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June 27, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia police officer received a 15-year sentence Wednesday for tipping off his drug-dealing half-brother about law enforcement efforts to bring him down, and later lying to FBI agents about it. The punishment, imposed by U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond, exceeded federal sentencing guideline by more than two years and surpassed even the sentence sought by federal prosecutors. It came after a hearing that lasted nearly three hours and was high on emotion, one that left 53-year-old Rafael Cordero weeping and one of the city's most outspoken defense lawyers shocked into stunned silence.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer has been removed from street duty and is facing drunken driving charges after he allegedly drove a red pickup truck through three street signs, struck a building, and knocked down the longtime neon sign for Benash Liquors in Cherry Hill. William A. Grasso, 21, of Hammonton, N.J., was charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Friday in the traffic circle at Route 38 and Church Road.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerry Sandusky deserves a pension, a state hearing officer says. In an opinion released Monday, the examiner recommended the state employees' retirement system reinstate the $4,900-a-month pension Sandusky collected before being convicted on child sex abuse charges in 2012. "Because [Sandusky] was not a school employee at the time that he committed the crimes which are the subject of this action, his pension is not subject to forfeiture under Pennsylvania law," examiner Michael Bangs wrote.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man who tried to rob her vitamin store Monday evening, police said. Police did not release the 46-year-old shopkeeper's name, but online business records identified her as Sharon Doyle, who worked as a police officer in Philadelphia as well as Lower Makefield and Warminster Townships. She also served as a Secret Service agent from 2002 to 2004, according to a resumé posted online. She was behind the counter of Stan's Health Foods, on the 7100 block of Frankford Avenue in Mayfair, just after 5 p.m. when a 47-year-old man walked in and brandished a six-inch hunting knife, said Inspector Scott Small.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard A. Baker, 84, of West Mount Airy, a physician who served in the 1970s as the commanding officer at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia and later taught and practiced obstetrics here, died Wednesday, June 11, of lung cancer at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Dr. Baker served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and retired in 1979 with the rank of captain. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal in 1973. During more than two decades of military service, Dr. Baker, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, was head of obstetrics at naval hospitals in the Philippines, San Diego, and Newport, R.I. He rose from director of clinical services at the Naval Center in Philadelphia in the mid-1970s to become the center's commanding officer from 1977 to 1979.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Philadelphia police officer Andre Boyer is suing rapper Meek Mill for $750,000 in damages over alleged defamatory remarks that Boyer said have affected his "relationship performance" with his fiancee. Mill sued the city, Boyer and Officer Alvin Outlaw earlier this year, claiming they unlawfully stopped, detained and arrested him on Oct. 31, 2012. A jury ruled against Mill, a/k/a Robert Williams , in May. "I was going through emotional anguish, and the fact the case got so much publicity really affected me physically and emotionally," Boyer, who filed the suit June 3, told me. "It changed my mood and my personality, and how I converse with my fiancee.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an rare ruling from the bench, a Philadelphia judge on Tuesday acquitted an East Mount Airy man of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter in a car-bike crash that killed an off-duty police officer who was his romantic rival. Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian H. Ransom's acquittal of Kareem Alleyne in the July 15, 2012, death of 35-year-old Marc Brady came after three days of testimony and moments after the prosecution case ended. Alleyne, 36, a tall, thin man dressed in a business suit, bent over to embrace his defense attorney, James Funt.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Friends and relatives recalled Craig Berner - a Moorestown patrolman fatally struck by a truck while off duty - as one of the good guys, who would help even a turtle in need. Berner, a member of the township police department for 26 years, died nearly a year ago on his way to a store when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a pickup truck. Several dozen people gathered Monday evening at Memorial Field on South Church Street for a candlelight vigil to honor Berner and garner support to reopen a criminal investigation into Berner's death.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of two men charged in the Aug. 18, 2012, robbery and slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker pleaded guilty Thursday in a deal that lets him escape life in prison if he cooperates in the prosecution of the alleged shooter. Chancier McFarland, 21, of North Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the predawn shooting of Walker, 40, as he walked to a bus stop after finishing his shift as a turnkey in the 22d District. Walker, a 19-year veteran of the force, was fatally shot about 6 a.m. Surveillance video showed him being confronted by two armed men. McFarland also pleaded guilty to participating in two strong-arm robberies of corner grocery stores on Feb. 28, 2011.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia tavern owner Matt Swartz's probation officer was known to keep an eye on him at nights and on weekends. Christina Quartullo's presence, however, had nothing to do with keeping her probationer on the straight and narrow. Instead, she was moonlighting as a waitress at two of Swartz's bistros. Now, Quartullo's work in the service industry is in jeopardy - along with her day job as probation officer in the Philadelphia court system. Quartullo, 34, who has worked for the city courts since 2000, declined to comment when reached Thursday by phone at the probation office.
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