February 3, 1988 |
A United Cab driver was fatally stabbed by a passenger two blocks from his home in the Kensington section about 2:45 a.m. yesterday, police said. Police identified the victim as Paul Leone, 55, of the 200 block of East Indiana Avenue in Kensington. Detective Lt. James Hansen of the Homicide Division gave the following account: Leone was working a 4 p.m.-to-4 a.m. shift when, about 2:30 a.m., he picked up a fare under the Market-Frankford elevated line at the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Avenues.
July 3, 1997 |
Adam Jelsey and fellow Penn Cab driver Darryl White had a pact. "Me and him, we had this philosophy," Jelsey said yesterday. "If anybody ever tried to rob us, we would just floor it and take off. We work too hard for our money. We just wouldn't give up our money to just anybody . . . We talked about it a lot. " White, 34, apparently tried to live up to his pledge early yesterday when a gunslinging robber confronted him in his cab at 21st and Medary streets, less than 50 feet from the West Oak Lane rowhouse White shared with his mother and sister.
May 4, 1986 |
A Yellow Cab driver who had been shot and robbed was found unconscious in his taxi yesterday in a parking lot in the city's Hunting Park section. Russell Coleman, 21, a cabdriver for four months, was taken to Temple University Hospital, where a spokeswoman said he was in grave condition with a bullet wound of the head. He was found slumped across the front seat of his taxi in a parking lot behind a business in the 3900 block of Dell Street. It was the second time in little more than two weeks that a cabdriver was attacked.
August 29, 1987 |
When actor Judd Hirsch drove a taxi in the TV sitcom "Taxi," he was best known for giving out advice. If he had been giving advice yesterday, it probably would have been to take the subway. Yesterday, while Hirsch was driving his car in Greenwich Village, where he lives, the "Taxi" driver was involved in an accident with a taxi. Police said Hirsch's vehicle, which was going west on Jane Street, and a medallion taxi heading north on Eighth Avenue, collided just before 7 p.m. Neither Hirsch, 52, his son, Alexander, 21, nor another passenger, Catherine Danielik, 24, was hurt.
July 13, 2011 |
MILTON David Stackhouse had his own way of ministering to people: He drove them in his cab. "My son knew the Lord," said his mother, Estella Stackhouse. "He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mount Carmel Baptist Church. "He did not attend on any regular basis, however. As I think about it, he was engaged in a type of ministry of his own as he served his taxi customers. " His customers must have loved him and his message because they kept coming back. Milton had customers who continued to call him over the 35 years he drove for various taxi companies.
March 25, 2011
Police are looking for the driver of a blue-and-white taxi that struck a man crossing Aramingo Avenue in Port Richmond early Thursday and fled after stopping briefly. The injured 26-year-old man was reported in stable condition at Temple University Hospital. Police said he was crossing Aramingo Avenue in the middle of the 3300 block shortly after midnight when he was hit by the northbound cab. The taxi stopped briefly and then drove off northbound on the avenue, police said, adding that the cab probably had some front-end damage.
June 25, 2009 |
A Delaware County jury decided yesterday to spare the life of the Upper Darby man convicted in the 2007 Christmas Eve killing of a taxi driver. Ramir Steve, 20, showed no reaction as the jury foreman read the decision to sentence him to life in prison with no parole. On Monday, he was found guilty of first-degree murder, robbery, and possession of firearms without a license in the killing Gregory Cunningham, 42, of Clifton Heights. "There is no winner in the outcome of this tragedy, only two families who have lost their son and brother," the Cunningham family said in a statement.
November 23, 1991 |
It was only a small article in Monday's Inquirer: "Taxi driver found slain in cab in Germantown. " The follow-up item in the Metro Briefs section of Tuesday's newspaper was even shorter: "Germantown man charged in slaying of cabdriver. " They spelled the victim's last name correctly in Monday's paper, his first name correctly in Tuesday's paper. He was Hazem Najar, 31, a resident of Bensalem, and a friend of mine. Not much information there. No family in Philadelphia to relate detailed information.
May 23, 1987 |
The United Cab driver killed with a single shot to the head yesterday morning was "a scrappy kid who wouldn't let people shove him around," said United vice president Bernie Goldberg. "He was the kind of guy who would help somebody if he could," Goldberg said of Joseph Johnson, 29, whose body was found in his cab on Sansom Street near 59th at 8:45 a.m. "If he had to interfere in a fight, he would do that, too," Goldberg said. "He was a big, tall, heavy-set guy who was never afraid of anything.
July 7, 1997 |
In the second murder of a cab driver in four days, Robert Selby Sr., 48, was shot to death early yesterday morning only a few blocks from his Germantown home. Immediately after he was shot, Selby's taxi rammed into several parked cars. He died at the scene. About 2 a.m., shocked residents said yesterday, they heard a gunshot, screeching tires, glass crackling, and a series of metal-on-metal crashes that set off a number of car alarms. "I was upstairs," recalled Maia Wrice, 31, a registered nurse and mother of two children.