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NEWS
April 12, 2011 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Henry School in Philadelphia was temporarily evacuated this afternoon and 15 students and five adults were treated for exposure to pepper spray, school district spokeswoman Shana Kemp said. Philadelphia police are investigating how the spray was released in the school just outside the cafeteria about 12:50 p.m., as students were leaving lunch. "We're not sure if it was a student or an adult. We think it could have been a student," Kemp said. It was the second case today of pepper spray being released at the school at 601 Carpenter Lane in West Mount Airy.
NEWS
December 15, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Catya Washington, the Philly-born "bad girl" and former reality-television star, yesterday was ordered to stand trial - again. This time for aggravated assault, robbery while inflicting serious bodily injury, conspiracy, theft and related counts for an Aug. 18 traffic incident that allegedly turned into a beat down for the other motorist. Washington, 24, who this year starred in the fifth season of the Oxygen Network's highly rated show "Bad Girls Club," is out on bail. Municipal Judge Bradley K. Moss set her formal arraignment date for Jan. 4. Washington, who also models swimsuits and has appeared in hip-hop music videos, was ordered to stand trial in a separate case last month for allegedly carrying an illegal handgun and possession of drugs.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 29, 2010 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 11, 2008 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 25, 2008 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 3, 2008 | By DAVE DAVIES, daviesd@phillynews.com 215-854-2595
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.
NEWS
July 16, 2008 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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...
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