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April 1, 2016
Two subway riders on Wednesday prevented an apparently suicidal man from jumping in front of a train on SEPTA's Broad Street Line. Heather Redfern, a SEPTA spokeswoman, said the incident, which unfolded about 9:30 a.m. at the Race-Vine Station, delayed southbound service for 15 minutes until police could respond. Police went to the station after they received a call that a person was threatening to jump in front of a train. When they arrived, they found two people restraining the man on the platform, Redfern said.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury returned a split verdict Monday in the trial of a former SEPTA police officer accused of roughing up and falsely arresting a nurse after a Christmas 2013 argument in a Suburban Station doughnut shop. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women deliberated about two hours before finding Douglas Ioven guilty of misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and official oppression involving the arrest of Muibat Williamson. The jury acquitted Ioven, 44, of simple assault and obstruction of administration of law. The assault count involved Williamson's allegation that Ioven stepped on her foot after cutting in line at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse and later banged her head into an ATM trying to apprehend her. The obstruction charge involved arresting Williamson to prevent her from filing a complaint against him with SEPTA superiors.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
EVERYTHING THAT's old is new again. I'm talking about SEPTA senior passes, not necessarily the people who use them. Like me. In April of last year, Newsworks reported that SEPTA would not accept driver's licenses as proof of age for seniors, while it did accept Social Security cards, Medicare cards and, of course, it's own blue senior ID card. That policy was curbed after it created confusion and anxiety, but no more so than the chronically behind schedule SEPTA Key, a cashless payment system.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The prosecution in the trial of a SEPTA police officer accused of roughing up a nurse who had wanted to submit a complaint against him ended its case Thursday with testimony from a police supervisor that both helped and hurt the accused. SEPTA Police Lt. Garrett Marsh told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury that he saw Officer Douglas Ioven struggling to control a handcuffed woman during the Christmas morning incident at Suburban Station in 2013. "When I went down the hallway, I saw the officer struggling with a black female," Marsh said.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
SEPTA riders' wallets will get a break in 2016 as a planned fare increase will be postponed for another year. SEPTA has introduced a fare increase every three years since 2007, and was due for another in July, the beginning of the 2017 fiscal year. The increase would have varied across subway, bus, trolley, Regional Rail, and High-speed lines. The exact amounts had not yet been decided, said Andrew Busch, SEPTA spokesman. The fare increase will likely be bumped back to the 2018 fiscal year, he said.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
As an immigrant, Muibat Williamson has firm ideas about what the United States and its citizens should be about. So when a SEPTA police officer cut in line on Christmas 2013 as she waited in the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Suburban Station and then, according to her, stepped on her foot as he left, Williamson was not about to let it rest. "I said, 'Excuse me, you stepped on me. Aren't you going to apologize?' " Williamson told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday. SEPTA Officer Douglas Ioven said no, he didn't step on her foot, and wouldn't apologize.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Douglas Ioven and Muibat Williamson both had to work on Christmas 2013. Ioven was starting his shift as a SEPTA police officer, and Williamson was heading home from hers as an overnight neurology nurse at Einstein Medical Center, when they met at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse of Suburban Station. Christmas only went downhill from there. On Tuesday, both prepared to relive their very un-merriest of Christmases past in a Philadelphia courtroom, where Ioven, 44, went on trial on charges of witness retaliation and intimidation, official oppression, assault, and other offenses for arresting Williamson after an argument about cutting in line.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The new kids in transportation, ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft, are sitting down with old-guard transit agencies like SEPTA to find partnerships that could benefit both. SEPTA and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation think these companies could give travelers easier access to public transportation. They also want to learn from the app-based business model that has made ride sharing so popular. New evidence suggests the ride-sharing business and public transit could complement each other.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Warning: Language in video above When SEPTA employees saw surveillance video of a man shooting an employee inside a Church's Chicken store in the city's Tioga section this month, they believed they recognized him, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said Thursday. The man they knew as "angry rider" Ronald Graham had lodged so many complaints against SEPTA, Nestel said, that transit officials were able to zero in on Graham's "main route of complaint," Route 23. And on March 10, SEPTA police turned their body cameras on Graham as they arrested him on a Route 23 bus. Body camera footage released Thursday shows SEPTA Officer Matt Arlen quickly and quietly evacuating the full bus without ever waking Graham, who was asleep in the rear corner.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A woman was struck and killed by a SEPTA Regional Rail train Thursday night near the Levittown station in Tullytown. The train, which was not in service, was making its way from Trenton to the Powelton train yard in West Philadelphia when it struck the woman around 7:30 p.m., a SEPTA spokesman said. The train's speed at the time was unclear; it would not have stopped at the station. Also unclear was whether the woman was on the tracks intentionally. Service on the Trenton Line was suspended.
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