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January 11, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicholas Locilento's police cruiser reached 74 m.p.h., 24 above the posted speed limit on Delsea Drive in Franklin Township, as he drove northbound on the dark road on a rainy Sunday night. Locilento was responding to a report of an unruly juvenile, considered by authorities a "nonemergency call" - one that, they say, generally does not require the use of lights and sirens. Those warnings were not activated as Locilento's vehicle approached Matthew McCloskey, 10, and two friends, ages 9 and 12, who were having a "footrace" across Delsea Drive toward one of the boy's homes, authorities said.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James A. McGovern, 91, of Lower Gwynedd, a former investigator in the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, died Friday, Jan. 2, of lung cancer at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Mr. McGovern served as an investigator for the Philadelphia medical examiner, and later for the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office. He was called Feb. 26, 1957, when the body of a boy aged 4 to 6 was found in a discarded bassinet carton on Susquehanna Road between Pine and Verree Roads in Fox Chase.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer was injured during a traffic stop Thursday in Strawberry Mansion when the motorist he had pulled over tried to grab his gun and then drove into him while making his getaway, police said. As the car sped from the scene, Joseph Kochmer, 32, a five-year veteran of the force, fired one shot at the vehicle, but it did not strike the driver, police said. The incident began at 11:38 a.m., when Kochmer and his partner stopped a Chevrolet Impala with an Ohio license plate at 32d Street and Susquehanna Avenue.
NEWS
January 7, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Two Philadelphia Democrats who allegedly have admitted accepting cash during a "sting" operation are to be sworn in Tuesday, each for another two-year term. State Reps. Ronald G. Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown were charged last month by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams with bribery and other crimes for taking cash or money orders from an undercover operative in an investigation. Williams said both admitted wrongdoing while testifying before a grand jury in the case.
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The ceremonial start to the 2015-16 legislative session begins Tuesday in the Capitol with the swearing in of House and Senate lawmakers - including nine newcomers from the southeast. The governor-elect, Democrat Tom Wolf, does not take office until Jan. 20. What will happen in the intervening weeks is as yet unresolved, with House and Senate leaders saying they are leaving the door open on scheduling voting days while Gov. Corbett is still in office. The prospect of the GOP-controlled legislature's rushing through controversial bills with a lame-duck Republican governor raised hackles among Democrats last month.
SPORTS
January 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly is now in charge of the Eagles' personnel department, the result of an organizational restructuring announced by owner Jeffrey Lurie on Friday night that gives Kelly more power and leaves Howie Roseman with a new role but without control of the players on the roster. Roseman, who had been the team's general manager, is now executive vice president of football operations. He will direct contract negotiations, salary cap management, and NFL strategic matters. He will oversee the team's medical and equipment staffs.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden's L3 Communications building on Market Street, long seen as housing some of the city's best office space, was sold this week to a major South Jersey real estate firm for $35 million. The 575,000-square-foot property was owned by the state Economic Development Authority, which last year reached a sales agreement with the city's Cooper's Ferry Partnership. This week, the Cherry Hill-based Needleman Management company, along with a group of investors, purchased that agreement, company president Howard Needleman said.
SPORTS
January 2, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TUESDAY EVENING, Eagles security officials escorted Tom Gamble out of the NovaCare complex, as is protocol for fired employees, and the team's future got a whole lot more complicated. Gamble, now 51, arrived 23 months ago from San Francisco to give general manager Howie Roseman the seasoned NFL personnel perspective many observers thought Roseman needed. Roseman had risen through the front-office ranks on the business side, though Roseman, now 39, has always seen himself as a personnel guy. Wednesday, the Eagles announced that the team and Gamble had "agreed to part ways.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
About a year ago, Philadelphia Police Chaplain Luis Centeno was approached by Stephen McWilliams, who teaches a social documentary film class at Villanova University. McWilliams was initially interested in profiling the chaplain, but as they talked, both began to see a more meaningful project - about a dark secret, one few law enforcement officers are willing to openly talk about. Suicide. The collaboration led to this to the release this fall of BLUE , a 40-minute documentary chronicling the occupational hazards of the job, and a related app to help officers identify and address the signs.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
A DRIED PUDDLE of blood remained on Pine Street yesterday between the curb and a gray Audi parked near 46th. Sad, residents agreed, but from what they'd heard it seemed that the police officer had no choice. An off-duty cop walking his Pekingese about 7 p.m. Saturday opened fire on an unleashed Cane Corso that attacked his dog and then bit him when he tried to intervene, police said. Neighbors reported hearing between four and six shots. Internal Affairs is investigating, as it does whenever a police officer discharges a weapon, but the shooting appears to have been justified, according to Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.
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