All Special Reports and Partnerships

 By Chris Zakorchemny and Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: Foundation Seeks to Stop Violence

Ridge Avenue: Foundation Seeks to Stop Violence

On a spring afternoon in 1992, Sultan Jihad Ahmad got into a fight with two youths close to his age. With a shotgun in their possession, the opposing youth shot 15-year-old Ahmad six times–once in each leg, once in his side, once in his back and a final shot in the back of his head. […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Olney: A Look at the 35th Police District

Olney: A Look at the 35th Police District

Philadelphia’s 35th Police District is as busy as a police district can get. Covering from Cheltenham Avenue to Wingohocking Street and from Wister Street to Roosevelt Boulevard, it entails the areas of East Oak Lane, parts of West Oak Lane, Logan, Olney and the tip of Feltonville. With these different neighborhoods come a variety of crime […]

 By Justin Finneran and Wendy Borst

Logan: Loved for Nine Years Strong

Logan: Loved for Nine Years Strong

Nine years ago, Michael Hayward knew that the neighborhood around his home at 12th and Wingohocking streets was facing tough times.  The “sinking homes” disaster had caused many responsible homeowners to move out of the area, and the strength of the existing Logan community organization had diminished considerably. So Hayward and a neighbor–Sonya Bryant–decided that […]

 By Justin Finneran and Wendy Borst

Olney/Logan: Young Offenders Get a Second Chance

Olney/Logan: Young Offenders Get a Second Chance

Inside the courtroom at the 35th Police District, Officer Barbara Blackford opens the double doors and calls out to the two people waiting in the hallway. “You can come back in,” she says as she holds the door open. A teenage boy walks into the courtroom followed by his mother. They seat themselves in two […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Kensington: Keeping an Eye on the Children

Kensington: Keeping an Eye on the Children

The streets of Kensington can be unsafe and uncertain. Police sirens often blare as they race down Kensington Avenue. Drug deals occur on many corners, and worst of all, children are often left unattended on the streets, leaving them in danger. But after the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Kensington, parents are taking a […]

 By Aaron Gottlieb

Hunting Park: Teaming Up to Stop Crime

Hunting Park: Teaming Up to Stop Crime

Greg Bucceroni sat down in his office chair and insisted he describe where his life’s path has led him. In the 1970s, Bucceroni was a juvenile delinquent in the Brooklyn and Manhattan. “I was very violent as a kid, and some of the people I associated with were the real life gangsters from the movie ‘GoodFellas,’” […]

 By Justin Finneran and Wendy Borst

Logan: Building Character at the Police Athletic League

Logan: Building Character at the Police Athletic League

The Logan Police Athletic League (PAL) Center, located at The Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1100 W. Rockland St., is one of the smallest in Philadelphia.  Yet there is a gigantic amount of hard work and volunteering that goes into giving the neighborhood kids a place off of the streets. Sharon Wells has been operating […]

 By Shannon McDonald

Cops: Black and Blue

Cops: Black and Blue

Bill Thrasher is an officer in North Philadelphia’s 22nd Police District. His blonde hair is youthful, unaltered by sun or life. His eyes are identical to the sky blue of the uniform shirt he wears beneath his jacket and bulletproof vest. The faint traces of acne on his jaw reveal his age before he offers […]

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