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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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NEWS
August 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"EITHER YOU buy these or I take your car, 'cause it's unregistered. " Officer Matthew Zagursky didn't mince words Thursday when he flashed tickets to the Hero Thrill Show, a fundraiser that supports the families of fallen officers and firefighters, to two men after pulling them over. And yesterday, hours after a recording of that exchange went viral, Commissioner Charles Ramsey didn't either. "No part of that video is good," Ramsey said of the footage, which also shows Zagursky spouting homophobic slurs.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The CrossPoint at Valley Forge, a 272,360-square-foot office building in Wayne, has been acquired for $89.5 million by an affiliate of KBS Realty Advisors of Newport Beach, Calif. KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III closed on the Class A office building on Aug. 18, said Mike Margolis, a Newmark Grubb Knight Frank senior managing director, who helped broker the deal. The building was constructed in 1974 and gut renovated in 2014, KBS said in a statement. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
NEWS
August 23, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey ordered Friday that a uniformed officer be taken off street patrol and that the officer's gun be taken from him after Facebook videos surfaced showing the officer pressuring a motorist to buy tickets for a police union fund-raiser. In the videos, Officer Matthew Zagursky tells a driver that if he buys tickets to the fund-raiser, Zagursky will not tow his vehicle. The officer also uses a homophobic slur while apparently joking with the man at another point.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman in the city's Olney section has launched an online campaign to try to get a Philadelphia police officer fired for running over her dog last week. Sidara Son's 21/2-year-old pit bull, Phoebe, was struck by a 35th District vehicle in the 5400 block of Ella Street around 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9. She posted several videos of the aftermath on a Facebook page named "Justice 4 Phoebe Son. " The videos show her sitting in the street cradling her gravely wounded dog and weeping. "Ma'am, you're going to blame it on me regardless," the officer says in the video.
NEWS
August 19, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden County Police Department has eliminated a mandate that patrol officers call in on their days off to see if they are needed at work. The edict, which Chief Scott Thomson said was implemented in early July after an officer was shot at, caused some officers to complain of burnout and little rest time between shifts, which they said left them less alert in dealing with the public and responding to calls. The requirement was ended on July 22, though "if an urgent operational need exists, it could be reinstated," Dan Keashen, a Camden County spokesman, said Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
"STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" got people straight inta theaters this past weekend, blowing away estimates with just over $56 million. With a production budget slightly under $30 million, "Compton" is destined to be more profitable than . . . Compton. We're not talking Dr. Dre money, but still . . . N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube served as producers on the film, which has Ice Cube's real son O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father. Dr. Dre also released the companion piece "Compton," - his first new album in 16 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2015
Q: I recently read your article in Costco Connections magazine: "Make your bedroom feel like a five-star hotel room. " I enjoyed your take on making it a getaway from other functions, so I'm trying to move any home office-related items out to accomplish that. In the meantime, I'm making one of my spare bedrooms into an office and could use some advice on wall color and decor. My hope is to buy a cherry or walnut desk with matching credenza, a lateral file cabinet, and possibly a bookcase or small bar. - SM A: I'm so glad you enjoyed the article.
SPORTS
August 14, 2015 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
MALIK ROSE, a former standout at Drexel who has been the TV analyst for Sixers games since 2011, is leaving the organization to join the front office of the Atlanta Hawks, according to a report. Chris Vivlamore, the Hawks' beat writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, tweeted last night, "The Hawks have hired Malik Rose to a front-office position. " On the website, he wrote that Rose was expected to work in the basketball operations department and that a person familiar with the hire said the Hawks are "very excited.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia Police Officer Christopher Saravello had crimes of his own to pay for Wednesday. But even as he was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for using his position to shake down drug dealers, another recent corruption case loomed over the proceedings. Addressing U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in recent court filings, Saravello's lawyer, Craig Hosay, invoked the case of six members of a Philadelphia police narcotics squad charged last year with beating drug suspects and pocketing seized cash over the years.
NEWS
August 13, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The union that represents Philadelphia police officers is raising concerns about how its members will get to work and where they might be housed during Pope Francis' visit next month. "As of this date, the city has revealed no plans to the [union] regarding your working conditions during the papal visit," John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, wrote in a letter to members on Monday. "The FOP is opposed to housing police officers for the duration of the papal visit," McNesby wrote.
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