March 5, 2004 |
A 14-year-old West Philadelphia boy being mentored by Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson has been banned from Police Headquarters after he took a commander's walkie-talkie from the building. The youth, whose name was not released because of his age, is believed to have used the radio to illegally transmit on law-enforcement channels, canceling some 911 calls for police service while using the call numbers of a night-command captain. In at least one other instance, he radioed asking for a "license check," meaning he wanted the name of a registered owner of a vehicle, a common practice by officers.
August 26, 2016 |
Diggerland was designed as a place for kids to play on downsized or safety-modified excavators, backhoes, and asphalt rollers. What surprised the owners of America's only construction-equipment amusement park after it opened two years ago in West Berlin, Camden County, is the number of adults who were clogging up the ride lines. Enter Diggerland XL , the new adult sandbox where grown-ups get to try full-size wheel loaders, excavators, and bulldozers on for size for extra-large money.
November 28, 1992 |
Call it a "book-it brigade. " Yesterday, a line of 170 volunteers moved 11,600 books from the Monroe Public Library in Williamstown to a new children's branch in the former Fidelity Bank building next door. Library director Nana Bogis used a walkie-talkie to monitor the flow.
March 6, 1998 |
A Washington Township High student joking over a walkie-talkie about someone being shot in the school cafeteria yesterday morning brought about 20 police officers rushing to the scene. The ninth grader, whose name was not released, approached a custodian who was speaking to an assistant principal via a school walkie-talkie around 10 a.m. and asked whether he could say hello. According to school officials, the student made a "joking remark" to the assistant principal about a shooting in the freshman and sophomore cafeteria.
September 8, 2005 |
A West Philadelphia youth mentored for a time by Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson, even after the teen allegedly took an unmarked police car and walkie-talkie from headquarters, is in trouble again - this time reportedly for stealing another police radio. Christopher Reddick, now 17, who at one time had the run of Police Headquarters until being banned by Johnson for his behavior, was arrested Tuesday and charged with a series of offenses including theft, impersonating an officer, criminal mischief, and broadcasting false alarms and reports.
April 8, 2004 |
First it was a high-ranking official's walkie-talkie that vanished, stolen from Police Headquarters by a 14-year-old boy being mentored by Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson. Now, it's a big, dark, unmarked police Ford Crown Victoria complete with red strobe lights and siren that investigators say has been disappearing from the police parking lot at Eighth and Race Streets. "Over the course of the last few weekends, an unknown person or persons has been taking an unmarked pool car from Police Headquarters.
April 12, 1986 |
Tension between police and drug dealers in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section mounted this week in the wake of a reported plot to shoot a police officer and, in turn, a warning by police to one top dealer. The new trouble began last weekend when someone, apparently using a police walkie-talkie, made threats against two police officers who work in the area, police said. The threats, which police declined to specify, were made over the police radio band that serves the East Police Division.
June 29, 1989 |
"It's running away, it's running away!" came the cry over the walkie- talkie. The 87,000-ton oil tanker was swinging out of control in the Delaware River channel in the early morning darkness Saturday, pivoting on a prematurely dropped anchor. There was no way to stop it. The Uruguayan tanker Presidente Rivera slammed into a rocky reef near Claymont, Del., spilling what is now estimated to be 307,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil into the river. The desperate moments aboard the ship were described yesterday at a Coast Guard hearing on the causes of the accident.
February 21, 1989 |
Police were looking for a thief who wears size 8 1/2 black shoes and takes trousers with a 34-inch waist and may be swinging a nightstick. A burglar may have outfitted himself from these police-uniform items, all stolen from the storage basement of the police station at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue over the weekend. In another heist against police, thieves stole a car that had been rented by the Major Crimes Division for surveillance work. Two officers left the car, a blue 1988 Pontiac Grand Am, behind the division headquarters at 3rd and Race streets at 8:45 last night after trying unsuccessfully to serve two warrants.
January 29, 1986 |
Angered by an incident in which the failure of a walkie-talkie reportedly endangered the life of a police officer, the union representing Deptford Township's 43 police officers has drawn up a list of complaints that it plans to present to the Township Council within the next two weeks. Wayne Quesada, president of Lodge 72 of the Fraternal Order of Police, met with union members last week to formulate the list. Quesada said it includes complaints that rechargeable walkie-talkies remain charged for transmission for only about 20 minutes, and that there are a shortage of police cars, a lack of maintenance for weapons and insufficient training for officers.