April 20, 2015 |
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.
February 9, 2012
Two 15-year-old boys were sentenced to four years in a juvenile facility Thursday after admitting in Family Court to the brutal beating of a Vietnam War veteran in Olney. Judge Kevin Dougherty gave the teens the maximum sentence after they pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, robbery, and conspiracy in the Jan. 17 attack on Edward Schaefer. The names of the teens are not being released because they are minors. Schaefer, 64, was walking in the 5000 block of North Fifth Street near his home when the teens jumped him, punching and kicking him. He was hospitalized with a fractured skull and jaw as well as multiple broken bones in his face.
April 22, 1986 |
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.
February 15, 1991 |
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.
July 25, 1986 |
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.
July 2, 2013 |
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.
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.
March 21, 1986 |
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.
July 27, 1987 |
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.
April 3, 1990 |
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.