Recent Crime News
Sunday Mar 15 | via Philly.com
A JURY WILL soon hear the federal racketeering trial of six former narcotics cops accused of conspiring to steal money and drugs from alleged drug dealers while on duty, at times using violence. The six defendants - alleged ringleader Thomas Liciardello, 38; Brian Reynolds, 43; Michael Spicer, 47; Perry Betts, 47; Linwood Norman, 47; and John Speiser, 42 - worked in the police Narcotics Field Unit. Comment?
Friday Mar 6 | via Philly.com
It was one of the more stunning allegations in an indictment filled with tales of eye-opening bad behavior by a group of six Philadelphia narcotics cops accused of trampling on the rights of drug suspects for years: In 2011, the group, allegedly led by Officer Thomas Liciardello, savagely beat machine shop owner Warren Layre after forcing their way into his West Mount Airy storefront. Liciardello, prosecutors say, kicked in Layre's teeth, and other officers shoved their feet in his groin and hit his head with a steel bar - all before stealing nearly $30,000 from him that they failed to report as seized. Comment?
Thursday Feb 26 | via CBS Local
A Colorado sheriff is offering people safe zones to complete sales brokered through online sites like Craigslist in response to the case of a Georgia couple who were killed last month after meeting someone to buy a vintage Mustang. Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams announced this week that the lobbies of the sheriff department's three administrative offices are open to buyers and sellers, as long as the transaction doesn't involve weapons or drugs. Comment?
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