Obama Visits Camden to Talk Policing

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is visiting Camden today, taking a close look at the policing operations of a city that appears to be becoming safer.

“The newly-established Camden County Police Department has gained national recognition for the strides its made in its use of community policing,” KYW reports. “During his visit, the president will tour the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center at the police department’s headquarters.” Read more »

Narcotics Cops Found Not Guilty on All Counts

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The six former Philadelphia Police officers accused of shaking down drug dealers have been found not guilty on all counts in their federal trial.

The officers — Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, John Speiser and Linwood Norman — were part of the narcotics unit in the Philadelphia Police Department. All had been charged with RICO conspiracy. Some were individually charged with conspiracy to deprive of civil rights, deprivation of civil rights, robbery which interferes with interstate commerce, extortion which interferes with interstate commerce, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine, and falsification of records in a federal investigation.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey called the case “one of the worst cases of police corruption I have ever seen.”

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Exterminator Convicted in Center City Doctor’s Death

Jason Smith's picture is shown to the media during a 2013 press conference about the murder charge he faced. | AP

Jason Smith’s picture is shown to the media during a 2013 press conference about the murder charge he faced. | AP

A Bucks County man has been convicted of killing a Center City doctor in her home two years ago.

Dr. Melissa Ketunuti, 35, was a physician and researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Jason Smith, a Bucks County exterminator, was the last person known to have visited her home, the day she died in January 2013. Read more »

It’s Pretty Bad When People Are Stealing Inside the Criminal Justice Center

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The Criminal Justice Center — commonly referred to as the CJC — is that big 17-story building at 13th and Filbert streets where criminal trials are held. And though the CJC is, at any given moment during business hours, filled with ne’er-do-wells, evildoers and miscreants, generally speaking, people behave themselves inside. But last week, someone decided to steal a wallet from a woman at the CJC. Read more »

New Jersey Woman Promoted Fake Sheryl Crow Concert, Police Say

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A flier posted online for a the concert, which police (and Sheryl Crow’s camp) say the singer was not booked to perform at.

Police arrested a Burlington Township, New Jersey, woman after they say she promoted a Sheryl Crow concert — but had not booked the singer to perform. Kelly Bryan, 42, of Burlington Township was arrested this weekend. Bail was set at $100,000.

The concert was scheduled for the Flying W Airport, a public-use airport in Lumberton that hosts events and also has a $95-a-night motel. The Burlington County Times reports detectives learned of the concert in May and contacted the airport to discuss public safety measures for the August 15th concert.

Cops then learned Crow hadn’t been booked to perform. Her concert schedule didn’t list the show (she’s at the Hollywood Bowl the week before). The paper says detectives suspect Bryan sold as many as 300 tickets to the fictional show and may have booked other bands for it. Read more »

New Jersey Man Tried to Sneak Gun Between Cheeks

Any day that the Philadelphia Daily News has a chance to make a gross joke on its cover is a really, really good day for the Daily News, and for all of us, really. Let us all bow our heads and give thanks for how a great tabloid headline can enrich city life:

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So yes, this is the story about how Darquan Lee, 21, attempted to hide a small firearm in his butt — only to be caught by observant jail personnel. Let’s let the Bridgeton (N.J.) Police Department tell their own story, via Facebook: Read more »

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