October 6, 2012 |
Mayor Nutter on Thursday extended a personal apology to the woman who was "cold-cocked" by Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey in an incident that was captured on a cellphone video and gained national notoriety this week. The woman, Aida Guzman of Chester, was "injured and humiliated at the hands of someone who knows better, or should have known better," said Nutter, who said he watched the YouTube video 20 times. "Every time I look at it, I am appalled, I am sickened, and I am ashamed on behalf of the good men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department," the mayor said at a news conference, flanked by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and other city officials.
October 5, 2012 |
LT. JONATHAN D. Josey II spent nearly two decades building a career as a decorated police officer. But with his split-second takedown of a woman captured on video Sunday, he tore it all down. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced Wednesday that, effective Thursday, Josey, 40, a 19-year veteran Highway Patrolman, will lose his job. Technically, he'll be suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, for his now-infamous punching of Aida Guzman, 39, during a celebration Sunday at 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue after the city's annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.
October 4, 2012 |
THE OUTRAGE over the sucker punch heard 'round the world is still going strong. At a news conference Tuesday night, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey expressed concern over a 36-second YouTube video that shows Highway Patrol Lt. Jonathan D. Josey II slugging a defenseless woman after Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade. And he said he wants the Internal Affairs probe into the incident to be completed quickly. "Obviously, it's a video that's very troubling," said Ramsey, who had been at a law-enforcement conference in San Diego when the video went viral.
October 2, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News that spotlights a name in the news away from the job. MARIA Quiñones-Sanchez never truly chills. Even if she's at her Norris Square home on a Sunday afternoon cooking her family favorites - pig roast, rice and beans, chicken stew or octopus salad - she makes sure her lip gloss and eyeliner are in place. "I never know who's going to stop by," the city's first Hispanic councilwoman explains. Same goes for runs to the grocery store, where people often spot her and say they have one question; five questions later, her ice cream is soup.
October 2, 2012 |
The Philadelphia Police Department this morning opened an internal affairs investigation into an officer who was captured on video punching a woman in the face after Sunday's Puerto Rican Day parade. Law enforcement sources identified the officer as Lt. Jonathan Josey, a 19-year veteran of the force who is currently assigned to Highway Patrol unit. Josey was cited for bravery by the Citizens Crime Commission for fatally shooting an armed robber in 2010 while he was off-duty. Josey happened to walk into a Bala Cynwyd 7-Eleven in 2010 while Kenneth DeShields, an Iraq war veteran, was holding up the store.
September 21, 2012
The 42nd annual Steuben Day Parade celebrating German-American Heritage steps off at noon Saturday in Northeast Philadelphia's Mayfair section. The parade down Frankford Avenue starts at Welsh Road and ends at St. Vincent Street. Featured performers include Chemnitzer Stadmusikanten Band, from Germany; Heimatklaenge Band, from Philadelphia; the Father Judge High School Band; and the Liberty Band of Cinnaminson. Col. Samuel E. Hayes, 3d, commander of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, Horsham Air Guard Station, will serve as grand marshal.
September 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK - With a potentially dangerous storm bearing down on the U.S. Open, play was suspended in the first set of defending champion Novak Djokovic's semifinal Saturday, making this the fifth consecutive year the tournament will fail to finish on time because of the weather. Djokovic was trailing fourth-seeded David Ferrer, 5-2, after about a half-hour of action when tournament referee Brian Earley came out on court and told the players and the chair umpire that they needed to stop.
August 26, 2012 |
TAMPA, FLA. - Just as Republicans are preparing for their convention next week, so are the protesters. And just like the Republicans are making contingency plans in case Tropical Storm Isaac brings heavy rain and wind to Tampa, the protesters are making plans of their own. On Friday, a small group of demonstrators at an encampment west of downtown said the rain might curtail their numbers and the ability to carry giant, papier-mache political puppets,...
August 26, 2012 |
Scores of proud residents lined the streets of Winslow Township Saturday to welcome home a sports hero who scored a gold medal in the Olympics. Wrestler Jordan Burroughs, winner in the 74 kilogram freestyle event, was the honored with a parade, a proclamation and the admiration of the crowd who came out to catch a glimpse of the gold medalist and 2011 world champion. "I'm super-blessed to be in this position. . . ," said Burroughs in a speech after the parade. " I encourage every young person out here to dream big, shoot for your goals and be able to put the work ethic and time in. " The 2006 Winslow Township High School graduate defeated Iran's Sadegh Goudarzi to win the gold medal on Aug. 10, capping an undefeated streak in Senior-level freestyle competition that goes back to 2009.
August 8, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - There were some summers when the great sailing ship known as the Naughty Nestor never left its dock at the Farley State Marina. Not that this meant it wasn't used. My father-in-law, Capt. Herb (middle name Nestor; I have not pursued the origin of the naughtiness), and mother-in-law, Linda (she of the iron stomach), used it plenty. It was essentially their summer home, in a neighborhood of like-minded boat types, a rugged and rollicking community of stationary floaters who held dock parties and danced to cover bands on the deck at the nearby casino.