October 9, 2015 |
IN A SURPRISING turn of events, the two men facing a federal trial in the April kidnapping of a female Jewelers Row employee pleaded guilty yesterday. Basil Buie, 23, pleaded guilty at a 9 a.m. hearing in a courtroom down the hall from the 16th-floor room where the trial began Tuesday afternoon. Afterward, his cousin, Salahudin Shaheed, 34, the mastermind of the horrific plot to rob the National Watch and Diamond Exchange store at 8th and Chestnut streets in Center City, pleaded guilty following talks between his attorney and prosecutors.
October 9, 2015 |
In a surprising turn of events, the two men facing a federal trial on kidnapping and attempted robbery charges in the April abduction of a female Jewelers Row employee pleaded guilty this morning instead of continuing with their trial. Basil Buie, 23, pleaded guilty at a 9 a.m. hearing in a courtroom down the hall from the 16th-floor room where the trial began yesterday. Afterward, his cousin, Salahudin Shaheed, 34, the mastermind of the horrific plot to rob the National Watch and Diamond Exchange store at 8th and Chestnut streets in Center City on April 4 and the abduction of the female employee, pleaded guilty shortly after 11 a.m., following talks between his attorney and prosecutors.
September 23, 2015 |
For decades, a parking garage that has towered over Eighth Street as a dank monument to urban renewal has greeted motorists as a glaring eyesore. While revitalization failed the first time around with the Parkade, the Philadelphia Parking Authority hopes the second time will charm. The agency best known for coldly efficient parking enforcement is behind a $28 million overhaul of the prominent garage that's surprisingly inviting. From the inside, the behemoth that houses nearly 1,200 spots and forms a tunnel along Eighth Street in Market East has been gutted, repainted, repaved, redecked, rewired, relit - it will even have two charging ports for electric cars.
June 8, 2015 |
THE LAST two suspects accused of kidnapping a Jewelers' Row employee two months ago walked into a federal courtroom yesterday for their initial appearance before a magistrate judge. Basil Buie, 22, and Salahudin Shaheed, 35, dressed in forest-green prison jumpsuits, separately told Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge that they did not have attorneys and could not afford one. They were each appointed attorneys. Strawbridge granted a request for temporary custody by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanine Linehan on the two men, who will face detention hearings on Monday.
June 2, 2015 |
The Market East corridor shelters plenty of concrete mutts, but the parking garage at Seventh Street may be the ugliest dog in the pet shop. Streaks of rust and pigeon poop mark the five-story hulk, built back in 1966. Its looming presence crowds the Colonial brick of the Graff House and the distinguished gray block of the Philadelphia History Museum. It offers no lure to sore-footed tourists seeking escape from the crush at the nearby Liberty Bell. To fix Market East, the haggard eight-block stretch between Independence Mall and City Hall, experts say it's crucial to fix this site.
May 22, 2015 |
AN ATTORNEY for a woman who allegedly was raped on New Year's Day inside a Franklintown parking garage is suing the company that owns it, arguing that its security must be improved. The woman, 33, testified in a February preliminary hearing that Steven Woodson, 32, of Pittsburgh, raped her between two cars in the garage at 17th and Callowhill streets about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1. She escaped after running naked in front of a passing car in the garage to get attention. "I knew I had to save my life, my kids, my husband," the woman said, according to court transcripts.
April 30, 2015 |
A Philadelphia man charged in the beating and kidnapping of a Jewelers Row employee this month made his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon. A judge ordered that Khayree Gay, 31, be detained until his trial and appointed a public defender for him. Led into the courtroom in handcuffs, and clad in a green prison jumpsuit, Gay spoke once - to ask for a lawyer. Authorities believe Gay and two other men - who are still at large - kidnapped an employee at the National Watch & Diamond Exchange as she walked to a parking garage at Eighth and Chestnut Streets.
April 24, 2015 |
The Franzone family of Bridgeport and Conshohocken has made it to the third generation in the pizza business, as Charles Franzone III opened a branch of Franzone's Pizzeria at 114 Levering St. in Manayunk (215-508-1050). It's the same deal - thin-crust pies, sweet sauce applied in a spiral - as the original founded by his grandfather in 1955. Unlike most other quickie spots in Manayunk, Franzone's closes at midnight - the building's historical certification does not allow later hours.
April 15, 2015 |
About 30 minutes before the abduction of a worker from a store on Jewelers Row, video surveillance shows, one of the alleged perpetrators entered the store and had a conversation with the woman whom authorities said he would later torture. New details emerged Monday as officials announced that the reward was increased to $20,000 for tips leading to the capture of at least two additional suspects in the April 4 ordeal that left the 53-year-old woman with broken ribs and a concussion.
April 8, 2015 |
AN ACT of senseless violence has tarnished Jewelers Row. Vendors in the tight-knit section of Center City were aghast at the news that one of their own, a 53-year-old employee of the National Watch & Diamond Exchange, was kidnapped and brutalized by three bandits Saturday. "It's a shock; it's horrible," said Tony Piloyan, owner of 8th Street Gold and Diamond Buyers, a few doors away from where the victim works, on 8th Street near Chestnut. "She's never without a smile," Piloyan said of the victim, who police said was home last night after being treated at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for a concussion, eye hematoma and bruises.