August 23, 2012 |
A LONG-BREWING battle between City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and a Mantua community group is headed to federal court. The Mantua Community Planners Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Blackwell and the city claiming $420,000 in lost property after they were shut out of a second-floor office inside a recreation center last year - and decades of records were tossed without notice. In the suit, the group alleges Blackwell is trying to silence them while backing the Mantua Community Improvement Committee as the leader among Mantua organizations.
June 26, 2012 |
Police this morning released the names of three men who were fatally shot during four bloody hours late Saturday and early Sunday. A fourth victim was previously identified. For details, see Inquirer story on the Sunday morning stabbing of bartender George Fox in South Philadelphia. The four deaths happened at four separate locations, although the two West Philadelphia shootings might have been connected, according to police. A victim found by police about 1:10 a.m. Sunday might have been shot in retaliation for a fatal shooting less than an hour and a half before.
May 31, 2012 |
DAVID TIMBERS, the hotheaded patron who tossed a cup of coffee in the face of a doughnut-shop employee two weeks ago, calmed down enough Wednesday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing at the Criminal Justice Center and later apologized to the victim. "What happened was, I made the biggest mistake of my life and I'm truly sorry for the physical pain that I caused the victim as well as emotional pain, and I just wish it never happened, but it did," Timbers told reporters outside the courthouse . "And I'm truly, truly sorry to the victim.
April 6, 2012
A 30-year-old West Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and trying to cover up the crime by setting fire to a car with her body inside, police said today. Tinesha Carr, 33, a mother of two from Wynnefield, was found dead in the burning car early Sunday in Feltonville. Police said she had been shot several times. On Wednesday, homicide detectives arrested Daniel Soler, of the 3200 block of Brandywine Street in the Mantua section, and charged him with murder, arson, and related offenses.
March 5, 2012 |
The shame on this narrow block of Melon Street lies in a series of handshakes, the ease of two young men in puffy coats standing against a redbrick house selling drugs on a winter day. It is midafternoon, and their business is brisk: a rumpled man with a limp; a squatty older woman; and a young man on a bicycle with a backpack, the semblance of a college student. In the last year, the 3800 block of Melon Street in Mantua, known as "the Bottom" for its position on the map of West Philadelphia, has been transformed into a work of art. The facades of almost all of the houses, even the abandoned ones, were painted through a grand Mural Arts Program project.
December 12, 2011 |
Mantua Mayor Tim Chell, now a nominee for a New Jersey Superior Court judgeship, was in line for a $41,564 pension from multiple part-time jobs as a municipal lawyer and prosecutor in Gloucester County. That is, until the Division of Pensions and Benefits launched an examination of the records of Chell and at least 10 other lawyers to determine whether the jobs they claimed as "pensionable" warranted a retirement payout. In Chell's case, some of them did not. The state sent him a letter in May after concluding he was due a pension of only $14,729.
August 26, 2011 |
On Saturday, old-school hip-hop legends, entertainers, and community leaders will gather in West Philadelphia for Mantua Community Improvement Center's seventh annual Mantua Family Day, focusing on improving the lives of neighbors, bringing the community together, and pledging to support youth. The free event also will promote nutrition awareness and celebrate the launch of a youth academy. Seven hours of activities begin at noon near 34th Street and Mantua Avenue, including a hip-hop legends concert, carnival, horseback riding, clowns, moon bouncing, and games.
June 24, 2011 |
The 2008 murder of a beloved youth mentor on a Mantua basketball court moments after he handed out trophies was avenged yesterday when a judge threw the book at the hit man. "Guilty," Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff firmly repeated after every charge, which included two counts of first-degree murder - including that of community activist Miles Mack - and four counts of attempted murder. Kareem Savage, a chunky man who last lived at 29th and Thompson streets, will spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.
June 21, 2011 |
The 2008 trophy ceremony for the neighborhood basketball league had barely begun when people at McAlpin Playground in Mantua dove to the ground at the sound of gunfire. "Are you all right there, boy?" said Miles Mack, founder of the X-Tra Miles Development Basketball League to curb youth violence, to a player whose body he was shielding. For Mack, 42, those words were his last. Seconds later, testified fellow coach Murphy Applin, the player's panicky voice called out: "Mr. Miles is not getting up. " "I thought he had a heart attack," Applin told a Philadelphia judge Monday.
May 26, 2011 |
Wednesday's warm and sunny weather was propitious for the new solar-powered traffic light at Woodbury-Glassboro Road in Mantua Township, at the entrances to a Target store and Timber Creek Shopping Center. "We are always looking for ways to use green energy, so we're happy to be the first to be doing this," Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons said of the four-way signal, which is topped with six solar panels. It is the first of its kind in New Jersey, according to the state Department of Transportation.