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October 8, 2005 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 10, 1998 | STEVEN M. FALK/ DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 6, 1999 | BY ED LEWIS
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.
NEWS
March 3, 1987 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
"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.
NEWS
August 8, 1997 | By David Hafetz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
September 30, 1988 | By Robert McSherry, Special to The Inquirer Inquirer correspondent Mary Ann Janco contributed to this article
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 25, 1992 | by Scott Flander, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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July 12, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
FBI agents descended Friday on Reading City Hall - their second such raid on a Pennsylvania municipal building in as many weeks. Nearly a dozen investigators spent nearly three hours copying contracts and hauling boxes of documents and computer equipment from the offices of Mayor Vaughn Spencer, the city council, and other departments. By afternoon, they had moved on to Spencer's house and spent several hours there. The Berks County raid came eight days after agents conducted a similar sweep through Allentown City Hall, also looking for information on municipal contracts.
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November 26, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yardley, 5:20 a.m. Cpl. Tim Reeves is driving in his unmarked Dodge Magnum when his police radio chirps. His team, serving a bench warrant nearby, needs help: A suspect has barricaded himself in the attic. The team needs Reeves - and Kendo. Kendo is Reeves' drug-sniffing dog, a 10-year-old German shepherd with a mean bark. Just the sound of the dog could scare a suspect out of a house, the corporal knows. Racing along empty streets on an unseasonably warm morning, Reeves speeds to the scene.
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August 3, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center City barber Kenneth Mills says he narrowly escaped the grip of corrupt Philadelphia narcotics officers. Mills, 46, who runs the Extremely Sharp cuttery on South 10th Street, was identified as victim "K.M. " in this week's federal indictment of six former officers from an elite narcotics unit. The indictment described the role of two of the six officers in a November 2011 raid on Mills' shop and his West Philadelphia rental property. It says Officers Brian Reynolds and Perry Betts stole $4,050 and a gold ring in the raid.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
FBI agents raided a Fairhill mental health clinic Monday, two months after a former employee sued, claiming she was fired for questioning what she described as fraudulent Medicaid billing. In April, Sheree Brown of Yeadon sued Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic, claiming its administrator, Sandy Acosta, and director, Carlos Matos, who is also a Democratic ward leader in Kensington, pushed her out of a job last year after she voiced her concerns. Federal authorities would not say whether their search of the practice, at 2637 N. Fifth St., was tied to Brown's allegations.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER An East Bradford Township man is suing the Chester County SPCA and the District Attorney's Office, alleging that two shelter staff members falsely represented themselves as authorized humane officers during a raid at his house in which more than 20 of his animals were confiscated. Larry Woodward of Bridge Road contends that his rights were violated when SPCA officials Christina Cain Pelosi and Craig Baxter, along with two police officers, came to his home April 22 with a search warrant.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania state trooper accused of stomping a handcuffed man in the head during a botched 2009 drug raid was acquitted Monday of a federal civil rights violation charge. Cheers and applause erupted in the courtroom from more than two dozen of Kelly Cruz's law enforcement colleagues as the jury delivered its verdict to U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin. It took less than two hours for the panel of five men and seven women to come to its decision. A visibly relieved Cruz declined to comment.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
NEW radar data indicates that the missing Malaysian airliner detoured around Indonesia, and "Raid 2: Berandal" gives you some idea why. This hyperviolent Indonesian action movie doubles down on all the elements in the cult hit original, "Raid: Redemption" - essentially the story of what appears to be the country's last honest cop, waging a one-man war against the forces of organized crime and co-opted law enforcement. Both movies depict Indonesia as a rolling mob war with civilization somewhere in the distant background (the word "berandal" is Indonesian for "hooligan")
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
DETECTIVES searched Justin Bieber 's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the perpetually partying pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said yesterday. One break, and detectives believe they can crack the case. ( Tattle question(s): How did eggs cause thousands of dollars of damage? How many did he throw? How hard did he throw them [no one ever confused the Biebs with Steve Carlton ]
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL A Cherry Hill man has been charged with raiding his younger brother's $1 million trust fund left by their dead father, authorities said. Gregory Fresta, 45, allegedly stole $678,000 from the trust between 2008 and 2010, according to an indictment by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia. Fresta was named trustee of the trust created by his father with a $1 million life insurance policy when his brother was a minor. The youngster was 13 when the father died in 2006, records show.
NEWS
December 7, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLLINGDALE When a phone seized during a morning drug sweep began ringing and interrupting his news conference, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan didn't skip a beat. "I don't know if we should answer it, but I can tell you we will investigate that to see if somebody's calling right now to make a purchase of some of these illegal drugs," he said. While looking over a table full of confiscated narcotics, weapons, cash, and phones, Whelan on Thursday announced the arrest of 18 people in a morning sweep in Collingdale Borough after a three-month investigation.
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