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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.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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December 27, 2012 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 16, 2012 | By Pat Eaton-Robb and Adam Geller, Associated Press
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.
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December 13, 2012 | By Rick Callahan, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis wants to become the first major city to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a move the mayor says is designed to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign-produced fuels, city officials said Wednesday. Mayor Greg Ballard signed an executive order Wednesday mandating the city to replace its current sedans with electric vehicles. The city will also work with the private sector to phase in snow plows, fire trucks and other heavy vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, and it will ask automakers to develop a plug-in hybrid police car as one doesn't yet exist.
NEWS
December 8, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Cubbler has had an adventurous career as a federal air marshal, Army veteran of the Gulf war, and SWAT team member. But the 41-year-old Collegeville police officer was not prepared for the call that came at the end of his overnight shift Thursday. Cubbler had just turned off his police-car computer around 6:30 a.m. when a 911 dispatch directed him to respond to the parking lot of a TD Bank on Second Avenue. A woman was in labor. When Cubbler arrived, the woman, whom police did not identify, was moments from giving birth.
NEWS
December 8, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Matt Cubbler has had a pretty exciting career as a U.S. Federal Air Marshall, Army Persian Gulf War veteran and SWAT team member. But the 41-year-old Collegeville police officer was not prepared for the call that came at the end of his overnight shift on Thursday. Cubbler just turned off his computer around 6:30 a.m. in his police car when a 911 dispatch directed him to respond to the parking lot of a TD Bank on 2nd Avenue for a woman in labor. When Cubbler arrived, the woman, who police are not identifying, was moments away from giving birth.
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