May 16, 2015 |
In the seconds before Amtrak train No. 188 derailed at Frankford Junction, the train's speed surged from 70 m.p.h. to 102 m.p.h. - more than twice the speed limit on the dangerous curve, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday. Just before the crash, with the train traveling at 106 m.p.h., the train's engineer, Brandon Bostian, hit his emergency brakes, NTSB officials said. But it was too late. Two days after the deadliest train crash on the Northeast Corridor in three decades, the revelations on the train's acceleration - while providing the most detailed account yet of the moments before the derailment - raised new questions about the 32-year-old engineer's actions.
May 15, 2015 |
TRAINS HAVE barreled down the tracks behind R-Way Gasket & Supply day and night for decades, past the prostitutes parked with johns out front and the man who took a bullet to the head while he polished hubcaps at the car wash next door. The building on Sedgley Avenue near Frankford shakes when the trains come, employee Will Puchalski said, and in the neighborhood he couldn't name, people simply have gotten used to them. "It's really no man's land around here," he said through a gate at the garage yesterday afternoon.
May 14, 2015 |
FIVE PEOPLE were killed and at least 53 people were injured — six critically — when a seven-car Amtrak train carrying 238 passengers and five crew members from Washington, D.C., to New York City derailed in Frankford last night. "It's a devastating scene," Mayor Nutter said. "It's unbelievable. " Nutter said the train cars were "completely overturned, on their side, ripped apart. " He said that the engine was separated from the rest of the train and that one of the cars was perpendicular to the train.
May 9, 2015 |
A 12-year-old boy was stabbed once in the back during a fight in Frankford on Thursday afternoon. Police said the fight was a large one, and took place at Saul and Pratt Streets around 3:52 p.m. It was unclear whether the boy, whose name was not released, was involved in the fight or simply in the vicinity, police said, and it was not known how the fight began. No arrests had been made, police said, and the 12-year-old was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
April 23, 2015 |
RODOLFO BLANCO, a Frankford barber with neck tattoos, repeatedly told a federal jury yesterday that he did whatever the plainclothes narcotics cops wanted him to do - including staying in a hotel near the airport against his will - out of fear. "I had to do what I had to do for fear of my life, my children," he said, speaking through a Spanish interpreter at the trial of six ex-narcotics cops accused of robbing suspected drug dealers. Blanco, 40, who lived with his wife and five kids on the second and third floors above his barbershop, testified that more than 10 cops raided his home on the evening of Feb. 28, 2006, including five who wore masks.
April 22, 2015 |
A Philadelphia man was sentenced Monday to five years in state prison for robbing a Canadian tourist he met on Grindr, a dating app for gay men. Douglass Casey, 27, of Frankford, was to receive a negotiated sentence of two to four years in prison, but the robbery triggered two probation violations. As a result, Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington added three years, which Casey must serve consecutively. After the two men interacted through the app, the unnamed tourist, in town to attend an education conference last year, invited Casey to his room at the Hilton Home 2 Suites at 12th and Arch Streets.
April 20, 2015 |
A Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded a man carrying two guns in Frankford late Thursday, police said. Two 15th District officers were traveling in a squad car on the 1600 block of Pratt Street, surveying the area after a report of a shooting several blocks away on Akron Street. A statement released by the Police Department said that the officers saw "what appeared to be a dispute involving a crowd" gathered on Pratt Street, and that one got out of the car to walk toward the group.
April 13, 2015 |
ALEXA BOSSE stood in a vacant lot on Frankford Avenue last year, talking with Kimberly Washington, executive director of the Frankford Community Development Corporation, about creating a pop-up park, when a Market Frankford El train roared into Margaret-Orthodox Station. Washington stopped talking, held up a hand and told Bosse, "Frankford Pause. " Remembering that moment, Bosse laughed and said, "When Kim said, 'Frankford Pause,' I fell in love with that concept and the name of the park was born.
April 8, 2015 |
AFTER NEARLY TWO weeks of investigating, police have charged a North Philly man in the grisly murder of a woman in Frankford. Jeffrey Bowen, 30, was charged yesterday with murder, robbery, theft, abuse of a corpse and related offenses in the slaying of Kelly Hepft, 39, police said. Investigators found Hepft's body March 24 buried in a shallow grave behind a home on Frankford Avenue near Oxford Avenue, police said. She had been stabbed numerous times in her shoulder, head, neck and chest.