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June 7, 2010 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When pulled over for speeding or running a stop sign, some people make excuses or beg for leniency. Others shed tears to escape a ticket. For a select group of Philadelphians, there's another option: pulling out the courtesy card. The blue, business card-size squares of paper, issued each year by the Police Department's largest union and mailed to all members of the department's 6,600-plus force, ask that "all courtesies of the organization" be extended to the bearer of the card.
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April 5, 1989 | By John D. Shabe, Special to The Inquirer
When Sue McErlain took her sergeant's oath at Monday's Gloucester Township Council meeting, Mayor Ann A. Mullen noted how appropriate it was that McErlain was promoted in March - Women's History Month. But McErlain insists that being the township's first woman sergeant is nothing of historical significance. "It's really no big deal to me," said McErlain, 35. "I've been here so long, I'm just a member of the department. I just want to do a good job. " McErlain was one of four police officers promoted at Monday's council meeting.
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March 4, 1990 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
When H. Wallace Welliver 3d was sworn in as Hatfield Township's police chief last May, he said he wanted to establish a strong chain of command. Now, nine months later, his goal is being realized with the promotion of two patrol officers to sergeant. Hatfield supervisors voted, 5-0, Wednesday night to promote 21-year Hatfield police veterans Robert Jastremski and William Neff, township manager Stan Seitzinger Jr. said. With the promotions, the 19-member force has four sergeants, one lieutenant, an assistant chief and chief.
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October 12, 1989 | By Kerry Lippincott, Special to The Inquirer
Two members of the Caln Township Police Department have been promoted to sergeant, the first time in 13 years police officers in the township have attained that rank. The promotions of Patrolmen James Reed and Barry Beach bring to three the number of sergeants in the 13-member department. "We'd like to congratulate these officers on a job well done," said Charles F. O'Donnell, president of the Board of Supervisors, at Tuesday's meeting. Police Chief Jim Franciscus told the board that the officers were subjected to vigorous psychological, physical and written tests before their official appointments on Oct. 2. Reed, 40, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army for three years, began working in the Police Department in August 1976.
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February 29, 2016
A Philadelphia police sergeant crashed his cruiser into a utility pole in the Wynnefield section early Saturday after swerving to avoid what appeared to be an animal in the road, a police spokeswoman said. It was about 2:30 a.m. when the sergeant, who was responding to a call to assist another officer, crashed into the pole on the 2100 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue, said Officer Tanya Little. The sergeant, of the 19th District in West Philadelphia, was admitted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center with a head injury.
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April 11, 1988 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sgt. Maureen Royds has begun work as a sergeant in the homicide unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, becoming the first woman to supervise a squad in the prestigious and nearly all-male detective division. Royds, 34, was transferred last week from Northeast Detectives, where she was a sergeant for about a year. She joined the force 12 years ago as part of the first class of women police officers. Royds and Detective Patricia Brennan are now the only women in the 80- member unit.
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February 18, 1988 | By Mike Franolich and Lee Pasternack, Special to The Inquirer
FBI agents yesterday were investigating the slaying of an Air Force sergeant at her McGuire Air Force Base home, where her husband also was found stabbed repeatedly, law enforcement officials said. Agent Austin Andersen, who has been assigned to the case, said he was uncertain whether the Tuesday morning killing at the couple's Falcon Court East home at the military installation was prompted by a dispute between Sgt. Linda Karen Donley and her husband, Malcolm, or whether an intruder was involved.
NEWS
May 4, 1994
Besides a near-fatal dose of blather, interviews with candidates expose us semi-annually to an important insight. The politicians need to spend less time in focus groups and more in the neighborhoods. That way, they might come up with strategies that not only sound good for 30 seconds, but have a chance of working because they build on peoples' instincts and natural motivations. As it is, the candidates state positions that appear to make sense in the ephemera of a half-minute TV ad but, when scrutinized, are based on no real evidence of how things actually work.
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April 25, 1998 | By Eddie Olsen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County Park Police sergeant who was suspended in June 1996 after he was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun was sentenced to one year probation and fined $155 yesterday. Richard D. Frisch, 45, of Erial, who resigned from the park police in February, declined to comment as he left Camden County Superior Court with his attorney, Saul J. Steinberg. Frisch pleaded guilty last February to having a prohibited fully automatic weapon. Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Joel H. Aronow said that investigators with the New Jersey State Police linked Frisch to two MAC-10 Avenger machine guns, manufactured by Hatten Arms.
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January 13, 1988 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
An Army private testified yesterday that a Fort Dix sergeant tricked her male companion into leaving her with the sergeant, who then took her back to a motel she had been at and raped her. Ted J. Sinclair, 26, is charged with rape and kidnapping in a Burlington County Superior Court trial that opened yesterday. Sinclair, who had lived at Fort Dix, is being held at the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly. In her opening statement, Assistant Prosecutor Lily Oeffler told the 12 jurors and two alternates that Sinclair allegedly awoke the victim, who was in bed with a male companion in a North Hanover motel, and told her she had an urgent phone call.
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May 13, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, STAFF WRITER
After Robert W. Padgett married Barbara Carpenter in June 1958, he enlisted in the Army in September and was sent to a base in northeastern France. Though only a private, he had a friend in a sergeant, who helped get him a three-day pass in November. So when Mr. Padgett's wife arrived at a Paris airport that month, she met not only her husband but also the sergeant and his wife, who had driven him to this once-in-a-lifetime reunion. During their time in Paris, the Padgetts dined at the restaurant high on the Eiffel Tower.
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February 29, 2016
A Philadelphia police sergeant crashed his cruiser into a utility pole in the Wynnefield section early Saturday after swerving to avoid what appeared to be an animal in the road, a police spokeswoman said. It was about 2:30 a.m. when the sergeant, who was responding to a call to assist another officer, crashed into the pole on the 2100 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue, said Officer Tanya Little. The sergeant, of the 19th District in West Philadelphia, was admitted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center with a head injury.
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February 29, 2016
Woman knifed in train elevator A woman had a scary elevator ride at a SEPTA train station in Kensington early Saturday when a man tried to rob her at knifepoint, police said. At about 1:30 a.m., the 30-year-old woman was in an elevator at the Huntingdon Station, at 2600 Kensington Ave., at the Market-Frankford Line when the man got into the elevator with her, police said. The man pulled out what looked like a kitchen knife and said, "Give me the money," then stabbed the victim in the left shoulder and left leg as he tried to fleece her pockets, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
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October 9, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police sergeant was suspended with intent to dismiss for failing to comply with a federal magistrate's order in an unspecified investigation and search of his home, a department spokesman said Wednesday. Sgt. Francis Rawls, 36, a 17-year veteran of the force who was assigned to the 16th District in West Philadelphia, was ordered to produce unencrypted hard drives as part of an investigation and he failed to do so, said a police spokesman, Lt. John Stanford. The nature of the investigation was not revealed.
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September 17, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
FOUR DAYS after a Philly cop posted an online rant about being denied access to a Center City Starbucks bathroom, the Seattle-based coffeehouse Goliath announced it had apologized to the officer. In a Facebook post that went viral last week, the unnamed sergeant said he entered the Starbucks in the Macy's building at 13th and Chestnut streets in full uniform and asked a "young blonde liberal" employee if he could have the key code for the coffee shop's bathroom. She told him the bathroom was for paying customers only and recommended a bathroom down the street.
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July 3, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
FORMER Philadelphia Police Sgt. Brandon Ruff alleged that his arrest last year was unlawful and done with excessive force, but a federal jury didn't see it that way. After an hour of deliberation yesterday, the jury unanimously dismissed his claims of wrongful arrest and use of excessive force against six 35th District officers when Ruff tried to turn in three guns at the station in August. "The officers are very relieved and satisfied with their day in court and the jury's decision," said Chief Deputy City Solicitor Craig Straw, who represented the defendants.
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July 3, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal jury on Wednesday rejected a civil suit from a former Philadelphia police sergeant, who said he was wrongfully arrested while off duty last year as he tried to anonymously drop off a bag of guns at a police district headquarters. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year police veteran, alleged that six officers involved in detaining him Aug. 3 had no cause to do so, used excessive force, and then fabricated a story that led to criminal charges being filed against him. He shrugged off the jury's verdict, though, as if it were the outcome he had expected from the start.
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June 29, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
WAS POLICE Sgt. Brandon Ruff unlawfully arrested, or was excessive force used on him by his fellow police officers? Those are the questions to be answered by a federal jury, which heard opening statements yesterday at the start of Ruff's civil trial. Ruff, 28, sued six cops from the 35th District, at Broad and Champlost streets in Ogontz - Officers Michelle Long, Ivene Echels, Angelina Bednarz, John Thompson and Marc Monachello, and Sgt. Donna Bachmayer. The case stems from a bizarre incident that happened Aug. 3. Ruff, then a sergeant in Powelton's 16th District, was off-duty and wearing casual clothes when he went to the 35th District to turn in three guns anonymously.
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May 24, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
As tears rolled down his face, a fatigues-clad Rafael Encinas placed his head in his hands and tried to compose himself while surrounded by a few hundred Marlton students decked out in red, white, and blue. Encinas was Evans Elementary's honoree at this year's Memorial Day celebration, but he said the day was not about him. "There's many people I served with who are no longer with us. They're with God," Encinas said. "This is for them. " The U.S. Air Force sergeant stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst started the day thinking he'd be speaking to daughter Lucia's third-grade class.
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May 1, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant who supervised six former narcotics officers accused of planting evidence, threatening suspects and stealing drugs and money defended the ex-cops during their corruption trial in federal court yesterday. Testifying for the defense, Sgt. Joseph McCloskey told the court that the defendants had filed the proper paperwork and that he had never witnessed any theft or violence. "If that would have happened in my presence, we wouldn't be here today, I would have taken care of it seven years ago," he said.
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