November 21, 2014 |
POLICE yesterday identified the driver who died Tuesday when her car plummeted into the Schuylkill. Cops said Shanita Jackson, 42, was behind the wheel of her 2005 Volvo SUV just before noon when it crashed through a retaining wall on Hunting Park Avenue near Kelly Drive in North Philadelphia. A team of officers from the police Marine Unit and the Fire Department recovered the SUV and pulled Jackson from the wreckage. She was pronounced dead minutes later. It was unclear last night what had caused the vehicle to speed into the water, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.
November 2, 2014 |
A Hunting Park man was convicted of first-degree murder Friday in the 2013 shooting of the landlord trying to evict him from a rooming house after finding a gun. A Common Pleas Court jury deliberated two days before returning the guilty verdict against Shaquille Henderson, 22, in the March 8, 2013, death of Tony Martin, 52, a retired professional boxer. The verdict carries a mandatory life prison term without parole. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb said the sentence would be formally imposed Friday by Judge Lillian H. Ransom.
October 23, 2014 |
A Tredyffrin man accused of distributing heroin to a friend who fatally overdosed is facing criminal charges, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Officials said Dillon Quinn, 19, bought the drugs Aug. 8 at the Overbrook train station in Philadelphia using money given to him by 19-year-old Colin Finn. Finn, who had taken the train from Paoli and met Quinn at the station, overdosed on heroin the following day in Berwyn, officials said. Quinn, who officials said did not pay for the drugs but kept some of the heroin for setting up the deal, has been charged with a felony of delivering a drug that resulted in death, among other related offenses.
October 16, 2014 |
PAUL DiMAIO screamed and screamed into his phone. Maybe it was for a few minutes, maybe more. Time had lost all meaning. His panicked cries came out small and tinny on his wife's cellphone, lost among the unnerving sounds of a highway on Monday afternoon - the whooshing of passing motorists, and the wail of an approaching ambulance. Moments earlier, Lisa Taylor DiMaio had been chatting with her husband about their family. The conversation came to a sudden halt just before 4 p.m. when a black sedan cut in front of her Jeep Liberty on a southbound lane of I-95, not far from State Road.
October 9, 2014 |
A Norristown man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after admitting he stabbed his childhood friend nearly two dozen times and set his body afire in a Chester County apartment - all for $350. Prosecutors had initially sought the death penalty for 22-year-old Shakeem Carter for the February 2013 murder of 17-year-old Kevin Allen. "I just hope that monster, for the rest of his life, wakes up in the morning with the same fear that Kevin had in the last five or 10 minutes of his life," the victim's aunt, Pearline Allen, sobbed during the hearing in West Chester.
October 7, 2014 |
Sgt. William McGovern of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office has had at least six traffic accidents from 1989 through last year, when he fatally struck off-duty Moorestown Officer Craig Berner, motor vehicle records show. In 1989, a Mount Laurel officer reported he suspected McGovern had been drinking before striking another car with his vehicle late one night and leaving the scene. Last year after the accident that killed Berner, according to Moorestown police reports, McGovern left the scene on Westfield Avenue, and three officers documented that he smelled of alcohol when he returned.
October 2, 2014 |
DAYS LATER, Kris Dolezel's voice still quivers with emotion. It's understandable, given how close she had come to losing her only daughter, Molly. A horrific traffic accident in southern Oklahoma on Friday night killed four North Central Texas College softball players and seriously injured two others. Molly Dolezel, 17, is a freshman outfielder for the Lions and the daughter of Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. Kris Dolezel, the coach's wife, was driving her daughter and another teammate in the family vehicle an hour or so ahead of the team bus. The Lions had played at Southern Nazerene in Bethany, Okla.
September 10, 2014 |
THERE'S A PART that Peter Bruun is expected to play in the drama of his daughter's death, but he's tossed that script and taken a different approach toward the South Philly man who police say is responsible for her fatal overdose. The Baltimore artist says he never wanted Sean Michael Harrington arrested or prosecuted, even though Harrington is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly mailing heroin and cocaine to Elisif Bruun while she was in a recovery center in North Carolina.
August 29, 2014 |
If it smells kind of scorched around here, it's probably not the errant crumbs in your toaster oven. More likely it's the wafting scent of all the fire-scarred foods coming out of local restaurants: Charred salad greens, charred squids and octopi, charred slices of bread with charred vegetable spreads. And there's no escaping the avalanche of charred brussels sprouts. "The trend we're seeing is open-flame cooking. Whether it's wood-burning ovens, charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, or simple gas ranges, cooks are really experimenting with fire," says Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink.
August 27, 2014 |
AS TATTLE reported yesterday, Wiz Khalifa canceled his concert Saturday night in California after a person was shot and killed backstage at his Friday-night show. Wiz is currently on tour with Jeezy . As a follow-up to that story, TMZ.com reported that police searched Jeezy's tour bus after the shooting . . . and found an assault rifle. As of last night, Jeezy was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He was arrested with five others at the Verizon Amphitheatre, in Irvine.