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September 15, 1988 | By Robert McSherry, Special to The Inquirer
A Lower Merion police captain was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after his car crashed into the rear of another car Tuesday night, Radnor Township police said yesterday. Capt. John H. Sheehan was charged with drunken driving about 9:35 p.m. Tuesday after the minor accident, which occurred next to Villanova University at the intersection of County Line Road and North Ithan Avenue, police said. Police said the crash was reported by university security guards.
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September 1, 1993 | By Karin Braedt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Police Capt. Floard Catlett, claiming defamation of character, has filed suit in Camden County Superior Court against Councilman Leon Williams. According to Catlett's attorney, Louis Hasner of Cherry Hill, Williams allegedly slandered and defamed Catlett from July 16 through August 1992 by falsely telling numerous individuals on several occasions that Catlett had been arrested for drug-related offenses. Hasner said the suit was filed about a month ago. Williams, who said yesterday that he has yet to receive notice of the suit, denied the allegations in the suit and said he believed it to be politically motivated.
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December 21, 1998 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Anthony C. Melchiorre Sr., a retired police captain who preferred resolving problems with a persuasive personality rather than the power of his office, died Friday from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 77 and lived in Mount Holly, N.J. Tony Melchiorre began his career in 1950 at the old 9th District at 20th and Buttonwood streets. When he retired in 1980, he had had been one of the city's first community relations officers, a detective, a member of Juvenile Aid Division and chief of police at Philadelphia International Airport.
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November 18, 2011 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
IN FULL UNIFORM and with his head held high, a retired Philadelphia police captain was arrested in New York yesterday while participating in an Occupy Wall Street demonstration. Ray Lewis - who left the Philadelphia department in 2004 after serving as captain of the 25th Police District, headquartered at Front and Westmoreland streets - reportedly was among more than 170 protesters who were arrested. Several representatives with the NYPD's public-information office said they could not confirm Lewis' arrest because there were so many people taken into custody who had not yet been processed.
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September 7, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers
ABOUT 75 RESIDENTS of the diverse 35th Police District - which includes Logan, Olney, Ogontz and East Oak Lane - gathered Wednesday night in a show of support for the district's recently removed police captain. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey on Friday suspended the district's longtime commander, Capt. John McCloskey, as well as Inspector Aaron Horne for 30 days because they allegedly helped cover up the arrest of a retired cop's grandson. Ramsey transferred McCloskey to night command and moved Horne from the Northwest Police Division to the Forensic Science Bureau.
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January 19, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Thomas J. Quinn, 67, of Phoenixville, a retired Philadelphia Police Department captain who served the force in numerous capacities, died Monday, Jan. 11, of cancer at home. Mr. Quinn lived in Philadelphia before moving to Phoenixville. He was a 1966 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and a 2001 graduate of the FBI National Academy after four months of intensive training. Mr. Quinn began his career in 1969 as a patrolman in the 23d District of North Philadelphia. He went to the 24th District in Kensington and from there moved to the Highway Patrol for eight years.
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November 17, 1988 | By Suzanne Gordon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lower Merion police Capt. John H. Sheehan, charged in September with driving under the influence of alcohol, waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday and will stand trial in Delaware County Court. Sheehan was arrested by Radnor police after the car he was driving crashed into the rear of another car near Villanova University at the intersection of County Line Road and North Ithan Avenue, police said. Appearing before Radnor District Justice Beverly Foster, Sheehan was scheduled for a formal arraignment in Delaware County Court at 9 a.m. Dec. 20. Foster ordered him to post $1 bail.
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August 1, 2011
Police capt. hurt in hit-and-run Clarissa Street near Hunting Park Avenue in Nicetown A police captain suffered a broken leg early yesterday when his car was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver, police said. The victim, a captain in the 39th District, which is headquartered at 22nd Street and Hunting Park Avenue in Tioga, was driving in an unmarked car about 3:37 a.m. when it was struck by a tan vehicle, police said. The driver remained at large last night. The captain was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was treated and released.
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January 4, 2016
An off-duty police captain with the Deal Police Department was killed early Saturday when his car struck a untility pole in Ocean Township. The victim was Earl B. Alexander, 38, who is listed as the second-in-command of the 22-person force on the department's website. The officer's death was acknowledged on the department's Facebook page. Deal is a shore borough in Monmouth County. Ocean Township police said Alexander was alone in a 2007 Acura TSX when the accident occurred around 12:35 a.m. He was southbound on State Highway 71 approaching the intersection with Perrine Avenue when he lost control of the car. It left the road, flipped on its side and struck a utility pole.
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January 19, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Thomas J. Quinn, 67, of Phoenixville, a retired Philadelphia Police Department captain who served the force in numerous capacities, died Monday, Jan. 11, of cancer at home. Mr. Quinn lived in Philadelphia before moving to Phoenixville. He was a 1966 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and a 2001 graduate of the FBI National Academy after four months of intensive training. Mr. Quinn began his career in 1969 as a patrolman in the 23d District of North Philadelphia. He went to the 24th District in Kensington and from there moved to the Highway Patrol for eight years.
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January 4, 2016
An off-duty police captain with the Deal Police Department was killed early Saturday when his car struck a untility pole in Ocean Township. The victim was Earl B. Alexander, 38, who is listed as the second-in-command of the 22-person force on the department's website. The officer's death was acknowledged on the department's Facebook page. Deal is a shore borough in Monmouth County. Ocean Township police said Alexander was alone in a 2007 Acura TSX when the accident occurred around 12:35 a.m. He was southbound on State Highway 71 approaching the intersection with Perrine Avenue when he lost control of the car. It left the road, flipped on its side and struck a utility pole.
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May 30, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Timothy P. O'Hara went to son Sean's college graduation in 2014, he did not just . . . go. He rode his Harley-Davidson Road King, alone, from Hammonton, N.J., to Kansas State University in Manhattan. The rest of the family either drove or flew, daughter Megan Mulhall said. "He was the only one brave enough," she said. He needed a bit of bravery, she said, because "on his way, the skies opened and he had a hailstorm. " On Sunday, May 24, Mr. O'Hara, 55, of Hammonton, who retired in December 2002 as a Hamilton Township, N.J., police captain, died of a heart attack at the home of his mother, Mary Alice, in Delran.
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May 1, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Evans met Harry E. Johnson when both were at the Burlington County Police Academy in 1978. Evans was in a three-month training program to become an officer for Willingboro, Mr. Johnson was there to join the Edgewater Park force, and they became best friends. For four years before each was married, Evans recalled, "every year, we took a two-week vacation," far from police responsibilities. "Hawaii in '81, Acapulco in '82, Rio de Janeiro in '83, Puerto Rico in '84. " Evans rose through the ranks and retired in 2004 as a Willingboro police captain and SWAT commander.
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April 19, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Friday named a diverse group of 24 people to oversee the implementation of the 91 recommendations made last month in a U.S. Department of Justice report that found that Philadelphia police used lethal force too often. The newly created Police Community Oversight Board will also work on implementing the broader recommendations made in President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, which made similar suggestions. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey chaired the task force.
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October 1, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writerzalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE EVENT HALL at Park and Chew avenues in Fern Rock has a sign outside that says it's a day-care, so its promoters need all the help they can get to draw attention to the hall's pay-at-the-door weekend parties. But now the hall, which sometimes markets itself as the Nifiji Club, is getting a lot of special attention - from the Philadelphia Police Department and the District Attorney's Office. Officials met with concerned neighborhood residents last night - two weeks after a wild shootout following a motorcycle club's party at the hall left two people dead and two injured - and pledged that if they have anything to do with it, the hall's doors won't be open much longer.
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September 25, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5974
PHILADELPHIA Municipal Judge Joseph Waters Jr. resigned from the bench yesterday and is expected to plead guilty today in federal court to wire- and mail-fraud charges, a source familiar with the case told the Daily News . Waters will admit that he attempted to influence a case being heard by one of his judicial colleagues, the source said. Waters, a former Philadelphia Police Department captain who was appointed to the bench in 2009 by then-Gov. Ed Rendell, declined to comment about his abrupt resignation and his intentions for court today.
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March 28, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A MAN WHOSE squashed arrest sparked a municipal-corruption probe has sued the city, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and the officers who subdued him, claiming two beat him until he was "nearly unconscious" and wounded him so badly that he required "several dozen" stitches. Rodney Handy Jr., now 24, says police used excessive force, racially profiled him and retaliated against him when he questioned why they stopped him on March 19, 2012, as he parked his car outside his Oak Lane home after work.
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September 19, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A GAY PHILADELPHIA police officer claims he was harassed and transferred to an unwanted overnight shift after a supervisor discovered his sexual orientation, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Common Pleas Court. Officer N. Melville Jones, 44, said Daniel Castro, then a police captain, began to harass him in 2009 after Jones declined a job that Castro offered him. Jones didn't want the position because Castro had a tainted "reputation and history . . . of pressuring subordinates to doctor incident reports," according to the lawsuit.
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July 2, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE WAS George Fencl and there was George Fenzil. Both dedicated and much honored Philadelphia cops. George Fencl was the late legendary chief inspector of civil affairs who could calm a stormy street demonstration with a few soft-spoken words. George Fenzil was a legend in his own right, a highly praised police captain who made himself an active part of the communities in which he served, not just a cop enforcing the law. For his police work and civil commitment, George Fenzil received the Daily News' coveted George Fencl Award in 1991, honoring a police officer who exemplified the character and dedication of George Fencl.
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