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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
December 10, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
An agreement has quietly been ironed out to shift the city courts' 47 "warrant officers" to the Sheriff's Office, and not everyone is happy about it. The warrant unit, created in 1972 to enforce court orders and encourage voluntary surrenders, tracks down criminal defendants and manages people under electronic monitoring. Its officers are firearms-trained and carry 9mm pistols. They can enter private property in their hunt for people who skip out on court appearances. It can be dangerous work.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay - Part 1" continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards-season hopefuls "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, "Mockingjay - Part 1" earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
When does this stock market rally end? Rick Pitcairn, chief investment officer of Pitcairn, based in Jenkintown, gets that question a lot these days from clients. "I get the sense of trepidation from both institutional and retail investors surrounding the market. They're asking: 'These valuations are extended, and this feels like 1999 - tell me, when's that type of sell-off going to happen?' "In terms of U.S. equities, it's been a stunning rally in magnitude and duration," he says.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert F. Whalen was chairman of the Tredyffrin Township planning commission in 2013 when he heard that an affiliate of the Blackstone Group , the big hedge-fund manager, had decided it wasn't worth paying the $10 million it owed for its half-empty shopping center at Chesterbrook, just south of Valley Forge National Park. That's when Whalen, a Malvern Prep and U.S. Naval Academy grad and a Marine officer who did two tours in Iraq before he turned developer in civilian life, made an executive decision: "I found the bank that was selling the mortgage, I got the mortgage under control, and resigned from the planning commission that day," he told me. He wanted to avoid conflicts of interest.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke knows the time to make a decision is nigh. Some have suggested that he could wait as long as February. He shakes his head vigorously when told that. "No, that would not be fair," he said. "That would be a little selfish. You have to tell people something. " Now, perhaps? He shakes his head again. "I have to say one way or another for a lot of reasons, and that point is coming soon," he said. "Real soon. " Some day in the near future, then, Clarke will end the speculation and announce whether he intends to run for mayor of Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 24, 2014
IN 2012, Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey became a national symbol of police brutality after a cellphone video went viral of him hitting a woman in the aftermath of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. He was charged with simple assault and fired - only to be exonerated the following year. Josey, at the time a decorated, 19-year-veteran of the police force, also got his job back - complete with back pay. Fast-forward to 2014 and Josey is not only a vindicated man but a wiser one. The incident, which made national headlines, helped him reorder his priorities about what's really important, a message he shares in his new play, "What If Heaven Was Black.
NEWS
November 22, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Philadelphia narcotics officer who was fired for falsifying an arrest warrant and having a business relationship with an informant will return to the force on an arbitrator's recommendation, Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Thursday. Jeffrey Cujdik will get his job back but will not return to the narcotics unit and will not collect back pay, Ramsey said. Cujdik contested his May 2014 firing and, backed by the police union, sought a return to the force. At a hearing Wednesday on Cujdik's bid to be reinstated, an arbitrator heard arguments from the city and union representatives, and then recommended that Cujdik return to the force, but not to his old unit and not with back pay, Ramsey said.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - On Tuesday night, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane went on national television and said children were depicted in some of the images her office discovered when reviewing pornographic e-mails exchanged among state employees. Asked by a CNN reporter to describe the sexually explicit messages unearthed in the scandal, Kane said: "They are deplorable: hard-core, sometimes graphic, sometimes violent e-mails that had a string of videos and pictures depicting sometimes children, old women - some of them involved violent sexual acts against women.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A top financial officer at a Paoli brokerage firm stole $750,000 from the company, spending the money on high-end clothing from Bergdorf Goodman, a vacation in Mexico, and stays at luxury hotels, including New York's Waldorf Astoria. Tracey McShane, 40, of Chester County, was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns in the theft from Pacer Financial Inc. McShane, who could not be reached for comment, was Pacer's director of financial operations, responsible for bookkeeping, general accounting, and overseeing the payroll.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John J. Schilling Jr., who served as a Philadelphia police officer for 24 years, was the second generation of a three-generation family of police officers, his son, Ken, said. "His father was a police officer in Philly - John J. Sr. - in the traffic division," Ken Schilling said. John J. Jr. was a Philadelphia police officer from April 1956 to June 1980, a police spokeswoman said. Ken Schilling said he is a detective with the Egg Harbor Police Department and his brother, John, is "a sergeant first class in the New Jersey State Police.
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