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February 24, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
To his comrades, he was "the Iron Man" of the Philadelphia Police Department. To himself, Sgt. Albert Gramlich is simply "fortunate" to have served a three-decade career in good health. "I just didn't get sick with anything," Gramlich said Friday as he clocked in his last day on the job. After 31 years on the force without taking a sick day off work, Gramlich said, his emotions ranged from "excited" to "nervous" as he paddled off to retirement. And a grand retirement it will be. "I'm going to travel around the country and enjoy myself," he said.
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January 9, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FRANK SALLEY was one dapper cop. His neatly pressed uniform was highlighted by white shirts heavily starched. And along with his sartorial splendor, Frank was the kind of guy you wanted with you, whether at a party because of his delightful personality, or on the job because of his courage and sense of duty. Frank was a peace officer, with emphasis on the "peace. " He believed that there were very few situations that required force, and he was proud of the fact that he had never fired his pistol.
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December 30, 2012 | By Tom Hays, Associated Press
NEW YORK - For New York City, it wasn't an unusual sight: a possibly mentally ill woman pacing and mumbling to herself on an elevated subway station platform. The woman eventually took a seat on a bench Thursday night, witnesses later said. Then, without any warning or provocation, she sprang up and used both hands to shove a man into the path of an oncoming train. As police sought on Friday to locate the unidentified woman, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged residents to keep the second fatal subway shove in the city this month in perspective.
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December 6, 2012 | By Joe Mandak, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - A black man contends that he was fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a state trooper over false claims that he did not properly write reports and sometimes used black English when he did, according to a federal lawsuit. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, at which, his attorney contends, nearly all troopers are white.
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October 25, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Mari A. Schaefer, and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Marquis apartment complex in King of Prussia was draped with yellow crime-scene tape Tuesday as firefighters drained the pool, police academy cadets swept lawns and drainage ditches, and law enforcement authorities continued looking into the abduction of a 10-month-old girl and the slaying of her grandmother. Local, state, and federal authorities are jointly investigating the abduction of the girl, Saanvi Venna, and the killing of her grandmother, Satayvathi Venna, 61. Authorities gave few details of either incident Tuesday, citing concern for the baby's safety.
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October 24, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Mari A. Schaefer, and Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Marquis apartment complex in King of Prussia was draped with yellow crime-scene tape Tuesday as firefighters drained the pool, police academy cadets swept lawns and drainage ditches, and law enforcement authorities continued looking into the abduction of a 10-month-old girl and the slaying of her grandmother. Local, state, and federal authorities are jointly investigating the abduction of the girl, Saanvi Venna, and the killing of her grandmother, Satayvathi Venna, 61. Authorities gave few details of either crime Tuesday, citing concern for the baby's safety.
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September 20, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 16, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Allison Steele, and Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 19, 2012 | Staff Writers
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.
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