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 |
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.
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.
April 30, 2014
The Philadelphia courts' long-standing failure to ensure that drug convicts' driver's licenses were suspended illustrates the danger of government by ward heelers. It also reminds us that professional bureaucrats can botch the job just as badly. The Inquirer reported this week that for at least a decade, the city courts did not report drug convictions to the state Department of Transportation as required by law. That means tens of thousands of license suspensions that should have taken place did not, sometimes leaving dangerous drivers on the road.
March 9, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A Philadelphia officer was charged Friday by the District Attorney's Office with lying under oath in two drug cases. Steven Lupo, who has been with the department for six years, will be suspended with intent to dismiss by Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, a police spokesman said. The investigation of Lupo, 36, began after his testimony in a drug case in 2011 led a judge to dismiss drug charges against an East Germantown man. Lupo testified that he had not opened the trunk of a car before obtaining a search warrant.
February 14, 2014 |
SOME THINGS might be worth running across the rooftops. Like fleeing an assassin blasting bullets your way, a la Jason Bourne. A man in Camden apparently decided a few baggies of crack and $842 was reason to hit the shingles at full speed, police said yesterday. But Ronald Drummond, 25, didn't get very far. Camden police started chasing the Pennsauken man just before noon Sunday because he matched the description of a man reported to be dealing drugs on Morton Street near Mount Ephraim Avenue in the city's Liberty Park neighborhood, police said.