March 9, 2015 |
A FEDERAL JURY yesterday found in favor of a police officer who had arrested a photojournalism student in Rittenhouse Square. Officer George Gaspar Jr. had been sued by Coulter Loeb, who was a student at the University of Cincinnati and who was visiting Philadelphia in summer 2011. The panel of seven jurors deliberated for about an hour before reaching its verdict, finding there was probable cause for Loeb's arrest on a summary charge of disorderly conduct. "We're very thankful for the jury's verdict in the case," Deputy City Solicitor Amanda Shoffel, one of two attorneys in the city Law Department who represented Gaspar, said afterward.
March 6, 2015 |
COULTER LOEB was in Rittenhouse Square in July 2011 photographing two cops talking to a couple of "transients" - a man and woman who appeared homeless or were camping out. Moments later, as Officer George Gaspar Jr. was escorting the woman out of the park, Loeb, then a 23-year-old photojournalism student at the University of Cincinnati, asked Gaspar if he could take a portrait of the woman. Loeb, 27, testified yesterday on the first day of his federal civil trial against Gaspar that the cop said, "No, you have to wait until my business is finished.
February 19, 2015 |
Nate Allen spent Tuesday trying to clear his name after he was detained and questioned by police in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. The Eagles safety said a woman mistakenly accused him of exposing himself. Allen, 27, was released and not charged after spending more than four hours in a holding cell. A Fort Myers police spokesman, Lt. Victor Medico, released a statement Tuesday. "The Nate Allen investigation remains active," the statement said. "Allen is no longer in police custody and has not been charged with a crime at this time.
February 6, 2015 |
Officers acted appropriately when they questioned men shoveling snow in Lower Merion last week, the township's police superintendent said at a public meeting Wednesday. Police stopped five men for going door to door offering to shovel for money after a snowstorm Jan. 27, Superintendent Michael McGrath said in a report released at the meeting. The men were violating a township ordinance that regulates door-to-door solicitations, he said, and police had reasonable suspicion to talk to them.
February 6, 2015 |
TWO COPS accused of brutally beating a man in North Philly two years ago with fists and a baton as he writhed, bleeding and wailing in pain, were arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. Officers Sean McKnight, 30, and Kevin Robinson, 26, allegedly lied about what happened, pretending they were the ones who were attacked that night, District Attorney Seth Williams said at a news conference. Their lies triggered the arrest of Najee Rivera, then 21, who was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest, Williams said.
January 3, 2015 |
Their hands cupping candles, children and adults gathered Thursday night near a pitcher's mound on a baseball field in Franklin Township to pay tribute to the life of Matthew McCloskey. Family, friends, and community members held vigil on the field where Matthew, 10, played his last game, in June, with his team, the Orioles. They told of his infectious smile, caring nature, and adventurous personality. "We're just trying to heal," said Susan Cleary, 49, of Franklin Township. Matthew, a fifth grader at Caroline L. Reutter School, was killed Sunday night as he attempted to cross Delsea Drive (Route 47)
January 1, 2015 |
As funeral arrangements were finalized Tuesday for a 10-year-old boy fatally struck by a police cruiser in South Jersey two days earlier, authorities offered little more about the circumstances surrounding the accident. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, which is handling the investigation, did not answer questions as to whether the car had its police lights or sirens activated, or at what speed the cruiser was traveling when it struck Matthew McCloskey on Delsea Drive. The car hit the fifth grader as he was crossing the road (Route 47)
November 18, 2014 |
When Police Officer Gene Mackey heard the radio call about a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he had no way of knowing that the victim was a child. As it turned out, Mackey, an officer in Folcroft, and Sharon Hill Patrolman Stephen Mummo may have saved the 10-year-old's life after they rushed to the shooting scene at a Darby Township auto-body shop. In interviews Monday, they described the drama Saturday night after the boy accidentally shot himself with his father's .357 Magnum.
October 7, 2014 |
The Eagles held on to their lead over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but out in the parking lot, fans were grumbling as they power-walked toward their cars in hopes of beating the traffic. Many said pre- and postgame gridlock was the worst they could remember since the Eagles and Philadelphia Police instituted new traffic patterns aimed at easing congestion. "It took us two hours last week to get out of here because of what they did. That's why we left early just now," Joe Stewart of Marshallton, Del., said as he jogged to the Sysco lot. A police car blocked Packer Avenue as a half-dozen cars clogged the median, attempting U-turns to avoid getting onto I-76.
August 14, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Police Officer Seth Stellfox, 33, was always looking for an adventure. The cross-country trip he took on his new Harley Davidson Sportster during the last few weeks was all he had talked about for months, his mother, Jane Stellfox, 67, said Wednesday. He rode the motorcycle thousands of miles from his Philadelphia home to see sights in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and throughout the Midwest, chronicling his trip in photos he posted on his Instagram page. "He recently got the motorcycle, and that was the joy of his life," Jane Stellfox said.