DA: Delco Cop Angry About Protection Order Kills Woman, Wounds Her Daughter

cop-colwyn A Colwyn police officer angry about a protection-from-abuse order his ex-girlfriend took out against him resigned his position, then shot and killed the woman and wounded her daughter, authorities said.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said Stephen Rozniakowski put on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to Valerie Morrow’s Glenolden home and shot her to death. He wounded her daughter, Bridget Cruz, in the arm. Morrow’s husband, Tom — a part-time police officer in Morton — returned fire and wounded Roziakowski.

“He said he just wanted to chat with her,” Roziakowski’s attorney, who said he attempted to diffuse the situation before the events Monday night, told the Daily News. Morrow dated her killer off and on for months, but reunited with her husband in August. She said threatening calls and emails escalated from then. He was previously convicted twice of harassment, in 2009 and 2010.

Roziakowski, a part-timer who was not on street duty, was previously accused of stalking Morrow earlier this year. He was charged with 75 counts of harassment, but his police chief treated it as if it were no big deal.

“Looking at the circumstances,” Colwyn Police Chief Bryan Hills told the Delaware County Daily Times in April. “I think a lot of this is bullshit.”

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Someone Had $14,500 of Jewelry Stolen From A Car in Queen Village

Earlier this month, police say a man broke into a car in Queen Village and stole $14,500 worth of jewelry from the automobile.

Yes, $14,500 in jewelry. I can’t think of any section of the city — or any place on Earth — I’d feel comfortable leaving that much money in a car.

According to surveillance video released by police, the burglar broke into the car on two separate occasions, about five minutes apart. The second time, he removed a giant bag. The crime took place on the 800 block of S. Howard Street, between Queen and Christian.

Here’s the surveillance video:

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UPDATE: Trump Taj Owner Asks Icahn to Stay Open

Update, 2:40 p.m.: The Trump Taj Mahal’s CEO is asking primary lender Carl Icahn to keep the casino open until a court fight with the union ends.

Icahn has not yet responded to the plea. If he agrees, the casino would remain open well into 2015. Local 54 Unite HERE is currently appealing a court decision that canceled the workers’ pensions and healthcare plans.

Earlier: The union for workers at the Trump Taj Mahal ignored a deadline from the casino to drop its appeal of a court order canceling health insurance and a pension plan for workers.

Both sides remained mum on the deal. The casino is slated to close Saturday morning at 6 a.m., the fifth casino to close in Atlantic City in 2014.

“Every day fewer and fewer people patronize the Taj, and we lose more and more of what little money we have left,” Trump Entertainment Resorts CEO Bob Griffin wrote on December 11th. “We just cannot wait any longer.” Nearly 3,000 people work at the Taj.

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Court Rules Law Firm Can Forgive 2007 Brady Legal Fees

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled Cozen O’Connor can forgive a 2007 loan made to Bob Brady. O’Connor worked to keep Brady on the ballot in the 2007 election after a challenge made by Tom Knox.

The Commonwealth Court ruled the money paid to O’Connor was money paid to influence the outcome of the election, and so it could only be legally forgiven in $10,000 annual installments. The Supreme Court agreed with O’Connor’s argument that the legal fees accrued fighting a ballot challenge was not money paid to influence the outcome of an election. An appeals court said this argument “invites the willful suspension of disbelief.”

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3 Ironworkers Union Members Plead Guilty

Ironworkers Local 401 head Joseph Dougherty is the only member of the union facing trial after three members agreed to plead guilty today in court.

Earlier this year, several Ironworkers union members were arrested and charged with participating in what a U.S. Attorney called “goon squads” that used vandalism to intimidate non-union work sites. This summer, more charges were added, and two more were indicted. Then came the guilty pleas. Eventually, eight of 12 pleaded guilty.

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New Photos of Montgomery County Shooting Spree Suspect Bradley Stone

Police are now fanning across Montgomery County to search for Bradley Stone, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman told reporters at a press conference late Tuesday morning. At that time, she released new photos of Montgomery County shooting spree suspect Bradley Stone — one digitally altered to show him clean-shaven, since it is known he recently shaved.

Though they hunted for him there last night, authorities no longer believe Bradley Stone is in Doylestown. “He was known to frequent places we thought he might be. As you know, we followed up on leads in Bucks County,” Vetri Ferman said. “At this moment, it appears those leads were not valid, and we have discontinued pursuing them.” Teams are now concentrating on the northwest part of Montgomery County, she said.

Stone is accused of killing his ex-wife and five other members of her family on a shooting spree Monday morning. A seventh victim, 17-year-old Anthony Flick, is in “very serious but stable condition.” Stone’s current wife, his child with her and his two children with his victim Nicole Hill are all safe.

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Penn Frat in Hot Water over Christmas Message with Beyonce Blow-Up Doll

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The Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Penn is in trouble after a member posted a Christmas message featuring a photo of frat members — and a blow-up doll (supposedly) meant to resemble Beyonce. The blow-up doll is in the upper-left hand corner of the image. Most of the frat brothers are white.

After an outcry, Phi Delta Theta President Jimmy Germi told several minority student groups on campus the toy was a Beyonce blow-up doll meant as a gag gift at the frat’s Secret Santa swap — but that “once removed from the packaging, it bore no semblance to the artist beyond skin color adding to its offensive nature.” (Here’s guessing it’s this one, on sale at Spencer’s and Amazon. That’s been on sale since at least 2010.)

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Fog Delaying Flights at PHL Airport

Flights are delayed an average of 75 minutes at Philadelphia International Airport today, as heavy fog led the FAA to order a ground stop this morning.

The foggy morning is expected to give away to a rainy afternoon, with precipitation moving in around 2 p.m.

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The SS United States Is Safe — For Now

SS United States. Photo | Jeff Fusco

SS United States. Photo | Jeff Fusco

The SS United States — the luxury liner long docked across from the IKEA in South Philadelphia — has, finally, some good news. According to a release from the SS United States Conservancy, the group has entered into a preliminary agreement for redeveloping the ship. The conservancy did not name the partner, or what its role is, but has received additional funding for three months.

The United States was built in 1952 as a luxury liner intended to break the trans-Atlantic speed record, and it still holds the eastbound and westbound records. Unfortunately for the ship’s builders, transatlantic air service for passengers began in 1958, and the United States made its last run in 1969.

This ship has been docked in South Philly since 1996 — it actually predates the IKEA — and its supporters have waved a long battle to save the ship from the scrap heap. It costs $60,000 a month to keep the ship docked in Philadelphia, and money has been running out for a while. But this week, progress:

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Check Out This Amazing Block by Nerlens Noel

There isn’t much to celebrate about the Sixers this year. They’re 2-22, they blew an 18-point fourth quarter lead on Saturday and they waived a guy from St. Joe’s to sign a dude from Turkey. (On the plus side, Furkan Aldemir has a good name.) While the plan may help the Sixers be watchable in future seasons, currently Sixers games are pretty grim.

But if you struggled through last night’s blowout loss to the Celtics, you at least got to see an incredible block by Nerlens Noel on Jared Sullinger. It was so good, color commentator Malik Rose even uses an acronym (“sugar honey iced tea”) to convey a word you’re not supposed to say on TV (shit) after the play.

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