June 29, 1989 |
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.
June 13, 1993 |
Police Commissioner Richard Neal intends to fire an officer who allegedly took a gun, driver's license and other items from a motorist last week, then offered to sell them back for $500. Sgt. Gene Lonazoff, 37, a 14-year veteran who worked in the 35th Police District in North Philadelphia, has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. Neal, at a news conference yesterday outside the district headquarters at Broad Street and Champlost Avenue, said the incident that led to the dismissal occurred when the sergeant allegedly took a gun, MAC card, driver's license and $150 in cash after stopping a motorist.
September 15, 1994 |
The cop was a robber, said the prosecutor. Assistant District Attorney Janet Houser said fired Police Sgt. Gene Lomazoff used his badge to rob motorists between November 1990 and June 1993. Yesterday, after a series of preliminary hearings before Municipal Judge William J. Brady, Lomazoff, 38, a 14-year veteran assigned to the 35th District, was ordered to stand trial on charges that include robbery, theft, false imprisonment, drug possession, fabricating evidence, perjury and obstructing justice.
January 13, 1988 |
An undercover police officer testified yesterday that he handed a final $100 extortion payment to Matthias "Big Sonny" Brown in April 1986 and that Common Pleas Court Judge Kenneth S. Harris then did exactly what Brown had promised: He released a man from prison. The government contends that officer Robert Simpkins gave the money to Brown after another undercover officer, James McNesby, had paid Brown $1,000 for the release of McNesby's nephew, who had been sent to prison 15 days earlier for violating the terms of his probation.
October 20, 1990 |
An administrative law judge this week ordered the borough of Lawnside to reinstate Richard Still, a 37-year-old patrolman whom the borough suspended on June 30, 1989, on a charge of insubordination and for failing a psychological test. After initially refusing, Still agreed to take the test on June 30, but the borough removed him from his position the same day. The judge ordered that Still be given back pay, benefits and seniority. The case arose after a part-time Lawnside police officer killed himself and his pregnant fiancee on April 23, 1989.
January 7, 2009 |
A 59-year-old man who lunged at a Philadelphia police officer with a pair of butcher knives was killed yesterday morning when the officer's partner shot him. Police identified the dead man as Secundino Rivera, 59. Police were called to the 2900 block of Kip Street in the city's Kensington section at 11:30 p.m. after a report of a person with a knife, said Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman. "They were met by a 71-year-old woman who told them a boarder had threatened her and made an attempt to assault her," Vanore said.
August 2, 1995 |
It started as a fight between a husband and wife. It ended up, police said, with aggravated assault charges filed against both William and Diane Brinkley after each tried to prevent the other one from being arrested. Police were called to the couple's residence about 11 p.m. Sunday. William Brinkley, 41, answered the door. "He was visibly beaten," the police report said, with scratches on his face, back and arms. He told the officer to "get this . . . (woman) out of my house," according to the report.
May 14, 1992 |
Two Oaklyn police officers were assaulted and a police car was severely damaged May 2 after police responded to a report of criminal mischief in the 100 block of East Bettlewood Avenue. Police gave this account: An officer responded at 4 p.m. to a call from a resident who said that beer cans were being thrown onto his property by people attending a party at a nearby apartment. Upon arrival, the officer was approached by Michael Rosato, 26, of Westmont, and Gregory Francis Bou, 27, of Audubon, who had been attending the party.
May 24, 1999 |
It might not seem like the kind of job that earns combat pay, but attending community meetings in South Philadelphia can be quite a challenge. "I go into the senior centers, and I get hit with a lot of complaints," said Philadelphia policeman Charles Sarkioglu, a community relations officer. Typical gripes: Trash, downed traffic signs, broken traffic lights, abandoned cars, graffiti. The biggest complaint: rowdy kids hanging on the corners. "They say, 'If I had your gun - hey, give me your gun, I'll shoot them.
April 20, 2000 |
Elizabeth A. Murphy, head of the Delaware River Port Authority's ports division, yesterday was appointed the bistate agency's chief operating officer. Murphy, 41, of Wynnewood, Montgomery County, replaces J.P. Marinari, who resigned, said Paul Drayton, the authority's chief executive officer. Marinari also was board secretary, but that post has not been filled. In appointing Murphy to the $129,000-a-year job, the agency restructured its organizational chart so that the Ports of Philadelphia and Camden (PPC)