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.
May 13, 2006 |
Shares of Mace Security International Inc., maker of the personal defense pepper spray, rose 18 percent yesterday after the Mount Laurel firm spurned an unsolicited, $39 million offer for 36 car washes it operates in five states. The company said the offer, from Los Angeles-based CW No. 1 L.L.C., was too low, although Mace also said it would be willing to negotiate. In December 2004, Mace said it planned to divest its car washes in favor of focusing on its personal and commercial security business.
August 26, 2005 |
Staying safe in the city requires a mix of awareness and common sense. Whether you're new to the urban scene or have lived in a metropolis such as Philly all your life, a few basic actions, thoughts, and rules of thumb can help you stay out of harm's way. "It is our ultimate goal to ensure the safety and security of each member of our community," says Maureen S. Rush, the University of Pennsylvania's public-safety vice president. In that spirit, a few dos and don'ts of personal safety: Don't walk by yourself, especially in a secluded area or after dark.
June 15, 2005 |
Andre Agassi withdrew from Wimbledon because of an injury for the second straight year yesterday, leaving fans to wonder whether they'll ever see him play again at the All England Club. The 1992 Wimbledon champion and 1999 runner-up sent a fax to the grass-court Grand Slam tournament saying he was out. An exact injury wasn't announced by organizers, and Agassi's agent didn't immediately return phone messages. But Agassi was hobbled by an inflamed nerve in his back during his 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (6)
January 29, 2005
Reckless tax increase The Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors vehemently opposes a proposal to raise the statewide realty-transfer tax from 1 to 1.5 percent to help fund mass transit. Any raise in the transfer tax would be an affront to first-time homebuyers and an unpredictable source of revenue at best. Since Pennsylvania already has one of the highest realty-transfer tax rates in the nation, this proposal could quickly lead to a real estate recession and reverse the growth we have seen.
January 21, 2005 |
With obscenity-yelling, flag-burning protesters behind him, and tear-gas-spraying, riot-geared police in front of him, Justin Shenk just wanted to make peace. So the 21-year-old native of Akron, Lancaster County, knelt down in front of an eight-foot black metal security fence with his back to the historic and posh Willard Hotel. He bowed his head, clasped his hands and prayed. Alone. And then the police from behind the fence doused him with pepper spray. They tossed icy water and more pepper spray.
December 10, 2004 |
Pepper spray and car washes might not go together after all. Mace Security International Inc., a maker of pepper spray, said yesterday that it had hired Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc. to explore a sale of its division that operates car and truck washes. The Mount Laurel company said it would consider a sale of its 49 car washes and five truck washes if the price significantly exceeded its $30 million in debt associated with those operations. "We wouldn't just sell it for the debt," said Mace's executive vice president and general counsel, Robert M. Kramer.