Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey in 2008.
Updated: July 21, 2011 12:21AM
Tipsville . . .
The police blotter: Sneed hears rumbles Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, who lost a bid to become Chicago’s top cop because he was angling for big bucks, also wanted a home tossed into the mix. Ouch.
Tipsville II . . .
Top cop addendum: Don’t be surprised: The city’s next top cop is very likely to be a woman. Stay tuned.
Tipsville III . . .
Sneed has learned basketball phenom Derrick Rose will headline a joint Obama-Democratic National Committee fund-raiser April 14th at Navy Pier.
Tipsville IV . . .
Sneed hears rumbles mega-rich venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, who burps money and made certain a ton had been tossed into Rahm’s election campaign, is being eyed as the city’s new school CEO.
Tipsville V . . .
Watch for the mayor-elect’s inaugural Rahmfest to include an afternoon sitdown event with at least 500 members of the city’s interfaith leaders. It’s by invite only.
Tipsville VI . . .
Sneed is told William Ligue, 24, who was once arrested and placed on probation for beating up a Kansas City Royals coach at a White Sox baseball game in 2002, is scheduled to be released from Downstate Vienna Correctional Center Saturday, where he has been incarcerated on drug charges. Will he be allowed to go back to White Sox games? Yes.
The Peterson File . . .
Sneed’s dumber-than-a-box-of-rocks award goes to accused wife murderer Drew Peterson for exchanging sexually charged letters with a female pen-pal while he was in jail.
†Why? The letters just wound up in the National Enquirer!
†The upshot: The exchange of letters, which began in 2009, includes a bathing suit pix dispatched to Peterson by his pen pal, Diana Grandel, 40, who signed at least one of her missives: “Love you forever and always stay strong.”
†The kicker: Peterson’s flummoxed attorney, Joel Brodsky, tells Sneed Grandel originated the correspondence by describing Peterson as a hero who helped save her from an abusive family relationship when he was a cop and she was a teenager.
†The buckshot: The correspondence began soon after Peterson was jailed for allegedly killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Brodsky also believes Grandel may have sold the story to the legendary scoop sheet.
†The end shot: Grandel, who told the Enquirer she felt Peterson’s letters were strange and bizarre, now believes Peterson probably killed his wife because he wanted to give her missing fourth wife Stacy Peterson’s clothes.
Dylan data . . .
Reel vs. real: Singer Bob Dylan may have made headlines in China for receiving permission to perform his first concert in a country heavily criticized for artistic content restrictions — but Dylan is so unknown in China a major newspaper in Shanghai mistakenly used of picture of country singer Willie Nelson alongside a story about Dylan’s upcoming concerts.
It looks like it’s gonna happen: U.S. Secret Service agents were spotted checking out a pub in the town of Moneygall, Ireland, where villagers are hoping President Obama visits to check out his Irish roots on May 23.
†Loo lore: The agents chatted, probed, and took a peek at the pub’s potty room.
The Sheen machine . . .
Good grief: The 13th stop on Charlie Sheen’s torpedo tour is April 19 at Washington’s DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Constitution Hall. That’s some location for such a venue.
Bye bye Berny . . .
Here’s a note from former Ald. Burt Natarus to outgoing Ald. Berny Stone on how to bow out gracefully after getting beat (the note was dispatched via Sneed).
“Berny stop the tears, blow your nose and go about the business of living. You are not alone. I lost after 36 years to a younger person with 47% of the vote. I should have spent less time drafting and passing ordinances and more time walking the streets. The loss hurt so I purchased a ticket for a compartment on the Am-Track to Seattle accompanied by a quart of Jack Daniels.”
Sneedlings . . .
Today’s birthdays: Betty Ford, 94; Julian Lennon, 48 and Patricia Arquette, 43.