July 18, 2014 |
Ruling that the trial judge's questioning of witnesses prejudiced the jury, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ordered a new trial for a veteran Philadelphia police officer convicted of false arrest. In unusually critical terms, a three-judge panel of the Superior Court ruled Tuesday that Aleksander Shwarz was denied a fair trial because of questions by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Earl W. Trent Jr. At the same time, the court said, the jury probably would have convicted Shwarz based on the evidence alone.
July 17, 2014 |
SEPTA police are field testing video cameras that clip onto officers' shirts and record everything they do, officials announced Tuesday. The camera, which connects to an officer's handheld police radio, records video and audio, and can take photos, said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel. "The benefit of that is that every contact that an officer has will then be video- and audiotaped. It's a tremendous benefit for police, a tremendous benefit for the public," Nestel said. "We're experimenting.
July 16, 2014 |
WHEN THE FREEDOMS take the court at the Pavilion on Villanova's campus tonight, the tennis team will feature a Grand Slam winning doubles tandem in the organization. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond won the 2011 U.S. Open women's doubles tournament, and each won Wimbledon, the French and the Australian Open with other partners. The only difference this year is Huber will take the court with her Freedoms teammates, while Raymond will cheer from the stands. Raymond took on a front-office role with the team this season, as director of player personnel.
July 14, 2014 |
He's the man who built Campus Apartments in University City from a regional student-housing company into a national firm. David Adelman, who took over from the Campus Apartments founder, is branching out into office space in West Philadelphia - and he's looking to attract a key anchor tenant, such as Google, to lease his former factory space at 4101 Sansom St. The retrofitted printing-press shop here is known as the Graphic Arts Lithographers building...
July 11, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office asserted Wednesday that an Exxon Mobil subsidiary's claims that she selectively prosecuted the company for a 2010 Marcellus Shale gas-drilling spill are baseless. Kane's office asked a Lycoming County Common Pleas Judge to disregard XTO Energy Inc.'s motion seeking the dismissal of criminal charges in the high-profile case. XTO last month argued that Kane was prosecuting it in pursuit of a politically motivated anti-fracking agenda.
July 10, 2014 |
At the very least, Roderick King said, he thought he was in for a beating. It was after 2 a.m. on March 31, 2013, King recalled during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, and he was in Center City, handcuffed in the rear of a Philadelphia police SUV. The officer, apparently incensed because one of King's friends had accused him of making an illegal turn, put King in the SUV and drove him to a dark alley in North Philadelphia. "It was just him and me," said King. "I was very scared.
July 4, 2014 |
The flames filling the building singed the hair of Officer Albert Costantini and clogged the air with smoke so opaque that he couldn't see more than a few inches in front of him. The heat rolling off the fire melted Officer Frederick Williamson's flashlight when he stepped through the window. But, within moments of entering the burning Bucks County home that night in December 2012, Southampton police officers Costantini and Williamson rescued a man who was trapped inside as the fire climbed his walls.
July 2, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Sheriff's Office has failed to enact a number of financial reforms it promised the Nutter administration it would make, City Controller Alan Butkovitz contended in an audit released Monday. The audit also was critical of the administration as not ensuring that those changes were made, primarily one requiring the Sheriff's Office to have all contracts approved by the Law and Finance Departments. "The city was supposed to provide leadership and support," Butkovitz said in a statement.
July 2, 2014 |
THAT SUNDAY night, Highway Patrol Officer John Nolen and his partner, Tom Gibbons, were riding down Roosevelt Boulevard on their way to West Philadelphia when John turned to Tom and said: "I've got good news for you. We only have to work to 10 o'clock. " "How come?" John explained that because he had a rare blood type, whenever he was called on to give blood, he got half a night off. He was to give blood for a supervisor's wife who had just given birth, and John and his partner would enjoy getting a break.
June 30, 2014 |
The two friends would sit on the beach in Avalon, watching their children play in the sand and waves, and dream of how one day they would be designers with their own business. It was only a dream until Kathleen Cochet and Anne Flynn made it a reality in 2009, when they founded a pop-up design firm. One product, vintage-style subway signs printed on high-quality paper, sold like hotcakes - so well, the pair renamed their business MySubwaySign. But their company needed a home. And, as it came to pass, so did Cochet.