Port Richmond: This Week In The News — New Opportunities At Powers Park, Car Battery Bandit, Hit And Run Driver Sentenced, & Amtrak Rail Changes

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Port Richmond:

Opportunities Abound For Involvement at Powers Park: Game Night is back on Thursday evenings thanks to Jan and Donna Galas, giving kids 3-12 a reason to get out of the house in the summer. Powers Park has also instated a Community Cares Gardening Committee to oversee garden projects in the park. (via Star News)

Cops: Bandit Prefers Jeep Batteries: Police have surveillance video of a man stealing the battery out of a Jeep Wrangler in Center City and believe it is connected to the other 26 car batteries stolen in the past few months. Of those 26, 22 of those were Jeeps. Additoinally, four Jeep Wranglers have been stolen since June, including one in Port Richmond. Police believe these thefts are connected to the battery thefts. (via Philly.com)

Philly Judge: Hit-Run Driver’s Defense ‘Absolutely Preposterous’:  Ramon M. Morales, a 63-year-old Port Richmond psychotherapist, insisted to the end that the hit and run that killed Thomas Dunbar Jr. last year was an accident. Philadelphia Commons Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi believed none of it and sentenced Morales to five to 15 years in prison. (via Philly.com)

East Coast Rail Future Laid Out, But Is Far From Paid For: A plan to modernize Amtrak’s east rails was proposed last week, but the new rail pattern needs funding. The proposed change would straighten out the Frankford Curve, where the deadly Amtrak crash that killed eight people occurred in May 2015. (via Philly.com)

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