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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
July 26, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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.
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NEWS
May 2, 2016
A Kensington man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly barged into his neighbors' house then barricaded himself in his own home, police said. Antonio Burgos, 45, of the 3400 block of Crystal Street, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief, police said. A 24-year-old woman who lives next door to Burgos told police that she heard gunshots outside her home about 2:50 a.m. and that Burgos then forced his way into her home through the back door with what appeared to be a gun in his hand.
NEWS
May 2, 2016
Man accused of slashing another at Center City hotel A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted murder and related offenses Saturday after he allegedly slashed another man with a razor inside the Embassy Suites hotel in Center City, police said. Tyress Salmon, of the Bronx, is accused of stabbing another 24-year-old man inside a room of the hotel on the 1700 block of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, about 1 a.m. The victim told officers that he had gotten into an argument with Salmon about one of them "not getting ready fast enough to go out to a club," a police report said.
NEWS
December 6, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the call came in to the Delaware County 911 center from a Utah area code, SWAT officers surrounded the Springfield Township home. The caller had reported that a man at that address had just shot his children and was threatening to kill his wife. In neighboring Marple Township, a SWAT team responded to another home after someone called to say he was being held hostage by a man armed with an assault rifle and explosives. In both cases, the first in 2010 and the other three years later, the calls were frightening - and fake.
NEWS
October 24, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wounded officer was propped against the wall, bleeding from an arm, a leg, and his chest. Two "active shooters" still were hidden inside one of the small classrooms. The SWAT unit's mission was clear. "Your job is to save the officer," Haverford Township Police Officer Harvey J. Pike instructed. "Clear the building and get the bad guys. " About 100 SWAT officers from five Delaware County teams were responding Thursday at a site in Sharon Hill. But they were going after prizes rather than bad guys.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN THE documentary "Peace Officer," we see police storming a home where the surprised resident wields a golf club, moments before he's shot and killed. The officer who fired said he thought the man might have been holding a sword. The incident, like others that are typical of police work, exists on a deadly knife edge of uncertainty, where tragic events are bound to occur, as civilians understand. With that in mind, many Americans have traditionally granted police significant leeway doing their jobs, especially those of us raised on "Blue Knight" images of veteran officers dispensing justice with Solomon-like wisdom and skill.
NEWS
August 11, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 700-pound robot took a beating as the man with a sledgehammer hacked off its arm and then, in a surprising show of strength, shoved its mangled body off the front porch of the Lindenwold home. The Camden County Sheriff's Office had sent the robot - which has a microphone through which a deputy can speak - to negotiate with the man after he fired gunshots in the neighborhood and barricaded himself. Now, with the robot having drawn the man out of the home after about an hour, authorities realized that he no longer had a gun. The SWAT officers approached and, as the man tried to charge at them, Capt.
NEWS
July 26, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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