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January 12, 2016 | BY ALLISON STEELE, Staff Writer
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl suspected in the killing of a 13-year-old boy in Camden last week has turned herself in to police, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. The girl, whom The Inquirer is not identifying because she is a juvenile, has not been charged in the death of Nathaniel "Nate" Plummer Jr., who was gunned down on the street late Thursday night. She was charged over the weekend with attempted murder in a separate Oct. 30 shooting, authorities said. Andy McNeil, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, would not comment on whether any suspects had been identified in Plummer's killing.
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January 10, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
IN HIS former career with the Coast Guard, Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia, when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. However, the shooter had no idea with whom he was dealing. Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.
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January 8, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
In his former career with the U.S. Coast Guard, Philadelphia police Ofc. Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. But the shooter had no idea who he was dealing with and Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.
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December 6, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the call came in to the Delaware County 911 center from a Utah area code, SWAT officers surrounded the Springfield Township home. The caller had reported that a man at that address had just shot his children and was threatening to kill his wife. In neighboring Marple Township, a SWAT team responded to another home after someone called to say he was being held hostage by a man armed with an assault rifle and explosives. In both cases, the first in 2010 and the other three years later, the calls were frightening - and fake.
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December 5, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Assembly Democrats failed Thursday to override Gov. Christie's veto of gun-control legislation, despite previous Republican support and a successful vote in the Senate less than two months ago. After about 90 minutes of debate, the Democrats were three votes short of the 54 needed to override the veto. Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) did not record an official vote and said he would try "again and again" to defeat the veto. Christie, a Republican running for president, preserved his record of sustaining each of the 50 or so vetoes Democrats have tried to override.
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November 30, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Her name was "Hope" - a scrawny German shepherd picked up this summer as a stray in York County. With protruding ribs and thinning black-and-tan coat, she didn't look like much. But she had spunk and a drive that Carol Skaziak believed might make her an ideal police dog. Thus began a nine-week rehabilitation project with the ambitious goal of taking a stray of unknown provenance and giving her a future with purpose. It would be an uncertain undertaking with no promise of success.
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November 30, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a pregnant patrol officer was ordered to stay home during most of her pregnancy and exhaust all of her accrued vacation and sick days, pickets appeared at the South Jersey police station and protested the decision made by Pemberton Township's administrator. The police union representing Shannon Sawyer also jumped in, filing a grievance that led the Township Council to vote in February in favor of having her return to work immediately. Still, Sawyer was forced to remain home until after her baby boy arrived in late June.
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November 27, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The charges were serious: A brutal assault that left a young woman bruised and fighting for her life. Testimony on the witness stand was heated, emotional, and, at times, racially charged. But the onlookers who filled the federal courtroom in Camden on Tuesday night were all smiles. Even - especially - the judge presiding over the case. Jamira Greene, a high school senior portraying defense attorney Atticus Finch in a mock trial rendering of the criminal case described in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird , urged the people sitting in the jury box to acquit.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Now that U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno has shown the way, the Pennsylvania legislature must do its part to prevent parents and other relatives who live with someone suspected of being a drug dealer from unfairly losing their homes and property. Robreno approved a settlement last week between the Institute for Justice and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office that puts reasonable limits on civil forfeitures, but the agreement doesn't apply outside the city. Under the state's civil forfeiture law, if police merely suspect that a house, business, car, or cash was involved in a crime, they can seize it and auction it off. The proceeds may then be banked by the local law enforcement agency.
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