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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.
NEWS
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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August 6, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
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July 30, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, Staff Writer
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.
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July 23, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
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.
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June 17, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
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.
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June 2, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
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May 15, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
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May 13, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
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May 9, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
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.
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