September 20, 2012 |
When William H. Jones worked undercover as a Philadelphia police officer, he once had to dress as a priest. With a Bible. And a gun. "It was a robbery-prevention unit," his son Timothy said, and Mr. Jones had "a snub-nosed .38 that he carried in a Bible. " It was a Bible "that he cut the pages out of" so that the .38 fit inside, his son said. "I remember the Bible being around the house. " On Saturday, Sept. 15, Mr. Jones, 72, a Philadelphia police officer from 1969 to 1992, died of cancer at his home in Springville, Susquehanna County.
September 16, 2012 |
Officer Brad Fox dropped by his old municipal police academy in Plymouth Township on Thursday. He wanted a friend to see his K-9 partner, Nick. That was typical of Fox; once he became your friend, he stayed in touch. "We knew when he moved, we knew when his wife got pregnant - he dropped by to tell us. That was the kind of guy he was," said Frank Williar, director of Montgomery County Community College's Municipal Police Academy. Fox, seven years a Plymouth Township patrolman, died from a single gunshot to the head Thursday on the eve of his 35th birthday.
August 19, 2012 |
By Frank Kummer, Stacey Burling and Kristen Holmes Moses Walker Jr., 40, a 19-year veteran Philadelphia police officer was found mortally wounded on a North Philadelphia sidewalk early this morning shortly after leaving work, according to police. The officer, who was found face down, lying on his own unholstered gun, had been shot multiple times. He was in street clothes and police believe he was walking to a bus stop. He was pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital at 6:23 a.m. His name was released later in the morning after family members had been notified and escorted to the hospital.
August 3, 2012 |
LAWYER JIMMY BINNS loves cops. He holds the title of honorary chief, detective or deputy sheriff in at least 10 departments from the city to the suburbs to the Jersey Shore. He raises mountains of money to buy cops gear and is behind several efforts to recognize police and firefighters killed in the line of duty and to help their families. He even, controversially, sometimes rides around the region in a fake police uniform on a police-style Harley. Soon, he could become a real cop. Binns, 72, has applied to the Municipal Police Academy at Delaware County Community College, one of 21 such schools certified statewide to provide official basic police training.
June 26, 2012 |
The Philadelphia Police Department will receive more than $3 million in federal money to hire new officers, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday. The grant, part of $111 million in funding being awarded to law enforcement agencies around the country, will pay for most of the salary and benefits of 25 new officers for the next three years. The funding is contingent on the positions' being filled only by veterans who have served at least 180 days in the military since the Sept.
June 10, 2012
Crystal Cathedral in Calif. renamed GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Southern California's landmark Crystal Cathedral has been given a new name by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. The glass-paned megachurch founded by Hour of Power televangelist Robert Schuller was sold to the diocese last year. On Saturday, Bishop Tod Brown renamed it Christ Cathedral during a priest ordination. Orange County Catholics had submitted more than 4,100 suggestions for a new name. Schuller retired in 2006 after seeing his tiny ministry evolve into a global televangelist empire.
May 14, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - A pair of bombings killed four people Sunday in attacks targeting Iraq's security forces, officials said, while the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad maintained it will continue training Iraqi police despite cutbacks to the program. The first bomb exploded near a security patrol in the western city of Ramadi, killing one police officer and wounding seven people. Hours later, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint in the Mansour neighborhood of Baghdad, killing three people - including two police officers - and wounding nine more.
May 4, 2012 |
IT'S USUALLY TOUGH to get kicked out of Philadelphia's Fraternal Order of Police. You really have to screw up. Worse than, say, the cop who allegedly beat his girlfriend with a closed fist and left her a voice mail threatening to "stomp your f---ing heart out. " Or the officer convicted of child endangerment for pointing a loaded Glock at a kid who changed the radio station in his truck at the Police Academy. Or the cop who allegedly forced a suspect to perform oral sex on him in his police cruiser.