May 22, 2015 |
A former 911 dispatcher has been charged with scamming the city out of $55,500 from a fund earmarked for members of the armed services fighting in the war on terror. Authorities say Pendarvis Williams, 51, forged paperwork to collect $500 a month allotted to employees serving in Operation Enduring Freedom, the military response to the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said Wednesday. He was charged this week with theft. Williams, a former National Guardsman, was eligible for the program for about a year: He served on active duty in the armed forces from Dec. 3, 2002, to Oct. 18, 2003, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
February 9, 2015 |
Saying they had been "swatted," police are investigating two false reports of shootings in Bala Cynwyd in Lower Merion Township Saturday. "Nobody was shot in our township," a Lower Merion Township police dispatcher said Saturday. When "swatting," callers play a dangerous trick on law enforcement by contacting police to report crimes that never occurred, prompting officers to rush to the scene for no reason. Besides wasting resources, it creates unecessary danger as officers drive quickly to the scene.
October 29, 2014 |
THE CO-OWNER of a Frankford auto-body shop who pleaded guilty to bribing a police dispatcher for information in the tow-truck business was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation. William Cheeseman, 43, of Delran, N.J., was ordered by U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to spend the first six months under electronically monitored home confinement. The judge said Cheeseman may leave his home to go to work, for medical appointments or for religious reasons. Robreno also barred Cheeseman from the towing business in Philadelphia during his probation, but did not prohibit him from doing other work.
October 23, 2014 |
AT FIRST, Dorian Parsley shrugged. The former civilian police dispatcher seemed at a loss for words at her sentencing hearing before a federal judge. Then the words tumbled out. "I lost a lot of things," she said. "I continue to lose a lot of things. " She lost the trust of her daughter, mother and grandmother. She told the judge she took cash bribes from tow-truck operators in exchange for secretly texting them accident locations and driver information "because I needed to take care of my family.
September 5, 2014 |
A HOT-BLOODED punk took major offense to a harmless accident, shooting another man several times outside a West Philly corner store Friday. Now, that victim - who police sources say is the husband of a department radio dispatcher - is fighting for his life at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Edward Lynn, 49, was shot six times outside A&A Deli, on Haverford Avenue near Farson, according to sources. Medics took him to the hospital, where he remained last night in critical but stable condition.
August 30, 2014 |
Nelson Mandela Myers' daily commute from his Upper Darby home to his job in Norristown began at 4 a.m. with a walk along 69th Street to the transit terminal. On Jan. 15, 2013, Myers started out 20 minutes late, and never made it. It was pitch dark, Myers recalled Thursday, and there were no cars on the road or other people walking. As he passed a playground at Ruskin Lane, Myers said, he heard a voice calling from under a sliding board, "saying, 'Help me,' three times. " Nineteen hours after being abducted from her West Philadelphia kindergarten classroom at Bryant School, a 5-year-old girl had been found.
July 22, 2014 |
A FORMER Philadelphia police dispatcher and the co-owner of a Frankford auto-body shop pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in a bribery scheme involving the tow-trucking biz. Dorian Parsley, 44, the ex-dispatcher, admitted before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno that she had taken cash bribes from tow-truck operators in exchange for giving them confidential police information about the locations of accident scenes. In a separate hearing before the judge, William Cheeseman, 43, co-owner of the K&B auto-body shop on Kinsey Street near Worth, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.
May 16, 2014 |
THREE OF the four defendants in an alleged bribery scam involving a police dispatcher and three tow-truck operators pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in federal court yesterday. Dorian Parsley, 44, the civilian dispatcher who has since been suspended from the Police Department with intent to dismiss, declined to speak with a reporter afterward. William Cheeseman, 42, of Delran, N.J., an owner of K&B auto-body shop, a family business in Frankford, and Chad Harris, 22, of Philadelphia, a tow-truck operator who at times worked for K&B, also pleaded not guilty yesterday.
March 4, 2014 |
Mary Y. Holcombe, 72, a former Philadelphia radio dispatcher and the widow of Fire Capt. David Holcombe, who died in the One Meridian Plaza fire in 1991, died Saturday, Feb. 8, of lung cancer at her home in San Rafael, Calif. In 1998, Mrs. Holcombe retired from the Philadelphia Police Department, where she had worked in the radio room for many years. Before that, she worked briefly as a pharmacy technician at a drugstore in the city. David Holcombe, commander of Engine Company 11 at Sixth and South Streets, was one of three firefighters killed Feb. 23, 1991, during the 12-alarm blaze at One Meridian Plaza.