Philly’s Larry Cooper Tried to Stop a Robbery. He Went to Jail Instead. A Court Says That’s OK.

Larry Cooper isn’t just an innocent man — the Philadelphia man is a Good Samaritan. That, at least, is what a federal appeals court says. But that wasn’t enough to keep him out of jail.

According to court records: When Cooper left Jefferson University Hospital one day in April 2012 — his wife had just undergone surgery — he was approached by a stranger asking directions. While he was helping, two men came up and robbed the stranger. Cooper tried chasing the robbers down — and when that failed, gave his cell phone to the victim to call police.

The victim told police that Cooper was one of the robbers. The police then arrested Cooper, despite his denials of being involved in the crime. Unable to post bail, he spent 77 days in jail before going free. Read more »

Ambushed Philly Cop Released From Hospital

Officer Hartnett

Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was released from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on Friday, two weeks after being shot while on patrol in West Philadelphia.

NBC10 reports that Hartnett underwent three surgeries to repair damage to his left arm after, according to police, 30-year-old Edward Archer fired three shots into it and another 10 into his patrol car at point-blank range in an assassination attempt. Although Hartnett is in stable condition, officials say he will have to return to the hospital for further operations. Read more »

Construction Worker Falls in Delaware River, Dies

A construction worker died last night after falling off Pier 78 (left) in South Philadelphia. | Photo via Wikimapia

A construction worker died last night after falling off Pier 78 (left) in South Philadelphia, officials said. | Photo via Wikimapia

[Updated 2:30 p.m.] A construction worker died on the job Thursday night when he fell into the Delaware River off a pier in South Philadelphia, officials said.

According to a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department, police were called to Pier 78 last night around 8:30 p.m. when a co-worker returned from a break and spotted the man’s hard hat and goggles floating in the Delaware River. Read more »

Arrest Made in West Philly Homicide

Malcolm Williams | Philadelphia Police

Malcolm Williams | Philadelphia Police

Police say they’ve made an arrest in a West Philly homicide that occurred right before the New Year.

Malcolm William, 39, surrendered to police on Wednesday and charged with murder, violations of the Uniform Firearms Act, and related offenses. Investigators say he has a long history of run-ins with the law for drug and gun offenses.  Read more »

Philly Cop Arrested in Upper Darby for Assault, Harassment

Deric Lewis - Philadelphia Police

Philadelphia Police Officer Deric Lewis was arrested and charged with simple assault and harassment for an incident in late December.

Philadelphia Police have suspended an officer after he was charged with simple assault and harassment in Upper Darby. The police department has suspended him for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

According to a release from the PPD, Police Officer Deric Lewis was picked up by Upper Darby Police after a domestic altercation with a woman on December 28th. The cops say Lewis did not comply with requests for identification and conducted himself in a disorderly manner. Read more »

Police Investigate Mysterious Death at Center City Hotel

Police are investigating the death of a 75-year-old man whose body was found in a Center City hotel.

Investigators told Philly Mag today that the man’s identity isn’t being made available until an autopsy is complete. But 6ABC said it was told by sources the man is a “prominent psychiatrist” whose office is a few blocks away from the Rodeway Hotel in the 1200 block of Walnut, where the body was found. Read more »

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