May 12, 2005
RE JOSEPH Messina's May 10 letter: I'm not surprised at the conclusion of your comment about the recent police beating. Why are you concerned about Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton coming here to rescue the situation? How would you like it if the roles were reversed, and it was you getting beat upside your head while completely unable to defend yourself? Human torture is archaic and inhumane. Any person who enjoys such an act needs psychological evaluation. How about you and the police officer?
January 23, 2016 |
When Gerald Cooke heard the news that African Americans were less likely than whites to pass a psychological evaluation to become Philadelphia police officers, it sounded familiar. He tried to fix the same problem two decades ago. Last month, an Inquirer analysis found that from 2011 to 2014, 72.5 percent of black police applicants passed the department's psych evaluation, compared with 81.2 percent of white candidates. In the early 1990s, the disparity was even greater, said Cooke, a forensic psychologist based in Plymouth Meeting.
November 25, 1998 |
Police evacuated 13 families from their homes last night while a 33-year-old man barricaded himself in a house in the 100 block of Conestoga Road and threatened to shoot himself. More than two hours later, police persuaded the man, whom they would not identify, to surrender and give up his weapon. Police transported him to the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Crisis Unit in Darby for a psychological evaluation, according to a news release issued by the Radnor Police Department. The man's father called police at 6:55 p.m. Officers barricaded the roadway and observed the man pacing inside the house, with a handgun in one hand and a bottle of liquor in the other, police said.
December 31, 2011
Ten weapons and nearly 1,700 bullets were seized from an Ocean County, N.J., home after a man allegedly made threatening statements on his Facebook page and then barricaded himself inside the residence. The standoff, which began around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, lasted for several hours as authorities tried to negotiate with the 53-year-old man, whose name was not released. It ended when an Ocean County Regional SWAT team broke down the door of the Barnegat home and captured the man without incident.
April 16, 2016
A 31-year-old Upper Darby man was found guilty Thursday of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl last year as she slept in her home. A jury found Israel James guilty of indecent assault and the corruption of a minor after the Sept. 28, 2015, incident, during which prosecutors said James climbed into the girl's bed while she was asleep and began rubbing her breasts. According to prosecutors, James is the brother of the girl's step mother. Startled, the girl awoke in the middle of the night to James lying beside her in his underwear, prosecutors said.
August 20, 1999 |
Was it a lawn blower that set the man off? Landscaper Chris Bonley, 38, was worried yesterday that the noise of the blower being used by one of his men at the rear of a home on Arthur Street near Bradford in Rhawnhurst might have led Michael Mostak to believe someone was breaking into his home. Whatever the cause, Mostak, 36, called 911 shortly before noon and reported that someone was breaking in. But when police arrived in the quiet, tree-lined neighborhood of single homes, Mostak turned them away and officers heard shots fired.
April 14, 2011 |
A transgender Norristown woman has pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to fatally stabbing her boyfriend during an argument at a relative's Moore Street home last August. Asia Santana, 40, whose given name is Tyrone Crawley, appeared before Judge William J. Furber Jr. on Wednesday and admitted to one count of third-degree murder and one count of possessing an instrument of crime. Assistant District Attorney Cara M. McMenamin described the Aug. 13 stabbing as "a rage killing" in which Santana stabbed Eric Nevith, 28, six times with a kitchen knife.
June 10, 2000 |
Glenolden Police Chief Ed Cooke said yesterday that he was stunned by the arrest this week of a borough officer on charges that he raped a woman after responding to a dispute at her home. The allegations are "a dark day for the Glenolden Police Department," said Cooke, a 22-year veteran of the nine-member force that patrols this one-square-mile town in Delaware County. "We had no warning on this," said Cooke, who himself conducted an extensive background check before hiring Christopher J. Scaggs, 27, of Upper Darby, as a full-time officer early last year.
June 16, 2011
1WOMEN SOUGHT IN CEMETERY ROBBERIES Detectives in Cheltenham Township are searching for two women who allegedly stole a credit card from an unlocked car at a cemetery while its owner was visiting a grave. The victim parked her car at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, on Cheltenham Avenue near Easton Road, on Sunday, and sometime between 11 and 11:30 a.m., police said, her purse was snatched out of her car. Cops said the two women visited nearby gas stations and the Cheltenham Mall, and spent about $700 using the victim's card.