October 7, 2013 |
A veteran Philadelphia homicide detective has been removed from street work after allegedly tampering with evidence in a murder investigation in which his girlfriend is the main suspect, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Detective Ron Dove has been reassigned to desk duty as police investigate whether he tried to help his girlfriend cover up evidence in the September killing of her ex-boyfriend. The woman, identified by the sources as Erica Sánchez, 33, is the main suspect in the Sept.
September 26, 2013 |
J ESSICA DEAN isn't the only new face at CBS3 and CW57. Charlotte Huffman will join the team as an investigative reporter starting Monday. Huffman hails from Oklahoma City but comes to Philly from NBC-affiliated WNCN in Raleigh, N.C., where she'd been a reporter since 2010. Huffman was recently honored with a 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her report on contaminated water in North Carolina, which prompted a change in the Legislature and a statewide water-safety campaign.
September 22, 2013 |
Someone left an envelope containing a bullet, a book of matches, and a gasoline-soaked wick on the windshield of a car belonging to a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge Friday morning, police said. "Keep it up!" was written on the white envelope, Officer Jillian Russell said. The matter was reported to police about 7:23 a.m., Russell said. The car was parked in the 7500 block of Forrest Avenue in the city's East Mount Airy section. Police did not identify the judge. The case was being investigated by the Northwest Detective Division and the department's Homeland Security Unit.
September 19, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Speaking publicly for the first time since they lost their daughter, Anne, in the Market Street building collapse in June, city Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband, John Bryan, called Tuesday for the city to convene a panel of nationally recognized experts to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the Department of Licenses and Inspections. "We believe an independent blue-ribbon panel of national safety experts . . . should look at what happened and fully evaluate what system should be in place . . . so that in the future, citizens of the city of Philadelphia can feel confident, when they walk the streets and enter buildings, that they will be safe," Winkler told reporters.
August 23, 2013 |
Philadelphia police offered additional details Wednesday of the violent confrontation Tuesday night that led to an officer's fatally shooting a suspect. Police gave the following account: Officers on patrol in North Philadelphia attempted to stop a Buick LeSabre after it apparently ran through a stop sign near Carlisle and Huntingdon Streets. The driver of the Buick pulled over at first, but then sped off as the 22d District officers exited their cruiser. The officers chased the fleeing car to 22d Street and Glenwood Avenue, where it hit an occupied Plymouth Voyager minivan.
August 22, 2013 |
The man on the phone said he was desperate. He needed to rent a swimming pool for his younger brother's birthday party. A New Jersey swim club had canceled because of a sewage problem. He was willing to pay extra - even make a donation. The public pool in Perkasie, a small borough in upper Bucks County, declined his offer for more money. But it booked the private party for Aug. 11, expecting about 100 people. "The pool manager prepared for younger kids," said Daniel P. Olpere, Perkasie's borough manager.
August 20, 2013 |
WHEN Rodney Carroll heard about the suspected street racer who fatally mowed down a young Feltonville mother and her children as they walked across Roosevelt Boulevard last month, the tragedy upset him more than most newspaper stories would. He felt sad for Samara Banks and her boys. But he also felt outraged. It had been less than a month since a drag racer smashed into him as he drove on the Boulevard one Saturday morning in June to pick his daughter up from work. The impact spun his sedan into a bridge wall, totaling it and leaving him with enough bumps and bruises that he's still sore today.
August 17, 2013 |
FBI agents, continuing a multiyear investigation of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, raided the office Thursday morning and removed files and other records, city and federal officials confirmed. A spokesman for Sheriff Jewell Williams said the agents were given "full cooperation" when they arrived at the office, a block south of City Hall, with a search warrant and subpoena. Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia division, said the search was related to an ongoing investigation centered on the Sheriff's Office's real estate functions.
July 28, 2013 |
Why did six dolphins die and wash up along the Jersey Shore over the past week? Officials are using science to unravel the mystery. The first dolphin was found July 18 at Long Beach Township and two more were discovered Monday in Holgate and Barnegat Light. Another two turned up Wednesday in Holgate and Ocean City, and the last washed up Thursday at Ship Bottom. The causes of the deaths will not be known until officials have the results of necropsies, said Bob Schoelkopf, founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.
July 27, 2013 |
The Cherry Hill Police Department announced the arrests Thursday of six people on prostitution charges stemming from an investigation in the spring. The one-month investigation, conducted jointly by the Cherry Hill Police Department, Mount Laurel Police Department, and the FBI's Innocence Lost Task Force, focused on Internet-based prostitution services and ended May 15. Specifically, investigators focused on the website backpage.com. The investigation took place at hotels and motels in Cherry Hill, said township Detective Sgt. Joseph Vitarelli Jr. He said Mount Laurel police assisted because they had experience and success in dealing with such crimes.