July 29, 2014 |
Sgt. William McGovern of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office fatally ran over a motorcyclist and called 911 last July 27. Then, minutes after he learned the victim was off-duty Moorestown Patrolman Craig Berner, McGovern left the scene on Westfield Road to feed a friend's cat, according to law enforcement records. Although McGovern returned within an hour of the 10 p.m. crash - and township police then documented that he smelled of alcohol - authorities called off a sobriety test requested by a Moorestown officer.
July 28, 2014 |
GAIL SKINNER said it was about 6 a.m. yesterday when she first heard the screams. "I was ironing, and I heard my neighbor hollering 'Help, help!' " the South Philadelphia woman recalled. When Skinner, 67, and her daughter went outside to investigate, they were greeted by clouds of thick black smoke. "So much smoke and flames, and it was coming out the window," she said, referring to a home up the street now completely black, its charred contents strewn about the sidewalk.
July 22, 2014 |
The would-be thief wiped sweat from his brow as he approached the unsecured bicycle in South Philadelphia, clearly marked "Police. " He paused next to the bike as the wheels - or tumbleweeds - spun in his head. He pulled up his sagging pants and quickly glanced over his shoulder, then walked the police bike around the corner and out of view of the surveillance cameras that caught the entire July 9 incident around 11:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of South Broad Street. Forty-five minutes later, the Trek bicycle was recovered in the 1300 block of Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia.
July 19, 2014 |
An investigating grand jury has found no evidence that a female police officer seriously injured a teenager's genitals during a stop-and-frisk search earlier this year, District Attorney Seth Williams said Thursday. Darrin Manning, 16, and his lawyer said he was injured after police stopped him and some friends near Broad Street and Girard Avenue. Some of the teens, who had been on their way to a school basketball game, ran from the officers. Manning, however, was apprehended.
July 18, 2014 |
Ruling that the trial judge's questioning of witnesses prejudiced the jury, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ordered a new trial for a veteran Philadelphia police officer convicted of false arrest. In unusually critical terms, a three-judge panel of the Superior Court ruled Tuesday that Aleksander Shwarz was denied a fair trial because of questions by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Earl W. Trent Jr. At the same time, the court said, the jury probably would have convicted Shwarz based on the evidence alone.
July 18, 2014 |
A Pennsylvania congressman has called for a criminal investigation into claims of mail shredding and data manipulation at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office. In a letter to officials from the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Bucks County, called the alleged offenses "unconscionable and deserving of further investigation. " The concerns at the Philadelphia VA office in Germantown, which oversees benefits for 825,000 veterans in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey and also houses one of the nation's three VA pension management centers, came to light Monday.
July 18, 2014 |
Frederick C. Feil Jr. "always wanted dogs," his wife, Margaret, said, "but we couldn't have them," because of restrictions where they lived. Mr. Feil made up for it on the job. As an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1966 to 1976, she said, he was a member of the canine unit and worked with a Doberman pinscher named Dutch and a German shepherd named Shep. "He liked working with dogs," his wife said, and in retirement the Feils have raised a schnauzer named - as a fisherman like Mr. Feil might - Striper.
July 17, 2014 |
SEPTA police are field testing video cameras that clip onto officers' shirts and record everything they do, officials announced Tuesday. The camera, which connects to an officer's handheld police radio, records video and audio, and can take photos, said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "The benefit of that is that every contact that an officer has will then be video- and audiotaped. It's a tremendous benefit for police, a tremendous benefit for the public," Nestel said. "We're experimenting.
July 16, 2014 |
WHEN THE FREEDOMS take the court at the Pavilion on Villanova's campus tonight, the tennis team will feature a Grand Slam winning doubles tandem in the organization. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond won the 2011 U.S. Open women's doubles tournament, and each won Wimbledon, the French and the Australian Open with other partners. The only difference this year is Huber will take the court with her Freedoms teammates, while Raymond will cheer from the stands. Raymond took on a front-office role with the team this season, as director of player personnel.
July 14, 2014 |
He's the man who built Campus Apartments in University City from a regional student-housing company into a national firm. David Adelman, who took over from the Campus Apartments founder, is branching out into office space in West Philadelphia - and he's looking to attract a key anchor tenant, such as Google, to lease his former factory space at 4101 Sansom St. The retrofitted printing-press shop here is known as the Graphic Arts Lithographers building...