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21 December 1863
THE MISSING CONSTABLE
The missing Constable of the Nineteenth Ward, Brooklyn, E.D., has not yet
been heard from. He left the Navy Yard about Thanksgiving, and that
is the last known of him. Two police officers have been in search of him,
but could find no clue as to his whereabouts, or whether he is dead or
alive. His name is Jerome HARTNEET. He is a single man, and was employed
by the Carpenters' Department at the Navy Yard. Marsh Lodge, No. 13,
of Masons, of which he is a member are in search of him.
14 January 1871
DEATH OF A FAITHFUL OFFICER
The Fifth Precinct station house is draped in mourning as a mark of
respect to a deceased member of that force, Theodore SMITH, who died
this morning at his residence, No. 100 Ninth street, E.D., from cancer
of the stomach. Mr. SMITH, who leaves an affectionate wife and family,
was a native of this country and was born on the 4th day of May, 1830.
He assumed his duties as patrolman of the Forty-fifth Metropolitan
Precinct, now the Fifth Municipal, February 17, 1865. From that date
until Mr. SMITH was prostrated by the fatal illness he honored his
position by a faithful performance of its requirements and a proper
appreciation of good feeling and harmony between himself and his fellow officers.
3 July 1876
The funeral of Officer Michael COLOHAN, of the Third Precinct, who died
last Sunday from a sunstroke received while escorting the remains of the
late Commissioner BRIGGS to Greenwood, took place yesterday afternoon
from the late residence of the deceased, No. 130 Douglass street. The
attendance was large, comprising among others, Police Captain FERRY,
Sergeants LEAVY, CADDEN, KELLETT and McCULLOUGH, and forty-eight
roundsmen and patrolmen from the Third Precinct. Eight policemen acted
at pallbearers. Ther remains were interred at the Cemetery of the Holy
Cross, Flatbush, Rev. Father GIVERMAN officiating.
5 July 1876
Patrolman Edward SCOTT, of the Fourth Precinct, who was struck in the
head with a stone on Saturday night, while attempting to quell a disturbance
among Jackson Hollow roughs, at the corner of Myrtle ave & Steuben st, is in
consequence very ill. This morning he is delirious. The supposed
assailant is under arrest, as published in Mondays Union.
6 July 1876
PATROLMAN SCOTT Killed by Street Rowdies.
A Fatal low by the Jackson Hollow Gang-Several Arrests Effected by the
Police a Parallel Case
Patrolman Edward SCOTT, of the 4th Precinct, died last night fromthe effects
of a blow from a stone, received at an early hour last Sunday morning, in
attempting to disperse a crowd of disorderly persons from the corner of
Myrtle ave and Steuben st. The corner in question has long been the resort
of a bad lot of young men, known as the "Jackson's Hollow gang" so named
after one of the worst sections in the city.
Shortly after midnight of Saturday, Officer Scott had his attention
called to the corner by the noisy demonstrations of the gang in question.
Although well informed from experience of
THEIR DANGEROUS CHARACTER,
he unhesitatingly ordered them to disperse.
Mocking and derisive cries were is only answer. Seeing that persuasion was
to no avail, he courageously proceeded to arrest anyone bold enough to
dispute his authority. Seeing that he meant business, the ruffians sullenly
withdrew, though not until one of the number had thrown a stone at the
officer. Scott received the blow on the side of his head. For the moment it
stunned him, Several citizens seeing him stagger, hurried to his assistance,
and seeing blood pouring from the ugly wound he received, proceeded to
HELP HIM TO A DRUG STORE
at the corner of Myrtle ave. and Ryerson st. While so doing were met by
Officer Skelton and Van Brunt, who upon hearing that a comrade was in
trouble, had hastened to his assistance. Scott was then taken to the
station-house at the corner of Myrtle and Vanderbilt avenues, and attended
by Dr. Kissam. It was thought at the time that his injuries were not
dangerous, and accordingly after having his wound dressed, Scott was
assisted to his house.
Mean while the police of the precinct, by direction of Captain Leich had
not been idle. They scoured Jackson's Hollow and the vicinity, and succeeded
in arresting James McQuade and George W. Sanders, on suspicion of having
assaulted the officer.
Scott seemingly improved. On Monday evening he was apparently so far
recovered that he called at the station-house,saying that
HE FELT PRETTY WELL,
and thought he would soon be able to resume duty. Soon after, however he
began to complain of increasing pain in his head. He lay down, but becoming
worse Dr. Kissam was summoned. Yesterday morning he was delirious and at
nine o'clock last night was so alarmingly ill that the doctor ordered his
removal in an ambulance to the City Hospital. He was accordingly taken
there,and everything that medical skill and the sympathy of his brother
officers could suggest being done to render the journey as free from
discomfort and pain as possible. His life was however past saving and about
midnight he died.
Immediately upon the receipt of intelligence of his death, Captain Leich
proceeded,with the assistance of Sergeant Corr, Detective Price and Officer
ARREST ALL PERSON PRESENT
at the time that Scott received his injuries. The officers worked
earnestly and well, and between one & five o'clock this morning, succeeded
in arresting the following:
John Hurley, aged 20 a driver of 81 Schenck st.;Edward Whelaban, aged 29, a
plasterer, of 142 Grand ave, Edward Hill, aged 18 a peddler,of 142 Grand
ave, Christopher Callahan, aged 21, a rag gatherer of Steuban st, James
O'Neil, aged 24 , a driver, of 527 Myrtle ave, John Condon, aged 21, a
cooper, of Grand ave, and Philip Croddock, aged 22, a peddler, of Smith st.
The case very clearly resembles
THE MURDER OF OFFICER DONOHUE,
of the 5th Precinct, some 4 years ago by the Battle Row gang. In that
instance as in this,it at first seemed impossible to ascertain who struck
the fatal blow, but under the searching questioning of the District-Attorney
the deed was brought home to Henry Rogers, who paid upon the scaffold the
penalty of his brutality. Although many have since asserted that Rogers was
no more guilty than several others of his associates, there is good reason
to believe that had it not been for the advice of certain persons he would
have finality made a confession that would have sustained the findings of
the law. Corner Simims has not decided when he will hold the Inquest.
PATROLMAN SCOTT'S MURDER THE INQUEST
The post mortem examination will be made at 4 PM, this afternoon by Dr
Shepard, at the hospital, after which the body will be removed to the late
residence of the deceased, No205 Fulton street.
The jury will be impaneled tomorrow, and after viewing the remains will
adjourn to such a time and place as may be selected.
All the prisoners were brought before Justice Riley this morning, and
committed to jail either as witness or on suspicion of having been party to
the assault of the deceased.
STETCH OF THE DECEASED.
Edward SCOTT was born in Ireland in June, 1841, and was consequently 35
years of age. He was originally a laborer, but finally rose to Captain of
the Erie barge James T. BRADY. On the 25th of July 1875, he was appointed
patrolman in the Tenth Precinct, from which he was transferred to the First
Precinct, and on the 19th November, 1875, to the Fourth Precinct . A few
months ago he achieved considerable fame by the arrests in San Francisco of
Halihan, who killed Wm. Russell several years ago in this city, and was had
up to the time of his arrest been a fugitive from justice. The arrest was
excellent, and Scott showed so much detective sagacity that his promotion
was urged upon the Commissioners. Upon inquiry, however, it was ascertained
that he was Republican, and although he was commended for his exertions, he
received no further or more tangible marks of approval. Scott had, however,
one great failing. He was apt to become easily excited and last fall he was
fined $50 by Justice Walsh for assaulting a citizen on Atlantic avenue.
7 th July 1876
The Post-Mortem Examination and Inquest.Names of Those on the Coroner's Jury
- Death Due to Cerebral Meningitis-Some Doubt as to What Produced Death.
The police are exerting themselves to the utmost to bring to justice the
person or persons responsible for the death on Wednesday night of Policeman
Edward Scott, of the Fourth Precinct, from injuries received last Sunday
morning while endeavoring to quell a disturbance at the corner of Myrtle
avenue and Steuben street. Captain Leich and his men have been especially
active, and have succeeded in taking into custody the following:
Witnesses of the Outrage:
James CARBERRY, liquor dealer, of 533 Myrtle ave, James O'NEIL, James
McCARTHY, residing over the liquor store, John McCOWIE, and John FLOOD,
residing respectively at Nos.521 & 531 Myrtle ave, and Arthur BAYLANG, a
newsboy, residing at No 14 Steuben st.
The prisoners were permitted by the Coroner to depart upon their own
recognizance to appear when required.
The post mortem examination yesterday by Dr. SHEPARD, showed that death
was due to cerebral meningitis or congestion of the brain. As the wound on
the head was healed up the doctor could not state positively whether death
was solely due to the injuries inflected, although there is a strong
presumption that it was.
The inquest was begun at 3 P.M. today in the impaneling of
THE FOLLOWING JURY
which after viewing the remains of the deceased adjourned:
R.W.SMITH,66 Fulton st;
John J. DAVENPORT, 10 Ft Greene pl;
Martin MAUS, 652 Fulton st;
J.G. REITHER, 34 New York ave;
Edward T.JACKSON, 125 Willow st;
A.B.BROWE,205 Flatbush ave;
E. B. MEAD, 625 Fulton st;
H.J. DAYTON, 39 St,Felix st;
James E. SCOTT,457 Fulton st.
7 July 1876
Funeral of Policeman TRAVERS
The funeral of the late Officer Patrick TRAVERS,took place yesterday
afternoon from No 103 North 9th street, E.D. Officer Travers had been sick
with consumption for upwards of a year. He was 28 years of age and leaves a
wife and 2 children. He was formerly connected with the Fifth Precinct and
latterly with the Sanitary Squad. The Squad attended the funeral in
citizens' dress,as did Captain WOGLOM, Sergeant FIELDING and BUNCE and
several of the officers of the 5th Precinct. The remains were taken to
8 July 1876
Surrogate's Court, Before Hon. Wm. D. VEEDER
Letters of administration, with the will an nexed,were granted on the estate
of Seaman Van Nostrand, of the city of Brooklyn, deceased.
Letters of administration were granted in the estates of the following named
deceased persons, viz: Joseph Schifers, Doreass Irving, John G. Schmidt,
Patrick Corbett, Phebe A. Weeks, Laura S Stuart, Patrick Fern, Kate A. Gray,
George Mitchell, William Harner, Thomas Gleavy, and Catharine McMahon all of
the city of Brooklyn.
Notice- the Surrogate will be in attendance and hold court on July 11 and
12, for the hearing of all
contested cases and proving of wills. Application for letters of
administration and letters of guardianship may be made on any day except
Saturday. Judah B. Voorhees, (Chief Clerk)
13 July 1876
ANOTHER POLICEMAN DEAD
The Fatal Effects of a Funeral Procession.
Patrolman Michael COLOHAN, of the Third Precinet, died suddenly last
evening. On Saturday he formed one of the 300 policemen that acted as an
escort to the remains of the late Commissioner of Police and Excise,
Hon.Daniel Briggs. Upon returning from Greenwood he complained of feeling
very much heated. The next morning he declared himself to ill too do duty,
but thought that his illness was nothing serious. As he left the
station-house in Butler street, he laughed good naturedly at the sallies of
his comrades. Upon reaching his house, No 130 Douglass st., he told his
wife that he felt a singular burning sensation about the lower limbs. He was
to have gone with her and his 2 children to a relative's to dinner, but
said that he guessed he would bathe his feet and lie down a little while
before setting out. He bade his family not wait for him. Mrs. Colohan and
the children accordingly went. Toward evening as he had not arrived, his
wife went in search of him. She found him lying on the floor just breathing
his last. A physician was summoned, but too late to be of avail. Colohan was
regarded as one of the best officers in the city. He was 27 yrs of age, of
gentlemanly demeanor,and powerful physique. He was also a Mason. His
appointment to the police dated from May 10, 1872. Counting Patrolman Briggs
this makes the fourth death in the Police Department within a week.
KEEPING THE POLICE STRAIGHT:
The Police Commissioners to-day imposed fines as follows upon members of
the force for wiolation of rules and neglect of duty:
Patrolman Charles BRADY, Third Precinct, fined ten days' pay for being
off post in a factory. On two occasions he had been fined five days'pay.
Patrolman Wm. HUGHES, Second Precinct fined five days' pay for leaving
his post and going to bed.
Patrolman M.J. HAGGERTY, Second Precinct fined three days' pay for
returning grossly drunk from patrol duty.
The following were each fined one day's pay for minor offences:
Patrolmen John REARDON and Peter DUNNIGAN, Fifth Precinct; Jas. RYAN,
Sixth Sub-Precinct; Peter TIERNEY, Ninth Sub-Precinct.
The complaint of Capt. Smith against Sergts. CAIN and EASON, and
Patrolman Samuel BROWN of the Eighteenth Precinct, for failing to
properly exert themselves in making arrests in the Crow MURRAY case,
24 July 1876
Patrolman Miles KELCHER, of the Eleventh Precinct, met with a painful
and dangerous accident on Saturday afternoon in attempting to get on a
Belt Line Railroad car in West street, New York. Not observing a car
approaching from the opposite direction, he was struck by it on the
shoulder and knocked down, his left foot being thrown under one of the
rear wheels of the car he was about boarding. The result was the
sustaining of a compound fracture of the ankle, which necessitated his
removal to the Park Hospital, from whence he was removed to his home,
No. 65 Sackett street, and attended by Surgeon ROONEY.
THE NON-ARREST OF CHIEF NEVINS
Commissioners JOURDAN, PYBURN, AND HURD to-day listened to explanations
from Captain SMITH, Sergeant CAIN, and Officers RICARD and SMITH, of the
First Precinct, as to their faillure to arrest Chief Fire Engineer
NEVINS for assaulting Archibald D. GORDON. The officerd claimed that
they had exerted themselves to the utmost to bring the guilty party to
justice; that they had responded to the first alarm, and that GORDON
had declared his intention to go before a magistrate and make
complaint. It is said that President JOURDAN expressed himself
displeased with the way in which the case had been managed. The Board
took the matter under advisement.
WONDERFUL ESCAPE OF A BABY
The wife of Patrolman SHEA, of the Central Squad, was standing on
Saturday at an open second story window of her residence, No. 195
Lorimer street, when her infant, two years of age, sprang from her arms,
and before she could catch it, fell to the sidewalk, a distance of
fifteen feet. Strange to relate, the child apparently escaped injury.
ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED INSULTS
Herman SCHOLTZ, aged thirty-five, a music-teacher, of No 63 Jefferson
street, E.D., was arrested on Saturday afternoon in the Ninth Precinct,
charged with having on several occasions during the past two months
outrageously insulted members of the family of James WASHBURN, residing
corner of Lewis avenue and Witherspoon street.
28 August 1876
McKEE, James - Officer of the 6th precinct, died of consumption Saturday
eve. at his residence, 359 Kent avenue. Deceased had been ill for eight months.
4 September 1876
The Coney Island Case at Last Disposed Of
The commissioners of Police and Excise rendered their decision in the cases
growing out of the disturbances at the recent police excursion to Coney Island.
Patrolman Michael CARBERRY, of the Fourth Precinct, who was accused
of drunkenness and fighting, got off with ten days pay.
Patrolmen CAMPBELL &
Patrolmen McCANDLEY, of the Tenth Precinct, who were charged with disgracefully
assaulting Sergeant-in-Comand MAHER, of the Tenth Precinct, were each mulcted
(?) in a like amount.
In addition, the Board fined Patrolman DEVLIN, of the
Tenth Precinct, three days pay, for neglect of duty on another occasion.
4 September 1876
ASSAULT ON A POLICEMAN
Patrolman GILBSON, on Saturday evening, while on duty at Union Avenue and
Huron Street, attempted to disperse some corner loungers, who refused to
move, and seized one of the number to conduct him to the Seventh Precinct
Station, when he was set upon in such a determined manner by ther prisoner's
conrades, that under cover of a shower of stones, the prisoner and his
8 September 1876
Captain Van DUSEN Dismissed
Captain William A. VAN DUSEN, of the Fifteenth Precinct, was placed on
trial this morning before the full Board of Police Commissioners, N.Y.,
charged with permitting Officers HENRY and CARR, of his Precinct, to be
locked up all night, on August 30, on the premised of Theodore ALLEN,
No. 95 Bleeker street. He was charged also with knowing that a "keno"
game was played at that place, and failing to stop it.
The Board adopted a resolution dismissing Captain VAN DUSEN from the force.
14 September 1876
The Board of Police and Excise, General James JOURDAN presiding, today
listened to complaints against members of the force. Decisions, accompanied
with penalties, were rendered as follows:
Roundsman N.L. HERBERT, of the New Lots Precinct, was fined three days
pay on the charge of using ungentlemanly language toward Laura J. CAMPBELL,
and refusing to arrest one P.L. SILK. on a charge of grossly assaulting his wife.
Patrolman Chas. BRADY, of Third Precinct, was fined two days pay for
being absent from relieving post at 12:15 A.M., and being thirty minutes
late in reporting at the station house.
Patrolman Thomas FARRELL of the Tenth Precinct, was ordered to be reprimanded
for neglecting on the 5th in between the hours of one and five o'clock A...
(missing) to examine the doors of Carl SANFORD's po(rk) packing establishment,
No. 466 Carleton avenue, in consequence of which he failed to discover
that the place had been robbed.
Two complaints were dismissed.
Death of Daniel DONAVAN
Mr. Daniel DONOVAN, being connected with newspaper ventures in the
Eastern District, died on last Tuesday night from typhoid fever. Deceased
was 45 years of age, and was a native of New York City. In early life he
engaged in the rope making and other lines of business, and was business
manager for the E.D. Times during some years of H....George C. BENNETT's
proprietorship. He was at one time Captain of the old Williamsburg police,
and was also foreman of Engine Company No. 7, of the Volunteer Fire Department.
21 September 1876
The Board of Police and Excise to-day fined Patrick P. CLEARY,
of the Eleventh Precinct, five days' pay for being off post, and each of
the following patrolmen one day's pay for slight infractions of discipline:
Michael CARBERRY and Charles MALMBERG, Fourth Precinct;
Adam FREY, sixth Precinct;
David W. DILL, Seventh Precinct,
Julius HALLMAN, Ninth Precinct.
4 October 1876
News Items--New Police Shields
The new shields of the detective squad of the Police Department made their
appearance today. They are smaller than the old badge, and bear the word
"Detective" in large letters diagonally across their face, with the words
"Brooklyn" above and "Police" below, the whole being surmounted by an eagle
with out-stretched wings. Each badge bears a letter instead of number to
designate the bearer. The great objection to the shield is that it has too
much of a holiday appearance, and fails to convey an idea of business.
The commmissioners of Police and Excise today imposed the following
penalities upon members of the force for violation of rules:
Fined three days' pay for being off post in a print workds at 5:10 A.M.
PATROLMAN JOHN GIBSON, Seventh Precinct.
Fined a day's pay for minor violations PATROLMEN WM. RHATEGAN, 3rd Precinct;
WM. E. PERRINE, WM. QUIGLEY, THOS. H. BAKER, Michael CARBERRY AND JOHN M.
HILLBERG, 4th Precinct, and PATRICK CAMPBELL, 10th Precinct.
15 November 1876
DISCIPLINING THE POLICE
The Police Commissioners announce the following as the result of
yesterday's trials of members of the force:
Patrolman Patrick TIERNEY, of the Ninth Precinct, was dismissed from
the force for improper conduct while on duty.
Patrolmen Edward TUITE and Michael J. BOYLE, of the 12th Precinct,
were each fined two days' pay for loafing an hour in Engine House No. 14, in
Herkimer street, when they should have been doing duty.
Patrolman, Wm. E. PERRINE, of the Fourth; James WALSH, Patrick CUSICK
and Arthur DUGAN, of the Seventh: Thomas FOLEN and Thos. GOELLER, of the
Eighth Precinct, were each to be fined one day's pay for violation of the rules.
7 July 1877
DIPTHERIA IN CAPT LEICH’s FAMILY
Police Captain Oliver B. Leich, of the Fourth Precinct, has met with a
severe affliction in the death of his daughter Martha C., aged five years
and six months. Her illness was occasioned by diphtheria, which in spite of
careful treatment, terminated fatally in three days on the 3d inst. The
funeral took place on Thursday from the Captain’s residence, No. 1548 Fulton
street. Since then other members of the family have been attacked with the
same malady, and it is reported to day that the Captain and his wife are
also undergoing medical treatment.
9 July 1877
Death of a Promising Physician, Dr. G. P. KISSAM - Condition of Police
Captain Leich and Family
Dr. George PURDY KISSAM, of No. 181 Schermerhorn street died at a quarter
after nine o’clock, yesterday morning, of diphtheria. It is supposed that he
contracted the disease attending a case in the family in Downing street. The
disease showed itself a week ago yesterday evening, and although the best of
medical attention was bestowed upon the patient the malady ran to a fatal
termination. The physicians in attendance were distant relatives of the sick
man - Police Surgeon Daniel E. KISSAM, Dr. Robert ORNISTON, Jr., and Dr. S.
Fleet SPEIR. Though the patient’s sufferings were intense toward the last,
he yet retained full control of his senses, and after giving his wife some
advice as to the future, calmly bade her adieu and died, confiding to her
care their two little children. When the funeral will take place has not
been decided, as the family are waiting to hear from distant relatives. The
deceased was born at Manhassett, L.I., and was about 30 years of age. He
graduated as Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, and then obtained his
physician’s diploma after studying in the Medical Department of the
University of the City of New York. He was considered a young man of
promise, and some times temporarily performed the duties of police surgeon
in the absence of Dr. D. E. KISSAM. He attended Rev. TALMAGE’s church and in
social life had many friends. His case closely resembles that of a young Dr.
HUTCHINSON, of Clinton avenue, who died a few months ago.
Captain O.B. LEICH, of the Fourth Precinct, was no better this morning
according to reports received at Headquarters. His wife and some children
are also afflicted with the disease.
14 July 1877
VACATION FOR POLICEMEN
The Commissioners Afford Them Opportunity for Rest
The Board of Police and Excise believe in giving policemen a short vacation
every year, realizing how irksome continued confinement to within the city
limits becomes, and how much better the men discharge their duties after a
short period of relaxation. Yesterday, at a full meeting of the Board the
following resolution was adopted, upon motion of Gen. JOURDAN.
Resolved, that the usual summer vacation be and the same is hereby allowed
for all members of the police force, subject to such regulations as may be
determined upon by the Superintendent, in the following order:
For Captains, ten days’ leave
For Sergeants, eight days’ leave
For Roundsmen, six days’ leave
For Patrolmen, five days’ leave
For Doormen, three days’ leave
Leaves of absence will be so arranged as not to interfere with the efficient
workings of the Department, and so as not to materially lessen the force at
any one time.
16 July 1877
ANOTHER DEATH IN CAPT. LEICH’s FAMILY
Police Captain Oliver B. LEICH, of the Fourth Precinct, is again afflicted
in the death, at his residence, No. 1548 Fulton street, of his son, Oliver,
aged twelve years. The disease was diphtheria, which on July 3, carried off
the baby of the household, a lovely girl of three years.
A POLICEMAN BECOMES RICH
Some months ago Patrolman STEADMAN, of the First Precinct, went to Ireland
to look up some property that he was informed he had fallen heir to. He has
returned and reports having come into possession of an estate, to manage
which he will go to Ireland to live. He is about to dispose of his house in
South Brooklyn, and will shortly set sail for the 'Ould Dart.; He has
resided thirty years in this country. His property in Ireland is located in
19 July 1877
A Detective Sued for $10,000 for Breach of Promise of Marriage
Miss Jane McKEE, aged twenty-three, residing in Willoughby street, a
niece of Police Superintendent CAMPBELL, began an action in the City Court
to-day against Detective Patrick H. CORR, to recover $10,000 for breach of
promise of marriage. The parties have been acquainted with each other for
many years. Mr. CORR is a widower, forty six years of age and has several
children. The complaint sets forth certain acts of defendant, committed on
the 7th of June last, and upon which the suit is principally based. Mr.
CORR, it is alleged, called at Bishop LOUGHLIN's residence to get a
dispensation to marry Miss McKEE without publishing the banns, but failed.
Meanwhile Mr. CORR's children persuaded him not to marry the plaintiff. The
summons and complaint were served on defendant this afternoon. Horace GRAVES
is counsel for the defendant.
9 August 1877
Greenpoint-Police Captain George R. RHODES has gone on a two weeks vacation, which
he will spend in hunting and fishing.
11 August 1877
Sergeant Nicholas BOCK has returned from Passaic, New Jersey, where he has
been spending his vacation.
20 August 1877
Death of a Policeman
Officer John GODKIN, of the Police Mounted Squad, died this morning, at his
residence, No. 450 Bergen street. He was upward of fifty years of age, and
was noted for being one of the tallest and best built men in the department.
During the rebellion, he served on General JOURDAN's staff, and the General
being made President of the Board of Police and Excise, the old soldier was,
on September 30, 1873, appointed janitor of Police Headquarters. On the
Mounted Squad being organized, he on April 26, 1875, threw up the position of
janitor, and took to active duty. He was born in this country, March 17, 1822.
21 August 1877
The Death of Officer Godkin
The funeral of Officer GODKIN, of the Mounted Police Force, who died
yesterday morning, will take place at half past eight o'clock tomorrow
morning, from No. 450 Bergen street, and the remains will be interred at
23 August 1877
A New Detective
Patrolman John MALOY, of the Thirteenth Precinct, was to-day promoted to the
rank of detective.
The Courts-A Policeman's' Wife too much Married
James Hamilton, roundsman in the Sixth Precinct police force has commenced an
action in the Supreme Court to annul a marriage between him and Mrs. Elmira
F. SMITH, on the ground that the defendant had been previously married, and
her husband was alive at the time she entered into the contract with him, the
plaintiff. Mr. HAMILTON is a widower. His wife had five children. Some time
ago he became acquainted with the defendant who was thirty five years of age,
and represented herself as a widow. She also had several children. HAMILTON
married the so-called widow SMITH in March last. The new families, or at
least a portion of each, were blended together, or at least an attempt was
made to consolidate them, but it was soon discovered that the sentiments,
feelings and general characteristics were such as to forbid the attempt to
make them one happy family. Finally Mrs. SMITH-HAMILTON, one morning about
four weeks ago, packed her wardrobe in a huge Saratoga trunk and went to
parts unknown by the conservator of the peace HAMILTON. The latter
subsequently learned that this supposed second wife was not a wife at all, as
she had a husband named Eugene SMITH who left her seven years ago and is now
residing in New York City. John ROESCHE is counsel for the plaintiff.
24 August 1877
OFFICER HAMILTON'S MATRIMONIAL TROUBLES - CARD FROM MRS. HAMILTON'S COUNSEL
To the Editor of the Union-Argus:
A paragraph appeared in your issue of yesterday reflecting in a most
heartless way upon Mrs. James HAMILTON, asserting that a suit had beeen
commenced by her husband to annul their marriage, upon the ground that her
first husband was living when she married Mr. HAMILTON, that this first
husband abandoned her seven years ago and is now living in New York and that
she recently left Mr HAMILTON "for parts unknown."
As the counsel for Mrs. HAMILTON, I deem it my duty to state that these
assertions are wholly untrue. The appearance of this paragraph was the first
intimation she has had of the commencement of any such suit, and no papers in
this alleged suit have been served upon her. Her first husband, Demund J.
SMITH, was drowned at sea, in September, 1868, from the steamer Golden Age,
while en route for San Francisco, and abundant proof of that fact can be
furnished. She was married to Mr. HAMILTON in March last, they having been
acquaintances since their childhood. She lived with him for about six weeks,
acting a mother's part to his motherless children securing, as few
stepmothers ever do, their love and affection, and was then driven by his
harshness and cruelty to rise from a bed of sickness and leave his house, not
"for parts unknown", but to seek the protection of her father, Mr. James
CLEVELAND, a well-known and highly respected residence of Brooklyn, residing
at No. 28 Kossuth place and there she has ever since lived, at Mr. HAMILTON
well knows. From the motives of delicacy and a desire to avoid notoriety, she
has hitherto refrained from taking any steps against him; but in justice to
herself, she will now endeavor to secure a legal separation from the man who
has treated her so vilely and aspersed her character so injustly. John S.
RAY, Counsel for Mrs. HAMILTON.
4 September 1877
SUPERINTENDENT CAMPBELL BACK AGAIN
Police Superintendent Campbell returned yesterday from Saratoga, where he
passed his short vacation. He says he feels better for the rest, and
certainly looks improved.
7 September 1877
THREE POLICEMEN HEAVILY FINED
The Board of Police and Excise to-day fined
Sergeant BATTERSBY, Thirteenth Precinct, five days' pay for neglecting his desk duty.
Patrolman J.HARRIGAN, Third Precinct, ten days pay for intoxication & conduct
unbecoming an officer in the house of S. M. KIRBY, 1631 Fulton street.
Patrolman P. BYRNE, Eighth Sub-precinct, ten days' pay for being intoxicated
and unlawfully arresting Henry YOST.
13 September 1877
Police Captain Louis WORTH, of the Sixth Precinct, has started on his summer
vacation, to be gone a week, visiting Saratoga, Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Officer Rogers Asks to be Detailed for Light Duty - He is Crippled for Life
Patrolman George H. ROGERS, of the Third Precinct, who had the muscles of
his left arm shot away while endeavoring on the 23d of last April to arrest
the wife beater Anthony LOX in the House of Blazes in Fourth place (Lox was
killed by Officer MURTHA), visited Police Headquarters to-day, in company
with Captain LEAVY, and asked the Commissioners to assign him to messenger
duty, as he is forever incapacitated for active police service. Through the
medical skill of Dr. WHITE his arm has been saved, but it is considerably
drawn up and will probably never be strong. Since he sustained his injuries
he has been receiving full pay, to which, by the way, he was justly
entitled, and his object in asking to be detailed for light duty is to save
himself from being placed on the pension list. His case is to receive the
attention it merits.
15 September 1877
A TERRIBLE RIDE
SERGEANT JOHNSON OF THE MOUNTED SQUAD, MEETS WITH A TERRIBLE MISHAP -
DETAILS OF THE ACCIDENT
A very sad accident befell Sergeant John H. JOHNSON, of the Mounted Police
Squad, at 5:20 P. M. yesterday, while returning from visiting Mounted
Officer WEBB who was recently seriously injured by his house falling on him
while he was endeavoring to stop a runaway horse in Flatbush avenue.
Officer WEBB lives at No. 74 Palmetto street, and the sergeant had just left
the house when the accident to himself occurred Placing the left foot in
the stirrup he attempted to vault on the back of his horse, when the animal,
which is very high-spirited, made a spring forward and catching the bit in
its teeth broke into a run. The result was that JOHNSON, though succeeding
in gaining the saddle, was unable to place his right foot in the stirrup.
Although A SPLENDID HORSEMAN
and very athletic, he was thus placed at a great disadvantage, and on
reaching the end of the street saw his peril, as it was necessary for him to
either compel the animal to turn into Broadway or himself run the risk of
colliding with a blacksmith shop, which stood directly in front of him
across the street. He resolved to make an attempt to turn the horse, and by
a splendid exhibition of skill succeeded in turning the horse's head. Just,
however, as the danger appeared to have passed, the horse slipped and fell.
Its plucky rider was thrown, but unfortunately was
CAUGHT UNDER THE ANIMAL.
Several citizens rushed to the rescue, the horse was gotten up, and the
Sergeant removed to the Ninth Sub Precinct Station house, where Dr.
MATTHEWS, on examination, found JOHNSON's leg broken in two places, between
the knee and ankle, and his face badly lacerated in several places. The
limb was temporarily bandaged, and a coach having been procured, the
unfortunate Sergeant was removed to his residence, corner of Forty-fourth
street and Third avenue, in charge of Officers GAUS and KELLOGG. The limb
was set at his residence by Police Surgeon ROONEY. Sergeant Johnson has a
splendid record and as commanding officer of the Mounted Squad has
disciplined his little command to a high state of efficiency.
14 November 1877
A POLICEMAN'S TERRIBLE MISFORTUNE
The Result of a Young Loafer's Rash Act- The Alleged Assailant in Custody-
How the Officer Fared as Assailant in Another Case.
Officer James DREELAND, of the Third Precinct at five o'clock yesterday
afternoon dispersed a number of boys who had built a bonfire at the corner
of Hicks and Pacific streets. He then attempted to stamp out the fire, but
while so doing had his left eye destroyed by a blow from a stone, thrown, it
is believed, by Thomas SHIPLEY, a peddler, aged sixteen, of No 27 Emmett street.
SHIPLEY WAS ARRESTED,
together with four boys named Lawrence CALLEN, Michael DOWE, John CONNELLY,
Sloan & T. JOYCE, who are held as witnesses. The physicians at the Long
Island College Hospital are afraid that the officer will lose the sight of
his right eye also, out of sympathy.
DREELAND is the officer who some months ago was
CHARGED WITH BRUTALLY TREATING
a drunken prisoner named DONOHUE, residing in Hoyt street. One of the
bones of DONOHUE'S left arm was broken. At the trail of the case before
the Board of Police and Excise upon charges preferred by DONOHUE, it was
shown that DONOHUE twice fell, from which it was concluded- and upon a very
fair presumption - that the fracture might not after all be due to DREELAND.
The complaint was there upon dismissed.
26 November 1877
Police Sergeant R.B.G. SMITH, has been transferred from the Ninth to the
Thirteenth Precinct, and Sergeant Jacob E. HEALEY has been transferred
from the Thirteenth, to the Ninth Precinct.
Police Sergeant John W. WORMELL, of the 7th Precinct,has been transferred
to the 13th. Sergeant Alfred L. BATTERSLY of the latter taking his place.
STABBED IN THE EAR A PEACEMAKER DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED IN A LIQUOR SALOON FIGHT.
A stabbing affay occurred at 20minutes of 12 o'clock Saturday night in
Patrick BRESLIN'S liquor saloon, corner of York and Main sts. John HICKMAN,
a shoemaker, of No 57 York st,, it appears, charged a man named CRUSE with
having a year before taken advantage of his being under the influence of
liquor to rob him. CRUSE angrily denied the accusation; finally the 2 men
came to blows. According to the police a third man, Michael FAULKNER, of 87
Talman st., interfered in the interest of order. The interference was,
however angrily received by HICKMAN, who , drawing a knife, stabbed the
peacemaker in the left ear and right cheek and then ran out of the saloon.
CRUSE notified Officer FILLIARD of what had occurred, and the latter after
an hour's search scceeded in arresting the assailant. Dr. GILFILLAN dressed
FAULKNER'S wound, He regarded the wound in the ear as serious.
12 December 1877
THE BOYLAN CASE INVESTIGATED BY THE COMMISSIONERS-SEVERAL OFFICERS
FINED AND ONE REPRIMANDED.
At the police trials before the Board of Police and Excise today
Officer James J. BOYLAN was arraigned on a charge of having clubbed a prisoner,
Thomas FEENEY. The complaint was made by Capt. SMITH by direction of the
Superintendent. The chief witness for the prosecution was Court Officer BURNS,
who claims to have had FEENEY in custody when BOYLAN struck the latter three
times. FEENEY, on taking the stand, pleaded ignorance of what had occurred.
BOYLAN swore in direct contradiction of BURNS, and produced a witness whose
testimony involved the case still more in perplexity. The result was that the
Commissioners reserved their decision.
The following officers were fined one day's pay each:
Patrolman Michael J. HAGGERTY, Fourth Precinct, for being off post;
Patrolman Edward S. HOLMES, Seventh Precinct, for being off post;
Patrolman Charles H. BABCOCK, Ninth Precinct, for being absent from drill without leave.
Patrolman Martin F. GARVEY, Ninth Precinct was reprimanded for unnecessary
absence from reserve duty.
20 December 1877
A number of policemen were fined yesterday for various offences by the
Board of Police and Excise. The heaviest penalties were as follows;
RILEY, Patrolman Edgar C. RILEY, three days' pay for being found at 3:55 A.M.
December 15 sitting smoking in the hallway of No. 163 Atlantic avenue.
CORCORAN, Patrolman John C. CORCORAN, Fifth Precinct, three days' pay for leaving
station house when a leave of absence had been refused him.
BOYLE, Patrolman George BOYLE, Third Precinct, two days' pay for unnecessarily
and "with cruel violence" arresting John SADLER, Jr., aged sixteen, on a
charge of being drunk and disorderly. (the boy was acquitted by Justice WALSH.)
MALMBERG, Patrolman Chas. MALMBERG, Fourth Precinct, two days' pay for being found off
post and in the rear of a liquor store, at 6:12 A.M., on the 8th inst.
DANCED HERSELF ILL:
Mary GALLAGHER, aged twenty-two, of 1551 Bergen street, was taken very ill
last night at a ball at Gailatin Hall, was conveyed in an ambulance to the
Long Island College Hospital.
29 December 1877
Greenpoint-Officer POOLE, of the Seventh Precinct, yesterday while riding from
Greenpoint avenue to Meserole avenue on a crosstown car, lost his shield, No. 213.
3 January 1878
Police Sergeant FIELDING has been transferred from the Fifth to the
TWO BLUE-COATS FINED
A number of policemen were tried by the Commissioners yesterday, on
various charges. Several were fined, the heaviest penalties being as
Patrolman Henry A. LENNON, Fourth Precinct, three days' pay, for
being off post from 1:320 to 4:15 A.M.,
Patrolman Owen McCAFFREY,Thirteenth Precinct, two days' pay, for failing
to watch for an alleged burglar, as ordered.
DEATH OF A POLICEMAN
Mounted Policeman John THOMPSON died in the City Hospital at 12:30 A.M.
of injuries sustained by being thrown in attempting to stop the runaway
horse of Captain C.C. DUNCAN, in Bedford avenue, two weeks ago. Deceased
was thirty-seven years of age. He was of Scotch parantage. He was formerly
a ship caulker, and was appointed in the Eighth Precinct, May 10, 1869.
Four months ago he was made a member of the Mounted Squad. He leaves a
widow and five children. He was a faithful officer.
9 January 1878
Sergeat John REARDON has been transferred from the Fifth to the Sixth
Princinct, and Sergeant James FIELDING has been transferred to the Fifth Precinct.
10 January 1878
TWO DETECTIVES EXONERATED--AN OFFICER DISMISSED FOR DRUNKENNESS--HEAVY AND
LIGHT FINES, ETC.
Decisions were rendered to-day by the Board of Police and Excise, in the
police cases tried yesterday, viz:
Rowland DE BOUTE vs. Dectectives ROACH and MAHONEY, charge,
supressing evidence, dismissed with the statement; "?? decide that the
officers are innocent of the charge."
Patrolman Hugh GEARY, Thirteenth Precinct, dismissded from the force for
Patrolman Simon LARKINS, Second Precinct, fined ten days' pay for being
three house and five minutes off post.
Patrolman P.J. KEHOE, fined ten days' pay for intoxication.
Fined two days' pay each:
Patrolmen S.W. CHICHESTER, Twelfth;
Michael HAGGERTY, Tenth;
John WILKINS, Ninth.
Fined on day's pay each:
Patrolman Michael TRAVERS, Third;
Bernard REILLEY, Third;
John WILKINGS, Ninth;
Michael BOYLE, Twelfth;
Doorman Patrick WHALEN, Eighth.
17 January 1878
-Joe LEGGETT Expected Back - Detective VAN WAGNER Dangerously Sick.
-There are good grounds for countenancing a rumor that Joseph LEGGETT, the
absconding Excise Clerk, is expected to return home at once.
-Sergeant Detective Harry VAN WAGNER’s condition is very critical. He is at
his home, corner of Lincoln Place and Fifth Avenue. Dr. KISSAM sent word to
Police Headquarters that the patient was dangerously ill. The disease is
inflammation of the bowels.
-The police authorities of this city and New York are negotiating relative to
the connecting of the two cities by telegraph. President JORDAN today wrote
to President SMITH of the New York Board, on the subject.
-A number of temperance advocates waited on the Board today, relative to the
investigations to be made tomorrow relative to the memorial of the Society
for the Prevention of Vice and Intemperance.
-Twenty-five licenses were given out today, an unusually large number.
26 January 1878
A POLICEMAN WHO DESERVE PROMOTION.
At ten o'clock last night, Officer RYAN, of the First Precinct,
discovered that some goods in the show window of J. ROTTENBURG's dry goods
store, No. 209 Fulton street, were on fire. With great presence of mind, he
kick in the glass in the door, and, unaided, succeeded in tearing ou the
blazing fabrics. Fortunately, his hands were encased in heavy gloves, or
else he must have been terribly burned. As it was, $800 damage was done to
the stock, which is insured for $5,000 in the Williamsburgh Insurance Company.
28 January 1878
About ten men have been appointed to the police force since the new
Commissioners took office last November. Although no vacancies at present
exist, the Commissioners have selected from a large number of applicants for
patrol duty such persons as they would feel warranted in appointing if
vacancies were to occur. Hence during the past two weeks about forty men
have been examined by the Board of Surgeons, of which Dr. Alexander J.
ROONEY is President and Dr. James T. BURDICK, Secretary. Of the entire
number, however, less than half have been found physically competent for
3 February 1878
A '"COP" IN HIS CUPS.
Sunday Dlyersion for Frolicsome Youngsters.
Many persons were treated to an unusual spectacle, yesterday morning, about
11 o'clock, in the antics of a drunken policeman. He first attracted
attention in Red Hook lane, near Fulton st, whence he staggered to the
corner of Fulton and Smith sts, where his maneuvers around a MOZART GARDEN
bill board provoked the merririment of a crowd of boys. Finally Sergeant
BALLOW, of the First Precinct, "spotted" him and towed him off. As no such
case figures among the "arrests" on the First Precinct return to
Headquarters to-day, it is presumed that the offending officer escaped the
penalty of incarceration in a cell that would have been the lot of any
"ordinary" citizen under similar circumstances. There is no doubt, however,
that Captain CAMPBELL has preferred charges against him. His name is given
as Michael MCLOUGHLIN, patrolman in the First Precinct.
14 February 1878
Some Well Deserved Fines - The Hamilton Ferry Suicide.
The Board of Police and Excise disposed today of the usual batch of
policemen charged with violating rules.
They fined -
Patrolman Edward HOLMES, of the Fifth Precinct, five days’ pay for being
intoxicated in the street in uniform at 9am.
Patrolman Edward HENNESSEY, Fifth Precinct, five days’ pay for leaving
the station house after permission to do so had been refused.
Bridge Keepers William ROACH & John FITZGERALD two days each for
failing to clean the snow off the Hamilton avenue bridge.
In the case of Sergeant WALSH & Patrolman John MALONEY of the Third Precinct,
charged with failing to report the suicide of the 4th inst, on the Hamilton
Ferry, the Board decided that the excuse of the officers that they could
not authenticate the information given them to be good.
20 February 1878
Among a number of fines imposed by the Board of Police and Excise yesterday
for the failure to comply with the rules were the following:
Patrolman E. HOLMES, Seventh Precinct, ten days' pay and "warned" for being
off post in a liquor saloon, and disobedience of orders.
Sergeant Joseph CARRAUGHER, First Precinct, three days' pay and enjoined to
exercise more care, in the future, for discharging a prisoner arrested for
passing a counterfeit 25 cent piece.
7 March 1878
The board of Police tried a number of Policemen today on various charges.
Officer Peter BARRY,to :discharge a debt of $ 5:50 to B.RILEY,for a stove.
Detective J.LENEHAU, two days pay,for refusing to count the clothes-pins
in a bag found by him.
Patrolman John GIBSON,three days pay for being off his post.
Patrolman Charles.H.McCUE two days pay for being off his post.
28 March 1878
There is an excitement in the Police department over an almost
general transfer of Sergeant and Patrolmen that has taken place.
Out of sixty-one sergeants and acting sergeants forty-two have
been sent from the stations where they had been doing duty to
other station,and the probabilities are that the remaining nineteen
will also be transferred,almost exclustively for the purpose of
placing them near their homes, in order that they may get their
meals within an hour and find more time to attend to police duty.
The following are the names of the Sergeants ransferred.
JOHN CARR, Fourth to Ninth precinct
HENRY C.BADEW, Ninth to Fourth precinct.
WILLIAM MEEKES, Second to Twelfth precinct.
NICHOLAS MASTERSON, Twelfth to Second precinct.
NICHOLAS McNAMORA, Tenth to Ninth precinct.
JAMES W.LAMB, Eight to Tenth precinct.
STEPHEN MARTIN, First to Fourth precinct.
CHARLES STRONG, Fourth to Tenth precinct.
EDWIN DYER, Tenth to First precinct.
JOHN HAMILTON, Ninth Sub, to Twelfth precinct.
GEORGE BUCKHOLZ, Twelfth tto Ninth Sub precinct.
JOHN W.EASON, First to Second precinct.
WILLIAM M.STRONG, Second to First precinct.
JOHN GRAHAM, Eight to Eighth Sub precinc.
WILLIAM H.BROWNS, Eight Sub to Eighth precinct.
GEE W.BUNCE, Fifth to Seventh precinct.
JAMES J.FIELDING, Fifth to Seventh precinct.
ALFRED L.BATTERSBY, Seventh to Fifth precinct.
JAMES G.DeBEVOISE, Seventh to fifth precinct.
JAMES WARD, Sixth to Thirteenth precinct.
JOHN W. WERMELL, Thirteen to Sixth precinct.
LEONARD W.ELLIOTT, Sixth to Seventh precinct.
ROBERT W.REED, Seventh to Sixth precinct.
JAMES KINNEY, Eleventh to Third precinct.
WILLIAM J.CADDEN, Third to Eleventh precinct.
THOMAS WALSH, Third to First precinct.
JOHN CAIN, First to Third precinct.
WILLIAM P.KELLY, Fourth to Ninth precinct.
M.T.HELBROOK, Ninth to Fourth precinct.
JOHN MORRELL, Eight Sub to Eighth precinct.
DENNIS DRISCOLL, Eight to Eight Sub precinct.
JOHN BRENNAN, Fifth to Sixth precinct.
ASA TITUS, Sixth to Fifth precinct.
Three young men, Charles MORRIS,
William J.HIGGINS, John McGUIRE, residing in the Wallabout district,
were on their way home through Marcy avenue,at two o'clock
this morning,when it occurred to one of them,Charles MORRIS
aged twenty-five,of 39 Noostrand avenue, that it was an opportune
time to discharge a small pistol thatt had been longer loaded than
was desirable. He accordingly pulled the trigger,in ignorance of
the fact that behind the pile of boxes, at which he aimed, was
Officer WALTER DUGGAN,oof the Fourth Precinct. The result was
that the officer received a bullet in the breast that inflicted
a severe though not apparently dangerous wound. The accident
happening on Walton street, and near the Thirteenth Precinct
Station House.Duggan went there and had his wound dressed by
Police Surgeon LOEWENSTEIN. Officer KLEIND arrested MORRIS.
20 April 1878
VERDICT AGAINST THE SHERIFF
In the City Court yesterday, N.C. BARTLETT, a flour merchant, of 14 Front
street, New York, recovered a judgment for $664, against Sheriff DAGGETT, for
an alleged illegal levy and execution upon a bakery located at No. 669
Bedford avenue. BARTLETT set up that he purchased the bakery from Lyman F.
PETTE. The Sheriff seized the property on a judgment for $314, obtained by
Louis GREENBAUM, against PETTE. The case was tried once before when the jury
rendered a verdict for plaintiff for $1,114. Judge MCCUE, set the judgment
aside on the ground that it was excessive.
29 April 1878
FUNERAL OF A POLICE SERGEANT
The remains of the late commanding Sargeant of the Eight Sub-precinct, John
MAHER, were interred in Calvary Cemetery yesterday afternoon. A service at
St. John's R.C. Church preceded the burial. Rev. John MCGUIRE, assisted by
other clergymen, celebrated a requiem mass.
Among those present were
County Clerk John DELMAR,
Mr. JENKINS, clerk to the Superintendent of Police,
Captain John MACKELLAR, who was in command of a detachment of police,
30 April 1878
A NEW POLICE POST:
The Police Commissioners have created a new post-Joralemon street, from Court
street to Boerum place- and have assigned two members of the Central Squad to
it; HARDY, formerly in Justice MOORE's Court, and BROPHY, formerly in the
Sanitary Department. HARDY is one of the stalwart men of the force, and
BROPHY is the tallest policeman in the city, hence their selection for this showy post.
2 MAY 1878
DISCIPLINING THE POLICE.
The First Trial at the New Headquarters Important Cases.
The first police court in the Municipal Building was held today, General
Mrs. Lizzie FRANZ preferred a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer
against Patrolman John GIBSON, Seventh Precinct, in that "said GIBSON has
on several occasions come into my candy store, No. 8 Broome Street,
Greenpoint, and helped himself to articles without leave from me, and on
one occasion, sometime during the latter part of March, 1878, addressed me
insulting and obscene remarks." The Commissioners adjourned the case to
Saturday morning at nine o'clock, GIBSON pleading not guilty.
Patrolman James KILLIAN, Fourth Precinct, was charged with being absent
from roll call at 6:30 AM, and returning from post until 8:40 AM. He was
fined ten days' pay and ordered to go to "school."
Patrolman John H. GELHARDT, Fourth Precinct, was charged with leaving his
post and being found asleep on a settee in the hallway of Justice RILEY's
court room at 9:45 AM. He, too, was fined ten days' pay and ordered to "school."
Patrolman Wm. F. GILMORE, Fourth Precinct, was charged with leaving his
post and going into a stable in St. James' Place, near Greene Avenue, at
1:20 PM. He was fined three days' pay and ordered to "school."
Patrolman Michael CONNELLY, Eighth Sub-Precinct, was charged with being
under the influence of liquor on Third Avenue at 7:20 AM. 3d instant, in
uniform. He was fined three days' pay.
Patrolman Thomas MURPHY, Tenth Precinct, was charged with not being on his
relieving post. He was fined one day's pay.
Patrolman George M. DAILEY, Twelfth Precinct, was charged with leaving his
post without being properly relieved. He was fined one day's pay and
ordered to "school."
Complaints against Sergeant METCALF, Tenth Precinct, and Patrolman Theadore
MORRILL, Ninth Precinct, were dismissed.
Where Reform in the System is Needed A Better Selection of Men Demanded.
Shortly after the present Board of Police and Excise took office their
attention was directed to the detective force with a view to rendering it
more effective. At Headquarters was the regular squad, consisting of nine
men and a sergeant, and at every precinct was one man (in case of the First
Precinct, two) doing detective duty. The first step taken was to order the
Central Office men to do a certain amount of patrol duty in sections of the
city selected by the Superintendent. Within a few days another step was
taken to transferring the commanding sergeant to sergeant's duty in the
Third Precinct. At present the squad reports to the Superintendent in the
absence of a head not yet selected, but who should be the senior detective.
Whether the Commissioners will rest here is not known, but they might with
valuable results, so far as serving the community is concerned, inquire
into the qualifications of some of the men now doing detective duty at
Headquarters and at precincts. A number of the detectives are unexcelled in
any city for ability and experience, but unfortunately, some have few
qualities that recommend them for the delicate service they are expected to
perform. The result is that the burden of the work falls on the shoulders
of the few, while the rest keep up a good deal of unproductive thinking and
perambulating. Last year all the arrests by the Headquarters Squad for
burglary, homicides, receiving stolen good, etc. (excepting petty
offences), only footed up 16. This is a very poor showing for the squad,
although under the system heretofore in existence, they had no chance to
accomplish much. What arrests were made, however, were of the most
important character, but were made by the few. The precinct detectives make
an infinitely better showing, but simply because, in many instances, the
opportunities to do so are thrown in their way. A little shaking up would
do no harm. And if some of the so-called detectives were shaken back to
post duty, the service would gain patrolmen without losing any more detectives.
4 May 1878
Surrogate DAILEY yesterday decided in favor of sustaining the letters of
administration granted to Elizabeth WILKINSON, the third wife of Michael
WILKINSON, a policeman, who left property worth $5,000 to his wife. The
matter was contested by WILKINSON's children by his second wife, who set up
in their complaint that Mrs. Elizabeth WILKINSON was not the wife of their
father. This matter was put at rest today when that lady produced her
marriage certificate and also the judgment roll granting a divorce to
WILKINSON from his second wife, who is still living.
NEW MOUNT THROWS POLICEMAN NOONAN
When John NOONAN, a mounted policeman attached to the Prospect Park
station, was taking a new mount from the training farm at Wakefield
yesterday afternoon it became frightened on the Central bridge and
threw him. NOONAN suffered a fracture of the left ankle and contusions
of the body and was sent to the Washington Heights Hospital.
6 May 1878
HEFFERNAN'S CRIME.-POLICE CAPTAIN SMITH SHOT BY ONE OF HIS OFFICERS.
What Intemperance Led a Policeman to Do Interview with the Prisoner He is
Held for the Grand Jury.
Patrolman Morris H. HEFFERNAN, aged thirty-seven, of the First Precinct,
yesterday afternoon attempted to murder his Captain, Joe SMITH, the oldest
captain in the city , by shooting him. Dissipation and the preferment
against him of charges for the same by his captain, were the inciting
circumstances that led to the commission of the crime. These circumstances
are told further on in the language of the prisoner.
Captain SMITH was standing in the Washington Street station-house at 1:20
PM reading a letter. He was inside the railing between the street window
and the sergeant's desk, with one arm resting on the telegraph box.
Sergeant WALSH was in command of the desk, and had just rung for the
platoon returned from patrol duty to assemble for muster, and the men were
falling into line before him. About the last man to descend the stairs from
the dormitory was HEFFERNAN. In his right hand he held a pistol, but the
fact excited no comment, as men often have to hurry to get down in time,
and frequently are compelled to adjust their equipments while descending
the stairs. But instead of falling into line HEFFERNAN advanced to the
railing, and addressing the Captain said: "This is a nice job you have put
up on me, you old _____." The Captain turned. He saw the pistol, and
essayed to escape. He dodged low just as the weapon was discharged, and the
bullet struck him in the neck. As he sought to find shelter behind the
desk, he tripped on a rug and fell. The second bullet whistled over him and
struck the door of a closet on the other side of the room. At that instant
Officers REILLY, QUINN, and WHITE, who had simultaneously jumped for the
assassin, seized and disarmed him. He at once surrendered.
Captain SMITH was carried into his room and laid on a lounge. He evidently
thought he was dying, for he exclaimed: "I'm done for; God help my wife and
little child." Ambulance Surgeon MORDOUGH, Drs. HUNT and SHERVETT, and
Police Surgeons ROONEY, MALONE, and HOPKINS were soon on hand. They found
that the ball had struck the neck just below the left ear, and passed out
some inches below, without apparently affecting any vital parts. Police
Commissioner Rodney C. WARD, Superintendent CAMPBELL, and Inspector WADDY
were also soon on the spot, and did all in their power to make the wounded
veteran comfortable. A carriage was then procured, and the Captain was
removed to his residence, No. 37 Tillary Street. He slept quite well during
the night, and is believed to be out of danger. The affair created great
excitement; and inquiries respecting his condition have been numerous from
HEFFERNAN was arraigned before Justice WALSH this morning upon complaint of
Sergeant WALSH. He appeared very nervous, in fact as though he had just
recovered from a long debauch. The complaint being read to him, he had
nothing to say. The Justice said to him: "I will enter a plea of not
guilty, then. When will you be ready for examination?" "Well," said the
prisoner, "I will withdraw my plea of not guilty and plead guilty." The
Justice cautioned him, but he persisted in so having it, but when he came
to sign his voluntary examination was so nervous that he had to ask the
Justice to sign for him. He was held for the Grand Jury.
A UNION-ARGUS reporter had an interview with the prisoner, in the court
room cells. HEFFERNAN has been on the force since September 2, 1870, and
was formerly a clerk in the office of the Herald. His statement was as
follows, given in a rambling way.
"Captain SMITH has acted very queerly with me compared with the way he has
treated some other men. He never had a better man than I when I was
straight. I am one of those men who drink not more than once in three or
four weeks, maybe not more than once in three months, and then I'm off. It
was this bloody bock beer that spoilt me. I'm sorry for my poor family. My
old mother is outside there, and I am afraid that it will kill her. The
Captain has made a good many charges against me for intoxication. The other
day I reported sick to Dr. HOPKINS; he called on me twice but found me out;
the second time I went to see him and he ordered me on duty at six AM
Friday last. I obeyed; after 12 o'clock Saturday night I got copies of
charges made against me by the Captain; I should have gotten them a day
earlier so as to give a man a chance to see his friends. There were three
specifications, one for reporting sick and being drunk; I had not been
drunk; I expected this would break me, which would leave me without a home
for my wife and five little children; I did the shooting under the impulse
of the moment; we are not allowed to carry pistols on duty in the day time,
and I borrowed this pistol from another man's closet. I meant to bring it
back at six o'clock, when I returned from home. I had not time to put it
into my pocket when the sergeant's bell rang. I had no intention of using
the weapon when I spoke to him, but the sight of him excited me. I did it
before I thought. You never heard a man balloo as he did about his wife and
child; but he never thought anything about mine, and mine likely to be
turned out into the street."
(7 May 1878)
THE WOUNDED POLICE CAPTAIN.
Conditions of Captain Joel SMITH Significance of the Shooting.
Captain Joel SMITH, of the First Precinct, who was shot on Sunday in the
station house by a dissipated member of his command named Morris H.
HEFFERNAN, passed a comparatively comfortable night last night at his
residence, No. 37 Tillary Street. He rested well, and suffered little from
the wound in his neck. Though fifty-nine years of age, he has a strong
constitution, and the only thing his physicians apprehend is that
inflammation or erysipelas may set in. Of course the shock to his nervous
system was not small, and therefore there is the utmost necessity of his
being kept quiet and free from exciting causes. His wife and one of his
sons, Officer Joseph SMITH, are the only persons admitted to his bedside.
Throughout the Police Department bought but expressions of strong sympathy
for him are heard, while frequent inquiries respecting his condition are
made both at the station-house and residence by many prominent men. Few men
in the city are better known than the captain. For years he has been in
command of a precinct that is the center of political activity, while many
noted criminal cases and the destruction of the Brooklyn Treatre, adjoining
his station-house, have caused his name to be in everybody's mouth from time to time.
Many persons visit the station-house to see the spots where the two bullets
struck. The one that passed through his neck lodged in the wainscoting
behind the sergeant's desk, and has been extracted to the destruction of a
couple of boards. The other, which narrowly missed hitting him, and
Sergeant WALSH as well, buried itself in the door of a closet at the
opposite end of the room.
Great indignation is expressed that such a man as HEFFERNAN should have
been allowed to remain on the force. His appointment dates back nearly
eight years. He is a Democrat, and there is a story that he obtained his
place through the highest Ring influence. Captain SMITH, on the other hand,
is a Republican, and HEFFERNAN may have imbibed his hatred of him by
knowing the annoyance which the Ring felt at his retention on the force
when a captaincy was sought for a Democrat.
A UNION-ARGUS reporter inspected HEFFERNAN's record at Police Headquarters.
In six years he has had twenty charges preferred against him. He was three
times fined ten days' pay, and three times five days' pay, while there were
records of a number of fines of one days' pay each.
(17 June 1878)
TRIAL OF THE POLICEMAN WHO SHOT CAPTAIN JOEL SMITH
THE CASE DISPOSED OF IN SHORT ORDER--A VERDICT OF GUILTY--THE PRISONER
REMANDED FOR SENTENTENCE.
The trial of Policeman MAURICE HEFFERNAN for shooting Captain JOEL
H. SMITH, of the 1st. Precinct, may 5 last, was opened in the Court of
Sessions today before the court and a jury. District-Attorney CATLIN
appearing for the proecution and ex JudgeCORNELL for the prisoner. The
indictment found against HEFFERNAN was for assault with intent to kill, and
the story of the deed was retold by captain SMITH substantially as follows:
On Tuesday, April 30, I paid HEFFERNAN his money due for the
month; he went away and no more was seen of him till the next Friday morning,
when he reported for duty. On the Saturday evening following , when the
section to which he belonged was ready to march out on duty, HEFFERNAN was
standing in the line, and he gave me a pitiful look. He had been reported as
intoxicated, and charges had been rsreved on him for neglect of duty. I did
not see him again till next day-Sunday-when I was standing in the station
house and HEFFERNAN and others came in from post, and went upstairs; that was
about 20 minutes past one. When the bell rang for them to go to
dinnerHEFFERNAN, came down with the rest and walked directly up to the rail,
behind which I was standing, and wxclaimed"That's a fine job you put up on
me," drew his revolver and fired at me. The ball struck me in the back of the
neck at the base of the skull, and came out near the top of the back bone,
and lodged in the wood work on the wall. Officer JAMES WHITE sprang forward
and struck up HEFFERNAN'S arm just as he fired again, and the ball did not
strke me. He was then disarmed and conveyed to a cell in the rear. I
staggered but was prevented from falling by an officer present, was helped
into my room, and removed to my house, but was able to return to duty in
about 3 weeks.
Sergeant THOMAS WALSH and officers WHITE and RILEY corroborated
the above, and the prisoner, HEFFERNAN, was called to the stand. he was pale
but collected looking, and seemed interested in the proceedings. His
testimony was simply to the effect that he was drunk from the day he was paid
all the week, and did not remember anything that occurred until the
The case was given to the jury about 2 o'clock.
The jury, after a brief absence, found aa verdict of guilty
against HEFFERNAN, who was remanded by the Judge for sentence on Wednesday next.
(22 June 1878)
POLICEMAN HEFFERNAN SENTENCED FOR 7 YEARS.
MAURICE H. HEFFERNAN, the policeman who was convicted several days ago in the
Court of Sessions of an assault with intent to kill made on his Captain JOEL
SMITH, of the First Precinct, was sentenced yesterday evening, by Judge
MOORE, to 7 years imprisonment in the Kings County Penitentiary. In
pronounceing sentence Judge MOORE said that the offence was a serious one,
and all the so because committed by a man appointed for the prevention of
just such things. The prisoner was intention a murderer, but he would deal
leniantly with him this time, and not impose the full penalty of the law,
which was 10 years.
10 May 1878
Police Sergeants Transferred.
The following transfers of police sergeants were ordered yesterday
afternoon by the Commissioners:
REARDON, Sixth to Seventh Precinct;
BOCH, Seventh to Sixth;
KELLETT, Third to Eleventh;
SLATTERY, Eleventh to Third;
GREGORY, Tenth to Twelfth;
CAMPBELL, Twelfth to Tenth;
WILLMARTH, Ninth Sub to Ninth;
LATTY, Ninth to Ninth Sub;
BARWICK, Thirteenth to Fifth;
HALLETT, Fifth to Thirteenth;
LEAVY, Thirteenth to Ninth;
HEALY, Ninth to Thirteenth;
CARPENTER, Fourth to Second;
COROUGHER, Second to Fourth;
LOYD, Eighth to Tenth;
METCALF, Tenth to Eighth.
11 May 1878
The Assailant of Captain Joel SMITH.
Ex-policeman Morris H. HEFFERNAN was arraigned in the Court of Sessions
today to plead to an indictment against him for assault and battery, with
intent to kill, Captain Joel SMITH, of the First Precinct police. He
pleaded not guilty. Judge MORRE fixed the trial of the accused for the 23d inst.
16 May 1878
POLICEMEN ON TRIAL.
Remarkable Charges and Counter-Charges Stories about Late Revels that were
Not Proven A Faithful Officer Fined.
Some rather interesting cases came up before the Board of Police and Excise
at the police trials yesterday. The decisions were not rendered until
today. Among them were charges growing out of a disagreement between
Sergeant Nicholas BOCH, on the one side, and Sergeants FIELDING and BUNCE
on the other. All three are among the oldest and best men on the force.
BOCH, it seems, went to Captain RHODES, of the Seventh Precinct, last
Friday night, having just received notification that he had been
transferred to the Sixth Precinct, and told him that FIELDING, who had the
desk, was intoxicated. The Captain made BOCH return with him to the
station-house, and made an investigation. In accordance with rules he
compelled BOCH to make a charge through him to the Commissioners, which was
done in the following terms being directed against FIELDING and BUNCE:
Sergeant FIELDING entered the bedroom in which I was asleep and woke me up
between ten and eleven o'clock on the night of the 10th instant and threw
himself on the bed with his clothes and boots on. Shortly after, Sergeant
BUNCE entered the room and pulled Sergeant FIELDING out of bed, both
falling on the floor. Sergeant BUNCE asked FIELDING to come out and take a
drink. After skylarking for some time, depriving me of rest and sleep, some
one locked the door from the outside. After pulling and kicking at the
door, the lock got out of order and could not be unlocked with the key. The
door was then forced open with a jimmy from the outside, bending the nosing
and staple in the lock and tearing the door moulding. At 11:45 Doorman
TINKEY called Sergeant FIELDING to get up, without success. I then tried to
awake him, when he gruffly said, "Go to _____, I said "Get up; it is twelve
o'clock." He answered, "I don't care a ______." He failed to be at the desk
to answer the roll call signal from Central Office, and failed to call his
roll to send his platoon on patrol duty at twelve midnight, 10th instant.
He also threatened in a loud voice, standing at the door of the
station-house, that he would make me the sickest man he ever saw, if he got
a chance at me. The charge was technically signed by Captain RHODES, and
bore the names of Sergeant Nicholas BOCH, Sergeant L. W. Elliott, Captain
RHODES, Justice Charles B. ELLIOTT, and Doormen TINKEY and BRENNAN as witnesses.
Sergeant FIELDING, through the Captain, then preferred two charges against BOCH.
"That said Sergeant falsely stated to Captain RHODES that I, Sergeant
FIELDING, was intoxicated at 12 PM on the night of the 11th instant
(witnesses, Captain RHODES, Sergeants ELLIOTT and BUNCE, Doorman TINKEY and
That said Sergeant failed to report at station-house at the termination of
his tour of patrol duty from 12 to 6 AM on the 11th instant, also that said
Sergeant secretly came into the station-house by climbing over yard fence
at 2:30 AM same date (Sergeant FIELDING, witness). The decisions were
rendered today. The first complaint, against FIELDING and BUNCE, was
dismissed. On the second, FIELDING against BOCK (spelling as appears in
newspaper), the sentence was a fine five days' pay for cowardice and five
days' pay for failing to report at station-house as per squad orders. The
third complaint, against BOCH, was dismissed.
Sergeant William STRONG, of the First Precinct, was fined one day's pay for
allowing two prisoners to escape from him about 8:30 AM May 11. The facts,
as reported, apparently did not warrant the imposition of a penalty. The
case was written up in Saturday's Union Argus. STRONG was off duty and was
going home when he saw them steal a shirt from the front of a store, and
then, after a chase , collared two of them. Quick as a flash they wriggled
out of their coats and escaped. Subsequently the police of the Second
Precinct arrested them for another crime. By 10 o'clock AM both had been
sentenced by Justice WALSH.
30 May 1878
Dismissed from the Force.
Officer Francis MAY, of the Twelfth Precinct, was dismissed from the force
today for buying in a liquor store in uniform, and for assisting a citizen
to help two women over a fence.
1 June 1878
TRANSFER OF POLICE SERGEANTS
The following Police Sergeants were transfered today;
JAMES WARD, from the 13th. to the 16th. Precinct,
JAMES HALLETT, 13th. to 5th. Precinct,
ASA TITUS, 5th to 13th.,
JAMES LEAVY, 9th to 13th,
JOHN BRENNAN, 6th to 13th,
JACOB E. HEALEY, 13th. to 9th.
19 June 1878
A POLICEMAN DISCHARGED
The Police Commissioners today dismissed from the force Officer
THOMAS HART, of the 9th. Sub-Precinct, for playing cards in a saloon,
and while under the influence of liquor committing an assault on a citizen
named JAMES SMITH.
22 June 1878
A MYSTERIOUS SHOOTING CASE--AN OFFICER OF THE SEVENTH PRECINCT WOUNDED.
A mysterious shooting case, in which Officer EDWARD HENNESSY , of the
7th. precinct, was wounded, occurred last night in Greenpoint. The officer
stated that while he was patroling on Greenpoint ave., below Oakland st., at
about half past ten last night, a man who was about 150 yards behind him drew
a pistol and shot at him, the ball taking affect in his left lower hip. On
the officer's appearance at he station-house Dr. JENKINS was summoned and
extracted the ball, which had inflicted but a flesh wound taking a downwoard
course. The also stated that he chased the man through Greenpoint ave., and
that he ran over the Blissville Bridge. The above story, however is not the
only one told by Officer HENNESSY. and as differ so materially it is supposed
that he has an object in keeping quiet the true version of the affair.
Police Surgeon LOWENSTEIN on examination this morning decided that the
officer was fit for duty, but after doing duty for a short time HENNESSY
reported sick and went home.
24 June 1878
Officer's EDWARD HENNESSY'S story about his alleged attempted assassination
has been intirely disproved. Captain RHODES having found a man who was with
HENNESSY at the time, and who states that the shooting was the result of the
discharge of the officer's own pistol.
2 January 1879
The Police Commissioners retired to-day the following patrolman:
Louis KARCHER, appointed 1861, aged 46y, Sixth Precinct on $400 pay;
James RYAN, appointed 1876, aged 33y, Thirteenth Precinct,on $380 pay;
Thomas IRWIN, appointed 1862, aged 55y, Third Precinct, on $400.
No successors will be appointed.
13 January 1879
The Police and Excise Commission to-day fined Patrolman KELCHER, of the
Eleventh Precinct, ten days' pay for being under the influence of
liquor, five days' for violation of rules and five days' for leaving his
14 February 1879
The Evil of Intoxication very Prevalent-Fires and Warnings-
What it Costs a Policeman to Get Drunk
the Board of Police and Excise today rendered decisions in a number of cases
involving charges against officers.
Patrolman Peter MCCORMICK, of the 8th Sub-Precinct, was fined 25 days' pay
for absence and disorderly conduct, with a warning that a repetition of such
acts would result in his dismissal. He was absent from duty 8 and 3/4 days.
for which his pay has also stopped. He was ordered transferred to the 1st
Patrolman Michael MCLAUGHLIN, of the 1st Precinct, who made a drunken
exhibition of himself a few Sundays ago, was find 10 days pay, with a
warning that a repetition would result in dismissal. He was ordered
transferred to the 8th Sub.
Patrolman CONWAY was fined 10 days pay for being under the influence of
liquor. He also was warned that a repetition of the offence would result in
Patrolman Michael KEENAN , of the 11th Precinct, was fined 10 days' pay for
intoxication, with a warning that a repetition of the offence would cause
Patrolman Chas. MABLENBERG,of the 1st Precinct,was fined 5 days' pay for
being off post in company with a woman.
Patrolman Chas, BABCOCK, 9th Precinct was fined 15 days' pay, 10 of which
were for intoxication, He too, received a warning.
Patrolman James MU?LEN, of the 9th Sub was fined 3 days' pay for being off post.
8 July 1879
Vacation for the Police
The following order was to-day issued to the Police:
Office of the Superintendent of Police
Brooklyn, July 8, 1879
General Order No. 161-The following re???tions were this day adopted at a
meeting held by the Board of Police and Excise, which are promulgated for
the information of the police force:
Resolved, That a summer vacation be and the same is hereby allowed to all
the members of the same is hereby allowed to all the members of the police
force, upon their own application properly made on blanks furnished for
that purpose, whose official record is satisfactory to the Board, subject
to the approval and such regulations as the Superintendent of Police may
adopt and that such vacation be as follows:
Captains 14 days, Sergeants 10 days, Detectives 10 days, Roundsmen 5 days,
Patrolmen and Doormen, 6 days each.
Resolved, That all applications for leave of absence for summer vacation
shall be made at least three days before such leave such take effect.
Resolved, That all applications made by Sergeants and Roundsmen as
mentioned in the foregoing resolutions shall be accompanied by a record of
all charges preferred and sustained by the said Sergeants and Roundsmen,
before the Board of Police and Excise against delinquent police officers;
also a statement of all arrests made by them personally during the six
months ending the 1st day of July, 1879.
Resolved, That no officer of any grade shall be permitted to absent himself
until his application is approved by the Board, and that no officer shall
be permitted to anticipate an approval.
Resolved, That the rule allowing sergeants, roundsmen, patrolmen and
doormen to be off duty nights at certain periods, be and the same is hereby
suspended during the summer vacation.
Resolved, That the vacation be and the same is hereby fixed to commence on
the 15th day of July, 1879.
You must not allow too many absentees, so as to avoid impairing the
efficiency of the force.
By order of the Board,
Patrick CAMPBELL, Superintendent of Police
11 July 1879
BOUNCED- A Drunken Policeman's Exit From a Saloon
How he Created a Disturbance--Too Much Whiskey Makes Too Much Fight-
The Case in the Police Court--The Commissioners to take Action
Patrolman Michael TRAVERS, of the Second Precinct, made an exhibition of
himself last night in a Fulton street liquor saloon, which will doubtless
cost him his place on the police force. According to the report of Captain
CRAFTS, of the Second Precinct, TRAVERS at 7:40 o'clock landed at Jewell's
wharf from one of the Rockaway steamboats. He seemed under the influence
of stimulants, and crossed the gang plank singing. Thence he passed
directly to Martin MADDIGAN'S liquor saloon, No. 9 Fulton street, where he
ordered drinks, and continued imbibing until he owed eighty cents. A
demand was then made for the money, abut he declined to pay any attention
to it, and grandiloquently waving the bartender bank, was not, however, to
be so easily bluffed, and insisting upon immediate payment, so angered
TRAVERS, that the latter drew a pistol and threatened to shoot him. The
loud and excited tones in which the conversation was carried on had
fortunately attracted the attention of Sergeant CARROUGHER, of the Second
Precinct, who was passing, and he entered the saloon just at the critical
moment, and seeing the situation, attempted to arrest TRAVERS. The latter
being in a furious mood, however, declined to submit to arrest, and at once
offered a determined resistance. CARROUGHER, seeing the danger, rapped for
help, and in a few minutes four officers responded. A desperate tussle,
almost amounting to a fight, then took place, and in the melee the Sergeant
was four times by mistake struck in the face by an outsider, who pretended
that he was assisting the police. Officer KEARNEY also had his coat badly
torn. But finally, superior force prevailed, and TRAVERS was taken to the
station-house and locked up on a charge of drunkenness and disorderly
conduct. How the officers refrained from clubbing him is a mystery.
This morning the prisoner was taken before Justice WALSH, upon complaint of
Sergeant CARROUGHER and was sentenced to pay a fine of $10 or stand
committed to jail for ten days. A friend paid the fine for him and TRAVERS
was liberated. yesterday was "his day off," and that was the way he came
to go to Rockaway.
Superintendent CAMPBELL to-day suspended TRAVERS from duty, and ordered
charges to be preferred against him.
His record as a member of the police force is not creditable. he was born
in January, 1851 and learned the trade of an oysterman, December 6, 1876,
he obtained an appointment as patrolman, and was assigned to duty in the
Third Precinct, where he remained until April 14, 1879, when he was
transferred to the Third Precinct. During 1877 his conduct, according to
the records, appears to have been exemplary, as no charges were preferred
against him by his commanding officers, but since then he has had eleven
charges preferred against him. In 1878 he was fined as follows by the
Commissioners for offences: For violation of rules, one days pay, January
9, and two days' pay April 4; for improper conduct, one day's pay, October
1; for violation of rules, two days' pay, October 1; for neglect of duty;
one day's pay, November 6, and three days' pay December 11. One the 9th of
April he was fined one day's pay for neglect of duty.
26 July 1879
A New York Policeman's Suicide
Policeman Bartholomew GAFFNEY, of the Eighteenth Precinct, New York,
committed suicide by shooting himself at an early hour this morning at his
residence, No. 325 East Twenty-fifth street in that city. The ball entered
the right side of the head in front of the ear and passed out on the other
side. GAFFNEY was fifty-nine years of age and leaves a wife and several
young children, all of whom are laid up with whooping cough. it is
supposed that he committed the rash act while laboring under temporary
aberration of mind, produced by sickness. His home life was happy and it
is said that he was well off financially. He was an Irishman and had been
thirty-nine years in the country. His post for a long time past was at
Stuyvesant Park, and he was well known to and heartily liked by the
children and grown up people who frequent that shady breathing place in the
midst of the city.
31 July 1879
Death of a Policeman
Ex-Police Sergeant James LEAVEY, an obliging officer, died last night of
consumption at his residence in Kosciusko street. He was appointed as a
patrolman November 18, 1868, and assigned to duty in the Ninth
Precinct. In 1870 he was made a detective, and on the 12th of January,
1877, was promoted to a Sergeantcy in the Thirteenth Precinct. On the 6th
of March, 1879, he was reduced to the ranks and transferred from the Ninth
to the Fourth Precinct. Being ill he was assigned to day duty, but his
health soon became so poor that he was utterly incapacitated for service,
and in June was retired by the Commissioners. Until taken sick he was of
apparently robust constitution, and was seemingly the last man to be
attacked by consumption.
2 January 1882
Officer DUGAN had his hand seriously cut and knee injured yesterday
while stopping a runaway horse belonging to Joseph SCHNORR, 207 Green street.
A POLICEMAN INJURED
Officer Robert WALKER, of the Fourth Precinct, had his right foot severely
injured this morning while returning from post by falling off the front
platform of Myrtle avenue car No. 130. He was taken to the City Hospital.
A POLICEMAN BEATEN
A crowd of ruffians at three o'clock this morning beat Officer WOOLSAKE, of
the Fourth Precinct, while he was doing special duty in citizen's clothes at
the corner of Myrtle and Hudson avenue.
3 January 1882
POLICEMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNKENESS
Roundsman DOWNEY, of the Third Precinct, for intoxication arrested BERNARD
REILLY a police officer, who lives at No. 486 Degraw Street, on Sunday night.
REILLY was so much under the influence of liquor as to be helpless and had to
be taken to the station in a wagon.
Martin GERKEN, of 134 Norman Avenue, who was appointed on the police force
by Commissioner JOURCAN on Saturday reported for duty at the Seventh Precinct
Station- house on the 1st. inst.
Arthur DUGAN, a patrolman attached to the Seventh Precinct Station-house,
and against whom four charges of drunkenness are now pending before the
commissioner sent his shield to the station-house on Saturday evening and
resigned from the force.
5 January 1882
DISMISSED A. Third Precinct Police Officer who was Arrested for Drunkenness.
Officer Bernard RILEY, of the Third precinct, was found helplessly drunk
on Monday morning by Roundsman DOWNEY. RILEY was taken to the station-house
in a wagon being unable to walk. These facts were related to Police Commissioner
JOURDAN yesterday. The roundsman also swore that RILEY attempted to assault him
in the station-house. This the officer denied. He said he had been invited by a
friend to have a New Year drink, and that he took two glasses of whiskey.
Commissioner JOURDAN dismissed RILEY from the force.
24 January 1882
FLAMES--A Policeman's Gallant Rescue of Children
Six Little Ones Saved from Death, the Result of an Explosion of Kerosene,
A kerosene lamp in the apartment o Bridget WHELEHAN, at No. 142 Grand
Avenue, exploded about a quarter before four o'clock this morning, setting fire
to the building, a two story frame structure. The WHELEHAN family occupied
the top floor, where John LOFTUS, a son in law also resides. The flames spread
quickly, owing to the strong wind which was blowing, and soon enveloped the
upper part of the house. Officer Wm. KNIPE of the fourth Precinct, who was in
the neighborhood, ran to the scene, and upon being informed there were
sleeping children on the top floor, made his way upstairs. In so doing he placed
himself in jeopardy, but thinking of the children he made his way to the room in
which they were sleeping, and in which the fire burned fiercely, and after much
effort, resulting from being obliged to make several trips to the room, he succeeded
in safely removing them. The children were six in number, ranging in age from 2 to
14 years. The children were those of Mr.LOFTUS. The building was damaged $500
and is not insured. The damage to the furniture is $200, which is covered by insurance.
25 January 1882
OFFICER KNIPE 'S BRAVERY.
A Special Report of the Fire in Grand Avenue Yesterday. The Officer to
be Commended by Commissioner JOURDAN.
In accordance with an order made by Superintendent of Police, CAMPBELL,
Captain WILLMARTH, of the Fourth Precinct, has forwarded the following
report in regard to the action of Officer KNIPE at the fire at No. 142 Grand
Avenue yesterday morning:
Patrolman Wm. KNIPE, of my command, reported that at 3:40 A.M., while
on patrol duty, he discovered smoke issuing from the second story of 142
Grand Avenue. He immediately ran there and entered the front door and ran
up stairs to the second story, where the smoke was so dense that it drove him
back. He then entered the room on the first floor and helped Mrs. Bridget
WHELEHAN, who occupied the floor, to the street, and then made another
attempt to get into the rooms on the second floor, but was driven back by
smoke. He returned to the sidewalk, when a small boy told him there were
children on the second floor. He then made another attempt to enter the rooms,
when he heard a man's voice calling him to come and help him for God's sake!
But the fire was burning so fiercely that he could not get into the room. He left
went to the sidewalk where Mr. John LOFTUS, who occupied the second floor,
broke the window and threw his six children out to him. He caught the children
in his arms. He then assisted Mr. LOFTUS and his wife out of the window, which
is ten feet from the sidewalk. The parties were all uninjured. The upper part of
the house was badly burned and without the officer's assistance the fire might
have been fatal to some of the occupants. The children's ages range from
2 to 14 years. The officer's mustache was slightly scorched. I think the officer's
action in the matter very commendable.
Commissioner JOURDAN is to issue an order commending Officer KNIPE'S
bravery at the fire.
DEATH OF A POLICE OFFICER:
Patrolman John HURST, of the Second Precinct, who has been
connected with the police force for a number of years, died
At a meeting of officers and patrolmen of the precinct at
the station house yesterday afternoon, Captain CRAFTS in the
chair and Sergeant MORRELL recording, the following resolution,
reported by a committee, consisting of Sergeant Joseph
CARROUGHER and Patrolman Francis EARLEY and John KEARNEY, were
Whereas, It has pleased the Almighty God in His divine
providence to take from us our beloved companion and fellow
patrolman, John HURST, a member of the police force for over
Resolved, That, while we deeply mourn his death, we offer to
his family in this their sad bereavement our heartfelt sympathy,
assuring, them that, while they have lost a beloved son
and the orphans left fatherless, we have lost a friend in our
Resolved, That we attend the funeral in a body and that the
station house be draped with the usual badge of mourning for
thirty days and that a copy of the foregoing resolution be
presented to the bereaved family and published in the Union Argus.
An Ex-Policeman Breaks His Wife's Arm's, An Unenviable Record.
Edward FITZSIMMONS, an ex police officer yesterday brutally beat his wife
Winnifred with a club, breaking one of her arms. He was arrested for the offense,
and today committed to jail for examination by Justice BERGEN. FITZSIMMONS
was removed from the force for cowardice and neglect of duty in connection with
the assault on a Republican torchlight procession during the campaign of 1880. He
appealed to the courts and was reinstated. A few weeks ago he was again dismissed,
then for beating his wife and for being drunk. There were seven charges against him.
It is said that the prisoner neglects to take proper care of his five children and the
society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children are inquiring into the matter
10 February 1879
The Murder of Policeman SMITH.
The trail of Mrs. Jessie R. SMITH, and Covert BENNETT upon the charge of
killing Policeman SMITH in Jersey city, on the night of July 31, 1878, was
begun in Jersey City, this morning
5 February 1882
Death of a Greenpoint Policeman
Frank B. REED, a patrolman attached to the Seventh Precinct, died at his
residence, Meserole and Manhattan avenues, Greenpoint, this morning , of
pneumonia. Deceased was appointed on the police force in 1861, and was a
very efficient officer. He was 58 years old and a member of Greenpoint Lodge
of Free Masons. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at two o'clock.
22 February 1882
A Private Detective Arrested
James Irving, a private detective, living at No. 215 North Second street,
Eastern District, forced an entrance into Delia BLAKE's residence,
No. 534 Marcy avenue, and made off with a sewing machine worth $40, which
he said had been sent for by a New York manufacturing firm.
Irving was arrested.
27 February 1882
Police Retirements and Changes
It is expected that Police Commissioner JOURDAN will to-morrow retire several
super-annuated members of the force who have been reported by the Board of
Surgeons to be unfit for active duty :
Inspector WADDY will be among the number, and his position will, in all
probability, be filled by Drill-Capt. H. JEWETT.
Mr. Wm. McKIVEY, telegraph operator, will, it is thought, be
called upon to be Drill-Captain,
Mr. James KEENAN, now clerk in the Telegraph Department, made operator.
1 March 1882
Brooklyn Union Argus
Reappointments and Transfers By General JOURDAN
Captains WORTH and KAISER Change Places-
Twelve Sergeants and Seven Roundsmen
Transferred and the Reason Therefor-
Commissioner JOURDAN Announces His
Appointments-All of the Present Staff Retained.
Police Commissioner JOURDAN to-day announced his
appointments, and also made a number of transfers in the
Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Precincts,
including two captains, namely, Captains WORTH and
KAISER, the former going from the Sixth to the Thirteenth
Precinct, and Captian KAISER from the Thirteenth to the
Sixth. There were also twelve sergeants and seven roundsmen
transferred. The Commissioner said that the transfers were not
made because of any other reason than to secure better and
more faithful work from the men.
He said it had come to his knowledge that in some station-houses
where sergeants had for a long time been associated with each
other they had formed combinations and in that way shirked
their duty. It was to break up this that in part the changes were
made. The following is a list of transfers.
Captain WORTH, Sixth to Thirteenth
Captain KAISER, Thirteenth to Sixth
Sergeant James WARD, Sixth to Seventh
Sergeant John REARDON, Thirteenth to Seventh
Sergeant Wm. KITZER, Sixth to Fifth
Sergeant Leonard W. ELLIOTT, Seventh to Sixth
Sergeant Wm N. STRONG, Thirteenth to Fifth
Sergeant Richard B.G. SMITH, Thirteenth to Fifth
Sergeant Robert W. REED, Seventh to Sixth
Sergeant James L. HALLETT, Fifth to Sixth
Sergeant James G. DEBEVOISE, Seventh to Thirteenth
Sergeant John W. WANNELL, Sixth to Thirteenth
Sergeant George W. BUNCE, Fifth to Thirteenth
Sergeant Wm. BURFOLD, Fifth to Seventh
Roundsman James GREEN, Sixth to Seventh
Roundsman J.Addison CORWIN, Twelfth to Thirteenth
Roundsman J.T. TRAVERS, Fifth to Thirteenth
Roundsman Samuel STILLWAGON, Seventh to Sixth
Roundsman Cyrus K. FICKETT, Thirteenth to Sixth
Roundsman Neil CARNEY, Thirteenth to Twelfth
Roundsman Hugh GORMAN, Sixth to Fifth
The following employees of the department were reappointed:
Samuel RICHARDS, Deputy Commissioner, and Chief Clerk
Parr HARLOW, Deputy Clerk
E.L. LANGFORD, Accountant
A.S. ROWLEY, Property Clerk
F.L. JENKENS, Clerk to Superintendent
A.B. THORNE, Fire Marshal
Drs. James WATT, John E. RICHARDSON and E. MALONE, Police Surgeons
George R. SMITH, Clerk to Excise Board
Charles EISENHUT, Cashier Excise Board
Charles E. COOK and D.W. WILKES, Clerks in Excise Board
Thomas F. POWERS, boiler inspector
Rienard FOX and John RUGER, Boiler Inspectors
James WEBB, Clerk to Boiler Inspector
George M. FLANLEY, Telegraph Superintendent
Thomas M. CORNELL, Thomas WILLIAMS and Wm J. MC KELVEY,Telegraph Operators
Augustus MANEE, Lineman
Wm. MC CONNELL, Assistant Lineman
6 March 1882
A Police Officer Assaulted
Mrs. MURPHY, living at No. 198 Butler street, complained to the Third Precinct
police on Saturday night that her husband, James MURPHY had turned her and
her children from their home. Officer RHATTIGAN went to the house and was
met in the hall by MURPHY, who was intoxicated, and who carried an iron
poker, with which he struck the officer on the head. RHATTIGAN used his club
in self-defence and struck MURPHY on the head, inflicting a slight cut, after
which he arrested MURPHY and locked him up.
Attempting to Shoot
Michael BIANCO, charged with attempting to shoot Officer CLOUGHER, of
the Fifth Precinct, was fined $15 in Justice NAEHER's court this morning.
11 March 1882
Policemen Assaulted by Roughs
A crowd of rufflans on Saturday noght threw stones on Front street at a
roundsman and Officers ROGERS and HORAN, who were taking a drunken and
disorderly person, PETER LYNCH, of No.37 Main street,to the Second Precinct
Station house. The assailants escaped.
14 March 1882
A Police Roundsman Reduced
Police Commissioner JOURDAN to-day reduced Roundsman Felix
BRADY, of the Third Precinct, to the rank of patrolman, for
inefficiency and gross neglect of duty. Alexander BARR, an old
officer, who retired from the force some time since, was appointed
to fill the vacancy.This is the first time the laws of 1881 giving the
Police Commissioner power to reduce members of the force from
one grade to another has been put into force. General JOURDAN
said he thought it would better serve the purpose to reduce
Roundsman BRADY then to dismiss him, and for that reason the
law was taken advantage of.
16 March 1882
A Policeman Too Drunk to Walk
Patrolman George W. TRAVIS, of the Seventh Precinct police,
was found on his post at Franklin street and Greenpoint avenue
last night too drunk to walk and was taken in charge by two other
officers, who took him to the station-house where he was stripped
of his uniform and placed in a cell.
1 April 1882
APPOINTMENT OF AN INSPECTOR OF THE FORCE
Captain JEWETT Selected by Gen. JOURDAN--Mr. MCKELVEY, Made Drill Captain,
vice JEWETT--The Detective Force to be Reorganized.
Police Commissioner JOURDAN to-day announced a number of changes in the
Department which were made necessary by the retirement of Inspector WADDY.
They are as follows:
Drill Capatin Henry L. JEWETT to be Inspector and Chief of Detectives.
Telegraph operator Wm. J. MCKELVEY to be Drill Captain.
James KEENAN, clerk in the telegraph department to be operator.
Mrs. James CORTELYOU female searcher at Police Headquarters,
vice Mrs. W. R. GEAR, who was recently assigned.
The position of clerk in the telegraph department remains untitled.
GENERAL JOURDAN SAID
that it was his purpose to reorganize the Detective Bureau, and because of
that fact had made Inspector JEWETT Chief of the Bureau. It is the
Commissioner's intention to organize all the detectives in the city into one
corps, with Inspector JEWETT at their head and as the general manager,
Superintendent CAMPBELL to have power to assign them to any precinct he might
see fit. They will not be precinct detectives, but at the same time will be
under the control of the Captains of the precincts to which they may be
assigned, and also answerable to Inspector JEWETT for their acts. Precinct
detectives will be done away with, although if there be need of the
continuous services of a detective in any one precinct, he will be kept there
as long as needed. The Commissioner intimated that he shall shake up the
Detective Bureau and retain only thoroughly competent men. Chief of
Detectives JEWETT is to be the judge of the men's qualifications, and should
he deem a man unfit for his position the latter will be put on patrol duty.
General JOURDAN said that other changes were contemplated, and also that the
rules of the department were being revised for the purpose of better defining
the duties of the Inspector and Drill Captain.
8 April 1882
Captain SMITH, of the First Precinct, the oldest captain on the force;
Sergeant DYER, Roundsman SHEPARD, and Officer TERRY have been called before
the Police Commissioners for not working up a reported robbery at Alexander
HUNTER'S liquor saloon, 15 Myrtle avenue, to the satisfaction of
Superintendent CAMPBELL and Inspector WADDY. All were acquitted except DYER,
who was fined two days' pay for fifty minutes' dilitariness in not reporting
the case to his captain.
10 April 1882
Ex-Policeman FITZSIMMONS' Cruelty.
Ex-policman Edward FITZSIMMONS, who was recently released from jail, where
he served twenty-nine days for breaking his wife's arm, last night, at eleven
o'clock turned his two boys, Edward, aged 7, and John, aged 5, out of doors.
FITZSIMMONS lives at 340 Hicks street. Officer DOYLE, of the Third
Sub-Precinct, attempted to persuade the father to give the boys shelter, but
without success, and he then arrested him for cruelty to children. The
mother, who is living with a sister, was notified and took charge of the
boys. Justice BERGEN will take care of FITZSIMMONS.
REORGANIZATION OF THE SECRET SERVICE POLICEMEN.
Commisioner JOURDAN's Order to Chief CAMPBELL-Inspector JEWETT Musters His
Force and Gives Instructions.
Police Commisioner JOURDAN to-day issued the following order:
Office of Commisioner of Police and Excise. Brooklyn, April 8, 1882.
Patrick CAMPBELL, Esq., Superintendent of Police
Sir: For the purpose of organizing the Central Office and precinct
detectives into one corps, which will be under the immediate command of the
inspector, you will make the following transfers from the several precincts
to the Central Office, which are to be headquarters of the corps. These
officers shall be detailed from time to time to such precincts as you may
deem necessary, namely:
Charles CHAMBERS and John A. LOWREY from the First Precinct.
Michael CAMPBELL from the Second Precinct.
James H. ROCHE, Cornelius J. MAHONEY and John CONNOR from the Third Precinct.
Joseph PRICE and Thomas SHAUGHNESSY from the Fourth Precinct.
Martin SHORT and Thomas HOLLAND and James MULLER from the Fifth Precinct.
Wm. IHNE from the Sixth Precinct.
Thomas DRUHEN from the Eight Precinct.
Henry P. KELLY from the Ninth Precinct.
Bartholomew CURRAN and James LENAHAN from the Tenth Precinct.
James ENNIS and Stephen DONLON from the Thirteenth Precinct.
Detective Wm. D. STRONG from the Central Office to the Detective Corps to
act in the capacity of clerk to said corps.
By order of the Commissioner. Samuel RICHARDS, Chief Clerk.
Superintendent CAMPBELL has assigned the detectives to do duty in the
following precincts until further orders: First, CAMBERS and LOWREY; Second,
CAMPBELL; Third, ROCHE and MAHONEY; Fourth, PRICE and SHAUGHNESSEY; Fifth,
SHORT and HOLLAND; Sixth, IHNE; Seventh, DORLON; Eighth, DRUHEN; Ninth,
KELLY; Tenth, CURRAN and LENAHAN; Eleventh, CONNOR; Twelfth, MULLIN;
Thirteenth, ENNIS, and Third-Sub, DALY.
2 May 1882
Patrolman ALVIN POOLE, of the 7th. Precinct Police, has been detailed
for duty at Justice NAEHER'S court.
4 May 1882
AN OLD OFFICER GONE
DEATH OF PATROLMAN JOHN BEATTY--HIS NARROW ESCAPE FROM THE BULLET OF ROBERT
Patrolman JOHN BEATTY, a veteran police officer of this city,
lately attached to Captain LEAVY'S command in the 3rd. Precinct died
yesterday at his residence, No. 89 Douglas street. The deceased was a
sergeant at the 1st. Precinct on the old Metropolitan Police Force. When the
latter was broken-up Mr. BEATTY was legislated out of his position, but was
reappointed a patrolman by the Brooklyn Commissioner of Police. He served
faithfully under ex-capt. JOEL SMITH for years, when he was transfered to the
3rd. Precinct. While on patrol duty in the1st. one night he was shot by
ROBERT, better known as "CROW" MURRAY. the officer was standing on Fulton
street, near Adams, when MURRAY, who had been carousing with some friends,
fired from the direction of the Court House. On the trial it was claimed that
MURRAY fired at a cat, and he was acquitted for the want of evidence of
intent. Officer BEATTY received the bullet from MURRAY'S revolver and was
invalided for a long time. He narrowly escaped losing his arm. The deceased
was a member of Fortitude Lodge, F &A.M., to which many old Brooklynites
prominent in politics in by- gone days belonged.
8 May 1882
WHAT OFFICER BOWES IS ACCUSED OF.
Officer PATRICK BOWES, of the 7th. Precinct, is a married man, but
a complaint has been made to captain RHODES that he had been endeavoring to
form an acquaintance with a 16 year old girl living with her guardian
opposite the 7th Precinct Station. BOWES has been writing letters to the girl
in which he addresses her as his "darling" and sends her a thousand kisses,
etc. Captain RHODES preferred charges against Bowes at headquarters, and an
examination is to be held in a few days. BOWES was formerly a keeper in Sing
Sing Prison and considerable testimony against him was taken by an Assembly
Commitee. When he left the prison he obtained an appointment on the police
force in Brooklyn.
11 May 1882
is 39 years of age and was born in Tioga County, N. Y. He served in the late
war in the Third New York Regiment. He has been Drill Captain since 1873,
and since ex-Inspector WADDY's illness has attended to the duties of the
latter position also.
Drill Captain MCKELVEY is 40 years of age and was born in Rhode Island. He
served in the Tenth New York Regiment during the late war and distinguished
himself on the field under MCCLELLAN, HOOKER AND BURNSIDE. He became
connected with the New York police force in 1864. He has been an operator in
this city several years at Police Headquarters. He is a lieutenant in the
Mr. James KEENAN has been in the department several years. He is very
popular and a faithfull employee.
Police Commissioner JOURDAN refused to accept the resignation of
patrolman PATRICK KELLY, of the 7th. precinct, yesterday. He tried him on 1
of the 6 charges pending against him and dismissed him from the force.
KATE ROLAND, 38 years of age, of 319 Oakland street, was taken suddenly
ill yesterday and died before medical assistance could be obtained.
27 MAY 1882
THE BROOKLYN PUGILISTS
The "Police Gazette" announces that LEONARD TRACEY and ALEXANDER
BROWN, both of Brooklyn, will fight for $400, on June 22, within 100 miles of
new York. The final stakes are posted with RICHARD K. FOX.
CAPTAIN CRAFTS INJURED
Police Captain CRAFTS, of the 2nd. Precinct, while crossing York
street, near Adams last night for the purpose of quelling a disturbance,
strained one of the sinews of his left leg, temporarily disabling him.
7 June 1882
Death of Patrolman MANGAN
Patrolman Harvey MANGAN of the Fifth Precinct died this morning at 146 North
Fourth street. He had been on the Fifth Precinct Squad since 1864 and was in his 61st
year. He was well known and much respected in the Eastern District.
8 June 1882
Ex-Police Inspector George A. WADDY died last night at his residence, No. 373
Putnam Avenue. He had been ill more than a year from a complication of diseases,
which eventually carried him off. He was born in New Jersey in 1826, and started in
life as a truckman. In 1851 he was appointed a patrolman, in which position he served
with credit, distinguishing himself by his bravery. During the cholera epidemic he
was appointed Health Warden and served under Mayor George HALL. In June 1863 he was
appointed Sergeant and placed in command of the Ninth sub-precinct. In 1865 he was
transferred to the Fourth Precinct, which was then infested by many gangs of
burglars; and so faithfully did he perform his duties that many residents of the
precinct desiring to show their appreciation of his services, presented him with a
silver service which cost $800. In 1869 he was transferred to the Third Precinct,
remaining there until the following year when the Metropolitan force went out of
existence. During June 1872 he was induced to apply for his former position as
Captain of the Fourth and he was at once appointed. He remained there until October
1873 when Inspector John FOLK was made Superintendent and was then promoted to the
position of Inspector. This he held until about two months ago when he retired on a
pension of $1,000 a year. He distinguished himself during the war riots and was
conspicuous in the arrest of GONZALES and PELLISIER, who were hanged for the murder
of OTERO in the City Park. His second wife and three sons and a daughter survive him.
He is thought to have been worth about $50,000. No action has as yet been taken by
the police as to the funeral.
9 June 1882
A Policeman’s Funeral
The funeral of Officer Harvey MANGEN, late of the Fifth Precinct force, took place
at two o’clock this afternoon from the M. E. Church corner of South Third and Fourth
streets, of which the Rev. J. J. WHITE is pastor. Fifty-four policemen in full dress
uniform accompanied the body to Cypress Hills Cemetery.
George A. WADDY
Action by the Police Department—The Funeral and Interment
A meeting of members of the police force to take action on the death of the late
ex-Inspector George A. WADDY was held at Headquarters to-day. Superintendent CAMPBELL
presided and Inspector JEWETT acted as secretary. Captains RHODES, WOGLOM,
McLAUGHLIN, MacKELLER and CAMPBELL as a committee drew up the following resolutions:
Whereas George A. WADDY, late Inspector of Police, after long suffering has passed
away from this life: therefore,
Resolved, that the late Inspector by his long, faithful and active services has
made himself a reputation long to be remembered by the Police Department of the City
of Brooklyn and especially to those who have been intimately associated with him in
Resolved, That as a citizen the people of this city will with us deeply deplore
Resolved, That we sincerely sympathize with his bereaved wife and children in the
loss of a loving husband and kind father.
Resolved, That we attend the funeral of our late associate in a body, and a copy
of this preamble and resolution be sent to his family.
The remains of the late Inspector will be interred at Elizabeth, N. J., on Sunday
next. Services will be held at his late residence in the afternoon. Flags are at
half-mast at Headquarters and in all the station houses.
10 June 1882
Captain RHODES of the Seventh Precinct Police has preferred charges against
Sergt. A. L. BATTERSBY for going into his residence while on duty and
remaining there three hours.
17 June 1882
The police officers pay $2.00 and not 92 cents for their new straw hats as a
mistake of the types made it yesterday in the Union-Argus.
22 June 1882
The Case of Policeman BOWES
Police Commissioner JOURDAN to-day heard the testimony of two witnesses on
behalf of Officer BOWES, of the Seventh Precinct, who is accused of improper
conduct in flirting with one Minnie ROBERSON, a young girl living opposite the
station. The evidence went to show that the fact was known to the girl’s
guardian that BOWES was a married man. At the conclusion of the case, BOWES’
counsel questioned the jurisdiction of the Commissioner in the matter, but the
latter decided against him. He said he had a brief to submit, but General
JOURDAN had determined to close the case, and told counsel that he might put
in the brief to-morrow.
28 June 1882
The Condition of Officer EARLEY
Policeman EARLEY, who was shot on Monday night by Richard McCULLOUGH, was
much better today and was able this morning to arise from his cot in the
hospital and wash himself. He is not, however, yet out of danger.
29 June 1882
Constable RICE Accused
Constable Rich. E. RICE of the Eighth Ward was called today Justice BERGEN
today to answer a complaint made by Patrick HEFFERNAN. It appears the two men
had some trouble about a dispossess case which was in RICE’s hands and
HEFFERNAN took it from him and engaged another constable. Then RICE, as
HEFFERNAN alleges, threatened to kill the latter. Justice BERGEN adjourned the
5 July 1882
Death of Police Sergeant CARMAN
Police Sergeant Charles R. CARMAN, of the Tenth Precinct, died this
morning at his residence, No. 143 Schemerhorn street, after an illness which
lasted ten days. Sergeant CARMAN was appointed a patrolman in February
1874, having previously served on the New York force. He was promoted to a
Sergeancy in 1879, and in the following year was assigned to the Tenth
Precinct. He was made ill ten days ago by measles after which he was
attacked by typhoid fever and kidney troubles. Sergeant CARMAN was a good
officer and much esteemed by all his associates. He leaves a widow and family.
6 July 1882
Officer NELSON's Condition
Officer Thomas NELSON, of the Ninth Precinct, who was accidentally shot
by Charles MILLER early yesterday morning, rested well through the night and
was much better to-day. The charge of felonious assault made against MILLER
was changed to firing a pistol with intent to do bodily harm, and on this he
gave bail in the sum of $2,500 to appear for examination.
Sergeant CARMAN's Death
A meeting was held in the Bergen street station-house last night by the
members of the Tenth Precinct and Mounted Squad to take action on the death
of their late comrade, Sergeant Charles B. CARMAN. Captain John MACKELLAR
presided, and Sergeant James W. LAMB acted as Secretary. Sergeant John H.
JOHNSON and Officers Willett S. HAWXHURST, John BANNON, Julius HALLMAN and
Jerry COFFEY were appointed a Committee on Resolutions. They reported the
following, which were adopted:
Whereas, Having learned with feelings of deep sorrow of the death of our
late associate, Charles B. CARMAN, whose mental, moral and social qualities
endeared him to all; and
Whereas, It is eminently fitting that this sad affliction should evoke
from us a suitable token of respect to his memory; it is therefore
Resolved, That in the death of Charles B. CARMAN, we are called upon to
mourn the loss of a faithful and efficient officer, a courteous and gentle
associate and an upright and honest man.
Resolved, That to his bereaved family in their great loss we tender our
heartfelt sympathy; but that while we deplore his death we bow to the will
of the Almighty God.
Resolved, That we attend the funeral from his late residence, 142
Schermerhorn street, and that a copy of the foregoing resolutions be
tendered to the family of the deceased, and also inserted in the Union-Argus
The funeral was held this afternoon, and was attended by many members of
the department in addition to those connected with the Tenth Precinct and
the Mounted Squad. The interment was made in Greenwood.
10 July 1882
An Officer Stoned and Beaten
Officer WILSON, of the Fourth Precinct early yesterday morning saw a
number of young men drinking beer from a can and acting in a disorderly
manner at the corner of Washington and Flushing avenues and arrested one of
them named Henry F. MURPHY. The latter struck the officer with the can
inflicting several severe cuts on his face and head. The prisoner's friends
came to his assistance and stoned the officer, but the latter drew his club
and succeeded in subduing MURPHY by striking him on the head and frightening
his friends. Justice WALSH committed MURPHY pending an examination.
A Pensioner in Distress
Roundsman MARA, of the First Precinct, last night found Patrick Burke,
aged 49, a war pensioner living in Washington street, near Front, lying in
Myrtle avenue, suffering from pain in his injured leg and unable to walk.
He was removed to the City Hospital.
Flirting Policeman Bowes
Police Commissioner JOURDAN has imposed a fine of ten days' pay on
Patrolman BOWES. The flirting Greenpoint policeman, and instructed
Superintendent CAMPBELL to transfer him to another precinct. Commissioner
JOURDAN says the police are to protect innocence rather than seek to destroy it.
14 July 1882
A Mounted Policeman Injured
Office Gustav A. WESSMAN, of the Mounted Squad, yesterday met with a
serious accident while endeavoring to catch a runaway horse. The animal ran
away in Flatbush avenue, and was followed by the officer to the railroad
track at Atlantic avenue, where WESSMAN, having come alongside, stooped over
to seize the bridle. As he did so his own horse slipped and fell, throwing
the officer, who had his left arm and the little finger of his right hand
fractured, had his nose injured and sustained several bruises to his body.
He was removed to his residence, No. 544 Nostrand avenue.
25 July 1882
An Ex-Policeman Arrested
Michael TRAVERS, an ex-policeman, was seen by Officer McDERMOTT, of the
Third Precinct, in Columbia street, drunk and acting in a disorderly manner.
McDERMOTT requested him to move on, and he told the officer to go to --,
that he had money enough to pay any fine a judge might improve upon him. He
was arrested, and to-day before Justice BERGEN admitted that he made the
remark imputed to him. He was fined $10, which he paid.
14 August 1882
Captain A. Smith FRENCH, brother of Police Commissioner FRENCH, of New
York, died suddenly at Sag Harbor, L.I., on Thursday, of hemorrhage of
the brain. Deceased was in the sixty-fifth year of his age, and in
earlier years was a captain in the whaleship service. At the time of
his death he was a Custom House inspector in control of the district
from North Fourth street to Bushwick Creek. He has been a resident of
Greenpoint for the past five year.
22 August 1882
A SERIOUS CHARGE - What A Police Sergeant and a Young Eastern District
Physician Are Charged With.
A charge of a serious nature, testimony in reference to which was
taken by Commissioner JOURDAN on Wednesday, is pending against Police
Sergeant Nicholas BOCH, of the Sixth Precinct. The complaint was made by a
young woman, who, about a week since, was a prisoner in the station house.
She alleges that shortly after she was locked up Doorman KEPPEL, by order of
Sergeant BOCH, opened the door of the cell and admitted Dr. Charles HEYL, who
was formerly Ambulance Surgeon, and now acts at times in the capacity. He is
at present connected with St. Catherine's Hospital. The woman testified
before the Commissioner that Dr. HEYL remained with her in the cell nearly an
hour, during which time he twice assaulted her. She also stated that
subsequently Sergeant BOCH brought her a pie and that after she had eaten it
he twice threw his arms around her and kissed. She denied that she was ill
or that there was any need of a physician to attend her. Sergeant BOCH and
Dr. HEYL denied the story, although both admitted that the former was in the
cell half an hour. Sergeant BOCH denied that he was in the cell and claimed
that he passed the pie through an aperture in the cell door. Both claim that
the prosecution is a blackmailing operation, and that they had been
approached for money to settle the matter. A decision will be rendered in a few days.
A DETECTIVE KILLED BY A TRAIN
George EGBERT, of Newark, was killed by the eastward-bound Washington
express at Linden, New Jersey, at ten o'clock last night. EGBERT was
the detective who recently arrested an eloping couple from Newark at New
Haven. The couple escaped from him. EGBERT heard that they had gone to
Elizabeth, and was in quest of them when killed.
25 August 1882
ONE POLICEMAN BEATS ANOTHER
Patrolman Thomas CANTWELL, of the Fifth Precinct Station-house, was
charged yesterday before Commissioner JOURDAN with having made a brutal
attack on Patrick LYNCH, a fellow policeman, on Tuesday evening, in the
yard of the station. CANTWELL, it is said, took umbrage at a bantering
remark made by LYNCH, and at once knocked him down by a tremendous blow
on the face and then beat him. LYNCH was so much punished in the brief
ancounter (sic) that he will be unfit for duty for some time. The left
side of his face is cut from the eye to the chin, his eyes are closed,
and there are several bruises and cuts on his head and sides. CANTWELL
denies making the assault.
28 August 1882
Officer Samuel HANCOCK, of the Eighth Precinct, on Saturday slipped and
fell while mounting the stoop of his residence, No. 136 Twentieth
street, and had one of his arms severely cut on a nail.
4 September 1882
LOUIS KARCHER, a member of the Soldiers and Sailors Union, an ex-policeman of
the Sixth Precinct, and veteran of the Mexican War died of consumption at his
home, 145 Leonard Street, in the 52nd year of his age, yesterday.
12 September 1882
A SPECIAL OFFICER LOSES HIS SHIELD. Eugene BIXBY keeps a lager-beer and
billiard saloon at No. 390 Court Street, and among his customers yesterday
was George J. HARDY. The latter and BIXBY quarrelled about money for drinks,
and BIXBY struck HARDY on the arm with a billiard-cue inflicting a severe
wound, for which he was arrested. HARDY wore a special officer's shield,
which was taken from him by Captain LEAVEY.
13 September 1882
DELINQUENT POLICEMEN. Two Members of the Force Dismissed and One Fined.
Officer Charles MALENBURG, of the Second Precinct, was today dismissed
from the department by Commissioner JOURDAN. He was charged with neglecting
to investigate a report of a burglary made to him by a citizen, and failing
to report the case at the station; with sitting on a stoop in Talman Street
while on duty, and failing to discover a broken pane of glass in HALL, BLAIR &
Co.'s cigar store, corner of Fulton and Nassau Streets.
Officer Thomas EARLEY, of the Eleventh Precinct, was dismissed from
the force because General JOURDAN deemed him a dangerous man. On Monday last
he fired three shots at John O'KEEFE, who had escaped from him, in a crowded
street, one of the bullets striking a pedestrian. He also clubbed O'KEEFE
brutally. EARLEY, a few months ago was shot and dangerously injured by a
Canadian named MCCULLOCH, who he had arrested.
Officer Thomas SCOTT, of the Fifth Precinct, who was on duty at the
Grand Street Ferry on the 30th ultimo, when Maggie KEPPEL crossed the ferry
with Lizzie SEIDEN, was fined two days pay for not seeing the woman and child.
14 September 1882
ANOTHER OFFICER ASSAULTED. Officer MALONEY, of the Eleventh Precinct, at two
o'clock this morning arrested Philip DWYER and Daniel REED in Hamilton Avenue
for intoxication. Patrick COMERFORE, of No. 323 Columbia Street, went to the
assistance of the prisoners, knocked the officer down and succeeded in
releasing DWYER and REED. Subsequently, REED and COMERFORD were captured by
Officers RYAN and MCMAHON. DWYER is still at large.
19 September 1882
AN OFFICER CHARGED WITH BRUTALITY.
Complaint having been made that Officer W.J. GILLEN, of the Eleventh
Precinct, on Sunday last brutally clubbed Wm. H. JENKINS, of 92 Partition
Street, whom he was arresting, a special report of the circumstances was
called for and today handed in at Police Headquarters. It states that
JENKINS was arrested for drunkenness and disorderly conduct and that he
became violent whereupon the officer struck him on the head with his club.
Citizens who saw the clubbing, however, allege that it was brutal in the
extreme. Commissioner JOURDAN will make inquiry into the facts.
2 October 1882
Greenpoint-Police Captain GEORGE R. RHODES is reported to lying very ill at his
residence on Milton Street.
4 October 1882
RELIEF FOR CAPTAIN DEARIE'S FAMILY
Steps have been taken to raise a fund for the relief of the family
Captain Stewart DEARIE, recently met a horrible death at the great oil fire
on Newtown Creek. Among the members of the committee having the matter in
charge are Rev. C.H.PAYLOR, D.D., Dr. J.A. JENKINS, Marion BRIGGS, S.
OGLIVIA, George H. ROWE and other well-known residents of the Eastern
District. A subscription list may be found in the counting-room of the
Union-Argus, and all donations will be duly acknowledged in these columns.
Deliquent Policeman Fined
Patrolman Robert W. QUINN, of the Twelfth Precinct, was to-day fined 10
days' pay by Commissioner JOURDAN. He had been found in a saloon drinking
while in uniform.
Officer James J. KELLY, of the Fourth Precinct, was charged with two
offences, similiar to the above. He was fined ten days' pay for each.
Lawrence J. MURPHY, of the Fourth Precinct, a young officer, was fined
five days' for a similar offence. Each offiecer received a severe
reprinmand, and was cautioned not to repeat the offences on the pain of dismissal.
5 October 1882
An Officer's Coat Stolen
A blue sack flannel coat belonging to Officer MCMAHON, of Justice
WALSH'S court, in the pockets of which were thirty warrants, was last night
stolen from the officer's room attached to the court.
14 October 1882
Fifth Sub Precinct
Sergeant John BRENNAN of the Fifth to be in Command
Police Commissioner JOURDAIN today announced that he had concluded to place
Sergeant John BRENNAN of the Fifth Precinct in command of the Fifth Sub
Precinct, which will be opened in the course of a few weeks in the Nineteenth
Ward. Sergeant BRENNAN’s promotion will be received with the greatest
approbation by the citizens of the Eastern District where he is known as a
faithful and conscientious officer. Roundsman NICHOLSON of the Fifth Precinct
has been made Sergeant to fill the vacancy made by Sergeant BRENNAN’s
promotion and Patrolman Edmund BROWN also of the Fifth has been made Roundsman.
An Officer Dismissed
Patrolman William RHATTIGAN of the Third Precinct, who was accused of being
drunk and disorderly at the polls on election day, was today dismissed from
the force by Commissioner JOURDAN.
18 November 1882
Police and Excise Promotions
Police Commissioner JOURDAN today appointed Colonel A. E. L. LANGFORD,
accountant, to be Chief Clerk and Deputy Commissioner, in place of Colonel
Resigned; George R. SMITH, Secretary to the Excise Board, to be accountant,
Charles E. COOK, of the Excise Board, to be Secretary.
23 November 1882
With A BRICK
How Ex-Policeman Jeremiah CAVANAGH Met a Violent Death-The Coroner’s Inquest
Coroner PARKER yesterday afternoon held an inquest at the Thirteenth
Precinct Police Station in the matter of the death of Jeremiah CAVANAGH. The
latter was struck on the head with a brick in front of his saloon early in the
morning of the 13th inst., by James F. RILEY, from the effects of which he
died on the following day. The witnesses who testified at the inquest
yesterday were Terrence CLARK, Mary WALSH, Policeman BRADY and John PRITCHARD,
and through their statements the following facts were elicited:
CAVANAGH, who was formerly a member of the police force, kept a saloon at
No. 713 Myrtle avenue. About one o’clock in the morning of the 13th inst.,
RILEY and several others were in the saloon. CAVANAGH drank brandy several
times with the customers. When under the influence of liquor, he was always
violent. Without cause he struck PRITCHARD and subsequently attacked RILEY,
who stood against a screen and had taken no part in a political conversation,
which was being carried on. CAVANAGH caught RILEY by the neck, swung him
around several times and threw him on the floor. The latter left the place
crying followed by CAVANAGH, who put a club in his pocket. PRITCHARD, however,
took the club away. On the street RILEY was seen by the witness PRITCHARD to
throw something at CAVANAGH. The latter afterwards said RILEY struck him with
a brick, but it was his own fault.
The jury found that death was caused by a blow from a brick thrown by RILEY.
25 November 1882
Officer CROWE Accused
Officer Patrick CROWE of the Second Precinct was yesterday arrested at the
instance of Orsolina TUORZO, wife of the dead Italian whom CROWE is accused of
having killed. The officer was released on $1,000 bail by Justice WALSH.
In a Policeman’s Cellar
Officer CASEY yesterday went to the cellar of his residence No. 184 Pacific
street and there found Frederick GALE, aged 21 years of No. 2?3 Gold street,
whom he arrested on a charge of burglary.
27 November 1882
A Policeman in Trouble
Mr. STAPLES of the firm of PRENTISS & STAPLES, brokers, at No. 20? Montague
street, was passing his office about eight o’clock on Saturday night, and on
looking in was surprised to see a head projecting from behind the screen. The
door was unlocked and he entered finding a woman in the rear of the office and
a man who wore a police officer’s uniform standing beside her. Mr. STAPLES
went to the street and called for help. Officers REGAN and SMITH, of Central
Office Squad, who responded, found the man in policeman’s clothing was George
A. WHITFORD, of the First Precinct. The woman said her name was Ella LOHMANN,
her age was 21 years and that she lived at No. 925 Atlantic avenue. WHITFORD
had gone on patrol at six o’clock and his post was on Montague street. He and
the woman were taken to the First Precinct Station. The woman was locked up as
a disorderly person and WHITFORD, who has been two years on the force, was suspended.
2 December 1882
Greenpoint- Police Sergeant Alfred L. BATTERSBY, who has been seriously ill for the
past three months, is reported to be in a dying condition.
14 December 1882
AN INSANE POLICE SERGEANT
Police Sergeant BATTERSBY, of the Seventh Precinct, on the
advice of his wife and relatives, has been committed to the Flatbush
Lunatic Asylum on a certificate from Dr. MALONE, of 11 South
Second street. He has been off duty for the past three months.
The trouble is thought to be softening of the brain produced by alcoholism.
15 December 1882
A POLICEMAN'S SPREE
Charges of drunkenness have been preferred against Officer Gustave
WESSMAN, recently of the Mounted Squad. WESSMAN, who is a
brave fellow, was injured will stopping a runaway horse, and General
JOURDAN on Wednesday detailed him as harbor master at Wallabout
Basin. WESSMAN celebrated the event by getting drunk, and two
officers of the Fourth Precinct arrested him before they knew he was a
policeman. General JOURDAN will inquired into the matter.
A RETIREMENT AND THREE PROMOTIONS
Police Commissioner JOURDAN to-day :
retired Sergeant Alfred BATTERSBY,who is insane,
Roundsman Arthur H.JOHNSON, Thirteenth Precinct, made Sergeant to the Seventh Precinct,
Patrolman John HAMILTON, Fifth Precinct, made Roundsman and to the Thirteenth,
Patrolman James CAMPBELL made assistant telegraph operator at Headquarters at $1,100 a year.
16 December 1882
Greenpoint-Sergeant Arthur JOHNSTON, who was promoted from a roundsman
yesterday, reported at the Seventh Precinct Station-house last night for duty.
TWO DWELLING BURNED
A fire, due to an unknown cause, broke out yesterday in the cellar of the
two story frame dwelling, No. 195 Palmetto street and damaged the building,
which is owned by Morris RICH, $1,200. Thomas HALL, the occupant,
sustained a loss of $300 on his furniture, which is not insured. The flames
communicated with the dwelling No. 197, which is owned and occupied by
Policeman Charles WESTFIELD, and was damaged $800. Insured.
18 December 1882
Police Sergeant Alfred L. BATTERSBY, who was removed to the Insane
Asylum at Flatbush last week, was brought back to his home on Saturday
and died there this morning, at none o'clock, of softening of the brain.
He was a past commander of Mansfield Post G.A.R., and a member of
Greenpoint Lodge of Free Masons. He was a member of the police force
for fourteen years.
20 December 1882
Greenpoint-The funeral of the late Sergeant BATTERSBY will take place
from his late residence on Eckford street to-morrow afternoon.
Greenpoint-Patrolman McKEE of the Seventh Precinct, was found on his post,
Tuesday morning in a beastly state of intoxication and was arrested by
Sergeant JOHNSON. He was placed in a cell and yesterday morning was
fined ten dollars by Justice NACHER. He was suspended from duty by
Commissioner JOURDAN yesterday, and last evening he arrested a man
and brought him to the Station-house and charged him with drunkenness.
Captain WOGLOM refused to hold the man.
OFFICER WESSMAN'S CASE DISMISSED
Officer Gustave WESSMAN, who was arrested by two Fourth Precinct
officers a few nights since on a charge of drunkenness, was before
Commissioner JOURDAN to-day and offered testimony on which the
case was dismissed. The officer was assigned permanently to the
Harbormastership at the Wallabout.
23 December 1882
The Allege Ill Treatment of the Late Sergeant BATTERSBY of the
Flatbush Lunatic Asylum -- Investigation by a Post of the G.A.R.
A committee of six members of Mansfield Post, G.A.R., met at the house
of the late Sergeant BATTERSBY in Greenpoint last evening to investigate
ill treatment at the Lunatic Asylum at Flatbush, which his widow alleges
was the immediate cause of his death. Counsellor H. M. DAVIS occupied
the chair. The evidence of Dr. SWEENEY and a number of others witnesses
who had examined the body was listened to.
Mrs. BATTERSBY's statement was to the effect that when on Saturday last,
she visited her husband at the Asylum, she found him lying uncared for and
comfortless on a rough bed with his clothing torn. He held his hands over
his head and piteously beseeched her not to strike him; he was covered
with bruises. She removed him immediately though not without words with
the authorities who threatened to put her in a cell.
Other witnesses, among whom was Dr. SWEENEY, testified to the bruised
condition of the deceased's body.
Dr. SHAW, the Superintendent of the Asylum, says, in reply to Mrs.
BATTERSBY's charges, that she refused to listen to reason in the matter
of taking her husband home in a dying state, and behaved in so excitable,
a manner that he had told her if she went on in that way he would have to
keep her as a patient; but he did not, of course, mean this in seriousness.
He denied any ill treatment of the deceased on behalf of himself and his assistants.
The Allege Ill Treatment of the Late Sergeant BATTERSBY of the
Flatbush Lunatic Asylum -- Investigation by a Post of the G.A.R.
A committee of six members of Mansfield Post, G.A.R., met at the house
of the late Sergeant BATTERSBY in Greenpoint last evening to investigate
ill treatment at the Lunatic Asylum at Flatbush, which his widow alleges
was the immediate cause of his death. Counsellor H. M. DAVIS occupied
the chair. The evidence of Dr. SWEENEY and a number of others witnesses
who had examined the body was listened to.
Mrs. BATTERSBY's statement was to the effect that when on Saturday last,
she visited her husband at the Asylum, she found him lying uncared for and
comfortless on a rough bed with his clothing torn. He held his hands over
his head and piteously beseeched her not to strike him; he was covered
with bruises. She removed him immediately though not without words with
the authorities who threatened to put her in a cell.
Other witnesses, among whom was Dr. SWEENEY, testified to the bruised
condition of the deceased's body.
Dr. SHAW, the Superintendent of the Asylum, says, in reply to Mrs.
BATTERSBY's charges, that she refused to listen to reason in the matter
of taking her husband home in a dying state, and behaved in so excitable,
a manner that he had told her if she went on in that way he would have to
keep her as a patient; but he did not, of course, mean this in seriousness.
He denied any ill treatment of the deceased on behalf of himself and his assistants.
A FOOLISH AND UNJUST ACCUSATION
The late Sergeant BATTERSBY's 10-year-old daughter went to the Seventh
Precinct Station-house on Thursday and asked to see Captain RHODES.
On being presented to the Captain, she handed him the shield worn by
her father with the following remarks: "Captain, mama sent you papa's
shield, which you and Sergeant JOHNSON have won by murdering him."
(30 December 1882)
LUNATICS - ARE INMATE OF THE FLATBUSH ASYLUM ILL-TREATED
The Commissioner of Charities and Corrections met at the Lunatic Asylum
at Flatbush yesterday afternoon to continue the investigation into the
alleged ill-treatment of the last Police Sergeant ALFRED L. BATTERSBY
at the Asylum. Among the gentlemen present were Hon. RIPLEY ROPES,
State Commissioner of Lunacy Smith Assistant District-Attorney BACKUS,
a committee of six members of Mansfield Post, G.A.R., and Drs. SHAW
and FERRIS, of the Asylum. Mrs. BATTERSBY, dressed in deep mourning
and closely veiled, sat on the lounge with her brother-in-law, Mr. JOHN H.
OFFICER McKEE DISMISSED
Police Officer James J. McKEE of the Seventh Precinct was yesterday
dismissed from the force by Commissioner JOURDAN for drunkenness.
26 December 1882
Greenpoint-Police Commissioner JOURDAN appointed Charles JACKSON, of
162 Calver street, a patrolman on the police force this morning.
DEATH OF CAPTAIN CHAS. B. PENDLETON
Captain Charles B. PENDLETON died at his home, 161 DeKalb avenue,
at an early hour yesterday morning of heart disease, in the sixty-seventh
year of his age. He was born in Dighton, Mass. He was for thirty years
captain and owner of the bark Lucy Thompson, which carried freight
between New York and Liverpool. In 1866 he abandoned the sea and
entered the firm of John W. MASON & Co., shipping and commission
merchants, doing business at No. 46 Broadway, New York, with whom
he was connected until his death.
29 December 1882
A POLICE SERGEANT RESIGNS
Police Sergeant STRONG, of the Thirteenth Precinct, to-day tendered his
resignation to Commissioner JOURDAN. The Sergeant has just recovered
from a long continued period of physical disability, and intends following
some other business more suited to a man of his years. He has been on
the force more than twenty years, has been connected with the police
forces of New York and Jersey City, and has served under nineteen Captains.
30 December 1882
The Fifth Sub-Precinct to be Opened on Monday -Promotions and Transfers.
The fifth Sub-Precinct, with Sergeant JOHN BRENNAN in command, will
be opened on Monday morning next and to-day Commissioner JOURDAN
announced the following promotions and transfers in that connection:
Roundsman J. ADDISON CORWIN, of the Thirteenth, and
ALEXANDER BARR, of the Eighth Sub-Precinct, to be Sergeants at
the Fifth Sub-Precinct;
Roundsman JOHN M. HAMILTON, of the Thirteenth Precinct, and
Roundsman EDWARD BROWN, of the Fifth, to be Roundsmen in the
Fifth Sub, and eight patrolmen from the Fifth, and two from the Fourth
and Thirteenth Precincts each, to do patrol duty in the Fifth Sub.
Patrolman WILLIAM WEISER, of the Sixth Precinct, was made
Roundsman and transferred to the Fifth Precinct, and
Patrolman MILES O'REILLY, of the Ninth, made Roundsman and
transferred to the Thirteenth.
All the promotions, General JOURDAN said, were made solely on the
ground of merit. He had intended promoting others, but upon looking
over their records found he could not conscientiously do so as they had
not reported a single excise violation in the present year and were
necessarily guilty of neglect. He said there were at present two
vacancies, but that among all the applicants for promotion there was
not one whose record warranted his advancement.
1 April 1885
RESIGNED AND RETIRED
Four Policemen Voluntarily Make Vacancies on the Force.
Officer Peter MOONEY, of the Third Precinct, retired from the force this
morning, as did A. B. DRAKE, a doorman of the Second Precinct. Both of
these men have done active duty for over twenty years, and they will
receive a pension which represents half the amount of the pay they were
entitled to. Officer MOONEY has had several detailed positions, which
he filled acceptably. Perhaps there is no better natured man, or one so
well known, as Mr. MOONEY upon the police force. He leaves the
department with the best wishes for his welfare of all who know him.
James GILBERT, of the Tenth Precinct, a bridge keeper, and Joseph
HICKMAN, of the First Precinct, have both resigned their positions.
2 April 1885
DONLON'S DESPERATE PRISONER
A Greenpoint Detective Who Had His Hands Full.
At 10 o'clock last evening, as Detective DONLON, of the Seventh
Precinct, was walking through India street, Greenpoint, he heard a
woman's cry for help. Near Franklin street, he found a man who had his
coat off and who was assaulting a young woman. At the detective's
approach the girl's assailant fled. He proved to be a fleet runner and
soon outstripped his pursuer. At Eagle street the fugitive stumbled and
fell hurting himself severely. DONLON assisted him to his feet. While
taking him to the station house the man turned on his captor and dealt
him a stunning blow in the face, knocking him down. DONLON grappled
with the man, and in the struggle the latter escaped. This morning as
DONLON was on his way to the station house he noticed a man going down
Green street who resembled his assailant. He pursued him and captured
him as he was about entering the factory of J. REEVES & CHURCH. A
desperate fight again occurred, the prisoner making frantic efforts to
escape. At the station house he gave his name as William BLANCHARD,
residing at No. 85 North Tenth street. He was taken before Justice
NAEHER this morning and held for examination.
AN OFFICER COMPLIMENTED
For Arresting a Man Whom he Recognized by his Picture.
Officer John COLGAN, of the Second Precinct, yesterday afternoon
arrested a colored man who says his name is Thomas BROWN. He lives at
43 Baxter street, New York. A general alarm had been sent out from
Police Headquarters a few days ago to arrest him. His picture is No.
1,978 in the Rogue's gallery. COLGAN apprehended him on suspicion, the
officer recognizing him from a picture. He was fully identified as the
thief who had robbed Mr. A. NORDEN, of 172 York street, of $144 worth of
clothing and jewelry on March 26 last. A gold toothpick and a
buttonhook belonging to Mr. NORDEN were found on the prisoner. He is
also identified as the man who robbed Mr. DUNN, of 203 Gold street, of
$35 worth of clothing, and who stole articles of clothing and silverware
from several other people. Justice WALSH committed him to jail this
morning. Superintendent CAMPBELL complimented Officer COLGAN on his arrest.
7 April 1885
A Batch of Fifteen Appear Before Commissioner Partridge
Fifteen delinquent policemen appeared before Commissioner PARTRIDGE this
morning. Their cases were disposed of as follows:
Edward MARKS, First Precinct, off post and loitering in a cigar store,one day's pay.
Thomas DYELL, of the First Precinct, met a pretty servant girl on his
beat and with the gallantry for which the force is remarkable asked her
to be allowed to see her home. She told him to mind his own business
and attend to his duty. This roused the officer's ire and he told her in
very plain language that she was no good. He was fined five days pay.
James QUIGLEY, Third Precinct, off post, two days' pay.
Edward MCDONALD, Eighth Precinct, off post, two days' pay.
Robert H. DAVIS, Twelfth Precinct, left his post, one day's pay.
Walter HARDY, Twelfth Precinct, off post one day's pay.
Peter DEROY, Twelfth Precinct, went to the station house without being
relieved, one day's pay.
John W. DINGLE, Twelfth Precinct, same offense as DEROY's, one day's pay.
Thomas H. GALLAGHER, Fifth Precinct, off post, reprimanded.
Patrick LYNCH, Fifth Precinct, off post, reprimanded.
Patrick H. BOWES, Sixth Precinct, in a barroom, five days' pay.
Frank ATFIELD, Eighth Precinct, absent from public school at dismissal,reprimanded.
Thomas F. MAUD, Third sub Precinct, smoking a cigar in Judge BERGEN's
court room, one day's pay.
George William TRAVIS, Third Precinct, off post, one day's pay.
13 April 1885
PATROLMAN HOADLEY’S FUNERAL.
THE SERVICES OF THE REMAINS YESTERDAY - THE POLICE AND GRAND ARMY ESCORT.
The body of Policeman James W. HOADLEY, who was stricken with paralysis
last Wednesday morning I the Fifth Precinct Station House, after coming
off duty, and who died a few hours later, rested in a handsome casket in
the front parlor of his residence, No 63 South Fourth street, at 2 o’clock
yesterday afternoon, while policemen, war veterans, and citizens in great
numbers passed around the coffin in single file to take a last look at the
features of the deceased. Half an hour later the lid was fastened on the
casket, which was borne to the hearse at the door. The sergeants, roundsmen
and patrolmen of the Fifth Precinct, to the number of fifty-five, under
command of the veteran Captain WOGLOM, formed o the street ahead of the
hearse, and in their rear were the comrades of Dakin Post, Chas. G. HALL
commander, preceded by the fife and drum corps. The Procession halted at
the Fourth street M. P. Church, corner of South Third street, and the
casket was removed to the interior, and placed at the center aisle.
During the services, which were conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. J. WHITE,
the edifice was crowded. Mr. White spoke of the services of the deceased
to his country as a soldier of the late war and to the city as a policeman
for over twenty-one years. He had been a good husband and father. After
the services the casket was again placed in the hearse, and the procession
reformed and started along South Fourth street on its way to
Cypress Hills Cemetery. At Union avenue the escort halted and the hearse
passed on. The policemen entered carriages and the comrades boarded
three street cars in waiting to convey them to the cemetery. At the grave
a Grand Army service was conducted.
16 April 1885
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
SERGEANT MASTERSON RETURNS TO DUTY
Last evening Sergeant Nicholas MASTERSON reported for duty at the
Tenth Precinct Station House. The Sergeant broke his right arm by an
accidental fall on the ice, and has been laid up for some weeks, physically,
he is one of the best built men on the force. He is as capable an officer as
he is good natured as a man. A host of friends in and out of the department
will be glad to hear of his recovery.
12 May 1885
Delinquent Officers Before the Commissioner To-day.
The following are the more important cases of delinquency on the part
of policemen which came up before Commissioner PARTRIDGE, this morning:
-John CADLEY, of the Third Sub Precinct,
who was stationed at the Wall Street Ferry, accused Officer OBERLEY
of trying to get his post away from him by undue influence. He
followed up the accusation by striking his associate. He was
transferred to another post.
-Thomas FOLAN, of the Eighth, dropped into Turn Hall on Fourteenth street,
while on duty and treated himself to a glass of bock (?) beer, which cost
him one day's pay.
-Edwarad MCDONALD, of the Eighth, was fined three days' pay for being off post.
-Charles HENNIGER, of the Tenth, was not present at roll call and admitted
this morning that he had been paying too much attention to the bottle.
Three days pay.
-Charles A. JACKSON, of the Seventh, deserted his post for the attractions
of a hay and feed store and was fined one day's pay.
-James F. SULLIVAN , of the Fifth, was fined three days's pay for being off post.
-Peter J. MCEVOY, of the Ninth Sub Precinct, was dissatisfied with the
quality of the blacking funished in the station house and stole a few
minutes from the time he owed the city to purchase a box of superior brand.
It cost him one day's pay.
18 May 1885
DEATH OF AN OLD OFFICER
Patrolman James LECKEY, of the Fourth Precinct, fell dead at half
past seven o'clock yesterday morning while helping to his feet
a drunken man, at the corner of Myrtle avenue and Adelphi street.
He had been suffering from heart disease for some time and this is
supposed to have been the cause of his death. LECKEY was 58 years
old, had been on the force since 1863, and always bore an excellent
reputation. He leaves a wife and three children.
18 May 1885
Taken to Sing Sing This Morning - an Affecting Scene in the Tombs.
Sergeant CROWLEY at 7 o'clock this morning, was removed from the
Tombs prison and conveyed to Sing Sing, to begin his sentence of
seventeen and a half years within the walls of that prison. A quarter
of an hour before that time, Warden FINN admitted to the prison the wife,
father, sister and little daughter of the prisoner. During their stay
there was an exceedingly affecting scene enacted in the corridor of the
prison opposite cell No. 3, where CROWLEY had been incarcerated.
CROWLEY, at sight of the grief of his wife and aged father, was himself
moved to tears. When the van was in readiness to receive the prisoners
for Sing Sing, CROWLEY was handcuffed to five other prisoners, and while
in this humiliating state he took his final farewell of his wife. As he
ascended the steps of the van his wife gave vent to a piercing shriek,
which resounded throughout the entire prison. She must have fallen to
the ground in a swoon but for the aid rendered by a keeper, who supported
her while she walked out of the prison, accompanied by the father and other relatives.
CROWLEY and his fellow prisoners reached the Grand Central Depot in time for
the 8 o'clock train, in which they were carried to Sing Sing, under the
custody of Deputy Sherifs TUOMEY and RYAN.
Five officers charged with breach of duty appeared before the
Police Commissioner this morning, and their cases were disposed of as follows:
Joseph FAGAN, Thirteenth Precinct, off post, two days' pay;
George AGNEY, Jr., Ninth Precinct, off relieving post, reprimanded;
Michael CARBERRY, First Precinct, off post four hours, one day's pay;
John ROLPH, Sixth Precinct, off post (in a bakery), one day's pay;
Charles W. SPRAGUE, found in liquor store, reprimanded.
25 May 1885
ACCIDENT TO AN EX-POLICEMAN
Late on Saturday night, ex-Police Officer EIGINBAUM was knocked down and
run over by a Graham avenue car at the corner of Meserole street, one of the
wheels badly mutilating his left arm and severing an artery. He was taken to
MALZI's drug store on Graham avenue, where temporary relief was afforded. He
was then removed to St. Catherine's Hospital where amputation was found
necessary. His condition is considered precarious.
CIVIL SERVICE POLICEMEN
Appointments Made by the Commissioner This Morning
The following men, having passed creditable examinations before the
Police Civil Service Commission, were this morning appointed patrolmen by
Marks, John, 164 Pearl street, assigned to the First Precinct;
KEEVEN, John, 195 King street, to the Eleventh;
EDWARDS, F. W., 806 Jefferson street, to the Ninth sub-Precinct;
LYNCH, Thomas H., 363 Fourth street, E.D., to the Fifth;
STEVENS, Cassius R., 82 Putnam avenue, to the Fourth;
CROSIER, Alexander, 67 Kosciusko street, to the Fourth;
MOYLAN, Joseph P. 38 Carlton avenue, to the first;
SHEEDY, Edward P., 447 Seventeenth street, to the Third.
These men go on duty today.
1 July 1887
Capt.WOGLOM Improving Police Capt.Woglom of Bedford ave
station,who has been ill several days,was today reported to be
slightly improved.It was feared Saturday that he would not
recover,but yesterday and this morning he grew better,and
there is a possibility that he will be able to get around again.
Justice WALSH to-day fined William DEMING, a Coney Island
policeman, $15 for calling Rosie WILLIAMS, of 237 No.
Fifth st., bad names. Rosie used to be a servant in
DEMING'S family, and there was some trouble between the two.
5 July 1887
Justice WALSH to-day fined William DEMING, a Coney Island
policeman, $15 for calling Rosie WILLIAMS, of 237 No.
Fifth st., bad names. Rosie used to be a servant in
DEMING'S family, and there was some trouble between the two.
28 July 1887
DEATH of COURT OFFICER COLLIGAN
George COLLIGAN, one of the oldest and best known officers in the
Supreme Court, was seized with cramps and drowned while bathing at
the foot of Washington St. late yeaterday afternoon.
He was 56 years old, an old fireman and belonged to "Constitution No.7"
engine, with Judge WALSH and W.A. and Robert FUREY. He was Constable
of the Second Ward for twenty-one years and went to the war with
the Second Fire Zouaves.
9 August 1887
Arthur DUGAN, who was formerly a policeman in the Seventh precinct, was
arraigned before Justice NAEHER yesterday on a charge of vagrancy. He
pleaded not guilty and was remanded for trial. DUGAN was expelled from the
force several years ago for drunkenness. Since then he has not had any
visible means of support.
10 August 1887
Arthur DUGAN, who was formerly a policeman in the Seventh precinct, was
arraigned before Justice NAEHER yesterday on a charge of vagrancy. He
pleaded not guilty and was remanded for trial. DUGAN was expelled from the
force several years ago for drunkenness. Since then he has not had any
visible means of support.
11 August 1887
Fined Five Days' Pay.
Philip DEGNAW, the Gates avenue policeman who was accused of going into a
Pulaski street residence while drunk and using bad language, was to-day
fined five days' pay by Commissioner CARROLL.
12 August 1887
Patrolman ROGAN, of the Eighth Sub-Precinct took to the station house last
evening, an old woman named Sarah COMSTOCK, who knew she lived somewhere but
was unable to definitely locate her abiding place. She is in the station
house waiting to be claimed.
13 August 1887
ROCHFORD Loses His Shield.
Police Commissioner CARROLL has taken from Thomas F. ROCHFORD the special
policeman's shield that the latter has worn for several years. Mr. ROCHFORD
was relieved of it because he claimed to know of violations of the Telegraph
Line law and made no charges or arrests, and also that he made serious
allegations against members of the Police Department and failed to prove them.
14 August 1887
AN OFFICER ROBBED
Patrolman McDEMOTT, of the Twenty-fifth Precinct, New York, returned from
Coney Island, yesterday, in anything but an amiable mood, and reported to
the Brooklyn police that he had lost $30. He said that he hired a bathing
suit at Carney Kattin's hotel, and before entering the surf had deposited
his money with a boy attached to the establishment, thinking it safer to
do that than to leave it in the bathing house. When he applied for the
money, however, the boy failed to give a satisfactory account of it,
stating that he knew nothing of it.
Officer COLLINS, of the First Precinct, at eleven o'clock Saturday night
entered No. 103 Pineapple street to quell a disturbance. He arrested
Rudolph HOFFMAN, Sr., when he was set upon by Rudolph HOFFMAN, Jr.,
Adolph HOFFMAN, and Andrew GUNNERHARDT, who it is said, attempted to
prevent his removing the prisoner. The result was that the whole party was arrested.
A WELL MERITED REWARD
It will be remembered that a man named Herbert CONBOY, rendered great assistance
to Captain LEICH, of the Fourth Precinct, in securing the assailants of the
murdered Officer Edward SCOTT. For this he was beaten by friends of the
implicated parties. As a reward for his services the Commissioners
appointed him a special policeman in order that he may have the protection
of a shield. He will probably, sooner or later, be appointed on the regular force.
16 August 1887
Constable Edward J. MURTAGH, of the Fourteenth ward, had Emil NORTGANER
before Justice NAEHER this morning on a charge of assaulting him on last
Friday, while in the performance of his duty, and threatening to blow his
head off with a revolver. NORTGANER, it is alleged, also set a huge
bloodhound on the constable. The defendant pleaded not guilty, and was
admitted to bail until the 19th.
25 August 1887
Some Officers Who Are Not a Credit to the Force.
Police Commissioner CARROLL gives his decisions to-day in the cases of the
delinquent policemen who were before him for trial yesterday.
Benjamin Mc MAHON, who on the 19th inst. got very drunk and tried to clean
out several saloons on Myrtle avenue, was fined ten days' pay. This unusual
clemency is due to the fact that the policeman was not on duty at the time
and did not wear his uniform, and pleaded as his excuse that he was very
sick and had been advised by friends to drink blackberry brandy. He was
dismissed from the force about eighteen months ago for a similar offense,
but was reinstated last January.
John BENNETT, of the Second precinct was fined five days pay for being off
post on the 13th inst.
Robert PHELPS, of the same precinct, was fined one day's pay for conversing
with a citizen while on duty.
Vasca DICKERSON, of the Ninth, was fined two days' pay for being found in a
Isaac TICHNOR, of the same precinct (???) to pay a debt of $72.50. His case
was adjourned until the 31st.
Louis ULRICH, of the Tenth, was absent from roll call. It will cost him
five days' pay.
James B. REILLY, of the Thirteenth, left his post and was found in a liquor
store. He was fined two days' pay.
John LOCKE, of the Fourteenth, for being absent from roll call, was fined
five days' pay.
Charles NICHOLS, of the Sixteenth, for being absent from relieving post,
lost two days' pay.
29 August 1887
The Officer Was Insulted Mrs. ARMSTRONG Restored to Duty Pending His Trial.
Patrolman James J. CONNORS, of the Seventeenth precinct, over whose head is
suspended the serious charge of having insulted Mrs. George D. ARMSTRONG, of
Vermont avenue, on the 27th ins, has been restored to duty until the charges
against him have been investigated. Capt. FRENCH made a report in which the
alleged facts are set forth, to Acting Superintendent MACKELLAR, who handed
it to Deputy Commissioner DALLON this morning. The latter has ordered the
officer to answer for trial on Wednesday, and has noti- (rest cut off)
12 September 1889
Police Constable Dooly and His Ninety Dollars
The officer says that he gave the money to the Justice when drunk and hasn't
been able to get it back since - A very singular story, indeed.
An extraordinary case came into Justice WARING'S court at Coney Island
yesterday. James DOOLY is a police constable of the township of Gravesend
and one of the warm local supporters of Supervisor John Y. MCKANE. He is an
old resident in the neighborhood and bears, both officially and socially an
excellent reputation. According to his story, as told by him in court
yesterday, he last fall came into "possession of $125, that amount being due
to him as constable for a period covering several weeks. With this money he
proceeded to enjoy himself, visiting saloons and hotels. At one of these, at
Sheepshead bay, he met Justice J. MCMAHON, of the village named. The
Justice, seeing that DOOLY was becoming intoxicated began to remonstrate with
him, in answer to which the latter said that he was determined to have his
"You have just drawn your pay, haven't you asked the Justice"
DOOLY replied in the affirmative.
"Then," was the answer, "you had better give it to me for safe keeping, for
the first thing you will know is that you have spent it all".
After some further conversation, DOOLY handed Justice MCMAHON $105.00 keeping
the balance to spend. A week or so later he drew $15.00 from the holder of
his money. Then, he alleges, he wanted the remaining $90 but Justice MCMAHON
on one pretext and another deferred paying him. He made repeated attempts to
collect the amount in question, but failing to obtain satisfaction at last
put the matter in the hands of Lawyer, KURTH, who brought suit for the amount
forthwith. Friends of both persons have tried to effect an arrangement, but
J. MALLOY, who represented Justice MCMAHON in defense, said that DOOLY had
already been paid. He exhibited two checks, one for $20. And the other for
$74.25, drawn on a local bank and made payable to the order of DOOLY. The
back of the checks bore the signature of DOOLY. Besides this, Mr. MALLOY
averred that at sundry times the Justice has lent DOOLY money, the aggregate
of which was far in excess of the amount claimed.
The plaintiff admitted that he had received the amounts represented by the
checks, but said that the money was due him for services as Constable and
that it was in no way a personal payment to him by the Justice. Justice
MCMAHON at this point remarked that if the Court would give him time to go to
Sheepshead Bay and back he would produce other checks which would show that
he was in no way indebted to DOOLY. DOOLY challenged him to produce these,
but the Court declined to permit the case to be adjourned.
The jury found for DOOLY with costs.
14 September 1889
Derelict Guardians of the City's Peace on Trail Before the Commissioner
About a score of the city's uniformed guardians were arraigned before Police
Commissioner BELL yesterday afternoon on various charges of delinquency.
Officer JOHN MCHUGH of the Second Precinct was arraigned for indulging in the
sport of discharging his pistol three times in a saloon and was fined five
Michael BRODERICK of the Eighth Precinct lost ten days pay for being
intoxicated while on duty.
GEORGE F. ROSELEN of the Fifteenth Precinct had three charges against him -
two for being off post and a third for striking a fellow officer. He was
fined ten days' pay in all.
JOHN H. WHITE of the Eighteenth Precinct will lose ten days' pay because he
was in a liquor store when he should have been on post..
Five days pay will be withheld from JOHN M. CURLEY of the Eighteenth Precinct
because he was asleep on his post and failed to turn up at the relieving
SEARGEANT JOHN LOWE of the Fifteenth precinct, failed to comply with an order
from Headquarters to detail some officers to another precinct, and was ?
mulcted? two days' pay therefor.
SEARGEANT JOHN A. SUTTON, EDWARD E. GAUS AND JOSEPH COLLINS of the Twelfth
precinct were jointly charged with failure to make a prompt entry on the
station house blotter of the assault on his wife with an ax of PATRICK HAYES
on the 4th inst., and the further charge of tardiness in reporting the
tragedy at the Central Office was made against GAUS. SEARGEANT SUTTON
escaped with a reprimand, GAUS wa fined two days' pay, and Collins lost one day.
Patrolman JAMES L. CLARK, of the Seventeenth Precinct was docked for five
days' earnings because he undertook to give counsel to a prisoner and thereby
"divulged the business of the department".
20 September 1889
Before the Commissoner:
Policemen who fail to live up to the requirements of their duties
Thirty four cases of official dereliction came before Police Commissioner
Bell today and the offending bluecoats suffered some severe penalties. Two
of the men will be seen no more on the force. William BRIDGES of Sixth
Precinct had only been on the force two months, but there were three charges
against him and he was summarily dismissed. One offense was drunkeness and
another absence from post and the third was disobedience to superior
Thomas J. MANNING of the fourth precinct also had three charges against him,
being off his post, sitting in front of a liquor store and failing to
promptly report at the station house. He saved himself from dismissal by
resigning. He had been only five months on the force.
James BROWNSWORTH, a special officer of the Thirteenth Precinct had his
appointment revoked because he stood passively by while fellow officers were
trying to quell a street fight and refused to give his assistance.
John P. WAKELY of the Eleventh Precinct, was fined 10 days pay for being
Hugh MCCABE of the Eleventh Precinct left the trial room on Friday last and
failed to report promptly at his station house and was fine three days pay
today in consequence.
Joseph KAISER, of the fourth precinct, was fined seven days pay for being in
a liquor store and Office R. H. Quinn of the Second Precinct received the
same dose for the same offense.
The other cases were reprimanded or let off with light penalties of one and
two days fine.
26 September 1889
A Policeman’s Bad Scrape
Arrested on Charges of Abducting a Girl From Her Home
At 1:40 o’clock this afternoon Patrolman Charles A. VELKIN,
a married man, attached to the Leonard Street, New York, station
was put under arrest by Superintendent MURRAY on the
charge of having abducted an 18 year old girl from her home in New Jersey.
14 October 1889
His Bonds Forfeited
Ex-Policeman WASSERMAN, who is charged with defrauding
Chinese laundrymen, failed to appear before Justice TIGHE
to-day and his bonds were forfeited.
13 Jan. 1893 Friday
MORE POLICEMEN TWENTY-TWO APPOINTED TO-DAY, AND TWO PROMOTIONS MADE
Commissioner HAYDEN to-day promoted Roundsman Owen ROONEY, of the
Fifteenth precinct to be a sergeant, and assigned him to take the place of
Sergeant RIEMELS, who is now in charge of the new mounted squad in the
Seventeenth precinct. Patrolman Patrick HACKERT, of the Twelfth precinct,
was made a roundsman and assigned to the Fifteenth precinct.
Twenty-two new patrolmen were appointed to-day and assigned as follows:
A.J. MC DERMOTT, 33 years old, assigned to the Twentieth precinct
Emil WRIGHT, 26, to the Seventh
A. SIEFERT, 26, to the Thirteenth
G.J. GROSEL, 27, to the Twenty-first
T.F. BYRNES, 25, to the Eleventh
P. LOLAN, 29, to the Twenty-first
W.H. CHAMBERS, 26, to the Tenth
Charles HOFFMAN, 30, to the Seventeenth
John DOWNING, 26, to the Twelfth
John T. PINDER, 30, to the Sixteenth
R. O'DONNELL, 25, to the Fifteenth
James KELLY, 26, to the Fifteenth
James OLIFFE, 23, to the Third
James BOLTON, 30, to the Tenth
Albert HILL, 24, to the Twentieth
James MC HALE, 25, to the First
Harry NODINE, 29, to the Nineteenth
Michael FOX, 29, to the Twenty-second
James MURPHY, 33, to the Fifteenth
John H. FERGUSON, 32, to the Sixteenth
John TAMMANY, 31, to the Twenty-first
They all appear to be intelligent young men and give promise of making good policemen.
An examination will be made on the 18th inst., for roundsmen's positions,
the applicants to be limited to four years' service.
Capts. MC KELVEY, DRUHAN and KITZER will constitute the Examining Board.
14 January 1893
James MAC HALE, appointed on the police force yesterday, reported at the
station house under the influence of liquor. He has been suspended, pending
17 January 1893
COMPLAINTS AGAINST AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY.
O.J. TEMPLE, of 13 Lafayette Avenue, who was formerly a sergeant on the police
force and others, have made complaints at the Mayor's office against an
employment agency on Fulton Street, charging that it has received their
money under false pretenses. The Mayor will investigate.
20 January 1893
A TRANSFER AND CHANGES
Police Commissioner HAYDEN today transferred Sergeant ZIMMERMAN from the
Thirteenth to the Sixteenth precinct. He changes places with Sergeant REARDON,
who goes to the Thirteenth precinct. Charges were preferred against
Policeman John POWERS of the Fifteenth precinct, for going to a ball.
POWERS fractured his leg by falling while he was dancing that evening.
24 January 1893
WAS HE DRUNK?
Bridge Policeman John BURNS was a prisoner in the Oak St. Station,
New York, last night. Policeman HEFFERNAN, of the Fourth Precinct,
arrested him at the Catherine St. ferry last evening, upon the complaint
of Lizzie MC CROVY, of 133 Madison St. She charged him with having insulted
her while in a state of intoxication and went to the station house to make
her charge before the sergeant at the desk.
Burns was relieved from his post at 8 o'clock and going to the headquarters
of the Bridge police, reported, and took the Catherine St. for home.
He lives at 136 West Twenty-eighth St. New York. The MCCROVY woman was on
the ferryboat, and all the way across he is accused of using insulting
language to her. Several of the passengers noticed that the man was under
the influence of liquor.
Burns was taken to the Tombs police court this morning and arraigned
before Judge White but the plaintiff did not appear to press charges.
26 January 1893
SERGEANT FOSTER The well Known park official was suspended for ten days,
without pay for and assault and abuse against Matthew LAWLOR. There
was a hearing before Park Commissioner BROWER this morning there was
enough evidence agaist FOSTER to sustain the charge.
27 January 1893
Patrolman John KELLY of the Second precinct, had a serious charge made
against him to Commissioner HAYDEN today.
28 January 1893
Deputy Police Commissioner DALLON is confined to his home with a severe cold,
and is also suffering from a severe attack of neuralgia.
Saturday, February 18, 1893
When Patrolman Charles L. BROWN, son of Capt. William BROWN, of the
Eighth precinct, died Feb. 4, 1892, he left two widows, consequently
he was a bigamist. He lived with his first wife, Annie, at 218
Forty-fourth street, for a number of years, and they had seven
children. He was a member of the police mutual aid; and his widow
was entitled to $1,000 from the association. He deserted her,
however, and married another woman, Catherine BROWN, and in his will
he left the pension fund to her, notwithstanding the fact that his
first wife after he left her, kept his assessments paid up.
Frederick L. JENKINS, the treasurer of the Police Mutual Fund
Association, paid the money over to the City Court, and both women
have sued for it, and the evidence was heard by chief Judge CLEMENT,
in the Special Term, yesterday afternoon.
25 February 1893
Roundsman Peter J. DOWNEY, of the First precinct, has been transferred to the
Fourteenth, and Roundsman KLEIN, of the Fourteenth, takes his place.
Roundsman CLANCY has been transferred from the First precinct to the
Eighteenth, and Roundsman MURPHY, of the Eighteenth, goes to the First.
These changes are said to be in the interest of the department, on account of
the frequent petty robberies in the First precinct.
28 February 1893
Officer Peter LANGAN, of the Eleventh precinct, was tried before
Commissioner HAYDEN to-day and dismissed from the police force for having
raised a row in the barroom of Tivoli Hall, at the corner of Fifth avenue
and Second street.
4 March 1893
Patrolman J.W. MUNRO of the 4th precinct tendered his resignation from
the force Thursday to Commisioner Hayden, and it was immediately accepted.
MUNRO was appointed July 1884, and has been before the Commissioner before
on charges. He is a Scotchman and his wife has recently fallen heir to
some property. This he gives as a reason for resigning.
7 March 1893
Police Inspector WILLIAMS of New York indignantly denies the story that
he is going to resign.
14 March 1893
Police Commissioner HAYDEN to-day made twenty-one probationary
policemen full-fledged patrolmen, they having served the allotted period.
At the police trials to-day a number of delinquents were fined for
neglect of duty.
23 March 1893
The Langan Case
The case of Peter LANGAN, recently a patrolman attached to the Eleventh
precinet, against Charles FELTMAN, George MEYER nad James THORNE, was
dismissed by Justice TIGHE in the butler street police court this morning.
Langan attended the Ball of the Joseph Society at the Tivoll, corner of
second street and Fifth Avenue, on the evening of Feb. 2. The following
morning there was a fight in the barroom, during which the officer discharged
his pistol. He claimed that he was assaulted by FELTMAN, who is the son of
the owner of Tivoll, and by the other two men, who were waiters. He was
terribly beaten; and, when appeared in the police court to make his
complaint, he was so swathed in bandages that his left eye only was visable.
Charges were preferred against the officer, and he was tried before
Commissioner HAYDEN and dismissed. He has since brought suit, and the action
is now pending in the Supreme Court to compel the Commissioner to reinstate
him. LANGAN was not in court when Justice TIGHE called the case this morning.
6 April 1893
Note** there is a big ink blot, there will be a ?? for missing letters
The Force Further Increased and All Vacancies Filled
Police Commissioner HAYDEN to-day appointed forty-nine new policeman as
probationers, who will serve in that relation for the next six months.
Their names are:
Ernst Van BERGEN
John J. O'REILLY
?? R. COLONAN
The above appointments, together with the forty-nine appointed last week,
brings the total force up to 1,225.
19 January 1894
A POLICEMAN ARRESTED.
Sergeant Benjamin SPRECKLER of the Eleventh precinct while making a tour of
his precinct about 2 o'clock this morning met a policeman in uniform
walking with a man and a woman. All three were intoxicated. The Sergeant
arrested the three. At the station house the policeman described himself as
Henry SCHMIDT of 521 West 142d street, New York City. He was, he said a
policeman belonging to the steamboat squad of New York City. His companion
said his name was Henry CLARK, of Catharine street, New York. The woman was
Carrie WILLIAMS of Rockaway. In the Butler street court his morning they
pleadged not builty to the chare of intoxication and were held in $200 bail
each for examinatin next Tuesday.
Police Commissioner HAYDEN to-day appointed thirty probationary policemen, as
a first installment of seveny-five extra men which the Legislature has given
him power to appoint.
The names of the appointees are:
James F. WHALEN,
Thomas F. WALL,
John J. JESSUP,
George F. PRICE,
D. F. O'CONNOR,
F. C. WENYES,
James M. PEACOCK,
James E. TISDALE,
C. A. COOPER,
F. J. JRAEMER,
T. J. ELWOOD,
August F. BEHAN,
P. H. COSTELLO,
H. N. HEYN,
A. P. ATWATER,
James F. HOGAN,
P. J. HEVER,
M. J. HYLAND,
L. M. MILLER,
Ralph A. WILSON,
P. H. LYNAN,
J. A. KIEFER.
9th Jannuary 1894
TWO POLICEMEN LESS
Police Commissioner HAYDEN to-day dismissed John MCHUGH, of the Second
precinct, and Martin MILMORE of the Twentieth precinct, from the force on
charges of intoxication.
16th January 1894
DISMISSED FROM THE POLICE FORCE
Police Commissioner HAYDEN today dismissed from the force Patrolman
James MCCLOSKEY of the twelfth precinct, for striking a prisoner in
the face while in front of the sergeants desks, he himself being under
the influence of liquor at the time.
4th February 1894
George URAN, of the Navy Yard, has been appointed on the New York police force.
William THOMAS will get his place at the yard.
A Policeman Under Charges
Two charges were made against Policeman
LANGAN to-day. Commissioner HAYDEN
will examine into the case next Tuesday.
His Mother Said To Be In A Dying State The police at the First precinct
station are trying to solve the mystery surrounding the
pecuilar actions of Officer MAXWELL this morning. He came to the station
house this morning, accosted the different officers
present with a cheery Good morning,changed his clothes in the
dormitory, and reported for duty. He is stationed at the
telegraph desk.About 8:40 o'clock he jumped up suddenly and announced to
Sergeant DODGE that he wanted to go out doors for a while.The sergeant responded
that such a thing was impossible. "But I must."said MAXWELL. His superior officer
remonstrated with him, but MAXWELL said that he would go anyway, with or without
premission. The sergeant laid his hand in a kindly manner on MAXWELL's shoulder and
asked him to remain.The man now was in a highly excited state, and with the words,
"Oh I must go," rushed past the officer, and since leaving the station
has not been seen or heard from since.The occurence was related to
Capt. CAMPBELL,who has preferred charges against MAXWELL
to the Commissioner for leaving his post and disobedience to orders.
The accused officer resides at 47 Little street,and lives with his mother,
as he is unmarried.At the station is was said that MAXWELL has
not been at his home for nearly two weeks, and that his mother was in a
dying condition.The supposition is that he has been on a spree,
and it is known that when in such a condition he acts like an insane person.
25 July 1898
Crazy Policeman-Sad Fate of Officer LOFTUS, Well Known in Greenpoint.
Everybody will be sorry to hear that Policeman Edward LOFTUS, of Greenpoint,
has gone insane. He lived with his wife and family at 159 India street.
He was appointed on the force on January 9th, 1890, and was assigned to duty
in Greenpoint. Not long ago he was transferred to the Bedford avenue station.
On Saturday he was found at Greenpoint and Manhattan avenues, opposite the
police station, surrounded by a large crowd. He was singing the latest
songs, and passing his hat around for pennies. The crowd attracted
Policeman VANCE and Roundsman MALLEY, who took LOFTUS into custody. He was
in citizen's clothes and was not recognized as a member of the force until
he was arraigned before Sergeant MONTAGUE, charged with disorderly conduct.
His actions caused the sergeant to think the man insane, and Police Surgeon
Charles TERRY, who was summoned, examined LOFTUS, and decided that he was
mentally unbalanced. LOFTUS was detained at the station for the night, and
on Sunday was taken to the Flatbush Hospital, where a more thorough
examination will be made as to his condition.
It is said he had been acting strangely of late, and on Thursday night
handed his keys and shield to the sergeant at the desk in the precinct to
which he belongs, declaring that he was going to resign, as he had fallen
heir to $1,000,000. He was not seen again by any of his friends until
Saturday night. The police have learned that the demented officer had been
going among the residents of Long Island City soliciting money, which he
said was for a widows' and orphans' fund for the families of the men of the
Seventy-first Regiment who were killed at Santiago. How much money he
obtained in this way is not known.
It is stated at the Sixty-first Precinct that Officer LOFTUS was a well man
up to the time of the recent parade of the city police, about June 1st. He
marched in the parade from the Battery to Fifteenth street, thence back to
Fourteenth street, where the parade was dismissed. The day was a hot one
and the sun shone with uninterrupted brilliancy. On returning home to India
street, Officer LOFTUS felt very tired. He could not eat anything and was
unable to sleep that night. His head bothered him. He was never the same
man after that day, and in the opinion of his family, over-exertion at that
time was the cause of the loss of mind. A number of officers dropped in
that parade and were carried away in the ambulance. He is a brother of
Father LOFTUS of the Roman Catholic Church at Fort Hamilton.
1 August 1898
Detective Peter KELLY will go on his vacation next week. He will located
with his family at Rockaway Beach where he will remain for two weeks.
2 August 1898
They are Men in Towns Taken In by the Recent Consolidation
Justice GARRETSON, in the Supreme Court on Monday granted a number of writs
of mandamus against the New York Police Board, directing the Police
Commissioners to reinstate as members of the police force men who were
policemen in the outlying towns which became portions of Greater New York,
but who were removed after consolidation. The decision was based on the
opinion of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the RAU case. RAU
was removed by the Police Board on the ground that he was legislated out of
office by consolidation. The Appellate Division held that, under the
charter of the Greater New York, RAU should have been retained as it is
provided that the police force in all the consolidated portions shall become
members of the municipal police force.
On this opinion Justice GARRETSON directs the reinstatement of the removed
policemen at a salary of $800 a year. The men also receive $50 costs each.
MILLS, John H. of Arverne
MC GRATTAN, Andrew, of Far Rockaway
WHEELWRIGHT, James M.
HIGGINS, John J.
KREUSCHER, of Rockaway Beach [perhaps KREBS to KREUSCHER all of Rockaway Beach ?]
5 August 1898
Policeman Bernard KEEGAN has taken advantage of the retirement provision of
the charter of the city and has been retired on his own petition on
half-pay. KEEGAN has been attached to the Astoria precinct most of the time
in recent years. He was one of Long Island City¹s first patrolmen, having
been appointed twenty-eight years ago. An officer who has served for
twenty-seven years on the force can be retired on his own petition on half-pay.
8 August 1898
A Policeman Hurt.
George W. MC PHAIL, a policeman attached to the Eighth Precinct, Borough of
Manhattan, who lives at 166 West One Hundred and Twenty-Second street, while
riding a bicycle on the new track at Point View, College Point, fell from
his wheel and dislocated his right hip. He was attended by Drs. OBERLY and
FEENEY and afterward was sent to Bellvue on a launch. MC PHAIL was out to
college Point on an outing.
16 August 1898
In Winter Uniforms.
In This Garb Were the Brooklyn Police Obliged to Appear on Monday.
Brooklyn patrolmen were not at all pleased on Monday when in response to an
order from the Mulberry Street Headquarters they were required to report to
their respective inspectors in their winter uniforms. The perspiration
rolled down their faces as they formed in line in their heavy garments.
They could not understand why the winter inspection was ordered at so
unseasonable a time.
Not only were the men on duty required to report, but those on vacations,
and this was, in many cases, a hardship for some of the latter. Buckskin
gloves were part of the inspected outfit. The Brooklyn police are afraid
that they will be ordered to buy new overcoats to correspond with those
which are worn in Manhattan. They have requested to be allowed to wear
their last year¹s coats, but have received no encouragement.
24 August 1898
More Policemen Paid.
Ex-District Attorney Daniel NOBLE this Wednesday morning received from
Auditor CLAIRE checks for the payment of the back salaries of eleven Long
Island City Policemen. This is their salary for the last six months of
1897. The eleven men are:
DUNCAN, William J.
DUNN, William J.
FLANAGAN, Charles A.
COSGROVE, Terence F.
SHERIDAN, John J.
WHEELER, George S.
There should have been a check for Peter KELLY , but it did not get along
with the others. Auditor CLAIRE will look it up.
16 September 1898
Bicycle Policeman John G. KRUEGER was seen on Leonard street on Thursday
afternoon. He is regularly attached to the bicycle squad of the Police
Department, main headquarters, 1786 Broadway, Manhattan and Brooklyn
headquarters at the Fifty-fifth Precinct Station House. Thursday was
Officer KRUEGER's first trip on Leonard street. He says there are eighty
five men in the squad. In Brooklyn there are now twenty-four men and one
roundsman, LAKE. Ten of these men were detailed from Manhattan Borough and
he is one of them. He says that there are two details of duty for the
bicycle policemen, 10 am to 5 pm and 5 to 11 pm. Mr. KRUEGER's uniform is a
very neat and attractive one. Duties will be continued during the winter.
28 September 1898
Officer Henry F. BUSCHMANN, who was one of the two Long Island City
policemen transferred to Jamaica in the shakeup the other day, is sick with
typhoid fever at his home on East avenue.
10 February 1905
POLICE CAPTAINS WHO GO ON RETIRED LIST
Captain Charles BEDELL, of the Bath Beach station, who has sent in his
application for retirement, has been on the Brooklyn police force
thirty-one years. He is 57 years old,i n good physical condition apparently,
and retires because he is discontented in consequence of the uncertainty
in the department, growing out of the shifting going on. He threatened
to retire several times.
Captain BEDELL is a Republican in politics. He was appointed a captain
by Commissioner WELLES in 1896, after serving a number of years in
the detective bureau. He has an excellent police record. It is said
he has accumulated a fortune of $30,000, and with the income from
this, and his $1,350 a year, he will be able to live comfortably for
the rest of his life. A daughter of Captain BEDELL is married to a
millionaire manufacturer in Pitssburgh, Pa., where she lives.
Captain James G. REYNOLDS, who has been summoned before the surgeons,
has not been in robust health for a long time. He has been under the
doctor's care for stomach trouble, but has not lost any time on account
of his ailment. His eyesight has failed him, and he is forced to wear
glasses. Captain REYNOLDS is 55 years old. He was appointed a patrolman
in 1873, and was subsequently made a detective. The office of captain
of the detective bureau was created for him during the administration
of Mayor WURSTER.
Captain Christian REIMELS, also summoned before the Examining Board, is
one of the later captains. He was promoted to the position of captain
less than two years ago. He is 56 years old, and has been on the force
since December 1878. REIMELS had charge of the mounted squad for some time.
27 February 1905
Police Captain BEDELL Will Retire Wednesday
Capt Charles BEDELL, of the Bath Beach station, will retire from the
police force on Wednesday, his vacation ending on that day. Capt.
BEDELL, when summoned to appear before the Board of Surgeons for
examination, preferred to ask for retirement rather than to undergo the
test. He has been on the force 30 years and has a clean record.
11 March 1905
Court Officer Thomas SHANLEY, who had been attached to the Court of
Special Sessions every since it was established and had been almost
continuously in detailed positions from the time he became a policeman,
over 35 years ago, died this morning at his home, 219 Myrtle Avenue,
from a complication of diseases. He had been in poor health for several
months, but kept on duty until about 2 weeks ago, when he reported sick.
He was 64 years old and before joining the police force was a journeyman
mason and a member of the Volunteer Fire Department. His wife died about
2 years ago, and from that time his health began to fail.
7 April 1906
GREENPOINT- M'LAUGHLIN'S BODY FOUND IN CREEK
Boatmen of Newtown Creek, near the foot of Manhattan avenue, discovered
yesterday the body of William MCLAUGHLIN, a former policeman, of 181
Huron street, who disappeared nearly four months ago. MCLAUGHLIN lived
with an unmarried sister.
9 April 1906
POLICEMAN'S GIRL DEAD
Irene, the 7-year-old daughter of Patrolman Michael BENTLY of the
Williamsburg squad, who died last Friday night, was buried this morning
from her home, 134 Diamond street. The interment was made in Calvary
Cemetery under the direction of John MCELROY. The little one was ill
only a few days.
MAY BE REDUCTIONS FOR TWO CAPTAINS.
Police Inspectors Thomas DRUHAN and Elbert O. SMITH, who were retired
by Commissioner MCADOO on grounds of physical disability, have been
restored to duty, and the question now arises as to where they will be
assigned to duty, as there are now no vacancies in the inspectors'
ranks. The last two men promoted to inspectorships are NALLY and
SWEENEY. When a contingency of a similar kind occurred before, two
inspectors were reduced to the rank of captain. Should Commissioner
BINGHAM decide to reduce NALLY and SWEENEY to make room for DRUHAN and
SMITH, there will probably be a suit for reinstatement.
POLICEMAN REPROVED FOR MAKING ARRESTS
Three young men, employes of the Long Island Railroad, were before
Magistrate FURLONG in the Gates avenue court to-day on a charge of
playing baseball in the street. The policeman could produce no
evidence to prove his charge and the men were discharged.
The prisoners, who gave their names as Daniel TAYLOR, Harry GRAHAM and
Henry DODGE, told Magistrate FURLONG that they were working in the
railroad yards at Atlantic and New York avenues, when a ball was
suddenly thrown over the fence. TAYLOR picked up the ball and threw it
at GRAHAM, who in turn threw it over the fence into the street.
Policeman ROONEY then appeared and accused the men of playing ball and
Magistrate FURLONG told ROONEY he had no business to go into the
private grounds of the railroad company, and then discharged the prisoners.
16 April 1906
PATROLMAN HUGHES DISMISSED FROM FORCE
Deputy Commissioner O'KEEFE and Borough Inspector CROSS started this
morning from headquarters to make a tour of inspection of the
It was announced by Secretary KIRSCHNER to-day that Patrolman William
HUGHES, of the Flatbush station, had been dismissed from the force by
Commissioner BINGHAM for absenting himself from duty without leave.
The rules of the department are that any policeman absenting himself
for five consecutive days may be dismissed.
HUGHES was under charges of abducting a girl under 17 years and failed
to appear for trial.
17 April 1906
POLICEMEN FINED FOR TAKING LIFE TOO EASY
Deputy Police Commissioner O'KEEFE to-day dismissed several of the
charges against policemen.
He fined Sergeant Sol C. HAUPTMAN, of the Stagg street station two
John A. HAGAR and James CROWLEY, who are attached to the Williamsburg
Bridge Squad, two days' pay for laxity of service.
William BIGALL, of the Ralph avenue station, and Jefferson CARNEY, of
the Greenpoint avenue station, were each fined five days' pay for being
found off post.
23 April 1906
KILLED POLICEMAN AND GETS LIFE SENTENCE
Michael BURSCH, who killed Policeman ENRIGHT, March 20, 1904, at
Fifty-first street and First avenue, Manhattan, while the officer was
attempting to arrest him for burglary, was to-day sentenced to Sing
Sing for life, by Justice O'GORMAN in the criminal term of the Supreme Court.
3 May 1906
POLICEMAN VINING MAKES ANOTHER BREAK
They are telling another story on Policeman Clarence VINING in the Fourth
avenue station. On Wednesday his brother policemen saw him bring in his
own child as lost. Yesterday they declared he was so thoroughly impressed
by the eloquence of Mrs. VINING that he held up every unprotected child
he saw in the street, for fear it might be one of his own.
A two-year-old girl, so the other policemen declared, came toddling up to
VINING at Thirty-eighth street and Fourth avenue, crying:
"Dada, take baby home."
The good man stopped and pondered and then sent a boy hot foot to find
Mrs. VINING. She ran the whole mile from her home to find her husband
squandered candy on a little stranger.
The police declare that VINING muttered something about having been
married three times before, and find it hard to keep track of his youngsters.
5 May 1906
POLICEMAN DEAD IN BED; BULLET HOLE IN TEMPLE
Patrolman John J. PATTERSON, of the West 152d street station, Manhattan,
Was found dead in bed in his home, 2089 Amsterdam avenue, this morning
with a bullet hole in his right temple. He is supposed to have committed
suicide, but neither his wife nor brother officers know of any reason why he
should have done so. He was 24 years old and had been married but a short
13 May 1906
SIXTY-FOUR POLICEMEN SENT TO THE ISLAND
Not in Disgrace, But to Keep Coney's Lid Down This Summer
The Coney Island police force was increased last night by the arrival of
one roundsman and sixty-three patrolmen from the various precincts of
Brooklyn and Manhattan. The new men are part of the force that will be
on duty at the Island throughout the summer, under command of Capt.
The men sent to the Coney Island station from Brooklyn are:
Roundsman John HOGAN and
Patrolman Thomas C. ADAMS, from the Fourth avenue station;
Patrolmen Walter O'DONNELL
Daniel O'ROURKE, Fifth avenue;
Charles W. TRAIN,
James GALLAGHER, Hamilton avenue;
Lawrence KEYS, Bergen street;
Cal McCARTHY, Amity street;
Joseph F. FREEL, Adams street;
Joseph HANNELBERG, Fulton street;
Joseph F. GREEN,
Patrick DONNELLY, Liberty avenue;
George W. JOHNSON,
Fred EHLER, Gates avenue;
Paul BRADLEY, Ralph avenue;
M. B. ROYCE, Classon avenue;
Martin W. WOOLF,
Edward WHALEN, Flushing avenue;
James J. COLLINS, Lee avenue;
Joseph J. HOFFMAN,
Garfield A. WALES,
Jeremiah REGAN, Greenpoint avenue;
Joseph R. LEONARD
Daniel WATERS, Herbert street;
John A. GADBORN,
Edward L. DU BOIS,
William JONES, Bushwick avenue;
George H. SCHULTZ,
Charles E. CARLTON, Hamburg avenue;
George W. HACKETT, Fulton street.
From Manhattan these men are detailed:
John F. McGANN,
Clarence J. MEEHAN,
Charles A. PETERSON,
James E. BROWN,
John T. CARBERRY,
Charles A. SAYER,
Edward J. GLEASON
Police Capt. Ernest LINDEMAN, of the Sheepshead Bay station, also
received twelve more patrolmen for the Sheepshead Bay section for the
Those transferred to Sheepshead Bay are:
Thomas P. DINNEAN, Fletcher FAIRCHILD, John McCORMACK, from Manhattan;
John J. QUINN and Peter McCLELLAN, from Liberty avenue station;
George P. FOLSEY, Bergen street;
George GARCIA and Lewis J. VALENTINE, Adams street;
Martin J. HANLEY, Gates avenue;
Charles BERINGER, Lee avenue;
Herbert J. GREENE, Hamburg avenue;
Joseph HAINES, Flatbush.
Thomas J. CALLAHAN, who has been doing detective duty at Coney
Island, was remanded from plain clothes and transferred to the Bath
15 May 1906
HEIRS WILL SUE POLICE CAPTAIN
Alleging that Police Captain David EVANS of the Prospect Park
station, has betrayed the trust of a dying woman and is unlawfully
withholding a police endowment policy made out shortly before her
death by Sophie L. MATTERN, matron of the Fourth avenue station,
heirs of the woman intend bringing suit in the civil courts to recover
the endowment, which amounts to $558.50. Mrs. MATTERN died
in the Norwegian Hospital a year ago, of paralysis. Two days before
her death she changed the name of the beneficiary in the endowment
policy from that of her niece, Sophie MALONE, of Pittsburg, to Capt.
Mrs. MALONE and friends of Mrs. MATTERN, who was somewhat of a
mystery in the department, as it was considered her education and
bearing fitted her for higher things than the position she held, declare
that the change in the policy was made to expedite a settlement of the
estate when Mrs. MATTERN realized that the end was near. Capt.
EVANS thinks differently. When seen by a reporter he said that when
Mrs. MATTERN was taken sick he had her removed to the hospital,
saw that she received the best of treatment and at her request agreed
to settle her affairs.
"I will willingly place the money in the hands of the Greenwood Cemetery
authorities to keep Mrs. MATTERN's grave green forever, " he said, but
I will not give up any of it to the grasping interest claiming to represent
Capt. EVANS further stated that Mrs. MATTERN said when she made
the change in the policy that she had neither seen nor heard of Mrs.
MALONE for many years, and that she wanted the captain to keep the
balance of the policy after the bills for the funeral had been paid.
"So far as the beneficiary money is concerned," said Capt. EVANS,
"after paying the funeral and incidental expenses, there is little more
than $200 left. Two police commissioners have decided that I have a
right to use the money as I see fit, but if I felt that I was doing wrong in
keeping it, their opinion would make no difference, and I would give it
to Mrs. MALONE.
"As things are, however, I feel that I have a perfect claim to it. This
endowment was made over to me by Mrs. MATTERN, when she knew
quite well what she was doing and never until now has one word been
said about my being 'a dummy beneficiary,' whose duty it was to turn
over to Mrs. MALONE the remainder left after paying out the funeral
Besides bringing suit for the recovery of the endowment, counsel for
Mrs. MALONE will lay the matter before Commissioner BINGHAM and
demand an investigation.
17 May 1906
INSPECTORS ASSIGNED AND CAPTAINS SHIFTED
Police Commissioner BINGHAM transferred eight captains yesterday
afternoon and assigned to duty two inspectors who had been retired by
Commissioner MCADOO during his term of office, on the grounds of
physical disability, and were reinstated by the courts.
The assignments were:
Inspector Thomas L. DRUHAN: Eleventh Inspection District, Brooklyn
Inspector Elbert O. SMITH: Fifth Inspection District, Manhattan
The transfers were:
Capt. John BUCHANAN: Rockaway Beach Station to Sub-station Harbor
Squad, East 122d street, Manhattan
Capt. John W. CONNOR: acting inspector Eleventh Inspection District,
Brooklyn to Elizabeth street station, Manhattan, as captain.
Capt. Edward GALLAGHER: acting inspector Fifth Inspection district,
Brooklyn, to East 104th street station, as captain.
Capt. Herman SHLOTTMAN: Elizabeth street station to command of Harbor Squad
Capt. Robert A. TIGHE: from Harbor Squad to Rockaway Beach station.
Capt. James MCGLYNN: Kingsbridge station to West 125th street station.
Capt. James THOMPSON: West 125th street station to Kingsbridge
Capt. John TAPPAN: East 104th street station to Glendale, Queens
After making public the assignments and transfers, Commissioner BINGHAM
said that they were made "for the good of the service," and that he had
no comments to make.
To make room for the reinstated inspectors, Commissioner BINGHAM was
forced to send Acting Inspectors CONNOR and GALLAGHER, whom he was
trying out, back to the commands of precincts. He kept both men in
Manhattan. The four moves made the other transfers necessary, except
in the case of Capts. THOMPSON and MCGLYNN. The latter goes back to a
precinct which he formerly commanded for some time.
22 May 1906
WALDO PINS MEDALS ON EIGHT BRAVE POLICEMEN
For exceptional bravery in rescuing persons from drowning in the waters
about this city, and imperilling their own lives in doing so, Deputy Police
Commissioner WALDO pinned medals on the breasts of eight officers
in Police Headquarters, Manhattan, to-day. Two of the policemen so
honored are attached to Brooklyn precincts.
-Roundsman Michael J. O'LOUGHLIN, of the Ralph avenue station, who
received one of the gold medals, has been rewarded probably more than
any other member of the police force. He has been presented with thirty
medals for risking his life to save others, and one of these which was
presented to him with the highest praises by Congress, he prizes highly.
O'LOUGHLIN jumped overboard at the foot of Kent avenue in June last,
near the B.R.T. power house, to rescue an old man who had fallen
overboard. He had a hard time getting the man ashore, and in doing so
swallowed a large amount of water which had been contaminated. This
made him ill, and he was in the hospital for eight weeks in a serious
-Matthew McGRATH, of the 152d street station, also was highly commended
by Deputy Commissioner WALDO for jumping into the Harlem River after a
drowning man. If help had not arrived McGRATH and the man he was
saving would have both gone to the bottom.
The following patrolmen received gold medals and $30:
-Daniel SHAW, Church street station;
-Matthew McGRATH, 152d street station;
-Aruthur(sic) T. ENNIS, Headquarters, Brooklyn;
-Michael J. O'LOUGHLIN, Ralph avenue station.
-Patrolmen Patrick F. MURPHY,
-Charles M. COUGHLIN
-Joseph WEEKESSER, of the Harbor Squad,
-Michael W. CONNELLY, of the Jefferson Market Court Squad,
received bronze medals and $20.
Police Commissioner BINGHAM returned to the city to-day after an
absence of nine days, spent in studying police conditions in Western
cities, but took no part in the presentation of the medals.
LADDER POLICEMAN WILL HOLD HIS JOB
The marital affairs of Bicycle Policeman Adam WIESSHEIER and his wife,
Clara, were aired again to-day when WIESSHEIER was before Deputy
Commissioner O'KEEFE, charged by Capt. FOODY with entering a
private residence without a warrant and arresting his wife and a man.
This act, the captain maintained, was a violation of the rules, which
prohibits a policeman from entering a residence and making an arrest
without a warrant. The case was dismissed by the Commissioner.
WEISSHEIER's wife left him early in April. Suspecting that she was
living with one Benjamin MAY at a boarding house kept by Mrs. WHITE
at 122 Lefferts place, he went there early on the morning of May 7 and
with the aid of a ladder got into a second story window and arrested his
wife and MAY. They were discharged the next morning in court.
Mrs. WHITE told the Commissioner to-day that when the couple hired a
room from her they represented themselves as man and wife.
WEISSHEIER has instituted divorce proceedings.
ROUNDSMAN BADLY CRUSHED BY HORSE
Roundsman TOMING, of the Prospect Park station, was badly hurt to-day
in a drill on the Prospect Park Parade Grounds. His horse became
unmanageable and finally dropped to the ground suddenly, badly
crushing the officer. The horse fell on top of him.
Police Surgeon Albert FORD attended the injured man, who sustained
serious internal injuries and concussion of the brain, besides many
contusions. He was unconscious for three hours, but was revived by
surgeons at Seny Hospital, to which he was removed.
30 May 1906
TRIES PATROLMAN ON CHARGE SIX YEARS OLD
An old case that has been hanging fire for six years came up this morning
in the trial room of Police Headquarters before Deputy Commissioner
O'KEEFFE, when Patrolman Michael J. LYNAN was charged with
extorting $50 in 1900 from Frederick HEINMAN for not placing him
under arrest for operating a slot machine in his saloon at Lockman street
and East New York avenue.
The complaint was made six years ago before Commissioner YORK, who
adjourned the case until the criminal courts, to which the matter had been
taken, disposed of it. The jury disagreed and the indictment against LYNAN
LYNAN contended this morning that Commissioner YORK had dismissed
the case, but the police records had no account of it. He had none of his
witnesses present to-day and the case was adjourned until Tuesday next.
1 June 1906
FAILING HEALTH PROMPTS POLICEMAN'S RETIREMENT.
Michael J. FLANNERY, a patrolman who has served ten years on
the Prospect Park squad and seven years in the Flushing Avenue
Precinct, was retired on half pay yesterday, owing to ill health.
He is now living in Georgia.
6 June 1906
PRACTICAL JOKE WORRIES OFFICER
Patrolman Henry SCHWAB, of Bedford avenue station, was the
victim of a practical joker, it was learned to-day and until yesterday
the incident worried him.
Last Sunday was his day off and with Patrolman Edward DREXLER
he went to Long Beach to fish, parking his car in a lot. Two friends
who followed him waited until he was out of sight and then made out
a ticket telling him he violated the parking law and to deposit $5 in
a tin cup at the end of the road.
When the end of the road was reached Patrolman SCHWAB went
looking for the cup.He was unable to find one and so he drove home.
He wanted to go fishing in the same place to-morrow, but feared
the police of Long Beach would be watching for him and arrest
him for failing to obey the instructions.
Then he was ''let in'' on the joke.
25 June 1906
BRAVE POLICEMAN HURT STOPPING RUNAWAY HORSE
Patrolman Charles A. ISAACSON, of the Brownesville station, was badly cut
about the head and body and his uniform torn in stopping a runaway horse
yesterday afternoon. The animal was standing in front of 560 Blake avenue,
when it took fright and dashed off in the direction of Atlantic avenue.
The owner, A. HILLMAN, of 280 Grand street, was in the house at the time.
The horse was frightened by the blowing of a whistle on one of the elevated
At the corner of Riverdale and Vesta avenues, the policeman saw the
runaway and grasped the bridle. He was dragged over fifty feet by the
frightened brute. After being attended by Surgeon PARKER, of St. Mary's
Hospital, the policeman was taken to his home, 206 Bainbridge street.
28 June 1906
HURLS CHILDREN OUT OF WINDOW
POLICEMAN TYRELL, BY DASHING THROUGH SMOKE-FILLED HALLS,
SAVES FOUR LIVES
WOMAN JUMPS TO SAFETY
TWO YOUNG WOMEN HURT IN TWO-STORY LEAP
A kerosene lamp which exploded shortly after 10 o'clock last night in the
apartments of Mrs. Henry ASHLEY, a negress, on the top floor of 144 Willoughby
street, caused a $2,000 fire that would probably resulted fatally for at
least four people if it had not been for the heroism of Policeman TYRELL, of the
Adams street station. A passer-by discovered smoke coming from the house and
notified the policeman, who was a block away. TYRELL started on the run for the
place and was joined by Patrolman RUDDY.
When they reached the house flames were shooting out of the windows. While
RUDDY went to send in an alarm TYRELL ran into the house. It was with extreme
difficulty that he made his way through the halls, which were filled with
smoke. The tenants on the first and second floors were aroused and then TYRELL
stumbled up to the top floor, occupied by Mrs. Fannie SUMMERS and her three
small children. They were sound asleep. Waking the woman, TYRELL told her to keep
quiet and that he would take care of her three children.
The officer guided the woman to the rear window. Below was Policeman RUDDY
and some citizens. TYRELL told them to get a blanket and catch the woman as
she dropped out of the window. It was impossible to go through the halls. The
blanket was secured. The woman didn't hesitate to drop. She landed right in the
center. One of the men lost his hold and she fell heavily to the ground,
fracturing her right shoulder.
Making his way into the bedroom TYRELL took the children in his arms and
one by one dropped them out of the window into the outstretched blanket below.
They all landed safe and sound and were taken care of by neighbors. TYRELL
then rushed to the street through the halls, but in doing so was painfully burned
about the face and hands.
Anna WHITE, 22 years old, and Fannie SIMMONS, 21 years old, who lived on
the second floor, jumped from the window and both sustained fractures of right
Mrs. ASHLY when she reached the sidewalk became hysterical. All were
attended by Ambulance Surgeon SANDER, of the Cumberland Street Hospital. The WHITE
and LENNON girls were removed.
The flames were quickly conquered when the firemen arrived.
29 June 1906
PATROLMEN'S WIVES OPPOSE TWO PLATOONS
The two-platoon system was denounced at a meeting of the members of the
Patrolmen's Wives' Benevolent Association, of Greater New York, at a session
held at the Murray Hill Lyceum yesterday afternoon. The women adopted a
resolution declaring their organization was ready and willing to do anything
to help the Patrolmen's Association in the present emergency.
FIRST "COP" TO QUIT UNDER TWO PLATOONS
Patrolman Harold Lee HERRICK, of 173 Seventh street, who was appointed to
the police force September 21, 1905, resigned yesterday. He says the
two-platoon system doesn't give him enough time with his wife and child.
HERRICK gave up a $1,100 job to take one at $800 as a policeman. He was
attached to the Tenderloin station. He is the first policeman to quit the
force, giving the present platoon system as an excuse.
25 October 1906
AUTO TRIP COSTS "COP" DOYLE30 DAYS PAY
Patrolman Bernard DOYLE, of the Liberty avenue station, who on Aug 5 took a
trip in the police automobile without permission and ran into a "yap"
wagon, was fined thirty days' pay by Commissioner BINGHAM yesterday.
26 October 1906
FLORAL HORSESHOW FOR CAPT. PINKERTON
Police Capt. Alexander PINKERTON, transferred by Bingham's colossal shift
of yesterday from the Dixtieth precinct to the Coney Island station receive
a floral horseshoe of pink and red roses from his former subordinates this
morning. The horseshoe is a handsome specimen of the florist's art,
standing seven feet high. PINKERTON expects to make good at Coney Island.
There were flowers on desks in many other police stations this morning
when the captains arrived. Most of the precinct commanders moved into
their new quarters last night. In many cases the men were really sorry to
see their captains go.
30 October 1906
BULLET KILLED DOG AND LODGED IN "COP'S" FOOT
Patrolman George MYERS of the Fourth avenue station, today shot a vicious
dog which was snapping and snarling in front of 873 Fifty-fourth
street. The bullet went through the animal's head and lodged in the
"cop's" foot. MYERS was taken to the Norwegian Hospital.
5 November 1906
POLICE SERGEANTS GET ORDERS TO MOVE
Commissioner BINGHAM announced the following transfers this morning
which go into effect at 6 o'clock tonight:
Sergeant John DWYER, from Adams to Fulton street;
Sergeant Charles NICHOLS, from Vernon avenue to Williamsburg Bridge;
Sergeant James LYNCH, from Williamsburg Bridge to Vernon avenue.
There were also nine roundsmen involved in the transfer, as follows:
Edward HAYES, Prospect Park to Fifth avenue;
Thomas FOX, Fifth avenue to Prospect Park;
Willard MILLER, Hamilton avenue to Glendale, Queens;
Morris COHEN, Glendale to Hamilton avenue;
William McKONE, Astoria to Flushing;
John BARRY, Hunter's Point to Flushing;
James EDWARDS,Richmond Hill to Williamsburg Bridge;
James McCALLEY, Jamaica to Far Rockaway.
Ten patrolmen were also transferred by the same order.
13 November 1906
EIGHTEEN SERGEANTS FOR DETECTIVE BUREAU
Eighteen new detective sergeants reported for duty this morning to
Acting Captain McCAULEY, of the local detective bureau.
For the past few months Acting Captian McCAULEY has been making requests
to Commissioner BINGHAM to furnish more more for this department,
especially Italian detectives, and today is the first time his
requests have been complied with.
The new men are:
Thomas F. MURRAY, Fiftieth precinct
John J. MAHONEY, Eighty-fourth precinct
Salvatore SANTORO, Sixth precinct
Frank McLAUGHLIN, Fortieth precinct
Frank J. LISANTE, Twenty-second precinct
William A. WOOD, Thirtieth precinct
John J. QUIGLEY, Forty-fourth precinct
Francis J. CARNELLI, Eighth precinct
William A. ASIP, Fifty-first precinct
Robert W. CLARK, Fifty-second precinct
Frank J. MAGRINO, Eighth precinct
Louis ROSS, Twenty-ninth precinct
Frank HAGGERTY, Thirty-fifth precinct
John R. CROWLEY, Forty-seventh precinct
James A. DONLON, Ninth precinct
Frederick LYNCH, Fifty-fifth precinct
William WALSH, First precinct
14 November 1906
S. Brooklyn-BRAVE FIREMAN GETS CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL
Philip C. PREGENZEL, a fireman attached to Engine Company 144, Coney Island,
was called before Fire Commissioner LANTRY yesterday, and in the presence
of Chief CROKER and others of the department complimented for his bravery
in saving two lives at Coney Island. The Commissioner pinned on PREGENZEL's
breast the Congressional medal which had been awarded him by the
Volunteer Life Saving Association.
PREGENZEL, when in swimming at the Island on Aug. 2, 1904, rescued
Mrs. Annie GERAGHTY, of 3017 West Twenty-third street, Coney Island,
from drowning. He nearly lost his own life in so doing. On Aug. 23, 1905,
PREGENZEL rescued ex-Police Capt. Adolph HASSLACHER from the water off Sea Gate.
23 November 1906
Deputy Commissioner O'KEEFFE received a letter to-day from CHARLES H.TAG,in
which a check for $10 was enclosed for the Police Pension Fund.Mr.TAG said he
sent the money in recognition of the act of Patrolman J.CANTWELL,of the
Fifty-sixth precinct,who at the risk of his life,saved a woman and two
children from death at the hands of a reckless driver.
26 November 1906
THREE POLICE SERGEANT RETIRED ON PENSIONS
On their own application,three sergeants of police were retired today on
$1,000 per annum.
They were Sergeant James E.KENNY,of the Vernon avenue station,
Samuel HANCOCK,of Glendale station,and Robert HALFPENNY.
5 December 1906
On List For Captains
The new Civil Services list for police captains, good for four
years, was made known to-day. Many Brooklyn men are on the list of 282
successful candidates in the examinations. In point of service as
sergeants, three years, 66 are not eligible for promotion. The foremost
Brooklyn men on the list are:
9-----LAHEY, William J-----------------------------90.55
13----HUGHES, Edward P--------------------------89.23
17----O'CONNOR, John F--------------------------88.98
19----POST, James H--------------------------------88.79
24----MURPHY, Thomas H-------------------------88.58
28----HARRINGTON, George E--------------------88.10
34----WALDEN, George J---------------------------87.38
35----BURNS, Edward J-----------------------------87.43
41----BOURKE, Edward J.----------------------------87.30
52----TRUMOR, Joseph W----------------------------86.90
61----SHEEHAN, Patrick J.---------------------------86.63
63----DOOLEY, William J-----------------------------86.56
65----GILLER, James H.-------------------------------86.43
71----COLEMAN, William A--------------------------86.10
80----FLEMING, James E.----------------------------85.80
86----KENNEDY, James A---------------------------85.65
102---COOPER, James A-----------------------------85.25
7 December 1906
Grafting Reporter and Policeman Sentenced
Charles R. PRICE, for years Police Headquarters' reporter for the
"Daily News" and Policeman John J. BRYAN, formerly attached to the
Leonard street station, were sentenced to-day in the Court of Special
Sessions, Manhattan, to pay a fine of $250 each or twenty days in the
Tombs prison on the charge of a violation of Section No, 53 of the Penal
Code in having made a corrupt bargain, the object of which was to make
Policeman James A. DONOHUE, a roundsman for $200.
The courtroom was crowded with policemen who were interested
chiefly because Third Deputy Police Commissioner MATHOT was the
complainant. He broke into a room occupied by PRICE at 299 Mulberry
street, on May 31, and after a chase caught BRYAN.
District Attorney JEROME made a plea for clemency for both men,
saying that in the case of BRYAN he had served fifteen years on the
police force, saved human life and won a medal of honor. In PRICE's
case he said that the wife and children of the defendant and his aged
mother were the main suffers of his guilt.
The accused will appeal.
Retired Policeman Drops Dead in Home
Michael BOWE, 54 years old, of 344 Thirteenth street, was found
dead this morning by his wife, who discovered him lying on the floor in
the rear parlor of their home. Death was the result of apoplexy, from
which he has been a sufferer for two years. BOWE was a retired
policeman. He had an excellent record.
10 December 1906
O'KEEFE STIRS UP POLICE CAPTAINS
Deputy Police Commissioner Arthur J. O'KEEFE blossomed out as an energetic
orator when he addressed the captains of Brooklyn and Queens at the State
street headquarters. Mr. O"KEEFE was very much in earnest and told the
captains a few plain facts which didn't make them feel any better. The Deputy
made it plain he wanted them to attend more strictly to their duties, and
pointed out some of the evils which he wanted to remedy right away.
Mr. O'KEEFE's recommendations were as follows:
First - Captains must be more courteous to citizens in general.
Second - They must pay attention to reports and complaints.
Third - They should look over their precincts at frequent intervals.
Fourth - They should be on the watch for prize-fighting.
Fifth - They should see that theatres do not violate the law, especially as
to Sunday concerts.
Sixth - They should suppress rowdyism.
Seventh - They must make fuller and more complete reports to him and a
recommendation or two wouldn't be amiss.
Eighth - They must be just in the matter of Sunday closing of stores.
Ninth - They must be on the lookout for gambling.
Tenth - They should not plead that they cannot accomplish work without the
assistance of plainclothes men, who are not known to the persons in the
precinct whom the police are after when they never ask for such men to be
assigned to them.
11 December 1906
-Peter J. REILLY, a policeman at the Flatbush avenue station, who on Nov. 7
walked into the station house and laid his shield on the desk before the
sergeant, saying he was going to resign was before Deputy Commissioner
O"KEEFFE this morning in the trial room at Police Headquarters.
O'REILLY was asked by the Commissioner what he meant by resigning from the
force one day and returning two days after. Not receiving a satisfactory
answer he fined O'REILLY three days pay.
-Officers Christopher F. RYAN and James H. LIDDY were charged with being off
their posts and in a saloon. Each was fined ten days' pay.
-Patrolmen Thomas E. HULBERT, of the Astoria station, had his sentence
suspended after O'KEEFE learned he had performed meritorious acts of the time
of the SLOCUM disaster. HULBERT was charged with being absent three hours
after roll call.
-Although William STEVENS, of the Liberty avenue station has only been on the
police force since May he has had six complaints made against him. He was in
the court to-day for being absent from duty for twenty-six hours. O'KEEFE
reserved decision, and his dismissal from the force is expected.
-When F. E. BUCKLEY, of the Richmond Hill station, was asked why he had failed
to discover a broken fire box he presented a diagram of his beat to the
Commissioner. It showed that his beat was over four miles long and over fifty
fire boxes were located in his territory. After the Commissioner had
carefully perused the diagram he remarked to BUCKLEY: "The only way to cover
your beat is to be a bird and fly around it. I dismiss the complaint. You
may return to your station."
13 December 1906
BROOKLYN MEN LAND IN SERGEANTS JOBS
Police Commissioner BINGHAM today announced that he had promoted to the rank
of sergeant Roundsman, James CLARE, of the Amity street station, and
Detective George H. BUSBY, of the local headquarter's staff.
CLARE'S name has been on the eligible list for more than a year, but it was
said that because he had never reported a patrolman, MCADOO refused to
appoint him. CLARE explained this morning that his district was small and
that they men under him were especially capable patrolmen. He was sent to the
Stagg street station.
Sergeant BUSBY was assigned to the Parkville station.
14 April 1907
BROOKLYN POLICEMEN SHOT DOWN BY ITALIAN
As a result of an Italian row in Washington Square Park, Manhattan,
yesterday afternoon, one policeman was killed and another so seriously
wounded that his death is hourly expected.
The victims were George M.SECHLER, married, 30 years old, 302 Bridge street,
Alfred SELLICK, single, 39 years old, of 304 South Third street.
SECHLER died a few hours after the shooting in St. Vincent's Hospital, Manhattan.
The third victim was Charles VINCENZO, 19 years old, of 163 Prince street,
Manhattan. He was the innocent cause of the trouble. When he jostled
against Salvatore GOVERNALE, 25 years old, single, of 23 Cornelia
street, Manhattan. GOVERNALE became angry at the shoving he
believed was intentional and drawing a revolver began firing. Two shots
went wild, but the third struck VINCENZO in the groin.
GOVERNALE took to his heels and in his flight almost ran over Policemen
SECHLER and SELLICK, of the Mercer street station. They followed him
and were almost up to him when he turned into a dark hallway at 23
Thompson street. The Italian, crouching in the shadows could not be
seen by the policemen as they entered and SELLICK received a bullet
in the right lung. SECHLER, when he saw his companion fall, grappled
with the Italian and in the struggle was shot in the stomach. He did not
let his man go, however, and held him until other policemen arrived.
The two wounded policemen, together with young VINCENZO, were
taken to the St. Vincent's Hospital. Word was sent to police headquarters
in State street and a messenger from the Adams street station conveyed
the news to Mrs. SECHLER. She arrived at the hospital just before her
husband died. To-day at the hospital little hopes are held out for the
recovery of SELLICK.
20 April 1907
POLICE SHAKE UP--THE CHANGES MADE.
Here are the inspectors upon whom the axe fell:
William W. MCLAUGHLIN, sent from the Detective Bureau to command of
Westchester precinct as captain.
MURPHY, sent from the Eighth District of Brooklyn to command the Adams
street station as captain.
Adam A. CROSS, sent from the Borgough Inspectorship of Brooklyn to command
of the Hamburg avenue station as captain.
Donald A. GRANT, sent from the Flatbush Inspection District to the command
of the West One Hundredth street station, Manhattan, as captain.
James KANE, sent form Chief Inspectorship of Queens to command of the West
Twentieth street station as captain.
George MCCLUSKY, sent from the Second Inspection District to command of the
West Thirtieth street station, Manhattan, as captain.
John WIEGAND, from Police Headquarters, Brooklyn, to command of City Island
Stephen O'BRIEN, from Coney Island Inspection District to command of the
West Thirty-seventh street station, Manhattan.
The blow was hardest to MCLAUGHLIN, known as the "millionaire cop," who has
been head of the Detective Bureau and was sent to command a dreary
Westchester station. He has a magnificent house at 60 East Eighty-third
street, Manhattan. MCLAUGHLIN was dismissed from the force on June 10, 1895,
but reinstated a week Later.
Not long ago he was a deputy chief. Today he is back where he was a
generation ago. He still receives the salary of a deputy chief, $5,000 a
year, as does Chief Inspector Moses CORTRIGHT. So powerful, was believed to
be the position of MCLAUGHLIN that few thought BINGHAM would dare to degrade
him. MCLAUGHLIN is eligible to retire on a pension.
Adam A. CROSS, who is also wealthy, lost the important Brooklyn and Queens
berth. He was dismissed in 1903, but restored after a fight in the courts.
CROSS, it was reported, was selected at a secret meeting of the inspectors,
to represent them in Albany, but he found a way of evading this duty. Up to
the last moment his fellows believed he he would discharge his obligation,
but in his place he sent BALDWIN.
Inspector Thomas MURPHY was sent to captain's duty in the Adams street
station. He swaps jobs with George R. HOLOHAN, who is regarded as a stanch
friend of Senator MCCARREN.
The blow was more than heavy to Donald GRANT, in charge of a Brooklyn
district. Recently his son was killed by an automobile in Manhattan. He goes
to the West One Hundredth street station, across the river.
MCCLUSKY takes charge of the Tenderloin, perhaps the most responsible
precinct in the city. It is said tht BINGHAM has put him in the Tenderloin
as a final test. BINGHAM has no liking for "Velvety George."
Apart from other influencing reasons in three cases, the reduction of
inspectors was inspired by the belief it would bring about their
resignations. O'BRIEN, MURPHY and WIEGAND are eligible for retirement,
having served the required quota of twenty-five years and having attained
the age limit of fifty-five years.
WIEGAND is a veteran, but it is thought he will be ready to leave active
work on a pension. MURPHY's and O'BRIEN's resignations are also counted as
Suceeding these men deposed from their commands are: Henry BURFEIND, from
the captaincy of the West 100th street station to the First inspection
district; John H. RUSSELL, from the West Thirty-seventh street precinct to
the Second inspection district; Joseph BURNS, from the Westchester precinct
to the Third inspection district; James F. THOMPSON, from the West Thirtieth
street precinct to the Seventh inspection precinct; George R. HOLAHAN, from
the Adams street station to the Ninth inspection district; John J. O'BRIEN,
from the Hamburg avenue station to the Eleventh inspection district, and
Patrick J. HARKINS, from the West Twentieth street station to the Fifteenth
Inspection district. Inspector FLOOD succeds CROSS in charge of Brooklyn and Queens.
Moses W. CORTRIGHT remains as Chief Inspector, and the assignmants of WALSH,
SWEENEY, DILLON, HOGAN, SCHMITTBERGER, BALDWIN and George TITUS continue as before.
SLEUTHS PUT TO WORK.
The following lieutenants of the Detective Bureau were sent to Brooklyn
Joseph O'CONNOR, to the Fifth avenue station.
John F. O'CONNOR, to the Liberty avenue station.
Cornelius SULLIVAN, to the Fifth avenue station, to patrol duty.
John D. MCGUINNESS, to the Amity street station, to patrol duty.
William SAVAGE, to the Coney Island station, to patrol duty.
William H. FUNSTON was sent to the Coney Island station. FUNSTON was
assigned on several occasions to escort noted foreign dignitaries about, not
only New York City, but the country at large, among them being Prince Henry
of Prussia, Prince Louis of Battenberg and the Chinese Ambassador. FUNSTON
was a favorite with President ROOSEVELT.
Lawrence J. COLLINS, to Sheepshead Bay station.
Thomas F. BRENNAN, to the Liberty avenue station, to patrol duty.
Thomas J. MUNDAY, to the Snyder avenue station, to patrol duty.
James MCCAFFERTY will have temporary charge of the Detective Bureau, taking
the place of MCLAUGHLIN. He has a splendid record.
INSPECTOR HARKINS GETS MANY FLORAL GIFTS.
Inspector Patrick J. HARKINS, who was made acting inspector of the Fifteeth
Inspection District by Gen. BINGHAM yesterday, was at his headquarters at
Sheepshead Bay early this morning, and received numerous congratulations and
floral gifts. Last year the new inspector was captain in charge of Coney
Island, and he made a host of friends while in charge of that precinct.
KNIFE CUTS END WRANGLE OVER POLICE SHAKE-UP.
Otto REIMS, of West Fifth street, Coney Island, was held in $1.000 bail in
the Coney Island court today on a charge of felonious assault. Conrad
RUHNETEL, of East Twenty-third street, Sheepshead Bay, told Magistrate
VOORHEES that he was having a discussion with the accused early this morning
over the transfers of the police captains when REIMS drew a knife and gashed
his right cheek and cut his clothing. The prisoner denied the charge.
1 May 1907
George G. HALL, a retired policeman, died on Monday in his fifty-ninth
year. He was a resident of Brooklyn for thirty-five years. The
funeral services will be held to-night at the home of his sister, 2354
Pitkin avenue. Interment to-morrow afternoon at Evergreen Cemetery
under direction of Peter J.GEIS, of 470 Marcy avenue.
2 May 1907
POLICEMAN CRITICISED FOR ARRESTING VON HOUTEN
Saying that the arrest was a very foolish one, Magistrate FURLONG in
the Gates avenue court to-day dismissed the case against Abraham VON
HOUTEN, 21 years old, of 21 Ocean place. VON HOUTEN was arrested by
Policeman ENGLISH, of the Brownsville station, as he was walking along
Eastern Parkway, near Rockaway avenue, last night in company with a
young woman. ENGLISH claimed that VON HOUTEN was loitering and was
very impudent when told to move on.
VON HOUTEN told the court that he was seeing Miss Mildred SANDERS,
daughter of an East New York minister, to her home, having just left an
ice cream parlor, when the officer came across the street and arrested
him for no apparent reason. He then told the policeman he would like
his number, as he proposed to report him, whereupon, he says, the
policeman struck him and placed him under arrest. He was corroborated
by Miss SANDERS, who took the stand and told how she had met VON
HOUTEN, with whom she was acquainted, as she was doing an errand for
her mother. She said that VON HOUTEN had not had any words with the
officer, nor had he been loitering around.
3 May 1907
BINGHAM PICKS MEN TO BE HONORED FOR VALOR.
Police Commissioner BINGHAM to-day announced the list of men to whom
will be awarded medal for bravery.
James A. SCOTT, retired, formerly connected with the Tenderloin precinct,
stands first on the list.
Rhinelander medal will go the Patrolman Henry HEART
Bell medal to Patrolman David J. RALY
Meyer medal to Patrolman Watter [Walter?] McDOUGH
Brooklyn Citizens' medal to Patrolman Patrick J. KELLY.
Sergeants MALLEN and CASEY are named as the honor men at the Central office.
The records of the officers will be announced to-morrow.
KNIPE IGNORES COURT TO ATTEND DRILL
When Magistrate FURLONG in the Gates avenue court to-day called the
case of Police Capt. William KNIPE, charged with assault by his
15-year-old son, John, and his daughter, Grace, 17 years of age, Capt.
KNIPE was not on hand to answer to his name, nor was there any one
present to represent him. The case was held over for a few minutes to
get into communication with the captain, but when called the second
time, again there was no answer.
Court Officer CALE told the magistrate that possible the captain was
being detained by attendance at the drills of the police squads for the
coming police parade.
Magistrate FURLONG retorted sharply: "The mandates of the criminal
courts must be obeyed before any police drills are looked after. I'll
set this case over to Monday and if the captain does not answer to his
name at 9 o'clock, I'll issue a warrent for him and have him brought to
court. Case adjourned to Monday."
The testimony in the case was all in at the last hearing a week ago,
but the magistrate reserved his decision on it and was to have
delivered the decision to-day.
9 May 1907
CAPT. CROSS RETIRES FROM POLICE FORCE.
Demoted Inspector Is Suffering From Heart Trouble -- Declared Unfit.
HITCH OVER BELL - MEDAL
To Be Presented to T.J. QUILTY Instead of David J. DALY.
Police Capt. Adam A. CROSS, reduced from inspector on April 19, has
retired from the department. His retirement goes into effect on May
12. Physical disability is the cause. CROSS is suffering from heart
trouble. He called on Gen. BINGHAM yesterday afternoon and want to
quit on the spot, but on account of a mix-up in the police pay rolls,
if such was done, the commissioner prevailed upon him to wait until the
end of the week. In the interim CROSS is on leave of absence. He has
gone out of town.
Gen. BINGHAM announced to-day that he will not award the Isaac BELL
medal for bravery to Mounted Policeman David J. DALY. A letter from a
citizen stated that he has as much to do with the stopping of a runaway
team attached to a fire engine as the "cop" did. BINGHAM had a talk
with the man and that settled all doubts. Bicycle Policeman Thomas J.
QUILTY, who stopped a runaway horse drawing a cab, in which were a man
and woman, last June, at Forty-fifth street and Broadway, Manhattan,
will get the BELL medal.
13 May 1907
POLICE CAPTAIN FERRIS ASKS TO BE RETIRED.
Police Capt. J.B. FERRIS, announced Commissioner BINGHAM this
afternoon, has asked to be retired. He is at the head of Madison
street precinct, Manhattan, and has been on the force thirty-three
years. He has a summer home in Center Moriches, and his residence in
Manhattan is at 223 West 127th street. He was appointed to the old
Central Park police on Oct. 7, 1873, and was made a sergeant on Feb 7,
1883. He has been captain since January 6, 1903.
16 May 1907
"COP" RUNS AMUCK IN FULL UNIFORM
After Beating Children He Attacks Men and Women Who Make Protest.
SHOOTS AT POLICEMEN
Thumped Into Submission and Quickly Suspended.
Policeman Henry McQUADE, of the East Fifty-seventh street station,
Manhattan, was arrested shortly after 9 o'clock this morning and at
once suspended from duty by orders of Police Commissioner BINGHAM.
McQUADE after leaving the station this morning started for his home at
1918 Third avenue. Going up that thoroughfare as he neared
Eighty-third street, he saw a crowd of young boys playing on the corner.
He ran in among them, it is charged, without a word of warning and
began to kick right and left, knocking the little fellows in all
On the corner nearby stood a group of men who became indignant at the
officer's action. He was in full uniform. When he noticed these men
he staggered and seeming to select Julius TARMARIUS, 19 years old, of
520 East Eighty-third street, for his victim, grabbed him by the hair
and after hitting him in the nose with his fist, pulled out his
revolver and began to beat him over the head.
A big crowd gathered around and women began to shout, "Shame!"
This further angered McQUADE, and, giving TARMARIUS a shove, he sent
him toppling over into the gutter and turned his attention to the women
in the crowd.
At this moment Policemen KLINGEL and McMAHON, of the East Eighty-eighth
street station, arrived and went after the wild policeman.
McQUADE saw them coming and with the revolver still in his hands fired
two shots at the officers. The shots missed, and KLINGEL and McMAHON
closed in on him.
With their night sticks they did very effective work and soon felled
their brother officer. He was taken to the Eighty-eighth street
station house, where Sergeant CASEY stripped him of his shield.
CASEY then telephoned to Police Headquarters and notified Commissions
Police Surgeon GORMAN was sent to the station house and on examining
McQUADE reported him drunk.
On hearing this BINGHAM immediately ordered his suspension from the
30 May 1907
LIEUT. ZWINGMAN RETIRES FROM FORCE.
The retirement of Lieut. William J. ZWINGMAN, of the Flatbush precinct,
was announce this afternoon. He will receive a pension of $815. He
was appointed to the force in 1891.
2 June 1907
LIEUT. DULFER AN ATHLETIC "COP"
Few of those who come in contact with Lieutenant John DULFER, of the
Fifth avenue precinct, either in a social or business way, are aware
that for nearly twenty years he was an acrobat of international fame.
Lieutenant DULFER has entertained audiences by his acrobatic feats,
both in the country and abroad. Under the name of Herman, he formed
a partnership with two other acrobats, also known as the Hermans,
and the three toured this continent and Europe, playing some of the
largest amusement places in both countries. DULFER, who was born in
Germany, is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg. Long before
leaving college he showed an aptitude for athletic work, and while
he studied there his athletic feats were the talk of the town. When
he came to this country, he became associated with the Hermans, and
the first performance the young acrobats gave was at the old Academy
of Music, Manhattan. The trio then went to Chicago, where they
performed at the La Salle Theatre. DULFER then left the Hermans and
went to Europe touring the continent in company with another acrobat
with great success. He returned to America and joined the Police
Department. Lieut. DULFER served in the Brownsville precinct the
greater part of his police career. He was recently transferred to
11 June 1907
POLICE SEEK EX-CAPTAIN FOR RUNNING ROULETTE
James GANNON, once a police captain, now knows how a man feels when
he realizes that the cops are after him. They're after GANNON now,
but can't get trace of him. GANNON, when dismissed for failure to
suppress a disorderly house in the Manhattan Tenderloin, opened a
saloon at Twenty-ninth street and Sixth avenue. For some time it has
been suspected that gambling was carried on in the place. A raid was
made last night. The police found a double roulette wheel and a
quantity of chips. GANNON slipped away during the raid.
The police arrested the bartender , Patrick DACEY, charging him with
being a "suspicious person with gambling paraphernalia on the
Another gambling raid was made on a four-story house in West
Twenty-sixth street, where the police got three men besides
recovering a roulette wheel and table, and a faro layout. The
prisoners said they were Joseph COYNE, "Fred" CARTER and John
MATHEWS, a negro.
COYNE was charged with keeping and maintaining a gambling house and
the other two men, the negro being the doorkeeper, were charged with
aiding and abetting COYNE.
Detectives also made a raid on two alleged disreputable houses. One
was in Thirty-third street, between Sixth (cut off).
17 June 1907
Four Police Lieutenants Transferred By Bingham
Commissioner BINGHAM to-day transferred Lieut. Richard BERKELEY
from the Sixteenth precinct to the Seventy-seventh;
Lieut. Peter CARTER to Inspector FLOOD's office;
Lieut. Alfred THOR from the Seventy-seventh to the Sixteenth, and Lieut.
Thomas FLANNERY from the Twenty-sixth to the Twenty-seventh precinct.
19 June 1907
Ten Policemen On Carpet
There was a short calendar at the trials at Police Headquarters
yesterday afternoon. Deputy Commissioner O'KEEFFE had only
twenty cases to dispose of, and about half of these were
adjourned for one week. No heavy fines were imposed, all the
charges, except two, were trivial.
The exceptions were the cases of :
Patrolman John HANSON of the Ralph avenue station
According to Captain COONEY, HANSON was absent from the
station house without leave for five days. When the five days were
up HANSON sent his shield to the station house, saying that he
was sick of the job and resigned. Deputy O'KEEFFE recommended
has dismissal from the department.
Patrolman Joseph J. MCCAFFERTY, of the Bergen street station.
The charge against MCCAFFERTY was that he was absent twenty-
four hours from the station house without leave, and when he showed
up and was asked the cause of his absence, it is alleged, he said to
Lieut. Burke: " Ah, cut it out! To h___ with it!" and threw his shield on
the desk." Are you sick of your job now, MCCAFFERTY? " asked
" No," answered the patrolman, " I was disgusted that morning, but I
have changed my mind since."
Deputy O'KEEFFEE didn't know exactly what to do with MCCAFFERTY.
He asked Capt. MAUDE if MCCAFFERTY was a drinking man, and the
Captain said he never appeared at the station house under the influence
of liquor." I will look into the case," said Deputy O'KEEFFE, "and see what
I will do with you, MCCAFFERTY, but I don't think you will amount to much
in the department, as you don't seem to have any ambition. I will reserve
decision in your case.
The other eight patrolmen tried were fined one day each for slight infractions
of the rules.
TATTOOMARK THAT ISN'T
John J. FLOOD, a young lieutenant attached to local police headquarters, to-day
thanked his lucky stars that there were no tattoo marks on his right arm, for if
there had been he might have had considerable diffuculty proving that he was a
single man. Even as it was the young sleuth put in a nervous half hour.
It all happened this way:
FLOOD, who is considered one of the Beau Brummels of the Detective Bureau,
was given an assignment by Capt. MCCAULEY to watch for pick pockets on
Fulton street. As FLOOD was standing at Smith and Fulton streets about 10:30
a young woman, very much excited, rushed up to him and, grabbing him by the
arm, shouted: " I have you at last, you wretch! You will desert me and our baby!"
This was a poser for FLOOD and he told the woman that she must be crazy;
that he had never seen her before and she must be mistaken. But the woman
would not be pacified and clung to him, exclaiming that she wanted him to come
home. As a large crowd had gathered by this time, FLOOD told the woman that
if she didn't stop bothering him he would arrest her, as he was a policeman
and didn't know her." Well arrest me, if you wish; but I will never let you go
after searching for you for a year," answered the woman. As there seemed to be
no alternative, and the woman becoming more boisterous, the lieutenant took her
to police headquarters. There she told Capt. MCCAULEY that FLOOD was her
husband and had abandoned her and her two-year-old child,Mabel, in Newark
a year ago. "I have been looking for him ever since and I saw him for the first
time since he left me, this morning on Fulton street;and I was bound not to let
him get away.Things were looking pretty bad for FLOOD and he protested to
Capt. MCCAULEY that he never saw the woman before and that there was no
truth in her statement that he was married to her. Just as Capt. MCCAULEY
was on the point of believing the woman's story she said: " I would know him
in a thousand, and to prove that I am not mistaken he has a star tattooed on
his right arm near the elbow. With a sigh of relief FLOOD whipped off his coat
and rolled up his sleeve and disclosed his arm, on which there were no mark
of any kind. " Well-well-well!" exclaimed the young woman. " I guess I have made
a mistake, and I am awfully sorry that I accused an innocent man;but, Mr. FLOOD,
you do look a whole lot like my husband. FLOOD told her that he didn't mind but
he. was awfully glad that he didn't have a star on his arm. The woman said she was
Mrs. Winifred MURPHY, of 1236 Broad street, Newark. Lieut. FLOOD is said to be
engaged to a most estimable young lady of Flatbush.
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2 February 1909
Sargt. DONOVAN Transferred
Joseph J DONOVAN of 151 Garfield Place, who was recently promoted by
Commissioner BINGHAM to the rank of sargeant, has been transferred from the
Prospect Park station to the Fourth Avenue station. This morning his
associates at the park presented to him a floral horseshoe.
19 February 1909
POLICE CAPTAIN IS SUED
MEN ARRESTED AS "SUSPICIOUS PERSONS" WANT $5,000 EACH.
CAPTAIN GALLAGHER REFUSED TO ACCEPT BAIL TAKEN BY JUDGE MCINERNEY.
MEN WERE DISCHARGED.
Police Captain Bernard GALLAGHER of the Amity Street station has been
served with summons and complaints in two suits brought against him by
Charles K TERRY, counsel for Patrick McNAMARA of 98 Baltic Street, and
James O'NEILL of 116 Baltic Street, each of whom want $5,000 on account
of alleged false imprisonment. The case will be of particular interest
to the police, because it deals with the question of arrests of "suspicious
persons." There is no offense known to law which gives warrant to
the arrest of people because they may be "suspicious persons," yet almost
every twelve hours there is some person arrested somewhere in the city
on that charge, and so the charge is placed down in the police blotters.
In the case of McNAMARA and O'NEILL it is said they were arrested on
suspicion (sic) of having some connection with the theft of coffee from some
of the storehouses in the Amity Street police district. They claim that they
had no knowledge of such a thing, but were locked up as "suspicious persons."
Some of their friends secured the aid of Justice McINERNEY of the Court of
Special Sessions and he accepted bail. As is usual in such cases, the bond
was kept by the justice's clerk and a receipt was placed in the hands of the
friends of the imprisoned pair to be presented to the police of the precinct, who
usually surrender the prisoner or prisoners. In this case, it is alleged, Captain
GALLAGHER declined to accept Justice McINERNEY's order and said that he did not know
Justice McINERNEY, or that he was a justice of the Special Sessions.
That, at least, is the contention of the plaintiff's (cut off).
1 MARCH 1909
POLICEMAN SMITH WAS NOT MURDERED
Police Thomas SMITH'S death on Saturday night was due to an accident, so
headquarters detective declare, after an investigation. It is held SMITH was
not murdered by toughs, but fell down a flight of stairs in the rear of 295
Bridge street during an attack of vertigo.
SMITH lived at 136 Fourth avenue. His daughter, Mary, 18 years old, is
blind, and two of his sons, Joseph and James, are not in the best of health.
He was 51 years old and had been a policeman for twenty-three years.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock under direction of
Undertaker FARRELL, of 101 Third avenue.
1 March 1909
YOUNG POLICEMAN IS TODAY A HERO
Policeman Edward MACHEL, 22 years old, of 34 Hausman street, who is
attached to the Greenpoint avenue station, proved himself a hero yesterday
afternoon when at the risk of his life he attempted to stop a runaway horse,
which dashed down Monitor street just when that thoroughfare was crowded with
children coming from Public School 110.
Today the young policeman, who has been in the department not quite a year,
is lying at his home in a critical condition, suffering from internal
MACHEL is detailed to the school post in the afternoon. School 110 is one
of the largest in the city and has an attendance of 2,000 pupils. It is the
duty of the policeman to see that the youngsters get across Nassau avenue
safely. Yesterday afternoon just as the scholars were pouring from the
building a big bay horse attached to a provision wagon standing in front of a
grocery store at Russell street and Nassau avenue, during the absence of the
driver, became frightened at a passing car and ran away.
The animal tore along Nassau avenue and turned into Monitor street, MACHEL
ran up the street, allowing the horse to come alongside of him, and made a
leap, grabbed the bridle and clung to it. The horse kicked the policeman in
the groin. Although in terrible pain the plucky bluecoat tightened his grip
on the bridle and was dragged along for more than a hundred yards.
Just as his weight began to tell on the horse, the wagon collided with
another vehicle coming in the opposite direction. MACHEL was thrown between
the two wagons, and the wheels passes over the prostate body. He lay on the
street for about a minute before he was picked up unconscious by two teachers
and carried to a nearby drug store. From there he was taken to his home,
where he is being attended by the family physician.
When MACHEL was thrown to the street the horse detaching itself from the
wagon, ran a half mile to Graham avenue and Frost street, before being
stopped. In continuing its wild course the horse knocked down two school
children. They were not hurt.
30 March 1909
SIX RETIRED CAPTAINS AND THEIR RECORDS
The six captains retired yesterday afternoon by Police Commissioner
Ernest LINDEMANN, of the Richmond Hill station, appointed on the force
Nov. 25, 1874. At that time he was 27 years old. He was promoted to roundsman
Feb. 10, 1877, sergeant on June 22, 1890, and captain on July 8, 1902
John W. PARRETT, of the Atlantic Avenue station, appointed a patrolman on
Aug. 20, 1880. He was 34 years old then. He was promoted to roundsman on Mat
11, 1894, to sergeant on Oct. 8, 1895, and made a captain on Oct. 31, 1905
William CRUISE, of the Lea Avenue station, appointed a patrolman March 20,
1873. He was 28 years old at the time. He was made a roundsman on May 25,
1880, a sergeant Dec. 3, 1889, and a captain Oct. 31 1905
Patrick SUMMERS, of the Fourth Avenue station, appointed to the force Feb.
10, 1878. He was 29 years old at the time. He was promoted to roundsman on
Jan. 8, 1887, sergeant May 1, 1888, and made captain Sept. 17, 1902
John W. WORMELL, recently detailed to the Central Office, was appointed on
Sept 27, 1866. He was 29 years old at that time. He was originally appointed
on the Metropolitan police force and served there three years and six months
and six days. He became a roundsman in 1870, a sergeant in 1875, and on Oct.
31, 1905, he was made a captain.
John COONEY, of the East Sixty-seventh Street station, Manhattan,
appointed on Aug. 11, 1870. He was made a roundsman in 1882, a sergeant in
1887, and a captain in 1900.
3 MAY 1909
BELITTLES "COP'S" PLAINT THAT HE WAS PUNCHED
Policeman John MCTERNAN of the Amity street station was lectured by
Magistrate GEISMAR in the Fifth avenue court to-day when the "cop" made
charges against James FAGAN and Owen MCKENNA, both of West Foty-third street,
Manhattan. The men were arrested on the elevated platform at Fifth avenue and
Sixteenth street. MCTERNAN showed his face, which he said came in contact
with the fists of the two men. One cheek was a little reddened. For
disorderly conduct each prisoner was fined $5 and the policeman's assault
charge was dismissed.
12 May 1909
POLICEMEN MAKE THRILLING RESCUES AS HOUSE BURNS
NOFSKY and KELLY, of Stagg Street, Carry Invalid City Marshal From Blazing
Frame Building at 122 Graham Avenue.
Child Thrown From Third Story Window Caught by " Cop. "
Families Escape Over Roofs and are Helped Down Fire Escapes, Reserves Hold
Excited Crowds in Check, No One Knows Origin of Blaze.
A half dozen daring rescues, in which Policemen NOFSKY and Kelly, of the
Stagg street station, and a number of fireman attached to Engine Company 58,
which was first to respond to the alarm, were exciting features of a
spectacular fire that swept through a four-story frame building at 122 Graham
avenue early today.
Conspicuous bravery was exhibited by the two policeman, who, in addition
to smashing in the front door of the burning edifice and warning several
families to hasten to safety, carried City Marshal Harry STURTZ, who was
confined to his bed with pleurisy, out through a front window on the first
The most remarkable saving of life was accomplished by NOFSKY, who turned
from his efforts in behalf of the sick city marshal in time to catch little
Lindy SCHREIBER, as her body was plunging downward from the third floor of
the building, whence her father, in a frenzy of fear and desperation, had
thrown her. At the imminent risk of breaking both his arms, the " cop "
braced himself and waited with arms outstretched as the little girl,
screaming, fell into them with terrific force.
NOFSKY was standing on a narrow ledge outside the windows on the first
floor when the girl's scream attracted his attention. He barely had a
fraction of a second 's time in which to grasp the situation. When the girl
crashed down upon him both went down on the ledge, but neither was hurt to
any extent. But for NOFSKY'S heroic and remarkable action the child would
have met instant death on the pavement below.
EXCITEMENT IN NEIGHBORHOOD
The blaze created the wildest excitement in the neighborhood, which is
thickly populated by Jews. A crowd that overran the sidewalks across the
street from the fire grew to such proportions that it became almost
unmanageable, and the reserves from the Stagg street station, under Capt.
HUGHES, were called upon to keep the excited onlookers in check beyond the
The fire was of unknown origin. The first intimation of it reached two
citizens, whose names could not be learned, who while waiting for a car,
heard the cries of "Help" and "Fire," They looked up Graham avenue and saw a
big four story frame building wrapped in smoke and ran to a nearby box and
turned in the alarm. Policeman NOFSKY and KELLY were around the corner when
they heard the bell of the fire-alarm ring and hurried to Graham avenue.
" COPS " WARN TENANT
The policemen smashed the front door of the building and flames and smoke
poured out into the street. The hall and stairway was a mass of flames and
the "cops" fought to get upstairs. Seeing their efforts were in vain they
rushed next door to 124 Graham avenue, broke open the door and ran up the
roof. This house is one story higher then the one in which the fire was, so
the policemen dropped from it to the next roof. They smashed the skylight and
warned the families on the top floor and then proceeded to the first floor,
where they found City Marshal Harry STURTZ was laid up with pleurisy.
Wrapping the invalid man in blankets NOFSKY carried him to the front
window, crawled along the ledge on to a small shed over the store of 124
Graham avenue and brought him to safety. NOFSKY then heard a shrill cry from
above and saw the body of a child falling through the air. He braced himself,
and at the risk of breaking his arms caught the form of a little girl who
proved to be Lindy SCHREIBER, whose father, Isidor SCHREIBER, had temporarily
lost his mind, seeing he was trapped by fire, and hurled the little girl out
of the window.
The families living on the top floor, Hyman WESHNER, with his wife and
three children, and Mendal SCHUPER, with his wife and four children, escaped
to the roof and made their way through the adjoining house to safety, Isidor
SCHREIBER and his wife, and Thomas CRYSTAL, with his wife and two children,
on the third floor, were carried down the rear fire escape by the two
policeman and fireman attached to the hook and ladder company 58, captained
by CLOONEY, who were the first to respond to the alarm.
The ground floor of the building was occupied by the Samuel WARSHAVSKY'S
furniture store which was nearly totally destroyed. The damage is estimated
at about & 3000, and the loss of life was only prevented by the quickness of
The fire was soon under control and was in charge of Battalion Chief
LANGDON until Deputy Fire Chief BURNS arrived and directed the work of the fireman.
2 January 1910
NICHOLAS CARROLL, for tewnty-five years a member of the police force,died at
his home,216 Twentieth street,Friday night,after a weeks illness.He was born
in Brooklyn,and was the son of MARGARET and the late JOHN CARROLL. A widow,
two sons and two daughters survive.A solemn mass of requiem will be sung for
the repose of his soul to-morrow morning at the Church of St.John the
Evangelist, after which interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery,
FERDINAND F.SULLEY, of 684 Fifth avenue, has charge of the funeral arrangements.
RICHARD P.McGANN,son of MARY and the late RICHARD McGANN,died Friday at his
home,821 Sterling place,of heart trouble.He was in his thirty-seventh
year,and was for many years engaged in the hotel business with his father.His
father was a police sergeant before he went into the hotel business.Mr.McGANN
was well known in the Eighteenth Assembly District,and a member of many
social and fraternal organizations. He was a follower of JOHN H.McCOEY, the
present County leader. He is survived by his mother and five brothers, JOHN
T,a patrolman; JAMES D,who is connected with the Bureau of Franchises.
WILLIAM C,a lawyer formerly connected with the office of CHARLES H.HYDE;
HARRY E,a lawyer with the firm of McCLOSKEY,BELFER &FLASH; and PETER.L,a
contractor. A solemn mass of requiem will be celebrated at 9:30 o'clock,
tomorrow morning at St.Teresas Church and burial will be made in Holy Cross Cemetery.
1 May 1910
POLICEMAN VAN HUTON'S HEROIC RESCUE WORK
Barren Island, the place of smells, which takes the city's refuse into
the maw of its disposal plant and transforms it into fertilizer, was
yesterday afternoon the scene of another disaster that resulted in loss of
life and wholesale injury. An explosion of steam pipes in the plant of the
New York Sanitary Utilization Company scattered boiling oil, refuse and heavy
pieces of iron and steel in all directions.
Anthony CARDITZ, 21 years old, was so badly injured he died an hour
after being removed to St. Mary's Hospital, Kitrian LEXCOSAT, 19 years old,
is in St. Mary's hovering between life and death, and John SORVONA, 27 years
old, is in Kings County Hospital, his condition equally as serious.
In addition to the men most serously injured fully a score suffered
more or less from the accident. John WATERS, 32 years old, was badly scalded
about the body; Carl HOGG, 44 years old, was burned about the head and body;
Matthew HUBBARD, 40 years old, a negro, was burned about the head and
Patrolman Isaac VANHUTON, of the Carnarsie police station, was cut on the leg
while trying to pull a heavy piece of machinery off CARDITZ. The "cop"
risked his life to help the wounded man, as CARDITZ was held under a heap of
wreckage. In trying to remove him VAN HUTON dislodged some of the debris and
it came tumbling down on him.
The severity of the explosion can be judged by the fact that two large
portions of the roof of the building in which the trouble occurred were blown
hundreds of feet away into Jamaica Bay. Hugh pieces of metal that had formed
a part of condensers or of the plant's digestors were blown equally as far.
The explosion was heard for miles around and at the time a boat from the
harbor patrol was near the island. Acting Captain MCKEOWN was in command and
immediately made a landing. Together with the members of his crew he
assisted many men out of the wrecked building. He also telephoned to
Brooklyn for assistance, and soon ambulances from Bradford Street, St. Mary's
and the Kings County Hospitals came clanging up to Carnarsie Landing.
CARDITZ and the other badly injured men were conveyed across the bay in the
patrol boat and hurried to the hospitals. Surgeon O'KEEFE burried away with
CARDITZ and LEXCOSAT to St. Mary's Hospital; Surgeon ELLSBACH took SORVONA to
Kings County Hospital, and Surgeon BEST, of Bradford Street dressed the
injuries of the men who did not need to be removed.
What caused the explosion is not known. It is thought, however, some
of the steam pipes entering a condenser were weakened through constant usage
and unable to stand the heavy strain to which they are subjected. An effort
was made to get a statement from the officials of the utilization company
following the explosion, but they refused to talk.
Great excitement prevailed on the island following the explosion. The
members of the families of the men who worked in the plant hurried to the
scene from all directions and it was with difficulty that many of the
excitable Polish women could be restrained from entering the place when they
could not find those they sought.
Capt. DULFER, of the Canarsie station, with a squad of his men,
reached the scene as soon as he could cross the water. They quieted the
panic-stricken men and women and helped care for the injured. Patrolman
VANHUTON was with this squad and proved to be the hero. When his leg was
injured he bound knotted handkerchiefs around the limb so as to stop the flow
of blood from the lacerations, and then continued his efforts to get CARDITZ
from beneath the machinery that was crushing out his life. Patrolman William
MATTHEWS also performed good work and rescued several men.
4 May 1910
POLICEMAN JOHN FARLEY DIES FROM PNEUMONIA. After being confined to his home
less than four hours, Policeman John FARLEY, of the Greenpoint Avenue
Station, died early last evening of pneumonia. Dr. MCLEOD, who attended
Farley, said his death was one of the most sudden he had ever known, although
declaring the policeman must have attended to duty under a great strain for
some time. From 8 o'clock Monday night until 2 o'clock yesterday morning
FARLEY was on post. He was supposed to return for duty at 2 o'clock
yesterday afternoon and about 10 minutes before that time reported to Captain
COLEMAN and asked to be excused for illness. The man's ashen face convinced
the local police head that he was in a bad way and he sent him home.
FARLEY went to bed and from that time until he died Dr. MCLEOD was in
constant attendance. He did all that he could for the policeman, but,
without avail, and he passed away with his faithful wife and children at his
FARLEY was 38 years old and during his term on the force had always
been regarded as a brave and efficient policeman. He had the respect of all
the citizens of the section.
The Greenpoint station was thrown into great gloom by the announcement
of FARLEY's death. All of the men who can possibly be spared will attend the
funeral, which will be held either tomorrow afternoon on Friday morning from
his late home at 11 India Street.
6 May 1910
There will be twenty-four divisions in the police parade on May 14
over the usual route in Manhattan, and twenty-three more honor men will take
part. Particular distinction is given to Patrick MCMAHON, of the Charles
Street station, who a year ago entered the basement of the building 404 West
Street, Manhattan, to remove a package of dynamite. The dynamite exploded
and McMAHON was an invalid for seven months.
The other new men in the honor company will be :
Lieut. John F. DWYER,
Sergeants James NARNEY
John P. TAAFFE;
James A. MULROY,
William A. GAVAGAN,
David J. FOLEY,
Washington I. HEGEMANN,
George E. KINGSTON,
Valentine R. RAYNOR,
Elmer J. KELLEY,
Charles L. MCKIE,
Frank E. FUREY,
John T. MCANDREWS
David E. HAPENNY.
Commendation is given twenty-six patrolmen, three mounted policemen,
two detectives and two sergeants. the names of seventy-eight men appear on
the list of those who have performed "excellent police duty."
The parade will form at Astor Place and Lafayette Street. Thence it
will pass to Broadway, north to Twenty-third Street, east to Madison Avenue,
north to Fortieth Street, west to Fifth Avenue and then south to the
reviewing stand in Madison Square.
The police dogs will be led in the parade. There will also be members
of the Harbor Squad, the Bridge Battalion, the Marine Signal Corps, the
Telegraph Bureau, the Motorcycle and Bicycle squads, the patrol wagons and
the mounted men.
8 May 1910
COMMENDATION FOR THIRTEEN OFFICERS
Next Saturday the police parade will be held from Astor Place and Lafayette
Street to Broadway, to Twenty-third Street, to Madison Avenue, to Fortieth
Street, to Fifth Avenue, to Madison Square, where Mayor GAYNOR will pin
medals on the twenty-three honor men who head the parade. There are four
Brooklynites to be honored. They are:
Patrolman James A. MULROY, of the Bergen Street station, who after
being shot by an Italian, pursued him and assisted in his capture at 288
Fourth Avenue, on Oct. 14, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas BURNS, also of Bergen Street, who aided in capturing
the Italian after Mulroy was shot.
Patrolman Valentine R. RAYNOR, of Hamilton Avenue Station, who made a
number of rescues at a fire at 211 Columbia Street on April 10, 1909.
On the list for commendation are three Brooklynites:
Sergeant Joseph A. BETZ, of Herbert Street station,
for stopping a runaway horse at Humbolt and Herbert Streets on May 5, 1909.
Sergeant Michael WALSH, of Adams Street station, for rescues at a fire
at 251 Court Street, on Oct. 9, 1909.
Patrolman Owen COMISKEY, of the Bergen Street Station, for stopping a
runaway horse at Seventh Avenue and Second Street, on May 28, 1909.
Patrolman John DOLAN, of Prospect Park station, for stopping a runaway
horse in Coney Island Avenue, on July 11, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas J. NOSKY, of Stagg Street station, for rescues at a
fire at 122 Graham Avenue, on March 12, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas J. CARROLL, of Miller Avenue station, for stopping a
runaway horse at Broadway and Lorimer Street, on Oct. 15, 1909.
Patrolman Joseph P. HOYNES, of Coney Island Station, for stopping a
runaway team in Surf Avenue on Jan. 29, 1909.
Patrolman Frank J. BROSSMER, of Grand Avenue station, for stopping a
runaway team in Atlantic Avenue, on Aug. 27, 1909
Patrolman Clarence VINING, of Fourth Avenue station, for saving two
children from drowning in Sunset Park on Jan 24, 1909.
Patrolman Charles M. EAST, of Lee Avenue station, for rescuing a child
from fire at 41 Lorimer Street, on Aug. 9, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas F. LAFFEY and John J. MOONEY, of Butler Street
station, for rescues at a fire at 251 Court Street, on Oct. 9, 1909.
Here are the Brooklyn men who have performed excellent police duty:
Sergeant Archibald MCCAULEY, of Stagg Street station, action at fire
at 189 Manhattan Avenue, on October 11, 1909.
Sergeant John S.E. MCNAUGHTON, of Prospect Park Station, for stopping
a runaway horse in the park on Aug. 5, 1909, and one in Nostrand Avenue on
Sept. 15, 1909.
Sergeant William H. THOMPSON, of Parkville station, for stopping a
runaway horse in Thompson's Walk, Coney Island, on Sept. 13, 1909.
Bicycle Policeman John C. LASS, of Sheepshead Bay station, for
stopping runaways in Ocean Parkway, during July, 1909.
Bicycle Policeman John E. CONE, of Fifth Avenue station, for action at
fire at 547 Fourth Avenue on May 25, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas J. CARROLL, of Hiller Avenue station, for action at a
fire at 189 Manhattan Avenue on Oct. 11, 1909.
Patrolman Ernest R.F. JHMKEN, of Gates Avenue station, for stopping a
runaway horse in Bedford Avenue on Jan. 7, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas F. SMITH, of Parkville station, for the arrest of a negro in
Flatbush Avenue on May 22, 1909.
Patrolman Charles GIFFORD, of Hamilton Avenue station for action at a
fire at 116 Van Brunt Street, on Aug. 31, 1909.
Patrolman James J. KELLY, of Gates Avenue station, for action at a
fire at 411 Sumner Avenue, on Nov. 2, 1909.
Patrolman John COULTER, of Liberty Avenue station for stopping a
runaway horse at Park Place and Bedford Avenue, on May 31, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas F. MULLANEY, of Gates Avenue station, for an arrest
at Lewis Avenue and Kosciusko Street on Jan. 1, 1909.
Patrolman Joseph LYNCH, of Flushing Avenue station, for stopping a
runaway horse at Myrtle and Clermont Avenues, on Oct. 27, 1909.
Patrolman James DOLLARD, of Herbert Street station, for attempt to
stop a runaway horse at Grand Street and Graham Avenue on June 27, 1909.
Patrolman Charles S. HERTING, of Flatbush Station, for stopping a
runaway horse at Flatbush Avenue and Kings highway on May 19, 1909.
Patrolman Claude M. SMYTHE, of Fort Hamilton, for an arrest at 8924
Fifth Avenue on Sept. 3, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas F. QUINN, of the Hamburg Avenue station for action at
a fire at 965 Broadway on June 10, 1909.
Patrolman Thomas SHANESSY and Theodore SNEDEKER, of Bedford Avenue
station, for an arrest in Grand Street, on Dec. 2, 1909.
Patrolman James A. CODY, of Bergen Street station, for stopping a
runaway in Amity Street on July 3, 1909.
Patrolman Robert WOOD, of Grand Avenue station, for stopping a runaway
horse at Greenpoint Avenue and Franklin Street on Dec. 23, 1909.
26 May 1910
NINETEEN 'COPS' FACE WALSH ON CHARGES
Nineteen policemen were before Trial Commissioner WALSH at the State
Street headquarters yesterday on charges of violating the rules of the
department. Decision was reserved in most of the cases.
Arthur A. ROBINSON, Jr., of the Astoria Station, assaulted a citizen
on May 29 and failed to make an entry in his memorandum book. The
complainant was Inspector Thomas J. KELLY. Decision was reserved.
Charles EISELE, of the Vernon Avenue station, used profane language to
a citizen on April 6. Complainant, Inspector Patrick J. HARKINS. Complaint
John P. WERLE, of the Clymer Street Station, absent from post, failing
to make entry in his memorandum book and failed to prevent breaking of glass.
Complainant Capt. Stephen O'BRIEN. Adjourned.
Lieut. Thomas F. KANE, of the Bergen Street station, failed to send
report about complaint against policeman to Police Commissioner.
Complainant, Capt. Bernard J. HAYES. Decision reserved.
John W. DONALDSON, of the Brownsville station, absent from roll call 2
A. M., April 3, reporting at 3:30 A.M. Complainant Lieut Patrick BRADY.
Charles H. HAYES, of the Hamburg Avenue station, absent from post on
April 2. Complainant Sergt. James E. MCGRATH. Decision reserved.
William A. HENREHAN, of the Grand Avenue station, in conversation with
a citizen on April 2. Complainant Lieut. John J. WOOD. Decision reserved.
Albert A. MORRISON, of the Fifth Avenue station, failed to make arrest
in accident case on April 2. Complainant Lieut. Richard J. HANSBERY.
Frederick HANSEN, of the Astoria station, absent from precinct and
riding on train on April 4. Complainant, Sergeant Frank C. STONE.
Thomas CARROLL, of the Coney Island station, absent from school on
April 3, complainant, Sergeant George F. MENEGAY. Decision reserved.
Godfrey L. JENSEN, of the Sheepshead Bay station, absent from post and
in restaurant on adjoining post on April 2; complainant Sergeant Frank
KENNEY. Complaint dismissed.
Harvey J. KIEFER, of the Miller Avenue station, absent from post on
April 3, complainant Sergeant Joseph KAISER. Reprimanded.
Edward U. KEEGAN, of the Miller Avenue station, absent from post on
April 9; complainant, Sergeant Edward MILLER. Decision reserved.
Samuel A. PINNEL and Samuel SILVERSTEIN of the Fulton Street station,
did not properly patrol post on April 6; complainant, Sergeant John WILSON.
Michael HORAN, of the Bergen Street station, failed to patrol post on
April 7; complainant, Sergeant James J. SHEEHAN. Decision reserved.
Leonard J. PRESTON, of the Fifth Avenue station, absent from post and
in store on April 6; complainant, Sergeant Frank J. KUNIE. Reprimanded.
Walter S. CHAPMAN, of the Brownsville station, absent from outgoing
roll call on March 12, reporting on March 24; complainant, Capt. Isaac FRANk.
10 July 1910
PATROLMAN OWENS TOSSED ASIDE IN MAD RACE AND HURT
Dragged more than a block by a madly dashing horse, Detective Joseph DONELON,
of the Brooklyn Bureau, clung to the animal's neck until he had brought it to
a stop within one hundred feet of police headquarters today.
DONELON, although tossed about by the animal in its efforts to free itself of
the burden, which was stopping its wild run, escaped with hardly a bruise.
The horse was attached to a light wagon owned by the Somerset Laundry of 478
Bergen Street. Frank MORAN, the driver, had left it in front of 328 Jay
Street, near Willoughby, to make a delivery.
The clanging of the fire gong at Fire Headquarters, half a block away
frightened the animal and it started toward Fulton Street. It had not gone
fifty feet before it was hitting its highest speed. Witnesses who saw the
animal approach Fulton Street say it was going at close to a two minute clip.
Patrolman Arthur OWENS, of the Adams Street station, was at Fulton and Jay
Streets, on his way to the station house. He made a dive for the horse's
head, but by a sudden turn the animal cleared the bluecoat and continued on
its way. OWENS recovered his balance, and caught the tail board as the wagon
went by. He was just swinging up as the wagon hit the car tracks on Fulton
Street and lurched sideways. OWENS' hold was broken and he was thrown into
the gutter, landing on his left side.
The horse continued on its way. At Livingston Street it crossed in front of
a Third Avenue trolley car, just grazing the fender by inches. Detective
DONELON was crossing Schermerhorn Street when he heard the clatter of hoofs
behind him. One glance showed him the situation. Running to the middle of
the street, he jumped and caught the horse around the neck. Swinging his
feet from the ground he put all his weight in bending the animal's neck.
At State Street he was able to turn the horse into the gutter and bring it to
a stop against a trolley pole.
OWENS had picked himself up and followed the animal. He had sustained
numerous bruises and contusions and an ambulance was called from the Brooklyn
Hospital. Dr. PABST found him suffering from a sprain of the left wrist,
contusions of the elbow, and shock. He dressed the man's injuries, and OWENS
was sent home. The horse and wagon were not damaged.
Lacerations of the forehead were sustained yesterday afternoon by Sergeant
Edward J. MCGANN, 45 years old, of 368 Gates Avenue car at Throop Avenue.
MCGANN is attached to the Gates avenue police station. He was attended at
St. John's Hospital, reported sick and left for home.
SWAN IS EXTRADITED FOR KIDNAPING SON
Joseph W. SWAN, 47 years old, of 69 Hancock Street, Everett, Mass., who is
charged with kidnaping his six-year-old son, Robert, from his divorced wife
in Boston in May, 1908, and going to Brazil, where the two had been for the
past two years, was taken to Boston today.
SWAN is anxious to get back to Boston, and said yesterday had the police not
arrested him here he would be in Boston now. He said he left Rio Janeiro
with full knowledge he would be arrested just as soon as he set foot ashore,
but he made up his mind to see his mother, who is now in her eighty-sixth
yar, and very feeble, no matter what the cost. SWAN believes Massachusetts
justice will be lenient with him owing to the fact that he notified the
Boston police before sailing from the South American port that he was about
to embark for this country.
13 July 1910
"Between a lieutenant with a soft voice, a sergeant who gets hot and a
problem in fractions, what chance has a patrolman got?" queried Trial
Commissioner WALSH at Police Headquarters today during the hearing of the
charges against Patrolman Patrick F. HOGAN, of the Bergen Street station.
HOGAN was charged by Sergeant James J. SHEEHAN with being absent from the
crossing at Public School 47, Dean Street near Third Avenue, at noon on May 25.
"Were you absent from the crossing?" asked Deputy WALSH.
"Sure, I wasn't even on that post," replied HOGAN.
Then he explained he was told to cover one post and part of another until a
certain time, when he was to take still another post. He did not understand
that the post including the school crossing was assigned to him.
Sergeant SHEEHAN said he thought the patrolman might have misunderstood the
orders. He explained that the lieutenant who turned out the platoon that
morning had a very soft voice. Lieut. Thoms F. KANE is the soft-voiced policeman.
SHEEHAN further explained he had covered the school crossing for an hour
and five minutes and was very hot when he g??? HOGAN the complaint.
Commissioner WALSH reserved decision.
Policeman Patrick J. DONOVAN, of the Bedford Avenue station, added his name
to the list of lifesavers early today, when he recued eight persons from a
burning building at 305 Wythe Avenue. DONOVAN was badly burned about the
face and hands in making the rescues and had to be attended by an ambulance
The "cop" had been on strike duty at the Havemeyer Sugar Refinery and
shortly before 9 o'clock this morning was relieved. While walking through
Wythe Avenue, on his way to the station house, he saw the cobbler shop, kept
by John PASSANTE, on the ground floor of the three-story double brick
tenement, at 305 Wythe Avenue, ablaze. DONOVAN kicked at the door of the
shop to arouse PASSANTE.
PASSANTE occupied the rooms in the rear of his shop. He lives there with
his wife and three children, and his mother and two sisters. DONOVAN
continued to kick the door until it broke open. He was met by a rush of
flames and smoke, but forced his way through them to the rooms in the rear of
In the first room he found PASSANTE's mother and her two daughters. They
were all unconscious from the effects of the smoke. The "cop" groped his way
to the bed, and finding the three persons unable to help themselves, he
placed the old woman and her youngest daughter under his arms and carried
them to the street. DONOVAN then returned to the room and took the other
daughter to a place of safety.
DONOVAN made his way into the burning rooms for the third time. He found
PASSANTE and his wife in a semi-conscious condition, attempting to make their
way to the street. Mrs. PASSANTE had her a 4-months-old child under her arm.
As the "cop" entered the room, Mrs. PASSANTE fell to the floor, unable to
make her way any further. DONOVAN took the woman and her child to the
street. When DONOVAN reached the street he was suffering greatly from
inhaling smoke and was hardly able to stand. Nevertheless he again entered
the building when he learned from Mrs. PASSANTE her other two children were
still in the burning building.
On his hands and knees DONOVAN again groped his way into the rooms of the
PASSANTE family. He crawled to the rear room and reaching over the bed
pulled the two children to the floor. He then dragged them to the street.
While making his way from the room with the two children DONOVAN was badly
burned about the face and hands.
It has been PASSANTE's custom to place a lighted candle on a small table
near his bed each night. Last night his sisters put their celluloid hair
combs on the table near the candle and it is believed by the police that
during the night PASSANTE in turning knocked over the candle and set the
combs on fire.
When the other tenants in the house were aroused by the noise DONOVAN made
in kicking in the door, they rushed from the house panic stricken. They were
so frightened none of them went to the "cop's" aid in rescuing the members of
PASSANTE's family. When they learned the house was on fire the excited
Italians began wailing and crying.
An alarm of fire had been sent in, but the firemen were so hampered by the
excited Italians they could not work until after the arrival of the reserves
from the Bedford Avenue station, who cleared the streets. The fire was
extinguished after doing damage amounting to $1,000.
Capt. DOOLEY made a special report of DONOVAN's bravery.
28 July 1910
Lieut. Ladlslaus STRANSKY of the Ralph avenue police station was called
before Deputy Commissioner REYNOLDS yesterday afternoon to explain why
he had confined a citizen in a cell over night. The complaint was made
by Inspector HARKINS.
Edward MC AVEY, of 242 Patchen avenue, was taken to the station house on
the night of May 31 by Harry OSBURN, proprietor of a private detective
agency, and one of his men, Ridgewood PHILIPS. They charged MC AVOY
with petit larceny. STRANSKY detained him until next morning, at which
time he was taken to a magistrate's court in Manhattan and held for
MC AVOY had been employed by the Metropolitan Hardware Company. He is
alleged to have taken articles from his place of business.
After hearing the testimony of the two detectives and MC AVOY, all of
whom claimed they had been spoken to very harshly, Lieut. STRANSKY
admitted he had detained MC AVOY on the complaint of the detectives.
Commissioner REYNOLDS, after lecturing the detectives, reserved decision.
The charges against Policeman Thomas F. MC HAFFY of the Hamilton avenue
station were dismissed after the testimony of half a dozen witnesses had
been heard. Commissioner REYNOLDS finding the evidence insufficient to
convict. MC HAFFY was charged with arresting a Mrs. BRANDLES without
cause. This was his first charge of any account during the twenty years
he has been on the force. Several other minor cases were heard and the
complaints in many instances were dismissed.
Thomas BYRNES of the Fulton street station was fined one day's pay for
reporting too late at the Classon avenue station to take a prisoner to
court. He said the alarm clock failed to "alarm".
21 January 1916
DELINQUENT POLICE PLACED ON PROBATION
Deputy Police Commisioner Leon S. GODLEY conducted trials of police
delinquents today in Poplar street headquarters. The cases disposed of were:
Thomas F. DUNN, Lee avenue station, improper patrol, decision reserved
George MADLER, Amity street, seen coming from a bakery, five months probation
William J. MC CORMICK, Liberty avenue, improper patrol, two months probation
James T. FAGIN, Classon avenue, improper patrol, five days suspension
William MC CLARY, Adams street, standing in restaurant, five months probation
John F. CANTELL, George W. HOLLAND, Matthew E. BONGARD, George D. HAMMOND,
Walter J. MOLAN and John J. MC KELLOP.all of Parkville precinct, absent from
patrol and relieving posts, all put on two months probation
Christopher GROTE, Ralph avenue, standing in cigar store, two days suspension
Henry J. BOLBERG, Ralph avenue, standing in vegetable store, three months probation
John MCKAY, Jamaica precinct, sitting in police booth with hat and coat off,
two days suspension
Andrew WIELAND, Ralph avenue, improper patrol, two days suspension
John J. PATTON, Ralph avenue, improper patrol, four days suspension
William J. TJARKA, Fourth avenue, improper patrol, decision reserved.
9 February 1916
Searching For Burglars, Policeman Falls 20 Feet
Policeman KEMMER of the Bedford avenue station, early to-day heard sounds
in a factory building at 74 North Ninth street. He effected an entrance,
and with the aid of his flashlight proceeded to investigate. The flashlight
gave out while he was in the building and he fell down an open elevator
shaft into the cellar, twenty feet below.
A passerby heard his groans, and called another policeman, who found KEMMER
in agony. Dr. JAKOFF of the Eastern District Hospital was called and KEMMER
was found to have a dislocated hip, lacerated face and bruises about the body.
He was taken home.
15 June 1918
PATROLMAN BROSNAN RESIGNS TO JOIN ARMY
Edwin D. BROSNAN, of 381 Third street, a patrolman attached to Traffic D, and
for years stationed at Fourth and Flatbush avenues, has resigned from the
Police Department to accept an appointment as second lieutenant in the United
States Army. He is temporarily assigned to Newport News.
He is the son of John BROSNAN, a clerk of the Supreme Court, a veteran of the
Civi War and holder of a Congressional medal for bravery. The newly
appointed lieutenant is a veteran of the Spanish-American War, in which he
was sergeant of Company C, of the Fourteenth Regiment.
One brother, John BROSNAN, Jr., is now in France attached to the Medical
Corps. Another brother, William Leo BROSNAN, is a first-grade detective
attached to the Sixth Branch and is well known in and around Borough Hall.
8 July 1918
AHEARN - On Sunday, July 7, 1918, Patrolmen Patrick F. AHEARN, of the 99th
Precinct, N.Y.C.P.D. Beloved husband of Mary C. Kennedy AHEARN. Relatives
and friends are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, 172
Jefferson Ave., on Wednesday, July 10, thence to the Nativity R.C. Church.
Interment at Calvary Cemetery (Baltimore papers please copy.)
Patrolman Patrick Francis AHEARN, born in the Thirteenth Ward, Manhattan,
the son of Owen and the late Hannah Lenihan AHEARN, died yesterday, after
several weeks' illness, at his home, 172 Jefferson Avenue. He was appointed
to the police force on Jan. 26, 1905, and had been stationed the greater
part of the time at the Flushing Avenue Station. He was a member of the
Patrolmen's Mutual and Benevolent Association and the Church of the
Nativity, where mass of requiem will be celebrated on Wednesday. In
addition to his father he is survived by a widow, Mary C. KENNEDY; one son,
Francis; three daughters, Florence G., Marguerite V. and Marle; three
brothers, Dennis F., William and Eugene, and three sisters, Mrs. Anthony
MILLER, Miss Margaret AHEARN and Mrs. Charles HETRICH. Interment will be
made at Calvary Cemetery under direction of William Dunigan & Son, of 201
18 October 1918
POLICEMAN MORGAN DEAD; SHOT OVER YEAR AGO
Policeman Michael J. MORGAN, attached to Inspector McDONALD's personal
staff at Brooklyn Police Headquarters, died today at his home, 294 Pulaski
street, after a few days illness of pneumonia, the result of influenza. he
is survived by his mother.
Policeman MORGAN, on June 26, 1916 disguised as a sailor and after
bootleggers, was shot in the stomach by Frank BURROWS, who was later sent by
Justice CROPSEY to State Prison for six and a half years. As the result of
the wound, MORGAN was confined to the hospital for four months. The bullet
was never extracted.
Policeman MORGAN received special commendation for the Police
Commissioner for his daring and for his courage in holding on to his
prisoner despite the fact that he was wounded. He was known as a man always
ready and a man to whom no duty was too dangerous to handle. He was 29
26 January 1919
IN MANHATTAN AVE. COURT
Trial Commissioner John J. WALSH took a departure from his usual course
of procedure in the police trials before him at local headquarters to-day, and
instead of the light sentences and reprimands he generally administers to
offenders, he became severe, fining many guilty "cops" from one to five days' pay.
One case which occupied much of the time during the morning and was
carried over to the afternoon is that of Patrolman Freerick R. FITZGERALD. Acting
Capt. GALLAGHER, his commanding officer, charges him with failure to make an
arrest for violation of the liquor tax law in the saloon of Thomas J. HIGGINS,
172 Court street, at 3 A. M. Dec 25; also for destroying property in the same
place, for making an arrest without cause, and for making a false statement in
the Butler street station the same morning. The "cop" arrested HIGGINS on a
charge of robbery and the complaint was dismissed in the Butler street court.
FITZGERALD was represented by Lawyer James W. RIDGWAY.
Sergeant Michael McGUIRE, of Glendale, was fined three days' pay for
failing to procure a new overcoat as directed.
Doorman George F. DORACH, Richmond Hill, was fined one days' pay for
failing to report at Inspector KELLY's office promptly and then coming in citizen'
Frank WRIGHTMAN, Bedford avenue station, was found in a restaurant on his
post at 8:25 A. M. Jan. 15, by Lieut. CULLUM. He had been on the force ten
years and in the last seven years has not been "up" on a single charge. He
escaped with a reprimand.
James T. BRADY, Gates avenue station, was found by a sergeant in a fruit
store on his post on Jan. 10, when he was supposed to be patrolling a crossing
in front of Public School 44, Throop and Putnam avenues. He was docked five
Commissioner WALSH asked Sergeant TOMPKINS, the complaining officer in
the case against Policeman Eugene FRANKLIN of the Butler street station, if it
were true that he went into a candy store to mail a letter on Jan. 9, as the
"Yes, Mr. Commissioner," he replied. "He had the letter all right, but
there was also a mighty pretty Miss behind the counter." FRANKLIN was
August 30 1919
Patrolman William PEPPER, of the Bathgate ave. Station, the Bronx, has been
awarded a Congressional medal for conspicuous bravery in saving 2 boys from
drowning, Aug. 28th, 1918.
The lads, Milton SMITH, 12 and Howard SCHAUB, 14, neither of whom could swim
much, ventured out in Long Island Sound off Throggs Neck, beyond their depth.
The policeman heard their screams and pulling off his shoes and coat jumped
in. He brought them both ashore afer a hard struggle.
22 January 1922
Martin J.SOMMERS- a patrolman for the past twenty-four years,attached to
Ninety-second Precinct, died yesterday at his home, 23 Russell street, at the
age of 49 years. He is survived by his widow, Sadie; his mother, and two
brothers. He was a member of Patrolmen Behevolent Association, Municipal
Police Mutual Association, and member of Admiral Schley Naval Squadron,16.
United Spanish War Veterans. The funeral services will be held at 2 P.M.
Saturday. Interment under police and Spanish-American War escort, will be at
7 October 1922
Capt. Martin J. ROWE, commanding the Wilson Avenue stations is away on his vacation.
Lieut. CONNORS is acting captain during his absence.
Patrolman August RUEDI of the Wilson avenue station is the "Beau Brummel" of
the Bushwick section according to the bluecoats of the Wilson avenue precinct.
Patrolman William DEHNKERT, attendant at the Glendale station is busy filling
in the ground in the front of the stationhouse.
Patrolman Richard E. DALTON, attached to the Traffic Squad E, has not been
seen around the Ridgewood court in weeks. Dalton is a terror to all who
violate the highway laws in Richmond Hill.
Lieut. Henry EBERT, attached to the Glendale station is back from a vacation
spent motoring in Canada.
Patrolman William F. MAHONEY, of the Wilson Avenue station, spent his
vacation at home.
Patrolman BIERMAN attached to the Glendale station is going to take the next
examination for sergeant according to reports.
Patrolman Frederic YOUNG, of Glendale station had his hands full early the
other morning when a trolley car jumped the rails and plunged into a cigar
store in Ridgewood. After extricating the victims. YOUNG send a
call for an ambulance.
Sergt. Charles MAURER attached to the Glendale station is one of the best
like bosses in the department. It is said that MAURER has never filed
a complaint against any of his men.
Detective Sergt. Michael STIENLE of the Eleventh Branch Detective Bureau,
is back on the job again after enjoying a honeymoon up-State.
Patrolman George SWEENEY, who for many years did detective work in the
Eastern District, is now attached to the Stagg street station.
Detective Charles BATTALORA, of the Clymer street station is still
bring them in. Last week he arrested three men for grand larceny and
one for felonious assault.
21 October 1922
Sergt SCHIEFFER, attached to the Wilson avenue station, is some orator,
according to is associates.
Sergt. Charles MAURER, attached to the Glendale station, is one of the
best liked bluecoats in the department.
Patrolman Henry FORST, of the Wilson avenue station, is one of the old
Vernon avenue men and is well known in the Broadway section, where his post
Detectives Leonard WOODLE and James DRUM, of the Wilson avenue station,
recovered some automobile accessories stolen from a garage in the precinct
the other morning.
Sergt. Arthur WAGNER was received with open arms by the attaches of the
Wilson avenue station the other day, when he reappeared for duty after an
absence on sick leave.
Lieut. Rudolph E. SCHALLOW, the smiling desk man at the Wilson avenue
station, is one of the most studious men in the department.
Mounted Patrolman Edward RECKMAN of the Glendale station appeared at the
Ridgewood Court the other day with his right arm in a sling. He refused to
Dick DALTON, of Traffic E, one of the athletic policemen of Queens, has
begun training to compete in the police games in Madison Square Garden in
Lieut. Thomas CLANCY, of the Jamaica station has returned to his desk
after a pleasant three weeks vacation, most of which he spent with his family
in Richmond Hill.
15 September 1923
POLICE CAPT. QUINN HONORED AT DINNER BY HIS ASSOCIATES
Police Captain Edward J. Quinn was the guest of honor
at a dinner given to him at Mechanics Hotel, Coney
Island, on Sept. 7, by Inspector Sackett and the staff of
the Eighth Inspection District.
That the officers and patrolmen held Quinn in the
highest esteem was demonstrated in the course of the
evening when Lieut. Hugh O. Wunsche, the toastmaster,
referred to the guest of honor and presented the speakers.
In behalf of the staff, Inspector Sackett presented
to the Capt. Quinn a solid gold cigarette case, which the
men felt would properly care for the good brand the
captain smokes.The Inspector said he was very sorry to
lose the services of the captain. He regarded him as one
of the most efficient ever assigned to an inspection
Deputy Inspector August Kuhn also spoke in eulogy
of the new captain, and he was followed by Capt. Oscar
Himmell, of the 76th Precinct; Capt Lawrence Patterson,
of the 68th Precinct; Capt William Sullivan, of the 70th
Precinct; Lieut. Adam McMullen and Lieut. Bernard Rorke.
A feature of the evening was the response in behalf
of the patrolmen made by Patrolman George Leonard,
who is the delegate in the Patrolmen's Benevolent Assoc.
from the 70th Precinct. Leonard is assigned to Inspector
Those who attended the dinner appeared in civilian
clothes. Capt. Quinn became a member of the deparment
in 1902 and was promoted sergeant seven years later. He
was promoted to lieutanant in 1913 and was a lieutenant
in charge of the work of the Police Reserve for some time.
He became a captain on Aug 29.
The patrolmen present were: John F. Allen, Thomas
J. Craddock, John J. De Witt, William H. Beake, John J.
Haslach, William F. Kenny, James M. King, Peter F. Lamb,
William A Lau, Frank C. Lemmon, George R. Leonard,
Patrick F. Monahan, Leo R. Parks, George R. McGill,
Charles A. Stone, George J. Treubert, Max Wolif (?).
Acting Capt. Patrick BREDY, from 72nd Precinct to 95th
Precinct, assigned to duty as captain.
Lieuts. Denis R. HOURIGAN, from 37th Precinct to
6th Inspection District, assignment to desk duty continued.
John CASEY, from the 6th Inspection District to
37th Precinct, assignment to desk duty continued.
Sgt. Julius WEINER, from Detective Div. to Headquarters Div,
designation as Acting Detective Sgt,2nd Grade, revoked.
Acting Detective Sgts--Second Grade--
from Detective Div to Headquarters Div, designation as Acting Detective Sgts.,
2nd Grade, revoked:
William A. Best,
William R. Black,
John J. Hutton,
Patrick J. Walsh,
Delancy C. Miller,
Alexander F. McCabe,
John D. McGahan,
William S. Hart,
Michael J. Moore,
Walter E. Cloonan,
John F. Winters,
Christopher F. Reilly,
Chester A. Hagen,
Dennin M. Coogan,
Edward G. Morris,
Edward A. Campbell,
Howard V. Conway,
Thomas J. Heaney,
James A. Connors,
William L. Rehahn,
William C. Tyndall,
John D.L. Gough.
Edward N. Taylor,
Edward C. Schoell,
Joseph D. Quinn,
Charles P. Wilhelm,
James H. Redmond,
Richard A. Helwig,
James E. O'Brien,
John C. McGuire,
James S. Thorpe,
John T. Gegan,
Ralph G. Dunham,
Joseph A. O'Donnell,
William J. McCahill,
Henry A. Mellon (?),
Denis F. McClunn,
Thomas F. Leahy,
Joseph P. Cunneen,
Patrick J. Flynn,
Joseph Van Vort,
Henry J. Schrieber,
Henry J. Goodwin,
George M. Peebles,
Thomas F. Lynch,
William P. Dolan,
Thomas P. Williams.
Lieut. Bernard GAFFNEY, from 51st Precinct to 31st
Precinct, assignment as Special Duty officer continued.
Dennis H. MITCHELL, from 21st Precinct to 23rd Precinct.
Michael F. SULLIVAN, from 23rd Precinct to 21st Precinct.
John T.J. MAHER, from 31st Precinct to 51st Precinct,
assignment as Special Duty Officer continued.
John BRIDGROOM, from 72nd Precinct to Traffic Precinct A,
assignment to mounted duty continued.
Lieut. Peter McGUIRK, from 26th Precinct to 8th Inspection District,
assigned to desk duty, assignment to signal monitor duty discontinued.
Acting Detective Sgt--Second Grade--
John J. BARRY,from Detective Div, Main Office Div, to 31st Precinct,
designation as Acting Detective Sgt 2nd Grade revoked.
Capt. Patrick J. RANDLES, Detective Div, on his own
application, at $2,000 per annum. Appointed March 5, 1896.
Lieut. Daniel MORIARTY. 9th Inspection Dictrict, on his
own application at $1,650 per annum. Appointed April 5, 1895.
Patrolman Patrick J. McAREVEY, Traffic Precinct A,
on his own application, at $1,440 per annum. Appointed Oct 12, 1897.
The following Probational Patrolmen have qualified
at Patrolmen were appointed and assigned as indicated:
Samuel GOLDMAN, 15; James B. JOHNSTON 1;
Joseph V. LEONARD, 91; Frank J. MURPHY, 83rd.
FULL PAY WHILE SICK
The following applications for full pay while on
sick report are approved:
Patrolman Michael J. Oates, 45th Precinct;
James McElroy, 45th;
Joseph Mansfield, 53rd;
John P. Stafford, 53rd;
Thomas J. Kiloran, 56th;
Terrance B. Donelon, 57th;
William Coperwitch (?), 57th;
John Anglin, 65th;
Henry Moler (?), 74th
Many expressions of regret were heard on
Tues. night, when news that Lieut. Daniel MORIARTY,who had been doing
"aviation" duty in the 9th Inspection District, had retired from the
department. Dan, as he was familiarly known to his "boys", was formerly in
charge of the old 12th Detective District, with head-quarters in the old
Vernon Ave. station.
In the absence of Capt. David KANE, of the Ralph Ave. station, who is
spending his vacation touring the the State, Lieut.Charles F. GALLAGHER
is in command of the "Tenderloin" precinct of the borough. Like his commander,
the genial "acting captain" spends most of his time patrolling the precinct.
Detective James J. GOVERN of the 11th Detective District, is rapidly
becoming the "Hornsby" of the police department. Jim keeps plugging day
and night, with the result that he is among the leaders with a fine
batting average of arrests and convictions.
Detective Sgt. Albert J. FARRINGTON and his man "Friday", were observed
questioning seven men who were seated in an old automobile in Gates Ave, near
Tompkins, on Tues. morning. After seeing credentials, FARRINGTON and BEYER
were convinced they were not "stick up" men, and they were allowed
to proceed with the work of reading gas meters.
Detective Walter SEIMS of the Wilson Ave station has a prize poodle dog
in his home on Linden St. Wally declares he is to enter the dog in
the show for a prize during winter months.
Patrolman Thomas JOHNSTON, of the Gates Ave station, is wearing a new
pair of "specs". The new glasses make the fourth pair Tom has tried in the
last few months. Gradually he is getting closer to the "Lloyd" type and
the boys at the "summer home" are awaiting the next set.
The officers on duty in the 95th Precinct are anxiously awaiting a visit
from their old commander, Capt. William H. SULLIVAN, who was recently forced to
retire because of the age limit. Billy was considered an "ace" among his
subordinates and they all are hoping that is succeeding in his new undertaking.
Detectives James J. MURPHY and Joseph FENNELLY, of the Atlantic Ave
station, were kept on the "hop" recently when they found a baby abandoned
in a nursery on Herkimer St. The infant was a "dead ringer" for the
missing Lillian MacKENZIE, and it was several hours before the parents of
the kidnapped infant were convinced that it was not their child.
Looked promising for a time.
7 September 1923
INSPECTOR COUGHLIN ILL
Inspector John D. COUGHLIN of the Detective
Bureau, Police Headquarters, is confined to his
home at 1195 Boston Rd, the Bronx, by an attack
of grip. Inspector COUGHLIN for many years was
the head of the Brooklyn detectives and he figured
in many important cases.
8 September 1923
PATROLMAN HURT; SHOOTS PRISONER BOTH IN HOSPITAL AFTER SCUFFLE
OVER POLICY SLIPS
While making an arrest shortly before noon today,
Patrolman Frank J. ERTOLA of the Third Inspection District,
shot Joseph WILLIAMS, 30 years old, colored, of 239 West
141st street, Manhattan, in the stomach. WILLIAMS was charged
with selling policy slips.
Patrolman ERTOLA, who is married and lives at 113 Lincoln avenue,
Jamaica was hurt in the scuffle with his prisoner.
He was thrown to the sidewalk and suffered a dislocation of
the right elbow. Both men were taken to the Harlem Hospital.
They are not in a serious condition.
29 September 1923
SERGEANTS FAVOR POLICE-FIRE RAISE.
CHEVRON MEN GO ON RECORD AS
SUPPORTING $2,500 SALARY
At a regular meeting of the Sergeants'
Benevolent Assoc., held at Terrace Garden,
recently, the following resolution was unanimously
Resolved; That the Sergeants' Benevolent
Assoc. of the Police Dept. , City of New York, do
hereby unanimously approve of the action of the
Patrolmen's Benevolent Assoc. of the Police
Department in submitting to the voters of the greater
city the question as to whether patrolmen of the first
grade should not be granted a sarlary of not less than
twenty-five hundred dollars ($2,500); and be it further
That the Sergeants' Benevolent Assoc. do hereby
place themselves on record as being willing to co-operate
with the Patrolmen's Benevolent Assoc. and all other
bodies or organizations likewise interested with a view
to bringing about the successful adoption of said amend-
ment to the Constitution of the State of New York; and
be it further resolved,
That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the
records of the Sergeants' Benevolent Assoc., another
copy be sent to the Patrolmen's Benevolent Assoc.,
and a copy be given to the press.
Sergeants' Benevolent Assoc.
WALTER W. JOYCE, President
CHARLES W. FLOOD, Secretary
FUTURE PROMOTIONS AMONG POLICEMEN
Promotion to sergeant...Police Department:
James BREE, 91.22
Christion L˜lÔfMMER, 91.22
Charles R. BEACH, 91.22
Franklin S. TRAVER, 91.22
William F. COULTER, 91.20
Charles J. STUCKLE, 91.20
George O. MORRISON, 91.20
John DALY, 91.20
Martin CONNEELY, 91.17
James J. ELLIS, 91.15
William C. J. STRUTZENBERG, 91.12
Eddie BRADY, 91.10
John P. DONNELLAN, 91.10
A. SCHLIPF, 91.10
Anthony STIEFVATER, 91.10
Charles E. QUEITZSCH, 91.10
Thomas F. GIBNEY, 91.10
W.C. SCHFARZ, 91.10
Promotion to Lieutenant---Police Dept:
Michael J.A. GLEESON, 85.52
Daniel J. O'SULLIVAN, 85.52
Frederick A. LOWE, 85.50
Joseph KOUBSKY, 85.40
Patrick S. HICKEY, 85.37
John ROONEY, 85.37
Charles F. VOSBURGH, 85.30
Daniel J. PRENDERGASF, 85.30
Amander O. HAYES, 85.30
Louis HYAMS, 85.27
James J. SHEEHY, 85.27
Robert H. McGILL, 85.25
Francis J. KEAR, 85.25
17 OCTOBER 1923
POLICE DEPT. ORDERS
Police Commissioner Richard E. ENRIGHT yesterday
issued these orders affecting Brooklyn and Queens
members of the Police Dept.
Patrolmen pensioned on Police Surgeons'
Edward LOUGHLIN, Snyder Ave station, $1140 per annum
Richard M. McKENNA, Greenpoint station,$580 per annum
John CLANCY, Greenpoint station, $1140 per annum
Michael J. BRENNAN, Newtown station, $710 per annum
Leaves with pay:
Deputy Inspector John KELLY, of the 13th Inspection
district, Queens, for 2 days, from Oct 17, to be
deducted from vacation
Sick Leave Granted:
Patrolman Alexander C. RUSSELL, of the Classon Ave
station, for 60 days from Oct 13
Fined on Charges:
Patrolmen John P. KENNEDY, Fort Hamilton Station,
Aug 2, absent from out-going roll call, two days
Charles MARTENS, Sheepshead Bay station, July 26,
loitering and in conversation with patrolman, 1 day
Charles MEISENZAHL, Brooklyn Ave. station, August,
failed to promptly return to precinct from court,
Sidney B. WALKER, Snyder Ave station, Aug 6, absent
from post, 2 days
Morris SCULLY, Snyder Ave station, Aug 16, absent from
reserve duty, 2 days
John GILROY, Atlantic Ave. station, July 27, absent from
post, 2 days
George FERGUSON, Poplar St. station, July 23, absent
from reserve duty, one day
John SAYWELL, Poplar St. station. July 5, absent from
inspection of uniforms and equipment, 1 day
July 23, absent from reserve duty, 1 day
Louis H. MEERBOTT, Ralph Ave station, July 18,
improper patrol, 2 days
John C. PFAU, Wilson Ave. station, May 28, failed
to be properly uniformed, 1 day
May 28, made false statement to captain, 3 days
Frank A.SHEA, Wilson Ave station, Aug 13, wore collar
of coat unhooked, one-half day
James McAVOY, Lee Ave. station, June 22, improper
patrol, left post without permission, 5 days
Leo J. NADOLSKI, Bushwick Ave., Aug 7, absent from
post, 2 days
Herman W. TORRENCE, Bushwick Ave station, July 23,
absent from outgoing rollcall, 1 day
Michael J. GEOGHAN, Bedford Ave station, June 1,
absent from special reserve duty, 1 day
Anthony P. SPINNINGER, Bedford Ave. station, Aug 14,
absent from post, signalled from wrong box, 2 days
Christian FRITZGER, Herbert St station, Aug 15, absent
from post, 2 days
Daniel A. WALSH, Greenpoint station, Aug 8, improper
patrol, 1 day
Mark McTIGUE, Flushing station, Aug 6, removed dept
bicycle from precinct without permission, 1 day
Henry W.O. ROENICH, Flushing station, Aug 5, failed
to take motorcycle from precinct garage to street
before starting motor, 1 day
William A. GORDON, Glendale station, Aug 8, Glendale
station, Aug 8, absent from reserve duty, 2 days
George ROSCHER, Richmond Hill station, absent from
post, seated in garage, hat and coat off, apparently
asleep, 5 days
Suspended Without Pay
Frank MULLANEY, Classon Ave station
Edward TRACY, Wilson Ave station
15 February 1926
SAVING TWO LIVES, POLICEMAN IS HURT
Ehlinger Rescues Mother and Child Hit by Trolley.
Patrolman Emil EHLINGER, of Wilson avenue station, saved the lives of
a mother and her son to-day and was himself painfully injured by a
trolley car which was about to run them down.
EHLINGER was on traffic duty at Belvidere street and Broadway,
guarding children crossing that intersection on there way to P.S.
24, a block away. Mrs. Tilly COHEN, of 57 Sumner avenue, with her
son, Irving, 6 years old, started to cross near where EHLINGER was
standing and did not see a Reid avenue trolley car approaching.
The trolley was close on mother and son when EHLINGER jumped forward
and pushed them off the tracks, throwing both down on the street, but
out of the path of the car, which struck him a glancing blow and
knocked him down. An ambulance surgeon treated all three for bruises
and lacerations. Mrs. COHEN and her son went home and EHLINGER
reported sick and went off duty.
27 February 1926
EX-PATROLMAN REITER FORFEITS $1,500 BAIL
Two bail bonds, amounting to $1,500, furnished to secure
the release of ex-Patrolman Peter RIETER, of 5202 Fourteenth
avenue, charged with having burglar's tools and narcotics in his
possession, were forfeited in Flatbush court late yesterday
afternoon when REITER failed to appear for examination.
The bonds were furnished by Joseph SHEIBEL, of 455
RIETER was arrested about a week ago by Patrolman
BERNSTEIN of Parkville station at the door of a synagogue
at Fifty-second street and Fourteenth Ave.
POLICE TRANSFERS AFFECT MANY HERE
Official Order From Manhattan Headquarters Shifts
Brooklyn Members of Force.
An official order issued at Manhattan Police Headquarters
is effective to-day. It concerns the transfer and temporary
assignments of many Brooklyn members of the force.
Patrolmen-Michael F. MALONEY, Bath Beach, to Traffic A, Manhattan.
Lawrence O'CONNELL, Fourth avenue, to West 123rd street, Manhattan.
Edward C. CONE, 4th ave, to 2d Division, Manhattan, assigned to plain clothes.
Francis X. MALONEY, Flatbush, to West Thirtieth street,Manhattan.
John F. MARRIMAN, Grand avenue, to Flushing.
Rudolph C. HOFFMAN, Brooklyn avenue, to West 123rd street, Manhattan.
John A. LOVETT, Stagg street, to Corona.
Robert H. WOOD, Greenpoint, to West Thirtieth street, Manhattan.
Paul DILLON, Flatbush, to Ralph avenue.
Sergeant Patrick J. MURNANE, Lawrence avenue to Thirteenth Division,
Public Office Squad, to duty in office of the U.S. Attorney,
Hoboken, for fifteen days.
Patrolman Charles E. FIELDS, to office of Inspector Post, Vernon avenue,
to duty in plain clothes.
Patrolman Walter V. AMBRAZ, to office of Inspector Post, Vernon avenue,
to duty in plain clothes.
Patrolman Harry W. GOODALE, Classon avenue, to duty in raided premises squad,
for eighteen days.
From commands indicated to Tenth Division, Traffic:
Christian H. WALDECK, Coney Island:
Alexaner H. QUILLAN, Lawrence Avenue;
John GERRITY, Hamilton avenue;
Frederick C. GOCH, Bath Beach;
George W. LENNON, Brooklyn avenue.
Thomas HEMINGWAY, Lawrence avenue, to Eleventh Division, assignment to
duty in Automobile Bureau continued.
Patrolman Alfred E. HUGHES, Canarsie, to Thirteenth Division Public Office Squad,
to duty in office of the U.S. Attorney, Manhattan.
From commands indicated to Thirteenth Division, Division of Transportation,
to duty in Automobile Repair Shop.
John J. MURPHY, Bath Beach;
Walter T. MANLEY, Fourth avenue;
Victor J. BIEBREY, Fifth avenue;
Hugo KROMBOLZ, Brooklyn avenue;
Daniel C. MALONEY, Flatbush;
John J. FISCHER, Canarsie;
Jacob A. WAAG, Prospect Park;
Phillip D. MILLER, Liberty avenue;
James C. CONWAY, Brownsville;
John A. O'CONNOR, Poplar street;
Arthur L. ZUCK, Ralph avenue;
John BREITENBACH, Jr, Ralph avenue;
William BARENFANGER,Ralph avenue;
William G.WEBER, Ralph avenue;
James J. McCONNELL, Poplar street.
Patrolmen Daniel F. LEARY, Grand avenue;
Charles MENNINGER, Lawrence avenue, to Thirteenth Division, Division of Transportation.
Patrolmen Michael RADIGAN, Fort Hamilton;
Robert K.RICHARDSON, Prospect Park;
John W. CREAMER, Lawrence avenue, and George GRANGE, Clymer street,
all to the Thirteenth Division, Building and Repair Bureau.
Patrolman Thomas McNAMARA, Ralph avenue, to office of Property Clerk,
Poplar street headquarters.
Patrolman Joseph ENGLERT, Ralph avenue, to office of Propert Clerk, Manhattan.
Patrolman John CROZIER, Brownsville, to office of Chief Inspector, Manhattan headquarters.
Patrolmen James G. CLEARY
Patrolmen James E. DEVINE, Wilson avenue, to office of Deputy Chief Inspector,
assigned to duty in plain clothes, Manhattan.
Patrolman Ernest T. ENKE, Ralph avenue, to office of Chief Clerk, Manhattan,
assigned to clerical duty.
Patrolmen Joseph I. COONA, Greenpoint
Patrolmen John C. PFLEIDERER, Lawrence avenue, to office of Chief Clerk, to
duty at Old Record Room, Manhattan.
9 May 1928
Capt. MILLER Dies after Operation:
Police Capt. Willard MILLER, in command of Liberty Avenue Station, died last
night in St. Mary's Hospital, from the effects of a mastoid operation,
performed last Thursday.
Born in Brooklyn in 1874, Capt. MILLER was appointed to the Police Department
on Dec. 15, 1896. He rose steadily in rank and about a year ago, when there
was a shakeup at Liberty Avenue Station, Inspector Lewis J. VALENTINE
appointed MILLER an acting captain and placed him in charge of the precinct.
Shortly afterward his appointment as a captain was approved.
Taken ill some weeks ago, he was recently taken to St. Mary's Hospital and
last Thursday, Dr. DELLEY, his personal physician, performed the mastoid
operation. Although the operation appeared to be successful, Capt. MILLER
never regained consciousness. he lingered in a coma until last night, when
he died quietly and suffering no pain.
He is survived by his widow, Mary E. RYAN-MILLER, two children, Willard F.
and Winifred C., his mother, two sisters and one brother.
Services will be held Saturday mourning from the R. C. Church of the
Resurrection, Gerrittsen Avenue and Avenue W, where a solemn requiem mass
will be celebrated. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
13 May 1928
MANY BROOKLYN POLICEMEN GUILTY OF VIOLATING RULES:
An official order issued at Manhattan Police Headquarters, effective
yesterday, reveals that 51 Brooklyn policemen were found guilty of charges
and fines imposed. Two Brooklyn sergeants and one lieutenant were found
guilty of violation of the rules and regulations of the department.
The order also shows that one sergeant and one lieutenant were reprimanded by
the Police Commissioner. Two sergeants were found not guilty of charges made
against them by superior officers.
Lieut. Patrick LYNAM, attached to Gates Avenue Station, was fined two days pay.
Sergeant John J. LOWEY, Poplar Street Station, fined 20 days pay
James MCDADEN, Stagg Street, five days.
Lieut. Patrick LYNAM, attached to Gates Avenue Station, was reprimanded on a
charge of violating the rules and regulations.
Sergeant Michael BOWNES, Gates Avenue Station was the Sergeant who was
reprimanded by the Police Commissioner for violating the rules of the department.
Sergts. Edward MORRIS, 4th Avenue Station,
Charles STUCKLE, Gates Avenue Station, were found not guility of
charges made against them.
The order shows that 25 Brooklyn patrolmen were reprimanded for various
infractions of the rules of the department.
Following are the Brooklyn patrolmen who were found guilty of various charges
and fines imposed accordingly:
Patrolmen, Anthony DIMALO, of Coney Island, one day;
Abraham EHRLICH, Fort Hamilton, 30 days;
John J. KENNEDY, Fort Hamilton, on half day;
James J. SCHRIEBER, Fort Hamilton, one day;
Charles W. SUSKOW, Bath Beach, one day;
John H. ESMOND, Bath Beach, one-half day;
Lawrence BECK, 4th Avenue, three days;
Richard J. GALVIN, 4th Avenue, one-half day;
James O'ROURKE, 4th Avenue, one-half day;
Lawrence BECK, 4th Avenue, five days;
William G. DELANEY, 4th Avenue, two days.
William A. DRAKE, 4th Avenue, one day;
Eric H. LONGQUIST, 4th Avenue, ten
days; John P. MCCARTHEY, 5th Avenue, one day;
Anthony ORHELIEN, 5th Avenue, two days;
Martin R. TERRILL, Lawrence Avenue, one day;
James D. O'SHEA, Brooklyn Avenue, one day;
Gustave A. PETERSEN, Flatbush, ten days;
Bradely E. ROCKEFELLER, Atlantic Avenue, two days;
Edmund G. PAVEILICK, Hamilton Avenue, one day;
Edward J. MECHAN(?), Hamilton Avenue, one-half day;
Frank FLORS, Butler Street, one day.
James L. SHANNON, Butler Street, one day,
Clarence C. CLARK, Bergen Street, one day;
George NOLL. Brownsville, one day,
Thomas F. WHITE, Brownsville, thirty days;
Thomas F. WHITE, Brownsville, fifteen days;
Henry A. HUGHES, Poplar Street, one-half day,
Herbert H. CAIN, Poplar Street, ten days;
William J. FRANK, Poplar Street, two days;
Frank MCCAY, Poplar Street, one day;
Walter J. DILLMAN, Poplar Street, one -half day;
Salvatore RIZZO, Poplar Street, two days;
Francis J. WOHL, Classon Avenue, two days;
William A. GORDON, Classon Avenue, ten days;
Louis SCHWARTZ, Classon Avenue, one day;
John P. MORAN, Classon Avenue, thirty days;
Fred CORNELL, Classon Avenue, one-half day.
John CLEARY, Gates Avenue, one day;
John WILZMAN, Wilson Avenue, two days;
John A. ZACKER, Wilson Avenue, one day;
Joseph E. SMITH, Wilson Avenue, twenty days;
John C. EDWARD, Clymer Street, one day;
Bernard J. WAGNER, Stagg Street, half day;
Joseph JUNGERMAN, Greenpoint, half day;
John J. O'BRIEN, Greenpoint, one day;
Thomas C. MURPHY, Greenpoint, one day;
Thomas READY, Herbert Street, one day.
19 May 1928
Police Lieut. Francis MYSTRICK, attached to the Herbert st. station, a member
of the dept. for 26 years, will relinquish his duties on May 21, and retire
to his farm on Long Island.
Lieut. Michael CORMEY, of the same station, has been in the dept. for 44
years. It was reported he would resign on May 31, but he merely smiles at the
thought that he will quit and say nothing. Twenty five years ago he was a
well known athlete, winning 5 out of 7 firsts in the athletic meet held
between the N.Y. and Boston police depts.
Detective Lieut. James McCOOEY, in charge of detectives of the Stagg st
station, has been reserved, reticent and yet cheerfully contented these past
few days. His brother officers, after some quizzing, learned he is the father
of a future detective who arrived at his home in Flatbush some days ago.
Their congradulations, though belated, were heartly given.
Police Sergeant Benjamin BAILIE, of the Bedford ave. station, spends his time
off completing his summer home at East Windham N.Y. When it is finished his
friends in the dept. will be invited to spend week ends there.
24 May 1928
KING'S MEDAL BRINGS JOY TO BROOKLYN POLICEMAN
VICTOR EMMANUEL OF ITALY REWARDS SALVATORE DI LORENZO
FOR SAVING CHILD
The happiest member of the N.Y. Police Department today is Patrolman
Salvatore Di LORENZO, of 2010 16th. st., attached to the Fort Hamilton
station, because King Victor Emmanuel of Italy has bestowed upon him the
silver medal for civic valor, according to cable dispatches from Rome.
Patrolman Di LORENZO, in the Police Department for 1 1/2 years, was
patroling his post out in the Fort Hamilton district last night when a
reporter for this newspaper told him of the King's award.
The youthful policeman was a bit skeptical at first, but when
convinced that a report of the award had been received here, he gave vent to
his joy. Back at the station he was congradulated on all sides. The official
notification has not yet been received ar his house.
King Victor Emmanuel's citation of Di LORANZO is the result of a
heroic act by the patrolman Jan 18. He saved the life of 2 year old Adelaide
LAMBERT, of 341 86th. st., believed dying from deadly phlegm filling her
throat and lungs, by placing his lips against the child's and with his breath
relieving the little patient. The child was out of danger when an ambulance
The mother of Adelaide had found her choking and gasping at 3
o'clock in the morning and becoming frantic lest her daughter die, raised a
window and sreamed for help.
Patrolman Di LORENZO heard the mother's shrieks and rushed into the
house. Despite the danger of contagion the patrolman worked swiftly over the
child 15 minutes.
Police Commissioner Joseph A. WARREN cited patrolman Di LORENZO for
his act, and the young man received commendations from his superiors in the
department and fellow patrolman for intelligent, fearless effort that saved a
Partolman Di LORENZO, who is married, was born in Palermo Sicily. He
came to the U.S. when he was 12 years old. Before becoming a patrolman Di
LORENZO was a milkman.
TWELVE BROOKLYN POLICEMEN CITED FOR BRAVE DEEDS
An official order issued at Police Headquarters, Manhatten, today
revealed that one Brooklyn patrolman has been awarded honorable mention, 3
patrolman given commendation and 8 named for excellent police duty.
Patrolman William E. KELLY, of the Empire blvd. station, was awarded
honorable mention. Last Jan 31, he was shot and killed at 926 Nostrand ave.
His name will be placed on a tablet in Manhatten Police Headquarters and his
widow will be given the award, a gold medal.
Patrolman Salvatore DiLORENZO, of the Fort Hamilton station, received
commendation. He was called, Feb. 18, last, to 341 86 st. where he drew
phlegm from the throat of a baby dying of dyptheria, DiLORENZO was recently
given a medal by the King of Italy for the act.
Patrolman Dennis W. O'HARRA, Bath Beach station, was awarded
commendation for capturing a hold-up man in an apartment at 6601 12 ave., Oct 7
Those named for excellent police duty were:
Patrolman John DRISCOL. Bath Beach staion, for stopping runaway horse
Patrolman Milton WOLF, Sheepshead Bay station, catching suspicious
character, at 2179 Ocean pkwy.
Patrolman Harry F. JOHNSON, Ralph ave. station, stopping runaway horse
Patrolman George JACOBI
Patrolman Edwin CARNEY, both of Wilson ave . station, catching man with gun
Patrolman Philip MEYER, Wilson ave. station, catching a burglar on patrol Jan 19.
Patrolman George W. WOLFF, Wilson ave. station, saving people at a fire.
1 June 1928
RETIRED PATROLMAN DIES, VICTIM OF HEART STROKE
Funeral arrangements will be completed today for the late Wiliam
SCHNEIDER, a retired patrolman, of 4134 Ithaca street, Elmhurst who
dropped dead of heart disease on a Manhatten bound I.R.T. subway train as
it pulled into Court House Square station, Queens, yesterday morning.
SCHNEIDER had served on the metropolitan force for 25 years, and
retired 10 years ago. He was 60 years old. He retIred from the 26th. Precinct,
He is survived by his widow Sarah; a daughter Grace; 2 sons
John and Joseph; 2 brothers Frederick and Andrew, and 2 sisters,
Mrs. Peter LUTZ and Mrs. Frank RHEINISCH.
4 June 1928
JOSEPH McKENNA WILL BE ARRAIGNED TOMORROW IN HOMICIDE COURT
About the same time tomorrow that services will be conducted for
Joseph McGRATH, slain so nof? ex-police Liet. John J. McGRATH, Joseph F.
McKENNA, 26 years old, of 6211 8th. ave. will be arraigned in Brooklyn
Homocide Court charged with the murder of his friend.
McGRATH, whose bullet riddled body was found early Saturday morning
at Bay Ridge Parkway and Narrows ave., will be buried from the home of his
father, 4718 6th. ave. A high mass of requiem will be said at St. Michaels
Church, 4th. ave. and 42nd. st. at 10 A.M.
At almost the same hour McKENNA will hear the police reconstrution
of the murder unfolded. According to the police, McKENNA confessed the crime
when arrested late Saturday night and taken to the Fort Hamilton station.
Police, working under the supervision of Capt. John J. RYAN of the eleventh
division: Inspector John J. SULLIVAN, and Lieut. Ray HONAN also arrested
Francis EICHER , 25 year old, of 722 51st. st. EICHER is being held as a
material witness. McKENNA was held without bail
RIDGEWOOD MAN, ON POLICE FORCE 26 YEARS RETIRES
CHARLES LOHR IN TEARS AS HE SAYS GOOD-BYE TO GREENPOINT STATION COLLEAGUES.
Tears trickled down the face of Charles LOHR, of 6125 Cooper ave.
Ridgewood, as he shook hands with the men attached to the Greenpoint police
station and bade them good-bye. For more then 10 years he served as the
doorman at the house. Last night he finished his 26th. year in the
department, hung up his uniform and is going to take things easy for a while.
When LOHR became a patrolman he was sent to do duty at the old
Hamburg ave. station. From there he was sent to Herbert st. and then to the
Greenpoint station, where he became the doorman.
"It was tough in the early days," said LOHR. "I don't ever
remember using my nightstick. I was a husky boy well able to take care of
myself and I made many a prisoner behave himself with my fists. But things
have certainly changed. You have to always be on the alert now. You haven't a
chance against the gunmen of today."
LOHR. who is a Spanish American war veteran, who has many
important arrests to his credit. But he is of the modest type and refuses to
discuss these arrests.
"Why dig up past history," he said "I merely did my duty as a
patrolman. It was what I was being paid for.
"No, I am not going on a farm and waste my time away. For a
while I will rest up. I will visit some of the places I have been anxious to
see for a long time. When I feel I have enough rest I will open up a butcher
shop in Ridgewood.
SENTENCE IS SUSPENDED IN EX-POLICEMAN'S CASE
MINEOLA June 5? Arthur LARCHAN, ex-motorcycle policeman at Vally
Stream, was given a suspended sentence by County Judge lewis J.SMITH here
today as a result of his recent conviction on the charge of extortion.
LARCHAN, who was then a policeman is alleged to have stopped Charles
MEYERS of bellrose, for speeding last October and saying to him "you know
what this'll cost you."
A few days later LARCHAN is said to have accepted $10 from MEYER in
the presence of a witness, in return for which LARCHAN gave MEYER 2 tickets
to the local Police benefit "so that it will look all right."
Several citizens of Vally Stream testified to LARCHAN's good
character at the policeman's recent trial. In view of this and because of the
small amount of money involved, Judge SMITH said he had decided not to impose
a severe penalty.
PATROLMAN BEATEN UP, PRISONER UNDER BAIL
Patrolman Vincent PARRY, pf Gates ave. station, is confined to his
home today suffering 2 badly discolored eyes and other injuries following a
fist fight early yesterday with August GABRIEL, 19 years old, of 379 Greene
ave. The latter was held in $1,000 bail on a charge of felonious assault
preferred by Detective Daniel MURPHY before Magistrate Jacob EILPERIN in
Gates ave. police court yesterday. He will be given an examination on
Thursday. Patroman PARRY said He found GABRIEL lighting matches on the street
in front of a garage on DeKalb ave. When he questioned GABRIEL, it is
alleged, the latter assaulted him.
5 June 1928
POLICE LIEUTENANT HURT
Police Lieut. Matthew D. KELLY, of Gates ave. station, off duty,
was riding in an automobile which was in a collision with another car driven
by John ERICKSON, of 9315 75th. st., at 3rd. ave. and Butler st. KELLY was
attended for lacerations and left for his home at 1622 East 18th. st.
9 June 1928
The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association announces with deep regret the deaths
of the following members:
John E. NELSON 48th pct, on Apr. 7, 1928
Edward J. McCABE rtd., on Apr. 19, 1928
John T. NILON rtd. on Apr. 24, 1928
Henry C. BEHAN 43rd. pct. on Apr. 2, 1928
Sebastian KENNY 48th. pct on Apr. 14, 1928
Henry P. LAMBERT rtd, on Apr. 28, 1928
William AULD trf. "A" on May 2, 1928
John J. HOGAN 28th. pct on Apr. 27, 1928
Charles J. KING 18th div. on Apr. 26, 1928
Michael FEENEY 18th. div. on Apr. 22, 1928
Patrick NUGENT rtd on May 11, 1928
John FLEMMING rtd on March 28, 1928
James MURPHY rtd on May 19, 1928
James E. MEAGHER rtd. on May 5, 1928
Henry W. VAN COTT rtd on May 21, 1928
Thomas C. DOWD 4th. pct. on May 17, 1928
Patrick J. BOYLAN rtd on May 22, 1928
Patrick H. COLEMAN rtd on March 5, 1928
Joseph P. MORAN President
14 June 1928
FIND STATE TROOPER GUILTY OF MURDER IN SECOND DEGREE
HAMILTON TO BE SENTENCED NEXT THFOR KILLING BROTHER-IN-LAW.
Ater dilberating for more than 2 hours, the jury in the Queens ex-State
trooper, brought in a verdict of guilty of murder in the 2nd. degree.
HAMILTON was indicted for murder, first degree, it being charged that,
on the night of April 18, last, he went to the home of the family of his
County Court, which for 2 days had listened to the presentation of the case
against J. Warren HAMILTON, estranged wife, at 7 Doxey pl., Woodhaven, where
he met his wife's father and 2 brothers, and that he shot and killed Chester
DULONG, 19 year old brother of his wife.
Hamilton admitted the killing, but pleaded both intoxication and
The charge of Judge Frank F. ADEL was completed at 5:45. The jury then
went to dinner and resumed deliberations before 7 o'clock. At 9:30 the Jurors
came into the court.
In giving his pedigree to the clerk, HAMILTON said he was a mariner.
He gave his home address the State Trooper Headquarters at Bayshore.
Judge ADEL set June 21 as a date for sentence. As HAMILTON was led
back to jail, his mother, Mrs. Frances HAMILTON, fainted, but soon recovered.
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MAYOR AWARDS 13 POLICE MEDELS, 3 TO BROOKLYNITES
Three Brooklyn policeman were among the 13 members of the Police
Department awarded medals of honor by Mayor James J, WALKER yesterday.
The 3 were :
Patrolman James L. VOYLE, attached to the 41st. precinct, given the
Automobile Club Of America medal for the arrest on Aug. 17, 1927,
of a man charged with murder at 118 Myrtle ave.
Sergt. Albert A. SORENSON, of the 16th. precinct, was awarded the
Brooklyn Citizens medal on honor. On aug 7, 1927, at 4719 8th. ave., he
captured 2 holdup men.
The 3rd. medal went to Patrolman James J. REEDY, 45th. precinct for having
killed a bandit at Pearl and Willoughby sts., July 2, 1927.
Among the 13 awards 7 were posthumus and went to relatives of men who
were killed in action.
16 June 1928
DETECTIVES RECALL RECORD CONVICTION IN MURDER HERE
DONLIN and WELDON Point to Swift Prosecution of George BISHOP in 1912
The arrest, prosecution and conviction of Martin Luther MILLER, negro,
who on March 19 shot and killed Helen KIMBALL, school teacher, who was
alone in her apartment, though disposed of expeditiously, did not set a
record in Brooklyn's police solutions of crime, according to James
DONLIN and John WELDON, on the staff of Inspecter John J. SULLIVAN, in
charge of Brooklyn detectives.
The detectives cited the famous hammer murder of Oct. 18, 1912, when
George BISHOP, also a negro, killed Mrs. Margaret BELL, of 59 Fort
Greene place, which they helped solve. BISHOP, who was a butler in the
BELL home, was electrocuted at Sing Sing seventy-one days after the crime.
The KIMBALL murder was solved largely through the work of Detectives
DONLIN, WELDON, and Thomas CROAK and Charles PRITTING, likewise on
Inspecter SULLIVAN'S staff.
The four detectives to-day were debating major crimes in Brooklyn of the
past several decades in the detective bureau at Police Headquarters when
the subject of record convictions in murders arose.
Detectives CROAK and PRITTING said the conviction of MILLER was about
the record one in this borough when their companions in the MILLER crime
solution harked back to the fiendish murder of Mrs. BELL.
BISHOP had been discharged as butler in the BELL home and subsequently
was in the act of stealing jewelry when discovered. He picked up a
hammer and assailed Mrs. BELL with it, causing her death.
MILLER, likewise, was in the act of robbery, according to his story,
when discovered by Miss KIMBALL, who he shot to stop her screams and
prevent detection, the police said.
Detective WELDON took the final statement of BISHOP at Sing Sing, in
which he insisted that a man named LEONARD, of Philadelphia, killed Mrs.
BELL. The detective had been sent to get the statement by Supreme Court
Justice James CROPSEY, who at that time was District Attorney. Shortly
after BISHOP was executed. A maid of Mrs. BELL was the chief witness
for the State in prosecuting BISHOP.
OFF THE RECORD [Police doings]
Patrolman George WEBSTER, of the Coney Island station, reported back for
duty last Monday, after an absence of five months due to sickness.
While away he underwent three major operations. He was welcomed back by
Capt. James H. GILLEN, who detailed him to his old post as custodian.
Fifteen years a patrolman, assigned to the Coney Island station, Fred
NIEBUHR was last Monday transferred to Traffic Squad F. in command of
Capt. Thomas RORKE, who, up until the time of his promotion a year ago,
was a lieutenant at the seaside police station. The transfer of NIEBUHR
was voluntary and many Coney Islanders were saddened at the news that he
was no longer in their midst. Newspaperment, covering Coney Island,
were indeed sorry to see him leave the resort, as he is a policeman with
a nose for news and always courteous in dealing with them.
Patrolman Jacob BERENDT, of the Coney Island station, received
congratulations of his superior officers last Tuesday in saving the life
of a young woman who attempted suicide by inhaling illuminating gas.
His first aid treatment was said by the ambulance surgeon who treated
the woman to have been responsible for her having regained her senses.
Police Capt. James H. GILLEN, of the Coney Island station, last Sunday
detailed Patrolmen Charles LAUNEY and Nathaniel HEUTTE to plainclothes
duty. He instructed them to put an end to peddling at the resort and
the shining of shoes on Sunday. The patrolmen were quite successful,
for they brought to the station house more than seventy peddlers and
bootblacks. The majority of the offenders were children under 16 years
old. They were permitted to go home with their parents and guardians,
after warning that repetition of the offenses would mean sterner treatment.
There is hardly a man in the Fire Department who is loved by the men
more than Battalion-Chief James CONNOLLY, of the Thirty-fifth District.
It has been said by the men in this district that they have yet to hear
him say an unkind word about them. He is always ready to praise them,
telling of the fine work they are doing.
Lieut. James WOODS, who was knocked out by smoke in a fire in a tenement
building in South Fifth street, near Marcy avenue, a month ago, has
fully recovered and is now away on his vacation. At the time he fell he
was attached to Engine Company 216. He was just filling in, his regular
company being 237. It is said that, because he remained in the basement
with his men, he prevented the flames from spreading and enabled those
living in the house to reach the street safely.
When it comes to playing pinochle, Fireman Leo TIEURET, of Hook and
Ladder Company 108, admits he knows a thing or two about the game. His
associates say is a champion. He merely smiles the compliment away.
Police Capt. Hugo WUENCH has given much encouragement to rookies. When
they become discouraged at something goes wrong he is found at their
side, telling what to expect in police life and how to greet each
disappointment with a smile. He is in command of the Herbert street station.
The friends of Patrolman Billy HOLLAND, of Stagg street station, are
getting a laugh at his expense. And all because he was rather sleepy
when he was making out an "aided" card recently. He charged a man who
had fallen in his home with suffering from a fracture of a glass eye.
Thus the laughter.
A week of plainclothes work certainly kept Patrolmen John GREY and
Martin McKEON, of Clymer street station, moving lively during the past
week. They were seen snooping about the district at all hours of the
day and night. But all they found, so it is reported, was a few store
doors open, the owners having forgotten to lock them properly. They are
back in uniform again. If the smiles on their faces indicate anything
they are not the least bit sorry to be back at regular police work.
It is a fine assortment of wearing apparel that Capt. William DUGGAN,
commander of the Gates avenue precinct, possesses. Neat suits, flashy
shirts, with scarfs to match, and a ruddy complexion. A fine appearance
and a genial personality.
Detective Daniel CONNOLLY, of the Ralph avenue station, is still
searching for the culprit who switched bundles on him the night of the
detectives' dinner. When Dan reached home in Richmond Hill, he found an
old pair of overalls in the box instead of his new "Tux."
Detective Thomas J. CAVANAUGH, of the Ralph avenue precinct, is still as
enthusiastic as when he was a rookie. He was observed patroling
Broadway at 4 A.M., Thursday. It is, indeed, a fine way of keeping the
Detectives James DRUMM and James F. KANE, the Atlantic avenue sleuths,
had a busy week, with several cased in the Gates avenue court. The
evidence was there, too, and the prisoners were held for trial.
17 June 1928
13 PATROLMEN HERE GET FINES AND 40 ARE REPRIMANDED
Names of Policemen Given Out in Official Orders at Headquarters
The names of thirteen Brooklyn patrolmen who were fined and forty who
were reprimanded were given out in last night's official orders at
Police Headquarters. The fined patrolmen and their precinct stations
Edwin HANRAHAN, Coney Island, two days;
Tomaso ALLOGGIO, Bath Beach, one day;
Jean KANSON, Sheepshead Bay, 30 days;
George HARRIS, Lawrence avenue, one day;
John FARRELL, Flatbush avenue, three days;
Martin HASSETT, Butler avenue, one day;
Joseph ODZE, Liberty avenue, one-half day;
John WEIMAN, Classon avenue, two days;
John MOLINI, Classon avenue, one-half day;
George HAVERLEY, Ralph avenue, one day;
Harry HAUBENREICH, Ralph avenue, one day;
James DRUNO, Stagg avenue, one day,
Joseph FRANCYK, Greenpoint, three days.
The reprimanded patrolmen and their stations are:
Coney Island -
Charles DE MARTINO
Fort Hamilton -
William B. KELLY,
John TRAVIS and
Bath Beach -
Grand avenue -
Liberty avenue -
George F. WAGNER;
Gates avenue -
Wilson avenue -
John J. O'BRIEN,
Sheepshead Bay -
Fourth avenue -
Fifth avenue -
Lawrence avenue -
Flatbush avenue -
Hamilton avenue -
William H. MANN
Empire boulevard -
Lawrence W. DAGGER;
Butler street -
POLICEMAN GETS MAN WHILE BULLETS FLY
Prisoner Accused of Wounding Neighbor
Ralph AMTUZZI, 28 years old, of 55 Taft Place, was to appear today in Gates
Avenue court on charges of felonious assault and violation of the Sullivan
Act as the result of an early morning altercation with his neighbor, Joseph
FRANKEO, 45, of 45 Taft Place.
FRANKEO is in Cumbreland Hospital with a bullet in his leg, received when
AMTUZZI fired a .38 revolver at him, police say.
The shooting took place in front of FRANKEO's home shortly after midnight.
AMTUZZI ran off after the shot, while Patrolman John MORAN, of the Classon
avenue station, attracted by the report gave chase.
He caught his man after they had exchanged several shots none of which took effect.
23 June 1928
On Traffic Duty
Forty patrolmen were assigned to duty in Traffic F, conprising the
district west of Washington avenue, Brooklyn, this week. Forty-five men
were detailed to Traffic G, Eastern Brooklyn, and forty men were
detailed to Traffic E in Queens.
The total of 250 patrolmen were allocated to the Traffic Division,
bringing the strength, including all ranks, to 2779 men.
LEARNED IN GREEK, WILL STICK TO FORCE.
Despite his oratorical and sharp-shooting propensities, Patrolman David
FAY, attached to the West Thirtieth street station, Manhattan, and who
lives at 201-12 Thirty-third avenue, Bayside, will not desert his chosen
FAY, who captaind the varsity debating squad of City College's evening
session to victory over a team from the University of Pennsylvania,
recently scored 87 in the Police Department shooting class. The score
qualifies him as a sharpshooter.
"When a man does anything at all out of the ordinary every one expects
him to continue to be unusual," FAY said. "They expect him to do tricks
and unearth startling things about himself. I'm just a cop with a
leaning towards study, that's all. And I like to argue."
FAY is 27, has been on the police force four years and was attached to
Traffic "C" until his transfer several months ago. He entered City
College two years ago, matriculating for a bachelor of arts degree. His
career before joining the police force included selling leather, firing
a freight engine on the New York Central, testing circuits for the Bell
Telephone Company and clerking in a bank. Until he was 17 he studied in
St. Joseph's Monastery in Baltimore.
FAY can read Greet in the original, and although he finds it a bit
difficult rates it as "good mental exercise."
FAY is married and has two children, Madelyn, 5, and Agnes, 2.
OFF THE RECORD [N.Y.P.D. doings]
Detective Charles HEMINDINGER, of Clymer street station, is undecided as
to his vacation. He likes fishing and is thinking of spending his time
on Jamaica Bay. Then, again, he admits he has put in a heavy winter and
may go to the mountains for a rest.
Detective Daniel McCARRON, of Stagg street station, has just returned
from an enjoyable vacation at the seashore. "Had a fine time and I am
now ready for some hard work," is his comment.
Newspapermen never fail to receive a pleasant greeting from Lieut.
Charles KELLEY, who does aviation duty between Stagg and Herbert street
stations. He has become known among the press men as the man who wears
the smiles that won't come off.
"Ed" TALLMAN, of the Gate avenue squad, has been dubbed the
"patent-leather kid" by his co-workers in the Thirteenth Detective
District. Always slick and perfectly immaculate in dress and
incidentyly in his particular vocation, 'Ed' well deserves the
Detective Elliotte HOLMES, of Ralph avenue station- no relation to the
famous "Sherlock" - is spending a quiet vacation among the livestock,
etc., at Miller's place, on Long Island.
Harry WIDDER, of Wilson avenue squad, will soon live up to his nickname
of the "Flying Dutchman." WIDDER is completing arrangements to purchase
an airplane so as to make better time commuting from his home in Queens
to Wilson avenue station house and also to cover the broad expanse of
Friends of "Bill" BROSNAN are speculating on the time when "Gold Tooth"
will equip himself with a new cigar. "Bill" and that same old cigar
butt have been together so constantly during the last decade that some
Brooklynites would not recognize them if they were seen apart.
For the comparatively short time that Detective ANDERSON, of the Poplar
street station has been on plain clothes duty, he is showing great
aptitude for the job. Only a few days ago, on a hot tip of a possible
murder in a fashionable hotel on the Heights, ANDERSON and his partner,
"Bill" KENNA, cleared up the mystery within a few minutes by
establishing that the victim had met death from natural causes, a
conclusion that was later confirmed by a medical examiner's autopsy.
Detective James DIAMOND, of Poplar street station, distinguished himself
once more by the speed with which he cleared up a kidnaping case in
which a young girl was the victim. DIAMOND had the girl in custody and
the culprit arrested within forty-eight hours after he was assigned to
Another man on the force whose consistently good work is attracting the
attention of his superiors is Jerry MURPHY, of Butler street station.
In the years that he has been working in the district he has acquainted
himself with the movements of most of the members of the underworld who
live in the territory located along the waterfront.
Friends of Detective "Cal" McCARTHY, of Hamilton avenue station often
"kid" him on his love for fish. It has never been made clear, however,
whether his "love" is confined to angling from the pier with a pin hook,
or whether his diet consists of twenty-one meals a week on the
inhabitants of the sea.
Patrolman Thomas GUIDER, of the Fourth avenue station, started his
vacation yesterday. He will tour New York State and Canada.
Touring New York is a popular pastime with patrolmen on vacation.
Nearly all of the men at the Fort Hamilton station who are on leave are
spending their vacations that way. Among them are :
Patrolman John BARRETT,
Patrolman August WILKINS,
Patrolman James BRIERTON,
Patrolman Louis CHRISTIANSEN,
Patrolman Joseph WORKMAN,
Patrolman John E. MURPHY,
Patrolman Herbert ETHERBRIDGE,
Patrolman Alfred PANARELLI and
Patrolman Raymond MULVEY.
Patrolman MULVEY, of the Twentieth Precinct, is reported to be
assiduously practicing horseback riding while on his vacation. Looks
like a mounted man in the making.
Since he has been chosen by the King of Italy and MUSSOLINI for the
Order of the Chevalier, Patrolman Salavtore [sic] DI LORENZI, hero
policeman, of the Fort Hamilton station, who saved a child from choking
to death from diphtheria has been dubbed "Count" DI LORENZO. And the
nickname has stuck.
29 June 1928
POLICEMAN, WHO SHOT SELF AFTER KILLING GIRL, DIES
Queens Patrolman, Jilted by Fiancee, Succumbs to Self-Inflicted Wounds
The bullet which Alexander D. HALL, middle-aged policeman of Bayside,
sent into his head after he had shot and killed his former fiancee, Miss
Hilda FENN, 24 years old, of 417 West Forty-fourth street, Manhattan,
last night, to-day caused his death at Roosevelt Hospital. The
policeman died without regaining consciousness.
HALL, who had been a widower for several years, was said to have been
infatuated with Miss FENN. He had asked her to marry him and the suit
progressed favorably until a month ago when the girl returned HALL's
ring and asked him not to come to see her any more.
At the West Thirteenth street station, to which HALL was attached, his
fellow officers said that the broken engagement had seriously upset
HALL. He became morose and drank heavily, they said. Then he began to
report himself sick. He was off duty at the time of the shooting yesterday.
HALL encountered Miss FENN in front of 415 West Forty-fourth street.
She was with a sister and Mr. and Mrs. Edward MALONEY when HALL
appeared. He fired four shots point-blank at the girl. As she fell to
the street HALL leaped into a cab and bid the driver to take him
uptown. As the frightened chauffeur hurried to comply with the request
he heard another shot. Turning, he found HALL had sent a bullet through
his own head. Patrolman MERANBLE, who was pursuing the cab, arrived and
ordered HALL taken to Roosevelt Hospital.
HALL lived with a sister at Crocheron avenue and Stone street, Bayside.
He also kept a room in the FENN home, which he had used. He joined the
Police Department in February, 1907. His son was at one time a member
of the force.
7 July 1928
Policeman Is Held on Woman's Charge of Stealing $154.
Charged with taking $154 from the handbag of Mrs. Marie PARRETT, a nurse of
1852 Broadway, early today, Patrolman Clement DRUMONDO, 29, attached to the
Sheepshead Bay station, who lives at 1630 West Second street, was placed
under arrest by order of Capt. Charles BARRETT, of the Sheepshead Bay station
and taken before Magistrate RUDICH in Coney Island court today on a charge of
grand larceny. He pleaded not guilty and was held for a hearing in $2,000
bail for next Tuesday.
Mrs. PARRETT says she was at the home of another nurse, Mrs. Julia MUZZY of
480 Kings highway, last night when a call came from a patient in another part
of the borough. Benjamin BERNARD, husband of a patient, who lives in the
same house as Mrs. MUZZY volunteered to go along, Mrs. PARRETT says.
When they got to the street, Patrolman DRUMONDO, who knew BERNARD, asked
them where they were going and offered to get a taxi for them. He called a
taxi driven by a friend, Isadore FREEDMAN, of 1901 Ocean parkway, and got in
the front seat with FREEDMAN, taking Mrs. PARRETT on his lap, according to
her story. BERNARD and Mrs. MUZZY sat on the rear seat. During the ride,
Mrs. PARRETT says, DRUMONDO made improper advances to her anD when she
resisted, told her, BERNARD and Mrs. MUZZY to get out.
They did so, and then Mrs. PARRETT found her handbag gone. The taxi
turned about and went back the way it had come.
Riding in another taxi back to the place where they had picked up the
patrolmen, they asked him if he had seen the pocketbook. He said he had not.
A little later they found it, empty, on the stoop of the BERNARD home, and
notified police of Sheepshead Bay Station. Detective John MC DONALD
questioned FREEDMAN, who said he saw the pocketbook on the floor after the
party had left the taxi and witnessed the patrolman taking out money and
papers from it.
Deputy Commissioner John A. LEACH suspended DRUMONDO. The accused
patrolman was handcuffed to a police sergeant in court.
OFF THE RECORD:
Capt. Joseph BETZ in command of the Greenpoint station house is away on his
annual vacation. He is taking a rest up State. Acting Capt. John PUTZ is
now in charge of the precinct.
Sporting a fine coat of tan, Detective James SHEEHY, of the Clymer street
station, has returned from a vacation upstate. He is one of the hardest
working detectives in the department.
Patrolman Henry ESSEX, of the Bedford avenue station, will leave today for
Tannersville, where he will spend his vacation at the police camp. He says
he is looking forward to a pleasant time.
Patrolman John PITT, who is attached to Inspector Edward SHEIVEY's staff,
returned to his post a few days ago after spending a delightful vacation in
Virginia. He brought back the tidings that Gov. SMITH is exceedingly popular
in the Southern State.
Acting on the receipt of numerous complaints, Capt. William KEYES, in command
of the police of the Bath Beach station, has declared war on drivers of
commercial automobiles who operate their machines along Bay Parkway in
violation of city ordinances. During the past week his men have served more
than a score of summonses on drivers for infractions of the ordinances.
The Coney Island police station now has its full complement of men. Forty
additional men were assigned to the resort precinct last Saturday, bringing
the total number to 320, exclusive of the 100 men detailed to traffic duty.
Patrolman Arthur MANNES, who formerly did plainclothes work, has been
assigned to desk duty at the Coney Island station for the summer by Capt.
James H. GILLEN. He assists the lieutenant on duty.
Police Lieut. Max BEKKER, of the Clymer street station on Tuesday started on
his vacation. "I am going to spend my time on the water and give all my time
to fishing", he said.
During the absence of Police Captains John QUIRK, of Stagg street station,
and Hugh WENSCH, of Herbert street station, Lieuts. John DONOHUE and John
ROGERS filled in on Tuesday, and it was a busy day for them.
They had just entered themselves in the "blotter" when they were called
upon to supervise the investigation of the murder in the lot at Porter and
Meeker avenues. They kept working until late at night without even getting a
chance to get a bite to eat.
After being confined to his home for the past five days with a heavy cold,
Police Lieut. Michael TWOMEY, of the Herbert street station, is back on duty.
He says he is feeling fine again.
A promotion of considerable satisfaction is that of Sergeant William SHEARER,
attached to Brooklyn avenue station. He joined the force in May, 1907, and
for eighteen years was attached to headquarters in the detective division.
Patrolman Elmer KOESTING and James O'BRIEN both of Brooklyn, have received
gold medals and honorable mention for bravery in a special order issued from
Police Headquarters commending 102 officers and men for meritorious service
during the past year. KOESTING, who is attached to Poplar street station, was
commended for heroic work done while saving the lives of a woman and child at
a fire. O'BRIEN's citation followed his saving the life of a laborer who
was buried beneath tons of debris in a building crash on Eastern parkway. He
is attached to Classon avenue station
Patrolman George WHITE, of Butler street station, has been commended by his
superior in detecting an automobile at Livingston and Bond streets which had
been stolen an hour and a half before in Jamaica. Two men caught in the
machine are being held for the Grand Jury.
Begins 36th Year As Police Surgeon
Dr. Daniel J. DONOVAN, chief surgeon of the police department, is
beginning his thirty sixth year in the department. As organizer of the
system whereby policemen in need of a blood transfusion my obtain blood from
their comrades, Dr. DONOVAN is well known in Brooklyn and Queens.
Appointed in 1893 when he was 27 years old, he was promoted to deputy
surgeon, and two years ago to the post of chief surgeon. He is the medical
director of the Police Academy and has standardized the physical requirements
for drivers of taxicabs.
Dr. Donovan lives at 790 Riverside drive, Manhattan.
9 July 1928
Policeman Saves Man, Gassed
Finds Painter Unconscious, From Fumes and Applies First Aid
Police Sergt. Louis GOLDBERG, of the Atlantic Avenue Station, saved a man's
He was on patrol at Lincoln place and Troy avenue when he was told by Vito
CATANVERA or 164 East 10? th street, the Bronx, that there was a 'dead' man
in the bathroom of an apartment on the second floor of 1251 Lincoln place.
Sergt. GOLDBERG hurried to the house and found Morris GLASSER, 40, of 224
Clinton street, Manhattan, apparently dead from gas in the room in which he
had been painting. His brush, striking a gas jet connection, opened the pipe.
Dragging the prostrate man to a fire escape, Sergt. GOLDBERG applied the
'prone pressure method' of resuscitation. The victim had been revived when
Dr. ADAMS arrrved from St. John's Hospital. The doctor commended the police
sergeant and said he had saved GLASSER's life by his prompt and efficient
action. GLASSER was taken to Kings County Hospital.
2 August 1928
MINARY as Fire Hero
JAMES MINARY, rookie policeman of the Bedford avenue station, received a
round of congratulation to-day from his fellow officers on his
life-saving work yesterday morning. He rescued four from a burning
building at 51 Grand street, but was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital
as a result, suffering from smoke suffocation. He returned to duty this morning.
3 August 1928
EX-PATROLMAN HELD FOR BIGAMY EXTRADITION
GILBERT HOLMES, 28 years old, of 216 118th street, St. Albans, is being
held in the Tombs pending extradition to Connecticut on a bigamy
charge. Until July 10 HOLMES was a member of the police force.
According to DOROTHY STEFFY, 15 years old, HOLMES married her in her
home in Cheshire, Conn., on July 11, his wife HARRIETT, whom he married
in 1921, being still living. An abduction charge in connection with his
latest marriage was dismissed by Magistrate MCQUADE in Yorkville Court.
4 August 1928
Policeman Badly Injured As Motorcycle Hits Car
Motorcycle Patrolman GEORGE PROBECK, of Greenlawn, is in a serious
condition at Huntington Hospital to-day as the result of a collision
with an automobile last night driven by FRANK WEHR, of Huntington Station.
PROBECK is sufering [sic] from a fractured left leg, a badly crushed
right leg and lacerations of the body and head. He was unconscious when
brought to the hospital.
10 August 1928
DOUBT STORY OF SHOOTING BY POLICEMAN
Accused Man, held for Assault Flatly Denies Attempt to Kill Wife.
Dying in Kings County Hospital today, with a bullet wound in the neck,
Mrs. Sophia SAFOSCHNIK, told police that her husband Patrolman Edward
SAFOSCHNIK, of the Brownsville station, shot her in their home, 469 Van
Sicklen ave. , last night, when she plead she was too hot and tired to iron
one of his shirts. In New Jer....ave. court today, SAFOSCHNIK demanded an
examination. He was held in $2,500 bail for a hearing on Aug. 16. The bail
was furnished by a friend.
Doubt was cast on Mrs. SAFOSCHNIK'S story when, in court, Joseph
MARGOLIS, attorney, of 656 Su.... avenue, representing the accused patrolman,
told the court that Mrs. SAFOSCHNIK had retracted her earlier story to
detectives of Mi..... avenue station.
MARGOLIS said the wounded woman, in a talk with Assistant District
Attorney John ENO , ......night , told him she attempted a suicide and was
wounded when husband tried to wrest the .... from her.
SAFOSCHNIK who has been on the police force eighteen months, was placed
under suspension by The Deputy Police Commissioner J....A. LEACH. He said
his wife shot herself when he refused to give her wine.
17 August 1928
Patrolman Benjamin IANNICELLI, of the Coney Island station,
died yesterday of spinal meningitis in Coney Island Hospital.
He had been a member of the Police Department for the past
twenty months and was stricken last Saturday while on his
vacation. He was twenty-four years old and lived with his
parents at 1437 Seventy-fifth street.
A detail of one sergeant and eight patrolmen from Coney Island station,
under command of Capt. James H. GILLEN, will serve as an escort
to the funeral cortege to-morrow.
Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
18 August 1928
POLICEMAN KILLED BY CHARGED WIRE
Tried to Earn Extra Money During Vacation
Electrocution was the fate met yesterday by Patrolman William DELAVERGNE of
the Patchogue Police Department while he was trying to make a little extra
money to give his wife and children a longer vacation.
DELAVERGNE was strapped to a pole near a high tension. In some way, there was
a short circuit and 2,300 volts passed through his body. The patrolman, who
worked formerly with the Patchogue Electric Company as lineman, resumed work
Wednesday when his vacation started, to earn extra money.
DELAVERGNE was 31 years old. He had been on the force almost a year.
21 August 1928
GIRL MARRIED OFFICER, GONE
Pair Eloped, Says Young Woman's Father
Peter MARINO, father of Angelina MARINO, 20 years old, of Meadow Avenue,
North Merrick, reported to Police Chief P. A. SEAMAN today that his daughter
had run away with motorcycle Patrolman Bion DE MOTT, 32, of the Hempstead
police force, father of four children.
A telegram from his daughter, which reads: "Don't worry. Everything all
right. Letter will follow." The telegram was posted from Glen Cove.
DE MOTT was immediately suspended pending charges. Since he failed to report
for duty today this may be one of the charges included.
Some time ago a conference between the patrolman and the girl's father and
the girl was held.DE MOTT has been separated from his wife for two years.
PATROLMAN IS HURT
While crossing Ocean Parkway, near Avenue O, on his way to the scene of an
automobile collision, patrolman John M. DOWNING, 29 of 1123 Fifty-eighth
Street, was struck by a motorcar driven by Joseph BRICKERNER, of 423 Avenue
F. Dr. TAUBE, of Coney Island Hospital, treated him for laceration of the
right hand and bruises of the right leg. DOWNING reported sick and went home.
PATROLMAN MANES BUSY
A live-wire at the Coney Island police station is Patrolman Arthur MANES. He
has been assigned to desk duty until after the Mardi Gras, assisting the
28 August 1928
SLEEPING POLICEMAN ROBBED IN SUBWAY, BATTLES THIEVES
Patrolman MAHAN Roused From Slumber on Fourth Avenue Train by Pickpockets -
Catches One, Other Escapes
Two men who robbed a policeman while he slept in a Fourth avenue subway
train early today were attacked by their victim, whose revolver they had
taken, as they started to alight at the Ninety-fifth street station. One
man was captured, the second escaped.
Patrolman Peter J. MAHAN, of Fifth avenue station, was tired after a hard
night's work when he boarded the train shortly after midnight for his home
in Woodside. He was in civilian clothes. He sank into sound slumber, and
rode all the way to the Queens Plaza terminal. He still slept as the train
proceeded back. Near Prospect avenue, he was roused from his sleep by the
fumbling of fingers in his pockets. Awaking to find he already had been
relieved of his revolver, he feigned sleep while the pickpocket took his
$50 wrist watch and $6 in cash. Then he kept a vigil over them out of
slightly open eyes as they remained in the car, passing several stations.
As the suspects started out at the terminal, MAHAN leaped at them, battling
the two men and managing to cling onto one while the other slipped his grasp
and fled. In the scuffle, MAHAN's stolen gun was dropped to the trackbed.
After the scrap, he handcuffed his prisoner and took him on a hop to the
tracks, regaining his weapon. But the watch and cash had disappeared with
The man under arrest, identifying himself as Charles WHITE, 39, of 307
Seventy-second street, faced arraignment today in Fifth avenue court on a
charge of grand larceny. MAHAN was cut under an eye in the scuffle.
29 August 1928
PATROLMAN DISMISSED FOR HARBORING STILL
Accused of permitting liquor to be made in a house owned by him,
Patrolman Patrick REGAN, of Liberty avenue station, is looking for another
job today. His dismissal was announced yesterday by Police Commissioner WARREN.
At the same time, he announced the promotion of ten detectives from third to
The promoted ten were:
Detective Anders I. PETERSON, Second Detective Division;
Detectives William J. CREREND and Joseph G. REESE, of the Third Dective Division;
Detectives Charles L. McGOWN, John B. KAISER, Irving FREY and Charles B. FOLEY,
of the Fourth Detective Division;
Detectives George V. GRUNDELMAN and Patrick J. MEEHAN,
of the Eleventh Detective Division; and
Detective Max BOHAIN, of the Fourteenth Detective Division.
6 September 1928
Returns from Police Camp
Warrant Officer John MARTIN, attached to Bridge Plaze police court,
has returned from two weeks vacation spent at the Police Camp at
Tannersville, N. Y.
Patrolman on Vacation
Patrolman John TAUKUS, of Clymer street station, is spending his
vacation at the Police Camp at Tannersville, N. Y.
Patrolman KYLE inCanada
Nelson Hamilton KYLE, Jr., of 53 Willoughby street, one of the most
popular young patrolmen of the Coney Island station, has left for an extended
tour through the principal (sic) cities of Canada.
8 September 1928
Accused of Assault on Freeport Men
Daniel Van NOSTRAND, Nassau County policeman, stands indicted in
Mineola to-day by the county Grand Jury on charges of second degree assault and
oppression. Bernard KOENKE, of 263 Pennsylvania avenue, Freeport was indicted
with him on the assault charge.
The complainants were William SPRAGUE, of 26 Wallace street, and Henry
JAFFE of North Main street, both of Freeport. Last Sunday, in South Bayview
avenue, Freeport, these two were in a fight with the policeman, who was in
uniform but off duty, and with, KOENKE. They allege that both KOENKE and VAN
NOSTRAND attacked them with the butt end of VAN NOSTRAND's pistol.
VAN NOSTRAND was appointed county patrolman February, 1926, and has
been attached to the Merrick precinct. Police Chief Abram W. SKIDMORE suspended
him, pending outcome of the charges.
Patrolman Benjamin WILDER, 49, of 536 Logan street, attached to
Hamilton avenue station was enjoying an automobile ride night when his automobile
was in a collision with another at King and Conover streets. WILDER suffered a
fracture of the left leg and was taken to his home.
POLICE HONOR VETERAN DIES
Sergeant Charles MAAS Expires in Jamaica Drug Store
Won Hero Medals
Stopped Two Runaways and Made Fire Rescues
Sergeant Charles MAAS, who spent twenty-six years in the New York
Police Department, and for ten years conducted a detective agency at 158-28
Jamaica avenue, Jamaica, suddenly became ill yesterday afternoon in a drug store on
Hillside avenue, near 163d street, Jamaica. He died before the arrival of a
doctor, who said death was probably due to a stomach ailment.
MAAS was well known as an advocate of a bread and water diet to keep
men out of prison. He first attracted attention about twenty-eight years ago
while on duty when, at great risk of his life, as a citation shows, he stopped a
runaway team of horses attached to a victoria in which were two women. Before
stopping the team MAAS was dragged from his mount.
Three years later he was again cited when he halted a runaway horse
drawing a carriage in which were a governess and an eight year old boy. In 1907
MAAS was again in the spotlight as the hero of a tenement fire, which he
discovered in Clinton street, Manhattan. The lives of forty persons were endangered
by this blaze, which gutted the structure.
MAAS aroused the tenants and then found three children in one of the
rooms. After assisting them to the street, he returned and saved a young woman.
He was delirious and partly blind for a time as the result of this fire, and
it was believed that his hands would have to be amputated, but they soon
MAAS was one of the founders of the Honor Legion in the police
department. He also was active in the Queensboro Lodge of Elks, Danton Lodge 1017, F.
A. & M., and the Abraham Lincoln Chapter, Steuben Society.
His body was taken from Robins Morgue, Jamaica, to his home at 77
150th street, Jamaica. Although funeral arrangements have not been made, it is
believed that MAAS will be buried with honors of the police department.
Surviving him are his son Charles W. MAAS, a fireman attached to
Engine Co. 305; and three daughters, Magdalene MAAS, of Jamaica; Mrs. Harriet ROBB
and Mrs. Edna SPRENGEL, both of Rockville Centre.
James W. BARRETT, city editor of the New York World, was a
brother-in-law of the deceased.
11 September 1928
Officer Who Checked Bridge,Retires After 44 Years
George LAUTERBORN,who joined the Brooklyn Police force May 24,1883,
to-day put in his papers for retirement on Sept 15,after forty-five
years of continuous service.He says here after his time will be devoted
to cheering the Yanks to victory in the American League and then in
the World Series.
When LAUTERBORN joined the force Brooklynites were riding to work in
horse cars and on bicycles with big front wheels,and a trip to Manhattan
had,until shortly before,been considered quite a journey.Then the Brooklyn
Bridge was completed and opened to traffic.
Then the new and young policeman-he is now seventy-four years old-was
assigned to patrol the great span.For years he continued on duty at the
bridge,being taken into the consolidated New York force when the two cities
combined their gooverment in 1899.
When he retires,the veteran Brooklyn patrolman will receive $1,200 a year.
He is now serving in the office of the Chief Clerk of the department in
A son,Frank, is assigned to the Bureau of Information in the same headquarters.
He served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France,was gassed, and
won high commendation for his faithful performances of duty as a soldier.
A second son,Matthew,who was also a member of the police force, died two years ago.
LAUTERBORN'S home is at 283-12 Newgall street,Rosedale,Long Island.
WILDER Funeral Halts, Inquiry Into Murder
Investigation into the murder last Friday night of
State Trooper, Carl T.WILDER, 27, on a country road between Tuxedo Park
and Greenwood Lake,halted temporarily to-day while the funeral was
held at Monroe,where he lived.
For the past few days,it was learned the inquiry centered in
Long Island,where the State Troopers,aided by Detectives BRIERTON and
POWERS and others of the Astoria Station,questioned for several hours
the young wife of a prominent Long Island City Physician, whose name
they refused to reveal.
This woman, it was said,was a personal friend of the man sought in
connection with the killing,the owner,according to the troopers,of a
resort near Greenwood Lake, and said also to be a bootlegger.
12 September 1928
POLICEMAN SAVES FLAMING WOMAN
Patrolman Henry BODE,of the Clymer street station, this afternoon rescued
Mrs.Dora MENDELMAN 40,of 41 Tompkins avenue,from probable death in flames.
The woman came rushing out of her home in a blaze after her clothing ignited
about 1:30 o'clock.
BODE snatched up a hall rug and wrapped it around the woman,quickly
extinguishing the fire.
Mrs.MENDELMAN had been cleaning a bed with gasoline when the fluid
14 September 1928
GIRL GIVES TIP IN COP SLAYING
While Patrolman Jerry BROSMAN,killed in Fordham Hospital early Thursday,
was accorded an inspector's funeral in the Bronx today,detectives worked
on a tip given them by a gunman's sweetheart that may put them on the track
of the trio who murdered the patrolman.
The girl is supposed to have telephone to District Attorney McGEEHAN saying;
''He didn't play fair with me and now I won't with him.I hope you catch him
and the two rat with him''.
An attorney who had been to the hospital too see a client informed the
District attorney that he had seen an automobile parked near the Southern
Boulevard entrance.Requiem mass was sung for the patrolman,who was fifty-three
years old and a father of seven children, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church,
2414 Marion avenue,the Bronx,followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery.
HORSE DRAGS COP
Policeman Guarding School Children, Badly Hurt by Horse
Patrolman Charles JOHNSON,34,of 12 Clifford place,Greenpoint late to-day
suffered a possible fracture of the right leg when a runaway horse dragged
him an entire block from Wythe to Ken avenue on South Sixth
before Joseph PONDERMAN,26 of 1004 East Forty-third street,an employe of the
Brooklyn Edison Company,came to the rescue.
JOHNSON was watching the school crossing at P.S.166, South Eighth
street and Bedford avenue,when he saw the horse tearing toward him pulling a
wagon,said by the police to be owned by Samuel NORCUS,of 67 Heyward street.
The policeman rushed six children to the sidewalk out of the
and leaped for the bridle as it passed.The horse turned into South Sixth
street and at this point the Brooklyn Edison Company employe,who was working
some distance away saw the patrolman's plight.PONDERMAN seized the other side
of the horse's harness and brought the animal to a halt.
Dr.WALLACE of St.Catherine's Hospital attended both men and then
ordered JOHNSON home.PONDERMAN remained at work after attended for cuts and bruises.
15 September 1928
BROOKLYN COP BANDIT KILLER
Climbs Clothespole to Shoot Man in Payroll Holdup
Patrolman James O'DONNELL of Brooklyn to-day is in line for a promotion
as a result of his activities in Manhattan yesterday,when,cling to a clothes line
pole with one arm he shot and killed, at a distance of 125 feet,Carmella
SPINELLI,21, paroled convict.
Another result of O'DONNELL's shot was the recovery of $537 in
cash,payroll of the White System Clothing Company which had been snatched
from the hands of Miss Ruth FELDSTEIN,18.
Three men approached Miss FEJDSTEIN at Lafayette and Bleecker streets
when she had the payroll money.One struck her a stunning bloow and
another,SPINELLI,snatched the pay-envelope.Patrolman O'DONNELL saw it and
gave chace, through croweded streets and into a tenement house,the chase
led.When SPINELLI disappeared O'DONNELL went into a back yard,climbed fifteen
feet up the pole and fired when he saw SPINELLI on a roof. The money was in
17 September 1928
WIFE, ACCUSED AS MURDERESS, ASKS FOR SON
Flushing Woman Denied Plea to Attend Funeral of Husband
Patrolman Michael C. LEONARD, 42, of 33-73 190th street, Auburndale,
Flushing, Queens, who was slain by his young wife in a drinking brawl, will
be buried in Pennsylvania tomorrow, the seventh anniversary of their wedding,
after funeral services are conducted by his pastor-brother.
When this was decided today, former Judge Edgar HAZLETON dropped plans to
petition Queens County Court to permit Mrs. Dorothy C. LEONARD, 26, to leave
her cell to attend the funeral. He planned, however, to urge her second
plea, that she be permitted to have her sick son, Robert, fifteen months old,
in her cell, to nurse him back to health.
Mr. HAZLETON proposed to carry this request to Commissioner PATTERSON of
the Department of Correction in Manhattan this afternoon.
Queens records today disclosed one apparent precedent.
On May 25, 1921, County Judge HUMPHREY now Supreme Court Justice, granted
application to Mrs. Sarah BUKOWSKA to have two children, two monghs and three
years old, in prison with her while she was held on a charge of grand
larceny. Three days later she was discharged.
Another child, Doris, four, was expected to provide corroborating testimony
to the self-defense plea indicated as Mrs. LEONARD's defense.
Doris already has substantiated her mother's story, police disclosed by
telling them: "Father hit mamma, and mamma cut him."
LEONARD's body was removed today from the funeral establishment of THomas
G. FOGARTY, 22 Madison Avenue, Flushing, to be taken to Rock Lake, Blossberg,
Pa. Then tomorrow the Rev. Benedict LEONARD, pastor of St. Juliana's church,
will offer a solemn requiem mass at 10 am and interment will follow in St.
Except for the imprisoned widow and children, Father LEONARD said in
claiming the body, he is the closest relative of the slain patrolman.
Third Recent Tragedy
It is the third tragedy in recent weeks in which a wife killed her husband
at home with a knife. One of the others also was in Queens, the second in
Brooklyn. Jealousy figured in the other cases, in which the killing is
claimed by the women to have been accidental during struggles.
Mrs. LEONARD, like the other knifing wives, asserts the killing was
unintentional and grieves over the mate she sent to death.
Frantic with remorse, according to police, Mrs. LEONARD tried to commit
suicide after ascertaining her husband was dead.
She yanked out his service revolver and aimed it at her heart but as she
started to pull the trigger thoughts of her children flashed through her mind
and turned the gun aside, the bullet imbedding in the sideboard.
Patrolman JACOBS of Flushing station, hearing the shot as he approached the
LEONARD home, raced in and wrested the weapon from Mrs. LEONARD's grasp.
"I always said I could not live without Mickey," was her explanation of the
Illness Caused Drink
Police say she also revealed the tragedy had its starting point in worry
over the sick baby, causing her to drink.
LEONARD, coming home Saturday with his pay-check, after their return from a
vacation trip, was partly under the influence of liquor police say, but after
he and his wife each took a drink from the bottle he had brought home, he
chided her for drinking. That started the quarrel.
Twelve hours of interrogation were required before Mrs. LEONARD bared her
version of the tragedy.
Then she was arraigned yesterday before Magistrate DOYLE in Flushing court.
He held her without bail for hearing Thursday.
Her mother, Mrs. Daniel O'KEEFE of 81 Payson avenue, sat tearfully through
the arraignment and tried to console her daughter.
She described their happy married life and LEONARD's kindness to his wife,
her parents and his children.
"I cannot understand this terrible thing," she said.
Former Municipal Justice Edgar HAZLETON, who represented Mrs. Ruth BROWN
SNYDER of Queens, executed for the murder of her husband, entered a plea of
not guilty on behalf of Mrs. LEONARD.
The knife with which the policeman, who was attached to tenth precinct,
Manhattan, was killed, is a meat knife. The two other recent husband
killings were with bread knives. All three tragedies occured in kitchens,
and all three wives have made confessions.
Mrs. LEONARD said she snatched at the knife and struck with it after her
husband had twice knocked her to the floor. She had become angry at his
scolding, and challenged him with his own drinking.
Their marriage culminated a romance that started when each admired the
other as he patrolled his beat and she walked to an office where she was
employed as stenographer. A mutual friend later introduced them.
Had Fine Record
She is described as attractive, he as tall and handsome. His police record
of seventeen years is characterized as excellent.
Their children are being cared for by John J. LEONARD, of 33-5(?) One
Hundred and Ninetieth street, Flushing.
A brother of LEONARD is the Rev. Benedict LEONARD, stationed at Blossberg,
Pa. A brother of Mrs. LEONARD, Charles O'KEEFE, is a detective in Manhattan.
He also was in court to console Mrs. LEONARD.
An autopsy disclosed the wound was in LEONARD's heart, yet he staggered
from the kitchen to a sunporch before collapsing.
24 September 1928
Police Lieutenant Hurt
Police Lieut. Edward FREESE, of the Miller Avenue station was alighting from
a Jamaica Avenue trolley car at Miller Avenue when he was struck by an
automobile owned and driven by Robert SKINNIDER, of 352 Fifty-ninth Street.
FREESE suffered a fracture of the right arm. He was attended by Dr. RUSSELL,
of Bradford Street Hospital. The lieutenant reported sick and went to his
home at 9433 Eighty-fifth Road, Woodhaven.
Motorcycle Policeman Hurt
Motorcycle Policeman Charles DECHON, of Motorcycle Squad No. 2, was operating
a police Department machine in Prospect, near Eleventh Avenue, when he was
in a collision with an automobile owned and driven by Ermano DEMATTIO, of 149
Harrison Avenue. The policeman was attended for (rest of notice cut off)
3 June 1929
INSPECTOR MAYER RETIRES IN MONTH
Chief of Manhattan Force Goes on Vacation First
Inspector August MAYER, chief of the detective force of Manhattan, will
retire from the police force after one month’s vacation starting today. He has
been allotted a pension of $2,700 a year.
Mr. MAYER, who lives at 137 Riverside Drive, is 50 years old and has been
an inspector since Dec. 21, 1928. Commissioner WHALEN had promoted him from a
lieutenancy. Inspector MAYER, as a sergeant with Sergt. Grover BROWN, made
sensational raids on the financial district several years ago and exposed the
workings of bucket shops. They also exposed several big bond thefts.
5 June 1929
POLICE OXYGEN SAVES LIFE OF DYING WOMAN
Emergency Squad Runs Four Miles in Six Minutes
Joseph CARLIN, a factory engineer, returning home from his office late
yesterday afternoon, found his wife, Anna, 39 years old, lying in an
unconscious condition on the floor of the living room of their home at 6611
Fort Hamilton Parkway.
He notified the Harbor Hospital and in a few minutes an ambulance,
accompanied by Dr. NOBHAN arrived at the house. After an examination, Dr.
NOBHAN said one of the woman’s lungs had collapsed and she had suffered a
stroke. He told CARLIN that his wife was dying from lack of oxygen and advised
him to call a police emergency squad. He said if the squad arrived in time
there was a faint hope of saving the woman’s life.
A patrolman put in a call for the police emergency squad of the Grand
avenue station, which is about four miles from the Fort Hamilton Parkway
address. Six minutes later the squad, headed by Sergeant Edward MOORE, brought
its automobile to a halt in front of the CARLIN home.
Within the house the policemen administered oxygen to the unconscious woman
and about half an hour later she was revived. Dr. NOBHAN predicted that she
would live, and joined with Mr. CARLIN in praising the squad for its speed and
6 June 1929
LIFE SAVING MEDALS GIVEN PATROLMEN
A Brooklyn patrolman, one from Queens and a Queens detective were among the
sixteen members of the police force who received medals and $25 in gold
yesterday from Commissioner WHALEN for saving lives from the waters around New
York during the past year.
The awards are made annually by the Life Saving Benevolent Association of
Greater New York. Patrolman Henry E. CAMPING of the Empire boulevard station,
and Patrolman Francis McDONALD of the Richmond Hill station, received bronze
medals as did Detective Hugh SULLIVAN of Astoria. The year’s gold medal went
to Patrolman William NEWMAN of the Ma -.[no more of article available]
FIRING AT TARGET, SAYS ACCUSED COP
Patrolman RUSSELL Held for Shooting at Watchman
Patrolman Cornelius RUSSELL, 35, of Newtown station, was held today in
Ridgewood court without bail, charged with felonious assault. The complainant
was Thomas TULLY, a watchman at Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, who testified
RUSSELL fired three shots in his direction.
RUSSELL insisted he was merely doing some target practise in preparation
for the department’s required pistol practise, and that he selected the
neighborhood of the cemetery as a place where he would annoy no one, but since
TULLY had made an affidavit he was taken into custody by Capt. Jacob ROSS of
Newtown station. He was held for examination Friday.
10 June 1929
CAPT. HAYES DIES SUDDENLY AT HOME
Commander of Fourth Avenue Station on Force Since 1896
Capt. Edward F. HAYES, commanding officer of the Thirty-second Precinct,
Fourth avenue police station died suddenly shortly after 8 o’clock last night
at his home, 217 Temple street, Astoria.
Capt. HAYES was commanding officer at Fourth avenue station for the past
five years and was one of the most popular officers of the department. He
joined the police force as a patrolman in 1896 and nine years ago became a
captain. He was on duty yesterday and returned home after the close of his
tour apparently in the best of health.
11 June 1929
BULLET TAKEN FROM POLICEMAN’S SPINE YEAR AFTER SHOOTING
Nassau Officer in Hospitals Since Attack on July 22 Last
On the night of July 22 last, in some underbrush at Woodmere, Policeman
John KENNEDY was mysteriously shot. The bullet lodged in his spine and there
it had been ever since until removed yesterday by Dr. Benjamin W. SEAMAN, of
Mineola, and Dr. Carl HETTESHEIMER, of Hempstead.
KENNEDY was first in the Far Rockaway Hospital and later in the Nassau
Hospital here, where the operation was performed yesterday. He had undergone
several blood transfusions, fellow officers volunteering their blood.
Physicians had been afraid to remove the bullet before today, fearing the
man’s death. Last night KENNEDY’s condition was reported as "fair."
The bullet was handed over to Harold R. KING, chief of county detectives.
Mrs. Rose HILKOWITZ of the Bronx, is in Queens County jail in Long Island City
in connection with the case.
13 June 1929
[PATROLMAN] -.WHO SHOT AT TARGET, CLEARED OF ASSAULT
Denies Firing at Watchman in Cemetery and Court Finds No Evidence
[See June 6, 1929]
A charge of felonious assault against Patrolman Cornelius RUSSELL of the
Newtown precinct was dismissed by Magistrate Thomas F. DOYLE yesterday in
Ridgewood for lack of evidence. The patrolman, who is 35 years old and has
been five years on the force, was accused by Thomas TULLY, of 44-15
Fifty-third avenue, Long Island City, a watchman at the Mount Zion Cemetery at
Maspeth, of having fired a number of shots at him in the cemetery.
The patrolman declared that he had been shooting at a target. He brought a
newspaper with a number of bullet holes in into court and exhibited this as
his target. He said he was in a little frequented section of the cemetery.
Captain Jacob ROSS, in command of the Newtown precinct, appeared in court
and testified to Russell’s good record.
RUSSELL still faces a police trial before Deputy Commissioner John A. LEACH
on the assault charge. The dismissal of the charge by Magistrate DOYLE will
make this latter hearing a mere formality, however, and he will be cleared by
the commissioner, it was said in police circles.
15 June 1929
ILLNESS ENDS CAPT. NESTOR’S POLICE CAREER
Echo of War Forces Him to Retire on Advice of Physicians
Captain James B. NESTOR, popular East Side police captain, retired this
week from the Police Department after twenty-two years of service, most of
which was spent on duty in Manhattan’s Ghetto where the Captain was well liked
by the residents as well as by the men in his command.
Captain NESTOR was obliged to retire because of ill health which resulted
from service in the A. E. F. in France, where he saw much action at the front.
The Captain has been a Brooklynite for many years, residing at present at
151 Remsen street. Most of his service in the Police Department was put in at
the Elizabeth street police station, Manhattan, where he did duty as a
patrolman. When promoted to Captain, he was placed in charge of the Police
Academy, where he aided in turning out one of the largest classes of rookie
patrolmen, 2,500 in number, in one year during the McLAUGHLIN administration.
Captain NESTOR plans taking things easy for a while and will sail for an
extended trip to Europe in a few weeks. He was transferred to the Brooklyn
Bridge station at his own request a few weeks ago, but was forced to retire
from the force on the advice of physicians.
POLICE COMRADES MOURN PASSING OF CAPT. E. F. HAYES
Police Capt. Edward F. HAYES, who died last Sunday, was buried this week
with full department honors. Capt. HAYES, who was in command of the
Thirty-second Precinct at Fourth avenue and Forty-third street, was known by
the men in his command as "a most humane man."
He was fifty-seven years old when he died and was appointed to the police
force in 1896. When promoted to captain in 1920, he was placed in charge of
the Bedford avenue station, where he remained until five years ago, when he
was transferred to the Fourth avenue station.
Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Inspector SHELVEY, commander of the Tenth
Division, was in charge of the funeral, while Captain MASTERSON directed the
In the cortege, headed by the Police Department Band, were forty department
officials, including inspectors, captains, lieutenants, sergeants and
patrolmen. Captain HAYES leaves his wife, Mrs. Emma HAYES, two sons, Edward,
Jr., and John HAYES, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary CLANCY.
POLICE DELEGATE AMONG BIG LEADERS
One of the outstanding candidates in The Standard Union’s gigantic $55,000
campaign is Francis E. IOOSS, of 1912 Fifty-third Street. He is a native of
the Greater City and has served on the police force since June 10, 1912. He is
now on the list for promotion to sergeant. As a member of the Patrolmen’s
Benevolent Association and a delegate representing the members of the
Thirtieth (Bath Beach) precinct, he has been active in promoting police
welfare activities. He is a member of Archbishop John Hughes Council 104, K of
C., of the Greater New York Police Organization, Police Mounted Association;
Holy Name Society, Church of the Holy Ghost and also the Holy Name Society of
the Police Department. He is one of the Sharpshooters of the department,
scoring ninety-two in the last pistol practice. Mr. IOOSS is in the very front
line of the big contenders for the $10,000 model home, being supported by a
legion of loyal friends.
17 June 1929
5 BROOKLYN, QUEENS POLICE AMONG 12 TO OBTAIN PROMOTION
WHALEN Announces Changes to Captaincies for Two Lieutenants
Police Commissioner WHALEN today announced the promotions of two
lieutenants to be captains, four sergeants to be lieutenants and six patrolmen
to be sergeants. They were:
-Lieutenants William H. AMMANN of Snyder avenue station, who lives at 1959
East Eighth street, and
-Henry MALLEY, of the Sixteenth Division of Queens, who
lives at 205 William street, Long Island City, to be captains.
Sergeants Emil JOHELKA of Morrisania precinct;
-Patrick O’BRIEN of West 136th street station, Manhattan;
-Edward GRADY, of Richmond Hill station and
-Edward E. SIEGENTHAL of Poplar street station, to be sergeants.
Patrolmen David KELLY of Beach street station, Manhattan
Patrolmen Bierson DORSS of Traffic Precinct A
Patrolmen Charles HERRSSHAFT of Bath Beach station
Patrolmen William SAGER, of the Telegraph Bureau in Manhattan
Patrolmen James P. ROGERS of the Telegraph Bureau in the Bronx
Patrolmen Daniel C. MURPHY of the Bureau of Criminal Identification at
police headquarters, Manhattan, to be sergeants.
18 June 1929
DETECTIVE SOLVES BATH HOUSE MYSTERY AT ROCKAWAY BEACH
Abandoned Clothing Belonged to Drowned Man and Visiting Couple
What promised to be a mystery for Rockaway police when the clothes of two
men and a woman for which apparently there were no claimants were found
locked in lockers in Curley's baths, Beach 116th street, Rockaway Park,
Sunday, has been cleared up by Detective Michael CARNEY of the Rockaway
CARNEY found that the clothing of one of the men belonged to Edward
KEARNS, 5020 Thirty-ninth place, Long Island City, who was drowned Sunday
while bathing at the foot of Beach 119th street, Rockaway Park.
The other clothing proved to be the property of a married couple who had
met friends on the beach Sunday and had failed to return to Curley's baths
till midnight. Finding the establishment closed the couple went home in an
automobile and returned yesterday to Curley's and claimed their garments.
22 June 1929
TWO PATROLMEN SUSPENDED, ARRESTED FOR STREET BRAWL
Picked Quarrel in Sheepshead Bay Restaurant
Two patrolmen off-duty, Albert ADINOLFI, of 5711 Sixth avenue, attached to
the Fifth avenue station, and Matthew PARKER, of 636 Rogers avenue, Atlantic
avenue station, were arrested early today and held for examination on a charge
of disorderly conduct before Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in the Coney Island court.
They were charged with engaging in a free-for-all fight on the streets of
Sheepshead Bay. When department officials heard of the incident, the men were
deprived of their shields.
ADINOLFI and PARKER, with parties of friends, were dining at Zippo’s
restaurant at 2112 Emmons avenue, Sheepshead Bay in civilian clothes, when a
quarrel between them started; they adjourned to the sidewalk to debate the
matter further. Patrolman Michael HARRINGTON of the Sheepshead Bay station
broke up the scrap and arrested the two men.
When Deputy Chief Inspector Thomas P. CUMMINGS in charge of Brooklyn
arrived, he ordered the men held for examination and Fourth Deputy Police
Commissioner John A. LEACH ordered the men suspended from the force.
29 June 1929
Judge Paroles Patrolman in Larceny Case
Charged with petty larceny, Patrolman John B.MOLINI, of the Classon
avenue police station, was taken to Gates avenue court to-day before
Magistrate BLANCHFIELD and paroled in the custody of his attorney,
Harold L. TURK, for examination July 8.
MOLINI, who is 28 years old has been on the police force for five
and a half years and lives at 1044 Forty-first street. He was arrested
this morning at the Classon avenue station house by detectives
Joseph REILLY and John BRENNAN, also of the Classon avenue
station. Two affidavits were produced in court, one filed by Detective
Joseph REILLY and the other by Charles TILGNER, an assistant
engineer on the Board of Education.
The affidavit filed by REILLY charges that on July 10, he was passing
by the premises of 55 Fort Greene place when he noticed a crowd
gathered in front of that address. He investigated and charges that
he found MOLINI standing on the running board of a truck operated
by a negro. The truck, REILLY says, was loaded down with steam
radiators and piping valued at about $50, which had been taken from
the premises of 55 Fort Greene place. MOLINI, REILLY says, told him
that he had permission to carry the material from the house and drove
When the loss of the radiators and piping became known it was
revealed that the premises at 55 Fort Greene place is condemned
property and is to be the site of the new Brookltn Technical High
School. It was reported to Inspector David KANE, of the 13th
Inspection District, and an investigation was conducted which
resulted in the arrest of MOLINI.
6 July 1929
Lieut. KENNEDY Transferred
Police Lieut. Joseph KENNEDY, who for a number of years was attached to
the Stagg street station and was later transferred to the Atlantic
avenue station, is doing duty at the Herbert street station now.
More Brighton Police
Capt. James H. FILLEN, in charge of the Coney Island police, has
promised George GREEN, president of the Brighton Beach Chamber of
Commerce, that he will assign additional patrolmen to curb existing
nuisances at Brighton Beach.
7 July 1929
PATROLMAN’S SON ACQUITTED BY JURY
Daniel P. HANLON, 19, of 508 Monroe street, Cedarhurst, son of County
Patrolman Michael P. HANLON, has been acquitted of driving while intoxicated
by a jury before Justice NEU in the Lynbrook court. A clash between two
physicians over evidence of HANLON’s alleged intoxication featured the trial.
The jury deliberated twelve minutes.
Dr. E. K. HORTON of Rockville Centre testified he thought HANLON was
intoxicated when he examined him in the South Nassau Communities Hospital.
Defense Counsel Norman F. LENT of Lynbrook obtained admission from Dr. William
S. HORTON [names as written in article] of Lynbrook, that a person suffering
from fright might exhibit symptoms of alleged drunkenness such as HANLON
POLICEMAN LOSES VERBAL BOUT ON WHALEN-MODEL UNIFORMS
Throws Up Sponge After HIRSHFIELD’s Hook on Spats
Magistrate David HIRSHFIELD, sitting in Adams street court, today relieved
the tedium of his duties by engaging in a verbal tilt with an unidentified
mounted policeman. It was a slow battle with Magistrate HIRSHFIELD forcing the
The first round opened with the magistrate dancing out of his corner at the
sight of a handsome mounted cop standing about six feet two inches who had
entered the court seeking information. Magistrate HIRSHFIELD led with, "Are
you a Northwest mounted policeman?"
The cop ducked and answered, "no, your honor, I am a member of the New York
City police force."
Judge HIRSHFIELD crowded in close and sent in a slam at the new WHALEN
"What’s that makeup you’re wearing? It looks like that of a Northwest
Mountie, but I suppose it’s the new outfit designed by WHALEN and to be
financed by charity?"
The cop was visibly disturbed and countered heavily with self-respect.
"No sir, if your honor please," he declared stoutly. "I bought and paid for
this uniform myself and I’m not looking for anyone to buy my clothes."
The sartorial critic shifted his attack to the cop’s Sam Browne belt.
"That belt of yours is pretty nice." Magistrate HIRSHFIELD admitted, "but I
don’t believe you could draw your gun very fast."
The magistrate had grown careless and now was fighting the cop’s kind of
battle. As quick as a flash, the cop whipped out his gun and answered lightly,
"Oh, it’s easy for me, Your Honor, I used to be a State Trooper."
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD appeared considerably shaken and sent over a verbal
blow, started low, plainly meant to end the battle.
"Let’s see," he asked, "have you got your spats on?"
This was too much for the cop. He left the arena in confusion.
Outside the courtroom the cop was asked his name. He replied, "Good night,
I can’t give you my name. I don’t want to get into trouble with that guy."
12 July 1929
37 PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED ON POLICE FORCE
Eight Named Captains, 13 Lieutenants and 14 Sergeants
Police Commissioner Grover WHALEN has announced the promotion of eight
lieutenants to be captains, thirteen sergeants as lieutenants and
fourteen patrolmen as sergeants in the departments.
The men will officially receive their promotions at a ceremony late
to-day in police headquarters
Those promoted to the captaincy are:
James F. MOONEY, Greenwich street station
John L. LAGARENNE, West Thirtieth street
Francis J KEAR, East Fifth street
Joseph A. MURRAY, Fourth Division
Charles O. NELSON, East 104th street
Peter MCGUIRK, East Sixty-seventh street
Charles L. NEIDIG, Eleventh Division
Harry TAYLOR, Deputy Chief Inspectors office in Staten Island.
These men will receive salary increase of $1,000 each, bring their pay
to $4, 500 each year.
The sergeants promoted to lieutenancies, with a salary increase of $500
a year, bring their income to $3,500 are:
William A, MURTAGH, Traffic C
John R. HANKEN, Morrisiania
Alexander W. FRASER, Kingsbridge
Joseph REIT, Glendale Queens
Earl J. MAYO, Cannarsie
John A. GREEN, Wakefield
James J. DEVENY, Traffic A
Thomas BRADY, Prospect Park
George NEARY, Traffic E
William WEBER, Fourth avenue Brooklyn
August F. COOK, Astoria
Arthur WERTHEIM, Traffic F
Edward LYNCH, Fourth avenue
The patrolmen promoted to the rank of sergeant with a salary increase of
$500 to $3,000 yearly are:
John D. TRACY, Highbridge
Harold FINAN, Motorcycle Squad 2
Emil KOCHMAN, East 104th street detective
Emanuel ZWERLING, Highbridge
Michael SULLIVAN, chief inspector’s office
Richard AUSTIN, Gates avenue
James F. BENNETT, chief inspector’s office
Thomas J Henry, West Sixty-eighth street
Henry HOFFMAN, Mercer street
Rudolph A. MENTEN, Traffic division Manhattan
Thomas J. HENRY, Telegraph Bureau, Brooklyn
John J. MCCAMBY, Traffic F
Charles BAUER, Traffic Division Manhattan.
PATROLMAN TOUWSMA DISMISSED BY BOARD AT HEMPSTEAD TRIAL
Attorney Says His Client Will Fight Village Fathers' Verdict
After a trial which was labeled by the "star witness," as a "nut party,"
Patrolman Charles TOUWSMA was found guilty of misconduct and dismissed
from the police force by the Hempstead village board, sitting as a
police commission, last night.
In rendering the verdict of the village fathers, Mayor W. Taylor
CHAMBERLIN stated that it was the unanimous opinion of the trustees that
TOUWSMA was guilty and that he had shown himself unworthy to be a police
John H. SHULTZE, attorney for the accused patrolman, moved for a stay of
the judgment on the grounds that the board had no jurisdiction and that
the trustees were prejudiced because TOUWSMA had haled them into court
on a writ of certiorari relative to the trial held April 23 when he was
demoted from the rank of sergeant. He also told the village trustees
that another writ of certiorari would be sought to set aside the verdict
of the village board last night.
22 July 1929
POLICE LIEUTENANT IS PROMOTED, DEMOTED, ADVANCED AGAIN IN DAY
Lieut. John L. FEELEY, of the Hempstead Police Department, was
promoted, demoted and promoted again yesterday. When he came to work he
was a lieutenant. At 8 o'clock, when Chief Phineas A. Seaman left for
Corland to attend the State Police Chiefs' convention, Lieut. FEELEY was
made acting chief. However, at 4 o'clock it was discovered that the
lieutenant on the desk had a day off, so Acting chief Feeley became
Acting Lieutenant FEELEY. At midnight the lieutenant again changed
roes, resigned as acting lieutenant and becoming acting chief again. He
will keep this role for the remainder of the week.
PATROLMAN IS HURT ON ERRAND OF MERCY
Joseph MCGOWAN Knocked Down by Automobile
Bound on an errand of mercy, Patrolman Joseph MCGOWAN, attached to
Miller avenue station, was crossing Jamaica avenue at Euclid avenue,
shortly before 8 A.M. to-day to aid an motorcyclist who had fallen from
his machine, when he was knocked down by an automobile.
The auto was operated by Charles LEGINELLI, of 160 Somers street, and
was being driven east on Jamaica avenue.
George HUCK, 32, of 8602 Eighty-ninth avenue, Queens, was the
motorcyclist. He has a possible fracture of the leg and a sprained
ankle. MCGOWAN has both hands and knees badly lacerated. An ambulance
surgeon from Trinity Hospital aided both and they went home.Brooklyn
Standard Union July 22, 1929 - News
COP IS ACCUSED BY CONTRACTOR AFTER ATTACK
Patrolman Burns Indicted for Assault on Hugh RILEY
Patrolman Charles BURNS, of the Thirty-first Precinct, Avenue U and
East Fifteenth street, was arraigned to-day before County Judge George
W. MARTIN on an indictment charging him with assault in the second
degree. He was held in $1,500 bail.
The charge against BURNS grows out of an alleged attack upon Hugh
RILEY, a mason contractor, of 19 Lake avenue, on the evening of April
21, last, in the station house at Avenue U and East Fifteenth street.
In the Magistrate HIRSHFIELD, RILEY's complaint against Patrolman BURNS
was dismissed. RILEY then insisted upon submitting his complaint to the
Grand Jury, with the result that the indictment charging assault has
been returned against BURNS.
On the afternoon of April 21, last, Patrolman BURNS arrested RILEY
and Edward CANGELY, of 5 Ebony street, who were in an automobile at the
time. He charged that they were intoxicated. They denied they were
RILEY alleged that, while he was being led into a cell in the station
house, BURNS struck him a violent blow in the face, knocking him to the
ground and making him unconscious. RILEY said his first recollection
after the blow was to awake to find his face being bathed and his eye
swollen and discolored. Later RILEY was confined to the hospital for
BURNS denies that at any time he struck RILEY. It has been admitted,
however, that when RILEY was taken to the station house he had no mark
on his face. It has not been denied that when he was released under
bond his eye was discolored and swollen.
28 August 1929
COURT RAPS POLICEMAN FOR FRIVOLOUS ARRESTS
"Why don't you get thieves and those persons who 'skin' the public at
Coney Island games instead of bringing these people into court for playing
ball on the beach and doing acrobatic stunts?"
So Magistrate David HIRSHFIELD in the Coney Island court yesterday
afternoon asked Patrolman Richard REILLY, of the Coney Island station,
who appeared against six young men whom he had summoned to court for
infractions of the ordinances regulating the beach.
Patrolman REILLY made no reply to the question. The magistrate suspended
sentence in the cases.
9 January 1931
MANY CHANGES IN UNITS, FIGURING IN FRAMEUP EXPOSE
Emphatically denying that it was in any sense a shakeup, Police
MULROONEY this afternoon issued orders for the most widespread shifts since
he took command of the force last May.
Eight Deputy Inspectors and nine police captains were transferred arund
the greater city,precincts from the upper Bronx to the outer most reaches of
Queens being affected.
The Commissioner insisted that the transfers were in no way connected
with the vice inquiry or the trails of the accused former members of the vice
squad,now in progress. It was noted,however, that the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth
division which have figured prominently in the vice trails are all involved.
Deputy Inspectors were transferred as follows:
Camille C.PIERNE,from the Fourth to the First Division in Manhattan.
James J.MIKENZIE, from the Eighth in the Bronx
Edward J.LENNON, from the Sixth Division to the Fifth in Manhattan.
John REDDEN,from the Seventh Division in the Bronx to the Fourteenth in
Brooklyn, which takes in the Willamsburg and Greenpoint sections.
Jay J.DONALD,from the Eighth in the Bronx to the Seventh in the same brough.
James J.FITZPATRICK from the Thirteenth Division,including Bushwick and
Stuyvesant sections,to the Sixteenth Division in Long Island City.
Edward A.BRACKEN,from Fourteenth Division in Brooklyn to the Fourth in Manhattan.
Thomas B.LEAHY,from the Sixteenth Divison to the Sixth Division in Manhattan.
George H.MARXHAUSEN,from the East Twenty-second street station in Manhattan
to Wakefield station in the Bronx.
John J.McMANUS, from the Amsterdam avenue station to night duty in the
Chief Inspector's office.
Patrick DINAN, from the Wakefield station in the Bronx to Bayside,L.I.
George H.KAUFF, from Coney Island to the Grand avenue station in Brooklyn.
Joseph D.MARTIN, from Grand avenue station to the Classon avenue station, in Brooklyn.
Walter J.ABRAMS, from Classon avenue station to Coney Island.
Ralph MICELLI, from Bayside to Traffic E, Manhattan.
William J.KEYES, from Brooklyn Headquarters to night duty in the
Chief Inspector's office.
George W.HEITZMANN, from Traffic E to Traffic D in Manhattan.
10 January 1931
DEATH CLAIMS PAID
John CUMMINGS,treasurer of the P. B. A.,has announced that he has paid the
following death claims during the month of December;
Mary O'CONNELL, beneficiary,Thomas O'CONNELL,retired,died Nov.21, $200
Elizabeth KING, beneficiary, William G.KING,died Oct 30, $200.
Elizabeth KENNEDY,beneficiary, John KENNEDY,retired,died Nov 27, $200
Estate of Isaac H.WEINER,retired,died May 29,$200
Mary A.TOOMEY,beneficiary,Jeremiah TOOMEY,retired,died Oct 21, $200
Estate of Charles GUTGSELL,retired,died Dec 3,$200
Estate of Michael REILLY,Twenty-second Precinct,died Nov14, $300
Minnie G.SENK,beneficiary, Walter H.SENK,Motorcycle No.2,died Nov,22, $300
JohnJ.McMANUS,beneficiary,Bernard McCORMACK, retired,died Dec4, $200
Lena TOBIN,beneficiary,William TOBIN,Seventh Precinct,died Dec 2,$300
Lillian CUNNIFF,beneficiary,Harold CUNNIFF,Traffic A, died Dec 5, $300
Marion HOGAN,beneficiary,Daniel J.HOGAN,retired,died Dec 7,$200
William McGRANE,beneficiary,Thomas H.KANE,retired,died Dec 14, $200
Estate of Wilbur N.BACON,retired, died Dec 10,$200
Estate of Walter J.MURPHY,Eng. Sad.,No.2,died Dec 4, $200
Estate of Joseph GILKINSON, Quartermasters Division, died Nov 25, $300
Isabella KELLY,beneficiary,Thomas F.KELLY, retired, died Dec 16, $200
Annie DALY, beneficiary,Patrick DALY,retired,died Dec 7, $300
Pauline A.MAJOR, beneficiary, William T.MAJOR, Quartermasters Division,died Dec 6, $300.
LEONARD TAKEN SUDDENLY ILL
George R.LEONARD,second vice president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent
Association, was taken on Monday in anambulance to Beekman Street Hospital
from the Parole Commission's office in the Municipal Building, Manhattan,
where he was stricken with a heart spasm. Vice-President LEONARD is one of
the best known members of the Police Department. He has beena member of the
P.B.A. for more than thirty-five years. His son,George R.LEONARD,Jr., is
chief clerk of the Kings County Court. In all the movements looking to higher
pay for the patrolmen, Vice-President LEONARD took a leading part.
20 January 1931
FREES MAN WHOSE AUTO KILLED COP
John TESSEYMAN,28, of 242-26 135th avenue,Rosedale, after trail before
Magistrate Thomas F.DOYLE yesterday in Jamaica Court was acquitted of a
charge of automobile homicide. On Dec 18 last, TESSEYMAN drove an automobile
which struck and killed Patrolman Howard BARROWS of Queens Village as he was
directing traffic at Merrick road and Springfield boulevard,St.Albans.
RESSEYMAN maintained a green traffic light gave him the right of way, and
that the officer stepped into the path of the automobile. Mrs. Helen
T.BARROWS of 105-20 Van Wyck boulevard, Jamaica, widow of the patrolman,
testified as to his length of service with the police department.
24 January 1931
CAR TURNS OVER, COP IN ASTORIA BADLY INJURED
Patrolman Fred SIEVERS, of Astoria station, was painfully injured
yesterday when the department car he was driving turned turtle at 36 th
avenue and 37th street, Astoria, as he swerved to avoid colliding with
SIEVERS was taken to St.John's Hospital, where his injuries were found to
include a sprained neck, a fractured hand, a lacerated head, and cuts and
bruises of the legs.He was treated and then sent to his home at 13909 91st
11 March 1931
PRAISE POLICE CAPTAIN
Credited with knowing nearly every criminal in the city, Captain Joseph
GASMAN, of Central Park station, Manhattan, is receiving congratulations
from detectives of Clymer street station, where he was a lieutenant up to
the time of his promotion. He has been with the detective division
practically from the time he joined the department.
17 March 1931
M'LAUGHLIN, Vice Cop, Suspended
Andrew G. MCLAUGHLIN, vice squad patrolman who refused Friday to answer
questions concerning his bank and brokerage accounts when he appeared before
Referee Samuel SEABURY in the magistrate's courts probe, was suspended by
commissioner MULROONEY, charged with insubordination by Fourth Deputy Police
Commissioner Nelson RUTTENBERG today and ordered to stand departmental trial Thursday.
MCLAUGHLIN arrested Vivian GORDON, slain vice witness in 1923, and was
charged by her with 'framing' and railroading her into Bedford Reformatory.
The Commissioner asked him about his bank and brokerage accounts and
MCLAUGHLIN refused to answer. RUTTENBERG then charged him with insubordination.
18 March 1931
FINAL TRIBUTE TO PATROLMAN
Funeral services for Patrolman Frank BYRNES, 31, of 661 Flatbush avenue, who
was killed Saturday when run over by a motor truck at Eastern Parkway and
Atlantic avenue, were held today at the home of his brother, Daniel BYRNES,
at 290 East Fifty-sixth street.
Requiem mass was celebrated at St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Church at
Albany avenue and Linden Boulevard, after which burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
A police escort was provided for the funeral, and the police band and police
glee club took part in the obsequies.
COMPLAINTS FAIL; POLICEMEN FREED
The two policemen arrested in Queens Village on charges of women were
discharged by magistrate Benjamin MARVIN in Jamaica court yesterday, after
one refused to sign a complaint of disorderly conduct against one of the
officers, and the second failed to identify the other defendant as the person
who attacked her.
Patrolman John RUGIS, 28, of the Queens Village station, and living at 962
Seneca avenue, Ridgewood, was suspended by Deputy Commissioner John A. LEACH
on Monday night, after Helen MCGEE, 91-15 Winchester avenue, Queens Village,
complained that a policeman and two other men forced her into an automobile
and later threw her out. The woman yesterday failed to identify RUGIS as one
of the assailants.
Pauline REILLY, of 89-11 237th street, Bellerose, refused to sign a complaint
of disorderly conduct against Patrolman Martin GILL, of the Hunters Point
station, and residing at 248-17 Eighty-eighth road, Bellerose. Gill was suspended.
24 March 1931
EX-PATROLMAN DIES AT BROTHER'S RITES
Southampton, L. I., March 24 - Word has been received here that Nicholas
MAHER, 57, of Prospect street, died suddenly in Philadelphia, yesterday while
attending the funeral of his brother, William, 60. Mr. MAHER at one time a
policeman here, was a gardener. He is survived by his wife and two sons,
Richard, 23, an assistant bookkeeper in the Southampton Bank, and George 22.
HURT THREE TIMES WITHIN TWO YEARS
Although he has only been a member of the Police Department two years,
Patrolman John C. FELTZ, of Jamaica station, is for the third time a victim
of the automobile. His first two experiences were with intoxicated motorists
who ran him down, while the latest injuries suffered by him were sustained
when an automobile on the running board of which he was riding crashed into a
Patrolman FELTZ was on a patrol at Jamaica avenue and 178th street, Jamaica,
yesterday afternoon, when he noticed two different license plates on a green
roadster. Commandeering another passing automobile, FELTZ gave chase to 184th
street and 109th avenue, HOLLIS. Here, FELTZ alleges, the driver of the green
roadster suddenly made a serve to the right, causing the machine on which
FELTZ was riding to crash into a tree.
Another patrolman continued the chase after the green roadster and caught up
with it two blocks away. The operator said he is William JACKSON, 25, of
166-14 Bergen place; Jamaica. He had papers which show he is the owner of the roaster.
FELTZ and his prisoner went to the Jamaica station, where the later was
booked on charges of felonious assault and driving an automobile with
improper license plates.
FELTZ received medical attention from Dr. IMPERATO of Mary Immaculate
Hospital for a sprained neck and a possible fractured left arm. The officer
later went to his home at 148-44 Eighty-ninth avenue, Jamaica.
Jackson was to be arraigned today before magistrate Benjamin MARVIN in the
Jamaica court on the two complaints.
28 March 1931
TWO VICE COPS DISMISSED ON PROBE CHARGES
LEWIS and MCFARLAND are Fired for Refusing to Answer SEABURY
The sixth and seventh police officers to be dismissed from the department
because of refusal to testify before the magistrates courts inquiry being
conducted by Samuel SEABURY in Manhattan, were discharged this afternoon by
Police Commissioner MULROONEY.
They are Patrolmen William B. LEWIS and Edgar P. MCFARLAND of the First
Division, vice squad, who were accused by Mrs. Genevieve POTOCKI and Ms.
Marie BARRY of having beaten and framed them on a vice charge last February.
They refused to testify before Referee SEABURY concerning the incident.
Commissioner MULROONEY, after granting the men a departmental trial on their
refusal, ruled their conduct was "prejudicial to good order and efficiency
and they are consequently disqualified to continue in the Police Department."
1 April 1931
POLICE PROMOTIONS IN FORCE AFFECT BROOKLYN STATIONS
Lieut. STREID Named Captain--Attached to 13th Division
Police Commissioner MULROONEY announced to-day the promotion
of one lieutenant to be captain, five sergeants to be lieutenants
and thirteen patrolmen to be sergeants.
Lieut. William STREID was promoted to a captaincy and attached
to the Thirteenth Division with headquarters at 248 Vernon avenue, Brooklyn.
The new lieutenants are:
Michael McCARRON. Bayside station;"
Matthew MANNING, Seventh Division; Bronx;
William RICE, health squad, Brooklyn headquarters;
James CULLEY, West Thirtieth street station, Manhattan, and
Rudolph PETERS, policy academy.
The new sergeants who will be on duty in Brooklyn and Queens are:
James MURPHY, Bath Beach station;
William NIBBS, Bergen street station, and
William HOLLAND, Jamaica station.
4 April 1931
MOONEY RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS
Patrolman Thomas H. MOONEY, clerical man at the Flushing
station, has been retired from active service upon his own request
by Commissioner MULROONEY after nearly thirty years of service. He
was appointed to the force on June 11, 1901, and his first
assignment was in the West Thirtieth street station in Manhattan.
He was soon afterward transferred to the mounted police and
served in that division in Manhattan from 1904 to 1907, and then was
transferred to the Whitestone station, now a part of the Flushing
In 1915 he was transferred from mounted to bicycle duty, but
remained in Whitestone, even after the merger of the old station
with the Flushing station in 1916, until assigned to clerical duty
on April 6, 1920.
MOONEY lives at 12-02 148th street, Whitestone.
7 April 1931
PATROLMAN KELLY ON HIS HONEYMOON
Patrolman James W. KELLY and his bride, the former Miss Helen
McGONIGLE of Astoria, are in Atlantic City for their honeymoon. The
couple were married Sunday in St. John's Church, Fifty-eighth street
and First avenue, Manhattan.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry McGONIGLE of
28-28 Twenty-ninth street, Astoria. Her father is assistant to City
Clerk Michael CRUISE. Patrolman KELLY is attached to the West
Thirtieth street station in Manhattan. His home has been at 214
Beach Eighty-third street, Rockaway, and upon their return from
Atlantic City, the couple will live in the Rockaways.
15 April 1931
COP ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING
Suspended after a police surgeon had pronounced him unfit for
duty, Patrolman John DILLON, 35, of Traffic B, in Manhattan, who
lives at 107-46 109th street, Richmond Hill, was scheduled for a
hearing in Flatbush court to-day on a charge of assault.
Barney KOTINSKY, a taxicab chauffeur, of 746 Linwood street,
charged that DILLON and a friend engaged his cab early to-day near
Borough Hall and were driven to Eighty-fourth street and Fourth
avenue, where the friend left them.
DILLON, he says, then ordered him to drive him to Richmond Hill,
but at Utica avenue and Eastern Parkway DILLON accused him of
"piling up mileage," and getting out of the cab, attacked him.
Several shots were fired by DILLON, it was said, none of which
took effect, however, and finally another policeman came along and
placed DILLON under arrest. He was taken to Empire Boulevard
station, where he was pronounced unfit for duty by Dr. NAMMACH and
immediately suspended by Deputy Commissioner John A. LEACH.
16 April 1931
MEDAL AWARDS TO BRAVE COPS
Brooklyn and Queens Men Among 23 Officers Cited by MULROONEY
Police Commissioner MULROONEY has announced the names of
policemen who are to receive medals for conspicuous bravery during
1930. There are twenty-three officers named, including eleven men
who were killed in the line of duty.
The awards will be made by Mayor WALKER in front of the
reviewing stand on Fifth avenue, Manhattan, the day of the Policy
Department parade, set for May 2.
Brooklyn and Queens officers who are to be decorated are:
Detective Paul A. HIGGINS, Lawrence avenue station departmental
medal of honor. April 6 he pursued three men escaping from a holdup
in which a clerk had been shot. Although wounded, he shot two of
the bandits, who later died.
ONE AGAINST MANY
Patrolman John DUKES, Motorcycle Squad 2, LeRoy W. BALDWIN
medal. Dec. 20 he noticed six suspicious men in an automobile at
East Fourth street and Ditmas avenue. He disarmed one man and
arrested all of them. The men were shown to have committed a
Detective Dominick GRIFFO, Fifth avenue station. Nov. 26, at
212 Twenty-second street, he cornered and arrested four holdup men,
shooting two and beating the others into submission, although they
were all armed. GRIFFO was off duty and in civilian clothes at the
Patrolman Richard J. COUGHLIN, Motorcycle Squad 2 (posthumous
award). Feb. 22 while attempting to arrest the occupants of an
automobile was struck by another automobile at Nostrand and Newkirk
avenues and died from his injuries two days later.
Patrolman Walter C. DeCASTILLIA, Poplar street station
(posthumous award). March 15 shot and killed by one of four men
while guarding a payroll at 35 York street.
ARRESTED ALL SIX
Patrolman Charles A. HAUPERT, Jamaica station. Oct. 26 he
learned that six holdup men had shot a lunch wagon operator in
Flushing and escaped in an automobile. He saw the automobile and
when the driver refused to stop gave chase and arrested the
occupants, including the man who had done the shooting.
The men who are to receive the awards will be lined up before
the reviewing stand and their deeds published as each is decorated.
Posthumous awards for the men on duty will be made to their nearest
22 April 1931
POLICE CAPTAIN DUFFY TO RETIRE
Police Capt. Thomas DUFFY, 49, of 385 Grand street, to-day put
in an application for retirement from the force which becomes
effective to-night. He has been captain of the Far Rockaway police
He was appointed to the force in 1905; made a sergeant in 1917;
a lieutenant in 1923, and a captain on Sept. 12, 1930. When retired
he will receive a pension of $2,500 a year.
28 April 1931
POLICEMAN FELLS HOSPITAL SUSPECT
Patrolman Harry WALSH, of 101 McKinley avenue, Glendale, Queens,
attached to Empire boulevard station, had a fight on his hands early
to-day as he was carrying out his duties in the prison ward of Kings
County Hospital. Felix DeMUNDO, a prisoner charged with grand
larceny and confined to the hospital with pneumonia, decided he had
had enough of prisons and hospitals, but Patrolman WALSH disagreed
While eight prisoners looked on, WALSH and DeMUNDO grappled with
each other. Finally the policeman subdued DeMUNDO with a blackjack
and the prisoner's residence was changed to the Raymond street jail,
where he awaited arraignment. WALSH and DeMUNDO were treated for
lacerations of the face in the hospital.
COPS DO GOOD HIGHWAY WORK
Police Captain Jacob ROS, of the 110th Precinct, Elmhurst, was
given the thanks of Public Works Commissioner Halleran for
assistance extended during the repair of cuts in the Queens
Commissioner HALLERAN had ordered that all highway cuts made by
utility corporations should be repaired and none made on Saturday
afternoons so as to impede the heavy traffic over the week-ends.
Sixteen open highway cuts were reported to Commissioner HALLERAN
Saturday noon hour by William P. DUNN, trouble shooter of the
Highway Department. In the emergency, Capt. ROSS diverted traffic
on the affected streets so that the excavations could be filled in
and the roadway surface properly restored.
Patrolman DIDEO also was thanked for his assistance.
COP IS OVERCOME IN MYSTERY FIRE
Fire Marshall Thomas BROPHY to-day was investigating the origin
of a mysterious fire which started in the cellar of a house at 197
Kane street early to-day, in which one policeman lost consciousness
from smoke during rescue work and ten families were ousted to the
The fire was discovered by Patrolman Walter JOHNSON, 30,
attached to Traffic A, Manhattan, while on his way with his mother,
Mrs. Hilda JOHNSON, to his home at 22 Warren place. After
instructing his mother to sound an alarm, Johnson entered the house,
and soon had more than fifty persons safely out of the building.
Anxiety as to whether a tenant was trapped on the fourth floor
sent him in a third time, and he was overcome by smoke. He was
rescued by Fireman John HART of Truck Company 110 and Robert KANE of
Engine Company 204, who hoisted a ladder to bring him out. JOHNSON
was treated by Dr. STEWART of Long Island College Hospital, after
which he and his mother were able to proceed home.
COP STABBED; SAVES WOMAN
Patrolman Henry HESSLER, attached to the Ralph avenue station,
had two wounds inflicted by a knife in his right leg to-day to show
for his part in a fight with tenants in a boarding house who
threatened to throw a woman out of the window.
While walking along Broadway, HASSLER (typed as written) was
attracted to the second floor of 1895 Broadway by the screams of
Mrs. Anna CONLON. Rushing upstairs, he found Fred SETER, 22, and
Richard FEENEY, 24, of 512 Sterling place, causing considerable
disturbance in SETER's room, despite Mrs. CONLON's attempt to quiet
them. They had threatened to throw her out of the window, she said,
if she interfered with them.
HASSLER pitched into the two youths, and was finally forced to
use his nightstick to knock them out. When the fight was over, he
discovered he had been stabbed twice in the right leg, and not
knowing which one had done it, arrested both on a charge of
felonious assault. They were to be arraigned in Gates avenue court
to-day. HASSLER was treated by Dr. ZIMMERMAN of Bushwick Hospital.
5 May 1931
COP'S RIGHT TO BORO MEDAL HINGES ON ROBBERY TRIAL
Four Men Accused Say Alleged Holdup Was Brawl
Whether or nor a patrolman won promotion and the Brooklyn Citizens medal
through bravery in a "speakeasy" brawl or in capturing single-handed four
youths attempting a robbery, will be decided by a jury before County judge
The ones charged with attempted robbery and now on trial are Raffaele De
STEIO, 24, of 2349 Pacific street; Frank MARANO, 23, of 97 Williams avenue;
Louis ROMANELLI, 22, of 271 Third avenue, and Frank GRANESE, 24, of 272
Third avenue. They are being defended by an array of counsel that includes
former County Judge Reuben L. HASKELL, Alderman Walter R. HART, Samuel S.
LEIBOWITZ and Ben ARON. Assistant District Attorney Samuel S. GOLDSTEIN is
in charge of the prosecution.
The alleged attempted robbery was staged on Nov. 26, last, in what has
been referred to as a "speakeasy," at 212 Twenty-second street. The charge
is that an attempt was made to take $60 from the owner.
BULLETS DROP FOUR
Whether there was a barroom brawl or a robbery in progress, the fact
remains that there was "shooting" up worthy of the West of the covered wagon
days. When the smoke had cleared, it was found that De STEIO, MARANO,
ROMANELLI and MORIANO were suffering from bullet wounds.
Patrolman Dominick GRIFFO, in citizen's clothes, was in the place at the
time. It was GRIFFO's bravery, it is said, that frustrated the robbery in
the face of the alleged bandits ?ire.
As the story has been told, the four defendants entered, one of them
flourishing a revolver, and made all stand with there hands raised above
their heads. GRIFFO, whose identity was not known, had to obey like the
rest. While one of the alleged bandits with drawn revolver held the patrons
of the place at bay, the other three started the "searching party."
Patrolman GRIFFO's revolver was taken. But taking advantage of an
opportunity, GRIFFO snatched back his revolver and using as a shield the mad
who had first relieved him of the weapon, GRIFFO fought it out with the
alleged bandits and finally brought the four to bay and arrested them.
For this exploit GRIFFO was promoted to the Detective Squad and awarded
the Brooklyn Citizen's medal for bravery.
The contention of the defense, it is reported, will be that there was no
attempted robbery, but that the fight was started for the company of two
girls who were in the place.
8 May 1931
PATROLMAN KILLED SPEEDING TO ANSWER BURGLAR ALARM
Car Skids and Turns Over Four Times in Passing Another
Patrolman John RINGHAUSER, attached to the Richmond Hill station, died
early to-day in Jamaica Hospital from a fractured skull and other injuries
received when a department car in which he was speeding to a place in
Woodhaven, where a burglar was reported to be breaking into a house, skidded
and turned over four times on Woodhaven boulevard near 107th avenue, Ozone
RINGHAUSER was driving along the boulevard. He caught up with another
car ahead and attempted to speed past it. RINGHAUSER's machine slid off the
shoulder of the pavement, skidded and rolled over four times.
The policeman was taken to the hospital and died several hours later.
The motorist who had been ahead of RINGHAUSER continued on his way,
apparently ignorant of what had occurred.
RINGHAUSER was 32 years old and leaves a widow and two children. He
lived at 145-19 120th avenue, Richmond Hill.
The burglary alarm turned out to be a scare. A detective who was sent
to investigate reported no burglary had been committed.
CAR OVERTURNS, COP IS KILLED
Patrolman John RINGHAUSER, 32, of Richmond Hill station, was fatally
injured last night when his police automobile skidded and overturned at the
Cross Bay boulevard and 107th avenue, Richmond Hill. He died of a fractured
skull in Jamaica Hospital.
Patrolman RINGHAUSER lived at 145-19 120th avenue, South Jamaica with
his wife and two children. He has been attached to the Richmond Hill
station three years.
11 May 1931
COP MISTAKES WIFE FOR THIEF AND SHOOTS HER
Had Been on Alert After Six Apartments Were Looted
"If they come in here, I'll kill 'em."
That was Patrolman Jeremiah CONNELLY's comment to his wife, Mary, last
night, when she told him a sixth tenant in the apartment house at 345
Lefferts avenue, where CONNELLY lived, had been robbed yesterday. And
CONNELLY put his service gun under his pillow to have it handy.
Early this morning CONNELLY heard some one moving about in the
apartment. He grabbed his gun, aimed in the dimness and fired.
But it was a woman who screamed and a moment later the horror-stricken
husband was lifting his wife from the floor. The bullet had struck her in
the arm and had gone through her side.
Mrs. CONNELLY was rushed to Kings County Hospital where it was said her
condition is not serious.
CONNELLY meanwhile explained the circumstances to detectives, who
revealed to him what his wife hadn't known - that the two fugitives who had
been allegedly robbing tenants in his house had already been caught, and
that they were two young boys.
The two, Joseph MASSINE, 15, of 538 East New York avenue and Vincent
PARENTI, 13, of 381 Lincoln road, were arrested by Detective John HOGAN
yesterday morning, charged with stealing $1,000 in jewelry and cash from the
apartment of Lester SCHULTZ.
The boys have confessed looting six other apartments in the house, HOGAN
said. They are to be arraigned to-day.
13 May 1931
34 YEARS A COP, CARMODY QUITS
Deputy Police Inspector Cornelius J. CARMODY, of the Tenth Inspection
District, which takes in the Coney Island, Bath Beach, Fort Hamilton, Fourth
avenue, Parkville and Sheepshead Bay stations, was retired from the force
to-day by Police Commissioner MULROONEY at CARMODY's request on the grounds
that "my health isn't the best and I have seen sufficient service."
CARMODY has been in charge of the Tenth Inspection District for the past
four years, the length of time he was an inspector. He was formerly a
police captain attached to Snyder avenue station where he served for two
years and is probably best remembered for the many years he put in as a
lieutenant, at the Parkville station.
CARMODY served on the force 34 years and 4 months. He has nine children
and lives at 830 Seventieth street. One son, Cornelius CARMODY, Jr., is a
detective at Poplar street station. CARMODY told newspapermen he was not
going into business but would "remain retired."
FIVE PRECINCT HEADS IN BORO SHIFTED ABOUT
Thirty-four of Various Ranks Promoted - Vice Cop Dropped
Police Commissioner MULROONEY announced thirty-four promotions to-day,
all the way up the line from beat pounder to inspector, and balanced it off
with a stiff shakeup at the top.
He shifted six inspectors and two deputies and three captains. Several
of them come to Brooklyn by the new order, or depart to other boroughs.
The Commissioner in the same batch of orders dismissed from the
department Patrolman Walter MITCHELL, vice squad cop whose methods were
revealed by the Seabury investigators, and who was tried later in General
Sessions for perjury and acquitted.
There was sufficient corroboration of "Chile" Mapucha ACUNA's story
concerning a phony arrest by MITCHELL at 4 West 114th street, Manhattan, in
June, 1929, Commissioner MULROONEY held to warrant his dismissal.
-Inspector Joseph F. THOMPSON, Tenth District to Eleventh, Brooklyn.
-Inspector David KANE, Eleventh to Fifteenth, Brooklyn.
-Acting Inspector Thomas H.S. KELLY, 15th to 13th, as Deputy Inspector.
-Capt. John O'SULLIVAN, from Snyder ave precinct, Flatbush, to West 13th street, Manhattan.
-Capt. Henry E. KELLY, Herbert street to Coney Island, to succeed Capt.GILLEN, retired.
Transferred to other boroughs:
-Inspector Thomas F. WALSH, from First to Third District, Manhattan.
-Inspector Joseph P. LOONAM, Fourth to Sixth, Manhattan.
-Inspector Thomas McDONALD, Sixth to First, Manhattan.
-Inspector Archibald McNEIL, Sixth to Fifth, Manhattan.
-Deputy Inspector Thomas WYNNE Fifteenth to Sixteenth, Queens.
-Captain George H. MARKAUSEN, White Plains road, Bronx, to West 20th street, Manhattan.
The promotions were made from all ranks from patrolman to inspector,
fourteen patrolmen becoming sergeants, ten sergeants rising to lieutenants,
five lieutenants getting much-coveted captaincies, three captains taking up
the duties of deputy inspectors and two deputies receiving command of
districts as full inspectors. The difference in pay is as follows:
Patrolman, $3,000; sergeant, $3,500; lieutenant, $4,000; captain, $5,000;
deputy inspector, $5,400; inspection, $5,900.
The promotions, with former assignments and new posts to which those
affected will go, follow:
Promoted to Inspectors:
Edward J. LENNON, Fifth Division, to Fourth Division.
James J. FITZPATRICK, Sixteenth to Tenth Division, Brooklyn.
Captains made Deputy Inspectors:
Edward J. HANLEY, of Old Slip Station, to the Fifteenth Division, Queens.
James F. McGOEY, of West Thirtieth street, to the Tenth Division, Brooklyn.
Edmund J. MEADE, of West Sixty-eighth street, to Fifth Division.
Lieutenants made captains:
John S. BURKE, Traffic G, to command Far Rockaway Precinct.
Louis STILLMAN, Eighth Division, to Snyder avenue, Brooklyn.
Bernard A. DEUTSCH, Detective Division, to Herbert street.
Walter T. HOURIGAN, Detective Division, to Old Slip.
George YOUNGE, Detective Division, to White Plains precinct.
Sergeants made lieutenants:
Hugo R. SCHUSTER, Central Park station, to Sixteenth Division, Queens.
John J. HASLACH, remains in Chief Inspector's office.
Francis McCLOY, remains in Fifth Division.
John J. McGOEY, brother of the new deputy inspector, remains in office
of Second Deputy Commissioner.
Walter C. HARDING, West Twentieth street station, remains there.
Michael GOLDEN, Bathgate avenue to Oak street.
Edward WHITEMAN, Herbert street to Tenth Division, Brooklyn.
Geoffrey SHEA, Poplar street, to Tenth Division, Brooklyn.
David GERAGHTY, East Thirty-fifth street, to Fourth Division.
Frank A. RILEY, Traffic A, to Traffic G.
Brooklyn patrolmen made sergeants:
Frank SARLO, Coney Island to Herbert street.
Edward J. DOYLE, Prospect Park, to Poplar street.
Thomas H. STEDMAN, Fort Hamilton to Clinton street.
George J. MILLER, Miller avenue to Elizabeth street.
Thomas A. HICKSON, Bath Beach, to Brooklyn avenue.
Joseph FRIES, Classon avenue to Gates avenue.
18 May 1931
PATROLMAN KILLED SPEEDING TO ANSWER BURGLAR ALARM
Car Skids and Turns Over Four Times in Passing Another
Patrolman John RINGHAUSER, attached to the Richmond Hill station, died
early to-day in Jamaica Hospital from a fractured skull and other injuries
received when a department car in which he was speeding to a place in
Woodhaven, where a burglar was reported to be breaking into a house, skidded
and turned over four times on Woodhaven boulevard near 107th avenue, Ozone
RINGHAUSER was driving along the boulevard. He caught up with another
car ahead and attempted to speed past it. RINGHAUSER's machine slid off the
shoulder of the pavement, skidded and rolled over four times.
The policeman was taken to the hospital and died several hours later.
The motorist who had been ahead of RINGHAUSER continued on his way,
apparently ignorant of what had occurred.
RINGHAUSER was 32 years old and leaves a widow and two children. He
lived at 145-19 120th avenue, Richmond Hill.
The burglary alarm turned out to be a scare. A detective who was sent
to investigate reported no burglary had been committed.
NO HERO MEDAL FOR GRIFFO; HOLDUP STORY IS EXPLODED
MULROONEY Acts as Jury Reveals He Was In Barroom Brawl
Detective Sergeant Dominick GRIFFO, who was promoted from patrolman
after he captured four alleged holdup men in a cafe at 212 Twenty-second
street early in the morning of Nov. 26, will not receive the Brooklyn
Citizens' Hero Award to-morrow as was scheduled.
Police Commissioner MULROONEY announced this to-day following the action
of a jury in Kings County Court yesterday in deciding that GRIFFO had
participated in a drunken brawl in a speakeasy instead of preventing a
MULROONEY SIFTS STORY
Commissioner MULROONEY said he had examined the testimony in the case
and with nothing prejudicial to GRIFFO, he was going to submit the minutes
of the trial to the Honor Board for review before awarding the medal to
The officer, however, will be awarded honorable mention when awards are
distributed to-morrow at the annual police parade.
Detective GRIFFO testified the four had attempted a robbery in the
"speakeasy" at 212 Twenty-second street, that he had subdued them with
bullets from his revolver, using one of their number as a shield against
their counter-attack, and arrested all four singlehanded.
But the story of this alleged robbery as told by GRIFFO, Joseph MORLANO,
the "speakeasy's stewart," as he described himself, and the last two women
patrons, identified as Alice MERESCA and Muriel PHILLIPS, did not link
together closely under a battering cross-examination by ex-County Judge
Rueben L. HASKELL, Alderman Walter R. HART, Samuel S. LIEBOWITZ, and Ben
ARON as counsel for the defendants.
COP'S STORY SHATTERED
In his summation to the jurors, it was admitted, HART ripped apart and
scattered piecemeal the testimony of the different witnesses for the
An interesting development of the trial was the poorly concealed effort
to put the entire burden of the alleged attempted robbery on DeSTEIO and
MARANO, leaving ROMANELLI and GRANESE out as two who took no part except
what they were compelled to do under the alleged threat of DeSTEIO that he
would "blow their brains" if they did not search the patrons.
This development brought a clash of interest among attorneys for the
defendants with Judge HASKELL and Alderman HART fighting to prove that there
had been no robbery and further that whatever took place, all four
defendants were involved. Attorneys LIEBOWITZ and ARON went along the line
that if there was an attempted robbery, their clients, ROMANELLI and
GRANESE, were forced into taking part.
While in his direct examination by Assistant District Attorney Samuel
GOLDSTEIN, Detective GRIFFO had stated that ROMANELLI and GRANESE had
searched for patrons after DeSTEIO had drawn a revolver and ordered all
hands "to stick em up," he got away from that testimony under
cross-examination by Attorney LIEBOWITZ, and said that ROMANELLI and GRANESE
grew pale with fright when DeSTEIO threatened to "blow their brains out," if
they did not search the patrons.
Of the four defendants, the only one who took the stand was MARANO and
his lawyer was Judge HASKELL. MARANO denied that here had been any attempt
at a robbery. He said the trouble started when he tried to get a dance with
the girl who was seated at the table with GRIFFO. He denied that DeSTEIO
had a revolver. He said that he himself was struck over the head with a
beer bottle and suffered a cut in which sixteen stitches had to be taken.
TWO SUSPENDED VICE COPS BACK ON DUTY WITH FULL PAY
ACUNA's Word Contradicted, Says MULROONEY
Charges against two former patrolmen in the vice squad were dismissed today
by Police Commissioner MULROONEY and the men were restored to duty with full
pay from the date of their suspension.
The exonerated officers are William G. SCHMITGES and Thomas F. HART, of the
fifth Division, who were charged with making an improper arrest in January,
Commissioner MULROONEY said the men had a direct case and that no "unknown"
man had been used in making the arrests. The charges against them were based
solely on the testimony of Chile ACUNA, former stool pigeon, he said, and
were contradicted by the records of the principals in Harlem magistrate's
The two officers were tried on charges growing out of the arrest of three
women and two men. The arrests took place in an apartment which was well
known as a disorderly house, Commissioner MULROONEY said, and had been under
police observation for several days.
Two of the three women arrested, he said, were diseased, while two men found
in the place pleaded guilty to living in a disorderly house. One of the men
was sent to the workhouse, he said, as a second offender.
The two officers will receive back pay from the first of the year when they
COP NEAR DEATH IN JAMAICA SPEAKEASY ROW OVER WOMAN
Pal Faces Charges and Patron Is Shot
Two patrolmen are suspended, one of them near death from a bullet wound in
the neck, and a citizen is in Mary Immaculate Hospital with a bullet in his
shoulder as the result of a fracas over a woman in "Sloppy Joe's," a
speakeasy modeled after its Havana namesake, at 95-12 150th street, Jamaica,
The wounded patrolman, William O'CONNOR, 25 of Traffic P was shot
accidentally, according to patrons, when he tried to disarm his friend,
Patrolman George E. MC DONALD, 28, of Jamaica, after MC DONALD had shot the
patron, Mark COSTELLO, 45 of 192-89 Hollis Avenue. She was with COSTELLO, and
another couple, Patrolman MC DONALD had gone over to their table and
upbraided her for being out without her husband. And this impelled COSTELLO,
witnesses said, to crash his chair down on MC DONALD's head.
After the brawl was over another patrolman arrested "sloppy Joe's"
proprietor, Joe HARRIS, also known as WEINSTOCK. He was held in $1,000 bail
by United States Commissioner Nicholas M. PETTE, charged with possessing
liquor and maintaining a nuisance. Hearing was set for June 1.
Assistant District Attorney Stephen FRONTERA questioned sixteen witnesses to
the affray, which burst forth at 4 A. M., and reconstructed from their
stories the following account:
O'CONNOR and MC DONALD entered the speakeasy together they said, and sat down
at a table, but a moment later MC DONALD, got up and walked over to the table
where Mrs. BOULTON sat with COSTELLO. Arthur COSGROVE of 104-05 120th avenue,
Ozone Park, and COSTELLO's sister, Edna.
MC DONALD spoke to Mrs. BOULTON, then returned to his own table. The two
patrolmen a few moments later again went over to the table where she sat.
Suddenly their voices rose in argument and neighboring couples turned to
listen. They saw COSTELLO rise, grip his chair by its back and crash it down
on MC DONALD'S head, they said. The glancing blow staggered him, but he
recovered, drew his service revolver and fired a shot in the air.
Those of the other patrons who hadn't already started for the door said
COSTELLO raised the chair furiously and swung it again. there were two
deafening reports. COSTELLO whirled about from the impact of a bullet in his
shoulder. Patrolman CONNER, who had stepped close to MC DONALD, reaching for
his gun, went down with a bullet in his neck.
More couples raced for the door, others crouched under tables. Two women were
screaming. The uproar brought Patrolman Edward MASTERSON from his post a few
Friends had already sent COSTELLO to Mary Immaculate Hospital. MASTERSON
arrested the two patrolmen, and sent CONNOR to Jamaica Hospital, then looked
around in the speakeasy, saw two barrels of alleged beer and arrested the
Deputy Police Commissioner John A. LEACH suspended both patrolmen pending
HELD IN $10,000 BAIL
MC DONALD was given a hearing in Jamaica Court today before magistrate
Benjamin MARVIN on two charges of felonious assault and held in $10,000 bail
for examination Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were
made in separate short affidavits by Detective John MAGNA, Jamaica precinct.
Bail of $7,500 was fixed in connection with the charge as it related to the
shooting of Patrolman William O'CONNOR, who is in Jamaica Hospital in a
critical condition with a bullet wound in his neck, and bail of $2,500 was
fixed in connection with the shooting of mark COSTELLO, 45, of 190-10
Woodshull avenue, Hollis, who is in Mary Immaculate Hospital with a bullet
wound in his left shoulder.
19 May 1931
PATROLMAN SHOT BY VICE COP DIES
Patrolman William O'CONNOR, who was shot in a dispute over a woman in "Sloppy
Joe's" Restaurant, 95-10 50th street, Jamaica, early Sunday morning, died
this afternoon in Jamaica Hospital, from the effects of a bullet wound in the
neck and Jamaica detectives immediately started for the Brooklyn home of
Patrolman George E. MC DONALD, Jamaica vice-cop, now free in $10,000 bail, on
a charge of felonious assault to bring him back to face a charge of homicide.
JURY CONVICTS VICE COPS IN POTOCKI CASE
LEWIS and MCFARLAND Guilty of Assault - Face Five Years
William B. LEWIS and Edgar P. MC FARLAND, former vice squad patrolmen, were
found guilty today of assault in the second degree by a jury before General
Sessions Judge NOTT. They face sentence of from two and a half years to five
years in prison.
The two former patrolmen were indicted on the testimony of Mrs. Genevieve
POTOCKI, of 129 Cedar street, Manhattan, that they entered her home last
September, beat and bit her and then arrested her and a friend, Mrs. Marie
BARBETTI, on framed vice charges.
Mrs. POTOCKI made her charges before Referee Samuel SEABURY in the Appellate
Division's investigation of magistrate's courts. District Attorney CRAIN
placed the information before the Grand Jury and the two officers immediately
Yesterday, Assistant District Attorney James Garrett WALLACE, in summing up
for the prosecution, asserted that police witnesses for the two defendants
constituted "a parade of perjurers."
21 May 1931
FORMER VICE COP ON TRAIL
The State began presentation of evidence today against Patrolman Walter V.
AMBRAZ, formerly of the upper East Side, Manhattan, Vice Squad, who went on
trial yesterday before Judge NOTT and a jury in General Sessions, charged with
perjury in a vice arrest.
AMBRAZ is the seventh policeman to be tried on perjury or assault charges
growing out of testimony given before Referee Samuel SEABURY in the Appellate
Division's investigation of Magistrates courts.
AMBRAZ is charged with having testified falsely in Women's Court last August
after he arrested Mrs. Rosa Helen RICCHEBUONO on a vice charge in her
apartment at 686 Third avenue.
Judge NOTT, after the jury had been selected from a special panel yesterday,
instructed the jurors to report to him immediately any anonymous letters or
other communications they might receive in connection with the trial.
FUNERAL RITES FOR SLAIN COP
A solemn high mass of requiem will be said on Saturday morning for patrolman
William O'CONNOR of Traffic P, who died Tuesday from a bullet wound in the
neck, at the St. Gerard's R. C. Church of Hollis. Interment will follow in the
St. John's Cemetery.
O'CONNOR was shot early Sunday morning at Sloppy Joe's Restaurant, Jamaica,
by Patrolman George E. MC DONALD, suspended vice cop of the Jamaica station.
The shooting occurred, according to witnesses, when O'CONNOR attempted to
intervene in a quarrel between MCDONALD and Mark COSTELLO, of 190-10 Woodhull
MCDONALD is being held by Magistrate Benjamin MARVIN in the Jamaica court to
answer a charge of homicide on Monday. The patrolman's attorney, after the
magistrate denied bail, went before County Judge Frank ADEL and secured the
release of his client in $10,000 bail.
O'CONNOR is survived by his parents, two sisters and a brother.
25 May 1931
Thomas GAFFNEY, a patrolman attached to the Fourth Avenue station
of the New York Police Department, died yesterday at his home,
28 Fifty-seventh street. He is survived by his widow, Mary CARTER
GAFFNEY; two sons, Francis and Bernard; a daughter, Marion, and a
sister, Mrs. Regina ENRIGHT. The funeral will be held at 9:30 A.M.
Wednesday with requiem mass at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual
Help. Interment will be under direction of Joseph REDMOND.
COP'S BURIAL ON WEDNESDAY
Patrolman Thomas GAFFNEY, well known in the Police Department, having been
for fifteen of his twenty-five years of service attached to the Fourth avenue
station, will be buried Wednesday.
Patrolman GAFFNEY died yesterday at Kings County Hospital of heart failure.
He had been at the hospital for several weeks as the result of a bullet wound
in his right foot which he received when he accidentally shot himself while at
pistol practice at the police target range at the 106th Infantry Armory.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 A. M. Wednesday from his late home, 428
Fifty-seventh street, with requiem mass at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual
Help, Fifth avenue and Fifty-ninth street.
27 May 1931
OUSTED FROM POLICE FORCE, WAGES OWN WAR ON GANGSTERS
Once a Copy Always a Copy, Says Capturer of Gunmen
"Once a policeman always a policeman, whether or not you are in the
This was the comment of Salvatore L. FRANZES today. He is out of the
department after a four months probation period. But he is waging a warfare,
all his own, against gunmen.
After successfully passing the examination and making the list, he was sent
to the Police academy. It was while there he was dropped because of some
flaws discovered in his application. He was let out on May 5.
Last Friday while in the vicinity of Metropolitan avenue and Rodney street he
saw three men acting in a suspicious manner. He saw Patrolman James
FERRARA, of Central Park station, who was on his way home and in civilian
clothes. He told FERRARA of the action of the three men.
FRANZES and FERRARA got Police Sergeant Francie GILL, of Bedford
avenue station. The three men were arrested. Two of hem had guns. They
were charged with violating the Sullivan law and attempted robbery. A
payroll of $1,200, it was learned, was to be delivered at a nearby factory. It
is said the three men were waiting for it.
"This shows that FRANZES was alert, prevented a holdup and probably
saved the life of some policeman or one of those carrying the payroll," said
Ernest GILMORE GARDINER, who heads a committee of FRANZES
neighbors who will make an effort to have him reinstated in the department.
16 June 1931
PATROLMAN BURNS FETED
John BURNS, a patrolman attached to the Coney Island station,
yesterday observed his thirty-eighth anniversary on the police
force.He received the congratulations of his fellow bluecoats
and during luncheon period was made the guest of honor at a little
spread. Called upon to make a few remarks by Lieutenant Carl
ANDERSON, BURNS declared that he hoped the next 38 years would be as
pleasant for him as the past thirty-eight have been.
NASSAU POLICE CHIEF REMOVED
Chief of Police, Joseph LOCKWOOD of Lynbrook who has
held that office for the past two years, was dismissed from the
force to-day, following a metting of the Village Board.
The charges against the chief were preferred by Mayor Howard
WILSON, who alleged the chief was absent from duty four days
without permission about three weeks ago.
When the chief was given a hearing on June 5, the Village Board
sitting as a police commission, he said he had had a nervous
breakdown. At the time the board reserved decision.
Chief LOCKWOOD says he will appeal from the decision.
EIGHT POLICEMEN WIN PROMOTION
Police Commissioner MULROONEY today announced eight
promotions in the department.
- Lieut.Bernard W.RORKE, First District Traffic, was made a captain.
- Sergt. William F.CULLEN of Vanderveer Park precinct, was made lieutenant.
- Sergt.Conrad H.ROTHENGAST, of Bronx Headquarters, was made lieutenant.
The following patrolmen were made sergeants;
- Thaddeus A.NEGGESMITH, Fourth Division
- Daniel J.O'MARA, Traffic D
- Joseph L.PATTON, Correspondence Bureau in Manhattan.
- William T.CLANCY, Long Island City
- Ferdinand W.WHITE, of Wadsworth avenue station,Manhattan.
20 June 1931
RETIRED POLICEMAN SENTENCED AS DRUNK
Edward BRIODY, 48, a retired city policeman, was sentenced to
serve thirty days in the workhouse by Magistrate DOWNS in
Ridgewood court,Queens, yesterday, on complaint of his wife,
Ethel, who lives with him at 111-08 Jamaica ave,Richmond Hill.
On May 2, he was let off on three months probation with the
injunction that he keep away from liquor. His wife told Magistrate
he had violated that injunction almost every day since then.
23 June 1931
DEMOTED COP HURT RESCUING WOMAN
Demoted from the rank of detective to patrolman a year ago,
for losing his service revolver in a ''hold up'' at the dinner to
former Magistrate Albert A.VITALE, Patrolman Arthur JOHNSON
to-day rescued a woman from a burning room and was so badly
burned himself that he was held in the hospital.
JOHNSON was summoned to the home of Mrs.Madeline MARTIN,
at 1931 Andrews avenue,the Bronx, when neighbors heard an
explosion of naphtha. He found Mrs.MARTIN'S clothing in flames,
and wrapped his raincoat around her. Upon reaching the hospital,
the patrolman collapsed, and was ordered to bed.
Mrs.MARTIN'S condition was critical.
Maspeth Boys Go Camping Again With Sergt. Boelson
Policeman Resumes Trips Over Week-Ends During His Vacation
The first of Police Sergt.Otto BOELSON'S camping trips for boys
living in the Maspeth district has been started.Each year the
sergeant takes a group of boys to his camp outside of Southampton
where he instructs them in the mysteries of fishing and botany.
''Teach the kids names of trees,show them the woods and instill
in them the love of nature and growing things'', he asserts each
year, ''and you will have fine citizens and worthwhile men''.
Sergt.BOELSON'S annual vacation started last Saturday. He
took eight boys with him on the first trip and returned with them
yesterday.He will take eight more next week and so on until his
vacation ends.The sergeant pays all expenses, only requiring
that the boys learn the names of twenty trees before starting
on the trip.
Test on trees and the names and habits of fish in local waters
are conducted for the sergeant by William BOWMAN, BOELSON'S
neighbor and a nature authority.
In Douglaston Manor, where BOELSON lives with his family, and
where he spends the time between camp trips in working on his
house and lawn, he is the idol of the boys.
''I am being a policeman in teaching the boys and making them
understand nature'', he said; if you explain the habits of the animals
and the fishes and show a boy the interesting things that are outdoors,
you arouse a healthy interest that is going far to make him a fine man.
I feel I am doing my duty as a police officer in contributing my bit to a
boy's mental and physical growth.''
11 July 1931
JAMES DUDDY, OLD DETECTIVE, RETIRED, DIES
Veteran Sleuth Cited by Many Police Commissioners
James DUDDY, a retired detective of the New York Police Department, who saw
service under many police commissioners and who was commended for his services
by Commissioners ROOSEVELT, BINGHAM and ENRIGHT, died yesterday at his home,
254 Seventy-third street.
Detective DUDDY retired ten years ago while attached to the old 148th
Precinct. He was widely known throughout the old Sixth Ward of Brooklyn. He
was a son of the late John and Bridget COGAN DUDDY.
He was a member of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the Police
Veterans Association. He is survived by his widow Fanny STODDARD DUDDY; a son,
James DUDDY, Jr.; three daughters, Mrs. Francis MORRIS, Mrs. Paul DWYER and
Mrs. John BRADLEY and a sister, Mrs. Ann MONAHAN.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 A.M. Monday with requiem mass at the
Church of Our Lady of Angels, Fourth avenue and Seventy-fourth street, by the
Rt. Rev. Mgr. O’HARA. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
COP SHOT IN UNDERTAKER SHOP; COMPANIONS TELL OF HOLDUP
Empty Beer Containers and Shells Found by Investigators
Patrolman John HOWELLS, attached to Traffic Squad O, was shot through the
abdomen early today while he was in the company of a group of men in a room at
the rear of the undertaking shop of Dennis KENNEDY at 5723 Roosevelt avenue,
Woodside. He was taken to St. John’s Hospital, Long Island City where it was
said his condition was critical.
Detectives who questioned the men that were with HOWELLS said these men
told them two holdup men had entered the shop early this morning, pointed guns
at the group and demanded money. HOWELS had placed his service pistol in its
holster on a table, they said. As he reached for the weapon, one of the holdup
men shot him, according to his companions.
Police officials began an inquiry and inspected the rear room where they
said they found a number of pasteboard beer containers. Two empty .38 calibre
shells were found in the basement where detectives said they had apparently
been thrown through a trap door in the floor of the rear room of the shop upstairs.
While the investigation was underway, however, a general alarm was sent out
for two men described by HOWELLS’ companions as the holdup men. These were
young men, dark complexioned, who wore caps and dark suits.
21 July 1931
PATROLMAN SHOT IN FLIGHT FROM CAFÉ BRAWL SUSPENDED
Held in Hospital With Man He Is Accused of Wounding
Deputy Police Commissioner LEACH announced today the suspension from the
department of Patrolman Phillip FOX, 27, of the Rockaway Beach Station,
Queens, now under arrest in the Norwegian Hospital on a charge of felonious
FOX was arrested following the shooting late last night of James GODFREY,
20, of 426 Forty-ninth street, who was critically wounded during an
altercation in front of a café at 6120 Third avenue. GODFREY was shot in the
FOX was shot in the right leg while being chased from the scene by
Patrolman Thomas CARROLL of the Fourth Avenue Station. FOX was off duty at the
After the felonious assault charge against FOX has been disposed of in
magistrate’s court, he will appear before Deputy Commissioner LEACH on
There are two versions given by witness of the shooting, police say.
According to one, FOX had been drinking and had tried to force his way into
the speakeasy despite GODFREY’s efforts to prevent his entrance, finally
becoming enraged and shooting GODFREY at close range.
According to the other FOX had been admitted to the speakeasy and had
started an argument with GODFREY, during which he took out his gun and fired.
After the shooting, FOX ran along Third avenue, with Patrolman CARROLL of
the Fourth avenue station, pursuing. CARROLL was unable to catch him and
finally fired at him after shouting several times. FOX fell with a bullet in
his left leg and was taken to the station house where he was recognized as a
policeman and arrested before going to the hospital.
23 July 1931
SQUIRREL BITES COP-DIES
Patrolman Has Exciting Evening on Beat in Prospect Park
Patrolman William DUNBAR, 30, of 1193 St. Marks avenue, had a
'hot time' in Prospect Park last night. He was not on his day off.
He was on duty and preserving law and order among the thousands who
went to seek relief from the heat.
He was musing to himself how lucky he was to be stationed at the
recreating centre and was 'pounding the pavement' near the bandstand
in the music grove when an excited citizen rushed up and reported that
a squirrel had been injured and was causing quite a commotion.
Patrolman DUNBAR rushed to the scene of the excitement and took the
squirrel in his arms to render first aid. The squirrel did not take kindly to
the samaritan act of one of the city’s finest and promptly bit Patrolman
DUNBAR on the left hand. In the excitement which followed, the animal was killed.
Patrolman DUNBAR called an ambulance 'not for the squirrel which was now
beyond aid' but for himself. Dr. ROSENBLUTH of Methodist Episcopal Hospital
SEVEN POLICE ARE PROMOTED
Police Commissioner MULROONEY today announced seven promotions including
one from deputy inspector to inspector.
Deputy Inspector Lewis F. COSTUMA, executive officer of the Crime
Prevention Bureau, was the chief promotion made. The new inspector, who lives
at 560 West 170th street, receives an increase in pay from $5,500 to $5,900.
Captain Joseph BANNON of the East Fifty-first street station, Manhattan,
was made a deputy inspector, his salary increasing from $5,000 to $5,500 a
year. Deputy Inspector BANNON lives at 8355 116th street, Richmond Hill.
Lieutenant Charles P. MOONEY, in command of the detectives of the East
Twenty-second street station, Manhattan, and who lives at 7122 Lubert street,
Forest Hills, was made a captain.
Sergeant Edward J. O’NEILL, Jr., of the East Sixty-seventh street precinct,
was made a lieutenant.
The following patrolmen were made sergeants: John E. BUTLER, of the East
126th street station; Frank E. DEHRLING, Liberty avenue station, and Walter P.
MITCHELL, of Atlantic avenue station.
8 August 1931
POLICE RESPOND TO ARMY CALL
Police Captain James J. GEGAN, in command of the Thirteenth Detective
Division, has accepted a call to active duty in his army reserve rank of
Major and will command the 314th Military Police Battalion during its two
weeks of field training at Plattsburg barracks beginning tomorrow.
Seven other New York and Long Island men will serve under Major GEGAN.
They are: Captains Daniel W. LAKE, of 110-45 168th street, Jamaica; Francis
A. TRAVIS of 179 Meserole avenue, Lambert L. HANSON, of 107-16 121st street,
Richmond Hill, L.I. and Bernard F. BYRNE of 9418 Park Lane South, Woodhaven;
First Lieutenants Joseph MOSES, of 116-39 197th street, St. Albans; Harold A.
DEVINE, of 280 Carroll street, and Arthur L. SHEVLIN, of 88-52 205th street, Hollis.
10 August 1931
CHARGE AGAINST COP DISMISSED
The indictment for assault -in- the second degree returned last April
against Patrolman Victor G. LE FRANCOIS, attached to Traffic J. was dismissed
today by County Judge Franklin TAYLOR.
Edward D. KELLY, assistant district attorney, told Judge TAYLOR that every
effort had been made to locate the witnesses, but they could not be
found.Lawrence McGOLDRICK, counsel for LE FRANCOIS, moved for dismissal of
the indictment for failure of prosecution. The case had been called to trial
The complainant was Max BERNSTEIN, of 1550 St. John's place, who alleged
LE FRANCOIS had beaten him up, dislocating his shoulder in an apartment at 1
East Nineteenth street. A woman named Ollie RIVERS is said to have occupied
ACCUSE COPS OF BRUTALITY
Two women who accuse police officers of brutality must tell their stories
in Coney Island Court Wednesday. The women, Mrs. Hanna TENCE, 60, of 10 Frank
court, Sheepshead Bay, and her daughter, Victorine, 23, were arrested by
Sergt. Daniel DORIS of St. George, S.I., police station and Patrolman John
HADFIELD of Sheepshead Bay station.
The older woman is charged with disorderly conduct and the daughter with
assault. They sent notes to Magistrate STEERS yesterday that injuries
prevented their appearance in court.
Mrs. TENCE said the trouble started with a neighbor, a Mrs. COSTELLO
concerning the cleaning of a cesspool and the removal of rubbish.
DORIS, Mrs. COSTELLO's brother, she said, threatened to arrest her and
that Patrolman HADFIELD took her side until he learned that DORIS was a
Then, she said, the two men forced their way into her home and broke
furniture and beat her and her daughter.
11 August 1931
COP IN LIQUOR RAID CHARGES ENDS HIS LIFE
SERGT. HERRSCHAFT, 20 YEARS ON FORCE, SENDS BULLET THROUGH HEAD
Police Sergt. Charles HERRSCHAFT, 48, one of the nine sergeants of the
Sheepshead Bay police station who were transferred after police arrested
fourteen supposed bootleggers at Gerrittsen Beach the morning of July 26, was
found shot to death this morning in the locker room of the Liberty avenue station.
HERRSCHAFT, who had been in the Police Department for twenty years, was
assigned to the Liberty avenue station two days ago.
It was shortly after 7 a.m. today when a patrolman on the first floor of
the building heard a shot from the locker room upstairs. He notified Sergeant
Thomas HARDING, who found HERRSCHAFT sitting in a chair, a bullet through his
head and his service revolver on the floor beside him.
One cartridge had been exploded.
26 August 1931
COP OVERCOME AT FIRE RESCUE IN GREENPOINT
COLLAPSES AFTER LEADING TENANTS FROM SKILLMAN AVENUE BLAZE
Patrolman Edward DOUGHERTY, of the Herbert street station, is suffering
from smoke inhalation today, as a result of routing out more than 100 persons
in a frame tenement building in Old Woodpoint road, Skillman avenue and
Conselyea street during a fire early today.
DOUGHERTY was going along Old Woodpoint road shortly after 4 a.m. and as
he crossed Skillman avenue, heard a slight explosion and then saw flames
shooting out of the windows of a one-story frame building at 234 Skillman
avenue, occupied by the William Crossbach Plating Company.
When he reached the building, DOUGHERTY found the inetrior in flames. By
the time he sent in an alarm the fire had spread to an adjoining one-story
frame structure at 236 Skillman avenue, occupied as an office by the Pasquale
Churchello Scrap Iron Company and was spreading towards a six-story frame
tenement at 222 Skillman avenue.
After rapping on the pavement with his nightstick, DOUGHERTY ran through
the tenement building arousing the occupants. DOUGHERTY saw to it that they
all reached the street in safety.
By that time the tenement buildings along Old Woodpoint road and Conselyea
street were filling rapidly with smoke.
The policeman was at the point of collapse and staggered to a stoop on
Conselyea street near Kingsland avenue, when the fire apparatus came along.
He refused medical attention and remained on duty.
The flames which scorched the rear of the buildings on Old Woodpoint road
and Conselyea street could be seen by some of the patients in Greenpoint
Hospital a block away, but at no time was there any excitement at the
institution. The cause of the fire is undetermined and damage is placed at $80,000.
3 September 1931
12 DETECTIVES WIN ADVANCE
Ploce Commissioner MULROONEY promoted twelve men of the detective division
today for "Intelligent police work". Six were made first grade detectives
tat $4,000 a year and six second grade at $3,200.
The first grade detective and their new assignments are:
Acting Lieut. James KINNEY, Manhattan Headquarters.
Charles s. CORBETT, Homicide Squad, Brooklyn
Maurice GAUGHRAN, Manhattan Headquarters.
Michael MELIE, Manhattan Headquarters
Morris NORWICKI, 5TH Street, Manhattan
William A. COLBY, Simpson street, the Bronx.
SECOND GRADE DETECTIVES :
John W. HANNEN, Bomb Squad
Alfred J. FERNAN, Manhattan Homicide
John F. GALLAGHER, Queens Homicide
Frank CRIMMINS, Inspector SULLIVAN's office.
John L. WALBARN, Bureau of Criminal Identification.
William J. CLARK, East 51st street, Manhattan.
8 September 1931
Patrolman Bernard CONROY, 24, of 600 West 176th street, Manhattan, attached
to the Highbridge station, died in Rockaway Beach Hospital as a result of
injuries suffered when he pushed his fist through a plate-glass window of a
store on Rockaway Beach boulevard while fighting off an attack.
CONROY and a friend, Vincent PAUL of 554 West 181st street were visiting when
they were attacked by two men in front of the delicatessen of Mrs. Dorothy
PUBLINER at 107-05 Rockaway Beach boulevard. Retaliating a punch, CONROY
pushed his fist through he window. He lost considerable blood and was taken
to the hospital, where blood transfusions failed to save his life.
15 September 1931
BROTHER POLICE IN SEARCH FOR KILLERS OF SERGEANT
Witness Gives Good Descriptions of Thugs in Village Speakeasy
All available members of the Mercer street, Manhattan, detective squad as
well as a large number of plainclothes men from Police Headquarters were
searching throughout the city today in an attempt to locate the three men who
killed one police officer and wounded another after attempting to hold up a
Greenwich Village speakeasy early yesterday.
The police found a large number of witnesses who saw the killers, and
obtained good descriptions of the men. But so far none of the witnesses has
been able to identify any Rogues Gallery pictures.
SHOT WITHOUT WARNING
The dead officer is Sergeant Timothy MURPHY of the Mercer street stations,
who had been on the force for twenty four years. He was notified of a holdup
taking place in a small restaurant-speakeasy at 18 E. 31st street and went to
As he went down the steps leading to the barroom the boards squeaked. The
gunmen turned and fired at him, killing him instantly. The men then fled.
Patrolman Fred KNOCKE saw one of the men and stopped him. The man fired at
the officer, but KNOCKE grabbed his gun arm so that the bandit's aim was
deflected and the bullet only tore through his arm.
TRAIL IS LOST
Charles FERN, of 133 East 71st street, owner of the restaurant, his wife and
several guests all gave the police good descriptions of the men.
Albert CLARK, a resident of the Albert Hotel, which is just across the street
from FERN's place, saw KNOCKE shot as did the son of the proprietor of
Romonoff's drug store at 60 University place. He seized the wounded
officer's nightstick and pursued the fleeing gunman, but lost him at 5 West
26 September 1931
COP KILLS HIMSELF IN MARITAL DISCORD
Patrolman Robert McNAMARA, 34, attached to the Parkville station shot and
killed himself with his service revolver because of marital difficulties win the
kitchen of his home at 406 19th street, early yesterday according to police.
McNAMARA has been separated from his wife for several months, police said,
and his recent efforts to effect a reconciliation where unsuccessful. He was
with several friends until a late hour Saturday night and when of them said, as
they parted. "I'll see you again";
McNAMARA replied "You'll never see me again. So long".
Less than an hour later he shot himself through his left temple.
McNAMARA had been a policeman ten years. The couple had no children.
28 September 1931
CAPTAIN DAVEY FATALLY SHOT CLEANING GUN
WIFE HEARS REPORT - FINDS VETERAN BOROUGH POLICEMAN DEAD ON FLOOR
Funeral services for Police Captain Matthew J. DAVEY of the Oak street
station, Manhattan, who accidentally shot himself while cleaning his service
revolver in the bedroom of his home at 2950 Ocean avenue late Saturday night,
will be held Wednesday morning.
The funeral will take place form the home of his sister, Mrs. Robert J. KIND,
421 East 8th street. A solemn requiem mass will be celebrated at St. Mark's
R. C. Church, Ocean avenue and Avenue Z., by Mgr. Daniel J. McCARTHY and
interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Captain DAVEY arrived home about 6 o'clock Saturday night. His wife, Mrs.
Vera DAVEY, bet (as written) him at the Prospect Park station of the B. M. T.
Brighton line with the family car and drove him to the apartment.
The captain removed his shoes, Mrs. DAVEY said, on the complaint that his
feet were hurting him and then went into the bedroom to clean his revolver.
Mrs. DAVEY was directing the dismantling of a radio in the preparation for
their moving on the first of the month when she heard a shot.
SHOT THROUGH THE HEAD
She rushed into the bedroom and found her husband sprawled on the floor with
a bullet wound in the right side of his head. Detectives James HIBARD and
Patrick KNOWLES reported that on a nearby table were five shells which had been
removed form the revolver, some oil and cleaning rags, which apparently had not
been used. The shooting was listed as accidental.
The ambulance surgeon from Coney Island Hospital reported that the bullet
hole was a contact wound causing burns on the side of the captain's head.
Capt. DAVEY was one of the most popular officers on the force. At the time
of his death he was in charge of Oak street station, Manhattan. A few months
priod to that he had opened the new Borough Park station but remained there
only a short time.
Captain DAVEY was well-known in Brooklyn. His wife Vera, was a nurse in the
Coney Island Hospital before their marriage seven years ago. She told police
that her husband had no worries and had appeared to very happy during the
motor ride home from the subway station home.
ON VALENTINE'S STAFF
DAVEY, who was 46 years old, has been a member of the police department for
25 years and was regarded by his associates as a very efficient officer.
As a lieutenant he was attached to the staff of then Deputy Chief Inspector
Lewis J. VALENTINE, when VALENTINE was doing confidential work for Police
VALENTINE, now a captain, has been one of the principal witnesses during the
past week at the investigation being made into city affairs by the Hofstadter
Legislative Committee. He has testified to professional gambling taking place
in Democratic clubhouses. DAVEY was not scheduled to testify before the
committee, it was announced at the Seabury headquarters today.
Capt. DAVEY was also on the staff of Inspector Thomas McDONALD while he was
in charge of the 10 Inspection District. A year ago he was appointed a captain
and assigned to the new Bronx Precinct, later being transferred to Borough
Park and then Oak street.
McNAMARA - Matthew on Sept. 27, 1931, Patrolman NYPD attached to the 70th
Pct.; beloved husband of Helen ROMANICH, son of David and the late Margaret
MURRAY McNAMARA, brother of Joseph, Thomas and Mrs. Fred GILMARTIN. Funeral
Wednesday, 10:30 A.M., from residence of his brother, Joseph, 406 19th st.,
thence to the Church of the Holy Name, where solemn requiem mass will be
offered. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery with full military honors.
1 October 1931
Two Advanced to Captaincies by MULROONEY
Get Manhattan Commands - Two Made Lieutenants and Eleven Sergeants
Police Commissioner MULROONEY announced today the promotion of two men to the
rank of captain, two to the position of lieutenant and eleven from patrolmen
The new captains are:
William F. MCKIERNAN of the Charles street station.
Edward H. WALSH, attached to Manhattan headquarters.
A salary raise of $1,000 accompanies the promotion, making their annual wage
Those raised to the rank of sergeant, with a $500 increase, to a salary of
Thomas F. WALSH of the West Twentieth street station.
Daniel LEAHY of the Clinton street station.
The eleven patrolmen raised to sergeant with a salary increase of $500 to
$3,500 a year are as follows:
William TRAUTNER, East 126th street.
John SWEENEY, Traffic B.
August FLATH, Beach street.
Patrick J. KNOWLES, Sheepshead Bay.
Bernard BROBEN, Manhattan headquarters.
John F. WHITE, hack license bureau.
James MANNION, East Sixty-seventh street.
Harry c. BILMS, Gates avenue.
Patrick J. O'DONNELL, Mounted Squad 2.
James A. O'DONNELL, empire boulevard.
Alexander H. MCMANUS, Oak street.
2 October 1931
SERGEANT FINED; AUTOIST RELEASED
An assault charge against William HANSEN, an investment broker, of 70-08
Fleet street, Forest Hills, was dismissed in Queens Special Sessions Court
but the complainant Sergeant Theodore RAPHAEL, of Traffic N, must accept a
The sergeant said that when he ordered a car driven by Col. Eugene E. BIBBS
on March 2, U. S. field Artillery, into line, he heard an oath from one of
the car's occupants.
BIBB's wife, June, and HANSEN were also in the car. Sergeant RAPHAEL said he
warned the occupants, that HANSEN protested, finally coming to blows when the
argument waxed hot. HANSEN contended that when he protested against the
officer's repeating the oath in the presence of a lady the police sergeant
turned on him.
26 October 1931
9 DETECTIVES ARE PROMOTED
Commissioner MULROONEY today promoted nine detectives in grade. Three of them
are attached to Brooklyn precincts.
-Arthur GIDDERING, Borough Park station.
-George LAU, Coney Island station.
-Harold LATTINGER, Bergen street station.
All three were raised from third to second grade and will thereby receive an
increase in pay of $200 a year.
The other appointed were:
-Frederick RAIHLE and Charles MC GOWAN, East fifty-first street station,
Manhattan. From second to first grade with an increase in pay of $800 a year.
-Elmer J. MASON and Rudolph MCLAUGHLIN, East Fifty-first street station,
From third to second grade with an increase in pay of $200 a year.
-Peter A. NATON, Manhattan Headquarters, and Charles CARROLL, East 104th
street, Manhattan, from third to second grade.
23 December 1931
LAWLER--On Dec. 23, John J., patrolman, N.Y.P.D., attached to 70th precinct,
beloved husband of Josephine (nee RIORDAN), son of Lieut. Edward J. LAWLER of
Police Academy. Funeral from his home, 965 Seventy-sixth st., Brooklyn, on
Saturday, Dec. 26, at 9:30 A.M. Mass of requiem at Church of St. Ephrem, Fort
Hamilton parkway and Seventy-fifth st., at 10 A.M. Interment Calvary Cemetery.
30 December 1931
COP ARRESTED OVER FLATBUSH FAMILY FIGHT
Accused with Two Companions of Beating Sister-in-law's Boy Friend
A policeman and two of his companions are under arrest today charged with
beating up a man who is supposed to have been living with a sister of the
The officer is Patrolman Ralph P. KEEFE, 35, of 165 East Eighth street,
attached to the Parkville station.
The others are :
William TUOHY, 39 of 449 East Fifth street.
John HEFFERMAN, 40, of 52 Kermit place.
All three will be give a hearing in court today, charged with on the
complaint of William Mahoney, 35, a milkman living at 4512 Clarendon road.
According to the story pieced together by the police of the Snyder ave
station, Keefe and Tuohy married sisters and a third sister had been living
with Mahoney. This sister, it was reported, quarreled with Mahoney and
About 5 :30 A. M. today Keefe and Tuohy, accompanied by Hefferman, a
friend, called at Mahoney's residence to get the girl's clothes, It was said.
A fight started and Mahoney charged that was beaten about the head by Keefe.
He notified the Snyder avenue station and the three men were arrested. Keefe,
according to the police, asked permission at the station house to go into
another room and slipped out of the building.
Police searched all over Flatbush for him for two hours until he called the
station house and the Lieutenant on duty, recognizing his voice, ordered him
to come in at once. He came in and surrendered.
30 December 1931
Brooklyn Standard Union
Meritorious conduct brought commendations, citation
for excellant police duty and honorable mention to 305 members of the police
departmant today, including many Brooklyn members of the force.
Five of the awards for distinction in the performance of duty were
Brooklyn and Queens commendations included:
Sgt. Seigel GOLDSTEIN and
Patrolman George SEAQUIST of Hamilton avenue station for capturing
a man wanted for murder August 7.
Henry E. HANSEN,
Ambrose J. RIKEMAN
Frank MORLOCK of the Lawrence station, for capturing two bandits before 875
Fifty-second street, April 1.
John McDONOUGH Jr., and Edward Gaynor, Empire boulevard station, for
capturing a May 23.
Charles TRACY, Liberty avenue station, for capturing three men in a stolen
auto June 21, wounding one.
Joseph B. McCARTHY, Classon avenue station, for arresting a man wanted for
two murders on June 3 at Second avenue and Forty-first street.
William NEWBAUER, Poplar street station for wounding and capturing a gunman on Aug. 24.
Patrolman Herbert GREEN of Flushing station
for capturing four men-armed with a sawed-off shotgun and two revolvers, who
were riding in a stolen auto in Elmhurst.
William WESTMALL, Miller avenue station, for capturing 3 holdup man at
Stone avenue and Broadway, June 11.
William J. SHEA
Thomas COLTON, Canarsie, for arresting three holdup men June 15 at
Church avenue and East Ninety-third street, wounding two of them in the capture.
Raymond,NICHOLAS, Forty-ninth street station, for mortally wounding a bandit on June 20.
Charles W. KRAUSS
Thomas SLOW, Bergen street station, for capturing a man June 24 at Fifth
avenue and St. Mark's place who had shot a woman.
Henry BERNER, Liberty ave station, for capturing one of five hold-up men June
28 at 972 Rockaway ave.
Martin BYRNES, of the Tenth Division for rescuing a drowning man of
Fourty-First street, June 29.
Hary DUBERG, Astoria station, for rescuing two girls from drowning in Hewlett Bay, July 5.
Lester FINK, Bedford ave station, for rescuing a man from the East River at
the foot of South Fifth street, July 19.
Lewis LEVINE, Classon avenue station, for capturing a murderer at 14 Park pl, July 20.
Thomas CARROLL, Jr., Fourth avenue station, for arresting a man July 30, who
had shot another at 6120 Third ave.
John DUKES, of Motorcycle Squad 2, for capturing four men in a stolen auto
on Ocean parkway.
Joseph PREFER, Empire Boulevard station, for arresting two hold-up men
Aug. 5 at 1046 Carroll st.
Frank ADAMS, of Queens, for rescuing a boy from drowning at Rockaway Beach Aug. 8.
Francis McKEE, Empire Boulevard station, for capturing a holdup man Aug. 10
at 684 Ralph avenue.
James A. DRISCOLL, Miller avenue station, for arresting two hold-up men
before 73 Liberty avenue Aug. 23.
John SCHREIBER, Fort Hamilton station, for saving a boy from drowning in
New York Bay, Aug. 24.
Rudolph HOEHE, of Motorcycle Squad 2, for capturing a reckless driver after
having to shoot him Aug. 24.
John SNELL, Richmond Hill, for saving a boy from electrocution, on a live
wire at Rockaway Beach, Aug. 25.
Robert J. SULLIVAN, Bedford avenue station, for arresting two hold-up men
Sept. 4 at 125 South street.
Charles F. WICKERN, Clymer street station, for capturing two hold-up men
Sept. 18, at 710 Wythe avenue.
John A. CASSIDY, Lawrence avenue station, for arresting two hold-up men Sept.29.
Charles DRAYCOTT, Motorcycle Squad 2,for capturing a hold-up on Manhattan Bridge,Sept.29.
Emmanuel DOMROE, Snyder avenue, for capturing a reckles driver in a stolen
car Oct. 8 after several shots had been fired.
Patrick O'ROURKE, Butler street station, for capturing two gunmen before 74
Columbia street Oct. 13.
William BURKE, Butler street station, for capturing three hold-up men after a
chase near Eleventh street and Seventh ave Oct. 17.
Henry NOLL, Stagg street station, for arresting a holdup man Oct.26.
Henry FINNEGAN, Miller avenue station, for arresting two hold-up men Oct.29.
William REAL, Greenpoint station, for capturing two hold-up men Nov.5.
Robert E. MAXWELL, Precinct K, for capturing two hold-up men Nov.6.
The following were awarded excellant police duty mentions:
Patrolman Frank O'NEIL, now a detective, for arresting a man wanted for
murder while off duty at 79 DeKalb avenue, Oct. 13.
Patrolman Bernard GALLIGAN, Glendale station, for capturing a hold-up man May 16.
Acting Captain John J. RYAN
Acting Lieutenant Thomas REILLY
Detective Joseh ARNOLD
Detective William KIRWIN, all of the main office, for arresting four hold-up
men at Eighteen ave & Fifty-second street April 1.
Joy E. Bold
Nancy E Lutz
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