April 26, 1998 |
Spurred by a new emphasis on ridding neighborhoods of nuisance crime and drug dealing, Philadelphia police are making many more arrests than usual, raising concerns about whether the courts and prisons can handle the volume. Total arrests across the city are up 15 to 25 percent from last year. That translates to an extra 200 to 300 suspects booked and fingerprinted each week. The effects are rippling through the criminal justice system. In Municipal Court, where preliminary hearings and misdemeanor trials are held, the caseload is up 30 percent since the beginning of the year.
January 27, 1992 |
Chocolate croissants and Gitanes cigarettes, bread and butter. Sam's Place. The very name of the grocery store is inviting, casual, hip - much like the neighborhood. But things have changed at the decades-old landmark on 45th Street off Pine, in the idealistic and eclectic heart of University City. Metal grates were put up over the windows. A shuttered gate was installed over the door. Surveillance cameras were set up next to the toilet paper. And the owner and night manager started carrying guns.
August 9, 2012 |
Construction tool , Margaux Pelegrin thought, although it happened so fast, there really wasn't time to think. Her mind was on 20-month-old Colin, her toddler napping in the backseat. Could she scoop him up and get him inside without waking him? The man - a hulk in a dirty T-shirt and shorts - kept coming at her; big strides, and she figured him for a builder. There was always lots of construction going on around her home in Fitler Square. He had a knife. Then he was on her. Before she could step out of the car or shut the door on him, he came down slashing.
July 12, 2014 |
Teens who commit crimes often age out of such conduct by their mid-30s, criminologists say. Apparently, no one told Kevin Green. Green's adult criminal career began at age 18 in 1975. By the late 1980s, he was in one of the city's most feared drug gangs, and was involved in a shooting war with the more-feared "Junior Black Mafia. " Green was 36 when he escaped a life sentence for murder - he got seven to 15 years - in the notorious 1989 shooting of Donald Branch, a Cheltenham computer software expert dining at Tobin's Inn in West Oak Lane.
November 16, 1998
There are two common responses to street crime in our communities. We either throw up our hands or ball up our fists. Throwing up our hands puts us in a posture of resignation. Balling up our fists puts us in peril. But the three-day "Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community," which ended Saturday, brought together a group of activists who offered a third response. They rolled up their sleeves. Street crime is our problem, and not just in the black community. In convening the conference, State Sen. Hardy Williams and State Attorney General Mike Fisher were not making the point that street crime is a problem peculiar to black communities or perpetrated solely by black criminals.
August 8, 2013 |
Violent street crime in Camden dipped in the first three months that the city has been patrolled by a newly formed Camden County-run police force, particularly in two neighborhoods where the initial effort was concentrated, officials said Tuesday. Citywide, daytime nonfatal shootings decreased 44 percent, from 39 victims to 22 from May 1 - the force's start date - to July 31 compared with the same period last year, according to crime statistics issued by the new force and titled "Marks of Progress.
July 9, 2013
THE BEST PART of Philadelphia are the people who live here. My wife and I have lived here for 35 years. There isn't one part of the city we haven't visited, and they all have provided positive results. Our neighborhood in Roxborough is everything urban living is all about. We frequent Latino and Asian supermarkets, and that makes food shopping a real experience. The kindness and understanding is off the charts. My wife is Latina and I lived overseas, so we go everywhere. Sure, we take part in the Art Museum and all the ArsNova shows, but it is at street level that Philly rules!
July 3, 2008 |
Crediting tips from citizens who have had enough of crime, Philadelphia police yesterday showed off an impressive heap of illicit drugs, guns and money gathered from across the city in just one day, along with a new way drug dealers are hiding cocaine. Chief Inspector Teri Clark of the police narcotics bureau stood behind a table bearing what she said were $400,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana, $80,000 in cash, and 15 weapons, including 10 handguns and an AK-47 "pitched out a window" during a police raid.
August 18, 2011
By Louis Lombardi Mayor Nutter has decided to take an ironfisted approach to the city's flash-mob problem. Although his motives and much of his response are commendable, his decision to institute a curfew for portions of the city is troubling. While last weekend's relative quiet was attributed to the curfew, its reported effectiveness does not necessarily make it right. Under the curfew, youths under 18 who are found out and about after 9 p.m. in Center City, the South Street area, and University City are subject to arrest.
January 16, 1986 |
Charles Horace sat in the balcony of the Jones Memorial Baptist Church in North Philadelphia last night, listening to the suggestions of top city officials on how to combat the violent crime that has plagued his community in the past two months. Horace told the 200 people attending the anti-crime meeting that increased Town Watch patrols and the use of Freon warning horns were good countermeasures to street crime, but he said he has his own solution. "I started carrying a hammer," he said.