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November 11, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RICHARD DeCOATSWORTH, the former hero Philly cop on trial for attacking his girlfriend last year, was acquitted of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment yesterday. The Common Pleas jury of seven women and five men did, however, find DeCoatsworth guilty of simple assault - a misdemeanor - for striking Sadie Martinez, 29, during an argument at the Port Richmond home they shared on May 9, 2013. DeCoatsworth, 28, who survived a gunshot blast to the face as a rookie cop in 2007, faces the possibility of probation to one to two years in jail when he is sentenced by Judge Charles Ehrlich on Jan. 26. When sentenced, DeCoatsworth will be credited with time served after spending 16 months in jail awaiting trial in this case and on unrelated assault and sex-trafficking charges that were dismissed in September.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOHN F. DOUGHERTY never lost his zest for life despite a grueling 14-year battle with cancer. "He lived life to its fullest before his illness completely wore him down," said his wife, the former Mary Lee Kaiser. Doc, as he was known to family friends, a former union carpenter and city employee, died Tuesday at age 67. He lived in Bridesburg, but had lived most of his life in Port Richmond. His wife of 36 years remembers him as her "best friend, a loving husband who suffered greatly but rarely complained, and tried to maintain a positive attitude up to the end of his life.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Weeks after completing its last round of parish mergers and closures, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that 14 more parishes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties could be combined with nearby churches or shuttered. This time, the archdiocese is targeting three clusters of churches for cutbacks: In Delaware County's Springfield Township, the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross, and St. Kevin. In Montgomery County, the parishes of St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph in Ambler, St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, St. Genevieve in Flourtown, and Holy Martyrs in Oreland.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are searching for a man who attacked a 65-year-old nun Sunday morning in Port Richmond, then dragged her from a car and drove away with it. The nun, whose name was not released, was wearing her habit and was waiting in the passenger seat of a friend's car outside a Shop Rite store on Aramingo Avenue about 11:15 a.m., police said. The friend was inside and had left the engine on. The man opened the driver's-side door and said, "Tell me wherever you want to go," authorities said.
NEWS
June 9, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bridge safety can depend as much on what happens under a bridge as on it. A giant pile of dirt stored beneath an I-495 bridge in Wilmington is the chief suspect as the cause of tilting that forced the closure of the span last week. The episode is reminiscent of a 1996 fire in stacks of discarded tires under I-95 in Port Richmond that closed a section of the interstate for a week and forced traffic restrictions for months. In 2012, traffic was restricted for six weeks on I-195 near Trenton after a dump truck on the New Jersey Turnpike struck a pillar supporting an I-195 overpass and burst into flames, killing the driver and damaging the structure.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
FOR THE SECOND year in a row, the Port Richmond Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to a lack of funding and volunteers, according to a parade volunteer. "Everyone wants to watch the parade but no one understands how much work it takes," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, former president and current executive director of Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic Association (PROPAC). The organization has helped put on the parade in prior years. Kozlowski said she hopes the 50-year-old hallmark will return next year.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
FROM THE harsh winter, Lisa Conway and Chris Rovner, both mothers of 2-year-old boys, know just how rambunctious toddlers can get when they're stuck in the house. So for the two moms raising kids in Port Richmond's Olde Richmond section and Northern Liberties, respectively, it was a godsend when Fusion Tumbling & Fitness opened at Front and Norris streets in February. "It was the perfect timing, because the weather was not nice," Conway, 32, said on a recent Sunday morning as she watched her flaxen-haired son, Mason, tumble with five other kids from surrounding neighborhoods as part of a weekly tiny-tots tumbling class.
NEWS
April 29, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
In groups, in pairs, and alone, the faithful began streaming into St. Adalbert's Church on Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond well before the start of the packed 2 p.m. prayer service on Sunday celebrating the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. And no wonder. For this largely Polish American congregation of about 1,300 families near I-95, John Paul II, in particular, has special meaning. "This is wonderful," said Bozena Kitlas, who came to the church from Voorhees with her daughter, Olivia, 12. "We are so proud of our pope," she said.
FOOD
April 18, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
By late Friday morning, the line was nearly out the front door of Stan Swiacki Meats. That's nothing, said Ed Swiacki, 36, who still smokes kielbasa the same way his grandfather did in 1950. By Good Friday, lines will form before dawn, snaking past the counter stocked with rye bread, babka, and pierogi, down Salmon Street and onto Venango. "We used to have an order line," where people could come right in and pick up advance orders, he said. "We had to stop it, because there were almost fights in the line, people thought they were cutting.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA When the city cut a deal in 2012 for a holding company, Kenpor L.P., to take and rehab about 100 properties in Kensington and Port Richmond that had been in foreclosure after Robert Coyle, convicted of fraud, defaulted on $10 million in mortgages in 2009, Sandy Saltzman was skeptical. "We really were worried about the fact that these properties were in such poor condition that they were not going to be able to be taken care of in the way they needed to be," said Saltzman, executive director of the New Kensington Community Development Corp.
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