August 8, 2015 |
When her father, James Joye, died in 1972 at a relative's home in Columbia, S.C., Wilma Joye McConnell wanted to make sure that he had not taken all the family memories with him. So she, her brothers, and her sisters, all five of them, decided to hold an annual Labor Day weekend reunion for their extended family. It began that year "on my Uncle Joe's farm, a pretty big tobacco farm in Clayton, N.C.," Mrs. McConnell's son Mike said. In recent years, it had moved to the Garner (N.C.)
July 6, 2015 |
A reportedly suicidal man was shot and killed Friday by Camden police, the first fatal police shooting since the regional department's formation in 2013. The 33-year-old crashed into parked cars on a street in the Cramer Hill section before calling 911 and threatening to kill himself and police around 11:20 p.m. Friday, police said. On a 911 recording released by Camden County Police, the man identified himself as Oscar Camacho. "I want to come out at the cops. Like I said, whatever, we're going to go on a shootout, whatever.
June 15, 2015 |
Eight people were taken to Abington Memorial Hospital Saturday after a fire in a high-rise apartment building in Cheltenham Township, officials said. The blaze on the 11th floor of Towers at Wyncote Building No. 1 was reported just before noon Saturday and reached three alarms, Montgomery County dispatchers said. Responders started departing the scene before 2 p.m. after the fire was under control, officials said, and the incident was cleared about 3:30 p.m. Hospital officials said Saturday evening that six patients were released, and that two were still being observed and treated.
May 22, 2015 |
A former 911 dispatcher has been charged with scamming the city out of $55,500 from a fund earmarked for members of the armed services fighting in the war on terror. Authorities say Pendarvis Williams, 51, forged paperwork to collect $500 a month allotted to employees serving in Operation Enduring Freedom, the military response to the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said Wednesday. He was charged this week with theft. Williams, a former National Guardsman, was eligible for the program for about a year: He served on active duty in the armed forces from Dec. 3, 2002, to Oct. 18, 2003, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
May 18, 2015 |
When the Radnor boys' lacrosse team took the field Saturday at Harriton the Raiders didn't look to get redemption. They looked toward taking the next step. In their PIAA District 1 quarterfinal match against No. 3 Bishop Shanahan , the sixth-seeded Raiders did just that, advancing with a 9-4 win and earning a spot in the state playoffs. Last season, the story was different, as the Eagles knocked off Radnor, 10-8, in double-overtime of the quarterfinals. "We really didn't talk much about last year," Radnor coach John Begier said.
February 13, 2015 |
A group of Camden dispatchers who handle emergency calls to county police fear an evaluation of the unit could put them out of work. City Council this week authorized a request for proposals to determine whether if Camden could provide better service for less money using a contractor. City spokesman Vincent Basara said that the city is simply seeking to review the cost efficiency of the unit, and that any future action would go before Council for discussion. But the president of Communications Workers of America Local 1014, representing the dispatchers, said members worry that the city is looking to phase them out. "They need experienced, professional dispatchers, and that is who our members are," Karl Walko said Wednesday.
October 23, 2014 |
AT FIRST, Dorian Parsley shrugged. The former civilian police dispatcher seemed at a loss for words at her sentencing hearing before a federal judge. Then the words tumbled out. "I lost a lot of things," she said. "I continue to lose a lot of things. " She lost the trust of her daughter, mother and grandmother. She told the judge she took cash bribes from tow-truck operators in exchange for secretly texting them accident locations and driver information "because I needed to take care of my family.
October 23, 2014 |
A former Philadelphia police dispatcher was sentenced to 14 months in prison Tuesday for tipping off favored tow-truck operators to auto accidents in exchange for kickbacks. Dorian Parsley, 44, of Philadelphia, told U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno that through her crimes, she hurt "a lot of people. "What I did was wrong. . . . I have to pay for my actions. I'm sorry for what I did. " she said. In addition to the prison term, Parsley received one year of supervised release and a $1,000 fine.
September 30, 2014 |
Philadelphia's Unified Dispatch Unit is shoehorned into a nondescript office on the seventh floor of City Hall. With its stained drop-ceiling panels and fluorescent lighting, the office hardly looks controversial. Duct tape covers tears in the industrial-gray carpet. On one dingy buff-colored wall is a map of the city. On another is a poster: "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. " Managing Director Richard Negrin describes it as the city's nerve center, a hub that allows Philadelphia's public servants to communicate with one another day or night.
September 22, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Nittany Nation had been awaiting this day since Penn State boarded the charter flight last month for Ireland - a team that consistently could pound the ball on the ground and dominate the game. No one, however, loved seeing this offensive development more than the Nittany Lions players. "Whenever you can run the ball and physically impose your will on the defense, it's definitely good for the team," senior Bill Belton said Saturday, after scoring two of Penn State's five rushing touchdowns in a 48-7 romp over winless Massachusetts on a sun-splashed day at Beaver Stadium.