September 6, 1989 |
Francesco "Cheech" Gambino, a reputed boss of the Sicilian Mafia, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury of trafficking in millions of dollars worth of heroin and cocaine, using pizzerias as fronts. The jury also convicted four other reputed Sicilian Mafia members or associates, but acquitted another defendant, Carlo Fodera, owner of an auto body shop in Brooklyn, N.Y. "It's an important victory in the war against drugs, given the international aspects of the organization," said Michael Seigel, a prosecutor with the U.S. Organized Crime Strike Force in Philadelphia.
July 5, 2000 |
Nabil Jomli has had a varied professional life. He trained as an engineer in his native Tunisia, yet became a physical education teacher there. Then, after two years as a front desk clerk in a London hotel, he came to Philadelphia in 1997. The next year he opened a halal butcher shop in the Italian Market. The butcher shop evolved into a Mediterranean take-out restaurant and, most recently, into a pizzeria with a sprinkling of Mediterranean dishes on the menu. However, one thing has been constant since Jomli, 33, opened his first business on 9th Street: savory, slightly spicy merguez sausage.
June 25, 1994 |
A Philadelphia maintenance man whose attorney said he had sold cocaine to make extra money for his wife and daughter was sentenced in Woodbury yesterday to nine years in prison. Luis Lenis, 30, pale and thin, did not comment as he was sentenced, slightly more than one month after he pleaded guilty to selling more than five ounces of cocaine to the owner of a pizza shop that authorities said was the hub of an international narcotics network. Lenis, a native of Colombia, was one of about 30 defendants indicted last year after a two-year wiretap investigation into Gambino's Plaza 47 Pizza & Sub Shop in Deptford.
January 31, 1995 |
Two masked men stormed Boccie of Ardmore in Suburban Square Friday night, struck a waitress in the head with a gun, and robbed the pizzeria of $2,500, the second armed robbery in two weeks at the upscale shopping center. Police arrested five Philadelphia men, including two employees of the pizzeria, following a chase down Montgomery Avenue that involved three police cars. According to police, the incident began about 11:20 p.m., while employees were closing the restaurant.
March 7, 1994 |
A Norwood man convicted of having fired a shot into a Glenolden pizzeria as part of an apparent feud with the shop's owners was sentenced in Delaware County Court on Friday to 10 months to two years in prison. Because he spent 10 months in Delaware County Prison awaiting trial, Edward Condon normally would be eligible for immediate parole. But Assistant District Attorney John F.X. Reilly said Condon faced more prison time because the shooting violated his parole for a Philadelphia aggravated-assault conviction.
September 10, 1999 |
A 22-year-old Washington Township man has been charged with disorderly conduct on accusations that he videotaped children as they played in a popular pizzeria and arcade. Jason Michael Kammerer was arrested Wednesday at the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in the Court at Deptford strip mall after an off-duty police chief saw a man following little girls in the play room and videotaping them as they climbed the equipment, police said. "I saw him walking up very, very close to kids and videotaping," Collingswood Police Chief Thomas Garrity Jr. said.
April 21, 1998 |
More than $20,000 in cash and a 9mm assault pistol were confiscated from a pizzeria last Friday by a team of code inspectors that pulled up to the shop with Mayor Milton Milan in the "Mayor Mobile," officials said. According to mayoral spokesman Keith Walker, the mayor's Suburban wagon, with Milan and members of his code-inspection team, drove to the shop at 1524 Mount Ephraim Ave. about 10:30 p.m. When some team members entered the premises, owner Mohamed Yasir Loul stepped into the back of the building, leaving steaks sizzling on the grill and a pizza baking in the oven, Walker said.
April 14, 1995 |
Daniel Colon said he shot the cop in self-defense. The 28-year-old North Philadelphia man, who police say robbed a neighborhood pizzeria Tuesday night and then fatally wounded the Housing Authority officer who chased him, has told investigators that the officer shot at him first, authorities said yesterday. Colon was arrested late Wednesday night at his father's house on North Front Street, following negotiations with police over his surrender. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder, robbery and related offenses.
May 19, 2011 |
If you didn't know better, you might think that "Mack & Manco" is how they say "pizza" in Ocean City. After all, for more than 50 years along the town's famed boardwalk, the name has been synonymous with what is arguably America's favorite fast food. You need look no further than the three - count 'em, three - Mack & Mancos on a mere four-block stretch in the heart of the wooden esplanade - a feat of market saturation that would make even Starbucks executives gnash their teeth in envy.
March 24, 2011 |
After Antonino "Joe" Lombardo, owner of Lisa's Pizza in Telford, was beaten to death in February 2009, the identity of the killer remained a mystery. The death of the 60-year-old businessman horrified neighbors in the small Montgomery County borough, which had reported only two murders in its history. On Wednesday, authorities announced that they had identified the assailant and traced him to Guatemala with the help of electronic surveillance. Juan A. Pais, an illegal immigrant from that country who had worked at a nearby pizza shop at the time of the attack, fled the United States after the slaying but plunged to his death at a construction site in Guatemala on Nov. 23 before police could arrest him, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.