November 17, 1995 |
Glad to get a chance to put their equipment down finally, firefighters rested after helping to extinguish a three-alarm blaze in a building that included a former furniture warehouse at C and Ontario Streets in West Kensington yesterday. About 100 firefighters fought the fire, which was centered in old sofas.
September 15, 2010 |
A 27-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot by police Tuesday night in the city's Kensington section, police said. Shortly before 8 p.m., two 25th District police officers responded to a call about a person with a gun in front of a store at B and Ontario Streets. The officers, who were in uniform, arrived and saw a man outside of Waldy's Mini Market holding a handgun that he pointed at the officers, police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said. The two officers fired at the man, striking him several times in the upper torso, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.
October 26, 2014 |
Donning a hard hat, Temple University Health System president and chief executive Larry Kaiser watched Friday as demolition workers pried out the 84-year-old cornerstone box - a time capsule of sorts - from behind the cornerstone of the Old Medical School Building. The handsome but obsolete edifice at Broad and Ontario Streets, dedicated in 1930, is cordoned off and vacant, and will soon be razed. No one knew what was in the tin container, a bit bigger than a toolbox. "This could be like Al Capone's vault," Kaiser quipped, referring to Geraldo Rivera's much-hyped, live-on-TV opening of one of the gangster's secret vaults.
May 20, 2013 |
The union representing health care workers at Temple University Hospital has planned a protest outside the entrance of the medical facility on North Broad Street for 4 p.m. Sunday over an arbitration dispute. In a statement just issued, the hospital said the dispute is over its decision to appeal an arbitration decision requiring reinstatement of "a terminated employee who repeatedly sexually harassed a co-worker. " The hospital said the arbitrator had concluded that the employee should be reinstated without back pay or retroactive benefits even though she had "engaged in a pattern of conduct that cannot be tolerated in the workplace.
June 23, 2009 |
Police released yesterday the names of two women and two men slain by gunfire in three incidents on Father's Day that left seven others wounded. A fifth shooting death, involving a teenager, was accidental, police said. Police charged Marvin Nesmith, 55, of the 2200 block of Wanamaker Street in the Overbrook section, with two counts of murder in the shooting death of his wife, 55-year-old Renee Farrow Nesmith, and of 31-year-old Rafeea Parker of the 500 block of Jackson Street.
April 2, 1987 |
The city has paid $225,000 to settle a suit brought by a Frankford man who lost a kidney after being shot in 1979 during a dispute with an off-duty police officer. The city made the payment within the last two weeks to Terence Hopkins, 26, of the 4300 block of Leiper Street, who was shot Jan. 27, 1979, by Officer James Speiser. According to Hopkins' attorney, Stanley M. Schwarz, Hopkins was awarded about $300,000 last year by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury, but that award was appealed by the city.
August 25, 1993 |
A Berks County man who had just left a Chester County bar Monday night was forced into his own car by three men who told him that they had a gun. By the time Samuel Ward of Birdsboro escaped from his captors, he had endured a three- to four-hour carjacking and kidnapping that took him from outside the bar in Coatesville to Philadelphia and back to West Conshohocken. Philadelphia police said they have arrested two suspects: Derek Brown, 24, of Coatesville, and Rodger Johnson, 31, with no home address.
January 30, 1989 |
At 2:35 p.m. yesterday, three teenagers armed with a gun robbed a woman of $25 in the city's Tioga section and drove off in her car, police said. Then, according to police, they took their show on the road. In the next few hours, the car was used to commit at least two other gunpoint holdups, one in West Philadelphia and one in North Philadelphia, police said. In all, their victims were robbed of two pocketbooks, a leather coat, a trenchcoat, a sweater, a watch, several rings, a pair of gold earrings and a gold chain, police said.
August 1, 1989
Residents living around Ninth and Ontario Streets shouldn't have had to wait six years just for a promise from the city to remove a mountain of tires dumped illegally in their neighborhood. Their frustration is understandable, particularly when you consider that even if the city does finally remove the tires, their days of hair-pulling are unlikely to end. For as sure as cars have four wheels, that mountain of tires, or some other debris, will reappear in due course - courtesy of the small army of illegal dumpers who operate with impunity in this city.
April 8, 1995 |
The fourth of five former Philadelphia police officers accused of participating in a scheme to prey on suspected drug dealers and steal their money pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court. Thomas Ryan, 38, a veteran officer now retired on disability and living in Freeland in Luzerne County, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate civil rights involving a 1991 incident that triggered the federal probe into police corruption in the 39th Police District. "I want to clear my mind and my conscience of the wrongdoing that occurred," Ryan told U.S. District Judge Robert S. Gawthrop 3d. Speaking in a halting, barely audible voice, Ryan told Gawthrop that on Feb. 24, 1991, he and partner John Baird stopped and took into custody a Cheltenham Township part-time college student named Arthur Colbert Jr., believing him to be a drug dealer named "Hakeem.