Camden Courier-Post - March 28, 1932
PARTY RAIDED, WOMAN ASKS PROBE
Complaint against policemen who raided her home early yesterday and arrested four women and eight men participating in a party there will be made today by Mrs. Velda Mosely, 23, of 521 North Third street.
The woman charges the police had no right to stage the raid without a complaint or warrant. Her husband, Robert Mosely, 26, still is being detained at police headquarters in lieu of $100 security wanted to assure police of his appearance at a hearing today.
A Camden policeman and the son of another policeman were included among those arrested. Two of the other women were married and were accompanied to the party by their husbands, while a fourth woman was accompanied by her fiance.
The raid was staged at 1:00 AM by Lieutenant George Ward, commander of the First Police District, and District Detective John Trout.
At police headquarters those arrested were booked under the "disorderly act," of Section 422, City Ordinances, which prohibits the congregating of disorderly persons.
Raid Puzzles Woman
"I can't understand why the raid was staged," Mrs. Mosely said last night. "We were all bundled into the patrol wagon and taken to city hall after Lieutenant Ward and another officer had knocked on our door at 1:00 o'clock,
"At that time I asked Lieutenant Ward to come into the house and inspect the place. He refused to do this and said ‘I’ll give you five minutes to get your hats and coats on and come out here,' He stood by the doorway all the time.”
“No liquor was seized because there was none there and furthermore no search was made to find any.”
"I asked my neighbors in the building this morning if they had made any complaint against us and they told me they had not. The caretaker of the apartment house told me we were making a little noise dancing and laughing but that he had received no complaint," Mrs. Mosely continued.
"I think the police made a mistake in arresting us. They could have told us to discontinue the party and we would have complied with their wishes. I intend to enter a formal complaint against Lieutenant Ward with his superiors tomorrow.”
Cop Gets Patrol Ride
The patrolman arrested was Edward Wright, attached to the First District under Ward, Herbert Bott Jr., son at Patrolman Herbert Bott, of the Third District, also was taken, Both were made to ride in the patrol and booked at police headquarters.
Others arrested were: John Olsen, 26, of 950 North Twenty-seventh Street and his wife, Eleanor, 19; Alda Prickett, 23, of 920 Fern street; Benjamin Harris, 27, of Sewell; William C. Grey, 38, of 519 North Third street, and Henry Ronson, 24, of 116 Elm street.
Nearly all of those arrested live in the neighborhood of the raid and have been friends for some time. Mrs. Mosely said, She said that three of the women work together at a local factory, two of whose husbands are out of work. All but Mosely were released in $10 security for the hearing.
Camden Courier-Post * March 28, 1932
T'homas Fleeyne, 54, of 515 Taylor Avenue, who was arrested when police raided his home, was sent to jail for 50 days in default of a $50 line Saturday by Police Judge Pancoast. Fleeyne entered a plea of guilty to permitting disorderly persons to congregate at his home. He said he had been without work since coming to Camden.
Fleeyne's wife, Margaret, 42, was unable to appear in court on account of illness, and her $25 bond was returned; Josephine Lorento, 30, of 350 Tree Street, Philadelphia, also held as a material witness, was freed when she said she had visited the house to see Mrs. Fleeyne,
Michael Bratses, 49, of 210 Market street, and Thomas Kretekos, 48, of 529 South Broad street, Philadelphia, were fined $25 each as inmates. John Kershaw, 32, of 515 Taylor Avenue, forfeited $25 bail when he failed to appear. The raid was made by Lieutenant George Ward, commander of the First district police, and Patrolman John Trout, on complaint made by Dominick Madden, 46, of 455 Haddon Avenue..
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Camden Courier-Post * February 6, 1933
LIGHT IN BASEMENT STARTS BURGLAR SCARE
Abe Block had a burglar scare at 1 :30 a. m. Saturday in his tailor shop at 527 North Eighth Street. Block was passing the shop on his way home when he saw a light in the basement. He thought thieves were ransacking the place. He telephoned police and Detectives Walter Smith, Edwin Mills and John Trout sped to the shop.
Letting themselves in cautiously, they made their way to the cellar, and found that occupants of the second floor of the house were fixing the heater fire for the night.
Camden Courier-Post * February 10, 1933
2 BROTHERS ARRESTED ON SUIT THEFT CHARGE
Two brothers were arrested yesterday on charges of larceny of a suit of Charles Parker, colored, of 225 Stevens Street. The men held are Alfred Scott, 18, of 839 Bridge Avenue, and his brother, Norman, 20, of the Stevens Street address. Both are colored. The former admitted they had sold the suit. They were arrested after an investigation by Detectives Walter Smithh and John Trout.
Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1933
Agin the Law' To Sell Rum Here Without a License
opened a "store" at
15 South Fourth Street yesterday, without
the formality of first obtaining a “soft drink license’.
Herbert Anderson and
District Detectives Walter Smith
and John Trout were the first
customers. They entered the place
reading that chicken dinners could be purchased for 20 cents. But, according to police, "they didn't find an
egg" in the place.
But what they did find was an improvised bar, a quantity of whisky and several cases of home brew. They dumped the liquor, they said, and told the proprietor to "close up until he got a license." They didn't bother with the name.
Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933
ASKS HELP IN FINDING HIS SON
MISSING SINCE HOLIDAY
Detective John Trout has a real job on his hands.
His son, Gilbert, 15, has been missing from his home at 546 Newton Avenue, since Memorial Day. After investigating alone without obtaining, any clues to the youth's whereabouts, Trout notified his fellow policemen last night.
The youth attended Camden Junior High school.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 1, 1933|
NABBED TWICE IN DAY IS JAILED
man who was arrested twice in
day on charges of being intoxicated, and another who had to be
home three times before getting a ride in the patrol wagon when he
insisted upon disturbing neighbors, will spend the next 30 days in jail.
Callahan, 53, who said he had no home, was arrested Tuesday by Patrolman
Ray Carson. He was released several hours later and before the day was
over Callahan was back in the "cooler." taken there the second
time by Patrolman Walter Patton.
in one day is too many times to be arrested," Judge Pancoast
said. "I'll bet vou won't be arrested twice in the next 30 days,
for you are going to be in the jailhouse."
O'Brien, 30, of 213 Burns
street, according to Detectives Walter
Smith and John Trout,
refused to stay put when taken home three times so they put him behind
the bars Tuesday night to await a hearing. The detectives said they
found him creating a disturbance near his home and each time they took
him home he would reappear to make more noise.
"Where was this party where they served such awful liquor?" Judge Pancoast wanted to know. O'Brien couldn't remember. So Judge Pancoast said: "Well, perhaps you will be able to remember during the next 30 days while you are staying put in the county jail."
Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933
ARRESTED AS POLICE SEIZE STILL
Thompson, 70, and his brother, Henry, 57, of 433 Riley
arrested late last night when police raided their home and seized a
150-gallon still and a quantity of mash.
They were held for violation of the city disorderly house ordinance and will be arraigned in police court today. The raid was made by Lieutenant Herbert Anderson and Detectives Walter Smith, John Trout and Harry Kyler. .
Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933
DETECTIVE JOHN TROUT GETS HIS MAN - 8 LBS.
John Trout is passing out the cigars.
He became the father of an eight pound son, born last night to Mrs. Trout at Cooper Hospital. The Trouts live at 546 Newton Avenue.
Camden Courier-Post * June 7, 1933
HUSBAND, WOMAN HELD ON CHARGE WIFE MAKES
Bessie A. Gaunt, of 4115 Westfield
Avenue, yesterday appeared in police court and charged her
husband, Emerson Gaunt, 32, of
Street, and Mrs. Nellie Olsen, 33,
Seventh Street, with misconduct.
Gaunts have been estranged for some four years. Mrs. Gaunt told
Police Judge Pancoast
she had been keeping her husband under surveillance of late and on
May 15, followed him to the Olsen home. Mrs. Gaunt said she parked
her car near the house and saw her husband enter.
John Trout and Walter
Smith arrested both Gaunt and Mrs. Olsen in the latter's house
m. on May 30.
Judge Pancoast held Gaunt and Mrs. Olsen in $500 bail each for the grand jury.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 19, 1933|
2 MEN, WOMAN SEIZED IN RAID ON HOUSE
Two men and a woman were arrested by police in a raid Saturday night on an alleged disorderly house at 610 South Second street. Freddy M. West, 34, and Mattie Watson, both of that address, were held in $500 bail each. West was charged with being the proprietor, and the Watson woman held as a material witness, along with Thomas R. Bunting, 62, of 560 Highland Boulevard, Gloucester. The raid was made by Lieutenant Herbert Anderson and Detectives Walter Smith, John Trout and Harry Kyler. The defendants will be arraigned in police court this morning.
|Camden Courier-Post * June 22, 1933|
'IRON CLAW' FAILS' TO SUBDUE BESSIE
Bessie James, 16, colored, no home given, gave police plenty of trouble last night while they were arresting her for breaking parole.
Bessie, who has been sought by Mrs. Mary Barton, state parole officer, for several weeks, was seen shortly before dark yesterday at Second and Benson streets by District Detectives Walter Smith and John Trout. The officers' grasped the girl by the arms and told her she was under arrest.
Then she went into action. Before the surprised officers knew what it was all about they had been beaten, bitten and kicked by the irate girl who broke Trout's straw hat and Smith's glasses during the melee. The impromptu bout ended when one of the detectives put the, "iron claw" on their scrappy customer.
But Bessie wasn't through yet not by nine or ten kicks, which she delivere4 to Patrolman Walter Patton enroute to the city jail in the patrol.
She will be given a hearing this morning before Judge Pancoast on charges of assault and resisting an officer.
Smith was treated at Cooper Hospital for bites on the hand, following the brawl. .
|Camden Courier-Post * June 28, 1933|
Still Operators Jailed By Pancoast
police believed they had broken the first link in a chain sys tem of
stills yesterday when Police Judge Pancoast
sentenced 13 persons, several of them from Philadelphia, to 90 days each
in the county jail None was able to pay a $200 fine.
prisoners were arrested in three raids by District Detectives John
Trout, Walter Smith and Vernon
Jones early yesterday. All the defendants are colored.
believe you're all implicated in this chain system," said Judge Pancoast
in sentencing the first group. "I believe it is directed in
Philadelphia and that the police have broken the first link.' I think
your stills are scattered all through Camden."
and Trout arrested Martha
Norman, 38, of 833 Jackson
Street; Margaret Baner, 35, same address; Jessie Fife, 23, of 1120 Carpenter
Street, and Jolie Brandy, 33, of 618 North Forty-sixth street,
Philadelphia, in a raid at 432 Senate
detectives testified they had been watching the place for some time. Trout,
alone, saw Brandy drive up and take three bags of sugar inside. Trout
left to get Smith
and when they returned all four defendants were sitting in Brandy's
automobile: The Norman woman, they said had a. one-gallon can of
moonshine on her lap.
the detectives stated, they found a 50-gallon still in operation and
four barrels of mash. Brandy denied he was the operator and said the
owner was a man, known only as "John."
Ray Shedrick, 22, of 433
Street, pleaded guilty to operating a 50-gallon still in his
home. He said he sold his whisky where he could but refused to name his
buyers. He also was arrested by Trout and Smith.
Green, 32, of 749 Division
Street, admitted operating a 25-gallon still at that address but,
said it was for his own use only and that he sold none of it.
with him were Marion Smith, 26, of 615 North Forty-fifth Street; Charles
Marton, 34, of 2131 North Twenty-first Street; Felix Carroll, 31, of
2006 North Gratz Street; Gladys Little, 28, of 612 North Forty-sixth
Street, and Beatrice Hill, 32, of 5733 Commerce Street, all
The alleged operators all were charged with violating the city speakeasy ordinance, which prohibits gathering of "disorderly persons." The others were charged with being material witnesses or frequenters.
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|Camden Courier-Post * February 29, 1936|
HELD AS COPS RAID CARD GAME IN HOME
men were arrested last night when
police raided a private home I after
receiving a "tip" that a card game
was in progress.
J. Stephan, 29, of 403 Friends
avenue, the scene of the raid, was
arrested as the alleged proprietor and held in $2000 bail for a
hearing today before Judge Lewis
arrested are John H. Ridge, 42, of 418 North
Third Street; Ernest Ridge, of Milner Hotel, Delaware avenue and
Market street; Nat Green, 34, of 562 Carman
Street; John Podhar, 31, of 1944 Bristol street, Philadelphia;
Charles Luffy, 32, of 1418 Erie avenue, Philadelphia, and Robert Ramsey,
23, of the Camden Y. M. C. A. All were held in $100 bail as material
Kaighn and Patrolmen Marshall
and Earl Hamby conducted the raid and said they confiscated two decks of
cards and a pair of dice. They said a quantity of money on the table was
scooped up by the players before they reached the playing room.
|Camden Courier-Post * February 29, 1936|
USES FISTS TO ROUT BANDITS
Victim Continues Fight Despite Blow on Head From Pistol
armed bandits and an accomplice took on a tough job last night when they
attempted to hold up Walter J. Brown, 38, of 430 Rand
a sturdy clerk employed by the T&B Tobacco Company, of Kaighn
Avenue near Broadway,
slugged one of the holdup men, suffered a gash when slugged by a second,
and caused the three thugs to
a report to detectives, Brown said he drove his automobile into the
garage at the rear of his home and was about to close the doors when he
was confronted by a masked man
him to "stick 'em up."
Brown let both fists fly. Thereupon, a second thug appeared and struck
Brown with a pistol.
battled with the pair with his fists and observed a third man appear
from behind the garage. So furious was Brown's attack that the three
bandits took to their heels running in the direction of Baird
summoning Detectives John Trout
and John Kaighn, Brown
received treatment from a nearby physician.
described the masked man as five feet six inches in height, weighing
about 150 pounds. He wore a tan overcoat, Brown said.
second bandit who wielded the pistol was described as five feet eight
inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and
gray overcoat. Brown
was unable to give
|Camden Courier-Post * July 1, 1941|
LANDS DRIVER IN JAIL
Resemblance of C. C. Chalfonte, state motor vehicle inspector, to a salesman, resulted yesterday in an automobile driver being arrested on charges of drunk driving.
Chalfonte was sitting on his porch at 752 Wright Avenue when Raymond Stafford, 26, of 218 Glenwood Avenue, Merchantville, drove up in a car.
Stafford had an engagement to meet a salesman at Haddon and Wright avenues, and on seeing the inspector, thought he was the person. Stafford urged Chalfonte to "hurry up and get in the car," but the inspector, observing Stafford's condition, called police.
Patrolmen John Trout and George Weber Jr. took the driver to police headquarters where he was ordered held for a hearing in police court this morning.
Camden Courier-Post * October 9, 1944
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