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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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November 15, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moments from when he was to plead guilty Friday to kidnapping and enslaving disabled adults, Gregory Thomas Sr. demurred. He listened as a prosecutor told the judge how Thomas had assisted his girlfriend in locking the victims in a Tacony basement and nailing the windows shut. Thomas said he did not agree with the facts as presented. "It doesn't sound like you're pleading guilty," U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe told him. "It sounds like you were just a bystander. " The unsatisfied judge left the courtroom, saying Thomas' plea deal was in danger.
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June 9, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old man suspected of beating and strangling an elderly handyman at his Elmwood home last week has turned himself in to police, authorities said. Quintis Clark, last known to reside in the 7200 block of Vandike Street in Tacony, surrendered at Police Headquarters on Monday night, police said. He is accused of killing Joseph Daly, 78, at Daly's house on the 6300 block of Theodore Street last Tuesday. Daly was found dead in a pool of his own blood after a neighbor who had not seen him for a few days called police.
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June 8, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are searching for an 18-year-old man suspected of beating and strangling an elderly handyman at his Elmwood home last week. Quintis Clark, last known to reside in the 7200 block of Vandike Street in Tacony, is wanted in the murder of Joseph Daly, 78, police said. Daly was found dead last Tuesday at his home on the 6300 block of Theodore Street after a neighbor who hadn't seen him for a few days called police. Officers who responded found Daly dead in the living room with a pool of blood next to his head, police said.
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April 28, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Two years ago, when Robert W. Palen was awaiting trial for a rape in Madison, Wis., a judge ruled that the jury could hear that he had also been accused two months earlier of raping a woman in Philadelphia. "Accused" is no longer part of the description. On Monday, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found Palen, 40, guilty of sexually assaulting two women in Pennypack Park in 2010 and 2011. Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright set sentencing for Aug. 4 after Palen undergoes an evaluation under Megan's Law to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.
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March 4, 2016
ISSUE | BULLYING School got it wrong The Tacony Charter High School suspended and expelled a student for not reporting that he was being bullied ("Expelled student says he was bullied," Monday). This proves two things: These educators do not understand bullying, and they are bullies themselves. |I. Milton Karabell, Philadelphia
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December 26, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Linda Weston, the Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in prison last month for enslaving and torturing disabled adults for years in a Tacony basement, now says she was "railroaded" by her lawyers into pleading guilty, and is accusing her victims of taking money to lie about her. In a handwritten letter to U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Weston, 56, maintained she was unaware of what was happening when she accepted a plea deal this year that...
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November 16, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer, shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE FORMER boyfriend of Linda Ann Weston - the woman sentenced last week to life in prison plus 80 years for keeping captive mentally disabled people - was all set to plead guilty Friday. Under a plea agreement, Gregory Thomas Sr., 52, was to plead guilty to all charges in a federal indictment in return for prosecutors' recommending a sentence of 17 to 20 years in prison. But after Richard Barrett, chief of the U.S. Attorney's Public Corruption Unit, gave a summary of facts in the case, and U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe asked Thomas if his role was accurately stated, Thomas said, "No. " What started out as a standard guilty-plea hearing then took a nosedive.
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November 15, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moments from when he was to plead guilty Friday to kidnapping and enslaving disabled adults, Gregory Thomas Sr. demurred. He listened as a prosecutor told the judge how Thomas had assisted his girlfriend in locking the victims in a Tacony basement and nailing the windows shut. Thomas said he did not agree with the facts as presented. "It doesn't sound like you're pleading guilty," U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe told him. "It sounds like you were just a bystander. " The unsatisfied judge left the courtroom, saying Thomas' plea deal was in danger.
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November 7, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
They calmly sat in the second row of Courtroom 12A on Thursday, while the 90-minute PowerPoint presentation from hell was played. As gruesome details of the Tacony dungeon master's scheme were retold, some in the packed room sobbed. But the four victims of Linda Weston who were there were stoic. The hearing to sentence Weston, who enslaved and tortured disabled adults so she could steal their benefits checks, was a formality. She pleaded guilty to 196 federal counts in September and accepted a prison term of life plus 80 years.
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October 7, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The woman who pleaded guilty to enslaving and torturing disabled adults in a Tacony basement now wants to change her plea to not guilty, according to a handwritten motion filed with the court. Linda Weston agreed last month to accept a life term plus 80 years after admitting to all 196 federal counts filed against her, including charges of murder, kidnapping, sex trafficking, hate crimes, forced labor, and benefits fraud. The deal spared her a potential death sentence. Now she has asked the court to change her plea and to hold a competency hearing to evaluate her mental health.
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September 11, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN COURT, Linda Ann Weston didn't appear to be the mastermind of anything. Dressed in a baggy green jumpsuit, her hair tightly woven in braids, Weston, 55, spoke in a soft, mousy voice and at times seemed unsure of what was being asked of her. She has been labeled as the ringleader of a decadelong scheme that kept mentally disabled people hostage to bilk them of their Social Security benefits. Her victims were forced to eat their own and others' feces and drink their own urine.
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