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December 14, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
TULLYTOWN The Bucks County district attorney on Thursday cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing when they used a Taser last month on a handcuffed teen who had run from them and then fell on his face. The 14-year-old suffered numerous facial injuries. A photo of his bruised and scabbed face, which went viral, prompted the investigation. The boy's family said it remained unsatisfied with the district attorney's conclusion and repeated claims of excessive force after the boy was arrested on shoplifting charges.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARCUS HOOK Mayor James Schiliro has resigned, a month before his term was to expire. Last month, 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. On Monday, Schiliro sent a letter to the Borough Council tendering his resignation. "We accepted it," said Borough Solicitor Mark Much. Council President Gene Taylor, who was elected mayor in the November election, will serve as acting mayor until he is sworn in, Much said.
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November 29, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 17, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 16, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 23, 2013 | Stu Bykofsky, Daily News Columnist
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.
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October 5, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 4, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
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October 2, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 9, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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