May 21, 2015 |
It took 11 months before police arrested Alisa Davis and charged her with murder in the shooting of boyfriend William Blount, whose body was found in his minivan on Easter morning 2014. But the circumstances of the 49-year-old Blount's killing - shot once in the head in a car riddled with bullet holes - remained as murky as ever. So, too, is Davis' connection to another man arrested - but not charged with murder - in the slaying: David Wade Howard, 51, of Willow Grove, Davis' ex-boyfriend and a Philadelphia police officer until he was convicted in a 2004 shooting.
March 27, 2015 |
THE MAN shot by police in Nicetown on Tuesday was packing two guns, one of which he pointed at an officer, and was fleeing the scene of a shooting in which he was the gunman, police sources said yesterday. Last night, that man, 24, remained at Temple University Hospital, where he was taken by police after the incident. He had not yet been charged. The gunfire rang out just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on 17th Street near Cayuga, police said. Two narcotics officers responded to reports of a shooting in the area, and pulled up to a Chevrolet Uplander minivan, police sources said.
February 22, 2015 |
FOR YEARS, Jamal Connor wanted a Mercedes. So he developed a plan to make his dream car a reality, stuck with it, and bought himself a 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-class. That was his nature, friends said: Methodical and meticulous. The Tioga entrepreneur's violent death early Friday inside that prized ride floored everyone who knew him. "It shouldn't have gone down like this," Pope Waters said tonight of his brother's slaying. "He was a peaceful guy; he didn't deserve this. " Police found Connor, 39, slumped in the driver's seat of his Mercedes just before 1 a.m. on Silver Street near 26th in North Philly, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
October 3, 2014 |
THE MEN on 15th Street near Erie Avenue in Tioga yesterday did everything they could to lift the 1979 Buick LeSabre off the little boy's bent, broken body after the car ran over him, pinning him to the street. One of them, who police said was the Buick's driver, brought out a jack to try to lift the car as the others tried to shift the weight of the massive vehicle off the child. But it was too late. The boy, 6, was dead under the mud-brown car. Medics pronounced it officially at 4:13 p.m., police said.
September 14, 2014 |
Even with its boarded-up windows and doors and "No Trespassing" signs, the massive twin mansion in Philadelphia's Tioga section is stunning, its elaborate terra-cotta trim reflecting the elegance of a long-ago time. The 4,125-square-foot house in the 2200 block of Tioga Street has been vacant for years, but a graduate student from California and the owner, who lived in the house for decades, are trying to save it. Jennifer Robinson, a student at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, is working with owner Dianna Denson, who was raised in the three-story house.
June 30, 2014 |
A 24-year-old man died after being shot several times inside his car early Friday in the Nicetown-Tioga section of the city, police said. The man was driving a 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis south on the 3700 block of Germantown Avenue when the shooting occurred at 2:15 a.m., police said. The bullets appeared to strike him three times in the torso and back, police said. The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:17 a.m., police said.
March 1, 2014 |
Charles Paul Hammock, 72, of Philadelphia, a Pennsylvania state legislator who worked for social justice on behalf of African Americans, died Saturday, Feb. 15, of heart failure at his home. Mr. Hammock's passion for justice was a hallmark of his life and propelled him into public service. He served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania from the 196th District from Jan. 2, 1973, to Nov. 30, 1976. In the 1970s, he was board chair of the National Office for Black Catholics.
February 27, 2014 |
FOR A long time yesterday, it looked as if Rudolph McGriff, who had beaten five murder arrests, might beat a sixth. Two witnesses recanted during McGriff's preliminary hearing, with one claiming he saw nothing because he's "half-blind. " But then an 11-year-old boy took the stand. Myzeh Jessie-Ross calmly testified about the frequent fights that his mother, Malisha "Lai Lai" Jessie, 29, had endured with McGriff, her longtime on-and-off beau. Just hours before she was gunned down on McGriff's Tioga block last April 7, Jessie-Ross said, the broken-up pair got into a shouting match about McGriff's new girlfriend.
February 19, 2014 |
A Brazilian pulp and paper company will relocate its Northeastern United States distribution center to the Tioga Marine Terminal in July, creating 228 stevedore and terminal jobs and up to 380 total jobs, including ones for rail workers and truckers. Fibria Celulose S.A., the world's largest producer of bleached eucalyptus wood pulp, will bring in from 12 to 18 ships a year to start, with 300,000 to 350,000 metric tons, for distribution to paper plants in Pennsylvania and beyond.