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July 30, 2003 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia police dispatcher was shot inside his West Philadelphia home yesterday morning but lay dead for hours in his bed before family members realized he had been killed. Fred M. Slaughter, 32, apparently died early yesterday morning in the home he shared with his mother and stepfather, police said. He had been shot multiple times in the face and chest. Police found casings from a large-caliber weapon at the scene. Slaughter was last seen alive about 2 a.m., enjoying a drink on the porch of his family's home in the 700 block of North Preston Street in the Mantua section, his stepfather told police.
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April 28, 1992 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Michael H. Rizzuto, 47, a longtime Maple Shade resident, police dispatcher and captain of the community's police reserves, died Saturday of complications from hemophilia at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, Camden. Mr. Rizzuto was a police dispatcher for 19 years. He "was probably the finest radio dispatcher in the county, and he trained all of our radio dispatchers," said Maple Shade Township Police Chief James T. Ryan. Mr. Rizzuto was also active as the township's deputy emergency management coordinator and deputy civil defense director, and worked with the first-aid squad and the heavy rescue squad, Ryan said.
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July 15, 2001 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After more than 20 years as a Washington Township police dispatcher, Betsy "Ma" Lion has retired. To mark the occasion, the Washington Township Regional Lodge 86, Fraternal Order of Police has given Lion a plaque of appreciation for her years of service, which include more than 12 years as a school bus driver, truant officer and member of the township's ambulance association. "Betsy's devotion to our community is awe-inspiring, and she will be sorely missed," said Frank Gurcsik, the ambulance association's secretary/treasurer.
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October 21, 1987 | By Maureen Graham, Special to The Inquirer
A Washington Township police dispatcher was fired yesterday for allegedly discussing confidential information about a major narcotics investigation, which then was passed on to one of the targets of the drug probe. Kathryn "Cass" Oncay, 52, a 15-year veteran, was suspended without pay with intent to dismiss after Police Chief Richard Moore served her with eight administrative charges yesterday afternoon. The charges are misconduct in office, assisting a criminal, releasing confidential information, compromising a criminal investigation, violating standards of conduct, violating standards of loyalty, disobedience to laws and regulations, and making public statements.
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January 27, 1995 | By Suzette Hackney, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A police dispatcher received a reprimand and a reminder of the sensitivity of his duties after he allegedly argued with a resident who called and visited the station. Commissioner William L. McCrossan said Wednesday night that he and Police Chief Richard J. Herron "chastised" the dispatcher for the incident. He said that more could not be done because there was no proof of the phone conversation. At the commissioners' December meeting, resident Mike Eubanks told the board that about four months earlier, he called the police station to report a disturbance next door.
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October 11, 2008 | By Matt Katz INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden City police dispatcher was being held at the Camden County jail yesterday on a charge that she conspired to commit murder, according to jail officials. Marilyn Barreto, 35, of the 2200 block of Mulford Avenue in Pennsauken, was arrested early Thursday during a series of police raids that led to arrests and the collection of guns and large quantities of drugs, a city official said. During one raid, state troopers dropped out of helicopters to surprise drug dealers at Northgate I, a high-rise apartment building next to the Ben Franklin Bridge that has long attracted crime.
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October 30, 2003 | By Larry King and Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A Richboro man who stabbed his mother to death while a horrified police dispatcher listened over the phone was found guilty in Bucks County Court yesterday but mentally ill of first-degree murder. The conviction of Christopher Whelan, 30, means he will serve life in prison for killing his mother last year in their Northampton Township home. The body of Joan Whelan, 60, was found at the foot of a staircase in the two-story house, a kitchen knife embedded in her chest. The sounds of her death were recorded over a 911 line that Christopher Whelan had called moments before.
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October 22, 2010
An unidentified man was shot in the chest Friday night in Chester Township, Delaware County police reported. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Powell Road near a 7-Eleven store, police said. A person answering the telephone at the 7-Eleven said the shooting did not involve anybody from the convenience store. A police dispatcher did not have immediate information on the condition of the shooting victim. No arrest was reported. The assailant reportedly fled in the direction of Toby Farms School.
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October 23, 2010
An unidentified man was shot in the chest Friday night in Chester Township, Delaware County police reported. The shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Powell Road near a 7-Eleven store, police said. A person answering the telephone at the store said the shooting did not involve anybody from the convenience store. A police dispatcher did not have information about the condition of the shooting victim and no arrest was reported. The assailant reportedly fled in the direction of Toby Farms School.
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July 19, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A man in an ultralight plane was injured Sunday afternoon when the aircraft crashed near an airport in Pemberton, officials said. It was not immediately clear what the extent of the man's injuries were, but he was expected to be airlifted from the crash site - on the 100 block of North Pemberton Road - to a trauma center, a police dispatcher said Sunday. The dispatcher, who declined to give his name, said the man was the only one in the plane at the time of the crash in Burlington County.
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July 19, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A man in an ultralight plane was injured Sunday afternoon when the aircraft crashed near an airport in Pemberton, officials said. It was not immediately clear what the extent of the man's injuries were, but he was expected to be airlifted from the crash site - on the 100 block of North Pemberton Road - to a trauma center, a police dispatcher said Sunday. The dispatcher, who declined to give his name, said the man was the only one in the plane at the time of the crash in Burlington County.
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June 5, 2016
By Richard Russo Knopf. 485 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Bob Hoover In the alternative universe of the novel, the universe without an alternative, i.e., the actual world, seldom intrudes unless the novelist is able to reflect one within the other. Richard Russo's hermetically sealed novels roll without even a distant signal from real life. Set vaguely in the recent past, the books are concerned chiefly with his world of underclass white folks whose thoughts center largely on themselves.
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April 18, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia police officer was involved in a crash with another driver early Saturday in West Philadelphia, authorities said. The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. at the intersection of 52nd Street and Wyalusing Avenue, a police dispatcher said. The dispatcher said she did not have information on the officer's condition, but 6abc reported that the officer was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and was expected to be fine. The news station said the 16th District officer was responding to a call for help from another officer who was dealing with an armed man. It said the driver of the other vehicle was not seriously hurt.
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September 24, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The attorney for a Deptford police officer accused of killing his friend in 2013 said Tuesday that the men's night began innocently at a bar with a "bro hug," a few beers, and dancing with women. "You saw two men having a fun time out," John Eastlack Jr. said of the off-duty officer, James Stuart, and his friend, David Compton. But after they returned to Stuart's home from the bar and a trip to a Wawa, something went horribly wrong. Compton was shot once in the head. Stuart, who said at the time that Compton "was playing with one of my weapons," was charged with murder after investigators said they determined he fired the gunshot with his service weapon.
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June 8, 2015 | BY MARK FAZLOLLAH AND DYLAN PURCELL|, Inquirer Staff Writers
Dana Russell was driving up Roosevelt Boulevard on a freezing February afternoon in 2011 when he realized the car he just passed was his stolen Chevy Impala. Ten days before, two men had hijacked the burgundy sedan from his wife. "They all got guns on them, I know that for sure," Russell told the police dispatcher as he turned around and tailed his stolen car into North Philadelphia. The officer asked how he knew. " 'Cause my wife was robbed at gunpoint. " At the wheel of the 2000 Impala sat Frederick Bell, 41, an ex-con with a long rap sheet.
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May 22, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 9, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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October 23, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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