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January 25, 1988 | By JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writer
Corinthian the horse bears the name of a high-falutin' type of column that graced many a Greek building. But Corinthian the horse is hardly a pillar of equine society. Corinthian is the mount of mounted Police Officer Darius Graziani, who took him last night to a beer bust in Pennypack Park, in the Northeast. The beer didn't get to Corinthian. It was the sirens that did him in, causing him to go AWOL overnight. It happened this way: Graziani rode into the park last night to investigate reports of a noisy beer party in a wooded section behind Father Judge High School, on Solly Avenue at Rowland Avenue.
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August 31, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mounted-unit police officer suffered minor injuries Thursday night when the horse he was riding was rear-ended by a car, Philadelphia police said. Shortly after 9 p.m., the 44-year-old officer was on Rising Sun Avenue, stopped at a red light at Ninth Street, when his horse was struck from behind by a 1996 BMW, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The force of the impact flung the officer onto the street, Small said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital to be treated for minor leg and arm injuries and to be evaluated for a possible head injury because he appeared to be groggy and disoriented.
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September 29, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan, Daily News Staff Writer
Debbie and Mike Snow, former owners of the celebrated police horse Blazin' Blue, will finally get their day in court next week. But it's not the court they had in mind. The Bradford County couple received subpoenas Wednesday to appear as witnesses before a federal grand jury next Thursday morning in Philadelphia. They said they'll be there and will tell everything they know. "From the very beginning, we've been more than willing to cooperate with the investigation," Debbie Snow, 32, said yesterday.
SPORTS
May 4, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Two Cincinnati basketball players submitted written pleas of innocent yesterday after being arrested when one of them allegedly punched a horse ridden by a policeman. Art Long was charged with assault for hitting the horse, and Danny Fortson was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Mounted patrols are used regularly at night around the university to assist in controlling crowds from nightclubs and bars. Officer Blair Baker was patrolling on his horse, Cody, when Long, 22, and Fortson, 19, drove by about 1 a.m. and shouted at the officer, according to a police report.
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February 12, 1988 | By Tom Fox, Inquirer Editorial Board
This all began about a year or so ago. I was at some dinner at the German Society of Pennsylvania, at Sixth and Spring Garden, when Dr. George J. Beichl, who is the president of the society, told me that Otto Haas wanted to talk to me. "He says you wrote a column about his horse," George Beichl, who heads the chemistry department at St. Joe's University, said. I couldn't remember writing about Otto Haas' horse. I had never met Otto Haas, although I knew he was very big in the Rohm and Haas chemical empire.
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December 18, 1999 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Blazin' Blue pranced out of his stable yesterday as if he'd never left. But the 1,500-pound chestnut brown quarterhorse had been missing from his cushy digs at the Philadelphia Police Mounted Patrol Unit's stable for more than a year. Yesterday, police announced they'd brought him back to his Northeast Philadelphia home on Wednesday. They found him on a farm in Bradford County in northeastern Pennsylvania. "He's been examined by the veterinarian. He's in great health," Deputy Police Commissioner John Norris, head of Internal Affairs, told a news conference.
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January 16, 2005 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It takes serious star power to stop traffic in Times Square, even more when it's a bitter 35 degrees and spitting freezing rain and sleet. And Jack Frost, the instantly famous four-legged member of the New York City Police Department, has it. Unceremoniously dumped from the Philadelphia Police Department when it eliminated its Mounted Unit last year, Jack, a majestic 16-year-old gelding, has found fame and a new mission under the bright lights...
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July 4, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / SHARON J. WOHLMUTH
Philadelphia police Officer Patrick Berkery fits Big Eddy with a new shoe after the police horse lost one on patrol. A lunchtime crowd took in the free demonstration yesterday at 16th and the Parkway when Berkery was called to the scene.
NEWS
July 3, 1993
The "Welcome, America!" events have been just swell, and it's been great that so many people have used SEPTA to get into the city. In fact, we hope the experience encourages them to come into the city on mass transit more often. And that's why we find it necessary to note that there's room for improvement (and continued vigilance) by the city and SEPTA to control the odors emanating from some of the city's key subway concourses. For instance, the stench of urine wafting up the stairwells from the Broad Street concourse at Locust and Walnut Streets the other day could have knocked over a police horse.
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April 7, 2002 | By Sam Wood, Chris Gray and Gaiutra Bahadur INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A Philadelphia mounted police officer was charged yesterday with having sex with a 13-year-old girl he knew through a horseback-riding club, authorities said. Walter Helinsky, 59, of the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia, is charged with involuntary sexual deviate intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault and indecent exposure, Deputy Police Commissioner John Norris said. Helinsky, a 32-year veteran and member of the Seventh District Mounted Unit, was arrested Friday night after surrendering.
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August 31, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mounted-unit police officer suffered minor injuries Thursday night when the horse he was riding was rear-ended by a car, Philadelphia police said. Shortly after 9 p.m., the 44-year-old officer was on Rising Sun Avenue, stopped at a red light at Ninth Street, when his horse was struck from behind by a 1996 BMW, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The force of the impact flung the officer onto the street, Small said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital to be treated for minor leg and arm injuries and to be evaluated for a possible head injury because he appeared to be groggy and disoriented.
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February 20, 2013
By Robert M. Kelley Never let it be said that Philadelphians can't learn to stop acting like idiots. I saw this illustrated not long ago on South Street during Fat Tuesday. Back in 2001, rioting broke out while 40,000 revelers celebrated Mardi Gras on South Street. Mobs attacked each other, stormed police barricades, and looted stores. Mounted police were sent into the crowds. Dozens were arrested. I happened to be there that night, and found myself caught up in a terrible situation.
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December 1, 2011 | By Miriam Hill, Melissa Dribben, and Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
Regrouping after an overnight eviction from Dilworth Plaza, Occupy Philadelphia participants marched Wednesday through Center City to Police Headquarters, where they awaited the release of 52 fellow protesters arrested during the crackdown. Toorjo Ghose, 40, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania who was among the first group released from the basement jail Wednesday evening, accused the police of brutal tactics. "I think we're in an era in this country of militarized police tactics being unleashed on unarmed peaceful citizens," said Ghose, who teaches in the School of Social Policy and Practice.
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November 30, 2011 | By Miriam Hill,Melissa Dribben,and Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Regrouping after an overnight eviction from Dilworth Plaza, Occupy Philadelphia participants marched Wednesday through Center City to Police Headquarters, where they awaited the release of 52 fellow protesters arrested during the crackdown. Toorjo Ghose, 40, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania who was among the first group released from the basement jail Wednesday evening, accused the police of brutal tactics. "I think we're in an era in this country of militarized police tactics being unleashed on unarmed peaceful citizens," said Ghose, who teaches in the School of Social Policy and Practice.
NEWS
July 28, 2011 | BY HANNAH EHLENFELDT, ehlenfh@phillynews.com 609-668-9929
THE ICONIC STEPS of the Philadelphia Museum of Art felt extra celebratory yesterday as patriotic music blasted, bystanders savored free water ice, and the Police Department's Mounted Unit received a donation of two horse trailers. "This will be the first point of embarkation to support the Mounted Unit," said Jimmy Binns, whose CopWheels corporation donated the trailers, worth $14,000 each. The nonprofit, which works to provide equipment to police departments, also donated two motorcycles to the 19th Police District, in West Philly.
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March 23, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
The Philadelphia Police Department plans to name five adopted horses in its reinstated mounted patrol unit after officers who were killed in the line of duty. The memorial has won praise from the Fraternal Order of Police and families of the slain officers, John McNesby, local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 president, said yesterday. The horses will be named after Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, who was killed May 3, 2008; Isabel Nazario, who was killed Sept. 5, 2008; Sgt. Patrick McDonald, who was killed Sept.
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November 4, 2010 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, campisg@phillynews.com 215-854-5935
That familiar Philadelphia tradition, the police horse, might be back on city streets if a nonprofit organization that supports law enforcement can raise enough money to get the steeds galloping again. The Philadelphia Police Foundation today planned to launch a $1.2 million fundraising campaign to bring back the mounted unit. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who had a mounted unit while he was police chief of Washington, D.C., has wanted to restore Philadelphia's since he took over here in 2008.
NEWS
January 25, 2005
Police horses should get pensions for service Re: "Police horse takes on Broadway, bit of fame: Jack Frost was dumped by Phila., but now he has a new gig in N.Y.," Jan. 16. An enjoyable article, alas also bittersweet. Philadelphia's loss is New York's gain. Isn't it a shame that a metropolitan city such as Philadelphia cannot seem to hang on to the better things, such as the mounted police and also a full-time classical music radio station? An acquaintance who was very familiar with the Philadelphia mounted police and Jack Frost told me that in the past in some cases, when the horses could not pull full duty anymore, they were put to death, unless generous people could be found who would adopt them for the rest of their lives (and while they could stand on their own four feet)
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January 16, 2005 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It takes serious star power to stop traffic in Times Square, even more when it's a bitter 35 degrees and spitting freezing rain and sleet. And Jack Frost, the instantly famous four-legged member of the New York City Police Department, has it. Unceremoniously dumped from the Philadelphia Police Department when it eliminated its Mounted Unit last year, Jack, a majestic 16-year-old gelding, has found fame and a new mission under the bright lights...
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