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July 9, 1998 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 5, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
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...
NEWS
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.)
NEWS
August 11, 1986 | By Fen Montaigne, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 7, 2003 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
May 28, 1995 | By Reshma Memon Yaqub, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
"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.
NEWS
July 2, 1998 | By Jack Brown, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
April 28, 2001 | by Yvonne Latty Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 29, 1993 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Since Clarence Weatherspoon frequently is compared to Charles Barkley, the occasion of Barkley's first visit to the Spectrum as a visiting player perhaps is the proper time to note a statistical category in which he appears to have Sir Charles beaten stone cold. Weatherspoon, the Sixers' rookie forward from Southern Mississippi, scored 18 points in yesterday's 110-100 loss to the Barkley-led Phoenix Suns. But Weatherspoon had three of his 21 shots blocked to up his season total to 121. This is historic stuff, when you consider that the unofficial league record for collected rejection slips, set last season by the Charlotte Hornets' Kendall Gill, is 123. It's unofficial because Harvey Pollack, the Sixers' director of statistical information, began compiling the statistic on his own last year.
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May 29, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
SOMETIMES A caller will ring Dr. Lou's Place, order a sandwich and not come by to pick it up. That had been the worst prank call that owner Lou Pica could recall at his little corner bar near the Delaware River in Roebling, Burlington County - until the phone rang on a Saturday afternoon last month. "They said there was a bomb in the building, and the bartender laughed it off and hung up," Pica said. "It sounded like a kid. " The caller also called the police. That's how a SWAT team wound up in Lou Pica's bar on April 11, rifles drawn, moving slowly past his pool table, his pictures of Elvis and half-empty beer bottles, looking for a bomb that wasn't there.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
May 29, 2014
MEDIA Delaware County on Wednesday will unveil the latest addition in its fight against crime, SWAT One. The black 2014 Lenco "BearCat" ballistic-engineered armored response vehicle will be displayed beginning at 1 p.m. at Rose Tree Media Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media. The county's SWAT team will show off the new vehicle's capabilities and special features. The state-of-the-art armored car can carry 10 people and withstand a hit from a 50 caliber projectile. It has night-vision optics and a battering ram, said Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A SWAT team arrived outside a South Philadelphia house Monday evening expecting to find a potential hostage situation underway. Instead, it found a 16-year-old in the middle of an Xbox Live game - no hostages, weapons, or injuries in sight. Now, police are investigating how and why someone called in the false report. Police said the Third District fielded a call just before 6 p.m. Monday reporting that an armed man was inside a house on the 2300 block of South American Street.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
BOB GUZZARDI, a conservative activist from Ardmore, has no plans to raise serious campaign cash and little chance to defeat Gov. Corbett in the May 20 Republican primary election. That didn't stop four Republican officials from across the state from trying to boot Guzzardi from the ballot yesterday. Guzzardi calls that good news. "I think this gives me credibility as a candidate," he said. "They're taking me seriously. They see me as a threat. That is amazing. " The challenge, filed in Commonwealth Court, claims that Guzzardi failed to gather the required 2,000 signatures from voters in his party on nominating petitions, with at least 100 coming from 10 counties.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE PLAN WAS to settle a beef over money, but things got out of hand and someone ended up dead. That, in so many words, is the story behind a shooting Tuesday in Logan that turned into a tense standoff between a group of guys and SWAT Unit cops, police said yesterday. Khoeum Roen, 24, and his 23-year-old brother were inside a parked car on Ruscomb Street near 13th about 6 p.m. arguing with a group of men outside over a financial dispute, Homicide Capt. James Clark said at an afternoon news conference.
NEWS
December 16, 2012 | Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Police in Alabama fatally shot two suspects Saturday following separate shooting incidents 75 miles apart that left several others, including two officers, wounded. Authorities said Jason Letts, 38, of Jemison, opened fire early Saturday morning at a hospital in Birmingham, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer. Police were sent to St. Vincent's Hospital around 4 a.m. to check on a report of an armed man inside the facility.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery Township neighborhood was on lockdown for several hours Wednesday as a SWAT team tried to make contact with a 47-year-old man whom they believed to be barricaded and armed inside his home. Several residents were evacuated from the block of Longwood Place in the Neshaminy Falls neighborhood from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when officers entered the residence and found the man dead in the living room. Police did not immediately release his identity. The incident began when the man's mother came into the police station to report a conflict with her son, according to Montgomery Township police.
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | By JASON NARK and Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN PATRICK CISER pictures "police officer" in his head, when he wonders whom he'd want by his side if things ever got hairy out in the field, there's only one man. Richard "Klem" Klementovich. That's why Ciser, a retired lieutenant with the Clifton, N.J., Police Department, was heartsick that Klementovich, whom he supervised for years in the Passaic County town, had holed himself up Sunday on his quiet Doylestown street of half-million-dollar homes, firing shots at fellow officers.
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | Kathy Boccella, Darran Simon, Jennifer Lin and Kristen A. Graham
A Clifton, N.J., police officer said to have "long guns that can shoot quite a distance" barricaded himself in the Doylestown Township home of his estranged wife on Sunday, sporadically shooting at police and injuring one officer, authorities said. The upscale neighborhood of Doylestown Lea, where Father's Day cookouts had been planned on a gorgeous sunny day, turned into a tense scene with weapons-toting police and armored vehicles arriving shortly after 2 p.m. to await the resolution of a standoff until late into the evening.
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