December 28, 2015 |
If fame is measured in name recognition, then Lew Blum must be considered one of Philadelphia's biggest celebrities. Not the most popular, mind you. He is not liked, not even a little, judging by the torrent of vitriol heaped on him in online Yelp reviews. "The lowest of the low," is one of the nicer comments you'll find there. But it's a name guaranteed to evoke a nod of recognition, and no small shiver of fear, by anyone who parks on the streets of Philadelphia. The name "Lew Blum" can be seen in large, blue capital letters on the 36-by-36-inch signs that hang by the thousands in parking lots, on garage doors, and near driveways and loading docks, from Plymouth Meeting to the Delaware state line, giving fair warning that UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED.
December 21, 2015 |
ANNA POZZI doesn't know what she will do with herself this Wednesday, Dec. 23, as the clock ticks toward 5:20 p.m. That's the time her daughter was killed by a hit-and-run driver on State Road last year, just two days before Christmas. "I'll probably lock myself in my bedroom and cry," says Pozzi, 62, her voice breaking for the thousandth time this miserable year. "Jesus was born on a cold, dark night in a stable, and my daughter was killed on a cold dark night on State Road.
September 23, 2015 |
IF YOU THOUGHT all those apocalyptic warnings about not parking on certain Center City streets during Pope Week didn't apply to you, then you're probably among the dozens of people looking for a ride to pick up your car. If you're looking for a hotel room, however, you're blessed. There's still room at the inn for you, according to the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, which represents Center City establishments. As of yesterday afternoon, 124 cars had been towed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, said deputy executive director Richard Dickson.
September 22, 2015 |
An unprecedented towing operation to clear central Philadelphia of parked vehicles for the papal weekend began in full force Sunday night as trucks rolled through neighborhoods closest to the Art Museum and City Hall. The around-the-clock effort - the first of this scope and size in the nation's fifth-largest city - aims to clear curbs capable of holding up to 6,000 vehicles. It will continue until Friday morning, a day before the scheduled arrival of Pope Francis for a weekend of public appearances.
September 1, 2015 |
FOR THE SECOND consecutive weekend, the Philadelphia Police Department lost one of its officers in an off-duty traffic accident on city streets. Officer Lamar Poole was killed yesterday when his motorcycle collided with a driver who pulled out in front of him in Northeast Philadelphia. Poole, 42, a 19-year veteran, was pronounced dead about 5 p.m., about an hour after the accident. Captain John Wilczynski, of the Accident Investigation Division, said at a news conference last night that the alleged hit-and-run driver - a 58-year-old man who has not yet been charged - might have gotten away if not for a vigilant tow-truck driver who followed his Toyota Corolla and called police.
April 26, 2015 |
Services have been set for Jeffrey Bayers, 60, of Maple Shade, a Philadelphia Parking Authority worker who was fatally injured when he was pinned under a tow truck in a city impound lot in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 22. Visitation was set for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Anne's Church, 2328 E. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, before a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill. Vince Fenerty, executive director of the PPA, said in an e-mail, "Jeff was a conscientious and dedicated employee.
April 24, 2015 |
A Philadelphia Parking Authority employee was killed Wednesday morning when he was pinned beneath a tow truck, officials said. Jeffrey Bayers, 60, had worked for the PPA for 13 years. A lot officer at an impoundment lot at 2500 Weccacoe Avenue, he was on the job around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday when a tow truck backed up onto him, pinning him beneath. He was later pronounced dead, police said. PPA spokesman Marty O'Rourke called the incident a "tragic accident" that is under investigation.
April 7, 2015
Traffic is beginning to flow normally again on the Ben Franklin Bridge following a 2 p.m. car fire that shut down the westbound lanes and turned part of the bridge into a parking lot, according to Michael Williams, spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority. Williams said two westbound lanes were now open, but there was still some residual congestion at the toll plaza. He expected the congestion would dissipate by 4:15 p.m. and said the third westbound lane would be reopened shortly.
March 3, 2015 |
AN ARGUMENT outside a Wissahickon pub early yesterday between a man and a woman ended in the death of the woman. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. yesterday when the two were outside T. Hogan's Pub on Rochelle Avenue near Sumack Street, across from SEPTA's Wissahickon train station. Police said the tow-truck operator told investigators that his ex-girlfriend started arguing with him and began slapping him. He then got into his truck and started to drive away, police said. The 29-year-old woman grabbed on to the driver's-side light bar of the tow truck, lost her grip and fell underneath the rear wheels of the driver side, police said.
January 2, 2015 |
ATRUCK headlight left at the scene of Tuesday's fatal hit-and-run in Northeast Philadelphia may be a key piece of evidence in helping police find their suspect. Police now know that the vehicle that struck and killed Theresa Pozzi on Street Road was likely a 1987 to 1991 dark-colored Ford pickup or tow truck. Just two days before Christmas, Pozzi was crossing State Road from the east side when a truck driver mowed her down without stopping. Police are asking anyone with any information to come forward.