June 15, 2016 |
There it was, the gun of my dreams. It was a sleek, black-and-silver Taurus PT-140 semiautomatic pistol with a 13-bullet clip. I had to have it. The only question was: How long would it take to get it into my hands? The answer: Not long at all, this being Pennsylvania, hog heaven for the pro-gun lobby. Other states - New Jersey comes to mind - will make you jump through hoops to get a handgun. Other states - Maryland is one - limit handgun purchases to one a month.
January 30, 2014 |
An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect who allegedly made off with $28,000 in gold jewelry during a Montgomery County pawn shop robbery in May. Police have made several attempts to take Ja'Kwan Emarcus Gardner, 22, into custody. His last known address was in the 5900 block of North 4th Street in Philadelphia. The robbery was recorded on surveillance tape and investigators were able to identify Gardner as the suspect. Police said Gardner legally purchased a shotgun the month before the heist.
January 5, 2014 |
This crime could fall into either the "no good deed goes unpunished" or "choose your friends wisely" category. Or both. A Montgomery County family discovered $8,000 to $10,000 worth of silverware and jewelry missing shortly after they evicted an acquaintance who had been living at their home since early November. The thefts, reported Monday, occurred in the 1300 block of Welsh Road, Towamencin Township, according to police. An investigation found that David Robert Danner had allegedly been hocking the stolen goods starting Nov. 9 at a Lansdale pawn shop and received $2,100 for the items, police said.
June 6, 2013
Brandt Snedeker learned life's lessons, working at his mom's pawn shop in Nashville, waiting on folks down on their luck. "People work their asses off to make a dollar, and it gave us a good sense of reality," he told the San Diego Union-Tribune in January. "My dad always told us that we're just one bad decision away from being on the other side of that counter. "
January 9, 2013 |
Ashley Hackett's flesh wound has almost healed, two months after an attacker sliced her face with a knife and took off with her purse in South Philadelphia, but a scar remains, and Hackett's outlook has been scarred as well. "My perspective on life - you learn you can't trust everybody," Hackett, 23, said Tuesday morning after police announced an arrest in her case. "It feels like it took away my sense of security. Not all people are innately good. " Capt. Laurence Nodiff stood with Hackett at South Division headquarters Tuesday and said, "Our man is in custody.
September 13, 2012
DEAR HARRY: My family has had an account with Peco since 1952. There never was a problem in paying their bills on time. My dad died in 2004, and my mom had no trouble getting everything changed to her name alone. She became seriously ill shortly afterward, and I became her caregiver. I paid all her bills with checks drawn on my account with my name clearly printed on them. She died about six months ago, and I got all her stuff transferred to my name, except for this Peco account.
May 8, 2010 |
Last month, Louis Berger Jr.'s three adult sons sat inside his living room, wondering what could have led to their father's disappearance. Had the tough, 73-year-old Army veteran been carjacked on his way to a hospital visit on Feb. 12? Had he simply fooled everyone, and taken an unlikely ski trip to Europe? Had his body been ditched in Camden, just like his car? Yesterday, they learned the truth was much closer to home. The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said Berger had been "choked or strangled" by his granddaughter's boyfriend, Richard Still, during an altercation inside Berger's Delanco home on Feb. 11. Still, who was unemployed and living at the Rancocas Avenue residence, then allegedly put Berger into bed and waited until the following morning to wrap him a blanket, put him in a car and drive to Camden.
December 8, 2009 |
The Taurus .45 caliber pistol used to kill Philadelphia Police Officer Patrick McDonald sat on a table in U.S. District Court yesterday as the man charged with illegally transporting it from South Carolina went on trial. The case may go to the jury today. Stephen Lashley, 32, is charged buying the weapon in South Carolina in mid-2007, then bringing it to Philadelphia. On Sept. 23, 2008, the weapon was used by another man, Daneel Giddings, 27, to kill McDonald after the officer pulled him over for a traffic stop.
August 3, 2006
Two smackdowns - not of the traditional wrestling variety - occurred in our region this week in the battle against Philadelphia's surge in homicides. One was productive; the other was less productive than it could have been. One smackdown saw the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revoke the federal firearms sales license of Upper Darby pawn shop Lou's Loan. It's now officially out of the gun business. That's a very, very good thing. Lou's is not your ordinary pawn shop.
June 24, 2006 |
This year, though three decades into its life span, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is in relearning mode. The programs are newly core-orchestral, which means, well, old. Added amenities are challenging patrons to develop new foot-traffic patterns. A sound system of elusive logic had me moving seats several times Thursday night in search of a sweet spot (if there was one) for hearing the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mann security might also take a moment to review. An orchestra violinist arrived for rehearsal at the Mann on Thursday to find her instrument missing from its backstage trunk, apparently stolen.