October 2, 2015 |
A Philadelphia man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly setting a fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to a restaurant under construction in Center City, authorities said. Stephen Pettiway was arrested without incident in the area of 17th and Blavis Streets in Nicetown by the ATF Citywide Arson Task Force, ATF spokesman Steve Bartholomew said. Pettiway was scheduled to appear in federal court early Thursday afternoon to face a charge of arson, Bartholomew said. The investigation, with help from the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments, was continuing, he said.
September 16, 2015 |
Services are set for Tuesday, Sept. 15, for Karl von Lipsey Sr., 89, formerly of Philadelphia, a law enforcement investigator whose specialty was white-collar and financial crime. Mr. von Lipsey died Wednesday, Aug. 5, of complications from a stroke at the Foulkeways in Gwynedd, where he had lived since 2004 after the death of his wife, Mary-Elizabeth von Lipsey. The two were married for 54 years. In 1950, Mr. von Lipsey began a distinguished career in law enforcement as an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department.
September 14, 2015 |
AN EXTREMELY chipper Jeffrey Lurie made an impromptu appearance before reporters yesterday at the end of Eagles practice, the chairman substituting an onfield chat for the more formal training camp state-of-the-team sessions he used to hold annually. This was Lurie's first session before the cameras and microphones since the owners' meetings in March in Arizona, when he talked about taking risks to go from good to great. Asked yesterday about progress on that front, Lurie said there's no way to know until the season gets underway, which, for the Eagles, will be Monday night in Atlanta.
September 13, 2015 |
A special team of FBI agents arrived in Chester on Friday evening to investigate the killing of a suspect during a raid by federal agents executing a warrant in a child pornography investigation early Friday, officials said. Such an investigation typically takes about two months, said a spokeswoman. As of 5 p.m. Friday, the FBI evidence response team was on the scene, and its shooting incident review team, an independent group of senior FBI agent-inspectors, had just arrived from Washington, she said.
September 8, 2015 |
NOW THAT TWO African-American organizations have reached completely different conclusions about the Cordish Companies - which has been awarded the state license to build a casino in South Philadelphia - City Council is being asked to get to the bottom of allegations that the company discriminates against black patrons. This morning, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Action Network has scheduled a City Hall news conference to release a report that slams not only Baltimore-based Cordish, but also the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity Inc. In July, the Black Clergy issued a report that concluded the company "has a strong record in promoting diversity" and that "no credible evidence" existed that the company "practices racism or has a culture and or history of discrimination.
September 7, 2015 |
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has agreed to investigate why an electric device used in gynecological surgery was marketed for two decades before safety warnings were issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The GAO, which investigates how the government spends tax dollars, sent a confirmatory letter to U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.). He and 11 other members of Congress requested the probe last month. The tissue-slicing device, called a power morcellator, enables hysterectomies to be done through small abdominal incisions, but it can also spread and worsen undetected uterine cancer.
September 7, 2015 |
Philadelphia police said Saturday that they are continuing their investigation of a Friday night shooting outside the Theater of the Living Arts on South Street that left a man dead. The identity of the 25-year-old victim has not yet been released. "Nothing has changed since last night," a police spokesman said Saturday. The shooting, about 8 p.m., came two doors east of the TLA, where Chicago rapper Lil Durk was to appear. A large number of people were in line to see the show, which also was to feature acts by Hypno Carlito and Gunplay.
September 4, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah can't keep federal investigators out of his Gmail inbox by claiming a congressional privilege typically used to protect lawmakers from interference by the executive branch, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The decision - by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - clears the way for prosecutors to sift through seven years of the Philadelphia Democrat's private email as they prepare for his trial on racketeering conspiracy charges next year.
September 2, 2015 |
DEAD BODIES in funeral homes? Sure. Decomposing bodies lying around in body bags, with no decent end in sight? That's not OK, and that's why Philadelphia police, acting on a tip, were all over a West Philly funeral home yesterday afternoon. The Pennsylvania Department of State was tipped off around 2:35 p.m., and when police arrived at Hawkins Funeral Services at 53rd and Vine streets they found three bodies, Lt. John Walker said. One body was in a casket, embalmed, awaiting cremation.