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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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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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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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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May 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Aubrey Whelan, and Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Hundreds of demonstrators surged through Center City on Thursday evening to angrily denounce police violence, at one point surrounding a squad car, and later grappling in a tense push-and-shove that saw officers ready their batons. Despite the tumult, noise, and moments of high tension - including a rush to reach and take over the Vine Street Expressway - nothing was broken and no one was seriously hurt. Police said they made three or four arrests; two of those arrested were released several hours later, to the cheers of some in the crowd.
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April 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have found the car that killed a 2-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident in Fairhill, police said Friday. The car, a 2006 white Infiniti, was dropped off at the 19th District in West Philadelphia early Friday, police said. Capt. John Wilczynski of the department's accident investigation unit said a couple brought the car to the station and were cooperating with police. They are not suspects in the crash that killed 2-year-old David Alicea and injured his mother, Josephine Rivera, he said.
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April 2, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three months after a Franklin Township police car fatally struck a 10-year-old boy, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office issued a directive Tuesday requiring officers to use warning lights and sirens when their vehicles surpass speed limits by 20 m.p.h. or more. Local police departments may impose more stringent policies, but the 20 m.p.h. clause provides a "ceiling" for officers during police responses, Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said. The prosecutor's office, which undertook its policy review after the Dec. 28 accident that killed Matthew McCloskey as he crossed Delsea Drive in Franklin, also established three countywide categories of police responses for the county.
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March 31, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities on Sunday confirmed the identity of the Darby Borough police officer who was shot to death in his home. Chief Michael DiLenno of the Yeadon Fire Company confirmed in an interview with NBC10 the slain officer was Mark Allen Hudson, 26, a part-time police officer who also volunteered with Yeadon Fire Company No. 1. "It was kind of an around-the-clock thing for him," DiLenno said. "He would come up in the middle of the night, after he would get off day work being in a police car all day, for a fire call.
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March 31, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
EVERYONE HAS that friend or co-worker, the eternally grateful person who's just happy to be alive - and can make you feel the same way by their sheer proximity. For first responders in eastern Delaware County, that guy was 26-year-old Mark Hudson, a part-time police officer in Darby Borough for the past four years and a volunteer firefighter in Yeadon since he was a teenager. In fact, Hudson said as much on his Facebook page just two months ago. "Everyday above ground is a great day," Hudson wrote in a January status update that made its way around the Internet again yesterday.
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March 9, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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March 6, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
SPORTS
February 19, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 6, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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