December 29, 2011 |
Strangers turned guns over to Walter Lewis when he worked gun drives during his days with the Philadelphia Police Department. Now retired, Lewis handed over his late father's shotgun on Wednesday in a buyback program in the city of Camden. His father bought the gun for bird-hunting decades ago, but never used it, Lewis said. After his father's death in 2007, the gun sat in a closet in Lewis' home. When the father of two teenagers turned the gun in, he joked that the serial numbers were still visible.
December 26, 2011 |
Every Friday morning, Betty Crymes heads to the lobby of her senior residence with bags in hand and waits for the $4 weekly shuttle that will ferry her five miles to the ShopRite in Brooklawn. Like many of her carless neighbors in Camden - who ride the shuttle, take two buses to get to the city's only large supermarket, or pay someone to drive them to a suburban store - Crymes needs a full day to get basic provisions. The nine-square-mile city, home to nearly 80,000, has only one chain grocery - a Pathmark at the southeast edge of town - and few midsize independent groceries.
December 18, 2011 |
Declaring that the investigation was at a virtual standstill, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey stood outside a West Philadelphia grocery Sunday where the owner, his wife, and his sister were gunned down Sept. 6 and appealed for the public's help in solving the crime. Ramsey, describing the killings as the worst in recent memory, said police had neither suspects nor leads in the killing of Porfirio Nunez, his wife, Carmen, and his sister Lina Sanchez. Ramsey was ringed by relatives and friends of the family, who carried placards reading "We want justice" and "We want these cases solved.
December 18, 2011 |
Philadelphia residents were to have a chance Saturday to turn in guns, no questions asked, in exchange for $100 worth of groceries. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., anyone who handed in a gun at one of two sites was to get a $100 gift card from ShopRite. People who turned in more than one gun could get a maximum of two gift cards. The "Goods for Guns" swap, arranged by the community-action group Philadelphia Safety Net (PSN) with cooperation from the Police Department, ShopRite, other businesses, and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D., Phila.)
November 2, 2011
This story by Eagles beat writer Les Bowen originally appeared on the Daily News' Eagles blog, Eagletarian, at www.eagletarian.com . DeSean Jackson was sitting around playing video games, as he tells it, with a couple of longtime friends from California who live here now, when the subject of giving back to the community came up. The friends, Khalid Rahim and Tracy Jones, had an idea - why not select a worthy family and take them...
September 28, 2011
Cops looking for a link in grocery shootings * 65th Street near Lebanon Avenue, Overbrook Police were investigating whether there was a link between a shooting at a corner store in Overbrook yesterday and a triple homicide at a corner store in West Philadelphia earlier this month. Two men walked into the store on 65th Street near Lebanon and ordered a hoagie around 11:30 a.m. then announced a robbery, said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives. The 38-year-old clerk was shot in his head and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition.
September 27, 2011 |
Internet grocery service on a scale previously unseen in the region arrives this week as the online grocer Peapod plants stakes with home delivery in three counties. Starting Friday, shoppers in several dozen zip codes of Philadelphia and dozens of towns in Delaware and Montgomery Counties will be able to order groceries through Peapod's website or mobile-phone apps. (For a list, visit http://www.peapod.com/ .) The move follows the spring expansion of Peapod, a sister company to Giant Food Stores, to Manhattan, where FreshDirect has been an entrenched online-grocery operator.
September 7, 2011 |
Updated at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday THE TWO THUGS stormed into the Lorena's Grocery store, in the Mill Creek section of West Philly, last night seeking money. They stormed out cold-blooded killers. Police last night were hunting down two men who executed three workers at the grocery store on 50th Street near Parrish, including the store's owner, his wife and his sister. "Right now it is believed that they did not resist at all," said Homicide Capt. James Clark. "This was an out-and-out assassination.