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May 17, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
To better document encounters between officers and the public, video recorders will be mounted in police cars of the Delaware River Port Authority. The DRPA board approved a plan Wednesday to spend $343,987 to install the recorders in 48 cars used by officers who patrol the authority's four toll bridges and the PATCO commuter rail line. The cameras will be purchased from Computech International of Great Neck, N.Y. They will automatically record an officer's actions, providing "indisputable documentation" of all encounters and improving internal investigations of public complaints, the DRPA said.
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcus Hook Mayor James "Jay" Schiliro was ordered held over for trial Tuesday on charges that he fired a gun inside his house while holding a 20-year-old friend hostage. At a preliminary hearing before District Judge Nicholas Lippincott, Nicholas Dorsam, 20, of Chichester, testified that he and Schiliro had a "good friendship" but that on a February night, the mayor ordered a police car to bring him to his house, then compelled him to drink wine and would not let him leave. Schiliro is to be tried on charges that include recklessly endangering another person, false imprisonment, and furnishing alcohol to someone under 21. Dorsam, a former neighbor, said he received a text message from Schiliro while at a friend's house indicating the mayor had been drinking and wanted to talk.
NEWS
April 28, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Without realizing, or caring, that a marked police car with two uniformed officers was right behind him, police said, a 24-year-old man on a bicycle rode into a busy Kensington intersection in broad daylight Friday and fatally shot the driver of a Cadillac in the head. After witnessing the 6 p.m. attack, police chased the shooter for several blocks as he first shed his bicycle and later his two-inch barrel revolver. The officers caught up with the suspect in the 2100 block of Monmouth Street.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County man has filed a civil lawsuit against two Darby Township police officers, one of whom allegedly beat him, causing head injuries that required a 10-day hospital stay. "This is an egregious assault and battery," said Joseph Oxman, lawyer for Samuel Mirra of Nicole Lane in Darby Township. The officers, Daniel Fynes and Detective John Lundell, could not be reached for comment. Township Solicitor Michael Pierce had no comment. The township is also named in the suit.
NEWS
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.
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