April 4, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an incident in which he rushed at another man and, with his hand on his city-issued firearm, threatened to kill him, police said Wednesday. Edward Sawicki III, 34, was off duty when the incident happened about 2:45 a.m. Oct. 20, police said. The nine-year veteran was backing up his car when it struck a pedestrian. The man, who was hit in a knee, banged on Sawicki's trunk to let him know he had been struck, police said.
March 18, 2014 |
PENNSAUKEN Just after his van struck and killed a pedestrian on Admiral Wilson Boulevard early Sunday morning, the driver got out of his vehicle to help - only to be hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. The tragic sequence of events occurred about 3:10 a.m. at the intersection of Admiral Wilson Boulevard and Lee Avenue, police said. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man whose name was not released, was walking across the highway when he was hit, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
December 10, 2013 |
A pedestrian wearing a Santa costume on I-95 was struck and killed late Saturday by a suspended driver suspected of being high on marijuana, Pennsylvania State Police said. Augustine Bangura, 27, of Philadelphia, was arrested on homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence charges, police said Sunday. Adam Herr, 24, of Lebanon, Lebanon County, was struck about 10:25 p.m. on the southbound lanes of I-95 near the Vine Street Expressway, police said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Hahnemann University Hospital.
August 23, 2013 |
A retired Camden City police officer working as a civilian employee for the new county force is accused of posing as a police officer and robbing a pedestrian while on the job, authorities said Wednesday. Richard Dayton, 45, of Haddon Township, was charged Wednesday with second-degree robbery and official misconduct. He was being held in the Camden County Jail on $50,000 bail, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden County Police. Dayton joined the city force in 1997 and retired on a disability pension in 2005 after he was hit by a state trooper while on duty in 2004.
July 26, 2013 |
One week after a mother and three of her sons were fatally struck by apparent drag racers on Roosevelt Boulevard, a state senator has proposed lining the busy roadway with speed-enforcement cameras, the first technology of its kind in the area. "A family has been decimated because reckless hooligans thought they could play Speed Racer in Northeast Philly," said Sen. Michael Stack (D., Phila.), who will introduce the legislation. "It's outrageous and we need speed-enforcement cameras to help us stop this senselessness.
July 22, 2013 |
A BIGGER POLICE presence, speed-detection cameras and an engineering study - these are some of the ideas local leaders say should be explored in the wake of the horrific deaths Tuesday of a mother and her three children on Roosevelt Boulevard. City Controller Alan Butkovitz said he sent letters yesterday to Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, asking both to put more cops on the notorious 12-lane highway. Butkovitz said his office studied unsafe crosswalks on the Boulevard in 2006 and recommended then that police presence be increased.
July 19, 2013 |
IT TOOK a split-second for a speeding Audi to violently claim the lives of Samara Banks and three of her children as they attempted to scurry across Roosevelt Boulevard in Feltonville late Tuesday. The tragedy reinforced the boulevard's longstanding reputation as a 12-lane highway of hell for pedestrians and motorists alike. Statistics released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation yesterday only underscored this point, showing that 17 pedestrians were struck and killed by motorists on the boulevard from 2008 through 2012, while 133 pedestrians were involved in accidents in that time.
July 18, 2013 |
A Montgomery County man leaving the scene of a single-car crash on the Schuylkill Expressway early Tuesday was killed less than a mile away when he was struck by a motorcycle, Pennsylvania state police said. The motorcyclist was also killed in the crash. Police closed the highway for four hours after the crash. Police said Arnold Khemdy, 20, of North Wales, lost control of his car about 1 a.m. on the ramp leading from I-476 to I-76. His car struck the guardrail, and Khemdy left the vehicle and walked onto the eastbound lanes of I-76, police said.
July 4, 2013 |
A 49-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a high-speed SEPTA train in Haverford Township, officials said. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene, said John Viola, deputy police chief. Viola said SEPTA police, who were handling the investigation, "had previous contacts" with the victim, who might have been homeless. SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said the accident occurred just before 3:30 p.m. on the outbound side at the Penfield station along the Norristown High-Speed Line.
July 1, 2013
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec By Fred Vargas Translated from the French by Sian Reynolds Penguin. 368 pp., $15 Reviewed by Peter Rozovsky Fred Vargas' novels are sold as crime fiction, and she has done well for herself under that label, winning three International Dagger Awards for best translated crime novel from the Crime Writers' Association in Great Britain and topping best-seller lists in several European...