June 29, 2016 |
A Philadelphia police officer was arrested in Bucks County on Friday after allegedly stealing $38 from a handyman he had hired, according to police. Michael Winkler, 36, a 16-year member of the force assigned to the 15th District, has been suspended with the intent to dismiss after being charged with robbery, theft, and related counts, police said. Winkler is accused of meeting Nathaniel Carter and Darrell Johnson on May 5 at a property on the 700 block of Newportville Road in Bristol Township, according to the criminal complaint.
January 27, 2016 |
FOUR OF PHILADELPHIA City Council's five freshman members have decided to take one of the job's most-questioned perks: a city-owned car. On the 17-member Council, that means 12 now use city vehicles, a fleet mainly of Ford Escapes as old as 2005 and as new as 2010. The practice was challenged by former Mayor Michael Nutter, who during the recession called on Council members to hand over their keys. But Mayor Kenney - who as a councilman was one of the few who did without - is steering clear of the subject.
August 13, 2015 |
A TRIO OF PUNKS allegedly stole Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown's city car after she left it unlocked, apparently with the keys inside, according to police. Brown discovered the disappearance of her city-issued 2008 Ford, which had been parked curbside outside her Wynnefield home, on Sunday and reported it stolen to police and the city's Office of Fleet Management. Upper Darby police located the car in Delaware County the next morning and arrested three suspects - two men and a woman.
May 7, 2015 |
Shumpert Caldwell was 14 when he first met Jim Kenney. The then-city councilman came upon the teenager spray-painting graffiti on a South Philadelphia wall. "Whoa, what are you doing?" Kenney recalls shouting before ordering Caldwell into his city car for a ride to Benjamin Franklin High School. "I told the principal, 'He's mine,' " Kenney said in a recent interview. "'If he's not at school, let me know.' " That intervention did not keep Caldwell from weaving for years between the street life and the straight and narrow, a journey that included a jail stint for selling drugs.
September 29, 2014 |
PARIS - On Avenue Montaigne, the heart of this city's fashion district, sits the Hotel Athénée, where rooms start at $1,820 a night. On this particular sun-laved September afternoon, there was a Bugatti Veyron parked in front of the hotel entrance. The Bugatti is the fastest, most powerful production car on Earth. When equipped with the 1,200-horsepower, 16-cylinder engine, it will top 250 m.p.h. - and $2 million. Parked nearby were five chauffeurs in white shirts and black German sedans, awaiting the return of their employers.
September 7, 2014 |
It is a medical fact that many of you suffer from the trauma triggered by window sticker shock and awe. But now that the 2015 models are upon us, we can offer a therapy for automotive affordability anxiety: the 29th Annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey. So, with a brake drum roll and a flourish of vehicular horns, let us get on with the business of diminishing the cost anxiety, thus dulling the exquisite pain of showroom shingles. This year's six-pack of low-rent rides is priced under $15,000.
October 7, 2013 |
Come all ye fellow wallet-watchers. It's time for the 28th Annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey, in which I try to save you a bundle by suggesting a bevy of low-budget beauties that limit themselves to a small glass of gas before dinner and fit easily into your garage. And all I ask from you in return is your undying gratitude and loyalty. To come up with a six-pack of low-rent rides for this year's survey, I had to raise the qualifying base from the 2012 and 2013 limit of $14,000 to $14,500.
September 13, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A former welfare official and leaders of a Philadelphia nonprofit that helped fathers improve their lives for their children were charged Wednesday with stealing $1.25 million in state and federal funds earmarked for the organization to pay for personal expenses including limousine rides, jewelry, and trips to Atlantic City and Las Vegas. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the three men - National Comprehensive Center for Fathers CEO Kofi Asante, also known as Lawrence Yancey, of East Falls; Anthony McNeil of Sicklerville, the agency's chief financial officer; and Lancaster resident Bryon Noon, former director of the state Department of Public Welfare's now-defunct Bureau of Employment and Training Programs - stole from an agency whose mission was to help fathers, especially those recently released from custody, find work.
March 16, 2013
A Philadelphia judge has set a new date of April 18 to sentence former Philadelphia City Council aide Robin Jones on her guilty plea to drunken driving in the crash of a city-owned car. Jones, 50, was supposed to have been sentenced Thursday, but Municipal Court Judge Joseph J. O'Neill issued a warrant for her arrest when she failed to appear. Jones arrived in court later Thursday but it remains unclear what happened. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Kotchian said O'Neill lifted the bench warrant Friday and scheduled the new sentencing date.