November 29, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA In another setting, Blake Bills might have been envied: 25 years old with a fiancee and 16-month-old daughter, loving and supportive parents, family and friends. "All I want is to be a loving husband to my fiancee and father to my daughter," Bills said. That's going to take some time - 21/2 to 10 years, the prison term imposed Wednesday by a Philadelphia judge for Bills' three-day drug-fueled crime spree. It culminated with a Camden police officer injured, two stolen squad cars, and a high-speed chase over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge that ended when he crashed in North Philadelphia.
November 17, 2013 |
MEDIA The embattled mayor of Marcus Hook was convicted Friday of charges that he fired a gun in his home while holding a 20-year-old friend hostage. James Schiliro was found guilty in Delaware County Court of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor. In February, Schiliro, who had been drinking, had a police car bring a former neighbor to his home, compelled him to drink wine, and would not let him leave.
November 16, 2013 |
SWARTHMORE Amid an ordinary day of teaching classes and supervising lab experiments, Swarthmore College instructor Carr Everbach got the sort of call one afternoon that most professors never receive. A solar panel on a police car was smoking, the caller said. Everbach found himself running to the police station to help handle the smoldering car, the sort of town-gown collaboration that he had not imagined. He helped stopped the panel from smoking, and if his ongoing experiment is a success, he plans to provide more assistance to the Swarthmore Borough Police Department than just amateur firefighting.
October 23, 2013 |
WHEN I SAW Thursday's Page 1 picture showing Philadelphia Police Officer Philip Nace toppling a kids' basketball backboard in North Philadelphia, it reminded me of Sgt. Kovacs in the South Bronx. More than bullies with badges - from what I've read about Nace, and what I know of Kovacs - they are just mean . Kovacs was the terror on wheels of the 41st Precinct - Fort Apache - where I grew up. He'd prowl the streets of the tenement district, a place of close scrapes and fire escapes, in his turtle-shaped squad car looking for imagined trouble.
October 5, 2013 |
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.
October 4, 2013 |
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.
October 2, 2013 |
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.
September 9, 2013 |
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.
August 23, 2013 |
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.
August 1, 2013 |
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.