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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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February 2, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A woman was arrested for punching several police officers while they were breaking up a wild bar brawl in Northeast Philadelphia early Sunday, authorities said. Two men also were charged in the fight. No serious injuries were reported. Officers responded to a radio call about gunshots on the 9800 block of Bustleton Avenue just before 3 a.m., according to police. They saw 50 to 75 people in front of the Good Life Lounge, about 25 of whom were fighting in the parking lot. As officers entered the fray and tried to break up the fight, one man became belligerent and yelled "Shoot me, I'm black, shoot me," according to the Police Department's public affairs office.
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January 30, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
After Joseph E. Leipert retired as a Philadelphia police detective lieutenant in the late 1980s, his investigative work was not done. Until the early 2000s, Mr. Leipert worked for the office of the Montgomery County district attorney. "He was basically investigating attorneys who had complaints filed by citizens," Mr. Leipert's son David said. "Most would involve taking money and never doing work. " Mr. Leipert liked the job because it got personal, his son said. "He would always try to get some of the money back, instead of just filing charges.
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January 30, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, his left arm encased in a cast with metal pins protruding, shook hands with his good hand as well-wishers lined up throughout the FOP lodge Thursday night. Behind him, union officials hoisted a sign that read: "There's a lot of heart in Hartnett. " "He's in good spirits - a real trouper," said Commissioner Richard Ross, who was stationed behind Hartnett's chair in the banquet hall at the Fraternal Order of Police's headquarters in the Far Northeast.
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December 30, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
Joseph A. Hasara Jr., 64, of Lower Gwynedd, a retired Philadelphia police officer, died of cancer Saturday, Dec. 26, at home. Born in Hazleton, Pa., Mr. Hasara was reared in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era - he was stationed in Thailand and at bases in the United States - and rose to the rank of sergeant. After leaving the military, Mr. Hasara joined the Philadelphia police force, where he spent five years as a patrol officer and 15 years as a detective.
NEWS
December 6, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested a man and a woman from Pennsport who allegedly impersonated police officers in South Philadelphia. Terrance Jacobus, 48, and Kelli Rowan, 28, were arrested Wednesday after they were pulled over by officers from the Third District, and now face charges of impersonating a public servant, robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft, and related crimes. Police said Jacobus and Rowan targeted two people early on Nov. 29. About 4:40 a.m., police said, a 23-year-old woman walking home was approached by the pair, who were driving a silver Nissan, near Fourth and Jackson Streets.
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November 20, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 18, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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October 2, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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September 18, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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