May 15, 2014 |
A BOOZE-FUELED fight left a Delaware County woman so disoriented Monday night that she wandered into the path of an Amtrak train, authorities said yesterday. That woman, identified by a law-enforcement source as Laura Dehart, 50, of Folcroft, was pronounced dead at Crozer-Chester Medical Center late Monday after being struck near SEPTA's Marcus Hook station just after 6 p.m. How Dehart ended up on the tracks wasn't clear, but an employee of the nearby Star Hotel said yesterday that the woman and her boyfriend - who lives in an extended-stay room at the establishment - had gotten into a dispute Monday night and that alcohol was involved.
May 14, 2014 |
THE OFFICERS who gathered in March to remember fallen SEPTA police Sgt. Thomas Sewell said they'd never forget the transit officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1989. But while they won't forget his service, one Philly officer has apparently forgotten something else - to pay back Sewell's widow the $15,000 he borrowed in 2006. After her husband's death, Jeanne Sides Sewell and city police Officer Patrick McCullough became friends at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge.
May 12, 2014 |
"Ten thousand thousand fruit to touch," as Robert Frost puts it in "After Apple-Picking. " He was talking about apples. But Apple-picking is now slang for the theft of one of the most lucrative things you can steal: a cellphone. And Philadelphia, according to the AAA, is the number-one town in the United States for Apple-picking. Now, after industrial dickering and resistance, consumers may finally get some control of the situation. At issue is the so-called kill switch, a way for owners of stolen or lost mobile devices to lock them and/or erase info on them remotely.
May 9, 2014
Introduced by an article in the Atlantic more than three decades ago and embraced in New York a few years later, the "broken windows" theory isn't cutting-edge criminology. But the SEPTA police force's much more recent adoption of the approach is as auspicious as it is belated. The theory holds that tolerance of minor crimes such as vandalism contributes to more general and serious disorder. Cracking down on petty violations should therefore pay public-safety dividends that go beyond the nuisances themselves.
May 9, 2014 |
I BOARDED the SEPTA Route 23 bus yesterday morning expecting a freak show. Judging by the photos and videos posted on People of SEPTA and similar voyeuristic online sites, I awaited the ill-clothed masses, the nodding addicts and the midmorning masturbators. A Temple University doctoral student captured an especially brazen whack job (pun intended) on video Friday morning when the man sitting next to her on the same bus route I took a few days later began to masturbate. That video went viral, and will make for some compelling evidence when cops pick up the perv.
May 7, 2014 |
After rising for a decade, violent and property crimes dropped on SEPTA subway and elevated lines last year, as fare-evasion arrests skyrocketed. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III credited a change in police tactics: more officers in the subways, a crackdown on minor crimes, and a focus on fare jumpers. In 2013, there were 464 reported violent and property crimes on the Broad Street subway and the Market-Frankford elevated/subway line, down 14 percent from 541 in 2012. Violent and property crimes include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, theft, and arson.
May 3, 2014 |
SEPTA's Regional Rail engineers moved a step closer to being able to strike early next year, after the National Mediation Board on Thursday ended its efforts to broker an agreement. The board on Thursday declared an impasse in negotiations and suggested the two sides submit their long-running dispute to binding arbitration. The 220 engineers, represented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, said they would accept arbitration, but SEPTA will not, spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
May 1, 2014 |
A WOMAN WAS fighting for her life last night after tumbling onto the tracks of SEPTA's Broad Street Line. That woman, a South Philly resident whose age and identity weren't available, remained in critical condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital last night after her right leg touched the "third rail," the electrified portion of the train track. An estimated 600 volts coursed through her body during the incident, which happened at 1:18 p.m. at the line's Ellsworth-Federal stop, according to SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel.
April 27, 2014
A story Friday about a SEPTA advertising contract misstated the length of the option periods at the end of the contract. The two option periods are two years each.