November 20, 2015 |
Philadelphia police on Wednesday identified the officer and suspect involved in a violent confrontation this week in the city's Kensington section. Officer Gregory Kravitz shot Julius Velasquez, 26, who allegedly tried to stab the officer with a knife in the 3200 block of F Street about 2:50 a.m. Monday, police said. Velasquez, who lives on the block, was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital with gunshot wounds to his right hip and arm. He was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.
November 18, 2015 |
An off-duty Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer shot and killed a robbery suspect Sunday night in Germantown, police said. The officer was walking west in the 400 block of West School House Lane about 6:50 p.m. when he was confronted by two men, one of whom had a gun, Philadelphia police said. The officer opened fire and bullets struck the armed man several times. The suspect was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m. The suspect's gun was recovered at the scene, police said.
November 9, 2015
ISSUE | KATHLEEN G. KANE No special treatment Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania and is subject to the same conditions of employment as any police officer. That means she should be suspended until the disposition of the charges she faces. If found guilty of crimes involving dishonesty, she should be fired just as her agents, troopers, and police officers would be. If she is found not guilty, she should be subject to internal discipline for any violations of policy and could be reinstated.
October 2, 2015 |
IT WAS AN UNUSUAL WAY to propose, but so what? It worked. Paul Johnson stashed an engagement ring in a sock and tossed it to his lady love, Elaine Baxter, with the admonition, "This is something to keep you warm. " It is not recorded what Elaine thought of this maneuver, committed during a get-together with friends, but she must have been OK with it because she accepted the proposal and they were wed in 1974. Paul's method of proposal was typical of this fun-loving guy who once worked as a disc jockey named "the Heavy J," who thought nothing of hopping into his Cadillac and hitting the road.
September 18, 2015 |
A Philadelphia police officer fired his gun twice at a 16-year-old robbery suspect while serving a warrant at a North Philadelphia house Monday morning, police said. No one was injured in the incident, and police found no guns in the house. Police had been searching for 16-year-old Aaron Sims, who they said was one of three suspects in an armed robbery that took place on the 1600 block of West Norris Street about 2 a.m. Monday. After interviewing the victims in the robbery, police obtained a search warrant for a house on the 1500 block of West Lehigh Avenue, about a mile from where the robbery took place.
August 25, 2015 |
Off-duty Philadelphia police Sgt. Rafael Ali, 32, was driving "well above" the 35-mile-per-hour speed limit when his pickup truck slammed into a tree on Henry Avenue late Saturday night, killing him. Capt. John Wilczynski, head of the police department's accident investigation district, said he thinks Ali fell asleep at the wheel, causing the crash around 11:45 p.m. That theory is based on preliminary findings, Wilczynski said, and he could not rule out other factors. "That's what our investigators are thinking, but of course we can't prove it," Wilczynski said.
July 2, 2015 |
After deliberating just 45 minutes, a Philadelphia jury on Tuesday acquitted former Police Officer Steven Lupo of charges that he lied under oath about a warrantless 2011 search of a drug suspect's car. Lupo, 38, fought back tears as he and his wife, Valerie, left the courtroom after the Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men announced its verdict. "I'm just thankful the jury made the right decision," said Lupo, who testified in his defense. "I'm very humbled by it. " The verdict is not the end of Lupo's legal problems.
July 1, 2015 |
In the haze surrounding former Philadelphia Police Sgt. Brandon Ruff's firing, there are three events on which all parties can agree. Ruff, while off duty, walked into 35th District headquarters in Ogontz on Aug. 3 and dropped a bag of guns on the counter. He was detained moments later. And within six months, he had lost his job. Everything else that happened between those moments remains up for debate - as was made clear Monday in a civil trial before a federal jury. Ruff, an eight-year police veteran, whose last posting was in Powelton's 16th District, is suing the department and six officers involved in a scuffle that day. He says they assaulted and falsely arrested him when he attempted to anonymously turn in three guns that he had confiscated under a no-questions-asked gun buyback program.
May 14, 2015 |
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.
May 10, 2015 |
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.