March 30, 2012
A 47-year-old man was electrocuted when he accidentally touched a power line while trimming a tree Thursday afternoon in Montgomery County, police said. The Philadelphia man, who was working for a tree-trimming company, was in a tree in the 1800 block of Pine Road in Abington around 3 p.m. when he came in contact with a high-tension electric wire, police said. A coworker was able to pull a rope dangling from the man to help break the victim's contact with the line, but he was pronounced dead after firefighters brought his body to the ground.
January 24, 2012
A Philadelphia man has been convicted of taking part in a home-invasion ring that committed robberies in four states, federal prosecutors said Monday. After a four-day trial, a federal jury on Friday found Tahn Le, 44, guilty of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce through home-invasion robberies and related firearms violations. Six codefendants had pleaded guilty to roles in the conspiracy. Le and his codefendants targeted successful Asian business owners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia because they believed the victims brought home and stored large amounts of cash from their businesses, prosecutors said.
February 6, 2012
A Philadelphia man was in custody Sunday after police said he fatally stabbed his cousin during an argument Friday in the city's Wissinoming section near Tacony. Albert Hauck, 49, stabbed Albert Smith, 50, in the chest in the home they shared in the 6200 block of Cottage Street, police said. Smith was found by police about 11:30 p.m. and pronounced dead 10 minutes later. Authorities recovered what they believe is the knife used in the stabbing. Details about the argument were not available.
May 4, 2011
Fannie Mae, the nationwide mortgage company, opened a Philadelphia Mortgage Help Center today to provide free education and counseling to Philadelphia-area residents struggling with foreclosure issues. The center, at 399 Franklin Mills Circle in the Northeast, is the latest of nine to open across the country. The services are available only for homeowners with a mortgage owned by Fannie Mae and require an appointment, which can be made by calling 866-442-8570. - Alan J. Heavens
November 2, 1995 |
Jim Booros, pro at the Allentown Municipal course, won the Philadelphia PGA Match Play golf championship yesterday by defeating Pete Oakley of King's Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, Del., by 1 up on the 20th hole at Cape May National Country Club. Booros, a former PGA tour player, made par with a 6-foot putt to end the playoff on the second extra hole and win $2,000 from the $10,000 purse. Oakley led by 1 up after nine holes and went 2 up with a birdie on 10. Booros birdied 13 and 14 to draw even.
February 2, 2013
A Philadelphia police officer was charged Friday with firing 13 rounds from a handgun into a Logan building last fall, the District Attorney's Office said. A witness told police that Pharez Morris, 27, tried to enter an apartment building on the 1400 block of Rockland Street and, when he could not get in, opened fire on a nearby structure, prosecutors said. Morris was off-duty at the time. He then called 911 to report a shooting on the block, prosecutors said. Morris, a six-year veteran of the department assigned to the 35th District, was charged with reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime, and making false reports.
September 9, 2012 |
Unsettled weather in the northeastern United States prompted the National Weather Service to issue warnings for New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. Most of New Jersey was under the threat of severe thunderstorms, while a tornado watch was in effect for Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties. Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties also are under a severe thunderstorm watch through 10 p.m. on Saturday. The National Weather said there could be heavy rains, damaging wind and frequent lightning.
October 4, 2012
A Philadelphia police sergeant has been arrested on charges of driving drunk and getting into an accident, the department said Tuesday. Chanta Herder, 42, is a 14-year veteran of the department who is assigned to the 19th District. She has been put on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation, police said. Herder was off duty and driving on the 7900 block of Verree Road, in Fox Chase, shortly after 2 a.m. Monday when she was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle, police said.
August 15, 2012
Two men were killed in separate city shootings Tuesday night, police said. Shortly before 6, a 20-year-old man was shot in the left side in the 1200 block of West Rockland Street in the city's Logan section, police said. He later died at Einstein Medical Center. A 17-year-old boy also shot at that location was wounded in the left arm. He was reported in stable condition at Einstein. Around 8, a 37-year-old man was shot in the upper left torso at the Parkside Evans Playground in Wynnefield Heights, police said.
July 13, 2011
Philadelphia resident Otto Sam Folin, 62, agreed to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint that he defrauded investors of $8.7 million in a Ponzi-like scheme, according to the SEC. As part of the agreement, Folin, who operated through two companies, Benchmark Asset Managers L.L.C. and Harvest Managers L.L.C., did not admit or deny the findings of an SEC investigation. According to court and public documents, Folin defrauded clients, friends and family who thought they were making "socially responsible" investments.