Archive: October, 2008
All the help in the world did little to salvage The Tampa Bay Rays' pitiable performance during last night's game.
Speaking of help, the Philadelphia police is asking the public for assistance in the following incidents over the weekend:
A matter of common sense or scientific research?
A study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that victims of sexual assault who have dark skin are less likely to have their injuries identified, documented and treated. Researchers examined 120 volunteers after they had had consensual sex. They found that 68 percent of white women with at least one external injury incurred during sex. They identified the same injuries in only 43 percent of dark-skinned women.
This weekend's brisk weather didn't slow the number of shootings that occurred. Click here for a complete story of the weekend violence.
Highway Patrol Officers Joe Moore and Bruce Cleaver were riding through North Philadelphia on Thursday when a red Chevy Impala caught their eye. They flipped their domelights on when the driver failed to use his turn signal and he turned onto North 22nd Street from Berks.
The Chevy came to a stop. The driver did not. Orlander Warren, 28, took off running, and Moore and Cleaver jumped out of their patrol car and gave chase, said Highway Patrol Capt. Michael Cochrane.
It was, in a sense, deja vu all over again. Highway Patrol Officer Pat McDonald ran through the very same motions on Sept. 23, when he pulled a car over near 17th and Dauphin and chased after a passenger who jumped out of the car and ran. Of course, McDonald lost his life in the chase when the fleeing man, Daniel Giddings, turned and fatally shot the 30-year-old cop.
In what will no doubt be an emotional ceremony at City Hall Friday morning, 12 cops -- including slain Highway Patrol Officer Patrick McDonald -- will be promoted to the rank of sergeant. McDonald. 30, was gunned down by convicted felon Daniel Giddings in North Philly on Sept. 23. Giddings was later shot dead by police.
McDonald's father, retired Fire Department Capt. Larry McDonald, is expected to stand in for his son at the ceremony. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Mayor Nutter and other officials will be on hand.
The rest of the promoted include:
Sad story out of the Mill Creek section of West Philly tonight. A physically disabled 80-year-old woman died in a fire that started when she microwaved a sandwich that was wrapped in aluminum foil and paper.
Nicole Swaayze lived alone in her 4th floor apartment at Katie B. Jackson Plaza, a seniors-only facility run by the Philadelphia Housing Authority at 50th Street and Haverford Avenue, said PHA spokesman Kirk Dorn.
Dorn said Swaayze relied on an aide to cook her dinner everyday. When the aide didn't show up today, Swaayze tried to fix herself dinner. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said the elderly woman pulled the sandwich out of the microwave when it caught fire, and the flames spread onto her clothes as well. Swaayze became the 23rd person to die in a city fire this year. Ayers said the number of fatal fires stood at 37 at this point a year ago. Two other elderly residents at Jackson Plaza had to be treated for smoke inhalation, Ayers said.
Looks like FOP officials are still making good on their earlier promise to start calling out judges who they feel are too soft on repeat offenders. This time out, Judge Teresa Carr Deni is taking heat. (Nothing new for Deni, who found herself at the center of national firestorm last year when she dismissed rape charges and sexual assault charges against a man who allegedly raped a 20-year-old prostitute. Deni went on to tell the Daily News' Jill Porter that the prostitute's claims "minimizes true rape cases." Oy.)
Anyway, the new controversy:
Salim Walls had a special fondness for Center City businesses.
Police officials said the 26-year-old had long terrorized store employees and had stolen from retail shops near Broad and Walnut streets.
On Aug. 17, a plainclothes police officer who was downtown recognized Walls — who has 24 prior arrests, including eight on retail-theft charges — from a wanted poster and attempted to apprehend him, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
Walls violently attacked the officer and tried unsuccessfully to grab the cop’s gun in the struggle, Vanore said.
But on Tuesday, Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni cut Walls a break.
Walls was facing 10 charges from his late-summer scuffle with police, including aggravated assault, disarming a law-enforcement officer, robbery and inflicting serious bodily injury, according to court records.
The judge tossed out nine of the charges, and opted to hold Walls only on resisting arrest.
The District Attorney’s Office has vowed to have Walls rearrested on all of the original charges, said Fraternal Order of Police vice president John McGrody.
Deni’s decision incensed FOP leaders, who last month all but declared war on judges who they feel are soft on violent, repeat offenders.
“Our main concern is protecting our police officers and the citizens of this city,” McGrody said.
“We’re not going to hold a press conference over every decision, but we’re trying to highlight the worst ones.”
The judge could not be reached for comment last night.
Sorry I'm just getting this up on the blog now, folks.
Our Marvin Harrison lawsuit story (click here to read the full version) caught a lot of people by surprise today. Curious types -- namely reporters and radio personalities -- who long figured the case was closed or forgotten were abuzz over the new development. Admittedly, there's little to really get worked up about. Dwight Dixon's civil lawsuit against Harrison is months away from kicking off, and the District Attorney's Office is still mum about the state of criminal investigation into the shooting.
Rehashing the alleged facts of the case got a lot of people wondering just what the DA's Office is up to. The witness statements and ballistic evidence certainly seemed to suggest that Harrison was, in fact, the triggerman. But if Harrison is right, and someone else put a bullet in Dixon's hand, police say the NFL star would still face charges for allowing his gun to be used in a crime.