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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.
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
January 29, 2013 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal judge today replaced the lawyer for Linda Ann Weston, the Philadelphia woman who could face the death penalty after being accused of running a ring that kidnapped, tortured and enslaved mentally disabled people to collect their government benefit checks. U.S. Magistrate Judge L. Felipe Restrepo told Weston that lawyer George S. Yacoubian Jr. "has been doing very noble work without a fee," but that she needed attorneys' with experience in capital cases. Restrepo appointed lawyer Patricia L. McKinney, who has such experience, and said he will consider adding a second lawyer to the defense team.
NEWS
December 3, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
JOE GROGAN rushed out of his apartment above the Scarlett O'Hara Pub on Torresdale Avenue near Levick Street on Saturday night when he heard the sirens of converging squad cars and police officers shouting at two suspects they had up against the outside wall of the bar. "They were yelling, 'I told you not to take your hands off the f---ing wall!' and 'Don't go putting your f---ing hands in your pockets!' " Grogan, 57, said in the smoky Tacony bar yesterday afternoon, watching the Eagles on TV, gutting out the final minutes of a 24-21 nail-biter over the Cardinals.
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April 4, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU'RE at home plate and a baseball barrels toward your head, the smart thing to do is to get out of the way. Ah, but when the pitcher aims his curveball at your ear and the ball breaks over the plate, a bailing batter can emerge red-faced if the pitch is a strike. Marcus Jimenez, a junior for Maritime Academy, knows that feeling well. Jimenez typically plays rightfield but usually yields to a designated hitter because he's been a flincher at the plate. "I just always think it's gonna hit me so I just don't want to take that hit," said a smiling Jimenez, yesterday's unlikely hero.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN and BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writers rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
THE SOCIAL Security Administration yesterday expanded a Philadelphia-area pilot program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of the disabled and elderly. The program was launched locally in June 2012 in the wake of the Tacony dungeon case. That case made headlines after police rescued four mentally disabled people from a filthy basement where Linda Ann Weston and four co-defendants allegedly held them captive in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits.
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN & BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writers rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
IN OCTOBER 2011, Philadelphia police rescued four mentally disabled people from a filthy Tacony basement, where Linda Ann Weston and four codefendants allegedly held them captive in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits. In the wake of the Tacony dungeon case, outraged congressional leaders called for swift changes to how the Social Security Administration screens and monitors people who receive benefits on behalf of the elderly and disabled. But more than two years later, advocates for senior citizens and those with disabilities say that Social Security has taken minimal steps to root out fraud and abuse within the "Representative Payee Program.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
STACEY Newkirk-Smalls, the Tacony mother charged with the May 2012 murders of her 18-month-old twins, Adam and Eve, was convicted yesterday and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The verdict and sentence were handed down by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart following a one-day nonjury trial. Newkirk-Smalls, 42, was convicted of third-degree murder in both deaths. Minehart sentenced her to 20 to 40 years in prison for one murder and to life for the other because having two murder convictions automatically triggers a life sentence under state law. Police and prosecutors said that on May 24, 2012, Newkirk-Smalls poisoned both twins before drowning one and suffocating the other at the Ditman Street home she shared with her husband, who worked as a city correctional officer at the time.
NEWS
December 3, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
JOE GROGAN rushed out of his apartment above the Scarlett O'Hara Pub on Torresdale Avenue near Levick Street on Saturday night when he heard the sirens of converging squad cars and police officers shouting at two suspects they had up against the outside wall of the bar. "They were yelling, 'I told you not to take your hands off the f---ing wall!' and 'Don't go putting your f---ing hands in your pockets!' " Grogan, 57, said in the smoky Tacony bar yesterday afternoon, watching the Eagles on TV, gutting out the final minutes of a 24-21 nail-biter over the Cardinals.
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beatrice Weston's mother claims her daughter was held captive and tortured by her aunt Linda Ann Weston because the City of Philadelphia failed to keep her safe. In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, the latest installment in the horrific abuse case out of Tacony, Vickie Weston says the Department of Human Services knew her sister was a convicted murderer, but nevertheless gave her custody of 10-year-old Beatrice Weston. Then, social workers failed to check on the girl for a decade as her aunt forced her into prostitution, beat and starved her, kept her out of school, and even made her drink and bathe in her own urine, the suit alleges.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
THE CITY IS to blame for years of torture endured by Beatrice Weston at the hands of her aunt, Linda Ann Weston, according to a civil lawsuit stemming from the nightmarish Tacony dungeon case. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on behalf of Beatrice's mother, Vickie Weston, claims that the Department of Human Services took custody of Beatrice, then 10, let the court place her with a convicted murderer and then failed to check up on her. The lawsuit, however, does not mention that Vickie Weston knew about her sister's criminal history and agreed to the placement during a Family Court proceeding in 2002.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
A column in Sunday's Real Estate section misidentified a parochial school that has closed in Tacony. It was Our Lady of Consolation school. A story Friday about the reopening of two public-school libraries incorrectly reported what the librarian at Masterman School did while she was transferred during the closure. She performed library-related work. A caption for a photo Monday with an obituary for former City Councilwoman Augusta Clark contained an incorrect date.
REAL_ESTATE
October 14, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Tacony isn't on my list of locales to visit for Town by Town features this year, but thanks to a recent e-mail from This Old House magazine, I think it deserves attention here. The Northeast neighborhood once known worldwide as the place where saws were made is one of the magazine's 61 "Best Old House" neighborhoods in the United States and Canada for 2013. "Best values" and "easy commute" led Tacony past other city contenders, according to the magazine. The designation is just one more positive sign of change in a neighborhood that seems to be making considerable progress in turning itself around, especially in the last three years, improving the Torresdale Avenue commercial corridor.
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