October 8, 2005 |
They called themselves "The Ugly Squad. " They kept alligators in a basement pond and fed them chicken and pigs' ears. And they allegedly sold several million dollars' worth of illegal drugs a month from a working-class block in the Wissinoming section of lower Northeast Philadelphia. Late Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia police executed seven search warrants, including five at houses in the 5000 block of Homestead Street, and seized $1.3 million in cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription pills and codeine syrup.
December 10, 1998 |
Five women face INS charges after police last night raided and closed the Callowhill Relaxation Center at 15th and Callowhill. Cops said the center promoted prostitution and had no business license.
July 6, 1999 |
Pennsylvania state police caused the death of nurse Carol Kepner at Norristown State Hospital by breaking the glass window where she and nurse Maria Jordan were being held captive by a gunman. The police said they were not raiding the room, but only breaking the window so they could see what was going on inside. They should have known that the gunman would interpret the act as a raid and act accordingly. An actual raid would have been better than breaking the window because there would have been a chance of saving the captives.
March 3, 1987 |
A South Philadelphia woman who was being sought for allegedly shooting at police officers during a raid at her home surrendered to detectives yesterday. Deborah Dacenzo, 33, of the 1100 block of South 11th Street, who was charged with nine counts of aggravated assault, fired at least two shots at officers who were breaking into her apartment Friday, police said. No one was injured. Using search and seizure warrants, police raided Dacenzo's apartment and a second-floor apartment in the same rowhouse at 6:15 a.m., looking for stolen goods believed to be part of a fencing operation.
September 8, 2010
A cockfighting ring was busted Wednesday afternoon in the city's Fairhill section and more than 20 birds were seized, an animal welfare spokeswoman said. Officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant on a house in the 2900 block of North Seventh Street about 1:45 p.m., said PSPCA spokeswoman Liz Williamson. One man was arrested at the scene. Fighting roosters, hens, and chicks were taken from the house, which had a large ring for cockfighting, Williamson said.
April 6, 2012 |
"DIE HARD" goes condo in "The Raid: Redemption," a frenzied Indonesian action movie whose action credentials are through the roof. Here's the brutally simple premise: A team of heavily armored cops enters the ground floor of an apartment high-rise owned and occupied by a crime kingpin protected by several floors of armed thugs. It's an action movie in three acts - automatic weapons, blades, then fists. The higher the cops go, the more elemental the combat. In truth, though, most of the officers don't go very high.
August 8, 1997 |
A standoff between township police and a Garfield East resident that lasted more than six hours ended early yesterday without injury after a special unit stormed the man's home. Police received a report about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday that the man, Willie Grace, 57, of Executive Lane, had a loaded revolver and intended to "harm himself. " An unidentified female friend of Grace's reported the matter. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact Grace by phone, members of the Burlington County Special Response team were called to the scene.
September 30, 1988 |
Four people were arrested yesterday and about $100,000 in counterfeit bills was seized as state and local law enforcement authorities raided four homes in Upper Darby. The suspects, three men and one woman, were taken into custody between midnight and 8 a.m. from their homes by U.S. Secret Service agents and detectives with the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, investigators said. Investigators identified the suspects as Joseph Ermilio, 32, of the 300 block of Copley Road; Leslie Cocco, 35, of the 200 block of Long Lane; Stephen Picciotti, of the first block of Powell Lane, and William Wall, 23, of the 100 block of Wellington Road.
October 16, 2011
In the midst of marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it's worth noting that today is the 152d anniversary of the beginning of John Brown's infamous raid on Harpers Ferry. 1. At the time of the raid, Harpers Ferry was part of this state. a. West Virginia. b. Maryland. c. Virginia. d. Ohio. 2. In the early hours of the raid, a descendant of this founding father was kidnapped at his farm while the raiders were en route to Harpers Ferry.
January 25, 1992 |
Lorna Bartley, who claims her family was the victim of a racially-motivated police drug raid in Tacony, regained custody of her five children yesterday. Bartley, 31, went to Family Court to get the children, who had been held in the care of the Department of Human Services since the raid Tuesday night. "I am very, very happy after all the pain I was in," said Bartley, who has four sons and a daughter ranging in age from 2 months to 7 years. "The children are asking a lot of questions.