August 2, 2001 |
Charged with crimes that could have sent him to prison for up to 20 years for hitting a police officer with his car, the Rev. Martin Fry, a Baptist minister, accepted a plea bargain from Bucks County prosecutors yesterday and was sentenced to 12 months' probation. Mr. Fry also was asked to apologize to the officer in open court - prompting Mr. Fry's wife, Carol, to punch open the courtroom doors and rage in the hallway: "No one said he was going to have to apologize!" Mr. Fry, 59, of Newtown, who with his wife operates the Noah's Ark Christian day-care center in Langhorne, was charged with two counts of felony assault and four misdemeanors.
January 10, 1993 |
A small inconspicuous canister that clips easily onto a belt and can bring a grown man to his knees in seconds is slowly becoming the weapon of choice for policemen in Chester County. The macelike spray, which goes by several names depending on its manufacturer, gets its punch from a pepper base - usually oleoresin capsicum, a derivative of the cayenne pepper. The pepper sprays have been touted by law-enforcement officials as considerably more effective than the chemical mace sprays.
February 6, 2014 |
A ROBBERY SUSPECT was fatally shot by a police officer yesterday in Oxford Circle after the 45-year-old man "body slammed" the cop when the officer's Taser and pepper spray failed to subdue him, according to police. The officer, a 17-year veteran whose identity wasn't released, was patrolling on foot on Castor Avenue near Greeby Street about 4 p.m. when he saw the suspect allegedly robbing a 35-year-old man of his cellphone and cash, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the 39-year-old cop approached, the man refused to surrender and began a "violent struggle," punching the officer several times in the face, Small said.
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.
August 7, 2013 |
A TENNESSEE MAN was nearly duped by a distraction scam in a South Jersey hotel room Saturday, focusing his full attention on a prostitute while another woman went through his pockets, police said. Police in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, said Rudy Quintana, 41, was "employing" Saketa Wills, 19, of Norristown, early Saturday inside a room at the Clarion, about 10 miles west of Atlantic City on the Black Horse Pike, when a woman identified as her "partner," Tenasia Washington, 18, of Plainfield, Union County, tried to steal his wallet and cellphone.
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.