August 19, 2013 |
A police officer with the Delaware River Port Authority was sitting in his patrol car at the Ferry Avenue PATCO stop when a man walked up to him and punched him through his open car window Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The attacker had approached the officer's window shortly before 1 p.m. Officers are often approached with questions, said Tim Ireland, DRPA spokesman, and the officer rolled his window down, expecting a question. But the man threw a fist, punching the officer in the eye. The attacker then fled on foot.
November 11, 2015 |
Policing for DRPA officer Kenya Joyner is about problem solving. Growing up, he regularly saw his father, retired Camden cop George Joyner, resolve situations without using cuffs or gun. "If you're somebody who enjoys helping others, this job puts you on the front line to do that," Joyner, 43, of Wilmington, said. That's all Joyner was trying to do, he said, when he was caught on video over the weekend buying shoes for a man without any. The video taken by Kayla Palmer, of Pine Hill, received 16,754 likes on Facebook by Monday night, and has been a social media hit. It also drew praise from the Delaware River Port Authority brass.
September 12, 2012 |
The Delaware River Port Authority and Coast Guard officials were searching for a person who may have jumped from the Ben Franklin Bridge Tuesday evening. Around 5:15 p.m., Port Authority security cameras recorded a large splash in the Delaware River and officials later recovered a waterlogged backpack, said Tim Ireland, a Delaware River Port Authority spokesman. Authorities were not immediately sure whether a person had actually fallen into the river, although Ireland said the splash was caused by an object with a mass comparable to that of a falling body.
December 28, 1993 |
A tractor-trailer loaded with frozen chickens overturned on the entrance ramp to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday. The accident on the Philadelphia side of the span tied up traffic from 6th and Race streets for more than an hour. A Delaware River Port Authority spokesman said the driver was unhurt. The vehicle reportedly flipped as it was going around the monument on the ramp that leads onto the bridge.
July 24, 1998 |
Philadelphia firefighters work to put out a burning Delaware River Port Authority patrol car yesterday afternoon. Patrolman Brian Keister, 38, of New Jersey, was monitoring traffic in the parked car at the Philadelphia plaza of the Ben Franklin Bridge when it started to smoke. Keister got out and the car caught fire at about 5 p.m. He escaped unharmed. The car was destroyed.
April 18, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement. Tim Pulte, of Garnet Valley, had been COO since August, 2009, with an annual salary of $180,081. The bi-state DRPA board, newly reconstituted with appointees of Gov. Wolf, decided Wednesday "to go a different direction...it's no disparagement on Tim Pulte," said new DRPA board chairman Ryan Boyer, the business manager of Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity.
July 16, 1986
While driving across the Betsy Ross Bridge on the Fourth of July, I was struck by a remarkable omission: There was no American flag anywhere on the bridge. Of all the places in this land I would have thought that here, on a bridge named in honor of Betsy Ross, Old Glory would have been proudly fluttering in the breeze. The oversight of the Delaware River Port Authority certainly dampened my spirits. Ernest J. Kaufman Pennsauken, N.J.
April 16, 1999 |
The body of construction worker David Crompton, 32, lies covered after he fell more than 50 feet from the Walt Whitman Bridge yesterday morning. A metal walkway he was working on gave out, and co-workers tried in vain to grab him before he fell, according to a Delaware River Port AUthority official. He landed and died in a vacant concrete lot on the Philadelphia side of the bridge. Workers were refurbishing the center lane of the seven-lane bridge when the accident happened.
December 7, 2005
TODAY, the Delaware River Port Authority will take up the issue of dredging the Delaware River. The Channel Deepening Project is indispensable to the continued growth of the Port of Philadelphia and vital to the economy of the entire region. The project calls for deepening the 40-foot channel to 45 feet. The last time we deepened it was in 1942. Today's container vessels are wider, longer, faster and require deeper channels. If we can't accommodate them, business will go elsewhere.
July 31, 2015 |
As part of an ongoing makeover of the Delaware River Port Authority following Gov. Wolf's election, the DRPA's deputy chief executive officer is being replaced. Michael Conallen Jr., a former aide to two Republican congressmen, was dismissed Tuesday. He said his last day would be Friday. Wolf, a Democrat, has been replacing Republican appointees at the bistate DRPA for several months. "There are no hard feelings," said Conallen, who took the $174,000-a-year job in January 2012 under Gov. Tom Corbett.