December 20, 2010 |
The man preying on women in Kensington has chosen his victims well. Addicted and swirling through the neighborhood's dangerous drug culture, where life and death happen in abandoned buildings and desolate alleys, the victims already existed on the edges of society. None of the three women found dead since Nov. 3 lived in Kensington, meaning they were part of a transient population of outsiders with few ties to the area. Investigators trying to find the killer must wade into a community of people who are, at a minimum, wary of police.
December 7, 2010 |
Radnor police stood down Monday as an intruder crept into a stately mansion near Villanova University - because it was all for the movie cameras. Jason Statham , director Boaz Yakin , and producer Lawrence Bender are shooting the thriller Safe , in which Statham spirits a girl from mobsters. Through Tuesday, the trio and a film crew are holed up in the rented mansion, which is on the market for nearly $7 million. The house portrays New York City's Gracie Mansion. Statham - the intruder - wants a face-to-face with the mayor, played by Chris Sarandon ( The Princess Bride )
November 24, 2010 |
The trial of fired Philadelphia Police Officer Joseph Harvey was postponed yesterday after the judge recused himself at the request of the District Attorney's Office. Harvey, 36, who was arrested in April and charged with exposing himself to a woman he was questioning while on duty, was given a new court date of Dec. 16 in Municipal Court. Judge Joseph C. Waters, a retired police captain, was to have presided over the nonjury trial. But Assistant District Attorney Bob Foster said that his office had concerns because one of Waters' sons is a police officer who several years ago worked with Harvey in the 24th District, in Juniata.
October 30, 2010 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - A 72-year-old Atlantic City man who was captured on video fatally shooting a Sewell contractor he claimed owed him money received a sentence of 501/2 years in prison Friday. Before the sentencing in Superior Court, Jose Aleman delivered a rambling, 10-minute diatribe in which he expressed no remorse for killing Pong H. Yu, 59, on April 24, 2008, in front of an abandoned Atlantic City building Yu was considering buying and renovating. Aleman saw Yu speaking with an architect about the job and went home to fetch a revolver, according to the prosecutor.
April 18, 2010 |
The Easton, Pa., police captain whose 11-year-old daughter was allegedly intentionally vomited on by a fan at a Phillies game said Saturday that the team had offered to host him and his family at a game, let them watch batting practice on the field, and treat them to dinner. "I accepted, and I don't blame the organization for this incident," Capt. Michael Vangelo said. "The blame rests solely with Mr. [Matthew] Clemmens and his friend. " Vangelo said his daughter was still troubled by what happened at Wednesday's game.
January 29, 2010 |
On Sundays, when it comes time for Haitian members of Hope Memorial Baptist Church in Camden to share their stories of anguish and loss, Eliezer Marcellus stands next to them and translates their words from Creole to English. He understands their pain: Ten of his relatives died when the earth shook in Haiti. "I help convey their feelings," he said. It is a small gesture, but just one of the ways Marcellus has emerged after the tragedy as a connecting figure between his small, grieving South Jersey Haitian community and those trying to help it. Sincere and soft-spoken, Marcellus, 27, is a man of two worlds.
January 29, 2010 |
A police procedural that's less about criminal matters than it is about dialectics and existential quandaries, Corneliu Porumboiu's Police, Adjective is an anti-thriller in which little happens - there is plenty of talk, but even more silence. This cunning and provocative Romanian film requires patience, but its rewards are many: It's hard to imagine how a scene in which a police captain barks an order to bring him a dictionary can be loaded with suspense, but, really, it is. Forget the car chases; just watch as our hero flips the pages until he finds the definition for conscience . White-knuckle stuff.
January 6, 2010 |
A FORMER police captain who supervised narcotics officers now at the center of an FBI-led corruption investigation has landed a top job at the District Attorney's Office. In his first news conference as D.A., Seth Williams yesterday named Christopher M. Werner as his chief of county detectives, a move widely viewed as a step up for the 21-year police veteran. While many in law enforcement praise Werner for his dogged work ethic and aggressive policing, Werner's record suffered a blemish last year, when the Daily News series "Tainted Justice" detailed allegations that a group of narcotics officers under his command engaged in criminal misconduct.
June 30, 2009 |
Surveillance footage taken from inside the posh Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties captured what a police captain called the "organized, calculated" shootings of Saturday's two homicide victims, 34-year-old Rian Thal and Timothy Gilmore, 40. Thal and Gilmore were ambushed and gunned down outside Thal's apartment by three men who lay in wait and cornered them in the hallway, police said yesterday. A fourth man acted as a lookout. The stakeout and shooting took about 30 minutes.
May 4, 2007 |
PHILADELPHIA police won't be the only law-enforcement people on Broad Street Sunday. Mike Chitwood, a former Philly police lieutenant who's now the chief in Daytona Beach, Fla., and 10 Daytona officers are running in the 28th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Chitwood, 43, is a Broad Street Run veteran. He has run 19 in a row, 23 overall (best time: 67 minutes). The other Daytona police officers are making their Broad Street debuts. "Only a few have run 10 miles," Chitwood said.