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July 19, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County Police officers have been required to work on their days off in recent weeks, stirring concern among the rank and file about burnout in a department already coping with high turnover. Chief Scott Thomson said the directive was issued after an officer was shot at and hit by a bullet fragment July 1, an incident that prompted an intense manhunt. Off-duty officers now must call their sergeants to see if they are needed to come in on overtime. The officers call in on a rotating schedule.
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July 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police officers for the Delaware River Port Authority have a new labor contract, six years after the last one expired, but they are still waiting for most of their back pay. The new pact, awarded by an arbitrator after negotiations failed, provides for an average 1.77 percent annual pay increase over the life of the contract, from 2010 through 2017. The 131 patrol officers, sergeants, and corporals, whose last contract expired Dec. 31, 2009, had been seeking a 3.75 percent raise for each year.
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July 17, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN RONALD Bryant retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 28 years, he didn't want to be a greeter at Walmart or be stacking boxes at a grocery store. He wanted to do what he knows best: protect and serve. Last month Bryant, 55, joined the SEPTA Transit Police as a member of the department's second batch of "lateral transfers" - trained law-enforcement officials who swap gigs at other departments for a chance to watch over the city's mass-transit system - that the agency is trying to recruit.
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July 16, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the weeks dragged on, Officer Robert Penn was growing more and more frustrated. The Philadelphia Police Department, he thought, was dragging its feet in the investigation into whoever had shot him through a shoulder in his driveway on March 2, 2014. For weeks, the department had maintained that leads in the case were few. But investigators say Penn, without any proof, had formulated a theory: His wife was behind it. Jennifer Penn, also a police officer, has never been connected to the case.
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July 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry K. Stinger Jr., 84, of Chestnut Hill, the voice of the Dad Vail Regatta for 26 years, died Sunday, July 5, of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. Mr. Stinger was press officer for the regatta from 1987 through 2013. He earned the respect of journalists with his clear, accurate information, and enjoyed coaching many a reporter on the basics of rowing. "He just loved it," said his wife, Mary Louise Hanrahan Stinger. "He was such a people person. " An only child, born in Yeadon, Mr. Stinger had three loves in life - his Catholic faith, his family, and St. Joseph's Preparatory School.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Annmarie Ruiz has been handed a third card. The Gloucester County health officer, who doubles as Salem County's, will now also report to Atlantic City. Ruiz - charged with enforcing health and sanitation policies and restaurant inspections, and coordinating responses to public health issues - will now split her time among the jurisdictions under a shared-services agreement approved this week by Gloucester County. Atlantic City will pay Gloucester County $2,470 a month until the end of the year - an amount that will increase 2 percent at the start of 2016.
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July 12, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six former Philadelphia police officers acquitted of corruption charges by a federal jury in May have won their jobs back through arbitration, a spokesman for Mayor Nutter confirmed Friday. Mark McDonald, the mayor's press secretary, said the former narcotics officers - Michael Spicer, Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser - will get $90,000 in back pay and have their original badges returned. McDonald said five of the officers would be assigned to districts and would not return to the Narcotics Field Unit.
NEWS
July 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The commotion started just before midnight on a side street in Germantown. A husband and wife in a house nearby heard yelling and ran to the window. Streetlights illuminated a struggle in the street, between two officers and a 22-year-old man who lived down the block. The woman took out her cellphone and began to record. The video she took April 3 was posted online Wednesday night and quickly garnered tens of thousands of views. It shows the 22-year-old, Tyree Carroll, being punched and kicked by police officers on the 600 block of Locust Avenue.
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July 10, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying Eric Torres had "chosen to be a career criminal," a Philadelphia judge on Wednesday sentenced the 33-year-old man to 66 to 132 years in prison for shooting and disabling Police Officer Edward Davies during a 2013 struggle in a Feltonville grocery store. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich ran through Torres' history of arrests since arriving in Philadelphia from Puerto Rico in 2004, and noted that he was on probation for assaulting a police officer at the time of the Aug. 13 shooting inside the Almonte Mini Market at Fourth and Annsbury Streets.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators have finished a probe expected to identify the employees responsible for pervasive problems at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office, but say they aren't releasing the findings while the agency is considering disciplinary action. VA officials on Monday said the report, completed last Tuesday, is being withheld to protect the due process rights of the employees involved. "Decisions on each issue, including any appropriate disciplinary actions, will be made in accordance with applicable due process procedures," VA spokesman James Hutton said in a statement.
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