April 1, 2014 |
IN A YEAR when we will elect a governor, it is worth asking: Does Pennsylvania have a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in all of the state's major cities? Places like Chester, York, Reading and Allentown? Would Pennsylvania stand behind a strategy that has shown that violence can be dramatically reduced when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage violent street groups and clearly communicate a message against violence? Focused Deterrence is a proven and comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy developed by criminologist David Kennedy, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and we believe that it should be a component in the state's overall public-safety policy.
March 14, 2014 |
'The pernicious impact" of federal immigration enforcement "on certain communities in Philadelphia" is pushing the city to curtail police cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Public Safety Director Michael Resnick said Wednesday. At a City Council hearing packed to the balcony benches with immigrant-rights groups, Resnick said Mayor Nutter would soon sign an executive order barring police and prison officials from honoring immigration detainers except when a suspect in custody was previously convicted of a violent felony and ICE obtained a warrant to support the detainer request.
February 24, 2014 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has permanently removed two more priests from ministry for substantiated claims of sexual abuse, including one who was allowed to keep working in his Northeast Philadelphia parish for nearly a year after accusations were first lodged against him. It was only after several fresh allegations surfaced late last year against the Rev. John P. Paul, formerly of Our Lady of Calvary Parish, that the archdiocese suspended him...
February 14, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Nine months after paralegal Julia Papazian Law was found dead in the Rittenhouse Square townhouse of her boss and boyfriend, the criminal defense lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr., the District Attorney's Office has concluded that the death was accidental. Seth Williams' office on Wednesday released a one-sentence statement announcing that a grand jury review of the 26-year-old Law's death by drowning in Peruto's bathtub found "no evidence of criminality. " Peruto, 58, said he received the same one-sentence statement in a text message from Williams' office with no elaboration.
January 24, 2014 |
TRENTON Gov. Christie this week vetoed nearly four dozen bills passed by the Legislature in a flurry of end-of-session votes. He allowed the 44 bills to expire in "pocket vetoes" and issued veto statements for two of them Tuesday. Among those he pocket-vetoed were: A bill that would have regulated how New Jersey law enforcement and safety agencies use unmanned aerial aircraft, or drones. Police would have had to obtain a warrant to use drones for surveillance. Drones could be used without warrants by fire departments to monitor forest fires, and by emergency management officials in the event of a hurricane or other disasters.
January 4, 2014 |
An 18-year-old basketball player at Benjamin Franklin High School in North Philadelphia was shot and killed on New Year's Eve, police said. Quahdir Devine was shot about 11:30 p.m. on the 700 block of West Girard Avenue. He was struck in the chest and pronounced dead 15 minutes later at Temple University Hospital. Police said they had made no arrests in the case. Law enforcement sources said they believe the killing may have stemmed from a dispute among three local street gangs - a dispute they believe Devine, who had no criminal record and a job at Temple University, had nothing to do with.
December 11, 2013 |
Katie Koestner was a freshman at the College of William and Mary in the fall of 1990 when she met a fellow student she described as having awesome hair, a great jawline, and buttons on his shirt. "I thought he was fantastic," she said. Then he raped her, she said. Koestner, now director of Campus Outreach Services in Wayne, spoke Monday before a group of about 100 counselors, teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officials about date rape and risky behavior at the Radnor Township Municipal Building.
November 26, 2013 |
LOWER MERION Like many who lose a loved one to suicide, the family and friends of Officer Sean Quinn said they didn't see it coming. Quinn, 46, was a veteran of the Lower Merion Police Department, a former DARE instructor who loved working with children. He was a private man with a strong jaw and youthful features. After a bumpy stretch, his life had smoothed out in recent years, and Quinn was doing what he loved - patrolling the streets. "It was all he ever wanted to do," said his wife, Eileen.
November 21, 2013
The arrest last week of a 17-year-old accused of posting secret grand jury evidence on Twitter should calm fears of witness intimidation in the city, right? Not if you live in a crime-infested neighborhood where thugs don't need social media to let people know they had better not cooperate with the police. Even so, the arrest of the Martin Luther King High School student could lead to the person who apparently provided him with undisclosed statements from a grand jury proceeding.
November 4, 2013 |
The young men had been summoned to the ornate room in City Hall because police had determined that they were the ones most likely to shoot or be shot. After months of intelligence huddles, police and prosecutors had identified the 45 South Philadelphia corner boys who shuffled into the courtroom that spring morning as "impact players" - possible triggermen - in violent street crews. Flanking the lectern were neighbors, outreach workers, and city and federal law enforcement officials, including Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and District Attorney Seth Williams.