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May 12, 2006 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A fugitive who used his head as a battering ram to escape from a moving police car came to his senses yesterday and surrendered, authorities said. Talion T. Goffney, 24, of Pennsauken, was arrested May 4 after police saw him dealing drugs at the Clementon Court apartments on the White Horse Pike, Clementon Police Chief David Kunkel said. Officers confiscated a handgun and a half-ounce of cocaine from Goffney and put him in the backseat of a patrol car in handcuffs, Kunkel said.
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December 14, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
TULLYTOWN The Bucks County district attorney on Thursday cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing when they used a Taser last month on a handcuffed teen who had run from them and then fell on his face. The 14-year-old suffered numerous facial injuries. A photo of his bruised and scabbed face, which went viral, prompted the investigation. The boy's family said it remained unsatisfied with the district attorney's conclusion and repeated claims of excessive force after the boy was arrested on shoplifting charges.
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June 29, 2007 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia motorist at the center of a Deptford Township police brutality case testified yesterday that two police officers "were playing tug of war with me" as they beat him in the backseat of a police car. Joseph A. Rao, 19, nervously told a Superior Court jury in Gloucester County how he struggled with two police officers after he was stopped Feb. 2, 2006, for allegedly running a stop sign. After the officers handcuffed him and put him into the police car, he said, two officers dived in and attacked.
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August 6, 1989 | By Joshua Klein, Special to The Inquirer
A .22-caliber bullet was shot through the windshield of an Easttown police car that was parked in the station's lot Monday night. An Easttown police officer, who was not identified, arrived back at the station at 10:55 p.m. and had been inside for only about five minutes when he heard the single shot fired, according to Police Chief John C. Stillwell. The officer, one of three men on duty, dived to the ground after the shot, according to Stillwell, and called for assistance.
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January 31, 1991 | By Marguerite P. Jones, Special to The Inquirer
The Langhorne Borough Police Department is revved and ready to go. The only problem is the police are still waiting for wheels so they can get around the borough. For the first time in more than 25 years, the borough has a police force - a chief and and two part-time patrol officers. But the police car that has been on order since Dec. 20 has not arrived. "The manufacturer keeps telling the dealer that the car is en route," Mayor Jeff Minton said. At a special meeting Monday, Langhorne Borough Council appointed two part- time patrol officers, Michael L. Jones, 20, of Middletown, and Edward G. Ottaway, 34, of Penndel, who were chosen from among 23 applicants.
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September 29, 1987 | By Nancy Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
Cherry Hill Mayor Maria Barnaby Greenwald repeatedly borrowed an unmarked township police car - sometimes for several weeks at a time - beginning last December while her own car was having mechanical problems, council members learned last night. Police Chief Robert Tonczyczyn said he and Business Administrator Jacqueline Lampert arranged for Greenwald's use of a 1986 Chevrolet that the township leased for its police investigators so that if the mayor needed a car when hers was not available, "she would have a clean car. " The car that Greenwald borrowed was an unexpected addition to a 12-car fleet provided under a three-year contract with Miller Leasing of Mount Holly, the chief said.
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August 7, 1986 | By John Hall, Special to The Inquirer
Following its manager's advice to pay now instead of later, Upper Southampton's Board of Supervisors has voted to purchase a new police car. "If you don't do it this year, we're going to be in dire straits next year. Sooner or later, you have to pay the piper," township manager Robert M. Pellegrino told the board Tuesday. The 3-1 vote to pay the piper about $11,500 this year will allow the police department to replace one of its 11 cars. The vote transferred a surplus in the patrolmen's salary fund to another fund to purchase the car. The current budget made no allocation for a new police car. Pellegrino said that the fleet of cars was heavily used, and that about two-thirds of the cars have traveled more than 75,000 miles.
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September 23, 1987 | By Jodi Spiegel, Special to The Inquirer
The New Jersey State Police arrested a teenager on an attempted-murder charge yesterday after he led officers on a high-speed chase through a portion of Cherry Hill and backed an automobile into a state police car, injuring one trooper, a police spokesman said. Mark Skversky, 18, of the 1500 block of Hillside Drive, Cherry Hill, was arrested just after 2 p.m. at an apartment in the Village of Pine Run, Blackwood. The State Police Major Crimes Unit charged him with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of stolen property, escape and resisting arrest in addition to attempted murder, Lt. Thomas Gallagher said.
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March 17, 2008 | By Andrew Maykuth and John Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Police are searching for a Houdini-like suspect who stole a 25th Police District patrol car early yesterday while handcuffed, drove into New Jersey, and escaped after crashing the car by a Camden apartment complex. The suspect, described as a slightly built Hispanic man in his 20s, managed to steal patrol car 2520 after he had been left in the back of the Chevrolet cruiser with his hands cuffed behind his back. How the suspect took control of the vehicle will be the subject of an internal investigation, said Lt. Frank Vanore, the department spokesman.
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December 8, 1994 | By Wendy Walker, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Add another mishap to the life of Richard Legree, the controversial Valley Township police sergeant and Coatesville constable. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Legree, 41, stopped by to visit his ill mother at her home in the 100 block of North Fifth Avenue in Coatesville. He parked his unmarked Valley Township police car in front of her house and left the car keys sitting on the front seat. Less than five minutes later, the 1991 Chevrolet Caprice was gone. Legree said he heard the car door shut, looked out, and saw the car being driven off. He immediately called Coatesville police, who notified other departments.
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April 9, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the boys on Gratz Street heard the gunshots Sunday afternoon, they abandoned their game of basketball and started to run. Up and down the street, neighbors heard the shots, too - about 10, in rapid succession, they say. Minutes later, Teyeesha Callia - just three blocks away at a cousin's house - picked up her phone. Her daughter was on the other end. "Mom," she said, "Kashie got shot. " By the time Callia made it back to the 1500 block of Gratz, her son, 11-year-old Kashie Crawford, was already in the back of a police car racing to Temple University Hospital.
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March 11, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MARISSA SARGEANT is starting to look more like a bad example than a protective mother. In November, Sargeant publicly accused Tullytown Borough police of "brutally" assaulting her son, Joey Williams, 14, after he was arrested on shoplifting charges at the Walmart on Route 13. She posted photos of his swollen face on Facebook. They went viral, with supporters comparing it to the Rodney King beating. Now, three months after the Bucks County District Attorney's Office cleared the officers of wrongdoing, Sargeant is in prison on felony charges that she shoplifted from the same Walmart, police said.
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January 16, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
COMMON PLEAS Judge M. Teresa Sarmina might want to avoid checking her voice messages for the foreseeable future. The Fraternal Order of Police, District Attorney's Office and the family of fallen Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Boyle yesterday unleashed a torrent of fury in Sarmina's direction as they responded to the judge's recent decision to vacate a death sentence for Boyle's killer, Edward Bracey. In a one-page ruling Friday, Sarmina sided with Bracey's attorneys, who argued that he was mentally retarded - and thus shouldn't be executed, because of a constitutional restriction.
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January 9, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shot on the streets of Philadelphia? You might be better off if help arrives in a patrol car than in an ambulance. From 2003 through 2007, gunshot victims taken to city trauma centers by police survived two-thirds of the time - the same rate as those taken by emergency medical squads, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study. But that was only what the raw numbers showed. Generally, shooting victims transported by police during that five-year period were more gravely wounded.
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December 27, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN CAPT. LOU Campione drives down the streets of South Philly, people stop. They jump at that chance to say hi to "Lou," to ask him how everything's going, to swap information. On a recent snowy afternoon, Campione chatted up the staff of Rosica Pharmacy on Snyder Avenue near 21st Street, speculating on how deep the falling snow would pile. This wasn't police work - although Campione did visit the business to sign off on one of his district's 84 community police logs - just conversation.
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December 21, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Atlantic City and one of its police officers must pay $250,000 each in compensatory damages after a jury found the officer used excessive force against a man and the department failed to provide proper training to its officers. Michael Troso, 39, a former New Jersey deputy attorney general, sued the city and five of its officers after an incident at the Trump Marina on the night of his bachelor party Aug. 9, 2008. The Wednesday evening verdict came as Atlantic City and the lone officer found at fault, Sterling Wheaten, a K-9 handler, are being sued in at least five separate federal lawsuits.
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December 14, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
TULLYTOWN The Bucks County district attorney on Thursday cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing when they used a Taser last month on a handcuffed teen who had run from them and then fell on his face. The 14-year-old suffered numerous facial injuries. A photo of his bruised and scabbed face, which went viral, prompted the investigation. The boy's family said it remained unsatisfied with the district attorney's conclusion and repeated claims of excessive force after the boy was arrested on shoplifting charges.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARCUS HOOK Mayor James Schiliro has resigned, a month before his term was to expire. Last month, Schiliro was found guilty in Delaware County Court of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor. On Monday, Schiliro sent a letter to the Borough Council tendering his resignation. "We accepted it," said Borough Solicitor Mark Much. Council President Gene Taylor, who was elected mayor in the November election, will serve as acting mayor until he is sworn in, Much said.
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November 29, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA In another setting, Blake Bills might have been envied: 25 years old with a fiancee and 16-month-old daughter, loving and supportive parents, family and friends. "All I want is to be a loving husband to my fiancee and father to my daughter," Bills said. That's going to take some time - 21/2 to 10 years, the prison term imposed Wednesday by a Philadelphia judge for Bills' three-day drug-fueled crime spree. It culminated with a Camden police officer injured, two stolen squad cars, and a high-speed chase over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge that ended when he crashed in North Philadelphia.
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November 17, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEDIA The embattled mayor of Marcus Hook was convicted Friday of charges that he fired a gun in his home while holding a 20-year-old friend hostage. James Schiliro was found guilty in Delaware County Court of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor. In February, Schiliro, who had been drinking, had a police car bring a former neighbor to his home, compelled him to drink wine, and would not let him leave.
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