June 30, 1994 |
The moment she heard the gunshots yesterday afternoon, Elizabeth Cutner knew what to do. In what has become a reflex in that part of South Philadelphia, she gathered the children in the store around her and they huddled together for safety. When the shooting stopped, a neighbor rushed into the store to tell Cutner that her own child was lying wounded on the sidewalk. Michelle Cutner, 7, one of the brightest stars of her elementary school, a pleasant and playful tomboy, died half an hour later at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
November 17, 1997 |
Philadelphia homicide investigators said they're stumped by the weekend slaying of a Burlington County, N.J., man, who was shot twice at point-blank range as he sat in the driver's seat of his car on a Grays Ferry street. The victim was Otis Dotson, 28, of Hendrickson Drive in Edgewater Park. He was in his car on Carpenter Street near 24th shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday when an unidentified man opened fire, killing him instantly, police said. Police yesterday said they had no leads.
May 20, 1994 |
A 14-year-old boy was critically wounded last night when his 19-year-old cousin shot him as they played with a gun in a South Philadelphia apartment, police said. Raymond Washington was shot once in the back of the head about 9 inside the first-floor apartment on Pattison Terrace near 24th Street in the Passyunk Homes housing project, police said. Washington, of Carpenter Street near 18th, was in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Antwan Holloman, a cousin who lives in the Pattison Terrace apartment, was taken into custody there and was later charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.
November 3, 2012
The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee announced the winners of its Clean Block Contest at its annual awards banquet Friday night at Penn's Landing Caterers. The contest, which committee administrator Wanda Jones-Heading said had been going on for at least 30 years, judges the history, community involvement, and beautification projects on each block. Jones-Heading said the blocks act as models for others in the city to improve. This year's first- through fourth-place winners were the 6000 block of Carpenter Street in West Philadelphia, the 6000 block of Webster Street in West Philadelphia, the 1800 block of Ritner Street in South Philadelphia, and the 4400 block of North Orianna Street in Feltonville.
October 28, 2014 |
Police have obtained footage from a home security camera that captured a shooting in Queen Village early Saturday morning and are searching for suspects in an attack that may been retaliation for car break-ins in the neighborhood. The 36-year-old victim told police he was walking on the 100 block of Carpenter Street around 2:40 a.m. when a woman with a baseball bat and a man with a handgun approached him. "You know what you did, you son of a [expletive]," the victim said one of the assailants yelled at him. The woman then struck him with the bat, the victim said.
November 4, 1994 |
Firebugs set more than 15 fires recently within blocks of the South Philadelphia killer arson that wiped out a Vietnamese family this week, authorities said yesterday. Most of the intentionally set fires were small, involving trash or vacant buildings, said a police source. Some were so slight that neighbors put them out and didn't bother to summon firefighters. At least a few seemed to be the work of drug addicts. Detectives said they were particularly interested in witnesses' sightings of a homeless man running from some of the fires.
September 12, 1986 |
A West Philadelphia man accused in a scheme to cheat elderly and mentally ill people out of their Social Security checks now faces charges of robbing a woman who befriended him. Police said John T. Johnson, 39, of Carpenter Street near 59th, was arrested Tuesday after he threatend and robbed Lily Wansley, in whose home he was staying. Johnson, who is accused of taking elderly boarding house residents to a motel in Antwerp, N.Y., and holding them for ransom, got into an argument with Wansley about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
May 19, 1992 |
A bullet fired by a gunman during a chase in South Philadelphia yesterday struck a bystander in the head while he was playing with a small boy on a front step, police said. Marshall Woodward, 25, of South Philadelphia, was in stable condition at Graduate Hospital last night. The 16-month-old boy with him was not hurt, police said. A second man, the target of the gunman, was listed in stable but guarded condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police identified him as Charles Johnson, 24, of South Philadelphia.
November 20, 2012 |
Four years ago, Stan Williams was voted captain of his block - a responsibility his neighbors knew he'd be ready to handle. "When he took over, it just brought us together more," said Alice Dixon, 90, who has lived on the block filled with families since 1958. "We work together beautifully, and everybody on this block looks out for one another. " Since taking the reins, Williams, 63, has helped guide Carpenter Street, between 60th and 61 st, to the title of cleanest block in Philadelphia.