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June 27, 1987 | By Sara Solovitch, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Quality of Work Life Program was intended to improve communication between management and labor at the post office in Lancaster. But, according to a federal lawsuit filed by five mail handlers against former U.S. Postmaster General Albert V. Casey, communication was strictly a one-way street. It all began after postal authorities installed a surveillance camera in a conference room that had been set aside for the counseling of employees on work-related problems. According to depositions filed yesterday in U.S. District Court, the employees discovered the camera in a ceiling panel during repair and remodeling of the conference room in January 1986.
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February 13, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council held a committee hearing Monday on the city's surveillance-camera program, which has been plagued by technical problems and has been criticized by Council members and the city controller. Officials testified Monday representing SEPTA, the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and the School District of Philadelphia - all large institutions that operate their own cameras to fight crime. But no one from the Nutter administration spoke.
NEWS
April 9, 2007
News item: Police surveillance cameras equipped with loudspeakers, which allow operators to shout at people behaving badly, are to be installed in towns across England. Example: A young man drops a candy wrapper on the sidewalk. "Be a good lad and pick that up, won't you?" a camera commands. The man complies. "Lovely jubbly," the camera says. Philadelphia is experimenting with surveillance cameras, too, but our cameras don't talk. At least, not yet. Camera location 5, South Street near Fifth.
NEWS
September 14, 1995 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A young man - already awaiting trial for an alleged burglary offense - and two teenage boys were charged Tuesday with robbing a gas station here last spring. Darrin A. Thaxton, 18, of Lansdale, was pulled out of Pottstown High, where he is a senior, and arrested on a warrant, Franconia police said yesterday. One of the boys, a 17-year-old from Towamencin, was taken to the county juvenile detention facility. Police were not sure whether the other boy, a 16- year-old from Hilltown, had been detained.
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January 16, 2008 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The surveillance camera in the Germantown neighborhood where the grand-nephew of former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. was fatally shot in the back by police did not capture the shooting, authorities said yesterday. The police surveillance camera is around the corner, and investigators reviewed the tape to determine whether the shooting was recorded, said Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, speaking at a town-hall meeting in Northeast Philadelphia last night, said the video depicts two people running and little else.
NEWS
November 15, 1996 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police last night released a photo of a man they said used ATM and credit cards taken during the Halloween robbery and slaying of University of Pennsylvania researcher Vladimir Sled. The photo was taken by a surveillance camera in West Philadelphia, police said. Police said the man in the photo was wanted for fraudulent use of ATM and credit cards. The cards, police added, belong to Sled's girlfriend, Cecilia Hagerhall, whose purse was taken during the robbery on Larchwood Avenue near 43d Street, also in West Philadelphia.
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March 29, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer
A SOUTH PHILLY phlebotomist's blood is boiling after the fake flowers he tied down with barbed wire were stolen from in front of his house for the seventh year in a row. And his refusal to remain a wallflower led him to turn over surveillance footage of the thief to police. "It's not the crime of the century, but it's the principle of the thing," said victim Ronald Addes. The video from Addes' neighbor's surveillance camera shows a woman standing on her toes, plucking out the 14 plastic flowers, one by one, from the front of his house on 10th Street near Jackson, and placing them in her bag about 2 a.m. March 21. Addes said that he put the flowers out because his mother used to like them, and he switches up them up four times a year with the changing of the seasons.
NEWS
October 23, 2010
Police are still seeking the second gunman involved in the attempted robbery that led to a fatal shootout at William Glatz Jewelers. After the incident, the gunman, caught on a surveillance camera (photo on left), fled up Passmore Street, police said. He's described as black, about 5 feet 8, early 20s, and was wearing dark clothing and had a black backpack and a revolver during the robbery. Tipsters can call homicide detectives at 215-686-3334 or -3335.
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August 27, 2011 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
U.S. Marshals found a fugitive - accused of robbing a Wendy's in Germantown on Aug. 16 and breaking through the drive-through window of a McDonald's in East Germantown on Aug. 18 - hiding in the crawlspace of his girlfriend's house in upstate New York yesterday. Jerome Edwards, 40, of Church Street near Frankford in Kensington, was also wanted for violating the terms of his probation, which stemmed from a weapons violation. Officials said Edwards surrendered to the U.S. Marshals in Albany, N.Y., without incident when they arrived about noon.
NEWS
August 5, 2012
Philadelphia Police are searching for a suspect caught on surveillance camera during two violent West Philadelphia nail salon stick-ups. A store surveillance camera appears to have caught a clean shot of the suspect in the two hold-ups, said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives. Around 11 a.m., Thursday, the gunmen burst into the Myly Nail Salon on the 6200 block Lansdowne Avenue, and put a small black handgun to the store owner as she was working on a customer. The gunman told the woman "to shut up unless you want to die," Walker said, before fleeing with $100.
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June 10, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
What started as a push to have Philadelphia bars install exterior surveillance cameras on Monday became a broader debate about mandating cameras elsewhere, including all parking garages. The suggestion that garages be required to have cameras was made to City Council by the lawyer for a woman who was beaten and raped in a Center City garage on New Year's Day. "Regrettably, common sense has not been sufficient to convince the parking garages - some of them at least - to go forward and have video surveillance in all areas of public access," Shanin Specter told Council.
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
PHILADELPHIA'S 250 police surveillance cameras in recent years have documented shocking crimes and helped convict the evildoers responsible for them. But just how many of those cameras are operational? City officials say 93 percent are working and recording at any given time. But City Controller Alan Butkovitz told City Council yesterday that one-third of the cameras are broken, and some that work aren't even being monitored by human beings. Butkovitz said two reviews of the cameras by his office - in June 2012 and May 2013 - turned up the same results.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO MONTHS of pent-up tension and anger came roaring out Wednesday night at a neighborhood church in Powelton. About 150 people packed the pews of the Catalyst for Change church, on Baring Street near 38th, for "Philly After Ferguson," a town-hall meeting that brought together civic leaders and community members demanding answers on relations with police officers. It didn't take long, however, for the conversation to steer toward the death of Brandon Tate-Brown, a 26-year-old fatally shot by police during a traffic stop Dec. 15. "Now I have this debilitating disease, a chronic one that is hanging over me and will never leave," Tanya Brown-Dickerson, Tate-Brown's mother, told the crowd.
SPORTS
January 20, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
GOLFER Robert Allenby had a tough weekend. On Friday night in Hawaii, he was allegedly abducted, beaten and robbed after missing the cut of the Sony Open earlier in the day. Yesterday, he discussed the incident with the Associated Press. "You think that happens in the movie, not real life," said Allenby, whose left eye was swollen shut due to the attack. "I'm just happy to be alive. " Allenby said he remembers having dinner and drinks with a friend, but has difficulty recalling any other details.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IT TAKES ONLY about 10 minutes for a citizen to let police know about a surveillance camera at home or at work that can be tapped for solving crime. The Philadelphia Police Department's SafeCam program, launched in 2011 as a tool to connect police with citizens who have private surveillance cameras on homes and businesses, has about 900 participants throughout the city. One West Philadelphia woman whose husband installed cameras at their Cedar Park home last year said that signing up for SafeCam has helped her form a relationship with detectives who work where she lives, and fostered her trust in the officers around her neighborhood.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
High-tech surveillance cameras are going up on street poles in suburban South Jersey communities where they are being used as virtual patrols to stretch police departments. Many have been installed quietly, netting a rash of drug dealers as well as petty criminals. In Riverside, a blue-collar town of 9,000, the equipment was used in recent years to disband a burglary ring and a Bloods Gang affiliate known as Sex Money Murder. Nearby, in Burlington City, the equipment captured an encounter with a vandal who had a ladder, a hammer, and a scheme to stop the incessant recording on a street corner known as a drug market.
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December 7, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
POLICE WERE searching last night for a suspect who allegedly brought a gun into a Kensington high school yesterday morning, prompting a lockdown. The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. at Kensington Urban High School, on East Cumberland Street near Coral, officials said. According to school district spokesman Fernando Gallard, a student reported a person flashing a gun at him on the first floor before exiting the building. The school was briefly placed on lockdown. Gallard said police have not confirmed that a gun was involved.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IN A DECISION that Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey called "disappointing," an arbitrator on Wednesday moved to reinstate fired Philadelphia narcotics cop Jeffrey Cujdik. Ramsey booted Cujdik from the force in May, following a long-running Internal Affairs investigation into allegations that the veteran cop lied on search warrants and had an inappropriate relationship with an informant - and then lied about both to investigators. The allegations were first unearthed in the 2009 Daily News series "Tainted Justice.
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November 4, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHATEVER Carlesha Freeland-Gaither wants, she fights for, her family said. On Sunday night, she fought like hell for her life. Carlesha, 22, was abducted by an unknown man on a Germantown street about 9:30 p.m. and the entire disturbing incident - including the young woman's brave resistance - was caught on surveillance camera. "I can tell you one thing, she's a fighter. She was not just giving up, she wasn't just going to be taken" said Carlesha's mother, Keisha Gaither.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
WHEN Philadelphia put up its first surveillance cameras in 2008 to help police fight crime, a few civil libertarians squawked that the system smacked of Big Brother-like spying. But now it seems that being Big Brother has been a big bother for the city, because roughly two-thirds of the 202 cameras have fallen into disrepair, and the city weaseled out of its promise to repair them by early last fall, according to City Controller Alan Butkovitz. Mayor Nutter said that Butkovitz's findings, released in an audit yesterday, were wrong.
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