August 16, 2013
THE SUN IS HANGING low in the muggy air, shadows are stretching on Fairmount Avenue, and three guys are looking for trouble. The trouble they are looking for is unlicensed sidewalk cafés, or licensed cafés in violation, such as taking up too much sidewalk or chairs on Bilco doors, which cover the steps to the basement. The one-year license must be renewed annually by June 30, so summer is prime time for enforcement by the 17-member Streets Department Right-of-Way Unit, seven of whom are inspectors.
August 9, 2013 |
Some drivers caught by red-light cameras in Cherry Hill, Stratford, and three other municipalities will get small refunds from the cameras' operator under a tentative $2.1 million settlement announced Wednesday. The money, to be paid by Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix, will be divided among about 260,000 drivers and their lawyers. Individual drivers involved in the class-action lawsuit can expect refunds of $8.50 or $14, depending on the amount of their citations. That equals 10 percent of the fines; individual tickets were $85 or $140.
August 6, 2013 |
IS THIS ART imitating life or life imitating art? Or is it merely an example of why you need to get permits when you make a movie in a big city? College filmmakers in L.A. were using fake guns to shoot a robbery scene at a suburban coffee shop when police officers descended on the masked actors. The guns that the police were carrying? Not props. "Drop the gun! Drop it! Drop it!" one officer yelled, on a recording police made of the incident. One of the actors immediately let go of his fake assault rifle.
July 26, 2013 |
One week after a mother and three of her sons were fatally struck by apparent drag racers on Roosevelt Boulevard, a state senator has proposed lining the busy roadway with speed-enforcement cameras, the first technology of its kind in the area. "A family has been decimated because reckless hooligans thought they could play Speed Racer in Northeast Philly," said Sen. Michael Stack (D., Phila.), who will introduce the legislation. "It's outrageous and we need speed-enforcement cameras to help us stop this senselessness.
July 22, 2013 |
A BIGGER POLICE presence, speed-detection cameras and an engineering study - these are some of the ideas local leaders say should be explored in the wake of the horrific deaths Tuesday of a mother and her three children on Roosevelt Boulevard. City Controller Alan Butkovitz said he sent letters yesterday to Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, asking both to put more cops on the notorious 12-lane highway. Butkovitz said his office studied unsafe crosswalks on the Boulevard in 2006 and recommended then that police presence be increased.
July 8, 2013
The latest creation in the eternal search for a better camera strap is the Leash from Peak Design. The two-piece, quick-connect system is composed of an "anchor disk" that attaches to any camera's loop or D-ring. The strap itself, which can be used as a neck or sling strap, snaps onto the anchor disk with a built-in clip. Removing the leash from the anchor clip requires just a one-handed push of a button. The strap, which is adjustable from 19 inches to 60 inches, is made of sturdy, seatbelt-type nylon webbing.
July 6, 2013 |
'You can get a bit sick of yourself, can't you? You need to make changes in your life. In everyday life, you're trying to be better at what you do, be a better person or be more outgoing or whatever it is you feel you lack," says Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura, sounding a theme that goes at least as far back as the title of the band's second album, 2003's Underachievers Please Try Harder . The Glasgow band recently released its fifth album,...
June 25, 2013 |
It was the ultimate inside job. Two men are in jail after their alleged attempt to rob a Delaware County bank failed when they were caught on camera trying to open the vault with the combination one had found while cleaning. On Friday night Upper Darby police responded to an alarm at the Citizens Bank at 36 Glendale Rd. for a possible burglary in progress. Police located Brandon Bennett, 24, of Lansdowne and Jamar Gregory, 21, of Tresckow, PA, in the bank. Bennett was an employee with Premier Cleaning Services, the company that had the contract with the bank, according to Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby superintendent of police.
June 20, 2013 |
Communities in the region that now are eligible to install red-light cameras at troubling intersections are proceeding with caution. Gov. Corbett signed a bill in July permitting municipalities with more than 20,000 residents and a state-accredited police agency to install the controversial cameras. The cameras have been in use in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and elsewhere in the country, to mixed reviews. In Springfield Township, Delaware County, one of the towns that qualifies under the Pennsylvania bill, the Board of Commissioners has delayed making a decision as it weighs public safety against potential public resentment, said Police Chief Joseph Daly.
June 17, 2013
Cameras have become so common in public places that motorists might assume they are headed straight to video any time police make a traffic stop. That's not always true, but perhaps it should be. A video record of what took place could be good for the motorist, as well as the officer, to combat false accusations. That's why a bill that would make video-recording devices standard equipment for all municipal police patrol cars in New Jersey makes sense. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D., Gloucester)