Crime

 By Damon Fillman

Manayunk: A Rare Murder?

Manayunk: A Rare Murder?

Manayunk’s pristine, almost idyllic setting is a rare place for a suspicious death, which is why many residents were shocked after hearing about the death of Ellen Rae Greenberg. Greenberg, a 27-year-old teacher at Juniata Park Academy on 801 E. Hunting Park Ave., was discovered fatally stabbed in the chest at her Venice Loft Condominium […]

 By Colin Fry and Brandi Hargette

Southwest: Prison Possibly Coming To The Area

Southwest: Prison Possibly Coming To The Area

A prison has been proposed in the Southwest Philadelphia area. The facility would be a 400-bed re-entry program. It has been opposed by many people in the neighborhood. Many fliers have been handed out and protests have been scheduled. The proposed prison would be located at 5213 Grays Ave. The Southwest Community Development Corp. has […]

 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 […]