October 23, 2015 |
The Communications Workers of America says it has photographic evidence showing Verizon Communications Inc. has been depriving its aging copper network of money for maintenance and repair throughout parts of Pennsylvania. The union - which represents 4,980 Verizon linemen, technicians, and customer service representatives in the state - filed the photos on Wednesday in a petition with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, seeking an investigation into whether Verizon has violated state utility laws by not maintaining its copper lines.
September 4, 2015 |
Communications Workers of America officials contend that Verizon has failed to fund the upkeep of its copper phone lines that still serve eight million customers and called Wednesday for Pennsylvania regulators to investigate. The CWA also sent letters to regulators in Delaware and Virginia, seeking investigations. The union is expected to eventually send one to New Jersey regulators. The union criticism comes as Verizon and the CWA are locked in thorny contract negotiations that include issues related to Verizon's commitment to its hybrid network of copper and high-speed fiber-optic lines, or FiOS.
March 20, 2015 |
For Kahleah Copper, being in a holding pattern hasn't been that bad. The leading scorer on the Rutgers women's basketball team, Copper, a Prep Charter graduate, hasn't played a game since the Scarlet Knights (22-9) were eliminated from the Big Ten tournament in the second round March 6. On Monday Copper, a 6-foot-1 junior forward, and her Rutgers teammates found out they would be the No. 8 seed in the Albany Regional in the NCAA women's tournament. They will play Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against former Big East foe and No. 9 seed Seton Hall (28-5)
February 7, 2015 |
Unoccupied houses made tempting targets for a trio accused Thursday of stealing copper and burning unoccupied properties in Montgomery and Delaware Counties last year. The two men and one woman used real estate websites to find properties in foreclosure or on the market and unoccupied, and strip them of copper, according to a statement by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. At several of the properties, the three placed cardboard on a stove and lit it with a burner, starting fires, authorities allege.
July 9, 2013 |
A COPPER THIEF with a dark past received a visit from the coppers this weekend after his latest theft resulted in the explosion of a vacant house in Wissinoming, according to police. About 12:23 p.m. Saturday, a two-story house for sale on Howell Street near Torresdale Avenue that had been vacant for about a year exploded and was leveled by the blast. Police reported no injuries in the explosion. Investigators discovered that copper piping had been cut from the residence and said the removal of the piping caused a natural-gas leak that led to the explosion, police said.
July 4, 2013 |
The copper-wire thieves ended up causing $175,000 worth of losses at Peco substations across Bucks County. They eventually were arrested, and a Peco spokeswoman says they should be glad they got away with their lives. On Tuesday, four of the alleged burglars in the eight-member "loosely associated" group waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Hearings for the four remaining members are scheduled for next week. Police said that during the fall, they pilfered what is known as "grounding wire," which is used to help control voltage, and then sold it for about $3 a pound to a scrap yard in Philadelphia.
February 1, 2013
A Delaware County dentist is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whomever broke into his Upper Darby practice, stole copper tubing, and caused over $40,000 in damages. John-Eric Kramer, who had moved his offices from Philadelphia, was renovating a large stone Tudor-style building he had purchased at 7200 Bradford Rd. He said the thief or thieves broke in through a basement door. The repairs are costly, he said, because plumbing for a dental practice requires special fixtures to prevent contamination.
October 12, 2012 |
Thanks to a sharp-eyed Episcopal priest, Haddonfield police have arrested and charged a pair of suspected copper thieves. "Don't mess with a priest," the Rev. Patrick Close of Grace Church on Kings Highway posted on his Facebook page Tuesday. Close saw two young men the previous day in an area of the church grounds not open to the public and went out to question them, he reported. They departed, but when he left that night, Close noticed the rectory's copper downspouts were gone.
August 19, 2012 |
BBC America's new historical drama, Copper , about an Irish American police detective in 19th-century New York, opens with a bang: A gang of bank robbers are making a frenzied escape through the backstreets of lower Manhattan when they are ambushed by three police detectives led by the show's protagonist, Detective Kevin Corcoran. Corcoran - Corky to his friends - identifies himself as a cop, but before the thieves can react, he and his pals, Detectives Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan)