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.
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.
June 27, 2014 |
NOW THIS WAS some trick. Two men who thought they were robbing a prostitute they'd met online Wednesday got what was coming to them when the prostitute turned out to be an undercover officer working a sting operation, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. Upper Merion Township police and Montgomery County detectives set up the sting by placing an advertisement for prostitution services online, according to a news release. The ad worked: Police said they nabbed three men who showed up at an undisclosed hotel in King of Prussia and agreed to pay for sex. However, when the undercover officer posing as a prostitute opened the door for potential "client" Melvin Hunt, things turned south, police said.
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.
November 25, 1998 |
Police evacuated 13 families from their homes last night while a 33-year-old man barricaded himself in a house in the 100 block of Conestoga Road and threatened to shoot himself. More than two hours later, police persuaded the man, whom they would not identify, to surrender and give up his weapon. Police transported him to the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Crisis Unit in Darby for a psychological evaluation, according to a news release issued by the Radnor Police Department. The man's father called police at 6:55 p.m. Officers barricaded the roadway and observed the man pacing inside the house, with a handgun in one hand and a bottle of liquor in the other, police said.