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March 27, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A NEW JERSEY woman has been charged with kidnapping a young girl at the Jersey Shore after police say the victim - who had been forced at gunpoint to drive to Philadelphia - crashed the car into a police cruiser on the Ben Franklin Bridge. Shortly before noon Friday, according to authorities, a Delaware River Port Authority cop was assisting a driver on the bridge when the juvenile victim purposely crashed into his cruiser. The girl then jumped out of the car and told the cop that her passenger, identified as Floribert Nava, 45, of Wildwood, N.J., had kidnapped her at gunpoint in Wildwood earlier that morning and forced her to drive to Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 27, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three days of he and his girlfriend living on the streets of Camden, coming off heroin and cocaine highs, stealing and wrecking two police cars, and running down a police officer, Blake Bills sounded a little touchy when Detective Paul Alminde asked, "Why?" "I was cold and tired; I wasn't thinking clearly. I don't know, dude," replied Bills, 24, according to the transcript of his statement to police. The statements of Bills and girlfriend Shayna Sykes, 23, were introduced as evidence Monday at a preliminary hearing where a Philadelphia judge ordered both held for trial on a long list of charges in a March 5 bistate crime spree.
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After three days living on the chilly streets of Camden, coming off a high from heroin and cocaine, Blake Bills told police that "I wanted to be warm and mobile and I saw a police car. " And so began March 5 and what Bills, 24, admitted was a "drug-induced stupid decision. " Actually, a string of them as Bills and his girlfriend, Shayna Sykes, 23, stole the Camden police car and led police in a chase over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and into North Philadelphia. Before the day was over, the pair wrecked the Camden cruiser after Bills sideswiped several cars, a tree and then hit a house at Seventh and Norris Streets.
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
AMID ALL of the noise in the courtroom - attorneys arguing about the merits of driving while being "dope-sick" and about who stole which car, a judge sustaining this and overruling that - Blake Bills managed to find time to quietly mouth a few words to Shayna Sykes. Maybe it was a thought about the drug habit that was fed with 20-to-30 bags of cocaine and heroin a day, as Bills allegedly told a detective earlier this month. Or maybe it was the couple's decision to go "out with a bang," as Sykes put it in her statement to police, when the couple allegedly stole two cop cars on March 5 and led police on separate white-knuckle chases that ended in smoke, flames and twisted metal Whatever the message, a Municipal Court worker, looking every bit like an annoyed librarian, marched toward Bills and shushed him Monday afternoon as the couple's marathon preliminary hearing dragged out. When the hearing was finally over, Judge Frank Brady ordered Bills, 24, and Sykes, 23, held on charges that include reckless endangerment, assault and driving under the influence.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcus Hook Borough Council members have asked their mayor to resign after he allegedly requisitioned a police car to transport a friend to his home, then shot off a gun in his house while drunk. James D. Schiliro, elected to a four-year term as mayor of the Delaware County town in 2009, gave alcohol to the 20-year-old friend and threatened to hold him hostage during the incident last month, according to court records. While Schiliro, 38, has not been charged, the potential charges include endangering another person and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marcus Hook Council members have asked their mayor to quit after he allegedly ordered a police car to transport a friend to his home, then shot off a gun in his house while drunk. James D. Schiliro, elected to a four-year term as mayor of the tiny Delaware County borough in 2009, gave alcohol to the 20-year-old friend and threatened to hold him hostage during the incident last month, according to court records. While Schiliro, 38, has not been charged, the potential charges include endangering another person and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities today released a video of a heroin-addicted couple's brazen theft of a police cruiser last week in Camden, which left a city officer injured and ended after a high-speed chase through the streets of Philadelphia captured live on television. Blake Bills, 24, a 2006 Kingsway Regional graduate, stole the Camden cruiser around 9:50 a.m. March 6 as Officer Sekou Reid-Bey had stepped out to conduct a traffic stop at Federal Street, near the police headquarters. Bills then struck Bey with the cruiser, drove around the block once and picked up his fiance, Shayna Sykes, 23, of Macungie, Pa., at Mickle Boulevard and Haddon Avenue, authorities said.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Allison Steele and Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A young couple led police on a wild high-speed chase Tuesday when they stole a police cruiser in Camden and drove to Philadelphia, where the woman jumped into a second cruiser and launched another frenzied pursuit before coming to a stop in Northern Liberties, authorities said. The couple, Blake Bills, 24, and Shayna Sykes, 23, of Lehigh County, allegedly struck and injured a Camden police officer and hit several cars in Philadelphia before police were able to apprehend them both.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania man who set up a survivalist meet-up group was arrested Tuesday on weapons charges after he showed up at a Camden County municipal court to challenge a traffic violation, police said Wednesday. Fernando Antonio Salguero, 39, had illegally parked his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria - equipped like a police car, with an antenna and lights - in front of the Somerdale municipal court, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Police checked the license plate and requested the assistance of the Camden County Sheriff's Department's bomb squad after discovering a weapons charge against Salguero out of Hopewell and recent Somerdale offenses, including driving with a revoked license, officials said.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The American Civil Liberties Union filed what it said was the first of several civil rights lawsuits Wednesday accusing Philadelphia police of wrongfully intimidating and arresting people who try to videotape them. The case, brought on behalf of a Temple University journalism student, highlights a 21st-century pitfall for police: Their every public move can be captured and shown worldwide by almost any passerby with a phone. On Jan. 23, 2011, Chris Montgomery was that passerby. According to his lawsuit, Montgomery, then 22, was with a friend at 15th and Market Streets when an argument broke out between a group of young men and an older man. The fracas moved a block south, and the young men filed into a restaurant.
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