April 3, 2016
A 34-year-old man was in stable condition after being shot while sitting inside a car Friday night in the city's West Oak Lane section, police said. The victim was shot once in the left leg shortly before 8:30 p.m. in the area of 75th Avenue and Walnut Lane. He was able to drive himself to Einstein Medical Center. The shooter fled the scene in a gold pickup truck. - Robert Moran
August 6, 2015 |
A JURY YESTERDAY convicted a man accused of terrorizing four robbery victims over a two-week period in June 2013 - and killing one of them - of first-degree murder, robbery and related offenses. Three of the robbery victims were lured by Craigslist ads. Defendant Thomas Coffee, 25, of Willow Grove, was then sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson to a mandatory term of life in prison plus a consecutive 50 to 100 years in prison. Coffee did not react to the verdicts until the jury foreman said "guilty" on the first-degree murder charge for the June 21, 2013, shooting death in West Oak Lane of Daniel Cook, 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County.
August 6, 2015 |
The Willow Grove man accused of using Craigslist ads to set up victims in armed robberies - including the fatal 2013 shooting of a South Jersey man who had gone to West Oak Lane to buy an all-terrain vehicle - was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder. Thomas Coffee insisted he was innocent as Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson immediately sentenced him to the mandatory life in prison without parole for the June 21, 2013, slaying of Daniel Cook, 27. "I understand everything that happened," said Coffee, 25, voice barely audible and on the verge of tears.
August 5, 2015 |
A JURY DELIBERATED for about two hours yesterday without reaching a verdict in the trial of a man accused of terrorizing and robbing four people over a two-week period in June 2013, and killing one of them. Three of the robbery victims - including Daniel Cook, 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County, who was killed June 21, 2013 - had responded to Craigslist ads. Defendant Thomas Coffee, 25, of Willow Grove, testified last week that he had posted a Craigslist ad to sell a blue Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle.
August 2, 2015 |
The Philadelphia murder trial of Thomas Coffee - accused of using a Craigslist ad to lure a South Jersey man into an armed robbery - could go to the jury Monday after the defense completed its case and prosecutors presented rebuttal testimony Friday. Defense attorney Evan T.L. Hughes' witnesses included Coffee's sister, Shanise Palmer, who said Coffee was at home in Willow Grove around 11 p.m. on June 21, 2013 - the time when Daniel Cook, 27, of Williamstown, Gloucester County, was shot to death in West Oak Lane.
July 31, 2015 |
THE ATTORNEY FOR a man accused of robbing people lured in by Craigslist ads - and killing one of the victims - mounted his defense yesterday by calling to the witness stand a now-fired homicide detective and the defendant, Thomas Coffee. Attorney Evan Hughes subpoenaed former Homicide Detective Ron Dove to testify. Dove was the assigned detective in the murder of Daniel Cook, 27, who was shot and killed about 11:10 p.m. June 21, 2013, in West Oak Lane, where Coffee previously lived. Cook, of South Jersey, had come into Philly to buy a Yamaha Banshee all-terrain vehicle he had seen advertised on Craigslist.
July 30, 2015 |
OVER A two-week period in June 2013, Thomas Coffee and his cohorts "terrorized" and robbed four people and shot the last one dead, a prosecutor told a Common Pleas jury yesterday. Three of the robbery victims were lured by Craigslist ads, including Daniel Cook, 27, who was fatally shot June 21, 2013, Assistant District Attorney Guy D'Andrea said in his opening statement. Coffee, 25, a tall, thin man, most recently of Willow Grove, is charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy and gun offenses.
July 18, 2014 |
GREGORY EL wasn't surprised to hear that two people had been shot at the Simons Rec Center - a lot has changed at the West Oak Lane playground since he was a teen playing ball on its basketball courts. "This whole neighborhood has gone downhill," said El, 43, who lives not far from the rec center, on Walnut Lane near Woolston Street. "Kids used to come here to play. Now they just hang out and get into trouble," he said, adding that fights and arguments are common at the summertime hangout spot.
March 6, 2014 |
TWO SIGNS greet customers as they approach the front door of Serrata's Grocery Store in West Oak Lane: "No weapons allowed" and "Do not enter with mask or hoodie. " They sit at eye level - it's impossible to miss them. But a would-be robber ignored both of those warnings Friday and ended up dodging bullets for his brazenness, police said yesterday. Store owner Raul Serrata, 42, said he didn't have time to think when a masked punk entered his corner store, at 75th Avenue and Walnut Lane, with a handgun drawn and demanded money from him about 7:15 Friday night.
February 10, 2014 |
WEST CATHOLIC didn't win a single game in Catholic League play last season, and expectations were not high for first-year head coach Jasmine "Jazz" Williams' bunch when this season began. But the Burrs had expectations of their own. Last night, they burst onto the court during warmups clad in white T-shirts that read, "Why not us?" "It means we don't need anybody to believe in us," junior guard Devonta Peterie said. "We just stay as a family. As long as this team stays as a family, we don't care what anybody else says.