December 23, 2012 |
The grandfather I've never met is standing at the surf's edge in my mind, on an empty beach I've painted from a memory passed down to me as a child. His khaki pants are rolled above his ankles, but waves crash into his calves and little baitfish dart between his bare feet. He steadies a long, wooden fishing rod against his thigh and wipes the spray from his glasses with a handkerchief, then jams it back into the breastpocket of his undershirt and regains his grip. There's a little boy beside him, unsteady in the tide and he's staring up earnestly, in awe. They are alone on this late-summer afternoon that I've imagined half a century ago, a father and son whose time together is running out. The boy's blue eyes study each grain of sand that sticks to my grandfather's sweaty, wrinkled brow, every gray hair the easterly wind shakes like a reed, and they trace every shadow that ripples between the sinewy muscles on his forearms.
March 4, 2002 |
Police said the aggressive behavior of a worked-up basketball coach led to his arrest and to charges against four others at a girls' high school game Saturday night. But residents, assistant coaches, and players from Camden's Woodrow Wilson High School contend that authorities overreacted to head coach Almar R. Dyer's halftime blowup. Before the start of the third quarter, two players, two coaches and a parent were doused with pepper spray and charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated assault on police officers, police said.
September 18, 2002 |
Say what you want about fighting at the Vet during Eagles games, but cops here have never used chemical weapons to subdue knuckleheads in the stands. The occasional nightstick and police radio maybe, but not the hot stuff. "I don't specifically recall our officers using it at any sporting event or inside Vet Stadium or in the First Union Center," said Inspector William Colarulo, a police spokesman. Considering the rowdy past of the Philly faithful - flares, batteries, snowballs, out of town beatings in the "700 Club" - that's saying something.
November 16, 1995 |
Philadelphia police will soon begin carrying a more disabling and quicker- acting type of Mace that officials say will be safer for both officers and suspects. Police Commissioner Richard Neal made the announcement yesterday, saying the new pepper spray would stop assailants in their tracks - before they could hurt an officer and before the officer would have to resort to using a nightstick or gun. "When we used to spray people with that (old) stuff, they would look at us and laugh half the time," Neal said in an interview shortly after the announcement at police headquarters.
August 19, 2011 |
Police in Radnor Township are seeking two bandits who they believe worked together when one cased a Wayne jewelry store and the second tried to rob it at gunpoint later Thursday, but was chased off by a civilian. The first man drew the suspicion of owners at the Amirian Jewelry store in the 200 block of W. Lancaster Ave. Thursday by asking to see only high-end engagement rings, said Det. Sgt. Andy Block. The man, described as white, tall, blond and wearing jeans and a blue shirt and tinted glasses, wanted to look at $25,000 to $30,000 rings.
July 19, 2000 |
The Patrol Guide for the Amtrak Police Department sends a clear directive: force should only be used as a last resort. Guns should never be drawn unless there is an imminent danger or a threat to a life, the guide states, and "Officers WILL NOT shoot except when the officer reasonably believes that the action is in defense of human life. . . " So that is the question that investigators must ask as they sift through the evidence of yesterday's fatal shooting of Robert Brown, a chair-wielding homeless man in Amtrak's 30th Street train station.
April 18, 1993 |
The most serious charges, assault and inciting a riot, were dismissed against an 18-year-old Downingtown man involved in a fight March 30 at the township's ice rink, but he will be tried on several other counts. In a hearing Thursday, District Judge Gerald C. Liberace ordered Ian Fallon, of the 600 block of Hopewell Road, to stand trial on two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault, one count of making terroristic threats, one count of resisting arrest and one count of disorderly conduct.
February 26, 2001 |
Mardi Gras isn't fun for everyone. Police in riot gear used pepper spray and rubber bullets against drunken revelers early yesterday in Seattle and in Austin, Texas. Seattle police said several people in a crowd of about 2,000 threw bottles, rocks and firecrackers at officers soon after bars closed about 1:30 a.m. A half-dozen people were arrested, most on assault charges. One person was injured in a stabbing, and a police officer suffered a broken arm. Six businesses were damaged, three vehicles were trashed and someone tried to turn a bus over, Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said.
April 3, 1998 |
A planned prison escape at the city's Detention Center was foiled Tuesday after a heavily armed prison response team doused a section of a cell block with pepper spray and battled four armed inmates who had earlier beaten and stabbed the only guard on the cellblock. The attempt, hatched by three men facing multiple murder charges and a fourth convicted of aggravated assault, occurred on B-block, which houses some of the prison system's most dangerous inmates. The attack was timed with a change in shift when two guards are replaced by one correction officer.
March 3, 1998 |
Accused attempted murderer Dale Graham left more than the light on at the Motel 6 in Baltimore County, Md. He also left his car. Half blind from the pepper spray his ex-girlfriend hit him with as he was trying to suffocate her, the former high school football player drove his car into a motel room - all the way to the bathroom, police said. Graham ran away, but was arrested nearby. His former girlfriend, Titia "Tia" McNair, 18, told police she was walking to her Drexel University dormitory room on Race Street near 33rd Sunday night when her ex-boyfriend suddenly appeared and forced her into his car. He drove her to Woodlawn, a Baltimore suburb, and checked into the motel, police said.