October 19, 2011
A 15-YEAR-OLD runaway from Florida who was found in Philadelphia on Monday night came here with the son of two people who were arrested in connection with the Tacony dungeon case. Benita Rodriguez was reported missing from the West Palm Beach area July 4. She was a friend of Gregory Thomas Jr., the son of Gregory Thomas, 47, and Linda Ann Weston, 51. Rodriguez came to Philadelphia in August and was staying in the Northeast. She came willingly and is not believed to have had contact with the victims in the Longshore Avenue basement when they were allegedly brought from Florida to Philadelphia during the week of Oct. 3. Police said yesterday that Rodriguez was waiting to be reunited with her family.
September 6, 2015 |
Linda Weston, charged with murder in the Tacony dungeon case, is scheduled to appear in court next week for a "change of plea" hearing. Weston pleaded not guilty in February 2014 after being charged in a 196-count indictment alleging that she and others kidnapped mentally disabled adults and enslaved them to steal their government benefit checks. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia. Documents accompanying the hearing announcement were sealed. Neither prosecutors nor lawyers representing Weston, 55, could be reached for comment Friday.
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.
November 13, 2012 |
LUCK RAN OUT Monday night for a pair of armed bandits who police say may be responsible for a rash of pharmacy robberies in the Northeast after they allegedly unwittingly swiped a bottle of pills embedded with a GPS tracking device. Police said the pair robbed a Rite Aid on Roosevelt Boulevard near Solly Avenue in Rhawnhurst at gunpoint around 9:30 p.m. and took off with pain pills, as robbers have in several similar incidents over the last few months. But Rite Aid and police outsmarted the pair: The pharmacy, investigators said, had placed a GPS tracking device in at least one of the pill bottles the gunmen stole, giving cops a way to track them down.
April 4, 2012 |
TYRIRK HARRIS, the Tacony man who riddled his neighbor with bullets in February after the man complained about Harris' dogs relieving themselves on his lawn, fired his gun out of fear, his attorney argued in court Tuesday. Franklin Manuel Santana, 47, was legally drunk and leveled threats when he came to Harris' front door on Torresdale Avenue between Magee Avenue and Hellerman Street on Feb. 14, defense attorney Jack McMahon said during a preliminary hearing. Harris, 27, was minding his own business when Santana "invaded his domain, his castle.
June 26, 2014 |
WHAT IT LOST to New Jersey in 76ers practices, Philadelphia has gained in bologna. Deli giant Dietz & Watson has agreed to expand its national headquarters in Northeast Philly to replace a South Jersey food warehouse destroyed by a fire last fall. The 75-year-old, fourth-generation Philadelphia company will build a new distribution plant in Tacony, officials announced yesterday. Councilman Bobby Henon, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
October 28, 2013 |
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.
March 3, 2014 |
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.