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May 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
For most women, bringing work home with them involves a laptop or pile of papers - not a high-energy, tail-wagging bundle of fur. But for Officer Gabrielle Camacho, work during off-duty hours now means caring for her new partner, Peyton, a 11/2-year-old Labrador retriever. Camacho is training to become the Camden County Police Department's first female K-9 officer. "It's a huge adjustment," said the 23-year-old officer, who has been with the department for two years. "It's kind of like having my own kid now. " Camacho and Peyton, who are midway through a 10-week training program, will work in narcotics and community relations.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
If having puppies delivered to your office sounds too good to be true: It's not. On Thursday, Uber and the Pennsylvania SPCA are partnering to bring puppy play-dates to offices in Philadelphia's Center City, Old City, Navy Yard and University City areas, as well as Conshohocken, King of Prussia and Cherry Hill. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., workers in those places can use the ride-sharing app to request 15 minutes of puppy playtime for $30. Soon after, adoptable puppies will be brought to your office (pups won't be delivered to private residences)
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Christine Flowers
TWENTY-NINE years ago this week, I graduated from law school. It's been almost three decades since I've been able to officially call myself an "officer of the court," a title I wear with a great deal of pride and an even greater amount of embarrassment. I've always been a little ashamed of using that moniker because, in a vague way, it implies valor on my part that I don't possess. The word "officer" makes me think of someone in a uniform, either on an urban or foreign battlefield, defending fellow citizens against imminent danger.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In a somber ceremony honoring police bravery, President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Valor posthumously to Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III, killed last year as he tried to buy a gift for his son - and wound up disrupting an armed robbery. Tears streamed down the face of Wilson's grandmother Constance Wilson as she accepted the medal from the president in the White House's East Room. "Please know how deeply sorry we are for your loss, how grateful we are for Sgt. Wilson's service," Obama told her as well as Wilson's sister, Shakira Burroughs, and brother, Dareon, in his opening remarks.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
With airport security lines growing and the summer travel season looming, Congress has agreed to shift $34 million to hire 768 additional security officers and pay overtime to help alleviate long lines at airport security checkpoints. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger said at a news conference Friday that the agency has developed a plan to boost the ranks of screeners, but that the traveling public should be prepared to wait and should arrive two hours before domestic flights.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
For falsely arresting a nurse on Christmas 2013, former SEPTA Police Officer Douglas Ioven must spend four hours each Christmas for the next four years doing community service. That was part of a novel Noel sentence handed down Friday by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge. In March, Ioven, 44, was found guilty of false imprisonment and official oppression for arresting nurse Muibat Williamson at Suburban Station, following a contentious confrontation between the two at a Dunkin' Donuts store.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, STAFF WRITER
After Robert W. Padgett married Barbara Carpenter in June 1958, he enlisted in the Army in September and was sent to a base in northeastern France. Though only a private, he had a friend in a sergeant, who helped get him a three-day pass in November. So when Mr. Padgett's wife arrived at a Paris airport that month, she met not only her husband but also the sergeant and his wife, who had driven him to this once-in-a-lifetime reunion. During their time in Paris, the Padgetts dined at the restaurant high on the Eiffel Tower.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III used a Taser on a man in Kensington on Wednesday afternoon while responding to a situation involving a group of neighborhood residents and two intoxicated men, a spokeswoman for the transit authority said. According to spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee, around 2:40 p.m. a drunken driver - with his equally intoxicated passenger beside him - hit several parked cars at Frankford Avenue and Cambria Street. Residents tried to hold the men down until police arrived, but a large "melee" ensued, Showell-Lee said.
SPORTS
May 13, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
APPARENTLY, JEFFREY Lurie really does want to do this thing right. That's something we haven't been able to say until now. Not because it wasn't true, but because the signs he's sent since firing Chip Kelly and Ed Marynowitz have been as garbled as the explanations he's offered in defense of them. Until now. On the surface, the only way to interpret the Eagles' hiring of Joe Douglas to head up the team's personnel department is that Lurie was serious when he said he wanted to build a legitimate personnel department, and that, this time, he would hold Howie Roseman accountable for the performance of that department.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A Benjamin Franklin High School police officer has been transferred while the district investigates allegations that he assaulted a student, a district spokesman said. The Philadelphia Student Union said in a statement Wednesday that the incident happened last Thursday, when junior Brian Burney tried to use a school restroom without a hall pass. The union said school Police Officer Jeffrey Maciocha punched and pushed the student and put him in a choke hold. Burney was diagnosed with a concussion as a result, it said.
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