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November 18, 1993 | by Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
Among the police officers who work out of the station at Harbison Avenue and Levick Street in Mayfair, it would be difficult to find one who knows the neighborhood better than Jay Rycek. He was born and raised on Elbridge Street, only a block or so from the headquarters of the 2nd and 15th police districts. The building is only three blocks from where he and his family now live. His mother still lives in the house where he grew up. Assigned to the 2nd District, Rycek crosses Roosevelt Boulevard to get to his job, patrolling nearby Oxford Circle on the midnight-8 a.m. shift.
NEWS
January 25, 2013
An unidentified man was shot to death Thursday night in the city's Oxford Circle section, police said. The man, described as 23 to 25 years old, was shot in the head in the 1300 block of Greeby Street shortly after 8, police said. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene. Police reported no arrests. - Robert Moran
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | BY PHILLIP LUCAS, Daily News Staff Writer
A motorcyclist was hospitalized after colliding with a car on Levick Street near Everett in Oxford Circle Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said. The crash happened about 3:45 p.m., and the cyclist - a man in his 40s who was riding without a helmet - was taken to Aria-Torresdale Hospital, authorities said. He was listed in stable condition as of 6:20 p.m., and police remained on the scene. Police said the accident is under investigation.  
NEWS
October 7, 2000 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Armed Asian burglars invaded two Asian homes in South Philadelphia within a 10-hour span late Thursday and early yesterday morning, police said. Separately, five armed men dressed in ninja-like outfits of masks and black clothing broke into a home near Oxford Circle, burglarized it, and wounded a man, cutting his ear and hand. Police said that while the two South Philadelphia home invasions may be related, they did not link them to the Oxford Circle burglary. The first incident took place at 3:10 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of Reed Street in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 13, 1987 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 23-year-old former Marine who served in Beirut was shot to death last night during a fight with his father in the living room of their home in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia, police said. Wayne "Butch" Swavely Jr. was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. at Frankford Hospital's Torresdale Division, police said. He had been shot once in the abdomen with a shotgun about 30 minutes before. His father, Wayne Swavely Sr., 44, was arrested at the home, a two-story rowhouse in the 6200 block of Kindred Street, which was brightly decorated with Christmas ornaments.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man delivering Chinese food was in critical condition Tuesday night after being lured to a vacant property and shot during a robbery in the city's Oxford Circle section, police said. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., police were called to Kindred and Robbins Streets for a reported shooting and found the victim in the 6200 block of Kindred, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The man, described as white and in his late 40s or 50s, had been shot in the left side of his chest, possibly with a shotgun, Small said.
NEWS
March 26, 2012 | BY JULIE SHAW & DAVID MAIALETTI, Daily News Staff
TIRES ON NINE cars were slashed over the weekend in Oxford Circle, hours after police released a surveillance video showing a man slashing tires in Mayfair last week. The latest acts of vandalism occurred about 1:35 a.m. Sunday on McKinley Street near Frontenac. Police responded to a report of a woman walking on McKinley and slashing tires of cars parked on the block. They found nine cars each with one tire slashed, but did not see the woman. On Sunday afternoon, Fred Chamberlain was on McKinley changing the rear passenger-side tire of his Toyota Corolla, which had been slashed.
NEWS
May 18, 2013
A 9-year-old girl suffered a broken leg when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday afternoon in the city's Oxford Circle section, police said. The girl was in the 6200 block of Large Street about 4 p.m. when she was hit by a white Kia SUV traveling south on Large, police said. The driver, a white female, stopped and got out of the Kia briefly before driving off, police said. Medics took the girl to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, where she was reported in stable condition.
NEWS
July 12, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com
A 67-year-old Oxford Circle man who died after he was found unconscious inside his house Tuesday afternoon may have been killed by the day's scorching heat and oppressive humidity. Medics rushed Edward Green to Jeanes Hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was found unconscious around 2 p.m. on Carver Street near Loretto Avenue. As of 7 p.m., the family of Edward Green was waiting to hear from the medical examiner whether the weather caused his death. The city's high temperature was 94 degrees Tuesday.
NEWS
October 5, 2011
A boy was struck by a SEPTA bus Tuesday afternoon in the city's Oxford Circle section, police said. The accident was reported at 3:42 p.m. at Oxford Avenue and Frontenac Street, a Fire Department dispatcher said. SEPTA said the boy was 7 years old, but police said he was 13. A fire official on the scene said the boy was run over by the Route 67 bus but was not struck by the wheels. The boy was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and was in stable condition, police said.
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August 10, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AS A CHILD in the first Hispanic family on his Fairhill block, Luis Torrado had to street fight to end the ethnic taunts from neighbor kids and gain their respect. As owner of Torrado Construction in Port Richmond, he's spent his adult years fighting negative attitudes toward hiring minority contractors by proving himself over and over again. It's been a long, tough journey since he grew up on Mascher Street near Tusculum in the '70s. "You had a choice," Torrado said. "You could bow down or you could fight.
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July 21, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com
NINE PEOPLE suffered minor injuries yesterday when two SEPTA buses collided in Oxford Circle. A Route 67 bus struck another traveling on Route 24 on Algon Avenue near Oxford about 10:30 a.m., spokesman Manny Smith said in an email yesterday. Six passengers and the driver of the Route 67 bus, and two passengers from the other bus, suffered minor injuries. Five passengers and the driver were taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital. Their conditions weren't available last night, Smith said.
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July 8, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE MAN DUBBED the "Mayfair Tire Slasher" was sentenced by a judge yesterday to three to six years in state prison for violating his probation and for attempting to puncture a SEPTA bus driver's private car. David Toledo, 47, his head bowed, apologized for his actions. "Please don't send me to prison," he pleaded before Common Pleas Judge Edward Wright. But Wright told Toledo that his second chance was up. The judge, in May 2014, angered Mayfair and Holmesburg residents when he sentenced Toledo to two years' probation after a jury convicted him of slashing 12 neighbors' tires on Aldine and Teesdale streets, near Frankford Avenue, in Holmesburg, in 2012.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams and the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's local office yesterday announced a huge heroin bust in Northeast Philadelphia - the largest, they said, in 20 years. Authorities said they confiscated 10 kilograms, or about 22 pounds, of heroin, which they estimated could be sold in $10 bags for approximately $3.3 million. "I know the seizure will save lives," Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Wright said. Gary Tuggle, special agent in charge of the DEA's Philadelphia office, described the three men who were arrested - Martin Paulino Gomez, 40, Domingo Cedno Pimentel, 26, and Ricardo Ortiz-Rolon, 36 - as "major players" in the heroin-distribution network.
FOOD
May 8, 2015 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
When the five young men arrived for cooking class at Olney Elementary School, there was not one word of complaint from these middle schoolers - some pushing 6 feet tall - who had to squeeze into chairs meant for 5-year-olds. They donned their chef coats, washed up, took their seats around the table, opened their cookbooks, and took instruction from Joe Bradbury, a culinary instructor at Frankford High School, who volunteers with his wife, Che Che Bradbury, a teacher at Olney. The expansion of the My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program to Philadelphia and Camden schools was intended to teach more kids hands-on cooking skills while showing them how easy, tasty, and affordable healthy cooking can be. But what I saw when I visited this school in North Philadelphia was a dimension I never anticipated.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2015
SO THERE was Andrea McArdle on the stage of the Media Theatre on a recent gray and chilly morning, rehearsing the title song from "Hello, Dolly!" the evergreen musical she's starring in April 22 through May 24. Dressed head-to-toe in formfitting black, her dark-red hair glistening under the lights, McArdle effortlessly sang and danced with the ensemble in the musical's most famous scene. Then she sang a lyric that was, frankly, a little disconcerting: "Look at the old girl now, fellas!"
NEWS
March 24, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
They came with paint brushes, steel wool, and brawn. But what really got to Robert Sheppard - what made him cry in front of his wife for the first time in almost never - had to be the love. A dozen Samaritans soldiered into Sheppard's Oxford Circle rowhouse Sunday and attacked the shabby abode with fixer-upper resolve. Sheppard and his wife were barely making it in blue-collar retirement; the workers hoped this kindness would help. The 82-year-old Korean War veteran watched the workers and smiled, even while drawing breath from the oxygen tank that has made him feel less and less like the man he once was. He cracked jokes about the Eagles, about the time he ruined his knees by falling two decks on a Navy ship, and how the family never really took vacations and that was all right.
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February 25, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
SOME CHARTER-SCHOOL operators are frustrated and disappointed with school district reports posted yesterday that explained the district's reasoning in denying charter-school applications. The School Reform Commission last week approved five of the 39 applicants, angering both sides in the charter-school debate. The 39 adjudications posted on the district's website explained why officials did or did not approve a charter. Jurate Krokys, CEO of American Paradigm Schools, which operates three charter schools, described the decisions for its two applications as "full of inaccuracies.
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February 16, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
EVERYBODY in the courtroom agreed - Paulo Figueiredo's deadly drug-induced deed the night before Thanksgiving in 2013 was a "gross anomaly. " The 35-year-old had bashed in his older brother's face with an aluminum bat, killing him, after popping two "mystery" pills. Despite the circumstances of Nov. 27, 2013, Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi sentenced Figueiredo to nine to 18 years behind bars for the murder of his brother, Arthur Figueiredo. He will get credit for 14 months of time served.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
David Toledo, dubbed the "Mayfair tire slasher," waived his preliminary hearing Thursday on allegations that he tried to puncture the tire of a SEPTA employee's car in Oxford Circle last year. Toledo, 47, dressed in a maroon sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, who is in custody, was held for trial on misdemeanor charges of possession of an instrument of crime and attempted criminal mischief by Municipal Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde. Toledo is accused of putting a sticky mousetrap with nails attached to it under the tire of a private car belonging to a SEPTA employee, parked on Creston Street near Oakland, at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 19. The employee was sitting in his car at the time.
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