April 1, 2016 |
A 53-year-old Philadelphia man is among the 61 drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Obama on Wednesday. Vernon Harris was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in October 1995 to one count each of possession of crack cocaine, carrying or using a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Before 1995, Harris had three convictions for felony drug-trafficking offenses. In the case that sent him to prison for life, Harris sold cocaine to undercover officers, and that led to a raid at his home, where officer found drugs, a large amount of money, and a .25-caliber pistol.
March 25, 2016 |
An investigation is underway to determine how a 3-year-old girl was able to get her hands on and swallow an unknown amount of crack cocaine at a West Philadelphia day care center. The incident occurred about 9 a.m. Tuesday the Work of Learning Early day care center on 52nd Street near Haverford Avenue, police said. Police credited a center worker with getting the child quickly to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after she saw the girl gnawing on a packet with a white residue.
March 20, 2016 |
Five members of a Chester drug-trafficking organization that officials said had a "choke hold" on the city's east side were convicted Friday of conspiring to distribute illegal narcotics, ending a nearly monthlong trial. It took Philadelphia federal-court jurors more than three days to affirm prosecutors' assertions that Donald Womack Sr., Paris Church, Ronell Whitehead, Breon Burton, and Spencer Payne had conspired to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin, including within yards of schools and a playground.
August 16, 2015 |
A Philadelphia jury on Friday found a 22-year-old South Philadelphia man guilty of first-degree murder for shooting his girlfriend after she said she was pregnant with his child. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women returned its verdict against Aaron Fitzpatrick in its fourth day of deliberations, finding him guilty of shooting of Tiffany Gillespie, 24, in 2012. The jury, which on Thursday indicated it was deadlocked on all but two charges, also found Fitzpatrick guilty of third-degree murder in the death of the 5-month-old fetus Gillespie was carrying, and two firearms counts.
August 10, 2015 |
AARON FITZPATRICK had more to be angry about than the claims that he was the father of Tiffany Gillespie's unborn child. In the days before Gillespie, 24, was killed, she sent Fitzpatrick several texts, requesting drugs and threatening to kill him, according to a statement Fitzpatrick gave investigators on Feb. 16, 2012. The texts were ticking him off, he said. "She said I was going to die at the end of the week," Fitzpatrick said. The statement was read in court yesterday by homicide Detective John Harkins during Fitzpatrick's murder trial.
February 27, 2015 |
FORMER TORONTO mayor Rob Ford is trying to cash in on the memoribilia market. Ford, who went on well-publicized drug- and alcohol-fueled binges while mayor, is auctioning off the NFL team logos tie he wore when he announced he had smoked crack cocaine in November of 2013. The tie is one of manny items he has posted on eBay. As of last night, the highest bid on the neckwear was $7,772.72 Canadian, or $6,223.15 in U.S. currency. A description of the tie on the website reads: "This is the original piece, not a reproduction - there is only one of these in existence.
February 7, 2015 |
Paramedics took four students from Mitchell Elementary School in Kingsessing to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to be evaluated Thursday after the youngsters passed around bags of what police said was crack cocaine. Police said that a 13-year-old sixth-grade boy brought 16 bags to school and gave them to an 8-year-old boy to hold until the end of the day. The younger student took the bags to his classroom and showed them to two other boys in his class. One of the boys sniffed the bag, and the other informed the school counselor.
February 6, 2015 |
FOUR KINGSESSING schoolchildren were taken to a hospital as a precaution yesterday after they came into contact with crack cocaine, police said. Officers were called to Mitchell Elementary School, on Kingsessing Avenue near 55th Street, about 11:40 a.m. after a youngster alerted an administrator that he saw fellow pupils handling bags containing an unknown substance. Officers confiscated from an 8-year-old student eight packets of crack cocaine, Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said last night.
July 25, 2014 |
ONE McDONALD'S employee took a company slogan, "You deserve a break today," to a whole new level by dealing crack cocaine in the restaurant's parking lot while he was working, Radnor Township police said yesterday. Allen Trammell, 29, a cook at the McDonald's on Lancaster Avenue near Gallagher in the Wayne section of Radnor Township, allegedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in the fast-food joint's parking lot four times since June, Radnor police Lt. Andrew Block said.
July 25, 2014 |
Radnor Township police have arrested a McDonald's employee who they say sold crack cocaine from the restaurant's parking lot in Wayne. Allen Trammell, 29, of Philadelphia, worked at the McDonald's restaurant on Lancaster Avenue and sold packets of the drug while at work, police said Wednesday. After receiving a tip from a confidential informant, undercover officers purchased packets of crack cocaine from Trammell on four dates in June and July, police said. Police said there was no evidence that Trammell, who was arrested Tuesday, sold drugs inside the restaurant, but the investigation will continue.