July 19, 2015 |
Camden County Police officers have been required to work on their days off in recent weeks, stirring concern among the rank and file about burnout in a department already coping with high turnover. Chief Scott Thomson said the directive was issued after an officer was shot at and hit by a bullet fragment July 1, an incident that prompted an intense manhunt. Off-duty officers now must call their sergeants to see if they are needed to come in on overtime. The officers call in on a rotating schedule.
July 15, 2015 |
PRESIDENT OBAMA will visit Philly today to discuss criminal justice reform at the national NAACP convention, but attendees yesterday got a taste of what he might say from a parade of speakers who lamented mass incarceration and systemic problems rooted in America's racist history as the chief obstacles to true equality. In a speech that was equal parts pep rally and impassioned call to action, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks told his listeners that their activism is more important than ever.
July 2, 2015 |
After Alexa Middleton finished taking the SAT on June 6, she flopped onto her parents' bed: "I'm done. I did it. " She would tell her mother later, "I don't want to take that test ever again. " But the 17-year-old rising senior at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown would get an awful surprise a few days later. Because of a printing error, the College Board, which owns the SAT, announced that it would not score two sections of the test - one in reading, one in math - given to 487,000 students in the United States on that Saturday.
June 28, 2015 |
SIXERS PRESIDENT and general manager Sam Hinkie did not look, act or sound like a man who was trying to run a shell game. Conspiracy theorists had looked at the timing of the Sixers' announcement that redshirt rookie center Joel Embiid was not healing as well as anticipated from the foot injury and surgery that cost him last season and determined that it was a smokescreen to hide Hinkie's true intentions for Thursday's NBA draft. Yesterday, that was put to rest. The concerns about Embiid are all too real.
June 25, 2015 |
Residents in nine municipalities in Chester County and six in Delaware County know that Sunoco Logistics plans to run its latest pipeline project through their towns, neighborhoods, and yards. Construction of at least one new pipeline to transport liquefied natural gas from the Marcellus Shale to Marcus Hook is scheduled to start in early 2016. The newest phase of the energy company's Mariner East project will follow the same route as the first, an 84-year-old pipeline Sunoco Logistics repurposed to transport the gas. But before construction can start, the company must acquire land rights in each municipality along the route.
June 16, 2015 |
The closing of the women's jail in Burlington County this week is sparking concerns that the inmates' relocation to an Atlantic County facility could hamper crucial visits with their families and lawyers. Starting Monday, about 70 female inmates will be moved from the Correction and Work Release Center in Pemberton Township to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing, more than 40 miles away. "This is a substantial distance for people who are being charged in Burlington County," said Kevin Walker, an assistant public defender in Trenton who oversees regional offices.
June 15, 2015 |
The prospect of layoffs at a Chester County helicopter manufacturer means more than a lost job for Brian Newhouse. "I love it," he said of his work. "It's a passion. " An Alabama native with a salt-and-pepper beard, Newhouse served in the military and moved around the South before starting at Sikorsky Global Helicopter in Coatesville eight years ago. "I've been here long enough to love the area, to make new friends and get to know people I consider family, and I would hate to leave," the 51-year-old said.
June 8, 2015 |
When the Somerset County prosecutor concluded in March that Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. killed his wife, set their house on fire, and then committed suicide, it reignited concerns about the competency of New Jersey's medical examiner system. By ruling the deaths a murder-suicide, the prosecutor's office closed the high-profile case. But the couple's four sons, who believe both their parents were murdered in September in their Montgomery Township home, have asked the state Attorney General's Office for a new investigation.
June 3, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would ask voters to amend the constitution to allow the state to expand gaming to North Jersey. The amendment, which would permit the establishment of up to three casinos in Essex, Bergen, and Hudson Counties, would require legislative approval before going to voters on the general election ballot. The constitution currently restricts gaming to Atlantic City, where four casinos closed last year amid competition in Pennsylvania, New York, and elsewhere.
April 3, 2015 |
IF ONLY IT were a police officer, a family friend or uncle, any adult in the world who could have found them instead, and spared a boy from a horror he'll never forget. The eldest son of Christopher and Nicole Peppelman was alone, though, when he found his parents dead Tuesday afternoon, a bloody chain saw beside them in the Lower Moreland, Montgomery County, house where they'd once been happy. He's 14 and has two little brothers. Now it's up to the adults who are still here to help get him through it, because it's probably too late to lie about it. "I'm not ever sure there's an adult explanation for this tragedy," said the Rev. Eric Carswell of the Bryn Athyn Church, where the two younger Peppelman boys attend school.