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April 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A WEEK after the horrific footage of Robert Barnes' beating at an Olney gas station was released, police have arrested the three adults who allegedly orchestrated it. Kaisha Duggins, 23, was taken into custody late Thursday, police said yesterday. Like her neighbors Aleathea Gillard, 34, and Shareena Joachim, 24 - arrested hours after the April 7 incident - Duggins has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and related offenses in the attack on Barnes, a homeless man who suffered catastrophic brain injuries.
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April 22, 1986 | Special to the Daily News by Alex Lloyd Gross
Vincent J. Ferraro, 21, of Shelmire Avenue near Lawndale, was killed early today when the car he was driving struck a utility pole on Rising Sun Avenue near Adams Avenue in Olney. Police said the impact of the crash sheared the left side of the frame and the top off the car. Police said Ferraro was driving north on Rising Sun when the accident occurred. He was dead on arrival at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division.
SPORTS
February 15, 1991 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Olney lost to Ben Franklin, 65-56, in a first-round Public League playoff game yesterday afternoon on its home court for a simple reason. Olney couldn't handle the press. The Electrons, from the outset, used a stifling full-court press on the Olney guards, causing turnovers and building a lead that Franklin never lost. The Trojans also couldn't overcome foul trouble. Their center, 6-foot-8 sophomore Jason Lawson, picked up three quick fouls in the first five minutes and sat out the rest of the first half.
NEWS
July 25, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
In an effort to resolve a controversy over the posting of Korean-language street signs on N. 5th Street in Olney, a member of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is trying to convene a meeting next week for the neighborhood's business, civic and Korean leaders. Ida Chan, a human-relations commissioner, said yesterday that she hoped the meeting would allow both sides to discuss the matter harmoniously. The leaders were unable to do that at a meeting Tuesday night, when about 150 Olney residents - some shouting ethnic slurs - demanded that the Koreans remove the signs or they would.
NEWS
October 23, 2009
A FEW YEARS ago, we'd get off of the R8 train at Olney to find that our car windows were busted. We were told by a business across the street that schoolkids vandalized the cars. Now it's the station being vandalized, glass-block windows were broken, along with the frames. Someone had to be there for quite a while to break that glass. Every morning, there is more damage, even graffiti on the trash can. I don't understand what goes through a person's mind to do something like this.
NEWS
March 21, 1986 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspected robber and a Philadelphia police officer exchanged gunfire in an alley in the Olney section yesterday, seconds after a woman was held up at gunpoint nearby, police said. Neither the suspect nor the policeman was hit by the bullets, and the suspect was arrested a short time later, police said. Detective Lt. Richard Strohm of the Northwest Detective Division gave this account: At 8:10 a.m., Anna Marie Ponterelli, 29, a student technician at the Albert Einstein Medical Center's Northern Division in Olney, parked her car in the 5300 block of North Marvine Street and got out to walk to the hospital.
NEWS
July 27, 1987 | By JOSEPH GRACE, Daily News Staff Writer
William Russell said his son, Barry Williams, 22, was sitting alone on the steps of the family's Olney rowhouse when five or six white youths holding pipes and knives walked up and said, "It's nigger night. " Within moments Saturday night, Barry's brother, Tyrone Williams, 20, who came out of the house to help, was stabbed once in the back, according to Russell and police. Within minutes, Russell said, as he and his wife came to their sons' aid, a crowd of white youths and adults milled about on 7th Street near Chew Avenue, yelling racial slurs.
NEWS
April 3, 1990 | By Jamie Catrambone, Special to The Inquirer
The Olney boys' coaches probably never thought their sense of direction would help them in a track meet. That is until Saturday morning, when the team embarked on its trip to the Pennsylvania State Track Classic, one of the biggest meets of the outdoor season. Instead of traveling to Council Rock High School, the site of this year's classic, however, Olney's bus was moving to another destination, North Penn High School. The reason, Olney coach Herm Baker said, was some miscommunication among the staff at his school.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
FINALLY, IT STOPPED raining, but the memories kept washing over Jim Campbell as he stood - OK, tailgated - in the parking lot of Incarnation of Our Lord Church and his old elementary school in Olney. See the dents in the metal awning on that guy's house? Those are from Campbell, 44, and his childhood pals cranking homers out of the lot when the pastor wasn't looking. The pretty lady by his side? That's Mary Beth, his first-grade classmate who later became his wife. She'll have you know that she once hit a home run past the garage, too. With a softball.
NEWS
August 12, 1997
People are getting excited about the far-reaching structural changes planned this fall for Olney and Audenried high schools. And no wonder: The two schools are implementing sweeping strategies to build smaller learning communities, address the problems of disruptive students, and increase class length for freshmen. Daily News education writer Kevin Haney reported last week that Olney will break its 2,900-student school into seven mini-schools. Audenried is instituting an "empowerment community" to provide students who have behavioral or academic problems with intensive instruction.
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May 14, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Dylan Purcell, and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
Four police officers were injured by a motorist in Northwest Philadelphia in a protracted incident Tuesday afternoon that ended when police fired into the vehicle, leaving the driver in critical condition. Mayor Nutter said the motorist "used a car as a weapon against our officers," but the driver's family, who identified him as Rudolph Keitt, said his history of seizures may have played a role. The incident began about 2:15 p.m. at Wagner and Olney Avenues in Fern Rock when police responded to a report of a car accident, Deputy Commissioner Richard J. Ross said.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN JAVONTE DIXON came home from school Monday, his mom, Stephanie, asked him how his day went. General, run of the mill stuff: He told her about math, his favorite subject. He reminded her how he wanted to be an astronaut when he grows up. Or maybe a scientist. He can't decide right now. Then, the second-grader mentioned that a teacher's aide in his class at Olney's James Russell Lowell Elementary had bitten him. The teacher's aide has been removed from the school and the incident is currently under investigation by the school district, according to a spokesman.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most of the last 91/2 years, Jose Alicea sat in prison awaiting trial while his lawyer pursued the theory that Alicea's intellectual and emotional problems made him prone to falsely confessing to a 2005 murder in an Olney restaurant. On Friday, a Philadelphia judge sentenced Alicea, who has professed a prison conversion to Christianity and in December pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the death of George Esroy Rowe, to 17 to 35 years in prison. Alicea, now 28, apologized for killing Rowe to the 21-year-old victim's family, to his own mother and family, and to his wife and a daughter who has grown up without him. "I'm deeply sorry for firing the gun that took George Rowe's life," Alicea said.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
TEACHERS and other staffers at Olney Charter High School voted yesterday to form a union, becoming Philadelphia's largest charter school to unionize. The final tally was 104-38 in favor of the union, which will be under the umbrella of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. "It's amazing," teacher Sarah Apt said after the vote count. "It's just an enormous victory for our whole community, not just for our staff but for students and families and for anyone who wants us to be a good school.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A WEEK after the horrific footage of Robert Barnes' beating at an Olney gas station was released, police have arrested the three adults who allegedly orchestrated it. Kaisha Duggins, 23, was taken into custody late Thursday, police said yesterday. Like her neighbors Aleathea Gillard, 34, and Shareena Joachim, 24 - arrested hours after the April 7 incident - Duggins has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and related offenses in the attack on Barnes, a homeless man who suffered catastrophic brain injuries.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the eve of Holy Week for the spring-cleaning crew at St. Helena's in Olney, a group of parishioners on a mission to deliver a near-spotless church for the most important week on the Christian calendar. So while the Vietnamese women's group prayed downstairs, a funeral of a onetime Anglo member concluded in the lower church, and the Spanish-language choir prepared for rehearsal, Joseph Mensah stopped polishing the floors long enough to talk about how the church helped him after he emigrated from Ghana.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A GROUP OF TEACHERS and staffers at Olney Charter High School yesterday filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board requesting the federal agency conduct an election that would allow employees to become unionized. The filing included signed union authorization cards from Olney employees and stated that the new union would be part of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, according to the petition. More than 70 percent of the 150-person staff signed on to the effort, which may face a challenge from Olney's charter operator, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 47-YEAR-OLD man who fatally shot another man last year in a Cambodian community club in Logan pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder and related offenses. Sophal Siv killed Hai Luu, 39, of Cherry Hill, after accusing Luu of murdering his brother, Sophos Siv, 40, who was found tied up, severely beaten and fatally shot in 2012 inside his home on Ruscomb Street near 2nd, in Olney. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano said after the guilty plea that there is "no evidence he [Luu]
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
TAMMY Sadler-Chase was sick and uninsured. She had lost her mobility and her sight after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Her hospital bills had reached nearly $200,000. And every time she applied for insurance, she was denied. Desperate for help, Sadler-Chase called the PHMC Rising Sun Health Center in Olney, where she was connected to a lawyer named Lydia Gottesfeld, who helped her secure proper care and health-care coverage. Sadler-Chase is one of more than 400 patients who are utilizing Rising Sun Health Center, which this month officially began offering on-site financial and legal services to its clients, making it the first of its kind in the nation.
SPORTS
February 13, 2015 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, For the Daily News
HE USED to wander the cracked sidewalks of North Philadelphia nearly a decade ago, weaving his way between 19th Street and Montgomery Avenue and 10th and Olney. Looking amazed, taking in what would be his life's next endeavor. All were on display for then-11-year-old Jesse Morgan - the rim-rattling high fliers such as Marcus and Markeiff Morris in their Prep Charter days; sharpshooters such as Wayne Ellington from Episcopal Academy; and Cardinal Dougherty's Kyle Lowry. NBA talent always came to Philadelphia's Chosen League before they were mainstays in American basketball.
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