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.
August 17, 2010 |
The unmistakable smell of death lingered in the humid air over a weed-strewn lot in North Philadelphia yesterday. It was there, in the waist-high weeds at Hope and Turner streets, that Liz Campbell spotted the decaying remains of a man in his 30s. "She was going to the store with my daughter, and then she saw something," said Campbell's husband, Edward. "She got on the phone and called police. It ain't the first time this happened out there. " Homicide Sgt. Frank Hayes said police learned about Campbell's grim discovery at 5:12 p.m. Hayes said investigators were unsure of the cause of death and weren't identifying the victim.
June 11, 2010
Boy hit by cop car A 14-year-old boy suffered scrapes and bruises after he was struck by a police cruiser in West Philadelphia about 9:30 p.m. yesterday. Police said a female officer was responding to a 9-1-1 call about a man with a gun when the cruiser nearly collided with a car near 60th Street and Washington Avenue. The cop swerved to avoid hitting the car, and ending up sideswiping the teen, who was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment, police said.
August 24, 2009 |
Machete-wielding robbers, a man who was quicker on the draw than two home-invasion suspects and a stolen police car were among the most notable instances of five criminal reports in the city this past weekend. 1About 5:10 a.m. yesterday, a 21-year-old man walking along Porter Street near South 5th, in South Philadelphia, was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a machete, South Detectives said. They took $250 from the victim, fled the area and remain on the lam, according to police.
September 8, 2008 |
WHAT 15-year-old Jazmin Nazario admired most about her mother, Philadelphia Police Officer Isabel Nazario, was something that she was surprised to find within herself yesterday - strength. "Right now, I'm strong," she said. "This strength is from my mother and I feel that's her blessing to me. " Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil yesterday afternoon at 39th and Wallace streets in Mantua, where Nazario's life was taken Friday night by a teen driver in a stolen vehicle, according to police.
July 8, 2008 |
Joel Stein writes for the Los Angeles Times I'm not a good driver. This is partly because I lived without a car in Manhattan for 11 years, but mainly because I consider driving a background activity. Sure, occasionally I have to steer or accelerate, but mostly I'm just conveniently moving forward while I text, eat, check out women, write down ideas, listen to NPR, and return calls, sometimes all at the same time. Every so often, when I'm particularly fidgety, I'm sad there's no such thing as man makeup.
April 17, 2007 |
A University of Pennsylvania police officer fatally shot a carjacker yesterday at the edge of the school's campus in West Philadelphia as the two struggled over control of the officer's gun. A university health system employee also was injured when the stolen van that the man was driving jumped a sidewalk as he tried to evade traffic and struck her. The man, who was not immediately identified, had been armed during the carjacking, but he...
May 20, 2004
EXCUSE US if we're confused. Metal detectors in city schools are OK, but armed cops aren't? Even though the cops won't cost the city a dime and have proved effective in reducing violence in other schools? This strange thinking comes from our mayor, who believes putting Philadelphia police officers in troubled high schools will turn them into "armed camps," as a mayoral spokeswoman said. Come on, we're not buying that. Lack of student discipline is the most important concern teachers have and a major reason why many of the young ones leave, Ted Kirsch, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, told City Council this week.
February 14, 2001 |
The driver of a rental truck had good reason to panic, cops say. Taking up nearly half the cargo space in his Ryder truck was 300 to 400 pounds of marijuana worth about $300,000. And suddenly he was being converged on by police highway patrol cars and federal drug agents. The truck yesterday veered and rammed two cop cars off State Road in the Northeast and smashed through a fence. The driver jumped out and tried to escape over nearby Interstate 95 before he was grabbed and arrested.
September 28, 2000 |
Philadelphia Police Officer Jorge Burgos pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal criminal charges accusing him of asking a friend, a prison guard, to set fire to Burgos' leased Nissan Pathfinder in 1997. Burgos, 36, a cop for almost six years and a corrections officer before that, was released on $10,000 bail by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Melinson, to await trial. If convicted of "use of fire to commit another federal offense," namely fraud, Burgos would be facing a mandatory 10-year prison term, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchell S. Goldberg.