February 22, 2015 |
Better luck next time, Dean. When a student by that name at a Radnor Township university ordered fake IDs from China, his first mistake was having the cards delivered to campus, police say. The second was not realizing that he shared a name with a ranking school administrator. A dean, no less. Thanks to a mail room mix-up, that's who found the identification cards in his mailbox on Jan. 5. "You can't make this up," Radnor Police Superintendent William Colarulo said of the similarity in names that lead to the discovery.
February 4, 2015 |
A TREMBLING VOICE on a cellphone video can be heard pleading, "Let me get out of this, man," as he is pummeled with fists on a moving cable car Friday night. "Slide out, yo - they callin' the cops," a voice says on the video. That's when the trolley comes to a stop and everybody exits. SEPTA police are investigating the cause of - and perpetrators behind - a vicious brawl involving as many as eight teens on a westbound trolley in Parkside that had departed Center City about 11:30 p.m. Two of the teens were stomped, kicked, punched and pounded as stunned passengers looked on. In the video, filmed by an onlooker, two teens shield their faces from flying fists while voices in the background are laughing and jeering at the spectacle.
February 4, 2015 |
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant was arrested yesterday for allegedly giving police a phony name and birth date when he tried to turn in guns anonymously last summer. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, 28, surrendered to police Internal Affairs yesterday. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of false identification to law enforcement authorities, according to the District Attorney's Office. One handgun he turned in was reported stolen in South Philadelphia in 2010, and authorities traced the other two back to separate owners, according to the D.A. Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Ruff, an eight-year veteran, with intent to dismiss.
January 14, 2015 |
Beware: Don't use the same user name and password on multiple accounts across the Internet, whether it is for Apple iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, a credit card, or a bank. You could fall prey to crooks who last month latched on to user names and passwords from some unknown website and tried them out on American Airlines and United Airlines customers' frequent-flier mileage accounts - to cash in on free travel. Thieves obtained user names and passwords and used them to log into American's AAdvantage and United's MileagePlus, guessing that the log-in information might be the same.
January 9, 2015 |
The woman killed in a crash in Cherry Hill during Tuesday's snowfall was a mother of four and a legal secretary at Dilworth Paxson L.L.P., where her coworkers mourned Wednesday. They identified her as Denise Pence, 52, of Winslow, and said she had three sons and a daughter. "Denise was a vital part of our organization for almost four years," Frank Tedesco, managing partner at the Cherry Hill office, where Pence worked, said Wednesday in a statement. "She was very conscientious and kind, and will be missed.
December 11, 2014 |
Caitlin Zielinski, 10, thought she wanted a phone for Christmas. She did online research to find models that would meet her requirements - she could text, call, and play games like Be Funky and Skyburger - while acknowledging her parents' - they could tighten the reins if she texted too much or tried to download unapproved apps. Ultimately, Caitlin decided she didn't want to deal with monthly bills, so she revised her Christmas wishes: A laptop is now at the top of her list. Not all children are as likely to weigh the pros and cons of their technological gifts-to-be.
November 21, 2014 |
POLICE yesterday identified the driver who died Tuesday when her car plummeted into the Schuylkill. Cops said Shanita Jackson, 42, was behind the wheel of her 2005 Volvo SUV just before noon when it crashed through a retaining wall on Hunting Park Avenue near Kelly Drive in North Philadelphia. A team of officers from the police Marine Unit and the Fire Department recovered the SUV and pulled Jackson from the wreckage. She was pronounced dead minutes later. It was unclear last night what had caused the vehicle to speed into the water, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.
November 12, 2014 |
A hearing test given to Pennsylvania 11th graders every year may be failing to identify most of those with hearing loss, according to a study led by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Part of the reason, the authors say, is that the test does not measure hearing ability at higher frequencies - the very ones that teenagers are likely to have trouble hearing after frequent exposure to loud music and other noise. State health officials say they are aware of the findings, published earlier this year in the Journal of Medical Screening, but are waiting for additional research before making any changes.
October 3, 2014 |
FOURTEEN bucks. What is that, a few Pumpkin Spice lattes? A decent lunch somewhere? Whatever it is, it isn't much for a lot of us. But for the hundreds who line up on a worn patch of grass across the street from Family Court every Monday afternoon, it's enough to keep them stuck in cycles of homelessness, addiction and poverty. For years, Adam Bruckner, who runs the nonprofit Philly Restart, was able to hand individuals, most of them homeless, a check to PennDOT for $13.50 to get an identification card that helps them rebuild their lives.
September 19, 2014 |
The video Philadelphia police posted online represented a major break in a horrific case - capturing images of a group suspected in a vicious Center City attack on a gay couple. The suspects in the video - a group of young men and women laughing, smiling, and dressed for a night out - had allegedly mocked two men walking near Rittenhouse Square before beating them badly, sending both to the hospital. One of the men was also robbed, police said. Word spread, and within hours, people took to Twitter and the Internet, trawling through social media in an attempt to identify the men and women in the video and forwarding their findings to police.