April 28, 2016 |
Two years ago, when Robert W. Palen was awaiting trial for a rape in Madison, Wis., a judge ruled that the jury could hear that he had also been accused two months earlier of raping a woman in Philadelphia. "Accused" is no longer part of the description. On Monday, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found Palen, 40, guilty of sexually assaulting two women in Pennypack Park in 2010 and 2011. Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright set sentencing for Aug. 4 after Palen undergoes an evaluation under Megan's Law to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.
March 17, 2016 |
Philadelphia police are looking into several apparently unrelated allegations of sexual assault or attempted assaults, including one in which an 11-year-old said she was raped. The girl told police that about 8:30 p.m. Friday, she was walking on the 5100 block of Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia when a stranger forced her into an alley and raped her at knifepoint, police said Tuesday. She described her attacker as black, about 30 to 40 years old, 6-foot-5, and wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans.
March 13, 2016
Police are searching for a man with a heart tattoo and crooked front teeth who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the vicinity of Pennypack Park, in Northeast Philadelphia. A 22-year-old woman told police she was walking about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 2800 block of Rhawn Street, when a stranger snuck up behind her, covered her mouth and forced her into the woods, police said Friday. She told police the man put duct tape over her mouth, cuffed her wrists to her ankles, then physically and sexually assaulted her. The man was described as black, in his 30's, about 6 feet tall and weighed 250 to 300 pounds.
August 23, 2015 |
Signed up for a fall race? Sure, you could do a traditional distance: 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon. Or you can try something different, if not to switch up your race distances then to grab yourself a new personal record because you've never run it before - and maybe a burger or two in between. Here are seven fall races that can give you that instant PR. Dine and Dash Burgers and Trail Race on Sept. 5 in Hamburg, Pa. This is a two-mile run with a meaty twist. Runners start by eating a burger.
June 12, 2015
I LIVE IN the Andalucia neighborhood of lower Bensalem and use SEPTA up and down Frankford and Torresdale avenues regularly. Upon recently happening by the old Holmesburg Prison on Torresdale Avenue (and in the past riding my horse in the area) I got to thinking that, rather than what seems to be its present use - storage for city vehicles and other equipment - perhaps it could be converted into a local attraction . . . much like the old Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount. I remember a film, "12 Monkeys," having been filmed at Holmesburg sometime in the '90s (a buddy of mine from our gym played an extra 'prisoner' in the movie)
May 28, 2015 |
SHAKING AND sobbing, a Northeast Philly man apologized for strangling his wife in Pennypack Park last year. Christopher Murray, 49, his hands trembling while holding a handwritten statement, turned around and stood facing the courtroom gallery filled with his and his wife's family members. "I accept full responsibility for my actions on that night and the days following, and I never meant for that to happen," he said of the strangulation of his wife, Connie Murray, 46. "She was my first and only true love," he said.
May 10, 2015 |
Now that it feels like summer, I've changed part of my running routine. In addition to my lighter summer road running, I've hit the trails. Trail running offers more benefits than just shade on a hot day. It can make you a stronger and faster road runner, says Lisa Jhung, author of Trailhead: The Dirt on All Things Trail Running . "It strengthens any type of runner, not only because trails are often hilly, but because [trails] are also uneven terrain, which strengthens the tendons, ligaments and muscles.
May 1, 2015 |
THE NORTHEAST Philly man accused of strangling his wife in Pennypack Park during an argument last August is expected to plead guilty to third-degree murder, lawyers said yesterday. Christopher Murray, 49, is expected to plead guilty at a May 26 Common Pleas Court hearing, Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said. Pescatore said Murray, under a plea deal, would be sentenced to 20 to 40 years behind bars and prosecutors would drop a first-degree murder charge. Murray is accused of strangling his wife, Connie Murray, 46, who was born without her right arm below the elbow.
May 1, 2015 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man charged with strangling his wife last Aug. 4 along the edge of Pennypack Park is expected to plead guilty, lawyers said Wednesday. Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore confirmed the move after Christopher Murray's attorneys, Andrea Konow and Roger Schrading, announced their intent at a pretrial hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner. Pescatore said the guilty plea in the death of Murray's wife would likely happen on May 26 before Lerner.
March 27, 2015 |
TWO WOMEN testified yesterday to similar accounts of how a man in a white pickup truck drove each of them, on separate occasions, to Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia, then brutally raped them. After hearing their testimonies, Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni held defendant Robert Palen, 39 - the most recent high-profile alleged Pennypack Park rapist - for trial on charges of rape, aggravated assault and related offenses. One woman, 31, tearfully testified that a little after 7 p.m. Aug. 1, 2010, she was hanging on the corner of Disston Street and Torresdale Avenue in Tacony when Palen, whom she did not know, circled around her in a white "utility" pickup truck.