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November 20, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia police officer must face charges that he threatened a man with his city-issued handgun and used a racial epithet against him in South Philadelphia, a Municipal Court judge ruled Tuesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was ordered by Judge T. Francis Shields to stand trial on charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault, and possession of an instrument of crime in the Oct. 20, 2013, incident. According to authorities, Sawicki, a nine-year police veteran, was off duty when the car he was driving allegedly struck the knee of Lamar Fouse about 2:45 a.m. at Ninth and Wharton Streets.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission on Monday recommended that the city review why police officers fired from the department were frequently reinstated through arbitration. In 26 cases reviewed by the commission, officers were reinstated by arbitrators in 19 instances, according to the commission's annual report, made public Monday. "Arbitrations involving Philadelphia police officers, particularly those fired for serious misconduct, have been a source of frustration and public scrutiny for more than three decades," the report states.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The cornerstone of the Union's strategy, owner Jay Sugarman said, is to internally develop their talent instead of buying it on the market. That strategy was strengthened Friday as the team announced the hiring of Rene Meulensteen as a consultant. Meulensteen, 50, will advise the Union on all soccer operations. The Dutchman spent 12 years with Manchester United and was most recently the manager of English club Fulham. He spent five years as an academy coach for United and will bring his experience with player development to the Union.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
In a split verdict, a former Philadelphia police officer was acquitted Friday of falsely imprisoning a man in Center City last year. Kevin Corcoran was also found not guilty on charges of official oppression, but the jury found him guilty of a misdemeanor charge of obstruction. Corcoran, who was a 10-year veteran, sat quietly in the courtroom in a dark-blue suit while jurors deliberated into the afternoon over charges that he handcuffed and improperly detained Roderick King of Lansdale, an Air Force veteran.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
A former Philadelphia police officer accused of falsely imprisoning a man in Center City last year took the stand Thursday, giving a version of events that clashed with that of his accusers. In the second day of his trial on charges of false imprisonment, obstruction, and official oppression, Kevin Corcoran told a Common Pleas Court jury he stopped near the man and his friends only because he thought they had hailed him. Afterward, members of the group began provoking an altercation, he said.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blank Rome L.L.P. said Tuesday it plans to open an office in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 17 comprising 11 lawyers and seven support staff, reflecting growth in its litigation practice there. The firm said the new office will have capacity to expand to 20 lawyers. In addition to the planned Fort Lauderdale office, the firm has two other locations in Florida, in Tampa and Boca Raton. cmondics@phillynews.com 215-854-5957@cmondics
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
John W. Logan, 71, of Torresdale, a 23-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department and owner of Logan's Towing, died Friday, Nov. 7, of cancer. Mr. Logan, known as "Jack," grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and attended Abraham Lincoln High School. He worked at a factory before deciding to apply to the Police Academy. "He loved protecting, and he was really happy to go to the Police Academy," said his wife of 49 years, Joan. "He really embraced 'protect and serve.' " Mr. Logan worked in the Seventh, Eighth, and 39th Districts and the highway patrol, his wife said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"INTERSTELLAR" may have been the movie adults were excited about this past weekend, but once again kids rule the box office! The animated "Big Hero 6" debuted in first place with $56.2 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Director Christopher Nolan 's brainy space saga, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as very attractive astronauts, took off in second place with $50 million, estimates said. "Interstellar" opened below Nolan's last film, the mind-bending thriller "Inception," which conjured up $62.8 million when it debuted in 2010.
NEWS
November 10, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIDGETON, N.J. - Gloria Noto is noticeably comfortable in her modest office in Cumberland County. Scattered around her workspace in the county courthouse in Bridgeton are family photos, nautical decorations, and a framed newspaper front page with a photo of her and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. A white doily drapes over her blue-cushioned desk chair. Noto has filled a lot of roles in her 82 years - a paralegal, a hospital volunteer director, a freeholder, and a mother and grandmother - but she's known by most for her job here.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A police officer was wounded and a bullet struck another officer in a helmet during a shootout Wednesday as the officers were serving a search warrant at a Delaware County home, officials said Wednesday. Lamar James, 24, charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault of a police officer, and related crimes, was held with bail set at $1 million. Bail was set at $50,000 for his father, Tony Gale, 44, charged with obstructing justice. Nine officers and members of the Upper Darby SWAT team went to the house on the 100 block of Lafayette Avenue in Collingdale at the request of Philadelphia police, who were investigating an Oct. 27 shooting that left one man hospitalized, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.
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