Crime

 By Tina DiSerafino and Kimberly Cuenca

Feltonville: Condor Car Service Offers Convenient Luxury

Feltonville: Condor Car Service Offers Convenient Luxury

There are several ways to travel around the city. While some choose to walk and others ride bikes, thanks to Condor Car Service, located at 4754 Rising Sun Ave., residents of the Feltonville area are able to ride around in style. The services at Condor are almost endless. From transporting people to proms and weddings or simply […]

 By Michael Gaudini

Manayunk: Owner Unfazed After Burglary

Manayunk: Owner Unfazed After Burglary

When Joel Dahan was awakened this week with a call from the security company that monitors his Manayunk store, Tag Denim at 4358 Main St,, he thought it might just be about some rowdy baseball fans accidentally setting off the security system. It was soon obvious that the disturbance was no accident. Rather, it was […]

 By Lana Adams

Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Three Lifers from Prison Start New Lives After Sentences Commuted

Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Three Lifers from Prison Start New Lives After Sentences Commuted

As one of his last acts as governor, the former prosecutor Ed Rendell commuted the life sentences of three men–one more than he had commuted during his entire eight years as governor. In their first interviews, the men talk about their lives in prison and outside.  

 By Megan Paolini and Ian Romano

Lawncrest: Dogfight Raid Surprises Residents

Lawncrest: Dogfight Raid Surprises Residents

Sheryle Nash said she never knew her family lived near a basement stained with dog blood. “The neighborhood is already messed up,” Nash said. “I didn’t know people ever [held dogfights] around here.” Police and Pennsylvania SPCA officers arrested two people Wednesday evening from a house on the 400 block of East Cheltenham Avenue. Animal […]

 By Nick Vadala

Technology: Predicting Future Crimes in Philadelphia

Technology: Predicting Future Crimes in Philadelphia

The term “crime prediction” often evokes the pop culture memory of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 science fiction film Minority Report, where the government polices its citizenry through a trio of psychic beings known as “precogs” that can predict who will commit a crime in the future. Throughout the film, which was based on a 1956 short […]

 By Rebecca Savedow

Germantown: New Directions Offers a Way Out for Troubled Women

Germantown: New Directions Offers a Way Out for Troubled Women

  Nicole Mattis murdered her abusive boyfriend. Cindy Livingston, 46, has been a PCP user since the age of 13. Together they are starting over at New Directions for Women Inc., an alternative to incarceration for female offenders. The one-year program provides an array of services for rehabilitation and independence. Substance abuse and psychological evaluation […]

 By Irene Kipervasser

Walnut Hill: Community Protects Playground and the Kids

Walnut Hill: Community Protects Playground and the Kids

A playground is a sacred place for a community. It is there that parents and caregivers trust that their children will be safe from harm as they enjoy all of the fun amenities it has to offer. But when a playground becomes a location for drugs and violence, the community must step in to reclaim […]

 By Amay Smith

Hunting Park: Community Leaders Organize to End Dogfighting

Hunting Park: Community Leaders Organize to End Dogfighting

There’s a popular trend among teens in Hunting Park and other neighborhoods around Philadelphia. For fun, young kids will gather on street corners or playgrounds and square off to see who has the baddest dog. That’s street-level dog fighting. Owners become a little more organized once they have champion fighters on their hands. Mid-level dog […]

 By Sarah Schu and Nick Vadala

Technology: Philadelphia Police Test Motorola’s Public Safety Broadband

Technology: Philadelphia Police Test Motorola’s Public Safety Broadband

A dozen or so reporters and police officers sat down last week in a dimly lit room at the Philadelphia Police Academy to listen to how police can use broadband technology. Motorola’s Vice President Rishi Bhaskar presented the Philadelphia police with Motorola’s new Public Safety Broadband over 4G technology. Bhaskar explained how 4G technology is […]

 By Amay Smith and Matthew Surden

Hunting Park: Humane Law Enforcement Battles Against Dog Fighting

Hunting Park: Humane Law Enforcement Battles Against Dog Fighting

“We’re really cramped for space,” said Director of Investigations George Bengal as he sat behind his cluttered desk. His small office is on the ground floor of the Philadelphia headquarters of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Erie Avenue in Hunting Park. Bengal and the nine officers that make up […]