August 24, 2015 |
It appears that Delvin Barnes, the man accused of kidnapping a woman on a Germantown street in November, and driving her to Maryland, will plead guilty next month, a week before he is scheduled to face trial. A notice for a Sept. 9 change-of-plea hearing was filed Monday for Barnes. He had previously pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in November. Barnes, now 38, was scheduled for a Sept. 14 trial before U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner. He is accused of kidnapping Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, a woman whom he did not know, at about 9:40 p.m. Nov. 2, as she walked on Coulter Street near Greene in Germantown.
August 24, 2015 |
As you rumble along the cobblestone avenue into the historic heart of Germantown, the street suddenly opens up to reveal a charming town common that looks more New England than Philadelphia. Known as Market Square, the half-acre park at Church Lane is bordered by an evocative mix of early American architecture. You can easily imagine Martha Washington haggling over produce brought in by horse wagon from Montgomery County farms when Germantown was home in the 1790s to the summer White House.
August 21, 2015 |
Benjamin Franklin Aycox Jr., 77, of Philadelphia, a teacher and advocate of organized play as a tool for learning and social interaction, died Sunday, Aug. 16, of thyroid cancer at his home. A Philadelphian from birth, Mr. Aycox graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1955. He was ranked among the top five students in his class. He earned a scholarship to Drexel University and became the only African American in the freshman class of 500. Two years later, he transferred to Temple University, and graduated with honors and a bachelor of science degree in science education.
August 20, 2015 |
Showtime is adapting Loving Day , the semiautobiographical novel by Philadelphia-born and -raised writer Mat Johnson, as a comedy about race. The critically acclaimed Loving Day is about biracial Warren Duffy, who returns to his hometown of Philadelphia from Wales when his life falls apart. He has inherited his late father's dilapidated - and potentially haunted - Germantown mansion and learns he has a teenage daughter who believes she is white. The title refers to the annual June 12 celebration marking the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia , which struck down all bans on interracial marriage.
August 13, 2015 |
It's fortunate that Adelaide Moschler and Ebo Nunoo have a month-to-month lease on their Germantown apartment. "We have time to be picky," said Moschler, 35, who works for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Center City. That's because the couple have been searching Mount Airy and Germantown for their first house since the spring and continue to come up empty. Of the 40 houses that she and her 38-year-old husband, who is in customer relations for Comcast, have seen, they've made just one offer, $165,000, and "it didn't work out," Moschler said.
July 23, 2015 |
A city corrections officer has been charged in an East Germantown shooting that left a 16-year-old boy in critical condition, Philadelphia police said. Duval Nelson, of Fern Rock, was charged with aggravated assault and related charges in connection with the shooting, which stemmed from a fight between Nelson and another man at a park on the 6300 block of Morton Street Sunday evening. Police said the man punched Nelson in the face during the argument, prompting Nelson to pull a handgun from his waist and fire twice.
July 12, 2015 |
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday notified at least eight employees at the embattled Philadelphia VA benefits office that it plans to fire or suspend them - a penalty that appears to be unprecedented in the nearly two years since the agency came under scrutiny for mismanagement and misconduct. The proposed punishments against employees involved in manipulating claims to hide the office's backlog range from a two-week suspension to removal, the VA said in a memo to members of Congress.
July 11, 2015 |
The commotion started just before midnight on a side street in Germantown. A husband and wife in a house nearby heard yelling and ran to the window. Streetlights illuminated a struggle in the street, between two officers and a 22-year-old man who lived down the block. The woman took out her cellphone and began to record. The video she took April 3 was posted online Wednesday night and quickly garnered tens of thousands of views. It shows the 22-year-old, Tyree Carroll, being punched and kicked by police officers on the 600 block of Locust Avenue.
July 9, 2015 |
POLICE HAVE opened an Internal Affairs investigation into the violent beating of a man during a drug arrest in April, officials said Wednesday. A video posted to YouTube on Wednesday by Los Angeles-based blogger Jasmyne Cannick shows at least a dozen officers, some of whom repeatedly punch, kick and apparently tase a man lying facedown on Locust Avenue in East Germantown. Cannick told the Daily News that the man in the video is Tyree Carroll, 22, whose family reached out to her in an attempt to bring exposure to his case.
July 3, 2015 |
Animal-cruelty officers confiscated four live dogs, a dead dog, and two snakes Wednesday afternoon at a house in the city's East Germantown section that officials said might be connected to illegal dogfighting. The Pennsylvania SPCA received a tip about dogs being abandoned in the 6300 block of Lambert Street and executed a search warrant around 1:30 p.m., said Elizabeth Romaine, an agency spokeswoman. SPCA officers found dogs in the basement in unsanitary conditions. The dead dog was found hanging from chains, Romaine said.