January 3, 2015 |
Their hands cupping candles, children and adults gathered Thursday night near a pitcher's mound on a baseball field in Franklin Township to pay tribute to the life of Matthew McCloskey. Family, friends, and community members held vigil on the field where Matthew, 10, played his last game, in June, with his team, the Orioles. They told of his infectious smile, caring nature, and adventurous personality. "We're just trying to heal," said Susan Cleary, 49, of Franklin Township. Matthew, a fifth grader at Caroline L. Reutter School, was killed Sunday night as he attempted to cross Delsea Drive (Route 47)
January 1, 2015 |
As funeral arrangements were finalized Tuesday for a 10-year-old boy fatally struck by a police cruiser in South Jersey two days earlier, authorities offered little more about the circumstances surrounding the accident. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, which is handling the investigation, did not answer questions as to whether the car had its police lights or sirens activated, or at what speed the cruiser was traveling when it struck Matthew McCloskey on Delsea Drive. The car hit the fifth grader as he was crossing the road (Route 47)
November 18, 2014 |
When Police Officer Gene Mackey heard the radio call about a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he had no way of knowing that the victim was a child. As it turned out, Mackey, an officer in Folcroft, and Sharon Hill Patrolman Stephen Mummo may have saved the 10-year-old's life after they rushed to the shooting scene at a Darby Township auto-body shop. In interviews Monday, they described the drama Saturday night after the boy accidentally shot himself with his father's .357 Magnum.
October 7, 2014 |
The Eagles held on to their lead over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but out in the parking lot, fans were grumbling as they power-walked toward their cars in hopes of beating the traffic. Many said pre- and postgame gridlock was the worst they could remember since the Eagles and Philadelphia Police instituted new traffic patterns aimed at easing congestion. "It took us two hours last week to get out of here because of what they did. That's why we left early just now," Joe Stewart of Marshallton, Del., said as he jogged to the Sysco lot. A police car blocked Packer Avenue as a half-dozen cars clogged the median, attempting U-turns to avoid getting onto I-76.
August 14, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Police Officer Seth Stellfox, 33, was always looking for an adventure. The cross-country trip he took on his new Harley Davidson Sportster during the last few weeks was all he had talked about for months, his mother, Jane Stellfox, 67, said Wednesday. He rode the motorcycle thousands of miles from his Philadelphia home to see sights in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and throughout the Midwest, chronicling his trip in photos he posted on his Instagram page. "He recently got the motorcycle, and that was the joy of his life," Jane Stellfox said.
August 11, 2014 |
Nnamdi Asogwa's green 2010 Camry sits in his Upper Darby driveway, shiny and tagless testimony to the small nightmare he's been living. Asogwa, 33, is a Nigerian immigrant, and a U.S. citizen since 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in political science, an M.B.A., and a job as a project manager at Siemens Healthcare in Malvern. He also has a story that illustrates, at the very least, the risks of running even slightly afoul of the rules followed by the police, auto insurers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
July 5, 2014 |
A 25-year-old man who stole two police cars and hit an officer with a car in Camden was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in state prison. Blake Bills of Macungie, Pa., pleaded guilty in June to carjacking and eluding police. He must serve 85 percent of his carjacking term, or more than 14 years, before being eligible for parole. He also was sentenced to eight years in prison on the eluding count, which will be served concurrently. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped the other charges Bills had been facing, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
April 9, 2014 |
When the boys on Gratz Street heard the gunshots Sunday afternoon, they abandoned their game of basketball and started to run. Up and down the street, neighbors heard the shots, too - about 10, in rapid succession, they say. Minutes later, Teyeesha Callia - just three blocks away at a cousin's house - picked up her phone. Her daughter was on the other end. "Mom," she said, "Kashie got shot. " By the time Callia made it back to the 1500 block of Gratz, her son, 11-year-old Kashie Crawford, was already in the back of a police car racing to Temple University Hospital.
March 11, 2014 |
MARISSA SARGEANT is starting to look more like a bad example than a protective mother. In November, Sargeant publicly accused Tullytown Borough police of "brutally" assaulting her son, Joey Williams, 14, after he was arrested on shoplifting charges at the Walmart on Route 13. She posted photos of his swollen face on Facebook. They went viral, with supporters comparing it to the Rodney King beating. Now, three months after the Bucks County District Attorney's Office cleared the officers of wrongdoing, Sargeant is in prison on felony charges that she shoplifted from the same Walmart, police said.
January 16, 2014 |
COMMON PLEAS Judge M. Teresa Sarmina might want to avoid checking her voice messages for the foreseeable future. The Fraternal Order of Police, District Attorney's Office and the family of fallen Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Boyle yesterday unleashed a torrent of fury in Sarmina's direction as they responded to the judge's recent decision to vacate a death sentence for Boyle's killer, Edward Bracey. In a one-page ruling Friday, Sarmina sided with Bracey's attorneys, who argued that he was mentally retarded - and thus shouldn't be executed, because of a constitutional restriction.