January 17, 2014 |
WHEN OFFICER Gennaro "Gerry" Pellegrini Jr. became the first Philadelphia cop to lose his life while serving in the Iraq War in 2005, the badge he wore, which belonged to his father before him, was retired. Today, that badge - No. 3722 - will be called out of retirement and placed on the chest of Pellegrini's first cousin, Gregory Kravitz, who will graduate as an officer from the Philadelphia Police Academy this morning. Kravitz's mother, Denise, was proud of her son's decision to become a cop. Her brother, Gennaro Pellegrini Sr., served more than 25 years on the force and her husband, Officer Howard Kravitz, has almost 24 years with Philadelphia police.
January 17, 2014 |
CAMDEN The city's former police department sent more officers than requested to patrol more than 20 waterfront concerts in 2012, with the city picking up the extra cost, internal billing and scheduling documents show. Some of the information was released following a judge's ruling last month that it be made public; other related records were obtained by The Inquirer. More than a year after denying Councilman Brian Coleman's request for the information, Camden turned the first of the documents over last week - an overtime report from the July 28, 2012, concert by the country singer Jason Aldean.
January 15, 2014 |
Update: Districty Attorney's Office said it is considering appealing the judge's ruling but will wait to study the it before deciding. Prosecutors noted that in 1998 Edward Bracey, convicted of killing Officer Danny Boyle, presented three witnesses who testified he was not mentally retarded. --- A Philadelphia judge, citing a constitutional restriction against executing people defined as mentally retarded, has vacated the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a city police officer in 1991.
January 9, 2014 |
Francis P. "Frank" Friel, 71, of Bensalem, a decorated police investigator whose organized crime unit, in collaboration with the FBI, effectively ended a spate of mob killings in the 1980s, died of cancer Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. Mary Medical Center. Mr. Friel's storied career began in 1960, at a time when the city's police force hired teenagers fresh out of high school as helpers. By age 20, he had trained at the Police Academy, received a gun, and become a full-fledged patrolman.
January 8, 2014 |
City Controller Alan Butkovitz took the oath of office Monday looking to the future, carrying a progressive message about bridging the divide between the city's rich and poor. District Attorney Seth Williams took his oath reflecting on the past four years of rising convictions and falling crime rates - the city last year registered its fewest homicides since 1967. The two Democrats, reelected last fall to their respective offices, were sworn in Monday along with judges of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts during a lightly attended ceremony at the Academy of Music.
January 5, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Sprint up the Art Museum steps on any other Saturday afternoon, and you'll receive a sideways glance at best, an eye roll or two at worst. Merely suggest doing so before an Eagles playoff game - while wearing the gear of the opposing team, no less - and you'll have the Internet after you. "Everyone fill up a pillowcase with doorknobs and let's go!" said one commenter on Philly.com after word spread that some New Orleans Saints were planning a "Rocky run" before their team faces the Eagles in a wild-card playoff game Saturday night.
December 30, 2013 |
A man police were chasing in Camden ran into his house and commanded his pit bull to attack the officers, one of whom was bitten, authorities said Saturday. Officers Brandon Galloza and Michael Ross of the Camden County Police Department were on patrol Thursday night when they saw Thomas Wright and Tajay Wilson, both 19, in what appeared to be a drug transaction, police said. The two Camden men ran when Galloza and Ross approached and told them to stop, police said. The officers chased them into Wright's house on the 1800 block of Filmore Street, police said, where they were blocked by Quazeem Jackson, 21. That's when Wright "repeatedly commanded a pit bull in the house to attack" by pointing at the officers and shouting, "Sic 'em," police said.
December 29, 2013 |
Virginia Matias was a senior in high school when her uncle Miguel Espinal was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his corner store. The robber shot Espinal in the abdomen and made off with $900 from his La Dominicana store in East Camden. The slaying prompted Matias, now 27, to study law and justice at Rowan University with an eye toward becoming a police officer in Camden, to try to prevent similar acts of senseless violence. This month, Matias graduated from the Camden County police academy, along with 108 others in the largest graduating class to date.
December 28, 2013 |
A man suspected of stealing a pizza-delivery car in South Philadelphia was shot in the arm Thursday night when he allegedly tried to run down officers in an attempt to evade arrest, police said. Shortly after 9 p.m., the 29-year-old man allegedly stole the car, a Honda, at 10th and Catharine Streets in Bella Vista, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The deliveryman had left the Honda running with the keys in the ignition, and the man just drove off with the car, Small said. At 22d Street and Snyder Avenue, police saw the Honda driving north and tried to stop the vehicle, Small said.
December 18, 2013 |
The life of a freelancer has its perks: making your own hours, working from home, adopting an all-jeans dress code, to name a few. But during holiday-party season, things can get a little awkward, admitted Joe Lekkas, 39, a marketing and public-relations consultant who has been self-employed for 12 years. In the past, Lekkas, of Fishtown, usually let the gift-swaps and happy hours pass him by, though he felt a bit left out. Other times, he was invited to parties for companies where he had consulted; that was more stressful still.