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October 3, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A POLICE SERGEANT charged with driving under the influence after a Sept. 14 crash that killed a Fishtown man posted 10 percent of his $50,000 bail after his arraignment yesterday. Court documents show that Thomas Winkis, a 21-year veteran who worked as an aide to Deputy Commissioner Thomas Wright, was charged Friday with vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, DUI and related offenses. Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended him for 30 days with intent to dismiss. Police said Winkis, 44, was driving a Dodge Challenger southbound on State Road shortly before midnight the night of the crash when he slammed into a Ford Econoline van driven by David Farries at the intersection of Ashburner Street.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A Philadelphia police sergeant involved in an off-duty car crash that killed another driver was charged Friday with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, the District Attorney's Office said. Sgt. Thomas Winkis, 45, a 21-year veteran of the department, also was charged with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, and recklessly endangering another person, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams.
NEWS
September 23, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai and Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writers
Fingerprints at the scene of a fatal shooting at a Rite Aid in Chester led police to arrest David Wiggins, 24, in his Grays Ferry home Saturday, authorities said. Chester police went through the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to obtain a search warrant for the home in the 1500 block of South 30th Street, law enforcement sources said. With the assistance of the city's Homicide Fugitive Task Force, they apprehended Wiggins and charged him with murder. Saturday night, police were seeking a woman who they say was his accomplice in the shooting death of Jason Scott McClay.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Authorities on Wednesday continued to investigate a deadly vehicle accident over the weekend that involved an off-duty city officer. The other driver, David Farries, 55, of the 1300 block of East Oxford Street in Fishtown, died early Tuesday at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus of injuries he sustained in the crash Saturday in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. The officer, whose name was not released, was treated at the hospital and released. Farries was driving a 1994 Ford Econoline van and the officer was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger when the accident occurred about 11:40 p.m. in the Holmesburg section, police said.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE SALVATION ARMY knew that its Market Street thrift store was already unstable and could collapse due to demolition work planned next door - but did nothing to prevent the eventual June collapse, according to a wrongful-death lawsuit filed yesterday by the family of a woman who died in the rubble. Mary Lea Simpson, 24, was among six people who died June 5 when the thrift store at 22nd and Market streets was crushed by the falling wall of a building being demolished next door. An additional 13 were trapped but survived.
NEWS
August 31, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  She was intoxicated, and her 2-year-old - poorly secured - was a passenger when the vehicle driven by the Delaware County high-school Latin teacher ran a stop sign and struck a delivery van, killing the other driver, the Montgomery County District Attorney's office said. On Thursday the district attorney's office charged Meredith Williams-Earle, 30, of Bryn Mawr, who teaches at Interboro High School, with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failure to yield at a stop sign, improper child restraint, and related crimes.
NEWS
August 17, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being convicted of what is believed to be the only third-degree murder charge based on speeding in Pennsylvania, a Bucks County man was sentenced Thursday to eight to 25 years in prison for a drag-racing crash that killed a 9-year-old girl and maimed her grandmother. "If I could trade places with them, I would do it, I would do it right now," Drew Bodden, 38, told the family before his sentencing, his voice cracking. "I am sorry to the deepest depths of my soul. " Bodden, of Plumstead, drove his souped-up Mustang more than 140 m.p.h.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
POLICE HAVE charged a Delaware County woman with vehicular homicide after she drove her car into a stopped tractor-trailer last summer, killing her passenger. Nichole Labelle, 23, of Secane, also was charged with driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses, according to court records. She was jailed on $350,000 bail and faces an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing. Labelle was driving west on Enterprise Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia at 4:15 p.m. on July 15, 2012, when her car drifted onto the shoulder and hit a stopped tractor-trailer, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a Philadelphia Police spokeswoman.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
A driver who crashed into a popular Jersey Shore bar in 2011, killing his passenger and seriously injuring a bystander - and who has filed a civil suit seeking damages against the victim's estate - was sentenced Wednesday in Superior Court to 29 years in state prison. Antonio Vargas, 24, of Somers Point, N.J., was found guilty June 18 of vehicular homicide and aggravated manslaughter in the Jan. 6, 2011, crash. Investigators said Vargas was intoxicated and speeding at close to 100 m.p.h.
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