August 15, 2014 |
THREE Ironworkers Union members who were charged in a 10-defendant racketeering-conspiracy indictment in February are expected to plead guilty, including two accused of setting fire to a Quaker meetinghouse construction site. James Walsh, William Gillin and Francis Sean O'Donnell are expected to enter guilty pleas at hearings in September, according to court documents filed yesterday and their attorneys. Walsh was the union's "hit man" and Gillin was part of the "hit team," the indictment said.
July 30, 2014 |
At 8 a.m. on a Saturday in mid-July, a time many teenagers prefer to be asleep, Mika'al Broadus, a rising senior at Roxborough High School, was already at work at Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative's University City High School garden, harvesting armfuls of kale. The 17-year-old market manager directed his peers in rinsing, bundling, and weighing the bunches, and loading them onto bike trailers bound for a farmers market. He is still struggling with the possibility that this lush farm may soon be a construction site.
June 25, 2014 |
A photo from 2004 shows Jose David Ortega standing triumphantly at the site of a housing complex in Williamstown. He is wearing a tool belt and a backward cap, with a pile of wood beams to the left, a freshly erected home in the background. "He enjoyed [seeing] the house finished," said his mother, Odily Castro, in her East Camden home Monday. Ortega, 40, who went by his middle name, took delight in his work - completed houses, solid cement at his feet, his two young sons by his side.
February 21, 2014 |
When the ironworkers saw a wall of union pickets blocking entry to a King of Prussia construction site early one morning in June 2010, it seemed like the latest speed bump in a project that had already suffered several acts of vandalism. But then, as the five ironworkers waited in a nearby parking lot, the scene turned into something out of a gangster movie. A dark car pulled up and three men jumped out, wielding baseball bats they used to shatter the back windows of the workers' trucks.
January 4, 2014 |
Police are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl on New Year's night in South Philadelphia, blocks away from the Second Street Mummers celebrations. The assault occurred around 9 p.m. on the 100 block of Tree Street, near Wolf Street, said Lt. Anthony McFadden of the Special Victims Unit. The girl told police she had just left a friend's house when a 19-year-old male approached her near some scaffolding at a construction site, McFadden said. The two engaged in conversation, McFadden said, but then neighbors heard screams.
December 6, 2013 |
A Philadelphia construction worker is in critical condition after touching unprotected electric lines at what city officials said was an illegal construction site in the fast-changing neighborhood west of Temple University. Doctors were treating Rashir Cromwell, 35, on Wednesday in the burn unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Cromwell also fractured his back. The bricklayer "fell from the roof" at 1806 W. Montgomery Ave. on Tuesday morning, city police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.
September 20, 2013 |
When it was over, after he had shot his childhood friend in the head for cheating him of his share of the proceeds from a stolen video-game system, Malik Anderson could not stand the sight of Daquan Crump's lifeless eyes. "His eyes were still open and staring off into space. I couldn't leave him there, and I didn't want to see him like that," Anderson, 18, allegedly told Philadelphia homicide detectives. "I stood over him and pulled the trigger and shot him in the face until the gun stopped.
August 30, 2013 |
Daquan Crump, the 19-year-old who was shot 10 times in the head and face and then left in a Northeast Philadelphia construction site nearly two weeks ago, was killed by a childhood friend over $60, the proceeds of a stolen PlayStation 3 video-game system, police said Wednesday. "In their mind, this is worth a human life," Homicide Capt. James Clark said at a news conference announcing the arrest of 18-year-old Malik Anderson. "Because I didn't get a cut of a $60 profit from a used PlayStation game, I'm going to stand over top and shoot a kid that I've been friends with since I was 10, 11 years old," Clark said.
August 22, 2013 |
Homicide detectives are making "significant progress" in their investigation into the death of Daquan Crump, the 19-year-old found with multiple face and head wounds at a Bustleton construction site early Monday, police said. Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit said Tuesday that detectives had traced much of the final hours of Crump's life, from Saturday night, when he left his shift at a Wendy's restaurant on Red Lion Road, to when his body was found in a nearby site on the 10000 block of Northeast Avenue, near Red Lion Road, by a construction worker about 7 a.m. They have established Crump's whereabouts "not right up until the end, but close," Clark said.
August 21, 2013 |
IN THE DAYS and weeks ahead, homicide detectives will try to piece together Daquan Crump's final days - who he called, who he texted, who he met up with. They might get someone to identify the sick bastard or bastards who took Crump's life early yesterday. Might even catch 'em, too. But it's unlikely that anyone will ever be able justify the appallingly violent way that the 19-year-old's life ended: with 10 to 12 bullets to the head and face, his body abandoned amid dirt and debris at a massive construction site, alone except for a backpack containing his Wendy's uniform.