September 14, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL PROTEST A disrespectful display I was saddened to read about the Woodrow Wilson High School football team's protest before its game in East Camden, led by the head coach ("Wilson team takes a knee for anthem," Sunday). I served in the military, as did several members of my family. My father served 25 years. I used to attend all of Wilson's games and supported the team, win or lose. I understand and support the coaches' and players' rights to express their beliefs.
September 12, 2016 |
Woodrow Wilson High School football coach Preston Brown told his players before Saturday's season opener that he planned to take a knee during the national anthem. All but two of them followed his lead. Brown and most of his assistant coaches along with nearly all of the players knelt while the national anthem was played on a hot, humid afternoon at Mike Rozier Stadium in East Camden. Video of Woodrow Wilson players and coaches taking a knee for national anthem before Saturday's game vs. Highland pic.twitter.com/JBhtaslq0i — Philip Anastasia (@PhilAnastasia)
August 13, 2016 |
A snow-white egret stood silently in the shallows off a bank of the Cooper River as a blue heron dipped below the tree line and flew west. Nearby, a bald eagle took flight and crossed the water, gliding on arched wings before landing somewhere in a cluster of treetops. Just beyond the forest was Camden High School, and the constant traffic on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. But all was quiet as a phalanx of canoes paddled down the river early one morning this week, manned by five teenagers from Camden and others who came to explore the hidden world that flows through the heart of the city.
August 7, 2016 |
A Camden man has been arrested in the killings of a 25-year-old waitress and her fiance, who were found shot to death in their East Camden home in April. Gary Johnson, 37, of the 1800 block of Filmore Street, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in Pennsauken with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service's Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Pennsauken Police Department, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Aleshia Schmincke Hill and her fiance, John Valerio, 23. The couple were found dead April 4 in their home on the unit block of North 26th Street, shot at close range.
August 3, 2016 |
A 17-year-old Camden girl charged in the killing of a 13-year-old boy has been indicted, officials said Monday. A grand jury indicted Casche Alford on a charge of first-degree murder, as well as weapons offenses, in the killing of Nathanial Plummer Jr. of Camden. Plummer was the city's first killing of 2016, and the youngest homicide victim in several years. Alford is accused of shooting Plummer around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 7 in East Camden. Officers responding to a ShotSpotter activation near Beacon and Line Streets found Plummer on the sidewalk.
June 22, 2016 |
An East Camden community garden called Resilient Roots is helping nourish a neighborhood - and connect communities, cultures, and generations. "Taro, turmeric, lemongrass, ginger, and four different kinds of mint," says Lan Dinh, walking me through the rows, raised beds, and containers of lush crops on what had been a trash-strewn vacant lot at 29th and Cramer. "We have Asian squashes, gourds, bitter melons, and long beans," she says. "Edible chrysanthemum, sweet potato greens - we eat the greens - and Vietnamese corn.
June 15, 2016 |
For months, Carlos Pacheco told his mother, his sisters, and anyone who would listen that he was behind bars because a police officer had arrested him for no reason, then lied about it. Last week, Pacheco learned that the charges against him, which included threatening the officer, had been dropped. His case was one of 18 that have been dismissed by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office in the wake of charges filed against Camden County Police Officer Douglas Dickinson, who is accused of filing false reports and simple assault in two incidents over the last year.
May 26, 2016 |
Terron L. Phillips had just bought a pack of cigarettes from an East Camden gas station late last Wednesday and was walking home when a red SUV approached him. Four males, ages 16 to 19, were inside, authorities said. The youngest held a sawed-off shotgun. He stepped out of the car with Raquan Handon, 18, and tried to rob Phillips, investigators said. Phillips, 19, told them he had nothing. Handon searched his pockets, found only the cigarettes, and walked back to the SUV holding them, authorities said.
May 26, 2016 |
Camden's Night Gardens will take over the plaza in front of City Hall on Friday with an "Intergalactic Block Party" that includes colorful light projections, art installations, live music, and more. The free outdoor event, from 7 to 10 p.m., is the third annual Night Gardens festival, but the first time it will be at Roosevelt Plaza. It's also the start of a series of summer events, including outdoor movies, concerts, and Tuesday evening yoga on the waterfront, that are part of the city's "Connect the Lots" program.
May 15, 2016 |
A Camden teenager fatally shot a 13-year-old boy as he walked away from a van in January, and used the same weapon - a .380 caliber Hi-point semi-automatic handgun - with which she had shot another person in October, prosecutors said Friday. Casche Alford, 17, had been waived to adult court for her arraignment in Superior Court in Camden, where she appeared in black pants and a longsleeve polo sports jersey, with her wrists in handcuffs. Alford, charged with murder, has been in a juvenile detention facility since Jan. 9. Authorities said she killed Nathaniel Plummer Jr. on Jan. 7 in the 2900 block of Line Street, near his grandmother's home.