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December 28, 2004 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city's trouble-plagued police radio system malfunctioned briefly yesterday as officers on patrol in North Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia heard only static on their radios for about three minutes. Police said they were trying to pinpoint the cause of the problem, which developed at 2:23 p.m. Chief Inspector Michael Feeney said officers in squad cars heard only static from dispatchers at Police Headquarters. Feeney said officers were able to communicate with other patrol cars, but not with headquarters.
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June 18, 1989 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
Two burglary suspects escaped when police officers investigating a break-in at a Nether Providence school were unable to communicate via radio from opposite sides of the building. A police officer's radio call for help with a fight in Darby Borough was blocked out by a broadcast from a sheriff in Montana. A local police chief recalled the hot pursuit of two armed-robbery suspects through the county's back roads not knowing whether his radio messages were being picked up by the county radio system.
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May 21, 2004 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The glitch in the police radio system that left a large number of the city's 600 patrol officers on duty Tuesday night without two-way communications for roughly a half-hour remained elusive yesterday as technicians searched to isolate the cause. "Our main concern is that we resolve the issue and [preserve] the safety of the officers and the public they protect," said Steve Gorecki, a spokesman for Motorola, the company that installed the city's new $52 million emergency-services digital communication system that went online about 18 months ago. Two-way communications were back to normal yesterday as the probe was conducted.
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December 11, 2008 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A series of human errors caused a 40-minute failure in the city's police radio system July 22, according to a report submitted yesterday to City Council by the Nutter administration. The report also said the problem-plagued Motorola system would cost $40 million to upgrade - almost as much as it cost to install in 2002. The Motorola system has been hobbled by dozens of malfunctions, from momentary glitches to systemwide crashes of almost an hour. The system failure last summer enraged Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who called the problem "unacceptable.
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April 19, 1989 | By Bill Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Police Department's field communications network went off the air for eight minutes yesterday morning when a master fuse blew and abruptly ended all contact between patrol officers and dispatchers at police headquarters. "To the best of my knowledge, we have never had a total communications failure like that," said Deputy Commissioner Thomas J. Nestel, a 27-year veteran who oversees the radio network. Nestel supervised repairs yesterday. Police officials said the master fuse blew out about 9 a.m. in the radio room of the Police Administration Building.
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March 13, 1988 | By David Zucchino, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pimps, thieves and prostitutes came to see big Pat Shaw buried. So did Nairobi's top police brass and the chief justice of Kenya's supreme court. The lawmen came to say goodbye to Africa's most famous white cop, a big man with a bigger reputation for always getting his man, one way or another. The pimps and prostitutes, who had been Shaw's informers, came to gaze on the body of a giant who had terrified them for so long. The thieves, it is said, crept up to convince themselves that Pat Shaw really was dead.
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October 3, 2006 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two Philadelphia police radio dispatchers face a combined 120 years in federal prison and more than $1 million in fines if convicted on charges of using police computer equipment to obtain and distribute personal information about cars and homes to a man they believed was robbing the victims. "These defendants deliberately undermined the work of the very officers they were supposed to be supporting," U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said in a statement yesterday. Charged were Patricia Bradley, 35, of the 1300 block of Lippincott Street, and Tamara Mitchell, 38, of the 600 block of Chew Street.
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November 15, 1991 | By Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
Police said yesterday that four burglary suspects captured Wednesday night in Winslow Township used police radios and shot out outdoor lights with BB guns while eluding them for almost five months. The four were identified as Christopher Pate, 18, of Pomona; his brother, Brian Pate, 20, and Tracey Buri, 20, both of Audubon, and Stephen Goff, 19, of Absecon. They were charged initially with two counts of burglary, but police said that when the investigation is complete, they might be charged with 40 burglaries in Winslow, Cherry Hill, Monroe and Evesham.
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December 18, 2004 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city's new and troublesome $54 million public-safety radio system acted up again yesterday morning, transmitting only sporadic and clipped communications between Police Headquarters and emergency vehicles in parts of South Philadelphia and Center City. Only the police side of the 800 MHz system was affected. The Fire Department and other emergency services that use the network were problem-free. The situation apparently began shortly before 6 a.m., when technicians from Motorola, which installed the system, were automatically alerted by an alarm that problems were occurring on the police system, Deputy Police Commissioner Charles Brennan said.
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March 5, 2004 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 14-year-old West Philadelphia boy being mentored by Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson has been banned from Police Headquarters after he took a commander's walkie-talkie from the building. The youth, whose name was not released because of his age, is believed to have used the radio to illegally transmit on law-enforcement channels, canceling some 911 calls for police service while using the call numbers of a night-command captain. In at least one other instance, he radioed asking for a "license check," meaning he wanted the name of a registered owner of a vehicle, a common practice by officers.
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September 19, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Sylvia Young has never been known to not help someone in need. When a Philadelphia police officer's daughter died in 2001 and he didn't have enough money to pay for her funeral, Young, a rookie, called on her closest friends from the force to brainstorm how to raise funds for the services. Four years later, when Philadelphia Officer Hasan Long was gunned down, Young and those same friends - by then, dubbed the "Ladies of the 14th District" - hosted a picnic, sold tickets, and donated the money to Long's family.
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July 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Authorities are looking for the gunmen who fatally shot a man overnight in West Philadelphia's Parkside section. The killing happened about 2 a.m. Wednesday outside a home on the 4200 block of Viola Street, just off West Fairmount Park. The 22-year-old victim collapsed after he was struck by gunfire, but the suspects continued to stand over him and fire additional shots, Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters. The man, who was shot in his head and torso, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:06 a.m. Investigators were looking for several men who fled the scene wearing masks, according to police radio reports.
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June 27, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITERS
The Folcroft police officer who was shot seven times Friday morning gave a spirited shout-out to police, the medical community, and country singer Kenny Chesney on Saturday from his hospital bed. Christopher Dorman's uplifting greeting was via video aired by 6ABC. "I'd like to thank all the police, paramedics, and the doctors - and hey, Kenny, don't forget me" said Dorman, a gruesome wound visible across his left cheek and jaw. He originally had planned to attend Chesney's concert Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
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June 26, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
The call to Folcroft police Friday morning came in like a standard report: A resident had spotted a drug deal on the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue, and wanted an officer to check it out. Christopher Dorman, a 25-year-old part-time officer who had just celebrated his one-year milestone with the department, responded to the call just before 10 a.m. Within seconds, a run-of-the-mill crime became an ambush, one of the most horrific police shootings Delaware...
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April 7, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Three-year-old twins were found unharmed late Monday after the car they had been sleeping in was stolen. The white 2006 Buick Lucerne was stolen at about 11:30 p.m. near Broad Street and Chew Avenue, according to police radio reports. The car had been left running, and the thief apparently didn't know the 3-year-old twins were sleeping in the back seat, police said. The vehicle was recovered a few minutes later, with the children unharmed, near 15th Street and Widener Place, police radio reports said.
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April 7, 2016
Car is stolen with twins sleeping inside Three-year-old twins were found unharmed after the car they had been sleeping in was stolen late Monday night in the Ogontz Rock section of the city. The white 2006 Buick Lucerne was stolen about 11:30 p.m. near Broad Street and Chew Avenue, according to police radio reports. The car had been left running, and the thief apparently didn't know the 3-year-old twins were sleeping in the backseat, police said. The vehicle was recovered a few minutes later, with the children unharmed, a short distance away, near 15th Street and Widener Place, police radio reports said.
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March 7, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Police said Saturday that they have charged a 21-year-old man with aggravated assault and related offenses in connection with an incident in Frankford on Friday night in which a police officer's unmarked car was shot. Malik Smith, of the 1600 block of Worrell Street in Juniata Park, is believed to have been one of three men who pointed guns at an officer during a chase. It was not immediately clear if he was the one who shot the unmarked car. In addition to aggravated assault, Smith faces charges of simple assault, conspiracy, and gun offenses, police said.
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February 10, 2016 | Staff Report
Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that followed a police chase in Chester early Monday and left one person dead and another wounded. The two were shot after 2 a.m. on the 1200 block of Keystone Drive, according to police radio reports. Chester police confirmed that the incident was an officer-involved shooting and said county authorities were investigating. Chester police Capt. Anita Amaro said a vehicle was being pursued by Upland police and gunfire that followed left one of the two people in the vehicle dead.
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January 7, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A 6-year-old boy who had been sleeping inside a car that was left running outside a 7-Eleven in Frankford early Tuesday - and that a thief took - was found safe after the vehicle was abandoned, police said. The boy was in the backseat of the vehicle when his stepfather ran inside the convenience store at 5259 Oxford Ave. about 2:30 a.m., according to police radio reports. That was when someone got in the car and took off. The vehicle was found abandoned about a half-hour later, and the boy was reunited with his family, officials said.
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