September 25, 2015 |
A SHIPPING container seized by customs agents last week at the Port of Philadelphia contained Costa Rican pumpkins, fruit . . . and 363 pounds of cocaine. The drugs, with a street value of more than $6 million, were packaged in 384 thin slits laminated to the inside flaps of the fruit case boxes. The container of fruit was brought to port by the M/V Santa Maria, and was meant to travel to a distributor in the Bronx, federal officials said. During a routine inspection of the shipping container, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
September 25, 2015 |
James T. McDermott Jr., executive director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority since May 1994, announced Tuesday in a letter to Gov. Wolf that he will retire April 15, 2016. In an interview, McDermott, 59, said, "I was told that to replace me there will be a national search for a new port director. I pledged to stay through April 15, until there is another person in place. " McDermott, son of the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott, joined the PRPA as chief counsel in 1991, after 10 years as an assistant Philadelphia district attorney.
September 14, 2015 |
A Port Richmond man is in police custody after he barricaded himself in a bedroom in his family's home while under the influence of drugs, police said. The man, 39, had a "bad reaction" to drugs Monday morning, said Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan of the department's homeland security unit. Medics responded to the house on the 3000 block of Agate Street to take him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation at the request of his family, Sullivan said. The man refused to cooperate with the paramedics, who then called police, Sullivan said.
September 3, 2015 |
On East Somerset Street, in a clean and roomy paddock next to a tire shop, in the shade of a giant weeping willow, lives a fat and contented pony - the Pony of Port Richmond. His name is Albert, but everyone calls him Coco. Coco does not bite or kick. He is patient and gentle with the neighborhood children and the many passersby who stop to gawk, who abide by the sign on the tire shop's gate: "Please, do not feed the animal (Horse). Thank You. " He does not flinch even when the cargo trains rumble past, or when the red rooster whose coop abuts his paddock crows.
August 20, 2015 |
He wanted to practice Spanish. She wanted to hone her English. So, using a Skype profile feature that allowed them to text and talk, they got acquainted in two languages. Matt was a senior at Albright College in Reading, a Spanish major with a yen for public service; he'd spent part of junior year tutoring first graders in Nicaragua. Marlene was finishing college in Bolivia and hoped English fluency would boost her chances of landing a job as an environmental engineer. "Neither of us was looking for anything romantic," Marlene recalls.
August 2, 2015 |
Brian Pabon poked his head into the door of Stephanie Dzikowski's home Thursday night and called out for his 22-year-old neighbor. "Yo, Steph!" he yelled urgently. "Yo, Steph!" No answer. Moments later, Dzikowski's boyfriend, Sean Sadowniczak, came running down the 3000 block of Aramingo Avenue and charged through the front door. Pabon, 19, quickly followed. Both men had received a phone call from another neighbor about a gunshot echoing from the rowhouse where Dzikowski lived with her father, her boyfriend, and their 2-year-old daughter, Clarissa.
June 16, 2015 |
Loaded with mangoes, bananas, pineapples, and paper products, the Maersk Wakayama - a ship 176 yards long - docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia on Wednesday. For Holt Logistics Corp., which runs the Packer Avenue port, the Wakayama marks the start of much new business, worth millions of dollars and tens of thousands of man-hours. "You're probably looking at 50,000 additional container moves," with 104 vessels arriving each year, exulted Leo Holt, 50, president of Holt Logistics Inc. The Maersk Group, based in Denmark, will send two vessels a week to the Packer Avenue port through each of two SeaLand shipping lines.
May 31, 2015 |
It's a port party in South Jersey, and one state leader is sending the invitations. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) told a room of business leaders and local officials in Voorhees on Friday morning that two port facilities in the works on the Delaware have the potential to invigorate the regional economy - so much so that he envisions a third. "There's one more that we want to build, down in Salem" County, Sweeney said at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey focused on transportation and infrastructure, specifically ports.
May 14, 2015 |
EDITOR'S NOTE: For the very latest on the Amtrak train derailment, click story here: At least six people were killed and dozens injured, eight critically, when a northbound Amtrak train derailed Tuesday night in Port Richmond. In the moments after the derailment, scores of emergency personnel swarmed over more than a half-dozen toppled train cars, trying to reach the dazed, the injured, the dying. Some people were reported trapped in the train, and crews cut into the cars to try to free the injured.
May 12, 2015
A 34-year-old man was shot and killed early Sunday in a car parked in Port Richmond, police said. The man, whose name was not released Sunday pending family notification, was shot in the head while he was sitting in the passenger seat of a 2011 Dodge on the 1200 block of E. Atlantic Ave. Officers on patrol discovered him after they heard gunshots in the area, then saw a man running from the car. Officers lost sight of the man, who ran down...