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July 25, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Farm 51 was bustling on a Thursday in early July, as neighbors poured into the lush educational farm and market to load up on kale and collards, eggs in delicate shades of beige, cream, and blue, bunches of herbs, and jars of honey. "This is the annual flower show, right here," said Shelly Nieves, who stopped in to buy greens and left with an armful of gifts: a bouquet of flowers and three kinds of sage. It's hard to imagine that when Neal Santos and Andrew Olson moved to the 5100 block of Chester Avenue in West Philadelphia, this space - made up of two lots, one then city-owned, the other long abandoned - was a haven for crime and dumping.
NEWS
May 10, 1986
Boss Hogg was envious. Here were those goldurned Duke boys racing around the countryside in that fancy car of theirs, making the sheriff look like a damfool. What to do? Ralph (Boss Hogg) Passio had an answer, according to sources close to the FBI's investigation of his Philadelphia sheriff's office. Mudflaps. Also power antennas and fancy car sound systems. Even a sheriff who doesn't know where he's going deserves to take his trips in style. A car is important to a Philadelphia sheriff.
NEWS
October 8, 1987
Close calls between good candidates for the same office are not common in Philadelphia politics. Often the choices are so bad that choosing one person to endorse is a painful process. That's why the race for Philadelphia sheriff is such a pleasure. Each candidate presents a rational, well-thought-out plan of action, and brings with him a dignity and professionalism non-existent during the reign of Sheriff Ralph "Boss Hogg" Passio 3rd. Both Democrat John Green and Republican Bill Cole have ample law enforcement experience and a sense of purpose that will be invaluable in running the office.
NEWS
September 14, 1986 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
William Rowley, the undersheriff in Burlington County, leaned over his desk, fumbled through a few legal pads and budget documents, and began explaining his strategy to become the county's next sheriff. But then he became distracted. Pulling his huge frame from an undersized chair, Rowley turned to the dreary conditions in the Burlington County sheriff's office, a two-story brick building on High and Grant Streets in Mount Holly. "We're living in squalor here," Rowley said.
NEWS
April 24, 2003 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He's getting more work for less money. And he's leaving a fairly stable job for one where, in two years, he will have to be elected to the post. But ask Edward J. Donnelly why he's leaving as chief of the Lower Southampton Police Department to become Bucks County sheriff and he will say simply: "It's something different. " From a captain in the Philadelphia Police Department to the head of the 29-member Southampton squad, the 37-year-veteran said he's just about seen it all. Except sheriff.
NEWS
May 9, 1986 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Surprising members of his party, Burlington County Sheriff Francis P. "Luke" Brennan said yesterday that he wants to be the chairman of the county Democratic committee. Brennan made the announcement four weeks before the scheduled election and days after county Democrats said Jack Shaw, a political fund-raiser for Rep. James J. Florio (D., N.J.), who had expressed interest in the chairmanship, would be right for the job. Shaw said Monday that he would wait until next week before deciding whether to run for the chairmanship.
NEWS
February 3, 2012
THERE IS AN equation in politics: Good news for one person is bad news for another. Former state Sen. T. Milton Street Sr. , fresh from federal prison last year when he challenged Mayor Nutter in the Democratic primary election, has dropped plans to run against state Rep. Michelle Brownlee for the 195th District seat representing the Strawberry Mansion, Powelton and Mantua area. Street tells us that, instead, he will seek the vacant House seat in the 197th District, which stretches from North Philly to East Falls.
NEWS
October 23, 1986 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
If the Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission had its way, Ralph C. Passio III, the accountant from South Philadelphia, would be the last elected Philadelphia sheriff. The commission voted 16-1 yesterday to ask that the 290-person sheriff's office be reformed and the sheriff be appointed by the mayor rather than elected. The vote means the commission, an advisory panel composed of nearly all major city officials involved in the criminal justice system and chaired by Mayor Goode, will ask City Council to put the matter to the voters.
NEWS
July 31, 1986 | By Christopher Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of the city's top criminal justice officials yesterday tentatively endorsed a move to make the Philadelphia sheriff an appointed rather than elected position. The Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, which is composed of officials from city criminal justice agencies, voted 9-6 in favor of having future Philadelphia sheriffs selected by appointment rather than by election. The same group voted to suggest reorganizing rather than abolishing the sheriff's office, which has been the subject of investigations by the FBI and City Council into payments for car repairs from petty-cash funds and alleged improprieties involving sheriff's foreclosure sales.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CENTENNIAL, COLO. - A former Colorado sheriff known for his crusade against youth drug-use pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of trading methamphetamine for sex. Patrick Sullivan was sentenced to 38 days in jail, with credit for eight days already served, and two years of probation for felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of solicitation for prostitution. He must pay $1,100 in penalties. He was the sheriff in Arapahoe County from 1984 until 2002, when he resigned to become security director of the Cherry Creek School District.
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FOOD
July 25, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Farm 51 was bustling on a Thursday in early July, as neighbors poured into the lush educational farm and market to load up on kale and collards, eggs in delicate shades of beige, cream, and blue, bunches of herbs, and jars of honey. "This is the annual flower show, right here," said Shelly Nieves, who stopped in to buy greens and left with an armful of gifts: a bouquet of flowers and three kinds of sage. It's hard to imagine that when Neal Santos and Andrew Olson moved to the 5100 block of Chester Avenue in West Philadelphia, this space - made up of two lots, one then city-owned, the other long abandoned - was a haven for crime and dumping.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
Philadelphians took a gamble when they elected a veteran legislator to serve as sheriff. But Jewell Williams, who was a state representative for 11 years, assured voters that he was not so steeped in local politics that he couldn't reform the agency. Unfortunately, Williams hasn't followed the rules instituted to address the poor accounting that plagued the Sheriff's Office under his predecessor, John Green, who retired in 2011 after an audit revealed millions in undocumented expenditures.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Sheriff's Office has failed to enact a number of financial reforms it promised the Nutter administration it would make, City Controller Alan Butkovitz contended in an audit released Monday. The audit also was critical of the administration as not ensuring that those changes were made, primarily one requiring the Sheriff's Office to have all contracts approved by the Law and Finance Departments. "The city was supposed to provide leadership and support," Butkovitz said in a statement.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz wants to know why the Nutter administration is not following through on an agreement intended to clean up the Sheriff's Office. Following news that the office has continued to dole out contracts to politically connected people with little oversight despite a recent reform effort, Butkovitz today will release a harsh report on the subject. The report, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News , says the administration and Sheriff Jewell Williams have failed to implement many aspects of a 2012 memorandum of understanding between the Mayor's Office and the Sheriff's Office.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams has continued to award contracts, some to political contributors and friends, without the legal approvals required by a 2012 agreement with the Nutter administration. The Inquirer obtained copies of 14 recent contracts that violate the 2012 memorandum of understanding that stipulated that all sheriff's contracts be approved by the city's Law and Finance Departments. Williams' office contends that the contracts were too small to require city approval and were not being paid with city appropriations.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
ON NOV. 13, 1982, Deputy Sheriff Roy J. Fortson Jr. was killed while engaging with two gunmen who were attempting to rob the Majestic Bar on the 400 block of North 36th Street. He was the first deputy sheriff in the city to die in the line of duty. Yesterday morning, members of the Philadelphia Police Department, friends and family gathered to watch as a Hero Plaque was dedicated in Fortson's honor outside the Criminal Justice Center on Filbert Street near 13th in Center City. "To be able to be a part of these events is really just so rewarding to me," said attorney James J. Binns, founder of the Hero Plaque Program.
NEWS
May 17, 2014
New Montgomery County Sheriff Russell J. Bono has chosen the man who for years was his second-in-command at the Norristown Police Department as his second-in-command in the sheriff's office. At a news conference on the courthouse steps Thursday, Bono introduced Willie Richet as his new chief deputy, saying, "I literally trust this person with my life. " The two have known each other for about 40 years. They rose through the ranks after partnering as officers in the Norristown Police Department.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
THE PHILADELPHIA Sheriff's Office has long been known as a crossroads of corruption and incompetence. It's where the city's antique patronage system meets the demands of the new age - and fails miserably. Columnist Ronnie Polaneczky is the latest to reveal how dysfunctional the office can be. She called and called the office's Real Estate Department recently, only to have her calls go unanswered or disconnected. When she finally did get a human on the line, she was told that there was no one in the Real Estate Department that day. Which struck Polaneczky as odd, because she had made those calls on her cell while standing inside the department's offices, where she could see several workers behind the counters.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
JOE PIZZO has a problem: He wants to attend next week's three-day property auction being held by the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office. "There's a house I'm interested in bidding on," says Pizzo, who has had some success buying, rehabbing and selling properties via public auctions like the ones held monthly by the Sheriff. The glitch is, he has no money to play with - because the Sheriff's Office won't return the $30,185 that Pizzo paid them four months ago for a property of which the office later reversed the sale.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ON JAN. 23, I called the main number of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office and asked to be connected to the Real Estate Department, which handles sales of foreclosed and tax-delinquent properties. I had been phoning the department's direct number, but it repeatedly rang and then disconnected. "There's no one in real estate today," explained the woman who answered my call. "They're all at the sheriff's sale. " "Is there someone I can talk to for just a minute?" I asked. "No one's there," she repeated.
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