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September 24, 1996 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
Workmen gave a well-known sycamore tree in Tacony a trim yesterday, and it looks as if the tree will remain standing. Tom Doyle, spokesman for Fairmount Park Commission, said branches were inter-fering with power lines and imperiling a neighbor's house. The tree will not be cut down, he said. The tree, on Longshore Avenue near Walker Street, drew attention last month when neighbor Jeff Etsell tied his three kids and two other children to the trunk to keep workers from cutting it down.
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November 14, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
Update: The jury this afternoon awarded $45 million in compensatory and punitive damages to Tamara Breeden against Linda Ann Weston and two other defendants after deliberating for about an hour and 20 minutes. TESTIFYING yesterday for the first time in public, Tamara Breeden - one of four mentally disabled victims rescued from a Tacony sub-basement in 2011 - told a jury that alleged kidnapper Linda Ann Weston beat her, snatched away her babies, starved her and forced her to drink her urine for more than 10 years.
NEWS
December 25, 2012 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 46-year-old man was gunned down this morning in the city's Tacony section, police said. The man, whose name has not been released yet, was found on the street near the corner of Devereaux and Tulip streets shortly before 10:30 a.m., police said. He had a gunshot wound in the left side of his chest. The man was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later, police said. Contact Allison Steele at 215-854-2641 or asteele@phillynews.com
NEWS
November 15, 2011
A 10-year-old boy suffered a minor graze wound during a shooting Monday night in the city's Tacony section, police said. A man opened fire about 8:15 p.m. in the area of Marsden Street and Unruh Avenue, police said. The boy was grazed in the back of the right leg. He was reported in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. - Robert Moran
NEWS
February 5, 2012
Police are investigating the murder of a Tacony man inside a home Friday night. About 11:30 p.m., police found a 50-year-old man stabbed once in the chest inside a residence in the 6200 block of Cottage Street, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released the victim's name or any motive or suspects. - Mike Newall
NEWS
October 23, 1988 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some 100 years ago, in the midst of labor strife, the country's political leaders searched the United States for the ideal community, a community where workers and employers co-existed in harmony. They found that neighborhood in Philadelphia. It was Tacony, an idyllic place on the Delaware River with a bustling saw-works industry. Why here in Tacony? On Wednesday evening, at the Tacony branch of The Free Library of Philadelphia, historian Harry Silcox answered that question in a lecture titled "Tacony: Henry Disston's Model Industrial Community.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
A 27-year-old man was shot and critically wounded by police after he allegedly tried to run down an officer Monday evening in the city's Tacony section, police said. The man, who was suspected of being involved in narcotics, was fleeing police in the 6300 block of Edmund Street at approximately 6:12 p.m. when he allegedly tried to drive a car at an officer and was shot once in the left side, police said. A medic unit transported the man to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus and was listed in critical condition.
NEWS
January 21, 2012
The 27-year-old owner of a Chinese takeout was shot to death Friday night during an attempted robbery in the city's Tacony section, police said. Around 7 p.m., two armed men confronted the owner of Jin House at Longshore Avenue and Tulip Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The owner told the gunmen to take whatever they wanted, but "for some reason they shot him" in the chest and fled without any money, Small said. The owner's 27-year-old wife, who was holding their 8-month-old baby daughter, witnessed the shooting, Small said.
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | Peter Mucha
A Rhawnhurst man was charged in a fatal accident that killed two people Thursday morning in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. George Vidra, 26, of the 7800 block of Lorna Drive, was driving a red Chevrolet Camaro that ran a stop sign and crashed into a silver Kia at Ditman and Disston Streets in Tacony, police said. The Kia exploded in flames, and its two occupants, a 26-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were not released Thursday night.
NEWS
December 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman charged alongside her mother in a decadelong, cross-county plot to kidnap mentally disabled adults, enslave them, and steal their government benefit checks pleaded guilty this week, all but ensuring that she will face a lifetime behind bars. Jean McIntosh's admission of guilt was the first in a case as notable for its stomach-churning details as for the lingering question of whether prosecutors will press for a rare federal death sentence for its lead defendant - McIntosh's mother, Linda Weston.
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June 15, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nani is lucky to be alive. The emaciated pit bull was discovered Tuesday afternoon in Tacony Creek Park by Luis Montalvo, who was walking his two pit bulls when they alerted him to a skeletal, feces-covered dog lying on some dirt and rocks. "Oh my God, she was bones, literally bones," said Montalvo, 38, of Juniata Park, who offered the dog some water from a bottle. "She was trying to get up, but she couldn't. " Nani was picked up by the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, who then reached out to Michele Schaffer-Stevens of Lilo's Promise Animal Rescue in Voorhees.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A self-described ordained preacher faces the prospect of life in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to federal charges that he helped detain, abuse, and exploit mentally disabled people held captive in what has become known as Philadelphia's Tacony dungeon case. Eddie Ray Wright, 54, became the second of five defendants to plead guilty in a scheme whose alleged ringleader, Linda Ann Weston, is charged with defrauding the Social Security Administration by targeting, confining, and abusing people while stealing their disability benefits.
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March 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
TWO WOMEN testified yesterday to similar accounts of how a man in a white pickup truck drove each of them, on separate occasions, to Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia, then brutally raped them. After hearing their testimonies, Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni held defendant Robert Palen, 39 - the most recent high-profile alleged Pennypack Park rapist - for trial on charges of rape, aggravated assault and related offenses. One woman, 31, tearfully testified that a little after 7 p.m. Aug. 1, 2010, she was hanging on the corner of Disston Street and Torresdale Avenue in Tacony when Palen, whom she did not know, circled around her in a white "utility" pickup truck.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Miriam E. McBride Rawley, 90, of Tacony, a mother and singer, died Friday, Nov. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at the Philadelphia Protestant Home in Lawncrest. Born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Mrs. Rawley lost her mother early. She and her four siblings grew up with their father, Francis McBride, and stepmother, Maude Whelan, on a horse farm in Hilltown, Bucks County. After the family moved back to the city, Mrs. Rawley became a member of the first graduating class of St. Hubert High School in 1942.
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JURY yesterday awarded $45 million to Tamara Breeden, one of four mentally disabled victims rescued from a squalid Tacony dungeon in 2011, after hearing evidence that she had been kidnapped, starved, beaten and prostituted for 10 years. Breeden, 33, told the panel on Wednesday that Linda Ann Weston forced her to use a bucket when she needed to go to the bathroom, made her drink her own urine, knocked her teeth out with a hammer, beat her with a metal bat, took her babies away and barely fed her. The Common Pleas jury spent one hour, 20 minutes deliberating before awarding $40 million in compensatory damages against Weston and two other defendants, said Steven Wigrizer, Breeden's lawyer.
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November 14, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
Update: The jury this afternoon awarded $45 million in compensatory and punitive damages to Tamara Breeden against Linda Ann Weston and two other defendants after deliberating for about an hour and 20 minutes. TESTIFYING yesterday for the first time in public, Tamara Breeden - one of four mentally disabled victims rescued from a Tacony sub-basement in 2011 - told a jury that alleged kidnapper Linda Ann Weston beat her, snatched away her babies, starved her and forced her to drink her urine for more than 10 years.
NEWS
October 30, 2014
L OUIS RODRIGUEZ , 46, of Williamstown, N.J., is president of Rodriguez Consulting, in North Philadelphia. The Chester native founded the civil-engineering firm in 2007. It's the 54th-fastest-growing inner-city business on the 2014 Inner City 100 compiled by the Massachusetts-based Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was working for the Philadelphia Water Department and noticed a lot of work was outsourced to private firms.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Billy Blaise Dufala's usual destination for art supplies doesn't offer oil paints, archival paper, or sable brushes. But it does have new inventory daily - tons of it, brought in by the truckload from construction sites and 1-800-GOT-JUNK pickups. As he wanders, wearing a hard hat and reflective vest, among mountains of wood pallets, concrete rubble, and twisted metal at Revolution Recovery in Tacony, he's intrigued by a tattered but, it turns out, functional patio umbrella, a perfectly good roll of roofing vinyl, and a stuffed likeness of a New Kids on the Block-era Jordan Knight, still in its box. Uncovering potential within society's castoffs is at the core of the nonprofit Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR)
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