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August 9, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judges have twice posed the same question to federal prosecutors seeking to detain six former Philadelphia narcotics officers as they await trial on corruption charges: Is there any evidence to suggest that the ex-members of the Narcotics Field Unit have attempted to harass or threaten those who speak out against them? Prosecutors have offered little to suggest as much in court - most recently Thursday, as U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno affirmed a lower court's order releasing four of the former officers on house arrest.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors will continue their efforts to keep four Philadelphia narcotics officers behind bars until their trial on racketeering conspiracy charges. In motions filed Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek said he intended to appeal decisions this week to release Officers Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser on house arrest pending trial. Wzorek had argued that the men posed a danger to the community and the government witnesses who say the officers beat them and stole from them over a six-year period.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2014 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
While hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art each year, drawn in by its world-class collections or the cultural mythos of the Rocky films, Sonya Cobb's debut novel, The Objects of Her Affection , explores a part of the museum that few people ever see: the administrative offices. A balance between writing what you know and dramatic exaggeration, Objects (by a former Philadelphia mom with a museum curator husband) tells the story of Sophie Porter, a freelance web developer and mother of two in Philly whose husband, Brian, is a curator at the Art Museum.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evesham's police officers have recorded 3,705 incidents while on patrol in the two weeks since they began wearing body cameras, Chief Christopher Chew said Tuesday. "I love it. It's a game changer," he said in an interview at police headquarters, where he played several clips to illustrate the new technology and his rationale for introducing it. In one, an officer just starting his shift responds to a report of a man stumbling around the lobby of town hall. The officer taps the camera, which he is wearing on his sternum, to start the audio, then steps into the lobby.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defense lawyers for six Philadelphia narcotics officers accused of robbing and violently attacking drug dealers took aim at the criminal case against their clients Monday, calling it a series of weak allegations built on the testimony of "trashy riffraff" and one rogue officer. They also accused federal prosecutors of omitting key facts in laying out their indictment, including that many of the raids now deemed criminal acts were witnessed by police supervisors and members of other law enforcement agencies.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IT LOOKS AS IF the move by Marvel Studios to announce a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" before the movie opened was a winner. The space romp, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana , earned a whopping $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday, blowing away its most optimistic preopening estimate of $75 million. The opening crushes the previous record opening for an August release, the $69.2 million debut of 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
Chris Conolly had just left his martial-arts class in South Philadelphia when his car was pulled over by narcotics officers. He was surrounded by men in hooded sweatshirts, jeans, and Timberland boots - with one holding what looked like a gun. Conolly feared he was being carjacked. He asked one of the men to call the police. "Are you kidding me?" the man replied, cursing. "We are the cops. " The encounter ended with Conolly under arrest, charged with resisting arrest and fleeing police.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a would-be robber who police say put a gun to the officer's head as he responded to a burglary alarm at a Northeast Philadelphia home, thwarting a home invasion. The alarm went off around 12:45 a.m. at the house on the 900 block of Wakeling Street in the Northwood section, police said. A man answered the door when the officer arrived and assured him everything was fine, police said. But when the officer asked him for identification to prove that he lived in the house, the man instead brought a woman to the door, police said.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Coatesville detective who stole from the department where he worked for nearly two decades was sentenced Wednesday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in the Chester County prison, a fraction of the term prosecutors sought. Gerald Pawling, once honored for civic engagement and public service, stole more than $60,000 from the Coatesville Police Department, Police Benevolent Association, and Police Athletic League. District Attorney Thomas Hogan, whose office sought a 10- to 20-year sentence, said in a statement that "all of Chester County law enforcement" was dismayed by Judge David Partner's decision.
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | By Gideon Bradshaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Activists said Tuesday that the Attorney General's Office has told them it will look into how state officials handled complaints by residents on the possible health impacts of natural gas drilling. Sam Bernhardt, an organizer for the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, said an agent from the office's Environmental Crimes Unit asked him for contact information for individuals who contend the Department of Health never responded to their inquiries about symptoms they believed were related to natural gas drilling.
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