April 3, 2016
A 34-year-old man was in stable condition after being shot while sitting inside a car Friday night in the city's West Oak Lane section, police said. The victim was shot once in the left leg shortly before 8:30 p.m. in the area of 75th Avenue and Walnut Lane. He was able to drive himself to Einstein Medical Center. The shooter fled the scene in a gold pickup truck. - Robert Moran
February 18, 2016
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department has all but quit enforcing traffic laws on Philadelphia streets. That's an exaggeration, but the number of tickets written to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians all took a nosedive in 2015. It was the third straight year of decline for motorists, the second for bicyclists, and the first for pedestrians. Enforcement is as low as a snail's belly. This year, I'm adding tickets written for skateboarding. Two were written in 2013, 14 in 2014, and a lonely one in 2015.
February 12, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Weeks after a snowstorm trapped hundreds of trucks, buses, and cars on an 11-mile stretch for a day, Pennsylvania Turnpike officials said Wednesday they would start testing removable median barriers that might prevent such bottlenecks in the future. In the first legislative hearing on the debacle, turnpike and state police officials insisted they did their best in responding to the ferocious storm that battered the state and paralyzed roads on Jan. 22 and 23. But they said they had limited options to remove vehicles and drivers buried by snow and hemmed in by the permanent concrete medians that divide the turnpike in a stretch with no exits between Bedford and Somerset.
February 6, 2016 |
The bang outside her home sounded like thunder. When Janet Hickman looked out, she saw a school bus tipped over on its side, with children sliding out its back door, and one girl limping and crying. The vehicle that struck the bus had smoke coming out of it, she said. "It was scary," said Hickman, 68, who lives in a trailer park near the accident site. Calling their findings preliminary, New Jersey State Police said the small bus - eastbound in Fairfield Township, just outside Bridgeton - was hit by a westbound black Toyota Rav4 SUV that veered into its path.
February 1, 2016 |
For nearly 24 hours, said Philadelphia lawyer Mark Kaltenbach, he had gone nowhere but the driver's seat of his car, stranded with 500 other motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was dark, bitter cold - wind chills were in the single digits - and blizzardlike conditions were everywhere. He got out of his car and walked. Kaltenbach trudged in snow 2 to 3 feet deep from mile marker 129 to mile marker 127.5, only to find that a turnpike telephone recording had wrongly said he would find emergency workers there.
January 27, 2016 |
Top state officials profusely thanked the guardsmen, firefighters, and others who helped keep stranded travelers safe after last weekend's snowstorm brought about the state's latest impromptu turnpike tailgate party. And they certainly deserve credit for preventing the worst, as do the civilians who helped each other during the ordeal. But more than gratitude, the Wolf administration and the Turnpike Commission owe emergency workers and the public a promise that this will be the last in a long series of dangerous surprise sleepovers on Pennsylvania's highways.
January 27, 2016 |
FOR ONE CHERRY HILL motorist, getting stuck in a pile of snow during the height of this weekend's blizzard was just the beginning of her problems. According to Cherry Hill police, who responded to about 40 calls for disabled cars during the weekend's storm, one call about 8 p.m. Saturday was "unlike the rest," a news release said. When officers got to the scene of the accident, on Route 70 near Brace Road, motorist Tamera Flynn declined any police assistance, despite the fact that the 2007 Lexus she was driving was "stranded" on a large pile of snow, the news release said.
October 10, 2015 |
Over the last decade, American cities have been making a concentrated effort to repair the damage done by a century of car-first policies. It hasn't been easy, because so much public territory was ceded to motorists in that period. Streets got wider, sidewalks narrower. Elegant street lamps were replaced with highway lights that cast our neighborhoods in the melancholy shadows of an Edward Hopper painting. But now, urban planners are starting to pile up the wins. They've introduced amenities that encourage the slow-movers - things like sidewalk cafes, parklets, bike lanes, and riverfront trails.
September 3, 2015 |
Philadelphia police are asking for the public's help in finding an East Germantown man who they say shot another man in the head last week in a neighborhood dispute. Chris Miller, 24, also known as George Spain and "Fell," is wanted on aggravated assault charges. About 6 p.m. Aug. 25, police said, Miller walked up to a 29-year-old man who had stopped his car at a stop sign at Woodlawn and Bloyd Streets in East Germantown. The man made it through the intersection, then heard a gunshot and blacked out, he told police.