July 9, 1998 |
The Special Weapons and Tactics team was called in when officers attempting to serve a warrant were confronted by a man who locked himself in a house on Stiles Street in the Bridesburg section yesterday. The man had two Rottweilers and the cops feared he was armed. SWAT team members (above) covered James W. Hall, 27, as he surrendered to others (right). He was charged with resisting arrest. Police said Hall was not armed.
July 5, 2011 |
Mark Richard Geisenheyner, the man suspected of shooting five people in cold blood at a rural Montgomery County house Saturday night - killing two, including a 2-year-old boy - was asleep when the acquaintance with whom he'd sought refuge called the cops on him. The acquaintance, identified by neighbors only as Gary, and his wife, Trish, had found Geisenheyner outside their house on Post Road in Trainer Borough, Delaware County, when they came...
July 13, 2011
I THINK Tom Corbett's most newsworthy Cabinet member - that would be Health Secretary Eli Avila - might be on to something. Perhaps you saw the Inquirer story about Avila ordering nine blue SWAT team-type jackets for himself and senior staff with DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH on the front and back, and - for himself - a badge with SECRETARY OF HEALTH curled around the state seal. (And by "state seal" I don't mean a clapping, beach ball-balancing seal; I mean the official commonwealth seal: sailing ship, plow, three sheaves of wheat.)
August 11, 1986 |
Philadelphia's garbage strike ended three weeks ago, but a vestige of the walkout remains: flies. And they are here in force. "My husband is presently going around the kitchen killing flies as I am trying to cook," Rosemary Cubas, who lives in the 2100 block of North Second Street, said on a recent evening. "We have never in my house had so many flies. They're outside. They're inside. They're everywhere. It's getting on people's nerves. " To Kyong Yi and her mother, Poksun Yi, it seems as if the flies own the streets of Center City these days.
March 7, 2003 |
Florence High coach Art Bobik, his voice hoarse, said he couldn't understand why his boys' basketball team seemed to have so much less energy than Gloucester in last night's NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 quarterfinal. Ian James, Gloucester's crafty point guard, supplied the answer: "There was talk all around school about how Florence beat us in the football playoffs last year and how they knocked us out of the basketball playoffs, so we had a lot of things working for us tonight.
July 26, 2015 |
Francis Whalen, the SWAT officer who was injured Wednesday in a shootout that left a murder suspect dead, has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of a preliminary investigation, police said. Whalen, a 17-year veteran, was part of a tactical team that stormed a Northeast Philadelphia apartment in the 800 block of Riverside Drive on Wednesday morning in search of Devon Guisherd, 27. Guisherd was wanted on two counts of homicide in the September 2014 shooting death of Megan Doto, 25, and her unborn child.
September 17, 2014 |
YOU HAVE TO give Philadelphia police officers credit for attending Fox Chase Community Night Out, part of a national anti-violence event to fight crime. And it's no surprise that the uniformed SWAT cops came armed with a few "toys" to attract residents to their table - a police van, a helmet, a couple of bulletproof vests. But when one of the toys is a semiautomatic rifle, you have to be stunned at the imprudence of putting the gun in the hands of children. Marion Brown certainly was. Besides being a Fox Chase resident, Brown is a co-coordinator of a local chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
May 28, 1995 |
"Shoot two rounds to the body! Clear the weapon! Shoot one slug to the head!" Such were the orders one recent Friday as the county's top guns - and experts in explosives, chemical agents and assorted assault weapons - gathered at Medford Township's outdoor police shooting range for Top Gun 1995 Team Competition, a rare opportunity to match wits and weapons. "God forbid you ever have to shoot someone, but if you do, you must shoot to kill," said Dave Ekelburg, a member of the Burlington City Special Weapons and Tactical team who specializes in dealing with chemical agents.
July 2, 1998 |
Planning for the worst, Middletown Township Police Chief Frank McKenna told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday night that he wants to set up a SWAT-style "multi-agency special reaction team" before a hostage situation or other crisis takes his department by surprise. "It's not a matter of will it happen here in Bucks County, but when it will happen," McKenna told the supervisors. With little debate, the supervisors voted, 4-0, to allow McKenna to join other departments in the area, including Warminster and Northampton Townships, to set up a heavily trained and armed interdepartmental team to serve dangerous arrest warrants, and deal with hostage incidents and other high-risk situations in much of Lower Bucks County.
April 28, 2001 |
It was clean-up day in Holmesburg yesterday. City workers picked up trash and tried to spruce up this mostly tidy working class neighborhood. But when two anti-graffiti workers knocked on the door of a home to offer to help clean up graffiti painted on the house, little did they know they would be running for their lives. Joan Campiglia, 55, answered the door on Oakmont Street near Torresdale Avenue, and began cursing at them, police said. Her son, George Rush, 36, then came to the door, grabbed his mother around the neck and fired what looked like a small gun at the workers, police said.