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.
May 19, 2012 |
IN THE LAWNDALE apartment complex where her 22-year-old son, Lawrence Jackson, was gunned down April 12, Denise Wilson looked to the sky during a vigil for her son Thursday and uttered a plea. "If anybody saw anything that night, please say something," she told residents who peeked out their third-floor windows at the crowd of about 75 who gathered at the complex on Oxford Avenue near Levick Street. "I'm begging y'all. Please. " Jackson, a graduate of George Washington High School who worked for UPS, started a landscaping business with his brother and dreamed of a career as a musician, was shot several times in a courtyard between apartment buildings at 9:45 p.m. April 12. He died early the next morning.
December 21, 2011 |
The Pennsylvania SPCA removed 12 live and six dead cats Tuesday from a rowhouse in Lawndale, and officials expect to arrest two people on animal-cruelty charges, a PSPCA spokeswoman said. Acting on a tip from neighbors, PSPCA officers raided the home on Lawndale Avenue near Levick Street and found two people in their late 50s to early 60s living in squalid conditions along with the cats, said spokeswoman Wendy Marano. She did not identify the couple. In the house, officers found cat feces and trash, which left an odor that neighbors said they could smell inside their homes, Marano said.