August 31, 2015 |
On an unseasonably warm December night just days before Christmas 1990, Donna Benjamin was looking for her next high. She approached a long driveway off North Warnock Street in Logan, where she had planned to meet two drug dealers. There, Benjamin saw a man standing over the dealers' bodies, firing his gun. Their eyes met. Benjamin immediately recognized the shooter, and threw herself to the ground, screaming. The gunman calmed her, calling her "Boo," and told her he wasn't going to hurt her. She ran home.
April 24, 2015 |
JOEY MERLINO has regained his freedom - no strings attached - for the first time since 1999. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in his favor yesterday, overruling a District Court judge who had ordered Merlino to serve another four months in prison for violating the terms of his probation on a 2001 racketeering conviction. "He's out. He's a free man," Merlino's attorney, Edwin Jacobs, told the Daily News . Merlino, 53, considered the current or former boss of the Philly mob, depending whom you ask, served about three months in a Miami prison after he was caught associating with mobster John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini at a Florida cigar bar last year.
May 6, 2013 |
BOSTON - Lawyers for a man charged with lying to investigators after the Boston Marathon bombings are asking a federal judge to release him from jail, saying he had nothing to do with the deadly bombings and isn't a flight risk. Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, faces a detention hearing Monday in U.S. District Court. Defense attorneys said in court documents filed Saturday that authorities' claim that Phillipos gave them conflicting accounts is "refutable. " "This case is about a frightened and confused 19-year-old who was subjected to intense questioning and interrogation, without the benefit of counsel, and in the context of one of the worst attacks against the nation," lawyers Derege Demissie and Susan Church wrote.
January 25, 2013 |
CHICAGO - An American who had faced life in prison was sentenced instead to 35 years Thursday for helping plan the deadly 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India - a punishment that prosecutors said reflected his broad cooperation with U.S. investigators, but that a victim's family member called "an appalling dishonor. " It was David Coleman Headley's meticulous scouting missions that facilitated the assault by 10 gunmen from a Pakistani-based militant group on multiple targets in Mumbai, including the landmark Taj Mahal Hotel.
March 6, 2012
A Philadelphia man who escaped from state prison by forging court documents ordering his release was captured Monday, authorities said. U.S. marshals and FBI agents found Kevin William Small, 49, in the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue. The U.S. Marshals Service said Small had been arrested more than 30 times and had a history of escaping custody dating to the 1970s. Small was in state prison in 2006 when he was charged in federal court with filing false tax returns. During his trial, Small tried to enter forged documents into evidence.
February 11, 2012
Emergency responders in Delaware County used a crane to rescue a man trapped under a SEPTA trolley early Saturday. Around 3:30 a.m., the man was struck by a Route 102 Trolley in Clifton Heights along a stretch of tracks near East Broadway and Ogden Street, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The victim became trapped underneath the trolley, which was approaching the Baltimore Pike Station, heading towards 69th Street Station from Sharon Hill, Busch said. Local rescue crews and SEPTA personnel worked to free the man for about an hour and a half, before the crane was used to lift the trolley off the victim, Busch said.
December 13, 2011 |
The fire burned quickly and ferociously in the early hours of July 29, 1989, nearly consuming the small cabin at a religious retreat in the Poconos. Inside was 20-year-old Ji Yun Lee, dead. Investigators soon concluded that the fire had been set. Han Tak Lee, a Korean American businessman who had taken his daughter there in the hope of finding help for her escalating mental problems, was arrested, tried, and convicted. He is 21 years into a life sentence. Lee has steadfastly professed his innocence.
November 10, 2009 |
The refrain "A man ain't nothin' but a man" shows up in several variations of John Henry's legend. It's also the theme of Iron Age Theatre's world premiere of Chris Braak's The Life of John Henry. Maybe you remember Henry as the steel-driving man who heroically outpaced a steam drill. Maybe you remember that he was a free man, former slave, or convict; that he dug through a mountain or laid down track; that he had a pretty wife who stayed true and wore blue, or that she wore blue, but wasn't true.
August 5, 2009 |
Monday was Shaddiy Dixon's first day as a free man in almost 17 months, and he traveled home to Atlantic City to spend time with his children and loved ones. Dixon's freedom ended yesterday morning though, when he was shot and killed at a city block party being held to remember a man gunned down there last year. "He had just come back and didn't even make it 24 hours. It's a tragedy and everything is still a little too fresh right now," said Steven Young, president of the South Jersey Chapter of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, the group that promoted the block party.
July 2, 2008 |
Robert Venable most likely came to Philadelphia a slave, shipped from Barbados as a little boy and ultimately bought and used by merchant Hugh Donaldson in the late 1740s. But by the time of the Revolutionary War, when Venable moved into a small house at 79 N. Sixth St., he was a free man, manumitted by Donaldson in an act of generosity Venable would never forget. His was a momentous move at a momentous time to an extraordinary part of the city - the block where the National Constitution Center now stands, which two centuries ago buzzed with the birth of free black America.