Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1986 · Page 3
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Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Page 3

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, February 25, 1986
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L4 STAR EDITION Page 6 By JIM SMITH Daily News Staff Writer A federal judge yesterday gave one former corrupt Philadelphia police officer an early release from a seven-year prison sentence because he had become an FBI witness. Two other ex-cops, who so far refuse to inform, yesterday were given jail terms by another federal judge, who suggested it might be worth their while to talk, too. And ex-Chief Inspector Eugene Sullivan, who prosecutors say was one of the most corrupt cops ever to wear a badge in Philadelphia, was given a message that his sentence, to be imposed next week, probably will be more than eight years. "I assume that I'll be given more A harrl-hatforl Maim CArrafonj lhn ..c, Carriers of Good News for the Navy Yard By TONI LOCY Daily News Staff Writer There is good and bad news for Nay facilities in Philadelphia. The good news is that the city's second-largest employer th Philadelphia Naval Shipyard will remain afloat. The bad news is that Navy Secretary John Lehman Jr. personally recommended the shutdown of the 115-bed Navy Hospital, which he described as "obsolete" and "non-cost-effective." At a news conference yesterday on the flight deck of the USS Independence, now undergoing an overhaul at the yard, Lehman for the first time admitted that he was behind the move to close the adjacent 50-year-old hospital. About 792 people work at the hospital, including 200 civilians. At its peak during the Vietnam War, the hospital employed 1,100 people. - Lehman made the recommendation to Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who last month placed the hospital on a "hit list" of what Weinberger described as "unneed-ed" military facilities. The list also than eight," said Sullivan, who had heard the reports of sentences his subordinates had received. "I don't know what to say, except I intend to appeal," added Sullivan, who maintains he was framed. The reward of not having to return to prison went to Thomas "Dutch" Vol k mar, 35, who served about nine months of a seven-year sentence at a federal prison camp near Duluth, Minn., before becoming a witness against Sullivan and others. Sullivan, 63, was convicted last year of using Volkmar and other members of his vice squad in the Northeast Police Division to collect bribes of up to S14.000 a month from vice figures between 1980 and 1983. "I think he has learned his lesson," said U.S. District Judge Daniel H. x ; t: "" lit'-, i f W V" H 4k. . s - t x 1 f.s&is n,...,. 1 I I I h L. i-ciiiiiaii maivcs aiiiiuum-emeni; Hospital on critical list: Page 8 includes an Army materials laboratory in Watertown, Mass., and Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. Congress may hold hearings next month on Weinberger's proposed shutdowns. The Navy Yard, which employs about 9.500 people, made last year's hit list of 22 military facilities. Congress refused to go along with any of them because Weinberger wanted complete control over shutdowns. "It's all politics," said Paul Va-trella, a welding specialist. Vatrella and co-worker Neil Manga cheered Lehman, who grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, when he said military leaders have no intention of phasing out the yard. "He Lehmanl said we're going to be getting more boats. That's what 1 like to hear," said Manga, who has worked at the yard for 3'i years. After a tour with a congressional delegation led by Republican Sens. John Heinz and Arlen Specter, Lehman said the yard will remain operating "into the next century" with no layoffs. PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS (Scops, Tailing Paws Offff Huyett III, vacating Volkmar's original sentence and placing him on probation for five years. Volkmar also has agreed to testify against other corrupt officers who have not yet been charged, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Klein, the case prosecutor. His testimony was "excellent," Gerard Egan, a former prosecutor, told the judge. "He helped convict Sullivan, one of the most corrupt police officers ever to wear a badge in the city of Philadelphia," added Egan. So far. 29 police officers have been convicted of participating in a city-wide extortion racket, and while many like Volkmar are cooperating with the FBI in exchange for probation or short prison terms, many m . .. .. rrom ten, nep. i om r-ognetta, sens. He also said the yard will continue to receive lucrative, long-range Service Life Extension Program contracts to overhaul World War II aircraft carriers. "We have a work force and institutional wisdom here to operate SLEP that has enabled us to have a 50-year ship when we build a carrier," Lehman said, praising the improved productivity and efficiency of the yard's workers. Lehman also vowed to steer work to Philadelphia "to keep this yard healthy," referring to an issue hotly debated in Washington over the distribution of work between public and private yards. Private yards, suffering from a lack of work, are pressing officials in Washington to divide the work more evenly, with a possible 50-50 split. Currently, private yards do about 34 percent of government work. Lehman said the private split probably will increase to 46 percent in the near future. The yard will continue to operate and receive the SLEP contracts, Lehman said, as long as Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction limita others continue to stonewall. Among the latter, ex-Lt. Walter McDermott, 49, was sentenced to up to eight years, and Robert "Moe" Schwartz, 43, a former patrolman, was sentenced to two years by U.S. District Judge Edward N. Cahn yesterday. Both worked on Sullivan's vice squad in the Northeast for two years. Testimony by other officers indicated both men also had been on the take in 1978 and 1979, when they served on a vice squad in the East Police Division under ex-Inspector Alfonzo Giordano, a target of the investigation. Under projected parole guidelines, Schwartz will have to serve most of the two years and McDermott must spend at least 40 months in prison own moiograpny Dy Sam Psoras John Heinz and Arlen Specter tions are not triggered. "That would have devastating results for the Navy and for this yard," Lehman said. He said the yard can next expect to overhaul the USS Kitty Hawk. Work on the Independence is expected to be completed in 1987. Lehman's promises squelched some of ihc rumors that have been circulated among the workers for more than a year. There was concern that the Philadelphia yard would be closed if West Coast politicians garnered enough support for facilities in their part of the country. Heinz lauded Lehman for "standing firm" against the pressure being placed by the West Coast congressional delegation. Heinz, a friend of Lehman's, arranged for Lehman to meet with a delegation of senators and congressman from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Mayor Goode also was present. Surveying ihc politicians in attendance, welding specialist James Miller said: "I think this yard's a little 1;k important to close down." S3 Tuesday. Feb 25. 1986 belore being considered for parole. The judge recommended they serve their sentences at minimum-security federal prison camps either in Florida or Alabama. "We just can't tolerate police . . . that are on the take, that turn their backs on other police on the take, and that don't coonerate with thp ongoing investigation," said Cahn. Two other defendants who held the rank of chief inspector or above were given stiff sentences earlier. Joseph Del'en. a former chief inspector, is currently serving 15 years. James Martin, former deputy commissioner, died of cancer before starting an 18 ytar term, the longest sentence imposed to date in any of the police cases. Arbitrator To Decide On Lie Tests By EDWARD MORAN Daily News Staff Writer Police Commissioner Kevin M Tucker has suspended use of lie-detector tests for officers who want to be assigned to his new special investigations unit until an arbitrator rules on objections by the Fraternal Order of Police to the tests. Tucker's decision was announced by Assistant City Solicitor Kalph Teti at a hearing before Common Pleas Judge Thomas A. While, who is hearing the KOP's complaint. Tucker had intended to argue against a temporary injunction that was to be issued by White based on a 73 cops promoted: Page 14 Commonwealth Court ruling handed down last week in a similar case. Police Department spokesman Capt. Richard DeLise said Tucker decided to wait for an arbitration ruling because "the judge recommended it He wanted to see how tins approach would work out." Teti told While' the Police Department "will comply with the court's mandate to submit to arbitration and continue with Hie status quo. We will refrain from polygraph examinations until the determination." White ha ordered that an arbitration hearing tale place within 30 days. Meanwhile Teti said, the Police Department will continue taking applications Irom officers who want to be transferred to the new unit. It also will continue with the screening process that requires officers to fill out a questionnaire Seeking information about the officer's personal and financial background, Teti said. If an arbitrator rules that Tucker can force applicants to take the lie-detector examination, ollicers who have applied for the new unit "will be at that point subjected to a pol-graph examination,'' Teti said. Robert Hurst, president of FOP Lodge 5, called Tucker's decision "clearly a victory lor the rights ol the officers." The FOP filed suit in Common Pleas Court Feb. 7 seeking a ' See ARBITRATOR Page 14 '

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