August 10, 2012
A Philadelphia police officer was arrested Thursday in Montgomery County and charged in an alleged scheme to bilk Comcast out of $2.4 million. Officer John Hoesle, a 15-year department veteran, was one of 23 people accused of participating in a scam to supply premium channels to customers who were not entitled to them, authorities said. Hoesle, 42, was charged with theft, criminal conspiracy, and related offenses. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said he would suspend Hoesle for 30 days with intent to dismiss.
March 10, 2013
A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after his friend accidentally shot him Friday night in East Frankford, police said. Police arrived about 9:15 p.m. at a house on the 1600 block of Dyre Street for a "person with a gun" report, a spokeswoman said. The 21-year-old was lying on the ground on the third-floor attic with head and neck injuries. He was taken to Aria Health- Torresdale Campus, where he remained in critical condition Saturday. His friend, 19, told police he was handling a gun that accidentally went off. - Jonathan Lai
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.
February 24, 2013
Sanitation workers discovered what appeared to be a grenade in the back of their truck Friday morning in the city's Kingsessing section, officials said. The object was inert, police said. The incident occurred about 9, while the workers were collecting trash in the 2000 block of South Frazier Street, officials said. After spotting the object, the workers drove the truck to the end of the block and called police. The bomb squad removed the object. - Robert Moran
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.
December 28, 2012
The Philadelphia firefighters' union filed a motion Thursday urging a judge to find the city in contempt for not honoring an arbitration award. The city argues that the award would cost the city an added $200 million over five years, including $84 million in the current fiscal year. It has filed notice that it will appeal the award. The union says the cost would be a fraction of what the city claims. Common Pleas Court Judge Idee C. Fox affirmed the arbitration award, which includes pay raises, in a November ruling.
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.