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.
December 26, 2014 |
Philadelphia police have identified the Bella Vista woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night. Theresa M. Pozzi, 33, was crossing State Road in Holmesburg to get to a bus stop around 5:20 p.m. when she was hit by a truck, police said. The truck fled northbound on State Road. Pozzi was pronounced dead about an hour later at Aria Torresdale Hospital. Accident investigators are searching for an dark-colored older model truck - possibly a pickup truck or a tow truck, police said.
November 27, 2014 |
A tow truck driver with a checkered history in the city's rough-and-tumble business of clearing wrecks was sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison Tuesday for bribing a city dispatcher to gain a leg up on his competition. By paying for advance notice on the locations of fender benders and disabled vehicles reported to the city's call center, Stepfon Flowers, 24, sidestepped the city's rotation list for distributing towing work, and "undermined the safety of the citizens of Philadelphia," U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno said.
November 12, 2014 |
John W. Logan, 71, of Torresdale, a 23-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department and owner of Logan's Towing, died Friday, Nov. 7, of cancer. Mr. Logan, known as "Jack," grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and attended Abraham Lincoln High School. He worked at a factory before deciding to apply to the Police Academy. "He loved protecting, and he was really happy to go to the Police Academy," said his wife of 49 years, Joan. "He really embraced 'protect and serve.' " Mr. Logan worked in the Seventh, Eighth, and 39th Districts and the highway patrol, his wife said.
October 29, 2014 |
THE CO-OWNER of a Frankford auto-body shop who pleaded guilty to bribing a police dispatcher for information in the tow-truck business was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation. William Cheeseman, 43, of Delran, N.J., was ordered by U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to spend the first six months under electronically monitored home confinement. The judge said Cheeseman may leave his home to go to work, for medical appointments or for religious reasons. Robreno also barred Cheeseman from the towing business in Philadelphia during his probation, but did not prohibit him from doing other work.
October 23, 2014 |
AT FIRST, Dorian Parsley shrugged. The former civilian police dispatcher seemed at a loss for words at her sentencing hearing before a federal judge. Then the words tumbled out. "I lost a lot of things," she said. "I continue to lose a lot of things. " She lost the trust of her daughter, mother and grandmother. She told the judge she took cash bribes from tow-truck operators in exchange for secretly texting them accident locations and driver information "because I needed to take care of my family.
July 22, 2014 |
A FORMER Philadelphia police dispatcher and the co-owner of a Frankford auto-body shop pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in a bribery scheme involving the tow-trucking biz. Dorian Parsley, 44, the ex-dispatcher, admitted before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno that she had taken cash bribes from tow-truck operators in exchange for giving them confidential police information about the locations of accident scenes. In a separate hearing before the judge, William Cheeseman, 43, co-owner of the K&B auto-body shop on Kinsey Street near Worth, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.
May 16, 2014 |
THREE OF the four defendants in an alleged bribery scam involving a police dispatcher and three tow-truck operators pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in federal court yesterday. Dorian Parsley, 44, the civilian dispatcher who has since been suspended from the Police Department with intent to dismiss, declined to speak with a reporter afterward. William Cheeseman, 42, of Delran, N.J., an owner of K&B auto-body shop, a family business in Frankford, and Chad Harris, 22, of Philadelphia, a tow-truck operator who at times worked for K&B, also pleaded not guilty yesterday.
May 11, 2014 |
A tow-truck driver with a history and a veteran police dispatcher bent city rules to move one Northeast towing company into the fast lane in the lucrative, rough-and-tumble business of clearing Philadelphia's wrecks, federal prosecutors said Friday. Authorities allege that Dorian Parsley, a 911 dispatcher for 16 years, raked in kickbacks for tipping off favored tow truck operators to locations of fender-benders and disabled vehicles reported to the city's call center. In exchange, the drivers paid her up to $200 a week between February 2011 and December 2013 for advance notice of wrecks before official calls were placed to the next towing company up on the city's rotating list.