Ruling in Lynn Case Could be Bad for Penn State Defendants

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is one of three former university officials charged with child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky case.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is one of three former university officials charged with child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky case.

This week’s reinstatement of Monsignor William Lynn’s conviction on child endangerment charges will have repercussions  in the cases of three former Penn State officials facing similar charges in the Jerry Sandusky case, PennLive reports.

Lynn had argued that he could not be charged under Pennsylvania statute since he never cared directly for children, but instead supervised those who did. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley were expected to mount a similar defense. Read more »

Police: Man Stole From Bucks County Church’s Poor Box

Warminster Police released surveillance footage of the poor box burglar.

Warminster Police released surveillance footage of the poor box burglar.

A burglar smashed a window on a side door and stole from several poor boxes in a church in Bucks County, Warminster police said.

A maintenance man for the Nativity of Our Lord Church discovered the break-in before the 6:30 mass Tuesday morning, the Bucks County Courier Times reported. Rev. Angelo Citino canceled mass so police could investigate the break-in. Not only did this robber steal money from the poor box, he caused a mass to be canceled! Read more »

Teens Charged in Death of Chinese Food Deliveryman

Shamir Walker (left) and Tyquail Duffy (right).

Sahmir Walker (left) and Tyquail Duffy (right).

Just over a month since two teens — both 15 years old — were charged with murdering an Overbrook man in a botched robbery attempt, two Northeast Philadelphia teenagers — ages 14 and 15 — are charged in the death of a Chinese deliveryman, also in a robbery attempt gone wrong. Read more »

Police: Citizens Bank Robber May Have Been Arrested In Atlantic City

Left: the suspect in Wednesday's Center City bank robbery. Right: James Ney, arrested Thursday for an Atlantic City bank robbery.

Left: the suspect in Wednesday’s Center City bank robbery. Right: James Ney, arrested Thursday for an Atlantic City bank robbery.

On Thursday, we told you that the FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department were looking for the man seen on the left, who allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank at 1234 Market Street in Center City on Wednesday morning. And now it looks like he has surfaced in Atlantic City, robbing a bank there on Thursday. Read more »

Police Officer Shot in West Philadelphia

Daniel Kostick, an eight-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, was shot in the arm Thursday in West Philly while investigating a possible narcotics violation.

The incident took place after 10 p.m., near 51st and Master streets.

CBS Philly:

Police say Officer Daniel Kostick was assigned to bike patrol and was with his partners in the area of Wilton and Girard when they went to investigate a male inside a van for possible narcotics violations.

Police say when they approached, the van backed up and made a U-turn.

According to police, Officer Kostick found the male at 51st and Master Streets. “At that time they’re having a brief discussion, Kostick is still on his bike, the male turns to him and says, and I quote ‘I don’t want to have to do this,’ but then he fires at Officer Kostick, striking him in his right arm,” said Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross.

NBC 10:

Ross said Kostick, an eight-year veteran assigned to the 19th District was in “good spirits.”

“He’s very lucky given the circumstances,” said Ross.

Police later found the suspect in an alley behind the 5000 block of Master Street. Police also took a second person into custody along the 4900 block of W Stile Street, said sources with knowledge of the investigation.

6ABC adds: “One suspect was also shot. That person was apprehended and taken to Hahnemann Hospital.”

Kostick is reportedly a married father of two.

Three Philadelphia Cops Arrested, Charged

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From left: Christopher Hulmes, Christopher Jackson and Roderick Walton.

Three Philadelphia Police officers — including a narcotics officer who admitted he lied under oath in a drug case — were arrested and charged in separate cases, prosecutors said today.

“The vast majority of Philadelphia Police Officers are nothing short of good men and women who are dedicated to protecting the citizens of the City of Philadelphia within the law,” District Attorney Seth Williams said in a press release. “Unfortunately, there are a few like these three officers, who have decided to break the law.”

The arrested officers included: Read more »

Tell Us All About It: One of Philly’s Best 911 Dispatchers Speaks

911 dispatcher Celestine Stanford at her desk inside the Police Administration Building, where she takes hundreds of calls each day. Photo | Christine O'Brien, Philadelphia Police Department

911 dispatcher Celestine Stanford at her desk inside the Police Administration Building, where she takes hundreds of calls each day. Photo | Christine O’Brien, Philadelphia Police Department

911 operators in Philadelphia have a rough job. Anyone who calls these civil servants is either complaining about something or reporting a serious emergency (or making a prank call), and often, lives hang in the balance. So we decided to get one of them on the phone to find out what it’s like. Meet South Philadelphia’s Celestine Stanford, a 56-year-old St. Maria Goretti graduate who has been taking your 911 calls for 28 years. Last week, the Philadelphia Police Department announced that Stanford was one of three winners of the 2015 Dispatcher of the Year Awards. Read more »

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