August 6, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records urged a judge Thursday to grant it access to State Police video footage, including from a March shooting on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that left a retired trooper and two others dead. The State Police department is fighting that request - and two others like it - arguing that its decision to withhold the videos is protected under the law. The case before Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. focuses on the reach and authority of the Open Records Office, a quasi-judicial agency set up to field and rule on citizen requests for public records and information.
July 30, 2016 |
The mother of a slain Philadelphia police officer and loved ones of two other fallen officers addressed the Democratic convention Thursday, calling for unity at a time of heightened tensions between law enforcement and civilians. That tension was underscored this week by the Philadelphia police union's rebuke of the Clinton campaign for not initially scheduling speaking time for fallen officers' families - and by words heard in the Wells Fargo Center during a moment of silence just before they spoke.
July 23, 2016 |
A Delaware County judge has booted a Folcroft police officer out of his courtroom - forever. District Judge Steven A. Sandone filed a court order to recuse himself from "any and all matters" in which Sgt. Christopher Eiserman is a party or witness, according to court documents. "It is ridiculous," said Robert Ruskowski, chief of police in Folcroft. Efforts to reach Sandone were not successful. A woman at his office in neighboring Darby hung up witout taking a message. According to the "Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges," Sandone is within the law to disqualify himself in which his impartiality might be questioned including if the judge ". . . has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or a party's lawyer . . . " The situation developed after Allen Burton, 23, was arrested by county and Folcroft police on drug and weapons charges, said Ruskowski.
June 29, 2016 |
A Philadelphia police officer was arrested in Bucks County on Friday after allegedly stealing $38 from a handyman he had hired, according to police. Michael Winkler, 36, a 16-year member of the force assigned to the 15th District, has been suspended with the intent to dismiss after being charged with robbery, theft, and related counts, police said. Winkler is accused of meeting Nathaniel Carter and Darrell Johnson on May 5 at a property on the 700 block of Newportville Road in Bristol Township, according to the criminal complaint.
June 17, 2016 |
When Thomas Holmes was near the end of his career as a Philadelphia police officer in the 1990s, he became a turnkey at the former 23rd District station at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue. "If somebody gets locked up," his wife, Margaret, said, "the job of the turnkey is to make sure they get locked up. " As a jailer in that police station near Temple University, she said, "it was an important job. " On Sunday, June 12, Mr. Holmes, 79, of Brigantine, N.J., a Philadelphia police officer from 1967 to 1995, died at home of progressive supranuclear palsy.
June 2, 2016 |
Robert L. "Joe" Holmes, 82, of Mount Airy, a retired Philadelphia police officer and security supervisor at Hahnemann University Hospital, died Saturday, May 28, of complications from lung cancer at Chestnut Hill Hospital. The youngest of four boys and a girl, Mr. Holmes became the patriarch of his family after the death of his brothers. He was a mentor to younger men in his family, neighborhood, and on the job. Affectionately called "Unc," he advised them on matters of personal responsibility, and helped them find jobs and stay out of trouble.
May 25, 2016 |
When he was diagnosed with stage-4 prostate cancer in December 2010, Philadelphia Police Officer James Henninger was told he had between six months and two years to live. But that didn't stop the veteran officer from reporting to work every day in Center City's Ninth District, while he received radiation treatment on his lunch break. On Saturday, May 21 - more than five years after his diagnosis - Mr. Henninger, 71, lost his battle with cancer at Crossroads Hospice in Plymouth Meeting, one week before his 50th wedding anniversary.
May 15, 2016 |
For falsely arresting a nurse on Christmas 2013, former SEPTA Police Officer Douglas Ioven must spend four hours each Christmas for the next four years doing community service. That was part of a novel Noel sentence handed down Friday by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge. In March, Ioven, 44, was found guilty of false imprisonment and official oppression for arresting nurse Muibat Williamson at Suburban Station, following a contentious confrontation between the two at a Dunkin' Donuts store.
May 13, 2016 |
A Benjamin Franklin High School police officer has been transferred while the district investigates allegations that he assaulted a student, a district spokesman said. The Philadelphia Student Union said in a statement Wednesday that the incident happened last Thursday, when junior Brian Burney tried to use a school restroom without a hall pass. The union said school Police Officer Jeffrey Maciocha punched and pushed the student and put him in a choke hold. Burney was diagnosed with a concussion as a result, it said.
May 9, 2016 |
Philadelphia police released the names Saturday night of two officers involved in separate shootings earlier in the week. Officer Edward Wright, an eight-year member of the force, shot Desmond Abernathy, 50, around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in Southwest Philadelphia after Abernathy fired at police, they said. Wright and another officer were on patrol when they heard gunshots in an alley between the 5300 blocks of Lindbergh Boulevard and Grays Avenue. They saw Abernathy on the rear deck of a house holding a gun, police said.