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October 5, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lehigh County man who with his girlfriend led police in Camden and Philadelphia on high-speed chases pleaded guilty Thursday to an array of charges in the three-day drug-fueled spree. Wearing a bright-blue, long-sleeved shirt with matching tie, jeans, and black sneakers, Blake Bills, 25, of Macungie, said little, save for "Yes, sir," and "No, sir," in response to Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich's questions. On March 5, Bills and Shayna Sykes, 24, drove a stolen Camden police cruiser across the Ben Franklin Bridge and crashed it into a house at Seventh and Norris Streets in North Philadelphia.
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October 4, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
BLAKE BILLS, 25, the male half of the crime duo who stole two police cars in one day capping a four-day March crime spree, pleaded guilty in a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday. Bills' admission of guilt followed the guilty plea Monday of his girlfriend, Shayna Sykes, 24, his child's mother, who was sentenced to three to eight years in state prison. Common Pleas Judge Charles Ehrlich, presiding over both defendants' cases, scheduled Bills to be sentenced Nov. 18. Wearing dark-framed eyeglasses and composed - unlike tearful Sykes - Bills pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing police, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, retail theft and criminal mischief.
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October 2, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman who stole a Philadelphia police car in March after she and her boyfriend led police on a wild chase in a stolen Camden police car has been sentenced to three to eight years in prison. Shayna Sykes, 24, of Macungie, Pa., was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich, who also ordered seven years' probation. Sykes pleaded guilty to theft, aggravated assault, and related charges. On March 5, Sykes and boyfriend Blake Bills, 24, stole an idling Camden police car while an officer made a traffic stop, police said.
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September 9, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 23-year-old Chester man was charged with drunken driving after his minvan struck a state police vehicle on I-95 and caused a chain reaction that resulted in injuries to five people early Saturday, police said. Police said the police car hit by the Ford Windstar driven by Randall B. Boyles 3d had pulled over to help the driver of a 2004 Saturn Ion that had run out of gas while southbound in Chester Township. The impact pushed the unoccupied police cruiser into the unoccupied Saturn.
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August 23, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 35-year-old woman was first arrested, the initial charge was obstruction of justice, followed soon thereafter by one of resisting arrest. Then she allegedly stole a police cruiser. And the initial call to police didn't even involve her. Danyl Fontanez of the 2000 block of Brighton Avenue in Lindenwold was hosting a party in her home when the call to police came in around 1:10 a.m. Wednesday reporting a dispute at the home. There was a disturbance involving two guests, which Fontanez was not involved in, said Detective Christopher Sherrer, spokesman for the Lindenwold police.
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August 1, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Darby Township police officer has been charged with stalking and kidnapping after allegedly detaining two women he stopped in separate incidents, taking them to a park, and repeatedly asking one "what she could do" to avoid an arrest. Christopher H. Scott, 34, of Berwyn, also was charged with assault, harassment, unlawful restraint, and related crimes, and was being held at the Delaware County jail on $50,000 bail, the District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. The affidavit of probable cause gives the following account: On Saturday, a 23-year-old Upper Darby woman was driving from R.P. McMurphy's Tavern on MacDade Boulevard in Ridley Township shortly after 1:30 a.m. when she was pulled over by Scott for failing to stop and having an expired registration.
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August 1, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT hit his 30s and decided to become a cop. So the burly Main Line resident graduated from the Police Academy and landed a part-time job at the Darby Township Police Department about a year ago. At some point though, Delaware County authorities allege, the badge and gun went to the married man's head, and he morphed into a predator. Yesterday, Scott, 34, of Berwyn, was busted for allegedly taking two 23-year-old women to a Springfield, Delaware County, park on separate nights last weekend and trying to talk them into sex in exchange for their freedom.
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July 22, 2013 | By Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press
DEARBORN, Mich. - Police could soon be getting some extra backup - from their cars. Ford Motor Co. has a new surveillance system for police cars that automatically sounds a chime, locks the doors, and puts up the windows if it detects someone approaching the car from behind. The system - which Ford is patenting - is the first of its kind. "It's like insurance. You hope you never need it. But if you do, it gives the officer a few extra seconds of warning," says Marc Ellison, vice president of operations at Auburn, Calif.-based InterMotive Inc., which helped Ford develop it. Backup cameras and sensors usually only work when a car is in reverse.
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July 14, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman accused of stealing a Philadelphia police car in March as part of a drug-induced crime spree with her boyfriend pleaded guilty to all charges Friday. The plea came after Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich denied Shayna Sykes' motion to quash aggravated-assault charges. Ehrlich set sentencing for Sept. 16. Assistant District Attorney Gaetano D'Andrea said Sykes faced a mandatory one to two years in prison because she had several convictions for driving under the influence.
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June 22, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
The son of a Mount Laurel man who killed his wife this week pinned his father to the ground and removed a knife from his hand during a suicide attempt in April, a police report released Friday shows. Christopher Liggio, 58, and his wife, Michelle, 47, a family physician in Pennsauken, were dissolving their marriage and the father had "not been taking it well," the couple's then-18-year-old son, Nicholas, told Mount Laurel officers dispatched to the home on April 6, the report said. Liggio had returned home from dinner with his wife and family in Atlantic City, and "was upset and began acting out over the separation," their son was quoted as telling police.
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