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April 8, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two hospital systems will pay for the cost of replenishing the supply of the nasal spray Narcan when police departments in Gloucester County use it to revive heroin overdose victims, authorities and hospital officials said Monday. The agreement involves Inspira Health Network, Kennedy Health, and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. It is in response to the rising costs of Narcan, which police departments across New Jersey have begun using in recent years to battle an increase in heroin use. Officials at Inspira and Kennedy, which both have medical centers in the county, say they hope paying for Narcan doses will reduce the number of overdose fatalities.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter bent down to present Shakira Wilson-Burroughs with the Philadelphia flag that has flown over the city for the past 30 days, since her brother, Sgt. Robert Wilson III, was killed. He spoke softly to her, but the words "thank you" were audible to the assembled crowd. The ceremony on the second-floor reception room in City Hall on Monday morning marked the official end of the city's 30-day mourning period for Wilson, who was gunned down inside a North Philadelphia GameStop while trying to buy a present for his 10-year-old son. Officials say Wilson drew fire away from other patrons in the store that day as he tried to fight off two armed robbers.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey yesterday marked the end of the 30-day period of mourning for slain Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III with a somber City Hall ceremony. Joining the city's top brass were two busloads of Wilson's family members, including his grandmother, brother and sister. Wilson, 30, was cut down during a March 5 gunbattle with two brothers who attempted to rob the North Philadelphia GameStop where the officer had stopped to buy a gift for his son, Quahmier, 10. Carlton Hipps, 29, and Ramone Williams, 24, were arrested and charged with shooting Wilson multiple times.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter bent down to present Shakira Wilson-Burroughs with the Philadelphia flag that had flown over the city for 30 days, since her brother, Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III, was killed. He spoke softly to her, but the words "thank you" were audible to the assembled crowd. The ceremony on the second-floor reception room in City Hall on Monday morning marked the official end of the city's 30-day mourning period for Wilson, who was gunned down in a North Philadelphia GameStop store while trying to buy a present for his 10-year-old son. Officials say Wilson drew fire away from other customers as he tried to fight off two armed robbers.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
TOM LEVINS once told a reporter that the battle for Hill 875 at Dak To in Vietnam in the autumn of 1967, was "probably the longest four days of my life. It was just horrible. " His outfit, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, lost a fifth of its total strength in the desperate fight by American airborne forces against regular North Vietnam troops and the Vietcong. "He went into the Army a happy-go-lucky guy," said his brother, Robert. "He was different when he came back. He had a lot of issues.
NEWS
April 7, 2015 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Years before he was one of Philadelphia's dirtiest cops, Jeffrey Walker was a hero. In fall 1998, Walker specialized in drug busts for West Philadelphia's 16th Police District. On the streets, his aggressive work as an undercover cop and his appearance - tall, fit, with dreadlocks - earned him a nickname from drug dealers: Batman. Like any Batman, Jeffrey Walker had a Robin: his partner, Officer Brian Reynolds. In the tough Mantua neighborhood Batman and Robin patrolled that fall, three dealers found an easy way to get rid of the duo. One of the three would get $4,000 to kill them.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
RAE MARIE WARNER was something of an oddity back in 1970: a black female Philadelphia police officer. In fact, there is every indication that Rae was the first African-American woman hired as a Philadelphia cop. The Police Department put her in the Juvenile Aid Division, as it did with all female police officers in those days. It didn't want them out on patrol. That policy has long been changed, and women today patrol the city streets along with the men. Rae Warner might have been one of the pioneers who helped bring about the change.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Main Line prep-school assistant basketball coach told a federal jury Tuesday that Philadelphia narcotics officers robbed him blind during a 2007 search of his City Avenue apartment. Their purported haul? A safe stuffed with $80,000 in drug proceeds, clothes, a pair of flashy sunglasses, and a DVD he had rented from Blockbuster. What Robert Kushner appeared less eager to discuss, as he testified at those same officers' federal corruption trial, was what brought the police to his apartment in the first place.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tyaina Finch told investigators initially that the police officer's yellow Labrador had his service revolver in its mouth, and as she attempted to pull it out, it fired, killing the officer. But Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said the statements by the 27-year-old Glenolden woman were "inconsistent. " On Tuesday, she was charged with first-degree murder and related crimes and ordered held without bail in the death of Mark Hudson, 26, also of Glenolden. Whelan described the couple's relationship as "tumultuous" and said officers had been called to the home numerous times for domestic disturbances.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors on Monday accused six Philadelphia narcotics officers on trial in a wide-ranging federal corruption case of "disrespecting their badge" by shaking down suspects, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and lying about it on their police reports. But that mild disparagement paled next to the invective defense lawyers unleashed in their opening statements to refer to their clients' accusers. "Trashy," "disreputable," "greedy," "sociopathic," and even "odoriferous" were deployed to describe the government's 19 primary witnesses, many of them admitted drug dealers, who are expected to testify that they were targeted by the group.
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