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Looking for lost elderly man
Philadelphia police are asking for the public's help in the search for Samuel Pagano, 87, a South Philly man who's been missing for nearly two months.
A friend stopped at Pagano's house at 13th and Dickinson streets Dec. 20 to check on the elderly man, only to find the property empty, police said.
Pagano is 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, and has brown eyes, gray hair and olive-toned skin. He doesn't have his front teeth.
Police said he was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket with blue trim, and dark-colored sneakers. He's known to frequent Marconi Plaza, at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue. Anyone with information on Pagano should contact South Detectives at 215-686-3013 or -3014.
Kids get City Hall mentors
The city has partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania to connect 25 City Hall employees with students from various public schools around town for mentoring.
As part of BBBS's "Beyond School Walls" mentoring program, the employees will meet with students every other week during the work and school day to open their eyes to future career possibilities that await them.
Yesterday, students from Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary in South Philly came to City Hall to meet with members of City Council and the administration.
Cops talk down jumper
Traffic on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge was briefly interrupted yesterday as police responded to a man threatening to jump, officials said.
Delaware River Port Authority Police received a call from the man shortly after 4 p.m. Two eastbound lanes were briefly shut down as authorities responded, said DRPA spokesman Tim Ireland. Police were able to get the man down without incident and all lanes reopened about 4:20 p.m.
Man disappears after Super Bowl party
The search is on for a Feltonville man who disappeared after a Super Bowl party last weekend, police said yesterday.
Gregory Andino, 38, of Annsbury Street near 4th, was reported missing this week by his girlfriend, authorities said. Andino left his house about 3 p.m. Sunday to go to a Super Bowl party and never returned home. About 3:30 a.m. Monday, police said, he called his girlfriend to let her know he was on his way to pick her up. Police said Andino's phone went dead during that call, and a little more than an hour later, State Troopers found his black 2006 GMC Denali crashed on I-76 near 30th Street Station with heavy front-end damage and its driver's airbag deployed - but Andino was nowhere to be found.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket with a white or gray stripe on each sleeve and light-colored sneakers. Anyone with information on the accident or Andino's whereabouts is asked to contact East Detectives at 215-686-3043.
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