March 26, 2013 |
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.
March 21, 2013 |
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.
March 20, 2013 |
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.
March 15, 2013 |
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.
March 6, 2013 |
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.
February 15, 2013 |
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.
January 17, 2013 |
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.
January 10, 2013
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - A man who climbed a New Jersey roller coaster that fell into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy and who unfurled an American flag there will face a disorderly conduct charge. Christopher Angelo, 38, of Lavallette, used a canoe to reach the site Tuesday morning. After putting the flag in place, he left the coaster and hopped into a police boat. He was then handcuffed, walked through the surf and escorted to a police car on the beach in Seaside Heights. Angelo says he acted to raise awareness for Shore recovery.
December 27, 2012 |
Bundled and alone on Christmas night, the woman was lying in the street by the entrance to a desolate Family Dollar store parking lot in Kensington. A man smoking a cigarette from his second-floor apartment window spotted her sprawled a few feet off the curb. She looked sick or debilitated, perhaps unconscious. Out of cellphone minutes, the man, a retired taxi driver named Mike, called out to a few others on the quiet Frankford Avenue sidewalk to call 911. "She'll freeze," he shouted.
December 16, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Inside the four-bedroom Colonial set on a small rise, Nancy Lanza was already dead. But it was early yet, and it would be hours before her body was found - time enough for her son to unleash a slaughter. For now, though, all seemed idyllic in this 300-year-old town under crystalline skies. Adam Lanza - 20 years old, fascinated by computers and recalled by former classmates as painfully awkward - left the house in his mother's car and drove past fine old churches and towering trees.