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April 26, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEPTA's board of directors approved a new contract Thursday for the agency's transit police. The police union, which staged a nine-day strike last month, ratified the contract April 5. Under the agreement, each of the 210 members of the Fraternal Order of Transit Police will receive a $1,250 bonus immediately and a 12 percent increase in pay over four years. The agreement also includes small increases in longevity pay and clothing allowances, and doubles the death benefit to $500,000 for any officer killed in the line of duty.
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March 22, 2012 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEPTA transit police officers were back at the bargaining table late Thursday afternoon, a few hours after the union's strike passed the 24-hour mark. Union spokesman Anthony Ingargiola confirmed the meeting was taking place, but would not say where. As of 5:30 p.m., there was no word of any developments. Earlier Thursday, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams had expressed hope that the two sides would reopen negotiations. "We're sitting at the negotiation table, waiting," she said.
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April 1, 2012 | By Dan Moberger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Subway and bus riders said they were glad to see the return of SEPTA's transit police Saturday after a nine-day strike. Negotiators for SEPTA and the Fraternal Order of Transit Police reached a tentative agreement Friday night, and officers returned to work at midnight. Katie Del Russo, 18, of South Philadelphia, uses the subway and SEPTA buses fairly often. "When I come down here and I see the cops, it makes me feel better," she said while waiting for a Broad Street subway train to the Flyers game Saturday.
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June 7, 2008 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEPTA transit police moved a step closer to a strike yesterday as the agency rejected its police union's request for binding arbitration to end a long-running contract dispute. Transit police are calling for an emergency membership meeting today, and a strike is possible within a week to 10 days, police said. If transit police strike, SEPTA will rely on private security guards and Philadelphia police officers to protect riders, agency officials said. The approximately 200 police officers who patrol the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines want the same pay as officers in the Philadelphia Police Department, who start at about $39,000 a year.
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January 8, 1998 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As an officer with the University of Pennsylvania's police force, Catherine Natsu Lanning has made arrests, run for blocks chasing down suspects, and won commendations for her work patrolling high-crime sections of the West Philadelphia campus. She was valedictorian in her class at Montgomery County Community College's police academy and passed Pennsylvania's academic and physical requirements for state and local police officers. But she couldn't make the grade in 1993 when she applied for a job with SEPTA's transit police force because she failed to run 1.5 miles in less than 12 minutes.
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November 16, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA transit police released dramatic video footage Thursday of a man exiting a bus and pulling a gun on another rider. Police say they have located the gunman. Their challenge now is finding his victim. Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel says there is likely enough evidence to charge the gunman with assault and related offenses. But he believes the victim's statement could help strengthen the case. "This is our last-ditch attempt at locating him," Nestel said Thursday. The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. on Sept.
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August 9, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A SEPTA rider who took a Philadelphia tourist's bag containing her family's passports on Thursday returned the bag early Sunday morning following a public offer of amnesty from SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "On Thursday, my trip turned into a nightmare and I was so sad," said Ximena Estrada, 35, of Colombia. "But when I got that phone call, it was like, wow . I felt so grateful, so grateful. " Estrada and her children, a 14-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, have been visiting family in Philadelphia from South America since June.
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March 22, 2012 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer
AS THEIR STRIKE began its second full day Thursday afternoon, SEPTA's 219 unionized transit police, who had rallied heartily at City Hall Station the previous night, were invisible there. No pickets. No presence. But behind the scenes, intermediaries for SEPTA and the striking Fraternal Order of Transit Police worked to get both sides back to the bargaining table. By Thursday night, they had succeeded. All day long, a hastily assembled force of armed, uniformed SEPTA transit police supervisors, city cops and unarmed private security guards kept the peace on the bustling City Hall concourse and station platforms.
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August 9, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A SEPTA rider who took a Philadelphia tourist's bag containing her family's passports on Thursday returned the bag early Sunday morning following a public offer of amnesty from SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "On Thursday, my trip turned into a nightmare and I was so sad," said Ximena Estrada, 35, of Colombia. "But when I got that phone call, it was like, wow . I felt so grateful, so grateful. " Estrada and her children, a 14-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, have been visiting family in Philadelphia from South America since June.
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March 31, 2016
NJ Transit police officers were targeted by hackers associated with the ISIS terror group who encouraged supporters to carry out "lone wolf" attacks on the officers, the agency confirmed. Caliphate Cyber Army, formerly known as the Islamic Cyber Army, recently posted personal details about 55 transit officers, SITE Intel Group, which monitors Jihadist cyber activity, reported earlier this month. Philly.com inquired about the SITE Intel report then, but NJ Transit did not reply until Newsweek published a story about the incident on Tuesday.
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March 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
As an immigrant, Muibat Williamson has firm ideas about what the United States and its citizens should be about. So when a SEPTA police officer cut in line on Christmas 2013 as she waited in the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Suburban Station and then, according to her, stepped on her foot as he left, Williamson was not about to let it rest. "I said, 'Excuse me, you stepped on me. Aren't you going to apologize?' " Williamson told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday. SEPTA Officer Douglas Ioven said no, he didn't step on her foot, and wouldn't apologize.
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October 30, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators have received several tips in Sunday's robbery of a man aboard the Market-Frankford Line who was later Tasered and tossed onto the tracks at the Millbourne station, a SEPTA official said Wednesday. A video released by SEPTA shows a man and a woman snatching the victim's bag while he was sleeping and then quickly leaving the train about 12:50 a.m. The victim awoke and chased the two onto the platform, where, after a brief struggle with the man, the woman Tasered the victim on the back.
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October 20, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
HAVE YOU HEARD the one about the West Philly snake on the bus? Yeah, it was about 4 feet long. But SEPTA says it was no big deal. Hey-ooo! Sorry, but you are reading a tabloid and we're talking about snakes on a bus . OK, it was just one snake. And it wasn't even venomous. But still . . . panic anyway! Apparently, that's what some SEPTA passengers did when a young man walked onto the Route 52 bus yesterday with a boa constrictor slithering around under his jacket - then accidentally let the snake out of his grasp.
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July 17, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN RONALD Bryant retired from the Philadelphia Police Department after 28 years, he didn't want to be a greeter at Walmart or be stacking boxes at a grocery store. He wanted to do what he knows best: protect and serve. Last month Bryant, 55, joined the SEPTA Transit Police as a member of the department's second batch of "lateral transfers" - trained law-enforcement officials who swap gigs at other departments for a chance to watch over the city's mass-transit system - that the agency is trying to recruit.
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June 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman was attacked and slashed with a box cutter Wednesday morning while walking into a El stop in Frankford, SEPTA officials said. Transit police were still searching for the suspect in the case Wednesday afternoon, said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. The attack happened at 9:27 a.m., officials said, when a woman tried to enter the Margaret-Orthodox station of the Market-Frankford Line and got into an argument with a man inside the station....
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May 29, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I JUST SHOT a man. I may have shot him three times, I can't remember. Everything happened so fast. The call came in as a "domestic," one of the most dangerous calls for law-enforcement officers, and by the looks of this one, I get why. The woman who called police is in a panic. The man is stumbling in and out of the kitchen with a bottle of booze. Everyone's talking at once. I'm confused. "He just got out of jail. He's been drinking. He's already hit me, and he has a gun," she says.
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April 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
SARAH-ASHLEY Andrews spread peace yesterday in the form of water bottles and Tastykake Krimpets. She, along with about a dozen volunteers, staged a "takeover" of the corner of 15th and Market streets, handing out the complimentary refreshments to passers-by as they ducked into the nearby SEPTA concourse. "We want to promote peace, to show these people positive role models," said Andrews, the founder of Dare 2 Hope, a grass-roots organization that promotes suicide prevention and awareness.
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February 4, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
A TREMBLING VOICE on a cellphone video can be heard pleading, "Let me get out of this, man," as he is pummeled with fists on a moving cable car Friday night. "Slide out, yo - they callin' the cops," a voice says on the video. That's when the trolley comes to a stop and everybody exits. SEPTA police are investigating the cause of - and perpetrators behind - a vicious brawl involving as many as eight teens on a westbound trolley in Parkside that had departed Center City about 11:30 p.m. Two of the teens were stomped, kicked, punched and pounded as stunned passengers looked on. In the video, filmed by an onlooker, two teens shield their faces from flying fists while voices in the background are laughing and jeering at the spectacle.
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