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June 28, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 11, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A school bus carrying children on North Broad Street struck a parked pickup truck Thursday afternoon, causing both the bus and truck to jump the curb, authorities said. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. while the bus was heading north on the 6300 block of Broad, in Fern Rock. The bus was taking students home from St. Martin de Porres Catholic School. Tom Smith, director of government programs for the Independence Mission Schools, which runs the private K-8 school at 2300 W. Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia, said the bus driver had already dropped off a lot of students on its route and had 10 students left on the bus. The students ranged from 1st to 7th grades, he said.
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August 12, 2016
A THIN WALL separates warring rowhouse neighbors on a block of North Warnock Street in the Fern Rock section of the city. Two intelligent but belligerent retirees argue about almost everything, from when their war started to what the issues are. What they share? A feeling of dissatisfaction with the service they got from the oft-called 35th Police District, and that each is living in hell. When next-door neighbors are at war, a reset button is often impossible. One of the women, Deborah Young, is so angry about the neighbor - and with the police and the district attorney - that she's put up a large sign on her front lawn to complain.
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September 23, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
NEWS
August 31, 2012
A man fell from SEPTA's Broad Street line near the Fern Rock station and was critically injured Friday afternoon, authorities said. The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. when the man was trying to move between train cars and fell, authorities said. He was transported to Einstein Medical Center. Broad Street service was halted in the area, and SEPTA provided shuttle buses between the Erie Avenue and Fern Rock stations, an agency spokeswoman said. Service had been restored by 4:35.
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May 12, 1995 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
Ridership in SEPTA's City Transit Division is down 8 percent this month, the result of the two-week mass transit strike that ended in April, SEPTA officials said. "Ridership was down 10 percent when we made our first survey April 19, a week after the walkout was settled," SEPTA Assistant Treasurer John McGee said. The current decline of 8 percent was determined in a survey made last Wednesday. The figures were compared with ridership earlier this year before the strike. The 8 percent loss of riders represents a decline of some 45,000 trips a day, McGee added.
NEWS
October 15, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA and PATCO are gearing up to transport local of fans to the South Philly sports complex this weekend. Drivers might want to take advantage, since traffic could at times get jammed, especially from late Saturday afternoon to early Saturday evening. Here's how it all breaks down: College football kicks things off Saturday afternoon , as the Temple Owls host Bowling Green at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. SEPTA will add two local trains to the Broad Street Line, leaving the Fern Rock station at 12:08 p.m. and 12:18 p.m. Saturday evening, the Phillies and Flyers are both in action.
NEWS
July 4, 2010 | By Harold Brubaker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The man hit killed Saturday evening by a southbound SEPTA train between the Melrose Park and Fern Rock stations was wearing headphones and walking on the tracks in the same direction as the train when he was struck, police said Sunday. The victim, who was decapitated in the accident, was identified as Daniel Gallagher, 49, of the 6400 block of Shelbourne Street in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia. The train operator sounded the horn and applied the emergency brake after sighting Gallager, police said.
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August 12, 2016
A THIN WALL separates warring rowhouse neighbors on a block of North Warnock Street in the Fern Rock section of the city. Two intelligent but belligerent retirees argue about almost everything, from when their war started to what the issues are. What they share? A feeling of dissatisfaction with the service they got from the oft-called 35th Police District, and that each is living in hell. When next-door neighbors are at war, a reset button is often impossible. One of the women, Deborah Young, is so angry about the neighbor - and with the police and the district attorney - that she's put up a large sign on her front lawn to complain.
NEWS
July 25, 2016
A Route 4 SEPTA bus was hit by another vehicle in Fern Rock Saturday morning, injuring the drivers of both vehicles, a SEPTA spokesman said. The injuries did not appear life-threatening, Andrew Busch said. The accident happened about 10 a.m. as the Route 4 bus, which had just begun its route from the Fern Rock Transportation Center, was heading south on 10th Street, approaching Olney Avenue. No passengers were on board, Busch said. A preliminary report indicates that the driver of a passenger vehicle struck the bus in the front, either at or near the intersection, Busch said.
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June 11, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A school bus carrying children on North Broad Street struck a parked pickup truck Thursday afternoon, causing both the bus and truck to jump the curb, authorities said. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. while the bus was heading north on the 6300 block of Broad, in Fern Rock. The bus was taking students home from St. Martin de Porres Catholic School. Tom Smith, director of government programs for the Independence Mission Schools, which runs the private K-8 school at 2300 W. Lehigh Avenue in North Philadelphia, said the bus driver had already dropped off a lot of students on its route and had 10 students left on the bus. The students ranged from 1st to 7th grades, he said.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
A 26-year-old man was killed Friday after he was struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train just north of the Fern Rock Transportation Center. Police said that about 11:45 a.m., the man was walking between the inbound and outbound railroad tracks near Godfrey Avenue, at the border of Fern Rock and Olney, when he was struck by a West Trenton Line train headed south to the Fern Rock Transportation Center, at 9th Street and Nedro Avenue. The man, whose name police were not releasing because the incident is considered an accident, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:05 p.m. It was not clear why he was walking in between the tracks.
NEWS
May 16, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
THREE YEARS ago, Christina Morton went back to school to get her GED, hoping for a promotion in her job helping people with intellectual disabilities. Her daughter Mellitta Bailey was already enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia, on course to become a registered nurse. But Morton got injured at her job, tearing both the ACL and meniscus in her left knee, and stopped working to recuperate. That's when Bailey suggested her mother enroll in CCP, too. "She encouraged me," said Morton, who enrolled in 2013.
NEWS
May 10, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The story's end is usually upbeat: A lifer proves he was wrongly convicted and savors freedom. Edward E. Stewart, 36, knows that story. He lived it. He served 10 years of a life term before he was acquitted at a new trial of a 2006 murder in a speakeasy he ran out of the basement of his Fern Rock house. On Dec. 3, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury cleared him in 1 hour and 38 minutes - two hours less than it took the first jury to convict. He walked out of the Criminal Justice Center without a dime, still wearing his prison-issue blue pants and T-shirt.
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May 10, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The story's end is usually upbeat: A lifer proves he was wrongly convicted and savors freedom. Edward E. Stewart, 36, knows that story. He lived it. He served 10 years of a life term before he was acquitted at a new trial of a 2006 murder in a speakeasy he ran out of the basement of his Fern Rock house. On Dec. 3, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury cleared him in 1 hour and 38 minutes - two hours less than it took the first jury to convict. He walked out of the Criminal Justice Center without a dime, still wearing his prison-issue blue pants and T-shirt.
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April 30, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
When Quron Willis was 12, his sixth-grade teacher asked his students to put their dreams on index cards. On his card, the Germantown boy wrote: "I want to be a famous football player for my career. " Five years later, that dream was off track. Willis, 17, was in a juvenile-offender program in western Pennsylvania, never missing a chance to call his mother. Sometimes she could hear his tears over the phone. Fast-forward to this year, April 8. Willis' Germantown neighbor, Maxine "Canada" Brown, 64, watched him climb out of her shattered front window in broad daylight.
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April 21, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
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.
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October 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
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