November 26, 1989
When the November issue of Conde Nast Traveler came out with a cover that announced a feature on how to survive a short stay in Philadelphia, we naturally ripped it open. They pretty much got it right, as they should. (After all, the magazine's motto is "Truth In Travel. ") After tossing accolades to the Four Seasons ("a much-needed touch of class"), The Rittenhouse ("you may want to conduct your business from the bathroom") and the Hotel Atop the Bellevue ("still a little unpolished but worth considering")
July 18, 1989 |
While ensconced in the plush upholstery of a white stretch limousine, police said yesterday, James Ruiz opened fire on a convertible in Old City, fatally wounding a teen-ager with whom he had quarreled. A passenger in the back seat of the convertible, Eugenio Laboy, 17, of 5th Street near Dauphin, was hit in the forehead Sunday morning. He died yesterday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Ruiz, 20, of 10th Street near Washington Avenue, was seized at his home Sunday and charged with assault and other offenses.
February 22, 1991 |
A North Philadelphia man and his five teenage friends - who rode in a white stretch limousine to Waterbury, Conn., terrorized a family there and shot up an unoccupied car - were being held yesterday in New Jersey after their arrest en route home from the rampage, police said. Wilfred Cintron, 21, of the 2800 block of North Mutter Street, and his companions were taken into custody by state police Wednesday following a high- speed chase from a rest-stop on the New Jersey Turnpike near New Brunswick.
April 11, 1990 |
The prosecutor called the beating and torture of a woman limousine driver in a West Philadelphia abandoned building last Aug. 2 "a barbaric act. " Assistant District Attorney David Novak said when the two attackers ordered a limo sent to the building on Lancaster Avenue near 41st Street, "they asked for a female driver so they could easily overpower her. " Edward "Chip" Jones, 26, of 58th Street near Springfield Avenue, who pleaded guilty...
June 22, 1990 |
A woman limousine driver suffered permanent injuries because a couple of punks wanted to drive around in a big car and "satisfy their egos," the prosecutor said. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson sentenced Edward "Chip" Jones, 27, of 58th Street near Springfield Avenue, to 6 to 12 years in prison for his role in the Aug. 2, 1989, beating and robbery of Elizabeth Golden. "I'm sorry," Jones said. "That ain't my kind of life. " On Monday, Massiah-Jackson sentenced the alleged "mastermind" of the crime, Charles Brown, 21, of Aspen Street near 35th, to 17 1/2 to 35 years in prison.
May 29, 1987 |
Al Belch leaned against his wine-colored stretch limousine on Broad Street last night, eyeing his watch while the Flyers battled the Edmonton Oilers inside the Spectrum. Who were Belch's clients, wealthy VIPs here for the big game? Guess again. "Four kids, none of 'em over 21, here for the concert," Belch said, pointing toward Veterans Stadium, where Phil Collins and Genesis were rocking away. Belch was one of scores of limo drivers cashing in on the latest trend among young adults and teens: Riding to the rock show in a limousine.
July 19, 2011 |
RENO, Nev. - Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon and two others were injured yesterday when a limousine crashed through a fence south of Reno, the Nevada Highway Patrol said. The Nevada Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 2 p.m. on U.S. 395. The limo was heading north when it left the four-lane highway and crashed through a wire fence, Trooper Mike Edgell said. "Right now he's in a lot of pain," Edgell said later yesterday. He described McMahon's injuries as "non-incapacitating.
August 8, 1990 |
A white stretch limo swung off Delaware Avenue onto a small side street in Fishtown early yesterday morning, slowed long enough to dump a woman's bullet- riddled corpse and then sped away, homicide detectives said. The body of Caroline Redman, 32, was discovered about 1:30 a.m. in the first block of East Laurel Street by police summoned to the scene by witnesses. Investigators said that Redman, of Kensington, was pronounced dead at the scene, about three blocks south of Girard Avenue.
August 18, 1989 |
Jimmy Ruiz, 20, of 10th Street near Washington Avenue, was held without bail yesterday and ordered to stand trial on murder and aggravated assault charges in the Old City murder of Peter Laboy, 17, on July 16. Assistant District Attorney Joseph LaBar said at a preliminary hearing that Laboy, of 5th Street near Susquehanna Avenue, was shot in the head while sitting in the back seat of a car that had pulled up next to a white stretch limousine on...
August 21, 2012 |
IN THE FALL of 2010, limousine-company operator Bassam Salaheldein wanted help. And, as federal prosecutors tell it, he was willing to bribe to get it. Salaheldein, 40, of Rhawnhurst, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiracy to commit bribery. He could face up to five years in a federal lockup when he is sentenced Nov. 27. The government's plea memo said he wanted the manager of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's taxi-enforcement division to let him select his vehicles to be inspected, and to "pass" vehicles unfit to be driven and a driver who had failed a licensing exam.