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September 8, 1999 | By Michael Stoll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Mike Andrel whacks his dog Ruger on the flank to make him bark angrily at a colleague and, on command, leap and bite the man's arm - hard. "Platz!" yells Andrel, using the German word for "sit. " Instantly, Ruger begs off, eyeing the asbestos arm protector on his victim but obediently awaiting new commands. The apparent violence of the exercise belies the subtlety of police-dog training - an art that has propelled Andrel to the closest thing there is to a world championship.
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May 10, 2011
Vigil for slain bar owner Family and friends of John Adams, an Olney bar owner who died a year ago today after being shot in a robbery outside his bar, will hold a candlelight vigil in his memory at 6 tonight. Adams, 47, ran Johnny's Top Cat Club, on 5th Street near Ruscomb. He was accosted by two men outside his bar the night of May 2, 2010, after he walked a female patron to her car. After being shot by one man, he died in a hospital eight days later. The vigil will be held outside the club, which has since been closed.
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October 25, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andy, the Plymouth Township police dog accidentally shot this week during a search for bank-robbery suspects, will be remembered at a memorial service on Wednesday. Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph Lawrence said yesterday that hundreds of condolences had come in from the public, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, law-enforcement agencies from the area, and police departments in Ohio, Virginia and Connecticut. "Basically, we are treating this as an officer killed in the line of duty," said Lawrence.
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May 9, 2011 | By Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press
TRENTON - People who intentionally kill police dogs or dogs involved in search-and-rescue operations may soon face stiffer penalties in New Jersey. The Assembly is set to consider legislation, named after a Gloucester Township police dog killed in November, that would mandate minimum five-year prison terms - with no chance of parole - for such offenders, who also would face fines of up to $15,000. The current maximum sentence is three to five years in prison. The measure, set to be considered on Monday, was passed by the state senate in February.
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June 26, 2010 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Williamstown man barked up the wrong tree Friday when, authorities said, he burglarized 10 cars in Gloucester Township, Camden County, then came face to snout with a determined police dog. Joseph A. McLaughlin, 40, of the 1800 block of the North Black Horse Pike, was allegedly breaking into vehicles in the township's Cobblestone development shortly after 3 a.m. when a resident spotted him and called police, authorities said. Officers showed up with a police dog which caught the scent of the burglar from one of the cars, quickly located the fleeing suspect, and took him down, authorities said.
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December 1, 2006 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nelo, a beloved drug-sniffing police dog that was found dead on Wednesday, was the victim of an apparent hunting accident, authorities said yesterday. Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll said a hunter who had a connection to the West Caln Township property where the 16-month-old German shepherd was found admitted shooting Nelo. "He seemed to be genuinely upset," said Carroll. "He said he mistook the dog for a coyote. " Carroll said the man, who will not be identified until the investigation has been completed, said the shooting occurred Monday morning.
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March 22, 1990 | By S. E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
After a three-month illness, Boss, the 8-year-old police dog, died last week after a relapse. Boss died March 11 due to complications with his esophagus, according to Daniel Buckley, his handler and partner of seven years. "The spark wasn't there," said Buckley, who explained that Boss was unable to recover from two operations during a two-month stay at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Boss was hospitalized in mid-March for bouts with nausea and vomiting.
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June 27, 2010 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Williamstown man barked up the wrong tree Friday when, authorities said, he burglarized 10 cars in Gloucester Township, Camden County, then came face to snout with a determined police dog. Joseph A. McLaughlin, 40, of the 1800 block of the North Black Horse Pike, is accused of breaking into vehicles in the township's Cobblestone development shortly after 3 a.m. when a resident called police, authorities said. Officers showed up with a police dog, which caught the burglar's scent from one of the cars, quickly located the fleeing suspect, and took him down, authorities said.
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October 23, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Plymouth Township police dog died in the line of duty yesterday, leaving a department in mourning. Andy, a German shepherd who joined the force in 2005, was accidentally shot by an officer during a search for robber suspects in Lower Gwynedd Township. The bullet also struck Andy's handler, Officer Louis Layfield, in the chest of his bulletproof vest, Plymouth Township Chief Joseph F. Lawrence said. "This is a big loss. He was one of us," Lawrence said. "I was at the hospital when we had to euthanize him. I think we all shed a tear.
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March 24, 2007 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Chester County man who mistook a beloved police dog for a coyote and fatally shot it in November was charged yesterday with damage to property. If found guilty of the summary offense, Dennis Frederick Herr of Glenmoore will have to pay damages estimated at more than $12,000, said Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll. The nearly four-month investigation included a reenactment of the events that led to the Nov. 27 shooting of the Brandywine Regional Police Department drug-sniffing dog, Nelo, Carroll said in a news release.
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June 19, 2015 | Daily News Wire Reports
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday morning. Police Chief Greg Mullen said he believed the attack at the Emanuel AME Church was a hate crime, and police were looking for a white male in his early 20s. Mullen said the scene was chaotic when police arrived, and the officers thought they had the suspect tracked with a police dog, but he got away.
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April 10, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
An attorney for the Vineland, N.J., police officers who arrested a man who died in custody last week said Wednesday that he expected a toxicology report to show that Phillip White was on PCP and other drugs when he died. Stuart Alterman, hired by the police union to represent the officers, said he believed the drugs caused White's death, not the use of a police dog and other force in the March 31 arrest. "Phillip caused his own demise," Alterman said. "And it's unfortunate. And I think any reasonable person views this as a tragic circumstance.
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April 9, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The hacking group that calls itself Anonymous, following through on a video threat, revealed the names of two of the Vineland, N.J., officers involved in a fatal arrest last week, and officials confirmed the names Tuesday. Chief Timothy Codispoti posted recordings of the 911 call and police dispatches from the arrest of Phillip White on the department's Facebook page. A lawyer representing the three officers involved in the incident confirmed their names, as did the chief, who was cited by NJ.com.
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April 4, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The use of a police dog and other force against a Vineland, N.J., man who died in police custody Tuesday has stirred outrage from an activist and family members, while a lawyer representing the officers involved says their actions helped avoid a shooting. Phillip White, 32, was handcuffed and became unresponsive in an ambulance after Vineland police responded to a report of a disorderly person around 11 a.m. in the 100 block of Grape Street. Police reported that White was having "respiratory distress" when they called for medical assistance.
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August 15, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN JASON Walters first met Winchester, the German shepherd was a 120-pound ball of energy so big and high-strung that his overwhelmed owners had given him up to a shelter. He was exactly what Walters, a SEPTA police officer, wanted. "High-strung, for us, is a positive," said Walters, who helped transform Winchester into a working police dog (now a svelte 95 pounds from rigorous training). "Training these dogs is like playtime for them - their work is hide-and-seek. " Their partnership has proven so successful that Walters has created a charity, the Throw Away Dogs Project, that aims to train unwanted shelter dogs to be working police dogs.
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April 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUENA VISTA TWP., N.J. The two men's heads and hands were cut off with a drywall saw and scissors, authorities said. And when police found the bodies of Hany Tawadros, 25, and Amgad Konds, 27, in a wooded area of Atlantic County, the teeth had been knocked out with a tire iron. On Monday, more than a year after the discovery, the Attorney General's Office announced that a state grand jury had indicted Yusuf Ibrahim, 29, of Jersey City. Ibrahim, according to the 16-count indictment, faces murder, kidnapping, desecration of human remains, and other charges.
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March 23, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON TWP. Photos of the pups are scattered about the Washington Township Police Department headquarters - with names like Goldy and Rex. In Gloucester County's most populous municipality, K9s have become a community staple since the division was formally established in 2006, following prior stints. One of the department's five K9s, Rex, trained in explosives, helped secure the Super Bowl in East Rutherford. Last month, Aron helped nab a jewelry burglar in the township. But with no appropriated tax dollars in the department's $8 million budget, the division has continued to rely on grants and donations to stay afloat.
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November 25, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY By next year, Atlantic City police officers could for the first time patrol streets of this resort town with miniature cameras mounted on their lapels recording every interaction with the public. About 10 to 20 officers, including members of the K-9 and tactical units, could be outfitted with the devices, which are about the size of a deck of cards, in about 90 days, Deputy Chief William Mazur said. Depending on the success, the patrol division of the 314-member department could also eventually be equipped with the cameras, which also function as radio microphones.
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July 25, 2013
The Freedoms (4-9) lost to the Boston Lobsters, 22-18, in World TeamTennis action on Tuesday night at the Pavilion at Villanova University. Samuel Groth opened the contest with a 5-2 win in men's singles over Boston's Amir Weintraub , but the Lobsters (5-8) won the next four matches. Weintraub and Eric Butorac edged Groth and Jordan Kerr , 5-4, in men's doubles to seal Boston's win. NBA: The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent guard Monta Ellis to a reported three-year contract for between $25 million and $30 million.
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July 25, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE NEW JERSEY Devils yesterday announced the signing of forward Jaromir Jagr to make up for some of the scoring lost with the recent retirement of Ilya Kovalchuk. The 1-year contract is worth $2 million. Jagr said three or four teams were interested in signing him. However, he said he wasn't able to command as much attention or money as in past years because he is now 41 and many teams didn't have the money to spend. "In my stage, because I love the game, I was looking for the team where I was going to have the opportunity to play," Jagr said in a conference call.
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