December 26, 2015 |
Police are asking for help finding the dog walker who slashed the tires of more than a dozen vehicles in the city's Lawndale section. Police on Thursday released surveillance footage a man who slashed the tires as he walked his dog at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. In total, tires were slashed or punctured on seven vehicles on the 400 block of Hellerman Street, six vehicles on the 6300 block of Shelbourne Street and three vehicles on the 6400 block of Oakley Street. Anyone with information can call 215-686-8477 (TIPS)
July 3, 2015 |
AFTER MONTHS of gloom, Lawncrest could use some light. And its residents, besieged by bad news at every turn, are hoping the brilliance of fireworks will do the trick. Tomorrow marks the 100th time the Northeast Philly neighborhood will hold its Fourth of July celebration, a platinum anniversary beyond precious to the people planning it. Because it's about more than just sparklers and water ice. The pride of an aging community battered by turmoil hangs in the balance of the grass-roots celebration, one of the city's oldest.
June 8, 2015 |
ANDREW ELLERBE'S revolver was loaded with blanks. But off-duty Philly Detective Mark Flacco didn't know that when he saw the gun's flash and then pulled the trigger of his own weapon, a Glock pistol loaded with real ammo. Ellerbe collapsed and died from Flacco's bullets, just steps outside of Rising Sun Pizza in Lawndale. I have three words for Flacco: Thank you, sir. Because the next time that Ellerbe used that gun to terrorize hard-working merchants, he might have used real bullets.
November 24, 2014 |
IN THE FIRST HALF of 2014, the people of Lawncrest had lost hope. Having two high-profile murders take place about one month, and 1 mile, apart will do that to any neighborhood, especially one that was known for decades as a peaceful haven for blue-collar workers. But now, as 2014 draws to a close, community leaders are noticing a marked change in their neighbors' attitudes. And it wasn't for a lack of trying. "In the beginning, when it was fresh, everybody was in shock," said Jean Pleis, the treasurer of the Lawncrest Community Association.
March 12, 2014 |
JORDAN LUNSK is in deep doo-doo. The Lawndale man, 39, faces charges of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing and related counts after he picked a fight Saturday with an off-duty cop over dog waste, police said. In that incident - which took place outside the officer's house on Oakley Street near Levick, about a block from where Lunsk lives - Lunsk refused to pick up his dog's excrement from the officer's lawn, police said. The two first exchanged heated words, then blows.
March 10, 2014 |
An off-duty police officer shot a man in the leg Saturday morning during a fight over dog feces left in the officer's yard, police said. The man was treated at a hospital and released. The officer was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises on his head and released. Police did not name the two men but said the man who was shot would be charged with aggravated assault. The officer was outside his home shortly before noon on the 6400 block of Oakley Street in Lawndale when he saw a dog defecate in his front yard, police said.
March 5, 2014 |
WHEN Kerlis Moncion and her family were looking to move to a bigger house in 2007, they settled on a home in Lawndale, on a quiet, residential street called Martins Mill Road. The area had everything Moncion was looking for: a Shop-Rite at the end of her street, friendly, helpful neighbors, a nearby bus stop for easy access to other parts of the city. Then, she started to notice some changes. She heard stories about muggings in the surrounding area. During the closing months of last year, her husband's trailer was stolen out of their back yard.
February 26, 2014 |
THE VICTIMS of a triple homicide that rocked a quiet residential block in Lawndale earlier this month have been identified by police. Keurlin Charles, 24; Vander Freemont, 34; and Brian Williams, 25, were found Feb. 13 inside a home on Martins Mill Road near Oxford Avenue, Officer Leeloni Palmiero, a police spokeswoman, said yesterday. All three had been shot in the head in what police have called an "execution-style" murder. Charles and Freemont, who both lived in the home where the shooting occurred, were found with their hands and feet bound behind their backs, Palmiero said.
February 14, 2014 |
EVEN YESTERDAY'S heavy snow couldn't put a stop to violence in Philadelphia. Three men were found dead yesterday afternoon in a house in the Northeast - victims of what police called execution-style killings. About 3:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a person screaming on Martins Mill Road near Oxford Avenue in Lawndale. Upon arriving, they found the three men shot dead inside a home on the block, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Two of the men were found bound, lying on the first floor, and the third was found in a bedroom on the second floor.
May 27, 2013
By Elizabeth McGinley Formal memorial gardens that honor the heroes of 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan have become part of our 21st-century public landscape. But even the smallest home garden can be a memorial garden, honoring personal heroes. That's what I recently realized as I waited for an elderly friend at her doctor's office in our city's Castor Gardens neighborhood. I had complimented the receptionist on the violet-pink orchid that graced a table near the door. Serene amid the 1970s-era wood paneling, faded linoleum, and dog-eared magazines, the plant almost glowed in the meager light from the basement office's glass-brick window.