October 1, 2015 |
The attorney for a Deptford police officer accused of fatally shooting a friend in 2013 said during closing statements Tuesday that James Stuart had no motive and that Stuart did not know his service weapon was loaded when a shot went off. "This is a horrible, tragic accident with the worst kind of consequence that there could be," said John Eastlack Jr., Stuart's attorney. But, he said, "this is not a case of purposeful, knowing murder. " Gloucester County Assistant Prosecutor Dana Anton said Stuart, through his training as a police officer, should have known better than to take out a gun while drinking - and around someone such as David Compton, who had no experience with weapons.
September 29, 2015 |
A 19-year-old Pennsylvania State University student was killed Sunday afternoon and six other students were injured in a one-car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County. The accident occurred at 1:49 p.m., when the students were returning from a trip to solicit donations for a nationally known student-run philanthropy commonly referred to as Thon. Penn State officials identified the dead student as Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, who was a passenger in the car returning to State College from the Philadelphia area.
September 24, 2015 |
The attorney for a Deptford police officer accused of killing his friend in 2013 said Tuesday that the men's night began innocently at a bar with a "bro hug," a few beers, and dancing with women. "You saw two men having a fun time out," John Eastlack Jr. said of the off-duty officer, James Stuart, and his friend, David Compton. But after they returned to Stuart's home from the bar and a trip to a Wawa, something went horribly wrong. Compton was shot once in the head. Stuart, who said at the time that Compton "was playing with one of my weapons," was charged with murder after investigators said they determined he fired the gunshot with his service weapon.
September 23, 2015 |
A 2-YEAR-OLD boy was killed yesterday after getting hit by a SEPTA paratransit bus in Point Breeze, police said. The fatal crash happened about 5:15 p.m., as the boy was playing in front of his family's home on 21st Street near Morris, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Nearby surveillance cameras recorded the incident, which Small described as a "tragic accident. " In the video, the boy can be seen sitting on the house's stoop with his father and other family members, then suddenly standing up and darting into the middle of the street and into the path of the vehicle.
September 22, 2015
Reckless driving likely was the cause of a fatal motorcycle accident in Camden Saturday night, authorities said Sunday, citing a preliminary investigation. The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of 3d and Pine streets, Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen said. The motorcyclist, a 35-year-old man from Salem County, lost control of his bike and hit a utility pole. The man's name was not released pending notification of his family. He lived in Penns Grove. The investigation was continuing, Keashen said.
September 9, 2015 |
IN WHAT MAY have been a tragic aftermath to the Made in America festival, two 25-year-olds were killed early yesterday by a taxicab near City Hall. Police say Amanda DiGirolomo, of Phoenixville, and Bryan Botti, of Baltimore - reportedly in town for the concert - were struck by a cab heading north on Broad Street near Arch after 4:30 a.m. Witnesses told investigators that the cab appeared to be traveling at about 50 mph, but police were not able to confirm that estimation yesterday.
September 1, 2015 |
FOR THE SECOND consecutive weekend, the Philadelphia Police Department lost one of its officers in an off-duty traffic accident on city streets. Officer Lamar Poole was killed yesterday when his motorcycle collided with a driver who pulled out in front of him in Northeast Philadelphia. Poole, 42, a 19-year veteran, was pronounced dead about 5 p.m., about an hour after the accident. Captain John Wilczynski, of the Accident Investigation Division, said at a news conference last night that the alleged hit-and-run driver - a 58-year-old man who has not yet been charged - might have gotten away if not for a vigilant tow-truck driver who followed his Toyota Corolla and called police.
August 28, 2015 |
Alexander R. Greene, 23, a promising Curtis Institute of Music trumpet student who made an impression as both charmer and role model, died Monday afternoon, Aug. 24, in an auto accident about 11 miles northwest of Farson, Wyo., along with his traveling companion, tuba player Benjamin K. Darneille, 21. The two were on their way to Jackson, Wyo., after spending eight weeks at the Aspen Music Festival, where their brass quintet, formed at Curtis, had...
August 19, 2015 |
THE BASKETBALL courts at Connell Park in Southwest Philly were packed last night, the thwack of rubber on macadam filling the air. On another night, in another life, Corey Tunnell would have been there, popping off jump shots with his friends. But Tunnell, 16, is gone, claimed by an Aug. 9 shooting that his family describes as an "unfortunate accident" at his aunt's house, up the block from those courts. "I'm still in a cloud. I still can't believe it," Tunnell's paternal grandmother, Caroline Armstrong, told the Daily News last night in her home in Sharon Hill, Delaware County.
August 14, 2015 |
Lots of people come to G-Town Radio, a tiny nonprofit station based in Germantown, hoping to host their own show. Most have good ideas, says manager Jim Bear. But only a few know how to make them work on the air. Joseph Heard, 46, killed in a hit-and-run crash in Center City on Tuesday, knew how to make it work. For a year and a half, he had been the host of G-Town's Science 2.0 , a show that discussed "science for the rest of us. " With a degree in applied mathematics from Syracuse University, and experience as a research assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy, he grasped complex topics with ease, Bear said.