February 15, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Fire Department recently put under control a six-alarm blaze on the 4600 block of Griscom Street in Frankford. Crews have been out at the scene of the fire, which started at Joe's Auto Body repair shop, since about 9:35 a.m. Saturday. Officials said the fire was put under control at 2:03 p.m. Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said at a news conference at the scene that the blaze has been extremely hard to battle because of wind gusts and the cold weather. One firefighter was reported to be injured.
February 14, 2016 |
It wasn't a snake on a plane, but a snake near a train that sent authorities scrambling to SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station Friday morning. A passerby reported seeing a snake in a trash can at the station in the 3100 block of Convention Avenue shortly before 4 a.m., SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said. The snake was dead, and animal-control officers were called, Redfern said. The snake was coiled up in a brown trash bag, according to a photo on 6ABC's website.
February 12, 2016 |
At a series of public meetings next month, SEPTA will present a single proposal for the five-mile extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. The meetings haven't been scheduled, but one group is already fighting. A petition to give Upper Merion residents a vote on the extension has attracted 424 signatures in three months, as of Wednesday. A group called NoKOPRail with a presence on Twitter and Facebook formed to support the petition. For context, those signatures come from a municipality of almost 30,000, according to census data, but the group has a lot of grievances: SEPTA communicated its plans poorly.
February 5, 2016 |
A SEPTA train has hit a disabled taxi on the tracks in Conshohocken, but there are no reports of serious injuries. The collision occurred at 6:25 a.m. on the Manayunk/Norristown Line, just south of Poplar Street between the Conshohocken and Spring Mill stations, SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said. Two people suffered minor head injuries, she said. Fifty-five people were aboard the train, and the car was empty, Redfern said. Service – suspended while police investigated – resumed at 8:40 a.m., Redfern said.
February 5, 2016 |
If Jason Pinardo has his way, 150 homeless people will soon be feasting in the City Hall courtyard. Pinardo, 41, launched a GoFundMe campaign Monday to raise $20,000 for a one-night pop-up restaurant for Philadelphia's homeless. In two days, he has raised more than $9,000. His biggest donor is longtime family friend Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat's King of Steaks, who contributed $2,000. "We need to take care of our own," Olivieri said. "A lot of people in this country need our help, and on a smaller scale, there are people in this neighborhood who need our help.
February 3, 2016 |
A small school bus and a SEPTA bus collided Monday morning near the Olney Transportation Center in North Philadelphia. No children were on the school bus. The driver and 13 passengers on the SEPTA bus reported suffering minor injuries, officials said. None of the three adults on the school bus were injured. The Route L bus was heading to the terminal when the collision occurred about 6:05 a.m. at West Olney and North Park avenues, officials said. An aerial shot of the scene showed the school bus with a damaged hood on the rear, driver's side of the SEPTA vehicle.
February 2, 2016 |
A MAN WHO allegedly stabbed a SEPTA bus passenger in Frankford on Friday afternoon has surrendered to police, according to Northeast Detectives. Police had released a SEPTA bus video Saturday seeking help in finding the suspect, who had boarded a southbound Route 56 bus on Torresdale Avenue, was unable to pay the fare, and refused to leave. After the bus stopped on Torresdale Avenue near Paul Street, another passenger pushed the fare evader out of the bus, the video shows. A fight ensued on the street, during which the fare evader allegedly stabbed the other man several times.
February 1, 2016 |
Philadelphia police on Saturday released a video of a man they say stabbed another during a fight on a SEPTA bus in Frankford, and are seeking the public's help in finding the assailant. It was shortly before 2 p.m. Friday when the suspect got on a Route 56 bus, which was traveling south on Torresdale Avenue. The man was unable to pay his fare and was asked to leave the bus at the next stop, police said. When the man refused to leave, another man, who was a passenger on the bus, began to argue with him, police said.
January 30, 2016 |
A man who died after a scuffle with a SEPTA police officer in October died of an overdose of PCP, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday. Omar Lopez, 24, of Kensington, died shortly after arriving at Aria Health-Frankford Campus on Oct. 26, where he was taken after the confrontation - in which he was Tased - at the Market-Frankford El's Huntingdon Station. Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the medical examiner, said the cause of death was acute phencyclidine (PCP) toxicity.