N.J., who operates a Facebook page with DiRenzo called "NJ 911 Good Samaritan Bill.
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July 2, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
For two days in 1967, Glassboro police Capt. Philip J. Coppolino stood outside the Hollybush Mansion on the Rowan University campus, scanning the crowd, helping to provide security for the two world leaders holed up inside trying to defuse Cold War tensions. The face-to-face encounter between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin became known as the Glassboro Summit. It has been celebrated since by Rowan University - then Glassboro State College - and referenced in historical accounts.
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June 26, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former drug dealer Micah Khan, 33, of Camden, went to Trenton on Monday to make another kind of sale. A single father who struggled to get a job when he got out of prison in 2007, Khan wanted to sell New Jersey lawmakers on the importance of proposed legislation that would help people with a background like his find work. "This is a lifesaving bill because it brings hope," he said at a Senate Labor Committee hearing, squeezed in before the end-of-the-session budget sprint toward recess began in earnest Monday afternoon.
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