July 22, 2014 |
A FORMER Philadelphia police dispatcher and the co-owner of a Frankford auto-body shop pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in a bribery scheme involving the tow-trucking biz. Dorian Parsley, 44, the ex-dispatcher, admitted before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno that she had taken cash bribes from tow-truck operators in exchange for giving them confidential police information about the locations of accident scenes. In a separate hearing before the judge, William Cheeseman, 43, co-owner of the K&B auto-body shop on Kinsey Street near Worth, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.
May 16, 2014 |
THREE OF the four defendants in an alleged bribery scam involving a police dispatcher and three tow-truck operators pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in federal court yesterday. Dorian Parsley, 44, the civilian dispatcher who has since been suspended from the Police Department with intent to dismiss, declined to speak with a reporter afterward. William Cheeseman, 42, of Delran, N.J., an owner of K&B auto-body shop, a family business in Frankford, and Chad Harris, 22, of Philadelphia, a tow-truck operator who at times worked for K&B, also pleaded not guilty yesterday.
May 11, 2014 |
A tow-truck driver with a history and a veteran police dispatcher bent city rules to move one Northeast towing company into the fast lane in the lucrative, rough-and-tumble business of clearing Philadelphia's wrecks, federal prosecutors said Friday. Authorities allege that Dorian Parsley, a 911 dispatcher for 16 years, raked in kickbacks for tipping off favored tow truck operators to locations of fender-benders and disabled vehicles reported to the city's call center. In exchange, the drivers paid her up to $200 a week between February 2011 and December 2013 for advance notice of wrecks before official calls were placed to the next towing company up on the city's rotating list.
March 27, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Civil Service Commission today will hear a pitch on how the Nutter administration plans to make staffing changes to ambulance runs - but not without resistance from the union that represents the city's firefighters and paramedics. Nutter is seeking approval from the Civil Service Commission to allow the Fire Department to implement a new deployment plan for 9-1-1 calls - one that replaces the two paramedics who are dispatched with one paramedic and one EMT. Paramedics receive more in-depth training than their EMT counterparts.
March 9, 2014 |
Alex Louin said the Mount St. Joseph basketball team didn't talk about it. Not a single word. But the Magic surely were thinking about it, the senior guard conceded, and they weren't going to let it happen again. The it refers to Friday night's return to the Cheltenham gym, site of a heartbreaking, one-point loss in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament last year. Back on that court for the first round of this season's state playoffs, the Magic dominated every facet of the game against Cardinal O'Hara and defeated the Lions in impressive fashion, 68-32.
March 4, 2014 |
Mary Y. Holcombe, 72, a former Philadelphia radio dispatcher and the widow of Fire Capt. David Holcombe, who died in the One Meridian Plaza fire in 1991, died Saturday, Feb. 8, of lung cancer at her home in San Rafael, Calif. In 1998, Mrs. Holcombe retired from the Philadelphia Police Department, where she had worked in the radio room for many years. Before that, she worked briefly as a pharmacy technician at a drugstore in the city. David Holcombe, commander of Engine Company 11 at Sixth and South Streets, was one of three firefighters killed Feb. 23, 1991, during the 12-alarm blaze at One Meridian Plaza.
January 27, 2014 |
Kaelyn Johns has great hands. Wearing goalie gloves in the fall, the Downingtown East junior earned 13 shutouts as the Cougars reached the District 1 Class AAA final and the state quarterfinals in girls' soccer. In the winter, Johns sheds the gloves to play guard for the Cougars in basketball, using her athleticism and soft touch to find teammates seemingly anywhere on the floor. Saturday, her hands didn't put the ball in the hoop many times, but they did a lot of other important things really well as East took care of Freire Charter, 50-30, in a nonleague game.
January 11, 2014 |
The message Terry Rakowsky relayed to his Central Bucks West girls' basketball players at practice on Wednesday was to step out on the basketball court with a lot of energy and emotion. That was something his team hadn't done in its previous contest, and it really hurt then. From the opening tip to the final buzzer Thursday night at North Penn, the Bucks were fired up. There were emphatic high-fives after big plays. There were powerful fist pumps followed by trips to the foul line.
October 25, 2013 |
Isaiah Kuris buried his sixth goal of the season in double overtime Wednesday to lead Rancocas Valley over visiting Lenape, 2-1, in a nonleague boys' soccer matchup. Kuris' goal came 4 minutes, 39 seconds into the second overtime. The winning tally was assisted by Don Palmucci. Lenape had forced overtime with nine minutes left in regulation on a goal from Connor Wolfe. Jesse McPartland stopped five shots for the Red Devils, and Chris Solecki held down the Indians net with nine saves.
March 25, 2013 |
Duke has played parts of three NCAA tournaments in Philadelphia and has never lost a game. The sixth win came as Sunday night turned into Monday morning, when the second-seeded Blue Devils sealed a 66-50 win over seventh-seeded Creighton in the Midwest Regional at the Wells Fargo Center. Duke advanced to play Michigan State in Indianapolis on Friday. It will be the Blue Demons' fourth Sweet 16 in the last five seasons. It's not often that a Duke game is anticlimactic, but that's how it seemed when the Blue Devils took the court following the frenzy of Florida Gulf Coast's win. And the game featured a different style - a physical, grinding contest of attrition rather than a full-court highlight reel.