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August 29, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert Dugan Sr., 72, of Marlton, who retired in August 2001 as an Evesham Township police sergeant after 31 years on the force, died of kidney failure Monday, Aug. 25, at home. Mr. Dugan grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from St. Thomas More High School in 1960. He served as a Navy clerk on a ship stationed off Cape Canaveral, Fla., that "would go out and recover" experimental missiles fired toward the Atlantic, his wife, Donna, said. "They loved that part" of their duty, she said.
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August 28, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police sergeant filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court Monday accusing fellow officers of assaulting and falsely arresting him. Brandon Ruff, who has been with the department since 2006, said he was arrested and punished "in retaliation for his engaging in protected speech and to prevent him from engaging in such speech in the future, all of which would have been personally and politically embarrassing to all defendants," according...
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August 24, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 23, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 22, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 21, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 21, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 15, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
  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.
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August 13, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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