July 16, 2014 |
JOHN PETTIT, the former manager of a Southwest Philadelphia strip club accused of killing a patron in the club's parking lot in 2009, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder yesterday. Pettit, 53, of Pennsauken, N.J., entered into a nonnegotiated guilty plea to third-degree murder and recklessly endangering another person for the Oct. 16, 2009, fatal beating of James Koons. Koons, 31, of Media, died from a fractured skull two weeks after Pettit punched and knocked him to the ground in the parking lot of the Oasis strip club, on Essington Avenue near 70th Street.
July 8, 2014 |
THE RESIDENTS and neighbors of one Northern Liberties apartment complex have spent two years seeking refuge from refuse. They say the trash bins in the parking lot of Liberties Walk at Schmidt's - the little sister to the Piazza, on the opposite side of 2nd Street near George - are constantly overflowing with waste, including food scraps from the restaurants housed in the complex's first floor. The excess rubbish attracts rats, blows onto the street and into neighboring properties, and literally causes a stink, especially during the warmer months, according to Matt Ruben, president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.
June 20, 2014 |
A Bala Cynwyd parking lot operator claims in a federal racketeering lawsuit that officials in Chester City conspired with the owners of the Philadelphia Union and PPL Park to stop the company from operating its lots during the Union's Major League Soccer games and other events. For four games in 2013, the suit claims, Police Commissioner Joseph Bail ordered three ranking officers to close the lots owned by T.I.C.B. Partners by blocking streets with city vehicles or police tape. According to the lawsuit, Bail was also put on the payroll of the company that manages the park and paid $400 for every event he attended there, though it did not specify his duties.
May 25, 2014 |
From his Chester Springs office, Tim Jefferis saw the hail start to fall from the sky in chunks Thursday afternoon, pummeling cars and causing passing drivers to seek shelter under trees. Then came the noise. "It was crazy," said Jefferis, a vice president at Penn Liberty Bank. "We were waiting for the windows to break. It almost sounded like the water was coming through the ceiling. . . . I've never seen anything like it. " When the storm passed, Jefferis and his colleagues ventured outside to survey the damage, which included dozens of dents on the roof of his car. Later, Jefferis learned he'd gotten off easy.
April 26, 2014 |
A fatal shooting occurred in Chester at around 11 a.m. Thursday at 12th Street and Melrose Avenue near the Widener University campus. The shooting did not involve anyone from the Widener community, police said. However, as a precaution, Widener sent a message to students and staff at 11:01 a.m. that shots were fired and to shelter in place. The lockdown ended at 11:27 a.m. "You exercise caution in a situation like that," said University spokesman Dan Hanson. This is the second time the university has told the campus community to stay indoors because of a shooting.
April 7, 2014 |
AMBLER Brooke Rhea, 16, lives in a sprawling five-bedroom house in pricey Lower Gwynedd Township, where she was raised by two parents who have full-time, well-paid jobs. It's probably fair to say, and Rhea, a junior at Wissahickon High School, would be the first to agree, that she has been lucky. "A lot of people have told me how quickly you can go from doing OK to struggling to find enough to eat," she said Saturday, standing in the parking lot of the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard, a food pantry for the poor, in downtown Ambler.
March 13, 2014 |
Police have seen arguments over parking spots at Cherry Hill Mall, but the one that unfolded Saturday when a woman nearly bit off another's finger has launched an investigation that authorities say stands out even among the department's more unusual ones. On Tuesday, authorities released grainy surveillance images of two women and two younger males. They hope someone will recognize them and provide their identities to police. "We've had disputes in the parking lot, but I've never seen anyone nearly have their finger bitten off," said Cherry Hill Detective Sgt. Rick Humes.
February 11, 2014 |
THERE'S BEEN a lot of talk - but not much agreement or action - on how to develop two blocks of Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. The blocks above 50th and 51st streets in the Cedar Park neighborhood have been the subject of two community meetings since November. The latest, a Jan. 30 gathering organized by the Cedar Park Neighbors group and the Baltimore Avenue Business Association, devolved into persistent disruptions and complaints, according to news reports. Visions differ on what to open up on this stretch of Baltimore Avenue, which has two churches, a medical center and some shops.
January 13, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A 48-inch water main broke Saturday morning, flooding the parking lot of a newly developed North Philadelphia shopping plaza and causing an 80-by-60-foot cave-in, officials said. Multiple stores in Bakers Centre, which cost $58 million to build on the 3400 block of Fox Street in an industrial area and onetime food desert, were closed Saturday after 13 million gallons of water gushed through. The main broke about 4:30 a.m., and Philadelphia Water Department workers arrived to shut the pipe down by 6:20, spokesman John DiGiulio said.
December 10, 2013 |
Just beyond the stands at the south end of Lincoln Financial Field, the wide lanes of I-95 had become a parking lot by early afternoon on Sunday, a parking lot interrupted by the more-than-occasional muffled collision. Inside the stadium, there was another pileup taking place in the snow as the Eagles blundered through a terrible first half against the Lions, and didn't start the second half much better. "Around the second quarter, it got pretty cold," tight end James Casey admitted after the Eagles came alive to beat Detroit, 34-20.