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.
May 31, 2013 |
A PROFESSIONAL photographer with a lengthy rap sheet died last week in a Philadelphia jail cell, and some people close to him are raising questions about the official account of his death. The man, Zakee Vaughn, 29, of Willow Grove, Montgomery County, was shot May 12 by a Philadelphia Police officer on Oxford Avenue near Summerdale, in Northeast Philly's Summerdale section. It was Mother's Day and Vaughn was with the mother of one of his two children. Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman, said he was shot because he had tried to grab the gun from an officer's holster after cops, responding to the report of a domestic dispute, chased him on foot.
May 21, 2013 |
Philadelphia police last year recommended bringing charges of witness intimidation against former Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, once hailed as a hero for his work on the force and charged over the weekend with rape, a high-ranking police official said Sunday. Capt. John Gallagher, a former commander of East Detectives now assigned to the department's Counter-Terrorism Operations, said the recommendation stemmed from allegations that DeCoatsworth, 27, had kidnapped, assaulted, and robbed a Port Richmond man who lived two blocks from him over an unpaid debt.
April 18, 2013 |
NO ONE gets out of this life alive. But not everyone thinks about that as often as Linda Belz does. She's the 30-year-old ovarian-cancer patient I wrote about last week, whose doctors can do no more for her. She will die soon. Her final wish is to raise enough money to pay her funeral expenses so that her grieving parents won't have to. When I visited with Linda at Vitas Hospice in Frankford, the bombs were eight days away from exploding at the Boston Marathon. So it was easy to forget, for the moment, that life can end in an instant the way it did for the three Boston victims.
March 21, 2013
A PORT RICHMOND man has been arrested and charged in a fatal hit-and-run that occurred almost two years ago, police said. Robert Sickman, 26, of Almond Street, surrendered to police Tuesday. He is accused of driving the car that struck William McCue, 28, on April 10, 2011. McCue was walking home when a passing car struck him as he crossed Richmond Street near Sergeant, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, but the driver fled. Police found the vehicle the next morning and identified Sickman as the driver, but were unable to locate him until Tuesday.
March 19, 2013 |
OFFICIALS reported Monday that two people were injured after a piece of equipment malfunctioned at a plant in Port Richmond, spilling about 50 gallons of hazardous material into the Delaware River. The spill happened about 11 p.m. Sunday at a Kinder Morgan Company facility along the 3300 block of North Delaware Avenue. Officials said 50 gallons of phenol, which is also known as carbolic acid, spilled into the river. Two workers were taken to the hospital after being exposed, and were reported to be in stable condition.
March 17, 2013
A 31-YEAR-OLD Port Richmond man was held on $3 million bail Friday after police who were serving a drug warrant at his house discovered what appeared to be pipe bombs inside. Cops found the explosives early Thursday morning at the house, on Thompson Street near Huntingdon, and arrested Nicholas Suozzo, the District Attorney's Office said. The bomb squad was called to clear the house and remove the devices, authorities said. He's facing a slew of charges, including possessing weapons of mass destruction, possession of an offensive weapon, risking catastrophe and drug possession.
March 16, 2013
A Port Richmond man was being held Friday on $3 million bail after authorities said they found explosives in his house. Nicholas Suozzo, 31, of the 2600 block of East Thompson Street, was arrested Thursday after police, serving a narcotics warrant on his house, found incendiary devices believed to be pipe bombs. Suozzo was charged with possessing weapons of mass destruction, possessing a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, and other offenses, the District Attorney's Office said Friday.
March 15, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: To mark St. Paddy's Day, I had Colcannon at the Black Sheep near Rittenhouse Square . . . We can talk about other places to celebrate the holiday, as well as a number of hot topics . . . like the continued rise of ValeMar – that power couple from Midtown Village, Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, whose 13th Street domain keeps growing. Not only are they swapping their BYO status for a liquor license at Lolita, but taking over the 13th and Locust space that previously housed Rhino Bar and Fish.