September 23, 2013 |
WHEN EUNICE "Pastor Cookie" Sanchez walks out the door of Iglesia del Barrio on Cambria Street near Kip, she comes face-to-face with two active drug corners - and an abandoned rowhouse with garbage spilling out of broken basement windows and dozens of pigeons flying through shattered third-floor windows. Junkies prowl Cambria Street like feral cats. When they shoot up in front of her Kensington church, Sanchez tells them to leave and they cross Kip Street to the rat-infested alley next to the pigeon house.
August 21, 2013 |
THE NEEDLES are gone from Needle Park. The children are back, fearlessly running over McPherson Square Park's five green acres without fear of being stuck by a used heroin syringe. The kids are hanging upside down from the new playground equipment, feeling the freedom of summer like they've never felt it before because the park - notorious for 30 years as Kensington's outdoor shooting gallery - is clean and peaceful for the first time in their young lives. "That playground is always crowded like it's Kensington's Rocky statue," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, whose second summer directing a Parks and Recreation Department day camp is so unlike last year's, when she called police to remove an unconscious, bleeding addict from the play area and confronted a drug dealer doing business next to a woman selling shaved ice to the children.
June 2, 2016 |
A motorcyclist who died Saturday after he crashed on Roosevelt Boulevard was identified by police Tuesday as Ezekeil Cruz, 23, of Albanus Street in Olney. About 12:40 a.m. Saturday, Cruz was riding a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle on C Street and crossing the boulevard, at the border of Olney and Feltonville, near his home, when he lost control of his bike, police said. The motorcycle slid down onto the road and skidded into a 2004 Nissan Murano SUV that was traveling in the opposite direction on C Street, and was about to turn left onto a southbound lane of the boulevard.
October 17, 2012
A 40-year-old man was fatally shot by masked assailants Tuesday night in the city's Feltonville section, police said. Shortly after 8, the two masked individuals approached the victim in the 400 block of East Rockland Street and shot him in the head, police said. The pair then fled south on C Street. The victim was taken to Einstein Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 8:29, police said. - Robert Moran
June 18, 2011
A 38-year-old man was fatally shot late Friday afternoon in the city's Olney section, police said. At 5:23 p.m., police were called to the 5100 block of C Street, where the victim, whose name was not available, was found with a gunshot wound to his head. Officers rushed him to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:42 p.m. - Robert Moran
March 19, 2011
A 50-year-old Philadelphia man was fatally injured just before 1 a.m. Saturday when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a 1994 Honda Accord near C Street and Wyoming Avenue, police said. Orlando DeLeon, who lived on the 300 block of East Rockland Street, was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 1:50 a.m. The driver of the Honda was identified only as a 22-year-old man. Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman Tanya Little said he submitted to testing for chemical substances and was released pending further investigation.
October 3, 2011
Three men were taken to Temple University Hospital late Saturday night after suffering knife wounds in an attack in the 2800 block of C Street. Police said a 33-year-old man stabbed once in the back was in stable condition Sunday. The other victims, a man in his 20s who was stabbed in the chest and a shoulder, and a 25-year-old man stabbed in the stomach, were both in critical condition. Police provided no further details on the knifings, which occurred about 11 p.m. Saturday.
November 30, 1996 |
A 12-year-old girl and her 46-year-old mother were hospitalized in critical condition last night after masked robbers broke into their Feltonville house about 6 p.m., stabbed them both, and shot the girl, police said. The two men knocked on the door about 6 p.m. and forced their way in, police said. After wounding the two, the robbers fled the stone rowhouse in the 4800 block of C Street with about $500 and jewelry, police said. The mother, who was not identified, was taken to Temple University Hospital with a stab wound to her arm, police said.
October 21, 2010
An SUV was sideswiped by a box truck on Roosevelt Boulevard and forced up on the sidewalk, where it struck and critically injured a pedestrian Wednesday afternoon in the city's Feltonville section, police said. A Honda Pilot was traveling north on the boulevard near C Street around 3:45 p.m. when it was sideswiped by the white box truck, which did not stop, said Officer Deborah Kiker of the Accident Investigation District. The Honda hit the pedestrian and then crashed into a light pole, but the driver was not hurt.