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June 3, 1986 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 30, 1988 | By Tom Schmidt, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 1, 1994 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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January 8, 1986 | By SCOTT FLANDER and JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writers (Staff writer Gloria Campisi contributed to this report.)
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.
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January 20, 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.
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January 19, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
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.
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March 9, 2000 | by Regina Medina, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 28, 1986 | By Christopher Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 30, 1988 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Immigration authorities are about to give the hook to a former British sex- scandal figure who police say was running an escort service from an untidy apartment on Conshohocken Avenue near Monument Road in Philadelphia. Mary Oris - also known as Elizabeth Geiger, Angela Geiger, Shara Fields, Norma Levy and about 15 other aliases - was arrested at the apartment yesterday on a federal deportation warrant. She is in jail in Salem County, N.J., awaiting deportation to her native Ireland on Tuesday.
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February 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AFTER WORKING the cold, hard streets of the city as a cop, bearing witness to the daily depredations of his fellow humans, William Dixon liked nothing better than to have the sun in his face and in his soul. To seek it out, he took numerous cruises to the Caribbean islands, and also found soothing rays closer to home at his summer house in Whitesboro, in Cape May County, N.J. His favorite time was when his family would gather there for get-togethers, and he gloried in having his loved ones around him. He was a master of the barbecue grill.
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January 20, 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.
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January 19, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
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.
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January 6, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas John Murphy, 78, of Ambler, a financial planner for 44 years, died Sunday, Dec. 30, of cancer in the Abington Hospice at Warminster. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Regina and John Thomas Murphy, chief of the Philadelphia Police Department vice squad in the 1950s. He served in the Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars at various times between 1952 to 1964. His last assignment was as an artillery captain in Germany. Mr. Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in pre-law at La Salle University, got his accounting degree at Temple University, and earned a master's degree in financial services from American College in Bryn Mawr.
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April 1, 2011 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
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.
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August 14, 2008 | By RALPH R. REILAND
THE NUTTIEST news from the Government-Knows-Best Department is that the morals police in Saudi Arabia have now made it illegal to sell dogs or cats as pets, as well as to walk them in public, in Riyadh, the nation's capital and largest city. The problem? Well, pets can be chick magnets, and the authorities have noticed a "rising phenomenon of men using dogs and cats to make passes at women," according to Othman al-Othman, the top dog in the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
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November 18, 2007 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A year ago this week, police found the bodies of four Atlantic City prostitutes floating in a drainage ditch behind a seedy motel on the Black Horse Pike just outside the city. During the last 12 months, the case, which attracted international attention, has taken several strange twists. But today it remains what it was on the night the bodies were discovered - an unsolved murder mystery. For a time, a local handyman was considered a prime suspect, but last month investigators appeared to back away from that theory.
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February 18, 2007 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's been almost three months since the bodies of four murdered prostitutes were found in a marshy drainage ditch behind a string of seedy motels just outside Atlantic City. Other than identifying the bodies and offering some details about the causes of death, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office has provided little information about its investigation into the sensational case. There have been no arrests. There do not appear to be any suspects. The investigation appears to have stalled.
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August 24, 2006 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Beatles made their first visit to Atlantic City back in 1964, Albert R. "Big Al" Black was the guy who provided security for the Fab Four. When the New Jersey State Police launched an investigation into political corruption in the city in the late 1980s, Big Al was the guy who went undercover, using a body-wire to record more than 100 conversations. The two events - one a rousing success, the other a dismal flop - were bookmarks in a career that spanned nearly a half-century of highs and lows in Atlantic City politics, business and law enforcement.
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