June 3, 1986 |
Without fanfare - indeed, without even saying he had done it - Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker has gotten rid of the "inspector's men" who traditionally conducted investigations of prostitution, gambling and other vice in the city. Only weeks after taking office on Jan. 2, Tucker began to transfer to patrol duty the 43 inspector's men who, until then, had reported to the inspectors who command the city's nine police divisions. The last of the inspector's men was transferred April 6. The move effectively eliminated the squad, according to Capt.
November 30, 1988 |
Louis Monroe spends his first five years as a cop patrolling the Atlantic City Boardwalk, where all new officers gain invaluable experience - like learning "how to smile. " But it isn't until he graduates to the vice squad that he learns the true secrets of the Boardwalk - and it wipes the smile right off his face. Monroe is the star of Bill Kent's first novel, "Under the Boardwalk" (Arbor House/Morrow, $18.95), the story of a pint-sized cop and his efforts to stay honest in the face of formidable obstacles - fellow cops on the take, the easy money of the casinos and a world of drug dealers and prostitutes.
September 1, 1994 |
On Aug. 18, when the state police's vice squad raided the annual Dublin Borough Firemen's Carnival, it was family night. "The state police showed up with a van and two cars," said State Rep. Tom Druse (R., Bucks). "They drove up to the booth, jumped out of the cars and began confiscating things. " Acting on an anonymous tip that illegal gambling was occurring at the carnival, police seized a numbers wheel, a craps table and about $300, officials said. No arrests were made, and the carnival, which runs eight nights over two weeks, was not shut down.
January 8, 1986 |
Four Philadelphia police officers, implicated by witnesses in a recent police corruption trial, were suspended yesterday and notified they will be fired. The officers, including the son of a former chief inspector convicted of corruption charges, were suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss. "The actions taken today are the direct result of the officers being implicated in testimony in federal court," Police Commissioner Kevin Tucker said yesterday. None of the four officers has been charged in any crime.
April 1, 2011 |
MICHAEL J. Mormello's experience on his first day as a member of the Police Department's legendary "granny squad" might have discouraged a lesser man. But not Michael Mormello. Taking a knife in the kidney from a female robber in 1977 as he posed as an old sailor just off the ship landed him in the hospital. But getting beat up, thrown down subway steps and otherwise brutally accosted was part of the job of the men who posed as potential crime victims - mostly as bums and elderly men and women - to lure the thugs to their doom.
January 19, 2013
Three women from Philadelphia and one from Bucks County have been arrested in a prostitution sting operation in Northeast Philadelphia, authorities said Friday. The vice squad had received complaints about illicit sex acts being performed on the 6800 block of Torresdale Avenue. After an undercover officer was solicited for sex by a number of "massage therapists," police raided the establishment Tuesday, police said. Arrested and charged with prostitution, conspiracy and related counts were Aneisah Scott, 20, of McMahon Street; Christina Bohnert, 26, of Griscom Street; Brenda Davila, 39, of Griscom Street; and Lisa Ann Kingston, 52, of Croydon.
January 19, 2013 |
A sting operation in Northeast Philadelphia netted four women who police said were prostitutes. The vice squad had received complaints about illicit sex acts being performed on the 6800 block of Torresdale Avenue. After an undercover officer was solicited for sex by a number of "massage therapists," police raided the establishment on Tuesday, police said. Arrested and charged with prostitution, conspiracy and related counts were Aneisah Scott, 20, of McMahon Street; Christina Bohnert, 26, of Griscom St; Lisa Ann Kingston, 52, of Croydon; and Brenda Davila, of Griscom Street.
March 9, 2000 |
An illegal gambling operation on the first floor of a West Oak Lane storefront was shut down yesterday by Philadelphia police. "This was a good one for the vice squad," said Sgt. Joe Lanciano of the unit. "This was a major gambling power. It was a mini-casino. " Six slot machines and three poker machines were confiscated in the gambling raid, he said. Boxes containing evidence of an illegal lottery were also confiscated. One man, whose identity hadn't been verified, was arrested and charged with illegal lottery and illegal gambling, Lanciano said.
March 28, 1986 |
The names of two more Philadelphia police officers were linked to protection payoffs yesterday during a federal court proceeding for a former officer who pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Officers Thomas Koller and Louis Pacell, both former members of the East Police Division's vice squad, were identified by Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard B. Klein as having each received between $250 and $500 a month in money collected from crime figures by Charles K. Howlett, a fellow vice officer.