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May 6, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE BIG, HAPPY personnel family Chip Kelly described for us during the NFL draft is now a little smaller. After the draft was over, the Eagles on Sunday dismissed director of college scouting Anthony Patch, director of pro personnel Rick Mueller and Southwest area scout Brad Obee, sources close to the situation confirmed to the Daily News. Patch and Mueller, especially, were tied to the regime of former general manager Howie Roseman, whose personnel say ended in January. They were Roseman's top personnel advisers, along with Ed Marynowitz, who now runs personnel and will hire his own team.
NEWS
May 6, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Testimony in the federal corruption trial of six Philadelphia narcotics investigators concluded Monday with one of the defendants - Officer Michael Spicer - emerging from government grilling relatively unfazed. While prosecutors had tangled with previous defense witnesses in highly charged exchanges, Spicer's cross-examination was far less confrontational. Much of Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney's questioning focused on what Spicer did not see in the 18 drug investigations flagged by the FBI as suspect and what might have happened when he was not around.
NEWS
May 6, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The arrest of former Philadelphia narcotics Officer Christopher Hulmes on perjury charges has forced the review - and possible reversal - of hundreds of convictions in which he was a key witness, the District Attorney's Office said Monday. First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann said his office would work with the Defender Association of Philadelphia to determine which cases will be affected by the 19-year police veteran's involvement. Hulmes was arrested April 23 on multiple counts, including lying under oath.
NEWS
May 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia police officers and two civilians were all in stable condition Sunday afternoon in area hospitals after a three-car accident in West Philadelphia. A police vehicle and two civilian vehicles crashed at 55th Street and Haverford Avenue at 12:01 p.m., police said. The police officers, one man and one woman, were transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The civilians were both taken to Lankenau Medical Center, police said.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Spicer, one of six Philadelphia police narcotics officers charged in a federal corruption case, testified in his defense Friday. And with his career and his freedom in question, he sought to set a few things straight. He never saw anyone on his squad plant drugs, he said. Nobody stole anything, either. And most important, Spicer stressed, nobody ever tried to throw anyone off a balcony. "I don't think I even went out on that balcony. That never happened," he said, rejecting an allegation that in 2010 he threatened to toss a drug suspect from his Old City apartment's third-floor terrace.
NEWS
May 2, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thing is clear after Thursday's tension-filled testimony in the federal corruption trial of six members of an elite Philadelphia police narcotics squad: There is little love lost between the feds and the two supervisors who most closely oversaw the unit. A federal prosecutor implied that one - Sgt. Joseph McCloskey - had committed crimes alongside his officers. An FBI agent testified earlier that he did not believe the other - Lt. Robert Otto - could be relied upon to tell the truth.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
TUESDAY evening: two cities, two different scenes. In Baltimore, my Daily News colleagues watched the town's fragile peace fray as vandals once again brought fear to the "sad, tired, grieving, wrung-out" city, to quote a heartbroken friend who has lived there for decades. One hundred miles north, in Philly, I witnessed something more hopeful. Four community-relations police officers received awards from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at its annual ceremony to honor civil-rights champions and human-relations heroes.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant who supervised six former narcotics officers accused of planting evidence, threatening suspects and stealing drugs and money defended the ex-cops during their corruption trial in federal court yesterday. Testifying for the defense, Sgt. Joseph McCloskey told the court that the defendants had filed the proper paperwork and that he had never witnessed any theft or violence. "If that would have happened in my presence, we wouldn't be here today, I would have taken care of it seven years ago," he said.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Delaware County police officer convicted of falsely imprisoning two women - allegedly making a suggestive comment to one - during routine stops was sentenced Tuesday to six years' probation. County Court Judge Mary Alice Brennan also fined Christopher Scott, 36, of Berwyn, Chester County, a part-time officer in Darby Township at the time of the incidents, $2,000, and ordered him to undergo psychological evaluation. In January, Scott was convicted of two misdemeanor charges, false imprisonment and abuse of power, and acquitted of more serious charges of stalking and kidnapping the women.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Facebook, Philadelphia Police Officer Sean O'Malley has described the federal corruption trial of six of his drug squad colleagues as a "kangaroo court. " He can't wait, he wrote, to see his brothers in blue set free. And as he took the stand as a defense witness Tuesday, he aimed to deflate the most damning allegations against them. The $13,800 prosecutors said the indicted officers stole from a West Philadelphia home? O'Malley said he was the one who seized the money. The meth peddler in the Northeast who accused the drug squad of framing him?
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