December 2, 2010 |
The West Philadelphia man whose controversial arrest Sept. 3 was captured in a YouTube video will not face trial on charges that he assaulted the officer who was filmed hitting him repeatedly with a baton. Charges against Askia Sabur, seen in the video being struck by Officer Jimmy Leocal, were dismissed yesterday because the officer was unavailable to testify at Sabur's preliminary hearing. Sabur, 29, was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related offenses for allegedly assaulting Leocal and his partner, Donyul Williams, during a violent arrest in front of a Chinese takeout restaurant at Allison Street and Lansdowne Avenue.
November 17, 2010 |
A Mayfair man apologized to U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his family yesterday after admitting that he threatened him in a video posted to YouTube in March. Norman Leboon, 38, of Benner Street near Lardner, pleaded guilty and said that he was "deeply apologetic," and that the words in the video directed against Cantor were "horrible. " Cantor is likely to be the next House majority leader when Republicans take control of the House in January. U.S. District Judge John Padova set sentencing for Feb. 3. Leboon, who has been in federal custody since his arrest on March 27, could face up to 24 months in a federal lockup under preliminary advisory guidelines.
June 27, 2012 |
The Slinky, that spring thing that walks down stairs, was invented in Philadelphia nearly 60 years ago, but it still has surprises up its helical sleeve. And we're not talking new novelties à la the Slinky Dog or Slinky eyeballs. A Slinky amazingly "walks" on a treadmill for minutes, flopping and flipping along, even self-correcting its course, on a YouTube video that has been seen more than 3.3 million times in just two months. Now comes some cool slo-mo of another freaky trick — how a Slinky seems to momentarily hang in mid-air as if it has some anti-gravity power.
October 4, 2012
SUSPENDED POLICE Lt. Jonathan Josey II wasn't just a tough-talking cop in real life. He also plays one on screen. In a bizarre twist, the ousted Highway Patrol supervisor who sucker-punched a woman after Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade - earning national scorn when a YouTube video of the assault went viral - is a local actor with Hollywood aspirations. Josey, 40, played a detective in the 2011 movie "Operation: Get Rid of Pinky," a gym instructor in the 2010 movie "Sure Looks Good" and a lawyer in the 2011 movie "Love and Litigation.
January 5, 2012 |
A second teenager has been arrested and charged in a South Philadelphia vandalism spree that the hooligans recorded on video and posted on YouTube, police said this morning. The 17-year-old boy, whose name will not be released, faces 17 counts of criminal mischief and related charges. He was arrested Wednesday after agreeing to come in for an interview with police. On Tuesday night, police arrested a 16-year-old who also was identified through the video posted on YouTube and agreed to be to be interviewed by South Division detectives.
September 30, 2011 |
A Gloucester County Marine was killed Wednesday during combat operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. Defense Department said. First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, 27, died in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. The cause of death was under investigation, the department said Thursday. Iannelli, of Clarksboro, was assigned to a Marine helicopter squadron stationed in North Carolina. He graduated in 2002 from Kingsway Regional High School as class president, his mother, Donna, said. He was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the baseball team, she said.
January 4, 2012 |
Vandals who spray painted cars and walls and smashed vehicle windows in South Philadelphia gave police an invaluable lead. They posted a video of themselves on YouTube. Acting on tips, police arrested a 16-year-old boy today and said they expected to arrest more soon. Police said that during the vandalism spree the night of Dec. 27, four youths, one armed with a video enabled cellphone, spray painted cars and walls on the 2000 block of South Etting Street with the letters "W" and "L the words "WRECK LOCALS.
November 18, 2010 |
Charges against a West Philadelphia man seen in a YouTube video being whacked repeatedly by baton-wielding officers were upheld yesterday after one of the cops testified that Askia Sabur assaulted him. Officer Donyule Williams testified that he has been out of work since Sabur's violent Sept. 3 arrest. Williams said that Sabur bit him and that he suffered a torn leg muscle and injured his left shoulder. His partner, Jimmy Leocal, needed surgery on his hand. Williams testified at Sabur's preliminary hearing that on the night of the incident, he and Leocal were searching for a man who shot at a day-care center the day before when they saw eight to 12 people standing at Lansdowne Avenue and Allison Street.
February 29, 2012 |
Last week, the principals of Lower Merion's two public high schools explained in a letter to parents that they had learned of a YouTube video showing students engaged in "binge drinking, marijuana use, substance-induced violence and several dangerous situations involving drugs and alcohol in vehicles. " The letter warned of significant consequences for students (e.g., suspension from athletic teams) caught on camera engaging in such activities. The administrators added that this would be the case "even if they haven't had a sip of beer, but are found to have been 'in the room' at a party where alcohol is served.