April 21, 2015 |
HER NAME may be Precious, but to the Spence family she's no treasure. Spence family members say that Precious Richardson Coleman, 29, of Van Pelt Street near Somerset in Swampoodle, pummeled them from behind the wheel of a 2004 white Dodge Durango. Coleman allegedly plowed into Beatrice "Dee Dee" Spence, 24, and her uncle Damon Watson, 37, while they were outside Spence's Nicetown home Friday. Then Coleman backed up and peeled away, police said. It was tragic enough that doctors had to amputate Spence's right leg below the knee.
October 2, 2014 |
THE EVENT HALL at Park and Chew avenues in Fern Rock has a sign outside that says it's a day-care, so its promoters need all the help they can get to draw attention to the hall's pay-at-the-door weekend parties. Now the hall, which sometimes markets itself as the Nifiji Club, is getting a lot of special attention - from the Police Department and District Attorney's Office. Officials met with concerned neighborhood residents last night - two weeks after a wild shootout following a motorcycle club's party at the hall left two people dead and two injured - and pledged that if they have anything to do with it, the hall's doors won't be open much longer.
September 26, 2014 |
IF YOU LIVE in one of Philadelphia's bubbles of prosperity, it is possible - for some, maybe preferable - to forget what happens in the city's poor neighborhoods. And then you read a story like the one written by my colleague Morgan Zalot about residents of a Fern Rock neighborhood ducking for cover during a deadly shootout outside a sketchy nightclub across the street. And you go to that neighborhood on North Park Avenue, tucked between Chew and Olney, and knock on the door of the grandmother who placed her body in front of her grandson's when she heard the gunshots, and the reality hits you. She shushes me when I say I want to talk about what happened Sunday and ushers me in with a finger to her lips.
September 23, 2014 |
THE BLOCK CAPTAIN who sweeps Park Avenue between Olney and Chew in Fern Rock will have to be extra vigilant this week. The block captain, whose name the Daily News is withholding for her safety, said she'll be looking for any spent shell casings left over from a wild shootout outside an unlicensed club at the corner of Chew and Park just after midnight yesterday. The shootout, police said, left two men dead and two others wounded. No arrests had been made last night. On the block yesterday afternoon, more than a dozen white chalk rings marked the spots where bullet casings littered the pavement, spanning almost the entire block.
August 17, 2014 |
A Fern Rock lawyer convicted in 2011 of accepting delivery of parcels containing 243 pounds of marijuana has been disbarred, the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board announced Friday. Samuel Foley Jr., 62, had been suspended from practicing law since 2012 while he appealed his conviction. In February 2013, the Superior Court affirmed his drug and conspiracy conviction. Foley could not be reached for comment. According to the Disciplinary Board's report, on June 25, 2009, Foley signed for four boxes delivered to his North Broad Street law office by UPS. The UPS driver was an undercover Philadelphia police officer working with the state Attorney General's Office, and the four parcels contained marijuana with an estimated street value of $486,000.
June 28, 2014 |
An 18-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday during a home invasion in Philadelphia's Fern Rock section that left two of his neighbors, including a 71-year-old woman, in critical condition with numerous stab wounds, police said. Anthony Waters of the 5900 block of North Fourth Street stabbed the 71-year-old woman about 20 times and a 54-year-old man several times after Waters entered their home about 4:45 a.m., police said. The rear door was unlocked, police said, and the assailant attacked the two after he was surprised to find them inside the home.
January 22, 2014 |
TROY LONG spent the wee hours of yesterday morning driving across Pennsylvania with only his grief to keep him company. Word had reached him at his home in Pittsburgh that his daughter, Amber Long, had been shot dead late Sunday during a botched robbery in Northern Liberties. "This was the biggest waste of life ever," Long said yesterday outside his daughter's South Philadelphia apartment. "Why these people did this is beyond me. All I can hope is that some day, they get the justice coming to them.
April 13, 2013 |
The operator of a North Philadelphia day-care center, already held in the drowning death of a 7-year-old, was charged with new crimes Thursday. This time, it was over stealing from a church. In March, a grand jury charged Tianna Edwards, 31, with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Isear Jeffcoat. Now, authorities say that just days before her arrest, Edwards cashed a stolen check for more than $4,000 from Saints Tabernacle Church in Fern Rock. On Jan. 15, the church's financial manager notified police that seven checks had been stolen from the church office, according to criminal court records.
April 11, 2013 |
BURNETT "Bernie" Jones, a first responder to dozens of rail deaths since he became SEPTA's chief accident investigator in 2004, has learned to deal with the blood splatter and the body parts. "The deaths that are the most heartbreaking to me are the ones where a person intentionally beheaded themselves, where a person was so distraught that they actually put their head on the rail and waited for the train," Jones said. "The body is more intact in those cases, but just knowing that in their mind they had to do that . . . " Of the accidental deaths, Jones said, "What's heavy on my heart is when they're a child in their teenage years and they make a mistake that costs their lives.