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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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March 22, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, which operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge and the Cape May-Lewes ferry, has named Vincent P. Meconi of Wilmington chief operations officer. Meconi is a former secretary of the Delaware Departments of Administrative Services and Health and Social Services. He had also been deputy chief administrative officer for New Castle County, and he served a term in the state legislature in the 1980s. Meconi will oversee operations of the bridge and ferry, as well as five regional airports in Delaware and South Jersey.
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March 21, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia police officers involved in the shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown will not face criminal charges, District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday. "In this case, the facts show a tragedy, a terrible tragedy, but not a crime," Williams said at an afternoon news conference, saying his conclusion came after a three-month investigation. An attorney for the family of the 25-year-old Frankford man said questions remained in the case and indicated he would file suit.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams gave the following summary Thursday of the investigation into the shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown following a traffic stop at 2:45 a.m. Dec. 15 in Mayfair: Two officers had pulled over Tate-Brown's Dodge Charger because its running lights - dimmer than headlights - were on, while the actual headlights were off. "I figured he just came out of a store or something and we [were] just going to check to see if [he] was OK to drive and tell him to turn his lights on," the shooting officer's partner told investigators.
SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers hosted the family of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III for Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center. Shooting guard Jason Richardson gave Wilson's older son, Quahmier, a tour of the locker room and took him to meet coach Brett Brown in his office. The 10-year-old received one of Richardson's No. 23 jerseys and a pair of Nerlens Noel's Nike sneakers. One-year-old Robert Wilson IV and other family members watched the Sixers' pregame on-court workouts from the team's bench.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
On stage at the Palestra, amid the rows and rows of officers in dress uniforms and family members in black and the flowers that surrounded Officer Robert Wilson III's casket, a list of names was read. Ten, including Wilson, in the last nine years. Cassidy, Nazario, McDonald, and Skerski. Lorenzo and Pawlowski, Simpson and Liczbinski. Moses Walker, who worked alongside Wilson in the 22d Police District. All killed in the line of duty. All with lives ahead of them. And Officer Robert Wilson, Badge 9990: Two sons.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of Philadelphia police officers in dress uniforms and white gloves marched solemnly in formation Friday afternoon up Whitby Avenue past the Francis Funeral Home to 52d Street, where the family of fallen Officer Robert Wilson III waited in folding chairs arranged on the opposite side of the intersection. The officers, led by Wilson's colleagues in the 22d District, then stood at attention under the hazy late-winter sky and saluted his family, including his sister, Shakíra Wilson-Burroughs, and grandmother, Constance Wilson.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A candlelight vigil was held Thursday evening on the West Philadelphia basketball court where fallen Officer Robert Wilson III played as child, just a short walk from where he was raised by his grandparents on Millick Street. His sister, Shakíra Wilson-Burroughs, briefly addressed the 200 people gathered at 61st Street and Baltimore Avenue, thanking them for their support. "Not only did we lose our brother," she said, "we lost a big part of our family, a big part of our neighborhood.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Funeral arrangements are in place for Officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed in the line of duty last week, funeral home representatives said Thursday. A viewing for the 22d District officer has been set for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Francis Funeral Home, 5201 Whitby Ave., Cedar Park. A second viewing will be from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Palestra, 235 S. 33d St., followed at 10 by a funeral service. Interment is at Fernwood Cemetery, Lansdowne. The 30-year-old officer, an eight-year veteran of the department, was shot to death last Thursday while buying a video game for his son at a GameStop store in the Swampoodle section of North Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
EVEN BEFORE Officer Robert Wilson III was pronounced dead, I had the clear sense that people were picking sides. One thing I heard was, this is why no one should ever question a cop using his or her weapon. Someone else said, it's hard to feel bad about one dead police officer when there are so many examples of citizens, often people of color, dying at the hands of the law. I am very tentative about even mentioning these varied reactions now, daring to raise the very issue of the prickly - and sometimes deadly - state of the police and citizens relationships here and beyond.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LITTLE DID Robert Dixon know when he saw the attractive girl walking past the playground of Edison High School that getting to know her would change his life. Robert was in 11th grade at the time, and he was instantly attracted to the girl as she walked by the playground, her head down, arms loaded with books. He called out a greeting a couple of times, before deciding he'd better introduce himself. She was Hester Eliza Burgess, who was attending Kensington High School, but, more important, and life-altering for both of them, was that she was involved with the Salvation Army.
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