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December 13, 2005 | By Mark Fazlollah INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Worried about possible leaks to the media, the commander of the Philadelphia Police Department's Internal Affairs Division secretly installed a hidden video camera in her office. Inspector William Colarulo, a police spokesman, said yesterday that Deputy Commissioner Charlotte Council "didn't suspect anyone in particular" when she ordered the camera installed in her third-floor office at Police Headquarters at Eighth and Race Streets. Colarulo said Council, whose office is across the hall from Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson's suite, did not tell Johnson about the device.
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August 5, 1993 | By Daniel Rubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Keosaian, 80, felt his neighbor was not being helpful enough, police say, so he got his attention with a gun. Keosaian, a short, stocky landlord from East Falls, owned two parking lots next to the Fraternal Order of Police office on Spring Garden Street. He rented them to Kinney Parking Systems, but the lease was up and Kinney wanted a break on the price. So Keosaian turned to Francis X. Duffy, 52, a certified public accountant who leased the cream stucco office building with black shutters next to Keosaian's home on Kelly Drive, across from the Falls Bridge.
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July 18, 1991 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
Joseph C. Hartdegen, a former Traffic Court security guard, has been arrested in connection with a ticket-fixing scheme. Police spokesman Ed Tenuto said Hartdegen, 24, was arrested Monday afternoon after the district attorney's office approved the warrant. Hartdegen was charged with theft, attempted theft, tampering with public records, tampering with evidence, and impersonating a public servant. Court sources said the investigation centers on tickets from each police district that were gathered in locked canvas bags and stored in a hallway outside the police office in Traffic Court.
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November 11, 2002
JANUARY will mark my third year as a teacher in the Philadelphia School District, and as each day passes, I am thankful to be alive. Violence has become almost an everyday part of my teaching career. I see people "slap-boxing," tackling each other in the halls and "gang fights" where two or three people fight and 200 others watch. They happen in the stairwells and lunchroom on almost a daily basis. I am tired of watching it. On Halloween, myself and two other teachers were called on to help with a hall sweep.
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February 1, 1992 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden City police officer was indicted yesterday by a Camden County grand jury on charges of attempted murder in a case involving a woman who accused him of picking her up and agreeing to pay for sex, then beating and choking her. Louis Buffetta, 42, a 20-year veteran of the force, had been suspended without pay after the alleged Nov. 3, 1991, incident at the Fraternal Order of Police office in Camden. The officer has denied the charges. Camden County Prosecutor Edward F. Borden Jr. and other investigators said Buffetta, off duty and in street clothes, picked up Tamasa Mathis in the parking lot of the Stop & Shop Liquor Store on Thorndyke Street at Admiral Wilson Boulevard.
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June 23, 2012
Paraguay's leader ousted from post ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay - Paraguay's Senate voted to remove President Fernando Lugo from office on Friday in an impeachment trial, and the former priest said he would leave even though he considered his ouster a blow to democracy. After the five-hour trial, 39 senators dismissed the former Roman Catholic "bishop of the poor," while four senators voted against and two were absent. Based on the decision, Lugo was immediately replaced by Vice President Federico Franco.
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January 13, 1997 | By Matthew Dolan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
New Jersey Transit officials have been working on South Jersey's proposed light-rail line for many a livelong day. But starting this week, they're traveling along a different track. NJ Transit's Office of New Rail Construction has scheduled a series of local meetings in five municipalities in Burlington and Camden Counties to answer more individual questions about the controversial South Jersey Light Rail project. These gatherings will differ from the five presentation-style meetings held in December in Palmyra, Delran, Florence, Cinnaminson and Riverton.
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December 25, 2005 | By Adam Fifield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson called an unusual news conference yesterday to release new details about a shoot-out last week that left a police office wounded and a suspected drug dealer dead, and to criticize media coverage of the case. "It disturbs me," Johnson said during the hastily called news conference, which was held on a day when many of the police brass were off for the long weekend. He was referring to coverage of the gun battle that he said implied police had assassinated the alleged drug dealer, Tyree Wallace.
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January 10, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
East Greenwich Township Mayor Fred Grant voted to lay off a part-time officer who law enforcement officials said helped arrest him on drunken-driving and speeding charges in July, a move denounced Wednesday by the police chief as a conflict of interest. Grant was driving 91 m.p.h. in a 45-m.p.h. zone on Kings Highway in the Gloucester County township July 31, according to police, and was charged with driving under the influence. "I don't feel the mayor should be able to discuss personnel issues or budgetary issues with police when he has a pending DWI case in town.
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July 8, 1991 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
East Vincent Township is usually so quiet that when you drive past the golf course that abuts one of its main roads, you can hear the whack as players tee off. Its politics used to be that quiet, too. No longer. The forced resignation of East Vincent Township's police chief early this year has made some residents livid and has spurred talk of recalling at least one supervisor. The furor began in February, when James O. Cote resigned as chief, a job he'd held for two years.
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May 14, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Dylan Purcell, and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
Four police officers were injured by a motorist in Northwest Philadelphia in a protracted incident Tuesday afternoon that ended when police fired into the vehicle, leaving the driver in critical condition. Mayor Nutter said the motorist "used a car as a weapon against our officers," but the driver's family, who identified him as Rudolph Keitt, said his history of seizures may have played a role. The incident began about 2:15 p.m. at Wagner and Olney Avenues in Fern Rock when police responded to a report of a car accident, Deputy Commissioner Richard J. Ross said.
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May 10, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former officer filed a civil rights suit Monday in federal court against the Radnor Township Police Department, its chief, and five officers, alleging racial discrimination. Nick Lai of Philadelphia alleges that the discrimination began May 1, 2013, the day he was hired. He has been terminated, according to the court filings. Lai is the brother of Tina Lurie, wife of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Efforts to reach Lai were unsuccessful. He filed the lawsuit himself. Radnor Police Chief William Colarulo said he had no comment.
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May 8, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Joseph W. Cirucci Sr. was growing up near Ninth and Christian Streets in South Philadelphia in the 1930s, there was a saying. "You became either a cop or a fireman, a priest or a burglar," if you lived in that neighborhood, Mr. Cirucci's son, Joseph W. Jr., said. "It was a joke, he used to say," his son said. "He had a real good sense of humor. " Mr. Cirucci became a Philadelphia police officer. On Sunday, May 3, Mr. Cirucci, 87, of Stratford, who joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1950 and retired in 1975, died of heart and lung problems at home.
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May 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia police officers and two civilians were all in stable condition Sunday afternoon in area hospitals after a three-car accident in West Philadelphia. A police vehicle and two civilian vehicles crashed at 55th Street and Haverford Avenue at 12:01 p.m., police said. The police officers, one man and one woman, were transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The civilians were both taken to Lankenau Medical Center, police said.
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April 26, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Parkside man accused of shooting a Philadelphia police officer in the arm Thursday night was charged Friday with attempted murder and related offenses. The injured 19th District bicycle patrol officer, Daniel Kostick, was released from the hospital Friday afternoon. His alleged assailant, identified as William Nobblen, 35, remains at Hahnemann University Hospital in serious condition. Police characterized the case as a drug-related investigation. A law enforcement source said Nobblen had been driving a van in Parkside around 10 p.m. Thursday when Kostick, on patrol, noticed he was driving erratically with smoke seeping from the van. Though he lost sight of the van, Kostick later saw Nobblen on foot on the 5000 block of Master Street, police said, and approached him on his bike.
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April 17, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE TERRORIST attacks in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, may have claimed another victim. Grayce Nottage-Nicholas died April 10 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which her family blamed on her exposure to the smoke and gases emitted when the terrorist-controlled planes struck the World Trade Center. Polls were open for New York's primary elections and Grayce was in the North Tower building to vote when the first plane hit. She survived being trampled by the mad rush from the building, but had to be hospitalized later due to breathing complications.
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April 8, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter bent down to present Shakira Wilson-Burroughs with the Philadelphia flag that has flown over the city for the past 30 days, since her brother, Sgt. Robert Wilson III, was killed. He spoke softly to her, but the words "thank you" were audible to the assembled crowd. The ceremony on the second-floor reception room in City Hall on Monday morning marked the official end of the city's 30-day mourning period for Wilson, who was gunned down inside a North Philadelphia GameStop while trying to buy a present for his 10-year-old son. Officials say Wilson drew fire away from other patrons in the store that day as he tried to fight off two armed robbers.
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April 8, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter bent down to present Shakira Wilson-Burroughs with the Philadelphia flag that had flown over the city for 30 days, since her brother, Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III, was killed. He spoke softly to her, but the words "thank you" were audible to the assembled crowd. The ceremony on the second-floor reception room in City Hall on Monday morning marked the official end of the city's 30-day mourning period for Wilson, who was gunned down in a North Philadelphia GameStop store while trying to buy a present for his 10-year-old son. Officials say Wilson drew fire away from other customers as he tried to fight off two armed robbers.
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April 8, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
TOM LEVINS once told a reporter that the battle for Hill 875 at Dak To in Vietnam in the autumn of 1967, was "probably the longest four days of my life. It was just horrible. " His outfit, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, lost a fifth of its total strength in the desperate fight by American airborne forces against regular North Vietnam troops and the Vietcong. "He went into the Army a happy-go-lucky guy," said his brother, Robert. "He was different when he came back. He had a lot of issues.
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