October 6, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A Philadelphia homicide prosecutor was arrested Friday and charged with filing a false police report and improperly interfering with the investigation of a stolen pickup truck. Lynn Nichols, 46, a 22-year veteran of the District Attorney's Office, is accused of using her influence as a prosecutor to have the stolen vehicle removed from a police database last October to help her then-boyfriend. One year later, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Nichols "devised a scheme as an act of revenge to have the vehicle reported stolen again," said Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is handling the case.
September 25, 2013 |
IT'S BEEN SPOTTED on license plates in Atlantic City and Collingdale, draped across a truck in a Kohl's parking lot and flying on poles outside homes in Montgomery and Chester counties. You can see it on the side of a building off Aramingo Avenue in Port Richmond, hanging inside an apartment near Capitolo Playground in South Philly and painted on the "Dukes of Hazzard" replica Dodge Charger cruising around Delaware County. In Camden, it's practically the official emblem for country-rock tailgate parties outside the Susquehanna Bank Center, where a concertgoer was charged this summer with bias intimidation for allegedly waving it at city residents and spewing racial slurs.
September 5, 2013 |
Compassion is rare inside Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center. Maybe that's why Tuesday's victim-impact statement by James R. Kenny overshadowed the guilty plea of Angel Roque, who admitted killing Kenny's sister in a 2011 hit-and-run. "I ask for mercy on this man," said Kenny, 47, looking at Roque about 20 feet away. "I know about his other offenses, but I do know there is goodness inside this person. " Kenny barely mentioned why he was there: the impact of the Sept. 29, 2011, death of his older sister Joyce, whom Roque ran down before trying to devise an alibi by abandoning his GMC pickup truck and reporting it stolen.
August 31, 2013 |
Hymie's Merion Delicatessen had good luck and bad luck Thursday morning. The bad luck came in the form of a Dodge Ram pickup truck that crashed through the front wall, on the dining-room side, of the popular Lower Merion Township restaurant. The good luck was that the accident occurred an hour before opening time, so no diners were there and all the employees were in the other half of the restaurant. No one was injured except the driver, who one witness said was bleeding from his face.
August 1, 2013 |
Police are looking for the thief or thieves who stole about a dozen bicycles early Tuesday outside a Center City tavern. The bikes, with a combined value of about $22,000, were stolen at the Irish Pub on Walnut Street near 20th Street, where they were being stored behind a fence topped with barbed wire, said Mark O'Connor, a partner at the pub and president of the Irish Pub Children's Foundation. He said the bicycles, some high-end racing bikes, had been used by participants in Sunday's annual Tour de Shore charity ride.
July 11, 2013 |
A pickup truck collided with a SEPTA bus early Tuesday in West Philadelphia, injuring six people, including two young children, officials said. None of the injuries were life threatening. The operator of the pickup truck allegedly ran a red light and collided with the Route 42 bus about 1 a.m. at 62d and Spruce Streets, according to Heather Redfern, a SEPTA spokeswoman. The truck driver and five bus passengers suffered minor injuries, including two children under the age of 3, Redfern said.
July 5, 2013 |
An 85-year-old Chester County woman has been charged with insurance fraud after her son allegedly caused a fatal accident while driving her pickup truck, police said Wednesday. Louise Landis registered and insured a Dodge Ram in her name and permitted her son, who had a poor driving record, to drive it, police said. The mother allegedly never drove the truck, though she claimed in insurance papers to be the sole driver. Her son, Robert, 50, was listed as an "excluded driver" on her policy, police said.
June 7, 2013
CAMDEN Authorities are looking for information regarding two unrelated homicides in Camden early Thursday morning. Steven Parker, 53, of Pennsauken, was found shot in the driver's seat of a pickup truck that crashed into two parked cars on the 1600 block of Norris Street about 4:50 a.m., authorities said. Parker was taken to Cooper University Hospital and pronounced dead about 5:30 a.m. The second victim, Sucha Duong, 23, of Camden, was found shot at 6:37 a.m. on the first block of North 30th Street.
May 17, 2013
A Havertown man was charged Wednesday with being the hit-and-run driver who struck and injured a 46-year-old Bryn Mawr woman and her 5-year-old twins while they were crossing Lancaster Avenue at Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr on April 25. Stephen John Groch, 27, of Ellis Road, was charged by Lower Merion police. He was the alleged driver of a black Ford F-150 pickup truck that hit the three before driving off. The mother and one daughter were treated at Bryn Mawr Hospital for bumps and bruises.
May 8, 2013 |
A WEST CHESTER man with seven prior drunken-driving arrests was drunk and driving with a suspended license when he fatally hit a motorcyclist in April, Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan said yesterday. Robert Elwood Landis, 49, of Concord Road near Oakbourne, now is charged with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and related offenses in the death of Liam James Crowley, 24, on April 26 in Westtown Township, Hogan said. Landis was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup south on Wilmington Pike when he turned into traffic at Stanton Avenue and hit Crowley, who suffered multiple traumatic injuries despite wearing a helmet, Hogan said.