March 28, 2015 |
Kids can party Mardi Gras-style Saturday with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards. Enjoy sounds from the Crescent City with this New Orleans jazz band. The musicians' high-energy show, blending different sounds, ranging from zydeco to bebop to swing will keep youngsters and their caretakers dancing. Jazzy Ash infuses some of her Trinidadian background in her grooves, so get ready to boogie. WXPN's Kids Corner, the Fids and Kamily Awards, and Metro Kids magazine all honored Jazzy Ash's 2014 album, Home , in year-end lists.
January 27, 2015 |
Philadelphia police said Sunday that the body of a white male was found at 1:18 p.m. Sunday on the bank of the Schuylkill River in the 4400 block of Kelly Drive. The man, identified as "John Doe," was found caught in a tree line on the river bank by Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue. The scene was held, police said. Police said they would not likely release on Sunday the identity of the person found. The discovery has raised questions that it could be that of a missing Bucks County teacher, Christopher Tully, 40. But police emphasize there are others missing in the area besides Tully and that no name will be released until after any family members are notified and an autopsy is conducted.
January 22, 2015 |
A WEST MOUNT AIRY man who allegedly confessed to fatally shooting another man last year and dumping his body in a grassy lot in Southwest Philadelphia was held for trial yesterday on murder and related offenses. Dion Jordan, a/k/a Deion Jordan, 35, of McCallum Street near Lincoln Drive, told police in a statement that he shot and killed Dallas Long, 49, of East Mount Airy, on Oct. 17. Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley said Long was shot in the head and found in a field on Lyons Avenue near 82nd Street.
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 20, 2014 |
A 41-YEAR-OLD woman died yesterday when her Volvo sped across Kelly Drive, hit a retaining wall and went airborne, plunging into the Schuylkill, police said. Two other motorists witnessed the horrific crash that happened minutes before noon, Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said. The witnesses told police that the Volvo was speeding down Hunting Park Avenue toward the river, then ran the red light at Kelly Drive, crossed the road and hit the water. The witnesses called police and stayed at the scene to direct officers to where the car went under.
August 30, 2014 |
A search of a house in Southwest Philadelphia where police believe three men were held captive and tortured before they were stabbed and tossed into the Schuylkill on Wednesday yielded several pieces of evidence, law enforcement sources said. Police say they are searching for five to six suspects in the brutal abduction, which left two men - brothers originally from Vietnam - dead and the third in critical condition. Law enforcement sources say the brothers were targeted by a Vietnamese drug ring whose members gave them $100,000 to buy drugs but the brothers instead gambled away.
August 29, 2014 |
THE ABDUCTIONS of three men, two of whom were found in the wee hours yesterday butchered, bound, haphazardly tethered to makeshift anchors and sunk into the Schuylkill, remained shrouded in mystery last night. But one thing was clear: Somebody wanted them to suffer painful, gruesome deaths. All three men - who investigators said were targeted as a result of a "drug nexus" and may have ties to Asian gangs in Philadelphia - were bound with duct tape at their hands and feet, their faces covered, and were thrown into the dark waters off Kelly Drive, police said.
August 29, 2014 |
The two brothers were being held, bound, and beaten in a garage behind a Southwest Philadelphia house when their captors allowed one to make a phone call, law enforcement sources say. They needed $100,000, he told the friend who answered, or they would be killed. Their captors - members of a violent Vietnamese drug crew, law enforcement sources say - had given them the money to buy drugs, but the brothers instead gambled it away at a casino. The friend, a 23-year-old Northern Liberties man originally from Vietnam, said he could muster only $40,000.
August 20, 2014 |
LIVING IN a large city doesn't seem to bring thoughts of nature to mind, but nature is on my mind as I lay in bed in the predawn hours, awakened by a chatty bird perched on my windowsill. And my thoughts aren't especially cordial toward nature in general, or this particular bird at this moment. Then the sun bursts through the curtains and paints a brilliant swath across the wall and I give up on the concept of sleep and decide that the bird has the right idea - it's a beautiful morning and I should get out and experience the good side of nature.