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May 31, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean and Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 5, 2012 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By Maya Rao, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
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.
NEWS
June 21, 2011 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 26, 2011 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
May 5, 2011
A male was shot to death late Wednesday in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. Police responding to a report of a shooting at 11:05 p.m. found the unidentified victim in the 3800 block of Melon Street with a gunshot wound to his head. He was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police reported no arrest. - Robert Moran
NEWS
April 11, 2011 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
A teenage boy shot his buddy in the wrist last night in Mantua but police and family members say it was accidental. The boys, 14 and 12, were playing in a lot on Brown Street near Union when the older boy shot his friend at 7:50 p.m. The wounded boy, identified by a neighbor as Douglas Carrol, was reported in stable condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The two boys live across the street from each other and neighbors said they often play football in the lot. The shooter's father, who identified himself only as Richard, 40, said his son ran into the house and collapsed onto the floor after the shooting.
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