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.
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)