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July 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry K. Stinger Jr., 84, of Chestnut Hill, the voice of the Dad Vail Regatta for 26 years, died Sunday, July 5, of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. Mr. Stinger was press officer for the regatta from 1987 through 2013. He earned the respect of journalists with his clear, accurate information, and enjoyed coaching many a reporter on the basics of rowing. "He just loved it," said his wife, Mary Louise Hanrahan Stinger. "He was such a people person. " An only child, born in Yeadon, Mr. Stinger had three loves in life - his Catholic faith, his family, and St. Joseph's Preparatory School.
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July 12, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six former Philadelphia police officers acquitted of corruption charges by a federal jury in May have won their jobs back through arbitration, a spokesman for Mayor Nutter confirmed Friday. Mark McDonald, the mayor's press secretary, said the former narcotics officers - Michael Spicer, Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser - will get $90,000 in back pay and have their original badges returned. McDonald said five of the officers would be assigned to districts and would not return to the Narcotics Field Unit.
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July 12, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Annmarie Ruiz has been handed a third card. The Gloucester County health officer, who doubles as Salem County's, will now also report to Atlantic City. Ruiz - charged with enforcing health and sanitation policies and restaurant inspections, and coordinating responses to public health issues - will now split her time among the jurisdictions under a shared-services agreement approved this week by Gloucester County. Atlantic City will pay Gloucester County $2,470 a month until the end of the year - an amount that will increase 2 percent at the start of 2016.
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July 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The commotion started just before midnight on a side street in Germantown. A husband and wife in a house nearby heard yelling and ran to the window. Streetlights illuminated a struggle in the street, between two officers and a 22-year-old man who lived down the block. The woman took out her cellphone and began to record. The video she took April 3 was posted online Wednesday night and quickly garnered tens of thousands of views. It shows the 22-year-old, Tyree Carroll, being punched and kicked by police officers on the 600 block of Locust Avenue.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying Eric Torres had "chosen to be a career criminal," a Philadelphia judge on Wednesday sentenced the 33-year-old man to 66 to 132 years in prison for shooting and disabling Police Officer Edward Davies during a 2013 struggle in a Feltonville grocery store. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich ran through Torres' history of arrests since arriving in Philadelphia from Puerto Rico in 2004, and noted that he was on probation for assaulting a police officer at the time of the Aug. 13 shooting inside the Almonte Mini Market at Fourth and Annsbury Streets.
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July 8, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators have finished a probe expected to identify the employees responsible for pervasive problems at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office, but say they aren't releasing the findings while the agency is considering disciplinary action. VA officials on Monday said the report, completed last Tuesday, is being withheld to protect the due process rights of the employees involved. "Decisions on each issue, including any appropriate disciplinary actions, will be made in accordance with applicable due process procedures," VA spokesman James Hutton said in a statement.
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July 5, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Friday identified two officers who shot and critically wounded a man who was having a seizure in May, the first time under a new policy that the department has identified officers involved in a shooting. The officers, Michael Minor and Robert Hoppe, fired at Rudolph Keitt after he led police on a chase beginning in Northwest Philadelphia and struck four officers with his car, police said. Keitt has since been declared mentally incompetent, and his attorney said he suffers from schizophrenia.
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July 5, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The union representing Philadelphia police officers has challenged Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey's new policy making public the names of officers in police-involved shootings. Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police filed an unfair labor practice complaint Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, just hours after Ramsey announced his intention to release an officer's name within 72 hours of a police-involved shooting unless there is a threat against the officer or family.
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July 4, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer was struck by a bullet fragment after a suspect shot at him Wednesday night, authorities said. Around 11:30 p.m., the officer spotted a suspicious vehicle along Kenwood Avenue in the Parkside section of Camden, police said. The car stopped and several people stepped out as the officer's cruiser approached, authorities said. One of the suspects then shot at the police vehicle, hitting it several times, police said. The officer took cover and did not return fire before trying to go after the suspects, police said.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After deliberating just 45 minutes, a Philadelphia jury on Tuesday acquitted former Police Officer Steven Lupo of charges that he lied under oath about a warrantless 2011 search of a drug suspect's car. Lupo, 38, fought back tears as he and his wife, Valerie, left the courtroom after the Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men announced its verdict. "I'm just thankful the jury made the right decision," said Lupo, who testified in his defense. "I'm very humbled by it. " The verdict is not the end of Lupo's legal problems.
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