June 25, 2015 |
CELINE DION ONCE said "If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli. " Perhaps it's fitting then that Bocelli, the Italian tenor, is among the first artists confirmed to be performing for Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in September. Yesterday, organizers of the World Meeting of Families announced that Bocelli, Colombian musician Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra will all perform for Pope Francis during the Festival of the Families celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday, Sept.
October 9, 2012
DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. - The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs, as well as worms, authorities said. The grand prize in Friday night's contest was a live python. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that it is waiting for an autopsy to give the official cause of death. However, a news release on Monday said that 32-year-old Edward Archbold became ill soon after winning and collapsed in front of the Ben Siegel Reptile Store, where the contest was held.
June 22, 2012 |
A RETIRED Norristown detective has been arrested for allegedly buying $17,000 worth of crystal meth that authorities believe he planned to resell, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. In March, authorities received an anonymous tip that retired Norristown Police Detective Sgt. Jack Pennington, 66, was involved in drug trafficking, a news release said. On Tuesday, county detectives conducted surveillance on Pennington and watched him pull into the Plymouth Meeting Mall about 4:30 p.m. in his 2006 Cadillac with a Fraternal Order of Police license plate, authorities said.
December 6, 2012 |
An Atlantic County man was sentenced Tuesday to 7-1/2 years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident that took the life of a bicycling teen. The victim's family, however, continues to assert that the actions of defendant William Simkins, now 33, were far more sinister, despite his being acquitted by a jury in September on a charge of second-degree vehicular homicide. The Egg Harbor Township man deliberately pursued the victim, Jacob Broschard, 16, and two friends on Sept. 6, 2010, because one of them had knocked a side mirror off Simkins' car, the family contends.
October 28, 2008 |
A 34-year-old woman tried to avoid her estranged husband by moving to Montgomery County and obtaining a protection-from-abuse order, but those measures ultimately were not enough, authorities said yesterday. Joseph Lester Kramer, 45, of Berks County, told police that he went to Amy Kramer's Pottstown home on Friday, argued with her over a department store bill, and then strangled her, according to a news release from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Pottstown Police Chief Mark D. Flanders.
November 7, 2013 |
A vote to approve a settlement in the Mount Holly housing bias case will not be held this evening as planned, according to a cryptic news release issued by the township council less than four hours before the 7 p.m. meeting. But the meeting has not been canceled and will be held at the Holbein School, 333 Levis Drive. The civil rights case, which is scheduled for a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 4, involves a group of 30 low-income residents who contend the town's plans to demolish their homes and redevelop the Mount Holly Gardens neighborhood are discriminatory.
November 21, 2011 |
A 50-year-old man who went to the State Police barracks in Trevose, Bucks County, to pick up a friend was arrested and charged with driving there drunk. Terry Clark Jones, of Penndel, was released after submitting to a chemical breath test and being processed at the barracks, State Police said. They said Jones had been asked to pick up a friend in custody at the barrack and was intoxicated when he arrived about 10:25 p.m. A news release does not indicate if the friend who was in custody also had been arrested on a DUI charge.
December 4, 2013
ORGANIZERS and supporters of the Overbrook Showcase Basketball Classic, touted as the first inner-city, all-girls high school hoops tournament, announced yesterday that the event will be played at Overbrook High School. The tournament, founded by Napoleon Kingcade, will be a 2-day event beginning Friday, and will feature six teams: Overbrook, West Philadelphia, Imhotep Charter, Sayre High, Audenreid Universal and Science Leadership Academy. According to a news release, the tournament will be part of the Public League schedule and will begin the 2013 season.
February 7, 2012 |
LIKE FATHER, like son. Or in this case, like son, like father. A Chadds Ford man was arrested for driving under the influence this weekend after showing up drunk at the State Police barracks in Media to pick up his son, who had been arrested earlier in the night for the same offense, according to a news release. Police said Timothy Smith arrived at the barracks about 10:45 p.m. Saturday and told troopers that he was there to pick up his son, who'd been arrested for drunk driving.
January 10, 2014 |
THE STREETS of Philadelphia are finally clear of snow and ice, but there's something else gumming up the gutters. Trash. And lots of it, in some of the city's more isolated areas. The recent "extreme low temperatures" caused delays in the Streets Department's trash-collection schedule, according to a news release from Mayor Nutter's office, leaving some city blocks cluttered. Residents are encouraged to keep bringing their trash to the curb on their normally scheduled pickup days even if previous piles haven't been cleared, a representative from Philly311 said yesterday.