September 1, 2015 |
FOR THE SECOND consecutive weekend, the Philadelphia Police Department lost one of its officers in an off-duty traffic accident on city streets. Officer Lamar Poole was killed yesterday when his motorcycle collided with a driver who pulled out in front of him in Northeast Philadelphia. Poole, 42, a 19-year veteran, was pronounced dead about 5 p.m., about an hour after the accident. Captain John Wilczynski, of the Accident Investigation Division, said at a news conference last night that the alleged hit-and-run driver - a 58-year-old man who has not yet been charged - might have gotten away if not for a vigilant tow-truck driver who followed his Toyota Corolla and called police.
August 30, 2015 |
A Haddon Township police officer is suing Chief Mark Cavallo and the township, alleging that he is being terminated for refusing to give in to sexual advances from Cavallo. The suit, filed Aug. 10 in U.S. District Court, said that among other advances, Cavallo referred to Officer Jason DeMent as "baby" and stroked his face. DeMent says in the suit that when he tried to request desk duty because of a rare medical condition, Cavallo rejected it. The suit alleges that Cavallo did so partly because DeMent did not play along with his advances.
August 29, 2015
A 22-year-old man who was shot by police after allegedly committing an armed robbery and then trying to ambush an officer Wednesday morning in West Philadelphia was identified Thursday by police as Marquis Cantland. Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at 60th and Spruce Street. Cantland, who fit the description of the suspect, was seen in the area. Police said Cantland ran when he saw the patrol vehicle. An officer pursued him on foot. The partner still in the patrol vehicle found Cantland at 61st and Walnut Streets allegedly holding a gun and appearing to wait for the officer on foot to turn the corner.
August 29, 2015 |
Joe Banner spent 20 years in the NFL having his decisions dissected by a growing media that was representative of a nation's fixation with football. But he's now on the other side of the conversation - or at least he's been given a much larger platform - after ESPN announced Thursday that Banner was joining the network as a "Front Office Insider. " The former Eagles and Browns executive will appear regularly on weekday editions of NFL Insiders , NFL Live , and SportsCenter and will also contribute to ESPN Radio and espn.com in his new role.
August 28, 2015 |
The unconscious biases of police can damage community relations, sensitivity trainers told a roomful of Philadelphia officers and their supervisors Wednesday. "We get our legitimacy from the community we serve," said trainer Sandra A. Brown, a former police lieutenant from Palo Alto, Calif. Brown told the 25 Philadelphia officers and supervisors that the session, dubbed "Fair and Impartial Policing," would involve a "tough conversation" about race. But she said biases affect issues beyond race as well.
August 26, 2015 |
Brandywine Realty Trust has sold the 247,294-square-foot Bay Colony Executive Park office complex in Wayne to an affiliate of Philadelphia-based real estate fund manager Equus Capital Partners. The acquisition of the four-building campus was made on behalf of BPG Investment Partnership IX, a discretionary fund managed by Equus, the company said Monday, without disclosing the purchase price. The company plans "a significant capital investment" in building and campus upgrades, Equus vice president George Haines said in the release without specifying how much would be spent.
August 25, 2015 |
Off-duty Philadelphia police Sgt. Rafael Ali, 32, was driving "well above" the 35-mile-per-hour speed limit when his pickup truck slammed into a tree on Henry Avenue late Saturday night, killing him. Capt. John Wilczynski, head of the police department's accident investigation district, said he thinks Ali fell asleep at the wheel, causing the crash around 11:45 p.m. That theory is based on preliminary findings, Wilczynski said, and he could not rule out other factors. "That's what our investigators are thinking, but of course we can't prove it," Wilczynski said.
August 24, 2015 |
"EITHER YOU buy these or I take your car, 'cause it's unregistered. " Officer Matthew Zagursky didn't mince words Thursday when he flashed tickets to the Hero Thrill Show, a fundraiser that supports the families of fallen officers and firefighters, to two men after pulling them over. And yesterday, hours after a recording of that exchange went viral, Commissioner Charles Ramsey didn't either. "No part of that video is good," Ramsey said of the footage, which also shows Zagursky spouting homophobic slurs.
August 23, 2015 |
The CrossPoint at Valley Forge, a 272,360-square-foot office building in Wayne, has been acquired for $89.5 million by an affiliate of KBS Realty Advisors of Newport Beach, Calif. KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III closed on the Class A office building on Aug. 18, said Mike Margolis, a Newmark Grubb Knight Frank senior managing director, who helped broker the deal. The building was constructed in 1974 and gut renovated in 2014, KBS said in a statement. email@example.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
August 23, 2015 |
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey ordered Friday that a uniformed officer be taken off street patrol and that the officer's gun be taken from him after Facebook videos surfaced showing the officer pressuring a motorist to buy tickets for a police union fund-raiser. In the videos, Officer Matthew Zagursky tells a driver that if he buys tickets to the fund-raiser, Zagursky will not tow his vehicle. The officer also uses a homophobic slur while apparently joking with the man at another point.