October 11, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Twenty-one years after he allegedly killed his wife's lesbian lover in a Germantown restaurant full of Father's Day celebrants, Santiago Pedroso admitted the shooting to detectives - but insisted it was self-defense. That was the substance of Pedroso's brief Sept. 19 statement to homicide detectives, made public Wednesday at a preliminary hearing where a Philadelphia judge ordered the 71-year-old one-time Hunting Park spiritualist and longtime fugitive to stand trial for murder in the 1992 slaying of Delores Alvarez.
October 7, 2013 |
Two teenagers were injured when someone began firing a gun during a brawl in Hunting Park on Friday night, Philadelphia police said. The youths, 16 and 17, were walking home from their football game at Simon Gratz High School around 9 p.m. with about 10 to 15 other people, police said. On the 4200 block of North 15th Street, they encountered another large group and became involved in a fight over a female, police said. During the fight, someone fired about six shots, hitting the 16-year-old once in the left buttock, once in the left calf, and once in the right thigh, police said.
September 27, 2013 |
THE DNA of a severed foot found inside a shoe at the Jersey Shore is a match to a Philadelphia woman who disappeared last year, her family has confirmed. The discovery ends the search for Franchesca "Cheka" Alvarado, 22, who traveled to Atlantic City in March 2012 with a friend and was never heard from again. The family confirmed the news Tuesday on a Facebook page created to help find her. "It is with deep sadness, pain and heartache that we inform you - TEAMCHEKA the loss of our Beloved Sister Franchesca Milagros Alvarado.
September 23, 2013 |
As a little boy growing up south of South Street, Joe Wilson first drove a car, a 1942 Packard, at age 6 with his stepfather. That's right, 6. At age 11, he took the wheel of a '56 Fairlane, alone. But Joe dreamed big, SEPTA-bus big. "The No. 50 went right by my house, and all I ever wanted," he said, "was the honor of driving a bus. " It took him almost a decade before he landed his dream job, in 1978. But it was worth the effort. Rare is a man so suited to a job. Every weeknight, Wilson's trips on the No. 2 bus resemble a movable watering hole without the drink.
September 22, 2013 |
SANTIAGO PEDROSO had one hell of a run. He fled Philadelphia, then fled the country after police accused him of walking up to Dolores Alvarez inside Germantown Hathaway Inn on June 21, 1992, and firing four bullets into the 41-year-old woman's head, snuffing out her life, while other restaurant patrons watched in pure horror. "We've tracked him all over the world," a frustrated homicide investigator told the Daily News in 1996. "We had him in Spain, in Mexico City. " Pedroso, 71, ended up lasting a full 21 years on the lam. His run finally ended Sept.
September 19, 2013 |
THEY CALLED Joe Dembeck the "Mr. Rogers" of community policing - down to his favorite cardigan sweater. But Joe Dembeck's friendly and courteous manner could not disguise a fearsome drive to enforce the law on the mean streets of Germantown. "Make no mistake, he's driven to do his job," two residents wrote in nominating Joe for the Daily News' coveted Fencl Award in 1996. Sharon J. Bender, then-managing editor of the Mount Airy Times Express , and Jessica Morgan, associate editor , lauded Joe for sealing crack houses, recovering stolen autos and showing his concern for elderly shut-ins.
September 17, 2013 |
The phone rang. Seated at the desk, the petite woman with salt-and-pepper curls took a deep breath and reached for the receiver, game for the challenge. "Hello, Central High School," she said brightly. "May I help you?" She furrowed her brow. "Can you repeat the name?" She followed her finger, poring over the directory of the school's staff and faculty. "Do you know what department he's in? Oh. OK. " Anxious now, she searched the list again, top to bottom, bottom to top, then apologized.
August 21, 2013
EAGLES QUARTERBACK Michael Vick appeared yesterday at the dedication of "Team Vick Field" in Hunting Park, which will be home to the North Philadelphia Aztecs youth football program and to Little Flower High athletics. The Team Vick Foundation provided $200,000 of the $1.4 million needed to restore the field and convert it to multisport use, according to the Parks and Recreation department. "It's very important for these kids to have a football field they can be proud of," Vick said at the dedication.
August 16, 2013 |
AS A CITY prosecutor yesterday told a judge of the multiple disciplinary infractions racked up by Montana Bell in jail since 2011, the defendant looked up and smiled. Bell, 21, had tried to bribe a guard, made crude sexual comments to female guards, threatened a social worker, failed to follow orders and assaulted other inmates, Assistant District Attorney Mark Levenberg told Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom. Still, none of that is why Bell was in court. The convicted drug dealer, formerly of Adams Avenue near Orthodox Street, was being sentenced for murdering a woman on July 11, 2011, during a dispute over pills and money.
August 12, 2013 |
On deep-summer evenings, Hunting Park becomes a meadow of crimson, squads of boys in their practice uniforms grunting drills to the fanfare of coaches' whistles. The youngest players, playing football before they read, are so small the jerseys dust their knees. Platoons of cheerleaders polish their knife kicks, hip shakes, arm thrusts. In unison, "Defense! C'mon, boys, let's do your best!" Behold the mighty North Philadelphia Aztecs, 400 strong, ages 5 to 15, eight teams, 32 coaches, an empire of city football.