March 5, 2014 |
IF PEOPLE IN the Melrose Park Gardens neighborhood had a problem like vandalism, drug dealing, etc., they wouldn't call the cops directly. They would call Ed Roberson. Ed had the cellphone number of the captain of the 35th District and he would make the calls. Because Ed was recognized as a longtime leader of the community and one who cared deeply about its welfare, he would invariably get the action he sought. At election time, Ed invited candidates to meetings he organized at churches or other locations to talk with the voters.
September 8, 2013 |
Abington police have arrested two U.S. Postal Service employees who they say stole customers' credit card numbers and used them to purchase gift cards, aquarium tickets, and other items. Rashaad Schell, 23, and Daryl Matthews, 24, both of Philadelphia, are charged with identity theft, conspiracy, forgery, and related offenses. They were arraigned Thursday, and bail was set at $75,000 each. Police say the men used their cellphones to capture photos or videos of customers' credit cards.
June 9, 2013 |
Plummer Morton, 95, of Yeadon, a postal service worker who later became a school-bus driver, died Saturday, June 1, at Lankenau Hospital of a heart ailment. Born in Warren County, N.C., Mr. Morton was the only boy among five siblings. His family moved to Philadelphia when he was 9; he attended the city's public schools. During World War II, Mr. Morton served four years and eight months in the Army. He was a military policeman at Fort Bragg, N.C., and served in the Pacific. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home and found a job as a clerk with the U.S. Post Office.
March 11, 2013 |
Former welterweight contender Tony Martin, 52, was shot and killed Friday afternoon in the city's Hunting Park neighborhood, 6ABC reported Sunday. Martin was attempting to collect rent from a tenant at a property he owned on the 1300 block of West Butler Street when he was shot in the head, the station reported. A Philadelphia police spokesman was not available to confirm the shooting death. A postal worker who had a record of 34-6-1 with 12 knockouts, Martin was the United States Boxing Association and North American Boxing Federation champion, taking both titles from Kip Diggs in separate bouts in 1996 and 1997.
March 7, 2013 |
A Philadelphia woman and a Phoenixville man have been charged with bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the government by cashing benefit checks intended for their dead relatives, prosecutors said today. The cases against the pair, Sophia Beltz and Lawrence Nicoletti, were filed separately this week. But each reflect an ongoing crackdown by federal investigators on people who have illegally claimed or diverted benefits they never earned, often from relatives whose deaths are never reported to the government.
March 7, 2013
A Philadelphia woman and a Phoenixville man have been charged with bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the government by cashing benefit checks intended for their dead relatives, prosecutors said Wednesday. The cases against Sophia Beltz and Lawrence Nicoletti were filed separately this week. Beltz, 54, is charged with taking $172,000 in Social Security retirement funds deposited in her father's account since his death in 1997. Reached at her home Wednesday afternoon, Beltz declined to comment.
August 2, 2012
A Cherry Hill residence was robbed Tuesday afternoon after a man disguised as a postal worker forced his way inside and was joined by three accomplices, township police said. The fake mailman, who wore a uniform, knocked on a door on the 1100 block of Society Hill Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. and was greeted by a female occupant who thought he was delivering a package. He pushed his way in and was followed by the other assailants, two armed with handguns, police said. The men tied up the resident and her brother with belts and tape, and ransacked the home, getting away with cash and jewelry, they said.
July 24, 2012 |
A 76-year-old Burlington County woman who walks with a cane has been charged with killing her 79-year-old husband in their Browns Mills home with a .357 Magnum handgun. Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi said Fredricka Rosa, of the 100 block of Margaret Street, was charged with one count of murder in the shooting of Valpa C. Rosa Sr., who was shot in the head and neck. Pemberton Township police were called to the couple's home at 8:45 a.m. Saturday by one of the Rosas' children, who lives out of state but who received a call from Fredricka Rosa, the Prosecutor's Office said Sunday in a statement.
July 18, 2012
Police in Northeast Philadelphia are looking for a man who they say impersonated a postal worker, then forced his way into a woman's Bustleton home at gunpoint Tuesday morning and robbed her. The man, in full postal uniform, knocked on the door of the woman's home on Nester Place at 9:45 a.m. and asked her to sign for a letter, Seventh District Capt. Joseph Zaffino said. When she opened her screen door, the man displayed a gun, forced her into a bedroom, and demanded her valuables, Zaffino said.
April 19, 2012
ELECTRICAL wiring caused the blaze that killed a family of four early Monday in West Philadelphia, fire officials announced Wednesday. The blaze, which broke out just before 5 a.m. in a rowhouse on Chancellor Street near 52nd, killed Rishya Jenkins, 23; her stepson, Cyncere McClendon, 4; her son, Jayden McClendon, 2; and her soon-to-be father-in-law, Seneca McClendon, 75. It was the city's third fatal fire in a week. Jenkins was planning to get married in June; her fiancé discovered the fire and tried to save his family.