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July 17, 1998 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate judge set stringent bail conditions yesterday for a SEPTA police officer charged by New York authorities in a hostage-taking robbery allegedly orchestrated by Russian mobsters. Authorities allege that furs, jewelry and Rolex watches were taken during a home break-in in Brooklyn on May 13 and that the victims were later forced to pay an additional $40,000 in cash. The victims, identified only as the owners of a New York business, were gagged, handcuffed and had their faces covered with ski caps by two men who entered their home posing as police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
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January 5, 1992 | By Vyola P. Willson, Special to The Inquirer
Arthur E. McKeown, president of McKeown Construction Co. of West Chester, has been elected president of the 400-member Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties for 1992. He has been in the construction business for 20 years and serves as a director of the Pennsylvania Builders Association and the National Association for Home Builders. Raymond Iacobucci of Glen Mills has been elected treasurer. He is a principal of the Iacobucci Organization, a single- and multi-family home construction company.
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February 13, 1986 | By Ruth Tallmadge, Special to The Inquirer
The Willistown Board of Supervisors has honored township police Officer Kenneth "Skip" Elder, 33, with the 1985 Officer of the Year award. Elder was chosen for the honor by his fellow police officers. The award and an accompanying check were presented to him at Tuesday's meeting of the supervisors. Police Chief Robert Valyo said the award was presented to the officer "who displayed the most outstanding performance of his duties for the year. " Valyo said Elder "is self-motivated and does follow-ups himself.
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August 17, 1989 | By Jeff McGaw, Special to The Inquirer
The Hatboro Civil Service Commission heard three hours of testimony by prosecution witnesses during a closed hearing Monday night as the panel considers the fate of a former Hatboro police officer, according to borough solicitor Andrian Meyer. The ex-officer, Robert A. Ottey Jr., was accused of improper conduct and dismissed from the police force. He is appealing his dismissal. Ottey was arrested in January and charged with drunken driving after his pickup truck struck two parked cars and rolled over.
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December 11, 1990 | By Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
An off-duty correctional officer was arrested last night after he allegedly pistol-whipped a Frankford man near the victim's house, police said. Jose Negron, 26, was on Frankford Avenue near Fillmore Street about 7 p.m. when he was attacked by the officer, Timothy Wilson, 33, police said. The altercation apparently grew out of a conflict between the two men about a month ago. Police said Negron, of Fillmore Street near Frankford Avenue, was struck at least twice on the head with a handgun during the incident.
NEWS
October 5, 1989 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
If a rule isn't written, can anyone follow it? It depends on whom you talk to in Jenkintown. The lines were drawn during a Jenkintown Civil Service Commission hearing Tuesday for officer John Capresecco, who was demoted from sergeant by the Borough Council because he failed to report to Police Chief James Lavin that his service revolver had been fired and that he had lost his identification card and personal badge. Capresecco appealed the demotion to the commission. After three hours of testimony from him and other police officials, the three-member commission said it would send its decision by mail to the officer and borough in 30 days.
NEWS
May 24, 1987
Under a rainy sky, the casket of Pennsauken Patrolman William Brey is carried to a grave at Bethel Memorial Park. Brey, 32, was stabbed to death May 15 while answering a complaint about rowdy teenagers. Steven Amos, 17, of Pennsauken, has been charged with killing Brey, who wounded Amos and fatally shot Amos' brother, Richard, 15, before dying. Hundreds of police officers attended the funeral Wednesday in Cherry Hill.
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February 6, 1993 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the day after Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Neal said that a sergeant who faces manslaughter charges would be dismissed, officials learned that the officer apparently will retire before that can occur. Neal said Thursday that Sgt. Anthony Brasten would be given a notice of intention to suspend for 30 days with the intention of dismissal. Yesterday, however, police officials learned that Brasten's attorney, Mark Gottlieb, "has indicated that his client wishes to exercise his right to retire, and we will permit it," said Sgt. R.E. Theresa Young, police spokeswoman.
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October 28, 1987 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia police officer was charged with murder yesterday after the death of a man he allegedly had beaten unconscious while off-duty nearly six months ago. Detectives said that the former officer, Oscar Coor, 41, who was fired as a result of the incident, surrendered yesterday afternoon to homicide detectives at the office of his attorney in Center City. Coor, of the 5800 block of Pentridge Street in Southwest Philadelphia, had been charged with simple and aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the case.
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June 29, 1989 | By Joshua Klein, Special to The Inquirer
Development has spread throughout Willistown Township, making it difficult for the 12-man police force to patrol its entire jurisdiction. To help alleviate that problem, Robert Klinger was sworn in Tuesday night at the supervisors' meeting as the township's 13th officer. "With the growth that has taken place and increasing requests for service we felt for some time we could stand to hire an additional man," Police Chief Charles Bennett said. He said his officers had concentrated their patrols in the north and northeast portions of the township, but development in the middle and southern ends had forced more spread-out coverage.
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August 19, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A South Jersey psychiatrist with a practice in Philadelphia and his office manager were indicted Wednesday on charges of illegally selling more than $1 million in prescription drugs for cash, federal prosecutors said. Clarence R. Verdell, 66, of Voorhees, and Rochelle Williams-Morrow, 37, of Philadelphia, were charged with selling prescriptions of Klonopin and Suboxone without medical or mental-health examinations. Verdell worked for about six months for Dr. Alan Summers, who also recently was charged with illegally selling prescriptions, before opening his own clinic on Frankford Avenue in Frankford.
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August 19, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
SCRANTON - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane seemed the picture of serenity Wednesday as she walked into her office for the last time as the state's top law enforcement official. "I try to live my life without any regrets," Kane, who was convicted this week of perjury and other crimes, told reporters outside her Scranton office. "I try to live every day like it's my last," she said. "I try to do the best job I can every day. And I have no regrets. I hope that people see that we've done our best.
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August 15, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kiefer Sutherland is used to playing a man who gets things done, by any means necessary. So why, after more than 200 episodes as 24 action hero Jack Bauer, would the British-born Canadian want any part of the restrictions of even a fictional U.S. presidency? Maybe because after years of legislative gridlock, and in an election cycle no TV writer could top for twists, turns, and sheer insanity, ABC's Designated Survivor is hitting the reset button on the federal government this fall, big time.
NEWS
August 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Prominent defense attorney Tariq El-Shabazz, who has represented some of the city's most notorious criminals, will join the District Attorney's Office next month as one of Seth Williams' top lieutenants, Williams announced Thursday. El-Shabazz will be named deputy in charge of investigations in September and in December will become Williams' highest-ranking deputy when current first assistant George Mosee retires, Williams said at a news conference. Williams described El-Shabazz as "an unmatched advocate" for developing relationships between the public and law enforcement, and said he looked forward to adding El-Shabazz's perspective to his senior staff.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Kairos Real Estate Partners of King of Prussia and Chevy Chase, Md.-based Artemis Real Estate Partners have acquired a 123,440-square-foot office building at 518 East Township Line Road in Blue Bell. The building is 27-percent leased by New York-based construction company Skanska USA and Phoenixville Hospital, Kairos said in a release. The buyers plan renovations to the site that include adding a cafe, conference rooms and a fitness center, Kairos said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NEWS
August 6, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records urged a judge Thursday to grant it access to State Police video footage, including from a March shooting on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that left a retired trooper and two others dead. The State Police department is fighting that request - and two others like it - arguing that its decision to withhold the videos is protected under the law. The case before Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. focuses on the reach and authority of the Open Records Office, a quasi-judicial agency set up to field and rule on citizen requests for public records and information.
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August 4, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
The office of embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleged that Kane fired him in retaliation for recommending that she dismiss a top aide for sexual harassment. George Moore, a former human resources analyst for the Attorney General's Office, will split most of the money with his attorney, according to the settlement, made public Tuesday by Kane's office. Ending the case now will save money and avoid a long legal battle, First Deputy Attorney General Bruce L. Castor Jr. said in statement.
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August 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 34-year-old Holmesburg man was held for trial Tuesday on charges stemming from a May hit-and-run that critically injured an off-duty SEPTA Transit Police officer. The officer, Gary Miller, 44, was out for an afternoon run on Rowland Avenue in Holmesburg on May 22 when he was hit by a Saturn sedan. Jeffrey Soder, also known as Jeffrey Sickel, was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, driving under the influence, and related charges. Soder, of the 4600 block of Kraydor Street, was ordered held for trial after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Wendy Pew. He remains in custody at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Holmesburg.
NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
A SEPTA Transit Police officer who deployed pepper spray through a fence at protesters during the Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia this week was found to be justified in his actions, according to a SEPTA spokesman. The incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, begins with the officer calmly deploying the pepper spray at protesters, one of whom attempts to shield his face with a homemade sign. Among the people hit by the spray is Anna Marie Stenberg, 69, a pro-Bernie Sanders protester from California.
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July 31, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old West Philadelphia boy has been charged with robbery and weapons offenses in the carjacking Tuesday of a police officer's daughter in South Philadelphia, police said Friday. Nafees Woods, of the 5700 block of Harmer Street, faces charges in adult court. About 22 hours after the carjacking, he was among three people who were injured in a shooting in the Southwark section of South Philly. The carjacking occurred about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday after the officer's daughter parked her 2007 Mazda3 under the Interstate 95 overpass at Front and Morris Streets.
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