July 3, 2016 |
A purse snatcher stole about $600 from a 53-year-old woman in a wheelchair who was doing her laundry in West Philadelphia, police said Friday. About 1:15 p.m. June 24, the male suspect and a female accomplice arrived by car to the laundromat, at 5101 Walnut St., as seen on a surveillance video. After appearing to put money in a laundry machine, the accomplice left the laundromat. The man then snatched the victim's purse and fled back to the car, a light-colored sedan, where the woman was waiting.
October 23, 2015 |
POLICE NABBED one suspect and were looking for another in the robberies of two men near Temple University last week. Philadelphia police said Robert Sherrill, 26, of Clarion Street near York, and a 19-year-old accomplice - one of whom had a handgun - allegedly approached a 21-year-old former Temple football player about 12:35 a.m. Oct. 15 at 10th Street and Susquehanna Avenue. Police said the two men tried to force the victim into his car, but he refused. Sherrill and the accomplice allegedly forced the man to the ground, taking his keys, a cellphone and his 2005 Cadillac CTS and fled down Susquehanna.
April 11, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would ban lawmakers from accepting cash gifts from lobbyists or others seeking to "influence the legislative process. " "Senate approval of this legislation gives hope that an ugly problem is about to yield a responsible solution," said Sen. Lisa Baker (R., Luzerne), sponsor of the bill. "It sets basic ground rules everyone can grasp. " The 49-0 vote followed an unusually quick path for a piece of legislation, and came just weeks after The Inquirer first reported that four Philadelphia lawmakers had been caught on tape taking money from a lobbyist.
January 20, 2014 |
Could the uproar over Target's vast data breach finally force Americans to get serious about consumers' security? Most of the rest of the world - including Canada and Europe - now uses payment cards embedded with microchips, making them far harder to clone. Almost everywhere, payment cards also are secured by customers' secret PIN codes. Meanwhile, America clings to outmoded magnetic-stripe technology, which makes card cloning much easier for the bad guys. And we blithely issue debit cards - yes, cards that take money from your very own bank account - that are usable with just a signature, no PIN required.
June 17, 2013 |
All Natalie Gunshannon wanted was to be paid a fair wage for her work, she said. Gunshannon, 27, of Dallas Township, worked at McDonald's Restaurant on the Dallas Highway from April 24 to May 15. When she received her first paycheck, enclosed was a Chase Bank debit card with instructions on how to use it and the fees attached. Her future earnings would be deposited into the debit card account and she could access her money from there. Gunshannon never signed the card and when she returned to work she asked her supervisor if she could be paid by check or by direct deposit.
May 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A gang of cyber-criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then fanning out around the globe to drain cash machines, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch called it "a massive 21st-century bank heist" and compared its size to the Lufthansa heist in the late 1970s immortalized in the film Goodfellas . Lynch said the fraudsters had moved with astounding speed to loot financial institutions around the world.
April 11, 2013 |
'When two elephants fight, the grass gets trampled," goes the African proverb. The same can be said for the epic battle between banks and retailers over interchange fees - what retailers pay to accept credit and debit cards for payment. This battle has resulted in harm to consumers, community banks, and mom-and-pop retailers as Congress injected itself into the fight. Fortunately, this battle is finally drawing to a close. Last year the payments and retail industries resolved their differences through the court system, negotiating a $7.25 billion settlement to their dispute.
March 12, 2013 |
Police are searching for a Southwest Philadelphia man in the home invasion of several Temple University students. Elijah Washington, 24, is believed to be the third man in a trio that followed a 21-year-old female student March 4 from the Broad Street Line stop at Temple to her apartment at 19th and Berks Streets. About 7:30 p.m., as the student was entering her apartment, the three armed men forced their way in. According to police, one pointed a gun at the student as another sealed her mouth with duct tape.
March 8, 2013 |
Two North Philadelphia men today were charged with aggravated assault, robbery and related counts in the Monday night home invasion of several Temple University students. Authorities arrested Tyree Johnson, 19, and Malcolm Murray, 18, on Wednesday. Bail was set at $800,000 each, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office. A third man remains at large. Johnson and Murray were allegedly among the trio who followed a 21-year-old female student from the subway station at Temple to her 19th and Berks home.
March 8, 2013 |
PATCO, the South Jersey-to-Philadelphia commuter rail line, will soon upgrade its "smart" fare card, but the move won't bring it any closer to compatibility with SEPTA's planned electronic fare system. PATCO plans to pay Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego $168,240 to upgrade card-readers at its fare gates to accommodate new versions of its "Freedom" cards that are implanted with an updated computer chip. The board of the Delaware River Port Authority, PATCO's parent, is expected to approve the purchase this month.