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February 3, 1988 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 3, 1997 | by Leon Taylor, Jamal Watson and Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writers
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.
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May 4, 1986 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 29, 1987 | New York Daily News
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.
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July 13, 2011 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
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.
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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.
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June 25, 2009 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 23, 1991 | By BONNIE SQUIRES
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.
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May 23, 1987 | By KIT KONOLIGE and JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writers
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.
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July 7, 1997 | By Sudarsan Raghavan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 17, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN Ricardeau Scutt immigrated to Philadelphia from Haiti in 2000, he came for one reason - to work - even though he'd never had a job. "There are no jobs in Haiti," Scutt said. "A job there is like winning the lottery. " Scutt's father worked as a taxi driver in Philadelphia to send money back to his family in Haiti. He brought Ricardeau, then 20, over to do the same. But Ricardeau Scutt spoke very little English and for three months nobody would hire him. One day while driving his taxi, Scutt's dad told a passenger about the difficulty his son was having.
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September 5, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A second man has been arrested in Monday's attack on a taxi driver who was stabbed 11 times during a robbery in Queen Village, police said. Alejandro Gonzales, 22, of the 1100 block of South Ninth Street, was arrested about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday at his home, police said. Luis Moreno, 21, also a resident of South Ninth Street, was arrested near the scene shortly after the robbery about 1:15 a.m. Monday. Both were charged with aggravated assault, robbery, and related offenses. According to police, the robbery occurred early Monday on the 900 block of South Front Street after the taxi driver pulled over to discharge two passengers.
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September 4, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 37-year-old taxi driver was in stable condition after being stabbed 11 times Monday by two men who had appeared to be paying customers, police said. The taxi driver had driven two men to the 900 block of South Front Street, in the Queen Village neighborhood just south of Society Hill, about 1:17 a.m., police said. The two men stepped out of the car, and one man stood by the driver's window and appeared to be getting money from his wallet. The second man came up to the window with a knife and began stabbing the driver, a police spokeswoman said.
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July 24, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was just a nine-block route for taxi driver Abdul Jalloh: 48th and Baltimore to 47th and Locust. Simple enough. But the ninth block became a 10th when the passenger called for a right turn onto Locust, and an 11th with the left onto Farragut Avenue. And the short late-night cab ride through West Philadelphia became an armed robbery when a handgun poked through the partition and rested on Jalloh's neck. "This guy is going to kill me," Jalloh thought. Then he made a move.
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July 4, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man was charged with killing a taxi driver in Burlington City last month, authorities said Tuesday. Carey L. Coleman Jr., 22, shot Larry Hamilton, 49, of Trenton, once in the head early June 16, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Burlington City police. Hamilton was found dead inside his taxi. Authorities did not reveal a motive. Hamilton is one of a number of taxi drivers who have been assaulted, robbed, or killed in the Philadelphia region in recent months.
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June 29, 2013
A taxi driver was shot in the hand by a passenger during a robbery Thursday night in West Philadelphia, police said. The Freedom Taxi driver picked up a man at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue around 10 p.m., police said. When the driver stopped in the 200 block of South Farragut Street, the passenger pulled out a gun and announced a robbery. The passenger shot the driver in the right thumb, took his mobile phone and car keys, and ran off, police said. The taxi driver was reported in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
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May 10, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Slain taxicab driver Hafiz Sarfaraz was just trying to work hard to support his family. The All City Taxi employee was finishing his nightshift about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when he was shot multiple times in West Philadelphia, family friends said. He was pronounced dead an hour later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to police. "It doesn't make any sense," said Alex Friedman, manager of All City Taxi. "We're all mourning for our fellow driver and business associate.
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May 9, 2013
IT WAS a dangerous night for Philly cab drivers. The 40-year-old man who was injured in a carjacking by a woman in Crescentville Tuesday night was a taxi driver working for Yellow Cab, police said yesterday. That incident occurred several hours before the slaying of taxi driver Hafiz Salman Sarfaraz at 12:30 a.m. yesterday in West Philadelphia. The driver in the Crescentville incident, who was not identified, went to pick up a fare at McDonald's on Adams Avenue near Howell Street about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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April 9, 2013
A Philadelphia police officer was involved in a shooting that left another man hospitalized Sunday night, according to authorities. At 8:11 p.m., an officer was flagged down by a taxi driver having a problem with a customer near 1500 Arrott Street in the Frankford section of the city. The customer ran from the scene with the officer in pursuit. The fleeing man pulled a gun on the officer, who fired and hit him in the torso, police said. The man was taken to Temple University Hospital and no information on his condition was available, police said.
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February 24, 2013 | Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Kenneth Cherry Jr. was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in his Maserati. Michael Boldon was a family man and taxi driver who hailed from Michigan and loved fast cars. The two men's lives - along with that of an unidentified passenger in Boldon's cab - ended in gunfire, a fiery crash, and an explosion before dawn Thursday on the neon-lit Strip. As investigators Friday tried to find the gunman in a black Range Rover SUV who triggered the chain of events, families and friends tried to grasp the finality of it all. "Right now my heart is breaking," said Cherry's great aunt, Patricia Sims, of Oakland, Calif.
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