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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.
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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April 17, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Meyers Jr., 71, a former mounted patrol officer with the Fairmount Park Guards and the Philadelphia Police Department, died of a lung disease on Saturday, April 12, at the Courthouse Convalescent Center in Cape May Court House, where he had lived for the last three years. A 1960 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School, Mr. Meyers, known as Bud, was an Army Special Forces paratrooper from 1961 to 1963, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. "When he was ready to be discharged, they asked him to go to officer training school," but he declined, his former wife, Ruthann McGeever, said.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like sands through the hourglass, so passed the last minutes to enroll in Obamacare - with an extension. And since the government had decreed that Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. was the final, no-joke, we really, really mean it this time deadline, the atmosphere was tense at Get Covered PA. Racing against the clock, in its scruffy subleased space on the seventh floor of a Chestnut Street office building, a half-dozen volunteers, community activists, and...
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. boosted the compensation for top executive Brian L. Roberts 8 percent in 2013, to $31.4 million, the company said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Roberts, chairman and chief executive officer, was paid $29.1 million in 2012. A company spokesman said Monday that the compensation was based on Comcast's 2013 financial performance and was unrelated to the proposed $45.2 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. that was announced in February and was the topic of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington last week.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Sedlak, 70, of Gloucester City, who retired in 2013 as a senior officer with the Gloucester County Probation Department in Woodbury, died of lung disease Saturday, April 12, at his home. Mr. Sedlak grew up in Philadelphia and taught at St. Patrick School in Kennett Square before working for the Chester County Recorder of Deeds in West Chester. After moving to Turnersville 30 years ago, Mr. Sedlak was a substitute teacher for the Washington Township Public School District, his partner, David Wood, said.
NEWS
April 13, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOODBURY A Superior Court judge on Friday rejected a plea by a Washington Township police officer to dismiss an indictment charging him with misconduct, falsifying records, and other offenses in the 2012 traffic stop of a state assemblyman. Joseph DiBuonaventura's attorney, Louis M. Barbone, argued that the indictment against his client should be dismissed because grand jurors were not given certain evidence and answers to questions that the defense said would have given them a more complete snapshot of what occurred during the stop nearly two years ago. Barbone called the prosecutor's relaying of facts to the grand jury a "very, very surgically focused" presentation that did not offer the whole story.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an incident in which he rushed at another man and, with his hand on his city-issued firearm, threatened to kill him, police said Wednesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was off duty when the incident happened about 2:45 a.m. Oct. 20, police said. The nine-year veteran was backing up his car when it struck a pedestrian. The man, who was hit in a knee, banged on Sawicki's trunk to let him know he had been struck, police said.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Putting himself at risk of a much longer prison sentence, former Philadelphia police officer Richard DeCoatsworth on Tuesday withdrew his guilty plea to charges relating to drugs, assault, and promoting prostitution. Asked by Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich why he changed his mind, DeCoatsworth said: "I would like an opportunity to defend myself, your honor. " Pressed about why he changed his mind, DeCoatsworth said: "If I were a guilty man, the offer presented to me would be a good one. . . . For me it's more important for my innocence to come out. " DeCoatsworth, 28, was arrested May 18, after an armed standoff with police.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The Legislature's budget officer predicted Tuesday that New Jersey's revenue would fall $526 million short of Gov. Christie's estimates through July 2015 - continuing a trend of revenue failing to hit administration targets. Christie's treasurer, on the other hand, defended the revenue targets to the Senate Budget Committee, which took testimony on the governor's $34.4 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The hearings prompted a wide-ranging discussion on New Jersey's economy and its recovery from recession, with the state's chief economist describing job growth over the last year as "very minor.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The judge said he couldn't believe the sentence he was imposing. A "gift," he called it - three months' house arrest and six years' probation for a former Philadelphia police officer who took $5,000 and skipped court so a man he arrested on gun charges could skate free. "It was an honest mistake, but the worst decision I ever made," Jonathan Lazarde said Thursday before his sentencing by Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman. The judge seemed surprised by the statement and, before sentencing Lazarde, seemed to be reconsidering.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHAT'S A COP look like? Whatever it is, Vernon Cottman apparently fit the description. Not surprising, since he was a cop. It was true. He and his wife were in Lake Tahoe, Nev., for a police convention - but when they went into a casino, it was not where the convention was being held. Vernon was not in uniform. Nevertheless, a dealer told him he couldn't sit in a certain location because he was a cop. "We tried to figure out what a cop looks like," said his wife, Carol Kirkland Cottman.
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