August 23, 2013 |
POLICE HAVE arrested a Port Richmond man in Monday's stabbing of a retired police officer. Joseph Fitzgerald, 31, of Belgrade Street near Westmoreland, is being held in lieu of $400,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault and related offenses. He faces a Sept. 4 preliminary hearing. Retired Philadelphia police Officer George Orth, 56, told investigators that he met Fitzgerald at a nearby bar and that his new acquaintance then stabbed him once in the chest about 2 a.m. inside Orth's home on Salmon Street near Indiana Avenue.
August 21, 2013 |
GEORGE ORTH is no stranger to near-death experiences. In 25 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, his days sometimes involved jumping into a moving car - driven by a gun-toting maniac, no less - or getting rammed head-on by a motorist trying to flee police. So Orth's former colleagues weren't surprised to hear that he survived a stabbing early yesterday in Port Richmond. Police said a 30-year-old white man stabbed Orth, 56, in the torso outside his home on Salmon Street near Indiana Avenue about 2 a.m. The man, who was about 5 feet 8, 200 pounds, fled.
August 12, 2013 |
Like politicians on the campaign trail, applicants for the city's second casino license are pushing hard to win friends and influence neighbors. In Center City, Market8 has pledged to spend $1 million a year to fix up dreary Market Street East. It already has spent $18,000 for planters and flowers, and donated $2,000 to a neighborhood effort to remove graffiti and clean streets. In Port Richmond, Wynn Resorts held a summer picnic for 1,000 in Campbell Square Park, with free food and live music.
July 15, 2013 |
Mary Louise Leuters met her husband at 16 at a roller-skating rink in Port Richmond. She married up. He was from Fishtown. They have been married 61 years now, and the love is still there but her knees are gone, bone on bone, and this is a concern. Because who is going to take over as president of the Ladies of Port Richmond? Mary Louise - Mary Lou to friends, or even just Lou - is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She felt so grateful to her doctors and hospital that she wanted to give back.
July 14, 2013
To contact or donate: Phone: 215-427-3222 Mail: The Ladies of Port Richmond, 3160 Cedar St., Philadelphia 19134. Online: Go to www.facebook.com and search for "Ladies of Port Richmond. "
July 7, 2013 |
Denise Baron was 9, a fourth grader at St. Adalbert School in Port Richmond, when she and her classmates filed past the man in red robes. She could not pronounce his name, and now, 37 years later, she can't recall whether he touched her head or her shoulders. What she remembers clearly, though, is going home that night knowing she had been blessed by a great man. "Being Catholic and Polish, I knew that being in his presence was pretty cool," Baron said. "As a little kid, you went, 'Wow!
June 19, 2013
A 25-year-old man was in critical condition after being stabbed Tuesday evening at a Port Richmond rooming house, police said. The stabbing was reported at 6:19 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Ontario Street, police said. Medics took the victim, who was stabbed in the upper left leg, to Temple University Hospital. Police said two males had been detained for questioning. - Robert Moran
June 18, 2013
IF YOU BOUGHT meat Saturday at a ShopRite in Port Richmond, check before taking a bite. ShopRite has recalled its store-made boneless-beef round cube steak after it suspected that some packages sold at the store on Aramingo Avenue near Castor might contain small pieces of metal from the cutting machines. After a customer alerted an employee to a particular package, ShopRite contacted 56 of the 67 customers who bought the meat. All of the customers were part of the Price Plus Club, the company's loyalty program.
June 5, 2013 |
A 21-acre parcel in an isolated industrial section of Port Richmond is under consideration as a potential site for a halfway house. The parcel at 2121 Wheatsheaf Lane, near the I-95 exit to Aramingo Avenue, is owned by Joseph Verne and Louis Vernekoff, brothers who used the site for a furniture business, Homeline Industries, until it closed several years ago, former City Councilman Frank DiCicco said. While on Council, DiCicco said, he advised Verne, a friend, to explore selling or leasing the property to a big-box firm, similar to the Lowe's and Walmart outlets at the nearby Aramingo Crossings shopping center.
June 4, 2013
A man was killed in a house fire Monday night, fire officials said. Firefighters responded at 9:28 p.m. to a two-story rowhouse on the 3100 block of Cedar Street, where they found heavy fire on the first floor and heavy smoke on the second, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. The front door was held shut by a dead bolt, so firefighters forced their way into the house. Inside, a man was on the floor, already dead, Ayers said. No one else was in the house, he said. The fire was under control by 9:55, Ayers said; firefighters were still at the scene after 11. Several neighbors, seeing flames shoot from the house, tried to kick in the door before firefighters arrived, according to neighbor Justin Haskell.