August 24, 2014 |
A judge has denied a defense motion in a petty drug case to suppress evidence from a Philadelphia narcotics officer who admitted that he gave false testimony in a previous case to protect the safety of a confidential informant. After hearing brief arguments from two defense lawyers, Municipal Judge T. Francis Shields ruled that he would allow Christopher Hulmes' testimony in the trial of Ricardo Jennings, 55, whom Shields later found guilty on drug-possession charges. Jennings, who used the alias Richard Hill earlier in the trial, was arrested June 14 after police seized six packets of heroin from his car on Lehigh Avenue near A Street.
August 23, 2014 |
The woman in the emergency room at Frankford Hospital told the detective that the police officer who sexually assaulted her was named Tom. After the attack, she said, the officer scrawled his cellphone number on a torn piece of paper and handed it to her. Through personnel records, police traced the number to a 10-year veteran of the force, Thomas Tolstoy. Within hours of the alleged assault on Oct. 16, 2008, the officer was pulled off the street. Three women who did not know one another would eventually accuse Tolstoy of assaulting them under strikingly similar circumstances.
August 22, 2014 |
Philadelphia's 95-year ban on political contributions by police officers has been overturned by a federal appeals court, which found that the prohibition violated the officers' First Amendment rights. The ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit came in response to an appeal by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which argued that the ban emasculated the union politically by greatly reducing the funds available to its political action committee, known as COPPAC.
August 21, 2014 |
It was a matter of inches or less, police said - the distance between a minor wound and an officer killed in the line of duty. That's how police described an early morning exchange of gunfire at a Tacony intersection Tuesday that left a veteran officer with a deep graze wound to his head, and his assailant dead. "We are just very, very fortunate," Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. "Another quarter-inch and we'd be talking a different story. " The incident began around 12:45 a.m. when Officer Stephen Korpalski, a 14-year veteran of the force, responded with his partner to a radio call of a person with a gun on the 6400 block of Ditman Street.
August 21, 2014 |
Two years ago, a veteran police narcotics officer was labeled a liar by a Philadelphia judge who tossed evidence seized from an alleged drug dealer, destroying the prosecution's case. The Philadelphia Police Department has removed Christopher Hulmes from street duty pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation; the city has paid $150,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit against him, and another is pending in federal court. But Hulmes told another Philadelphia judge on Tuesday that he was telling the truth about the June 14 arrest of alleged Kensington drug buyer Richard Hill.
August 15, 2014 |
ED NEILSON was quietly sworn in as City Council's newest member yesterday, nearly three months after he won a special election for the at-large seat. But will he finish the 17 months left in the term of former Councilman Bill Green , who resigned in February to be chairman of the School Reform Commission? To hear the former state representative tell it, only time will tell. There is growing interest in Northeast Philly politics about state Sen. Mike Stack III 's 5th Senatorial District.
August 13, 2014 |
Marvin B. Pittman, 71, a retired Philadelphia police officer and music collector, died last Tuesday, Aug. 5, of complications from cancer at Nazareth Hospital. Called "Bobby" by his friends, Mr. Pittman joined the Police Department in 1973. He retired four years later after sustaining injuries in an auto accident while on duty. Despite retiring, he remained active in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. He later worked as a garage security guard at Pennsylvania Hospital, and for SpectaGuard Inc. He stopped working in 2001.
August 12, 2014 |
COWABUNGA! "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was the No. 1 movie in the nation this weekend with $65 million at the box office. Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" slid into second place in its second weekend with $41.5 million, bringing its total domestic haul to $175.9 million. The total worldwide box office for the cosmic romp stands at $313.2 million. Megan Colligan , Paramount's head of domestic marketing and distribution, said that the success of the "Turtles" reboot was mostly derived from a pair of distinctly different audiences: men who fondly remembered the 1980s and '90s franchise that spawned a cartoon series, toy line and a live-action film trilogy, and youngsters familiar with a newer Nickelodeon animated TV series.
August 9, 2014 |
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.