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.
April 20, 2007 |
Here are two tales from the Book of Brainless Law-Breakers - both committed their crimes within handcuffing distance of police officers. In Southwest Philadelphia, a drunk driver arguing with a woman in another car early yesterday lost control, steered his vehicle onto the sidewalk and slammed into the headquarters of Southwest Detectives and the 18th Police District, said Lt. Joel Dales, a district supervisor. Justin Hudson, 22, of Allison Street near Christian, was charged with driving under the influence after the 1:15 a.m. incident on Pine Street near 55th, police said.
February 9, 2006 |
Residents of Southwest Center City met the 17th Police District's new commander, Capt. Kevin J. Bethel, at a community meeting last night - and they gave him an earful. They asked about teens loitering on the street, children riding their bikes late at night, and fast-food takeouts open after the 11 p.m. curfew. "It's a nice neighborhood. It's a growing neighborhood. It's going to get better, but we have to deal with the crime," Eve Lewis, director of the meeting's sponsor, the Neighborhood Advisory Council for the South of South Neighborhood Association, said before the session.
January 13, 2006 |
In a break with the past, Camden will name a civilian today to lead its beleaguered Police Department. According to officials familiar with the appointment, he is Robert L. Stewart, a former chief of police of Ormond Beach, Fla., and a police captain in Washington. Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P. Sarubbi declined to comment yesterday, but a spokesman said an announcement on the department's future leadership would be made this morning. Stewart's job title had not been determined last night.
November 20, 2004 |
Delaware County prosecutors say they will investigate allegations that Upper Darby police officials squashed a 2003 drunken-driving arrest to help "a friend" of the police department. In a one-paragraph statement, District Attorney G. Michael Green said he had ordered his office's Special Investigative Unit to review the Feb. 27, 2003, arrest of Dante Panichi 3d. Green was responding to an article in Thursday's Inquirer detailing how Panichi's arrest had come undone. Panichi, a suburban cement contractor, had three drunken-driving convictions and could have faced up to five years in jail if the 2003 arrest had led to another conviction.
November 18, 2004 |
The driver of the silver Buick was like a poster child for laws against drunken driving. He reeked of beer and refused a sobriety test. He had been weaving down Route 1 in Upper Darby when a policeman arrested him, just before midnight on Feb. 27, 2003. His record included three drunken-driving convictions and a crash that sent a woman to the hospital. If the new arrest stuck, he would face up to five years in jail. But the new arrest went away. The Upper Darby Police Department says the case fell through the cracks.