August 20, 2015 |
SOMEDAY, Temple may have an on-campus football stadium. But in the immediate future, the Owls will continue to play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple and the Eagles have signed an amendment to their agreement that provides the university consecutive one-year options in 2018 and 2019, according to a Temple spokesperson. The current agreement was set to expire in 2017. Temple has expressed interest in building an on-campus facility, something it has never had. The Owls played at Temple Stadium in West Oak Lane from 1928 to 1975.
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 1, 2015 |
Accused Craigslist killer Thomas Coffee told a Philadelphia jury Thursday that he did not kill the South Jersey man who responded to his online ad to sell an all-terrain vehicle. The shots that killed Daniel Cook shortly after 11 p.m. on June 21, 2013, were fired, Coffee testified, by an off-road biking buddy of his. The friend, whom Coffee could identify only by the name "Stead," admitted to him that he killed Cook, Coffee said. Coffee, of Willow Grove, said he was only selling the Yamaha Banshee ATV for Stead.
July 29, 2015 |
At least two people were killed and seven injured during violent incidents in Philadelphia from Sunday into Monday, according to police. The bloodshed - in the form of shootings, stabbings, and a fatal hit-and-run - marks the continuation of a rough midsummer stretch in the city: There were 28 homicides between mid-June and mid-July, up from 18 the month before, according to the most recently available police statistics. Robberies and assaults involving guns were also up, the numbers showed.
July 27, 2015
A 37-year-old woman and her infant daughter were stabbed and left in critical condition after an apparent late-night domestic dispute in their West Oak Lane home, officials said. Police went to a home in the the 1900 block of Dallas Road just after midnight Sunday morning. A witness told police the woman's husband was responsible for the stabbing and that he fled, authorities said. The mother was transported to Einstein Medical Center in Logan with multiple stab wounds. Her 21-month-old baby, who had a stab wound to the chest, was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
July 26, 2015 |
Two Philadelphia teenagers have been arrested and charged with murder, robbery, carjacking and criminal conspiracy in the last week's shooting death of a Montgomery County man, police said. Two 18-year-olds – Samantha Angelo, of the 2700 block of Eddington Street, and Elijah Maddox, of the 7100 block of North 15th Street – were arrested Thursday in connection with the death of Frederic Schmid, 46, of Lederach. Schmid was found with a gunshot wound to the head on July 14, lying in the back parking lot of an apartment complex on the 1400 block of West 71st Avenue in West Oak Lane.
July 16, 2015 |
A 25-year-old man was killed by a gunman who chased him down a Point Breeze street Monday morning, Philadelphia police said. It was the first of two homicides in less than 24 hours at opposite ends of the city. In Monday's incident, police responded to a report of gunshots on the 1700 block of Tasker Street at 11:48 a.m. and found the victim shot in the left leg, arm, and chest. Medics took him to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about six hours later.
July 5, 2015 |
Harry Goodman, 95, the proprietor of an auto-supply store for 30 years and an amateur naturalist, died Thursday, June 25, of a heart condition at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown. Born and reared in West Oak Lane, he lived for nearly 50 years in Elkins Park. In his final years, he was a resident of Stapeley, an assisted-living facility. Mr. Goodman graduated from Germantown High School. He was stationed with the Army at Camp Livingston, La., during World War II and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.