August 28, 2010
Where is the outrage from conservatives regarding the location and timing? Where are the right-wing cries of dismay for the lack of respect? Why isn't Fox News lamenting the insensitivity to the millions affected emotionally by the impact of the original event? We all know there's a legal right to do it, but is it the right thing to do? No, I'm not talking about what Sarah Palin calls "the 9/11 mosque. " I'm referring to Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally scheduled for Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial - which just so happens to be the anniversary date of the "I Have a Dream" speech given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
July 29, 2010 |
Reginald McNeill had pepper spray, handcuffs and tie-up cord ready when he ambushed, kidnapped and carjacked a Montgomery County waitress after she left work early Sunday. Still, the 53-year-old Logan man swears he meant no harm. "I wasn't going to hurt her or hurt anybody. I'm sorry deeply," a shackled and hangdog McNeill told reporters yesterday morning as officers escorted him to his arraignment in Abington. Police rejected that claim, saying that McNeill is a convicted sex offender, burglar and prison escapee released in March 2009 after serving 27 years for a 1978 rape and other felonies.
July 28, 2010
A 53-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested Tuesday on charges of abducting a Montgomery County waitress as she left work over the weekend. Abington police, working with Cheltenham Township police, identified Reginald McNeill as the suspect and launched a search that led them to him Tuesday in Philadelphia. The 20-year-old woman was leaving her job at the Kitchen Bar in Abington and getting into her car at 1 a.m. Sunday when she was grabbed and attacked with pepper spray until her abductor wrested control of her car from her, police said.
September 13, 2009 |
Nicholas Sama, a heavyset 51-year-old former car wash operator, placed his hands in prayerful meditation and looked up and said, "Thank you, Jesus. " U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin had just sentenced Sama to five years' probation, with the first nine months in home confinement, and fined him $10,000 for his role in a conspiracy to employ dozens of undocumented Mexican workers at four Philadelphia-area car washes. He faced a maximum of five years in prison. Sama's Thursday afternoon sentencing was the latest plot twist in the 10-year saga of Mace Security International Inc., of Horsham, the pepper-spray dispenser that improbably - and disastrously - diversified into car washes.
December 11, 2008 |
A 12-year-old student who brought pepper spray to a South Philadelphia elementary school left the building in handcuffs yesterday morning after another student sprayed a classroom. About 60 students and at least one teacher experienced coughing from throat irritation and were checked by medics, said Executive Fire Chief Daniel Williams. No one requested hospital treatment, he said. The incident at 568-student Alcorn Elementary School prompted a large emergency response from the Police and Fire Departments after two students went to the school nurse and reported they felt sick from noxious fumes, authorities said.
September 25, 2008 |
A police sergeant who shot and killed a 30-year-old woman in her Levittown home was justified in his use of deadly force, Bucks County District Attorney Michelle Henry said yesterday. Jennifer McCaffrey had barricaded herself in an upstairs closet with two semiautomatic handguns and a supply of bullets Sept. 10 when she fired three times at Middletown Township Police Sgt. Peter Feeney, Henry said. Feeney fired three shots into the closet, killing McCaffrey. An investigation by county detectives concluded that Feeney's action "was clearly justified," Henry said.
September 3, 2008 |
If police and protesters skirmish around the Republican National Convention, count on Philadelphia Associated Press photographer Matt Rourke to be in the middle of the action. He was rewarded for his efforts Monday by being doused with pepper spray, knocked down and arrested by St. Paul police. Rourke was shooting photos of the protesters at a parking lot at 7th and Jackson streets, in downtown St. Paul, when police converged from three directions on protesters that they regarded as particularly troublesome.
July 16, 2008 |
All Barry Davis wants to do is grow a good, juicy tomato, a nice crisp cucumber, and a hearty ear of corn, but the deer keep getting in his way. Monday night, the Montgomery County produce farmer was trying yet another deer repellant combined with an insecticide to protect his crops when some of it drifted into a nearby residential area and sickened some people, who called 911. Police, firefighters, rescue workers and the Montgomery County...
May 5, 2008 |
Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson was charged with failing a sobriety test while operating a 30-foot boat, then resisting arrest before being hit with pepper spray and dragged ashore by officers. Benson faces charges of boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest after the incident Saturday night on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, a sheriff's spokesman said yesterday. Benson was released from jail early Sunday on a $14,500 bond. The charges are class B misdemeanors, each punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
August 14, 2006 |
Former Ohio State football star Maurice Clarett was sprayed with pepper spray and struck after he surrendered following an early-morning chase last week, his lawyer said yesterday in Columbus. "It is our contention that both of those things occurred after he was in handcuffs," said attorney Michael Hoague, who added that his client obeyed police commands. Hoague is representing Clarett in an unrelated robbery trial that was to start today but postponed until September when a judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation after Clarett's latest arrest.