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January 29, 2015
THIS WEEK'S epic snowstorm turned out to be a big bust. But before we knew that, the lucky among us spent Monday night with hot toddies, warming our toes in front of fireplaces with our significant others. Some of those not already all loved up turned to Craigslist in a frantic search for last-minute blizzard boyfriends and girlfriends. That's right. Nestled among all the usual Craigslist ads for anonymous sex encounters and threesomes were quite a few postings from Philadelphians desperately seeking blizzard buddies with whom to weather yesterday's snowfall, which weathercasters had predicted accumulations of up to a foot.
NEWS
February 5, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - When Shore real estate agent Maria Schrenk started getting calls last week inquiring about a cheap summer rental on an upscale property that she had listed for sale or annual lease, she knew something was awry. When she took a quick look on Craigslist, she discovered the mischief: Scammers had poached information from the legitimate real estate website where Schrenk had listed the property and fashioned a phony advertisement with an irresistible price tag. The scammers were offering the cute Cape Cod in the 1500 block of Sheridan Boulevard, three blocks from the beach, for $1,400 a month.
NEWS
August 30, 2011
Two taken in Craigslist iPad scheme * Island Avenue near Lindbergh Boulevard, Southwest Philadelphia Two men were robbed at gunpoint Sunday night after traveling from the suburbs to meet with men who posted ads on Craigslist claiming that they had iPads to sell for $300. A 45-year-old man met with two men at the Penrose Plaza Shopping Center about 10:20 p.m., thinking that he would return to Sharon Hill with an iPad, said Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division.
NEWS
March 1, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two teenagers have been charged with stealing 60 laptop computers from West Philadelphia High School that they then tried to sell on Craigslist, police said Monday. The 17-year-old boys allegedly broke into the high school Feb. 21 and stole the laptops, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. One is a student at West Philadelphia and the other attends University City High School. Both are charged with burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property. Investigators last Wednesday asked for the public's help in the case, and a man came forward after watching a news report that night, Walker said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I have an awful time meeting men. I'm not considered beautiful by any means, so that means meeting any good guys won't happen. I use Craigslist a lot to meet sexual partners. I am so tired of giving up my body for a few minutes of pleasure and then feeling empty on the inside. Please tell me what to do. - Where Are the Good Guys? DEAR WHERE: I'll try, but first let me tell you where the good guys aren't . They are not on Craigslist, trolling for sex partners.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury weighing the case of a man who allegedly used Craigslist to lure and shoot a South Jersey man will continue deliberations Tuesday. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for two hours Monday without reaching a verdict in the case against Thomas Coffee, 25, of Willow Grove, who allegedly listed a Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle for sale as bait to rob Daniel R. Cook Jr., 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County. Cook was shot dead June 21, 2013, in a botched robbery around 11 p.m. in a West Oak Lane alley while his fiance and a friend waited in a car around the corner.
NEWS
September 21, 2010 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph C. Vignola Jr., son of a former Philadelphia city councilman and controller, pleaded guilty Monday to beating an 18-year-old woman he met on a website and slashing her throat in a City Avenue hotel room. He had been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, and possession of an instrument of crime in the May 28, 2008, attack, in which he had left the woman for dead. With his parents in the courtroom, Vignola, 21, repeatedly answered in a subdued voice, "Yes, Your Honor," when Common Pleas Court Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes asked him if he knowingly was entering guilty pleas.
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jackie Smith is offering her Coatesville home for rent for $15,000 during the week of the papal visit in September. She envisions her guests will be a few out-of-state families who opt to share the postwar bungalow an hour's drive from Center City. If Smith, a single mother who works at Wegmans, has her way, she hopes to use the money to go on a cruise with her mother and daughter, all still coping with the death of her 16-year-old son three years ago. "It'd be nice, just us three girls, to get away," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2011 | by Molly Eichel
Football players don't usually make it into the pages of Tattle. But, you're in luck, sports fans, because scandal, hookers and prescription drugs are totally our bag. Erstwhile NFLer and Penn alum Jim Finn: Get ready for your Tattle time. Actress Rosa Blasi, who plays the formerly philandering momma of a gymnastics phenom in ABC Family's guilty pleasure "Make It Or Break It," blasts her ex-hubs Finn in her new tell-all, "Jock Itch: The Misadventures of a Retired Jersey Chaser.
NEWS
September 3, 2010
The police sting of an alleged prostitution ring using Craigslist in Philadelphia shows the online service is still profiting from crime and sexual exploitation. Undercover police responded to ads on Craigslist's "adult services" section and connected with alleged prostitutes at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport. Six alleged prostitutes and three alleged pimps were arrested. The illicit trade on Craigslist and other websites is common. On any given day, Craigslist's adult-services section for Philadelphia is filled with dozens of suggestive ads from women obviously seeking johns.
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NEWS
August 6, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JURY YESTERDAY convicted a man accused of terrorizing four robbery victims over a two-week period in June 2013 - and killing one of them - of first-degree murder, robbery and related offenses. Three of the robbery victims were lured by Craigslist ads. Defendant Thomas Coffee, 25, of Willow Grove, was then sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson to a mandatory term of life in prison plus a consecutive 50 to 100 years in prison. Coffee did not react to the verdicts until the jury foreman said "guilty" on the first-degree murder charge for the June 21, 2013, shooting death in West Oak Lane of Daniel Cook, 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Willow Grove man accused of using Craigslist ads to set up victims in armed robberies - including the fatal 2013 shooting of a South Jersey man who had gone to West Oak Lane to buy an all-terrain vehicle - was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder. Thomas Coffee insisted he was innocent as Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson immediately sentenced him to the mandatory life in prison without parole for the June 21, 2013, slaying of Daniel Cook, 27. "I understand everything that happened," said Coffee, 25, voice barely audible and on the verge of tears.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury weighing the case of a man who allegedly used Craigslist to lure and shoot a South Jersey man will continue deliberations Tuesday. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for two hours Monday without reaching a verdict in the case against Thomas Coffee, 25, of Willow Grove, who allegedly listed a Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle for sale as bait to rob Daniel R. Cook Jr., 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County. Cook was shot dead June 21, 2013, in a botched robbery around 11 p.m. in a West Oak Lane alley while his fiance and a friend waited in a car around the corner.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JURY DELIBERATED for about two hours yesterday without reaching a verdict in the trial of a man accused of terrorizing and robbing four people over a two-week period in June 2013, and killing one of them. Three of the robbery victims - including Daniel Cook, 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County, who was killed June 21, 2013 - had responded to Craigslist ads. Defendant Thomas Coffee, 25, of Willow Grove, testified last week that he had posted a Craigslist ad to sell a blue Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia murder trial of Thomas Coffee - accused of using a Craigslist ad to lure a South Jersey man into an armed robbery - could go to the jury Monday after the defense completed its case and prosecutors presented rebuttal testimony Friday. Defense attorney Evan T.L. Hughes' witnesses included Coffee's sister, Shanise Palmer, who said Coffee was at home in Willow Grove around 11 p.m. on June 21, 2013 - the time when Daniel Cook, 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County, was shot to death in West Oak Lane.
NEWS
August 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Accused Craigslist killer Thomas Coffee told a Philadelphia jury Thursday that he did not kill the South Jersey man who responded to his online ad to sell an all-terrain vehicle. The shots that killed Daniel Cook shortly after 11 p.m. on June 21, 2013, were fired, Coffee testified, by an off-road biking buddy of his. The friend, whom Coffee could identify only by the name "Stead," admitted to him that he killed Cook, Coffee said. Coffee, of Willow Grove, said he was only selling the Yamaha Banshee ATV for Stead.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE ATTORNEY FOR a man accused of robbing people lured in by Craigslist ads - and killing one of the victims - mounted his defense yesterday by calling to the witness stand a now-fired homicide detective and the defendant, Thomas Coffee. Attorney Evan Hughes subpoenaed former Homicide Detective Ron Dove to testify. Dove was the assigned detective in the murder of Daniel Cook, 27, who was shot and killed about 11:10 p.m. June 21, 2013, in West Oak Lane, where Coffee previously lived. Cook, of South Jersey, had come into Philly to buy a Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle he had seen advertised on Craigslist.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyer for Thomas Coffee - accused of luring a man into a fatal robbery using a Craigslist ad - will try to challenge the integrity of the prosecution case Thursday by questioning the now-disgraced Philadelphia homicide detective who led the criminal probe. Ron Dove, fired two years ago as a homicide detective and facing obstruction-of-justice charges of covering up a killing allegedly committed by his girlfriend, will appear before Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson for a hearing without the jury to determine if he will testify.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel Cook was pretty excited about the deal he scored through Craigslist: a bright blue Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle he would get for $1,000 cash and his PlayStation 3 video game console. And so, recalled friend Daniel Fortunato, though they weren't familiar with Philadelphia and weren't sure where they were going, they and Cook's fiancee, Jessica Davis, found their way from Williamstown in South Jersey to East Walnut Lane at Hollis Street in West Oak Lane at 10:30 p.m. on June 21, 2013.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
OVER A two-week period in June 2013, Thomas Coffee and his cohorts "terrorized" and robbed four people and shot the last one dead, a prosecutor told a Common Pleas jury yesterday. Three of the robbery victims were lured by Craigslist ads, including Daniel Cook, 27, who was fatally shot June 21, 2013, Assistant District Attorney Guy D'Andrea said in his opening statement. Coffee, 25, a tall, thin man, most recently of Willow Grove, is charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy and gun offenses.
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