January 19, 2016 |
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.
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.
May 30, 2015 |
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.
May 1, 2015 |
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.
April 19, 2015 |
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.
October 1, 2014 |
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.
September 25, 2014 |
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.
March 28, 2014 |
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.
September 19, 2013 |
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.
July 2, 2013 |
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.