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July 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An investigating grand jury has found no evidence that a female police officer seriously injured a teenager's genitals during a stop-and-frisk search earlier this year, District Attorney Seth Williams said Thursday. Darrin Manning, 16, and his lawyer said he was injured after police stopped him and some friends near Broad Street and Girard Avenue. Some of the teens, who had been on their way to a school basketball game, ran from the officers. Manning, however, was apprehended.
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February 5, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
A police van crashed while taking two shooting victims to the hospital Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Police did not say what caused the crash, at Washington Avenue and Grays Ferry. Both men were in already serious condition after being shot at 23rd and Oakford Streets around 2:30 p.m., police said. A 25-year-old man was shot once in the back, according to police, and the other man, age 23, was shot in the left thigh and scrotum. Neither man appeared to suffer any additional injuries as a result of the crash, said Lt. John Stanford.
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June 27, 1987 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
A prisoner who jumped from a moving Philadelphia police van June 18 and hobbled away on an injured leg was captured last night while walking down a street in Virginia Beach, Va., police said. Antonio Lindsay, 19, had been on crutches the day he escaped out the back doors of the van at 13th and Vine Streets, police said. He had handcuffs attached to his left wrist but had not been secured inside the van because of the injured leg, police said. Lindsay, who was serving time on a burglary charge and was awaiting trial on a robbery charge, was arrested about 8 p.m., police said.
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July 14, 1988 | By Lou Perfidio, Special to The Inquirer
Plymouth's only police van, with a history of fuel tank, fuel line and carburetor problems, burst into flames last week, causing bullets stored in it to explode. No one was injured, but the van and $5,000 worth of equipment inside were destroyed. The 1987 Ford Econoline van, purchased new last year, had been returned to the McDonald H & M Ford dealership in Conshohocken "numerous" times for repairs. "It had a history," said Lt. Joseph Cross, who is the acting township police chief while Chief John Volpe is on vacation.
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January 7, 1993 | by Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
It took a thrown coffee pot, two police bullets, a car crash and a few revolutions in the back of a police van to make a coat tree-swinging man forget his demand to see a South Philadelphia dentist yesterday afternoon. Amazingly, police said, Francis Quimpo was calmly sitting up in the back of the wrecked police wagon when a rescuing sergeant reached him. Though he suffered a serious gunshot wound, Quimpo appeared none the worse for the crash that flipped the wagon into two other cars.
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January 7, 1993 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was no coincidence the police van that carried mortally wounded Officer Charles Knox to the hospital in August took the man accused of killing him to jail yesterday. Before dawn, "103 Wagon," the First District vehicle from South Philadelphia in which Knox had usually worked, pulled up to the Kingsessing Avenue house where police arrested Tucker Ginn. At a news conference, police officials played down the appearance of the van. But police on the street said it was intentional.
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November 12, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Temple University police vehicle went up in flames at a North Philadelphia gas station Monday after an officer drove away from a pump with a hose still attached to his gas tank. The officer was filling the tank of a patrol van at a BP station at Broad Street and Girard Avenue, and drove off without placing the hose back on the pump. The pump caught fire - as did a Temple squad car that was also at the station. The patrol van was unaffected. University officials said Tuesday that no one was injured in the incident, but the squad car was damaged beyond repair.
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August 16, 2010 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal marshals joined the manhunt on Sunday for an accused murderer who bolted from a Philadelphia police van as he was being transported to prison. At least a half-dozen marshals were working with police and other investigators to find Omar Roane, 22, according to John Patrignani, the acting U.S. marshal in Philadelphia. The assistance is provided through the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, an initiative that works with local police to hunt down suspects. Patrignani was reluctant to make any predictions about capturing Roane or to speculate about whether he was still in the area.
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September 11, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Police on Friday identified the 33-year-old woman who allegedly tried to run down officer with a stolen vehicle and was shot in the hand by the same officer Thursday night in the city's Kensington section. Erika Avila, also known as Erica Lopez, of the 5800 block of Harbison Avenue, was charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, and related offenses. Just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday, officers on patrol vehicle spotted a 2004 Jeep Laredo driving the wrong way in the 600 block of Clearfied Street, police said.
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September 10, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A police officer fired a shot at a stolen SUV that nearly ran him down Thursday night in the city's Kensington section, police said. The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a woman in her 30s, was apprehended later after crashing the SUV into a police van in Port Richmond, said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford. The woman suffered a hand injury, but it was not immediately clear whether it was a bullet wound or an injury sustained in the crash, Stanford said. Shortly before 9:30 p.m., a marked police vehicle was heading east on Clearfield Street at E Street when police saw the SUV approaching on Clearfield driving the wrong way on the one-way street.
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August 2, 2016 | By Karen E. Quinones Miller
VOTE, THEY told us. We did that. Stop rioting, they told us. We did that, too. Let the justice system do their job, they told us. We even did that. Be patient, they told us. Well, we've been doing that for more than a century. And still . . . And still . . . And still, all of the charges have been dropped against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray case. On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray was walking in his Baltimore neighborhood, but when he saw police officers in the area, he started running.
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July 1, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
A 14-year-old armed with a loaded revolver was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly pointed the weapon at Chester police. The unidentified teen is charged in juvenile court with possession of firearm by a minor, and possession of firearm with altered manufactures number. About 10 p.m., a group of individuals was observed loitering in the Chester Apartments in the 1200 block of West 9th Street, according to police. As a police van approached them from 8th and Pennell Streets, the teen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and cargo pants reached to his waistband, took out a large firearm and began to walk backward in the direction of another police unit.
NEWS
June 7, 2016
If Mayor Kenney has his way, Democratic National Convention dissenters may feel the Bern next month - but they shouldn't feel the sting of plastic wrist restraints or endure a jarring ride in the back of a police van. Nor would anyone else who takes to the streets of Philadelphia in peaceful protest or gets harmlessly carried away for another reason - think Mardi Gras or maybe even another sports championship. A smart proposal to ease the city's handling of so-called nuisance offenses, proposed by Kenney and passed by a City Council committee last week, would grant the Police Department greater discretion in dealing with disorderly conduct, drunkenness, blocked streets, or failure to heed an order to disperse.
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June 5, 2016
Philadelphia police have recovered a van that was stolen from a 78-year-old man who was slain inside his Southwest Philadelphia home earlier this week. Joseph Daly's blue 2003 Ford E-150 van was found unoccupied about 5 p.m. Thursday on the 4700 block of Griscom Street in Frankford, police said Friday. Daly, a well-known neighborhood handyman, was found beaten and strangled Tuesday afternoon in the 6300 block of Theodore Street. Police believe Daly's assailants took the van after killing him. According to neighbors and one of the victim's two sons, Daly was assaulted by juveniles in his neighborhood just days before he was slain.
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May 25, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
I WAS NOT surprised by the acquittal Monday of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero in a trial related to the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was arrested and suffered a catastrophic neck injury while in police custody. Prosecutors charged Nero, 30, with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. They said Nero acted without regard for Gray's safety by failing to place a seat belt on Gray, who was shackled and placed on his stomach in the back of a police van. It's not that I believe Nero was innocent.
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April 12, 2016
BALTIMORE - A year after the death of Freddie Gray, a small part of his legacy can be seen at a southwest Baltimore recreation center, where the pounding of basketballs and squeak of sneakers echo off the walls as young black men in shorts and sweats face off. Ken Hurst, a white policeman, watches from the side, a bum knee the only thing that keeps him from playing. He visits the game each week, not to make arrests but to make friends. "I need them to realize I'm not out here to lock everyone up," he says.
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February 5, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
A police van crashed while taking two shooting victims to the hospital Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Police did not say what caused the crash, at Washington Avenue and Grays Ferry. Both men were in already serious condition after being shot at 23rd and Oakford Streets around 2:30 p.m., police said. A 25-year-old man was shot once in the back, according to police, and the other man, age 23, was shot in the left thigh and scrotum. Neither man appeared to suffer any additional injuries as a result of the crash, said Lt. John Stanford.
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November 17, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first the boy thought the two babies were dolls, left in the alley behind the North Philadelphia car lot. But early Sunday, the morning after making the discovery, 9-year-old Kasime Crawford told his father that they had a distinct smell. The father called police. At about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, investigators found the deceased newborns - one male and one female - on the 1800 block of North Palethorp Street in Kensington. The corpses had already been autopsied, officials said. Police on Sunday were searching for a black pickup truck that had been dumping trash near where the bodies were found.
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