December 12, 2012 |
Work crews used a 150-ton crane today to remove a tank car that was breached and leaked its toxic contents when it fell into Mantua Creek off a failed railroad bridge in Paulsboro Nov. 30. A Conrail spokesman announced the operation early this evening. The car, one of four that ended up in the water, was carrying toxic vinyl chloride, some of which escaped into the air as a gas and forced the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents for days. Cleanup crews finally removed the chemical from the car three days ago. Three other tank cars are still in the waterway.
December 10, 2012
Police are searching for the gunman who fatally shot a 25-year-old man early Saturday inside the Easy Corner Bar at 537 N. 35th St. in the city's Mantua section. Officers from the 16th District responded to the call at 12:39 a.m., Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, said. Officers found the victim on the floor, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 1:49 a.m. Police are withholding the victim's identity pending notification of family.
December 5, 2012 |
A pedestrian was struck Monday in Mantua by a driver with a suspended license and later died, authorities said today. Carol Gonzalez, 70, of Gloucester City, was hit on Bridgeton Pike, near a Kohl's department store, shortly before 6 p.m. She was taken to Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, where she died, Mantua police said. Jeffrey Bond, 50, of Deptford Township, the driver of the Ford Explorer involved in the crash, was charged with driving with a suspended driver's license while being involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash.
September 22, 2012 |
What to make of this week's dueling economic headlines? Somehow, Philadelphia is growing both more impoverished and more competitive. The Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative is out with a new study revealing that the suburbs, not the city, have raised residential taxes most rapidly over the last decade. Philadelphia hasn't achieved tax parity - not by a long shot - but the Pew report suggests strongly the city is moving in the right direction. Encouraging. And yet The Inquirer's Alfred Lubrano reports that Philadelphia's poverty rate jumped 6.4 percent in a year, solidifying Philadelphia's status as one of the nation's poorest big cities.
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.