Crime

 By Samantha Krotzer

West Oak Lane: A Gun Victim’s Unwilling Battle

West Oak Lane: A Gun Victim’s Unwilling Battle

A thick magenta curtain closes in the room where Daren Dieter spends his time at his home on Lawnton Avenue. “I watch a lot more television than I used to watch,” says Dieter. Dieter, now 26, was shot four times on Sept. 22, 2007, while in his car outside of Shrimpy’s Bar and Restaurant on […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker

Germantown: Suspicious Fire at the YWCA

Germantown: Suspicious Fire at the YWCA

The pouring rain today drenched anything that might be left after a fire at the YWCA on Germantown Avenue next to Vernon Park. A local business owner said she thinks she knows who set the YWCA ablaze last night that injured two firefighters. She asked to remain anonymous. For over a month she said she […]

 By Shaun Gallagher

Northeast: Kraft Foods Shooting

Northeast: Kraft Foods Shooting

Just days after the shooting rampage at the Kraft Foods plant, leaving two dead and another critically injured, the company is open for business. The alleged shooter, Yvonne Hiller, 43, was arraigned over the weekend and will have a preliminary hearing later this month on two counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges. Police […]

 By Gail Austin

Northeast: Devout Muslim Among Those Killed at Kraft Factory

Northeast: Devout Muslim Among Those Killed at Kraft Factory

Just hours after she died Tanya Wilson received a Facebook message from a friend about the popular game, Farmville, which Wilson apparently played online. That friend apparently did not know Wilson had been killed in a murder spree at the Kraft Foods factory where she worked in Northeast Philadelphia. Throughout the day others posted remembrances […]

 By Daly Gonzalez

Southwest Philadelphia: Fixing Cars and the Community

Southwest Philadelphia: Fixing Cars and the Community

Ever since October 2, 2006, Cecil Snead’s wardrobe has turned to black. It was the day his son was killed. Just a few blocks away from Snead’s business, Joshua Snead was gunned down on 55th Street between Greenway and Woodland Avenue. However, despite his son’s tragic ending, Snead continues to try to rebuild the neighborhood […]

 By Samantha Richcrick

Port Richmond: Graffiti Keeps Appearing

Port Richmond: Graffiti Keeps Appearing

“I think graffiti makes Richmond look like a bad community,” Jillian Fetzer says while sitting on a bench in Campbell Square Park. She is reflecting the thoughts of many Port Richmond residents. Graffiti has been afflicting cities for decades. It is not just an eyesore; it is vandalism. And for the president of Port Richmond’s […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Peter Dorchak

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Guns in Philadelphia: The Views of Victims, Owners and Sellers

Sitting in the courtroom after her cousin was murdered, Rose Middleton told the shooter that she forgave him. Middleton’s cousin, Robert Selvy, was 53 when he was murdered by someone who lived just a few streets down from him in 1997. Selvy was working to put his son through college. “It was open season on […]

 By Bryant Maddrick

Philadelphia Cell Phone Ban

Philadelphia Cell Phone Ban

No matter where you drive throughout Philadelphia, chances are you’re going to see a motorist on the phone. With a statewide effort in place to ban cell phone use while behind the wheel, Philadelphia’s law is showing signs of success. The ban, which targets the use of a wireless telephone while driving, has been enforced […]

 By Stephen Zook and Morgan Zalot

Fox Chase: On the Watch Years After A Tragedy

Fox Chase: On the Watch Years After A Tragedy

When Stephen Phillips saw a group of teens brutally beating Eddie Polec to death from his doorstep and no police responded to his 911 calls for help, he and a group of community members decided something needed to be done. “You’d rather be proactive than reactive,” Phillips, who raised three children in the neighborhood, said. […]

 By Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi

North Philadelphia: Library Computers Back Online After Theft

North Philadelphia: Library Computers Back Online After Theft

The Cecil B. Moore Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s recently stolen computers were replaced quickly due in large part to public outcry.  The library’s information technology department provided older, unused monitors and computers so that the community’s resource could be restored as soon as possible. “The computers actually still have floppy drives on […]

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