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.
October 19, 2010
Philadelphia Publinks FALL CLASSIC Mike Brown; Everett Farr, Lookaway. . . 67 Steve Meier, Hickory Valley; Zach LaVoie, Mercer Oaks. . . 69 Steve Owens Jr., J.F. Byrne; Chris Thude, Torresdale. . . 69 Domenic Ritorto, unaffiliated; Dominic DiPrinzio, Bellewood. . . 70 Bill Erskine; David Shields, Walnut Lane. . . 71 Joe Natale; Stewart Clark, Walnut Lane. . . 72 Buck Jones, Blue Bell; Jim Yenser, Honey Brook. . . 72 Ken Matt, unaffiliated; Dan Osada, Walnut Lane.
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
May 6, 1997 |
The Kimberton pair of Chick Trimbur and Mark Brennan won the Philadelphia Publinks Better-Ball golf title with a par round of 35-37-72 yesterday at the Downingtown Country Club. The results Chick Trimbur-Mark Brennan, Kimberton, 35-37-72 Mark Czerniakowski-John Doyle, Bucks County, 35-38-73 Joe Herner-Joe Golic, Kimberton, 37-37-74 Paul Cornely-Mike Owsik, Phila. Publink, 37-37-74 Jim Perdick-John Perdock, unattached, 35-39-74 Bill Erskine-Stewart Clark, Walnut Lane, 35-39-74 Bruce Clifford-Naz Gagliardi, Bensalem, 36-39-75 Walt Kovell-Jeff Hayden, unattached, 36-39-75 Larry Wiack-George Popadaris, unattached, 35-40-75 Max Hancock-Jim Shackleton, Publinx, 38-37-75 David Cinque-John Diamond, unattached, 36-39-75
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.
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.
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.
June 24, 2013 |
A 27-year-old New Jersey man found a great deal on Craigslist for an all-terrain vehicle in Philadelphia, came to the city for the purchase Friday night - and was fatally shot, police said. The victim arrived about 11 p.m. in East Oak Lane with two friends, looking for the seller of the ATV, police said. Near the intersection of Walnut Lane and Hollis Street, the victim got out of his car and spoke with a man wearing a white towel on his head. Witnesses told police the man claimed to be the seller and directed the victim to walk down the street to inspect the four-wheeler.
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.
February 17, 1989 |
It began as a routine traffic stop yesterday afternoon in Fairmount Park: A fuel-truck driver was pulled over by police and ordered off Lincoln Drive, where trucks are not allowed. But this driver wanted no part of any detour, according to police. He refused to leave the drive and instead led police on a winding collision course up through the park on Lincoln Drive and into West and then East Mount Airy. Along the way, the truck rammed three police cars and struck a police officer, police said.