Longtime friend of the Camden Fire department and Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper reporter, Mrs. Sara Sanderson, Chief Fire Marshall George Baxter and Camden Police Officer William Latham
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Camden County Park Policeman Bob
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|Philadelphia Inquirer - April 26, 1980|
Camden Man Is Arrested In Weekend Killing
A 20-year-old Camden man was arrested yesterday and charged with the weekend slaying of John J. Wiest 3d, 20, of Haddon Township, who was shot during a robbery in Camden after he had driven up to buy cocaine, according to Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell.
Asbell said yesterday that Anthony Ways, of the 1300 block of Morton Street, was arrested near his house about 2 p.m. He was being held without bail in the Camden County Jail pending an arraignment scheduled for today.
Asbell also said Bryant Anderson, 19, of the 1500 block of Louis Street, Camden, was arrested as a witness in the case. He also was being held without bail in the county jail pending arraignment today. Authorities said the arrests came after information had been developed by investigator William Latham of the prosecutor's office and Detective Brian Beverly of the Camden Police Department.
Asbell said Wiest, a gas station attendant, was shot in the chest at Louis and Chase Streets, at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, by Ways after Wiest had given him $20 for cocaine. Ways took the money and walked away but returned shortly with a large-caliber handgun instead of drugs, Asbell said.
Ways shot Wiest after he tried to rob Wiest and an unidentified friend who was the driver of the car, Asbell said.
|Camden Courier-Post * May 21, 2015|
William Latham Jr.
Died peacefully on May 15, 2015 at home. Only son of Gertrude Engle Latham and William Latham, Sr. He grew up in Camden with his parents and sisters, Elaine and Gertrude.
Devoted and loving husband of nearly 59 years to Henni (Nee: Ernst) Latham.
Death came after a short battle in a long war against Leukemia.
|Camden Courier-Post * May 21, 2015|
Bill and I met when he was on the first CPD K 9 Units when I took this Photo of him in the 1960's RIP my Friend you pal
Bob Bartosz CFD Photographer
On behalf of the Camden High School Class of 1955, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to the Latham Family on the loss of Bill. He is well remembered by all who came in touch with him and there are many who did. Among them, you will find each of his fellow Classmates from the Class of 1955.
On a personal note, Bill was as "squared away" as they come. Bill could have easily been our "Poster Boy" if given the opportunity by our beloved Corps. R.I.P. Marine.
When I came on the PD in 1965, Bill was a guy I looked up to. We had a lot of laughs and he was always there for you. Lost track of him the last few years-He truly will be missed!
Bill was a great, and fair cop, well liked, and always had a smile. Had the pleasure of working with him at Korvettes as a part time store detective. He will be missed by all who knew him.
It was a pleasure knowing Bill while working Camden PD. he was a good cop and will be missed.
Olsen CPD retired
Bill was a smart, no nonsense cop and an all around good guy.
Bill was a great guy and a totally dedicated, fair, good cop. He was someone all of us new guys took advice and knowledge from. Sorry for your loss
My condolences to the family. I had the privilege to work with Bill on the Camden PD. In addition to being a great detective, he was truly a gentleman. He cared deeply about the city he served and the officers he worked with.
He was a great guy and a great cop.
Bill was without a doubt one of the best street cops on CPD.
Bill, what a great Detective to work with, what a great person, RIP
RIP my CPD friend, my condolences to his family.
Had the pleasure of working with Bill when I was an Assistant Prosecutor, and also enjoyed his professionalism when he appeared before me as a judge. He was a good man, and highly and deservedly respected by his peers. he graced this earth. May he rest in peace
A class guy
t was a pleasure working with Bill. Good Cop and good man. R I P Bill
Although I knew Bill as a Detective, my brother Gil held him in the highest regards, on and off the job. Rest in peace brother.
Bill's kindness towards you was astounding. He showed a genuine interest in helping me as a young Detective and was more than willing to share his knowledge and expertise. I have great respect for Bill Latham. I was quite fortunate to have him and George Sweeten as my first partners in Detective Division. How fitting that he passed away on National Peace Officers Day. Rest In Peace...Semper Fi Marine.
And another brother in blue is taken from this world....RIP!
Bob Nelson - CPD, Sgt. Ret.,
Always remember cop talk and baseball talk with Bill. A mentor and a friend.
One of the best.
A real cops cop.
In loving Memory of A wonderful Man who I honor, love, & respect. My grandfather William Latham Jr.
Bill was a great guy and a good friend. He also was a great lunch partner at the Prosecutor Office. I will miss him! God bless you Bill.
It was an honor for me to be a friend and co-worker to Bill, a man of great integrity.
Your Bill was such a gift from Heaven: honorable, admirable, kind, loving, courageous: not just your hero, but an admirable individual. That memory of him will help you cope in your new life without him by your side.
Wally and Kate Kuligowski,
I had the privilege of visiting with Bill and his gracious wife and my classmate Hennie, They were the most devoted couple to be around, never an unkind word. Spoke of old times in Camden about my dear prosecutor friends like Bobby DePersia and Chuck Pierce, these were and are still the best of the best in law enforcement. As a proud mother of a deputy constable, in Austin, Texas, Bill , Hennie , and I had much in common. I loved being with this devoted couple, and Bill passed with great dignity. He was handsome to the last day. RIP Bill, and I'll take care of Hennie and eat your Popcorn. Love to the Latham family. Gentleman, loyal husband, great father and grandfather, he had it all. Love,
Gina Vasile Secrest
My thoughts and prayers are with the Latham family. It was a great pleasure working with Bill during his tour with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Bill was a proud, kind, professional, and caring man. He was one of the "old timers" I looked up to because of his knowledge and experience in Law Enforcement. Bill was a very private person and I completely understand his request. Rest in peace Bill...God Bless!!
I was fortunate to work with Bill as a young Assistant Prosecutor. I learned lessons from him that I carried throughout my career and beyond. He was a man of integrity.
Mary Alison Albright
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