September 11, 2015 |
Linda Weston - the Philadelphia woman charged with enslaving and torturing disabled adults for years in a Tacony basement so she could steal their benefit checks - pleaded guilty Wednesday in a deal that spared her a potential death sentence. Instead, she agreed 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. Weston, 55, appeared addled and confused through much of Wednesday's hearing, at one point loudly proclaiming she wanted to enter a "not-guilty plea" before quietly reversing herself.
September 24, 1996 |
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.
November 14, 2014 |
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.
December 25, 2012 |
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 email@example.com
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
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
October 23, 1988 |
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.
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.
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.
April 26, 2012 |
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.