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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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October 18, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer already charged with assaulting another officer - a woman he was dating - has been arrested on charges of violating a protection-from-abuse order. Kenneth Allen, 24, a three-year veteran of the force assigned to the 18th District, was charged with two counts of violating a protection-from-abuse order, the District Attorney's Office said in a statement Thursday. He was arraigned Wednesday night, and his bail was set at $15,000. Allen was initially arrested Oct. 3 and charged with three counts of aggravated assault and four counts of simple assault and reckless endangerment in four separate alleged assaults on his girlfriend.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
About two dozen members of parent advocacy groups and their supporters rallied Wednesday outside Philadelphia School District headquarters to protest last week's canceling of the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Under cloudy skies, they scolded the School Reform Commission over its unprecedented unilateral action. Cheri Honkala, 53, an antipoverty advocate and the parent of a child who recently graduated from Moffet Elementary, a K-5 school in North Philadelphia, said the commission underestimated the will of district parents.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
AMY DUNNE is still missing and moviegoers are eager to find out what happened to her. "Gone Girl" stayed atop the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Dracula Untold" bit into second place with $23.4 million. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," debuted in third with $19.1 million, so it was a not so terrible, horrible weekend. "Annabelle" claimed fourth place in its second week of release with $16.3 million, followed by the Robert Downey Jr. - Robert Duvall drama "The Judge," which debuted with $13.3 million.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
Campbell Soup Co. took a step forward Thursday in a long-awaited plan to create a 13-acre office park around its Camden headquarters, appointing Brandywine Realty Trust as developer. The parcels of land, located off Newton Avenue between Admiral Wilson Boulevard and 11th Street, will become an office park for prospective users, who could benefit from amped-up tax incentives created through recent state legislation. When Campbell's committed to staying in Camden in 2007, it also announced plans to invest in the "Gateway District" by redeveloping the area around its headquarters.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter, flanked by two predecessors - former Mayors W. Wilson Goode and Ed Rendell - signed an executive order Tuesday strengthening the city's Office of Inspector General. The order gives greater protection for whistle-blowers, toughens confidentiality rules to ensure the integrity of investigations, and clarifies the office's duties and responsibilities. The signing in the Mayor's Reception Room highlighted efforts for more than 30 years to root out corruption and restore the reputation of city government.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police held a silent vigil Sunday in protest of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal's commencement speech at a small Vermont college. Abu-Jamal, a onetime death row inmate, is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. He spoke by video to 20 students receiving bachelor degrees from Goddard College, from which he earned a degree in prison. "Think about the myriad of problems that beset this land and strive to make it better," Abu-Jamal said in the video.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sgt. William McGovern of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office has had at least six traffic accidents from 1989 through last year, when he fatally struck off-duty Moorestown Officer Craig Berner, motor vehicle records show. In 1989, a Mount Laurel officer reported he suspected McGovern had been drinking before striking another car with his vehicle late one night and leaving the scene. Last year after the accident that killed Berner, according to Moorestown police reports, McGovern left the scene on Westfield Avenue, and three officers documented that he smelled of alcohol when he returned.
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the call center at Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office, employees pull tarps over their computers when it rains, witness vermin infestations in their workspaces, and watch their breath crystallize and fingernails turn blue in the winter, federal investigators visiting the office this summer found. Doors are unsecured in the converted warehouse, which holds the call center and its 150 employees alongside non-VA offices, raising concerns about the security of veterans' personal information, according to a report from the VA Office of Inspector General.
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams, elected in 2011 on promises of openness and accountability, has handed out 38 contracts, some to his political donors, without competitive bidding or other safeguards required by the City Charter. In two years, records show, the Sheriff's Office has signed contracts worth $1.2 million without formal bidding or city Finance and Law Department approval. Payments have come out of proceeds from one of the office's main duties: sheriff's sales. The charter says any contract over $32,000 - a limit adjusted for inflation every five years - must be competitively bid. Contracts under $32,000 must be for one-time services and can't be renewed.
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