March 12, 2015 |
We know enough now about the death of Firefighter Joyce Craig to say that many things went wrong the night she lost her life battling a West Oak Lane basement blaze. It's also clear that Craig's death is wrapped up in a larger problem: The Fire Department needs to recommit to giving its members the training they need and want. Craig's professionalism and bravery are not in question. Neither is the bravery of other firefighters who gave their lives battling fires in recent years: Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney, killed in 2012 when a roof collapsed in an abandoned factory in Kensington.
March 11, 2015 |
A Philadelphia Fire Department investigation found delayed responses, tactical errors, and communication failures at the scene of the December blaze that killed Firefighter Joyce Craig, according to internal documents obtained by The Inquirer. The report reinforces accounts from firefighters that indicate critical time passed before commanders realized that Craig was unaccounted for and in grave danger. As other firefighters have said, Craig was pulled from the house 17 minutes after her first Mayday alarm sounded, when firefighters found her by chance.
March 5, 2015 |
At first, the T-shirts were big and baggy, and Rasool Hinson and his younger twin brothers would wear them as nightgowns. But now, Hinson is 6-foot-2 and a senior basketball standout for Camden High School, and the T-shirt with his mother's picture silk-screened on the front is short and snug for the strapping 17-year-old. He still wears it sometimes, "just to remember her," he says. It's not easy for Hinson to recall the day he and his brothers, Nasim and Nasir, lost their mother in one of the most heartbreaking and horrific cases of random violence to strike the streets of Camden.
March 3, 2015 |
A witness statement provided to Philadelphia detectives after the shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown in December contradicts police claims that he was pulled over because the lights on his car were out, according to a lawyer for Tate-Brown's mother. The lawyer, Brian Mildenberg, said a witness told investigators that the officer who stopped Tate-Brown's car on Dec. 15 told him he did so because it matched "the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier incident. " According to Mildenberg, the witness was driving past at the time and pulled over and got out of his car to see what was happening.
February 20, 2015 |
A GRUESOME double-stabbing in the shadows of a small East Germantown tavern yesterday sent shockwaves through the upper reaches of the music industry. De'Von "Day Day" Pickett, a veteran road manager who worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Britney Spears, died after being stabbed numerous times in the torso about 2:30 a.m. while brawling with another man in front of the Che Bar & Grill, on Stenton Avenue near Johnson Street, police said. Pickett and a co-worker, Eric Parker, in Philly to help Minaj prepare for an upcoming tour, had visited the bar at the end of a long night on the town, choosing it because they were friends with one of the employees, a police source said last night.
February 19, 2015 |
STEPMOTHER Margarita Garabito, accused of fatally beating her 10-year-old stepdaughter, took the stand in her own defense yesterday, telling a jury that the girl's father repeatedly beat the child. Her head lowered and speaking in Spanish with an interpreter at her side, Garabito, at times tearfully, said she did all she could to help the girl, Charlenni Ferreira. Garabito, 48, told the Common Pleas jury during questioning by her lawyer, J. Michael Farrell, that she didn't tell authorities about the abuse because she was afraid of her husband.
February 12, 2015 |
SAUNDRA BARLEY'S body was whipped, beaten and bruised. The 62-year-old West Philly woman was found naked on the floor of her apartment. She suffered multiple rib fractures, bruising from her forehead to her feet, and "overlapping and crisscrossing" whip injuries around her thighs, butt and back, according to a medical examiner's report. Her roommate, Denise Taylor - whom Barley had let live in her apartment since March of last year - first claimed when she called 9-1-1 about 3 a.m. Nov. 13 that three men had broken into their place on 53rd Street near Arch and assaulted them.
February 6, 2015 |
A STATE Welfare Department employee has been released from the hospital after being injured last month in a tragic accident in Center City. Erica Goodwin, 44, of Lansdowne, Delaware County, was discharged from Hahnemann University Hospital on Jan. 27, a hospital spokeswoman said last night. She had been there since Jan. 15, when she was crushed by a Temple University student who fell to her death from an eighth-floor window, police said. The student - identified by Temple as Rebecca Kim, a freshman in the university's pre-pharmacy program - had been visiting friends in an Art Institute of Philadelphia dorm on Chestnut Street near 16th when she fell while apparently trying to take a photograph, police said.
February 2, 2015 |
A 50-year-old Audubon man was charged with murder Saturday night after police said he shot his roommate in the head during an argument in their Camden County apartment. William A. Clark 3d was being held in the Camden County Jail on $500,000 bail after he was charged in the 3 p.m. incident, according to Andy McNeil, the spokesman for the county prosecutor's office. The victim was Steven Johnston, 51. After Clark called 911 and reported the shooting, he was taken into custody without incident, police said.
January 26, 2015 |
A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN who was a juvenile when he fatally shot another teen at a crowded North Philly playground was sentenced yesterday to 50 years to life in prison. Matthew Baldwin was 17 on Sept. 10, 2012, when he killed Kharee Tillmon, 18, at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center playground, on 22nd Street near Huntingdon. Evidence at the November trial showed that Baldwin shot Tillmon because he allegedly owed Baldwin $10. Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson, after hearing heartfelt comments from family members, said that although his sentence was not life in prison, it is substantial, and by the time Baldwin would be eligible for parole, he will no longer be a young man. The victim's mother, Joshawn Gardner, told the judge "this is a tragedy for both families - over $10 . . . senseless.