April 3, 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...This is something [Santana]
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.
March 8, 2013
* Defense Terrace near Berkeley Drive A man was shot to death in an East Falls public-housing development Wednesday morning, police said. The victim, who remained unidentified Wednesday night but who is estimated to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was shot several times in the chest and abdomen shortly after 10:30 a.m., investigators said. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:05 a.m. No arrests were announced in the homicide.
August 19, 2013 |
A body was found in the Delaware River around 8 a.m. Saturday morning, police said, in front of the Quaker City Yacht Club in Tacony. Police have not yet identified the deceased, whom they described as a black man weighing around 200 pounds. The body was retrieved by the marine unit and taken to the Medical Examiner's office to be identified. Richard Wallace, a club member, found the body when he was storing a small, communal boat used to ferry people to their boats. A worker at Philadelphia International Airport, Wallace, 52, had gotten off work at 7 a.m. and had just tied up the "tender boat" when he spotted the body, hooked on a large tree that had washed up under the dock.
October 27, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA 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.
November 4, 1987 |
A look at key black divisions and wards where campaign strategists for Mayor Goode expected victories of 95 percent or better show that the vote exceeded their expectations. Many political strategists believed that Goode would receive as much as 98 percent of the black vote. Winning that level of support in the black community was thought to be essential to Goode's chances because of the belief that his Republican challenger, Frank L. Rizzo, would capture the lion's share of the white vote.
August 26, 2013 |
AS HURRICANE IRENE blew toward Philadelphia on Aug. 27, 2011, bringing floods, power outages and property devastation, hundreds of people hurried to the Max Myers Recreation Center in Castor Gardens for the first Northeast Celebration. It was then that Jared Solomon, president of the Take Back Your Neighborhood community association that organized the celebration of all things Northeast Philadelphia, knew he had created something stronger than the approaching storm. No such natural disaster threatens the third annual Northeast Celebration today at Max Myers Rec, on Hellerman Street near Horrocks.
December 11, 2008 |
The double slaying of 15-year-old Timothy Clark and family friend Damien Holloway, 27, on July 13, 2007, was among three deaths and six shootings on an extraordinarily violent evening during one of Philadelphia's most deadly summers. The early-morning execution-style killings in Tacony were particularly puzzling. There was a considerable difference in the victims' ages, and Clark was white and Holloway black. Yesterday, a Philadelphia judge heard witnesses testify that Holloway was shot to death by Gerald Drummond because of his race and because he'd "disrespected" Drummond's sister, with whom Holloway had a child and a volatile relationship.
September 10, 1992 |
The changes time has brought are profound indeed at that historic institution in Northeast Philadelphia that first opened its gates in 1857 as St. Vincent's Orphans Asylum. "St. Vincent's is no longer the traditional orphange where children plant roots, remaining as wards of the orphange through their adolescent years," explained its administrator, Sister Kathleen Reilly. "Children here today, ranging in age from 2 through 12, aren't necessarily orphans. Many are abused, abandoned, the innocent victims of a society which abuses them through drugs and alcohol," continued Sister Kathleen, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
June 6, 2003 |
For years the Philadelphia School District has been plagued by teacher vacancies. But yesterday, as the district presented a spiffy new Teacher Welcome Center, officials declared that an aggressive new strategy to recruit and retain teachers was already showing results. "We are very excited," chief executive Paul Vallas said. "We think we are going to have a banner year when it comes to identifying, securing and recruiting certified teacher candidates. " The city school system seeks as many as 600 teachers and has already received more than 800 applications.