Archive: May, 2010
Now here's a deal where everyone wins: citizens can drop off guns -- no questions asked, honest -- at the Lower Mayfair Playground tomorrow and receive a $50 food voucher for a local supermarket.
The gun buy back program will run from 10 a.m. until noon at the playground, located at Hawthorne Street and Robbins Avenue, police said.
A Cedarbrook woman and her daughter were charged by the state Attorney General’s office today with stealing $220,000 from a nonprofit organization.
Harriet Garrett, 63 of Fayette Street near Sedgwick, served as president of Creative Urban Educational Systems (C.U.E.S), which was supposed to use taxpayer money to train low-income residents to become medical assistants. Instead, Garrett used the money to buy an SUV and pay her daughter, Yvette Gimenez, 40, for classes she never taught, the Attorney General’s office said.
C.U.E.S was contracted with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare through the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation. The Attorney General's office said Garrett employed two of her daughters and her husband, which was in violation of the contract.
The FBI today honored Stuart Drobny, a member of the Philadelphia-based private investigation firm Stumar Investigations, for helping to disrupt a counterfeit goods operation that had links to Hezbollah.
The federal investigation that Drobny assisted ultimately led to the indictment last November of 26 Hezbollah operatives and sympathizers who shipped stolen and counterfeit goods around the world. Members of the ring sought to buy missiles and machine guns that were to be shipped to Syria and Iran.
Drobny partnered with Jim Baldinger, of the law firm Carlton Fields, during the FBI investigation into Hezbollah-linked ring. "I am extremely proud of being part of the team that helped stop money flowing to terrorists," Drobny said, according to a news release.
Two men were shot and killed during an encounter with Philadelphia police in Tioga earlier tonight.
The trouble started shortly after 6 p.m., when a woman approached two cops on Tioga Street near Sydenham and told them two men were fighting over a handgun in a nearby second-floor apartment, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
The officers dashed into the apartment and spotted the men, who were fighting for control of a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.
Vanore said the cops, both of whom work in Nicetown’s 39th District, ordered the men to drop the gun. They refused, and the officers each fired once.
One man, whose name was not released, was shot in the head and died at the scene, Vanore said. The other man, whose name also was witheld, was shot in the chest and taken to Temple Univeristy Hospital, where he died about 9:40 p.m.
Vanore said the cops, who were not injured, will be placed on desk duty pending an Internal Affairs investigation.
A Philadelphia police officer suffered leg and arm injuries earlier tonight when he was struck and dragged by a red Chevrolet in Brewerytown.
Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said the cop, whose name was not released, was on-duty and riding a bicycle on Girard Avenue near 30th Street when he was hit by the Chevy, which was driven by a 27-year-old man.
Another police officer who was at the scene opened fire, hitting the Chevy once, Vanore said. Police captured the motorist, whose name was not released, about a block from where the accident occurred. The injured cop was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital, Vanore said. The driver, who complained of pain, was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital to be examined.
I've fielded a ton of calls and e-mails in the last few days from readers who are angry about city cops who are keeping their pension benefits even after they've been fired from the force or arrested for committing serious crimes.
One reader asked today, "Can't you find out if anyone is going to do something about this?" Here's an excerpt of the answer that will appear in tomorrow's Daily News:
One after another, stories about bad cops have fallen around the city like dominoes lately, each one more disturbing than the next.
Was former local high school hoops star Abdul Taylor gunned down last week because he planned to testify in an upcoming murder trial?
That theory was being closely investigated yesterday by detectives who linked Taylor to a 2006 murder case, said Homicide Capt. James Clark.
“He was a witness in an ’06 murder that happened in South Philadelphia,” Clark said. “Three individuals were arrested in that case, and we know for a fact that he was planning to testify in court in September.”
Clark didn’t have the names of the 2006 murder victim or the three people who were charged with killing him when reached by phone last night.
Taylor, 32, was shot in the head on Ellsworth Street near 23rd on May 6. The father of six died the next day after his family had him taken off life support at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
His funeral will be held at the Michum-Wilson Funeral Home, at 20th and Reed streets, on Friday, according to a relative.
Taylor set a career scoring record while starring as a guard at Charles Audenried High School in the mid-1990s.
It happened quick, real quick, the way things like this usually do.
One minute, Larry Bennett, a tall, thin 68-year-old handyman, was joking with two friends in front of a porch in Nicetown this afternoon.
The next minute, one of the friends said, he was on the ground, crying out, “Why did you do this to me?” after a neighborhood punk calmly walked over and shot him in the chest.