September 30, 2015
Editors note: This column has been edited. THE NUMBERS FELL short - about half of the delirium-fueled, maximal expectation of 1.5 million - but numbers aren't the right yardstick, a weary but happy (and relieved) Mayor Nutter told the press yesterday. He's right, and I will cozy myself on his lap like a content pussycat before revealing necessary claws. This was the Philly disaster that failed to happen. There were only three "event arrests" - one for drunk driving, one for a parole violation and one of a "complete idiot" who tried to bring a large stash of drugs in through a checkpoint, said Nutter.
June 8, 2015 |
ANDREW ELLERBE'S revolver was loaded with blanks. But off-duty Philly Detective Mark Flacco didn't know that when he saw the gun's flash and then pulled the trigger of his own weapon, a Glock pistol loaded with real ammo. Ellerbe collapsed and died from Flacco's bullets, just steps outside of Rising Sun Pizza in Lawndale. I have three words for Flacco: Thank you, sir. Because the next time that Ellerbe used that gun to terrorize hard-working merchants, he might have used real bullets.
May 28, 2015 |
The first time Saleem Nurid-Din heard gunfire on his Overbrook street, it was the sound of the shots that killed his daughter. Hafeezah Nurid-Din was struck by stray bullets fired in an endless fight between neighborhood street crews in October 2011, a spate of shootings maddening in their frequency and their triviality. Symbolic of the violence that cycles through some Philadelphia neighborhoods seemingly without end. When the shooting started, Hafeezah and her father were getting into his car for a short trip to the grocery store.
March 9, 2015 |
In their shock and grief, other cops offered Robert Wilson III the best compliments they knew. That he made them proud to be a cop. Proud to wear the same uniform. That in his final moments, Officer Wilson, Badge #9990, saved lives - that he could have dived for cover but instead relied on instinct and guts and drew fire away from others. That he fought until he couldn't. That he held his own. That this city was a lesser place without him. It was a security stop, a chance check on a business.
December 13, 2014
A 13-year-old boy suffered a graze wound from a bullet fired into a house during an attempted robbery Thursday evening in the city's Wissinoming section, police said. About 7:50 p.m. in the 4000 block of Creston Street, a 34-year-old man was on the steps of his residence when two males attempted to rob him, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man fled into the house, and one of the males fired at least three shots through the doorway, including one through the door that had been slammed shut, Small said.
November 13, 2014 |
Police are investigating how a bag of bullets ended up in the common area of a Main Line Hebrew school Wednesday, prompting a major law enforcement response and an early end to the school day. "There was never a threat or any type of imminent threat," Lt. Andy Block, a Radnor police spokesman, said of the discovery before noon of the ammunition at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on South Bryn Mawr Avenue. He said officers and dogs from the Radnor and Haverford police departments did a security check of the school and, because of the hour of the day, students were dismissed early.
October 17, 2014 |
AS SHERITA DICKENS sat on her front porch braiding the hair of a 3-year-old neighbor on Aug. 1, she had no idea all hell was about to be unleashed on tiny Etting Street in Grays Ferry. Dickens, 28, said during a preliminary hearing yesterday that as she tended to the hair of Tynirah Borum - who was seated on her lap - she saw three men talking, about 12 feet from her porch. Michael Thomas, 24, whom she knew from the neighborhood, dismissively waved his hand at the men with whom he had been speaking and began to walk away, she said.
September 19, 2014 |
HER LIFE WAS short, but little Nicoletta Rose had an impact on many. An outpouring of support continued Thursday for the baby girl who died Monday after being delivered by emergency C-section after her mother was struck by a stray bullet that later killed her. As of Thursday night, an online donation fund set up by a family friend had raised nearly $6,000 - surpassing its initial $2,000 goal - to help cover funeral expenses for Nicoletta and...
September 16, 2014 |
EXACTLY A MONTH from today, 26-year-old Megan Doto was due to give birth. A baby boy, the petite, dark-haired mother-to-be gushed to friends and her neighbors in Frankford. She'd name the baby Carmine, she wrote on Facebook, proudly posting photos of her round belly. Yesterday, as Doto sat outside on her block of Adams Avenue near Griscom Street, soaking in a late-summer day under crystal-blue skies just before noon, that dream of raising baby Carmine was violently torn from the young mother.
August 21, 2014 |
AN INCH or so to the right, and people would be talking about Officer Stephen Korpalski in the past tense today. A bullet grazed the left side of Korpalski's head when a man started shooting at the Philadelphia cop and his partner in Northeast Philly early yesterday, Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said. Korpalski, 34, and three other officers fired back, fatally wounding the man, later identified as David Ellis, 29, Ross said. The deadly encounter started about 12:45 a.m., when a report echoed across police radios about a man with a gun on Ditman Street near Levick.