February 20, 2012 |
THE BRAVE souls who make their way around Philly on two wheels get some peace of mind from the city's growing number of bike lanes, strips of road that cars can't touch. But cyclists have complained recently about cars parking in these safe havens. That usually costs the driver a ticket, but what happens when police cruisers and other city vehicles are the ones occupying the lane, as is the case on 13th Street near the Criminal Justice Center? Not much, according to the Police Department.
December 5, 2011
Police car hits woman * Broad Street and Girard Avenue, North Philly A 26-year-old woman running to board a SEPTA bus was hit by a police car responding to a shooting at about 1:40 a.m. yesterday. As the cop car, traveling north on Broad, approached the intersection, the woman ran across Broad into the car's path, police said. The cruiser hit the woman and mounted the center median. Its engine compartment then burst into flames. Both officers safely got out of the vehicle, and were treated at Hahnemann University Hospital and released.
October 18, 2011 |
WILLIAM Foster, who has amassed 31 convictions since 1986, pleaded guilty yesterday to causing the November 2008 high-speed car crash that killed Philadelphia police Sgt. Timothy Simpson, 46, a married father of four. Before Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart sentenced him to 19 to 40 years in state prison and labeled him a driving "maniac" and "a one-man crime wave," Foster, 44, lifted his eyeglasses several times to wipe his eyes. With Simpson's family, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, District Attorney Seth Williams and dozens of uniformed cops looking on, Foster spoke of coming to terms with having taken a man's life.
October 11, 2011 |
JACKSON, MISS. - Two men, including a convicted sex offender from Colorado, have been charged with capital murder in a high-speed crash that killed a Mississippi police officer. Grenada County Sheriff Alton Strider said yesterday that authorities believe that the driver was Kyle David Wendt, 20, of Colorado Springs, who has a record as a sex offender in that state. He said the passenger was Thomas Leland Lee, 40, a New Orleans native whose last home address was in West Monroe, La. Grenada Police Capt.
September 3, 2011 |
TAMERA MEDLEY begged the police officer to stop slamming her head - over and over - into the hood of a police cruiser. Thinking they were helping, passers-by Shakir Riley and Melissa Hurling both turned their cellphone video cameras toward the melee that had erupted on Jefferson Street in Wynnefield, they said. But then the cops turned on them. Riley had started to walk away when at least five baton-wielding cops followed him, he said, and they beat him, poured a soda on his face and stomped on his phone, destroying the video he had just taken.
June 4, 2011 |
Taheime Lloyd could probably write a book for ex-felons on things not to have stashed in your car while driving around the city. Lloyd, 36, was stopped by Highway Patrol Sgt. Pete Whittle and Officer Bill Postowski on Wednesday afternoon for speeding near 55th Street and Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philly. When the cops asked Lloyd for his license and registration, he opened his glove compartment - and a black handgun fell out, said Highway Patrol Capt. Michael Cochrane.
June 1, 2011 |
Oh, Snooki ! How could you? The Jersey Shore's ambassador to Europe has embarrassed herself and us, her loyal subjects, once again. The New York Post and TMZ say Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi sent two cops to the hospital (with minor injuries) when she (gently) rammed her Fiat Multipla into their patrol car in a "low-speed impact" Monday night in Florence, Italy. The reality star, novelist, celebrated lover, and bonne vivante is in Italy to shoot the new season of her acclaimed docu-series Jersey Shore . Snooki's costar Deena Nicole Cortese was in the passenger seat, while the back was occupied by the show's production crew.
May 31, 2011 |
IF THE U.S. economy is going to turn around, we're going to have to start exporting something better than Snooki . The "Jersey Shore" gang is shooting its upcoming season of drunken debauchery in Florence, Italy, and it was there that Nicole Polizzi had a run-in with the polizia . Literally. According to TMZ.com, Snooki was taken into custody in Florence yesterday when she crashed her car into a police car. Sources connected with "Jersey Shore" were quick to tell TMZ, "Zero alcohol was involved.
December 31, 2010 |
A South Philadelphia man was shot in the hand by Upper Darby police last night after he rammed his pickup truck into an unmarked cruiser. The man, whose name was not released, was apparently trying to free his friend, who had been arrested by a pair of detectives, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The bizarre episode started to unfold about 6 p.m., when Upper Darby detectives and Philadelphia police ventured to Winton Street near 3rd, in South Philly. There, Chitwood said, two of his detectives arrested a man who was wanted on domestic-violence charges.
September 22, 2010 |
Standing between an art gallery and a fledgling restaurant, a new storefront has come to Northern Liberties - the district attorney's first crime-fighting office. The city's chief prosecutor, Seth Williams, unveiled it Tuesday to a small crowd at the Piazza at Schmidts. Inside the Community Action Center, one of several Williams hopes to open, prosecutors and police officers will work with residents to dampen crime before it can explode. "Government can't solve all the problems," said Williams, standing by a door draped with yellow ribbon along with Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, City Councilman Frank DiCicco, and developer Bart Blatstein.