Crime

 By Pamela Seaton and Kirsten Stamn

Tacony: ‘Dungeon’ Kidnapping Case Spirals into ‘Tangled Web of Horror’

Tacony: ‘Dungeon’ Kidnapping Case Spirals into ‘Tangled Web of Horror’

In a basement of a small apartment in Tacony, four mentally disabled adults were found chained to a boiler and locked behind a steel door in what Philadelphia police described the location as a “dungeon” and a “cellar” with a rotten smell. The captors—alleged ringleader Linda Ann Weston, 51, Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie Wright, […]

 By Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson

Germantown: Organized Halloween Events Keep Children Off the Streets

Germantown: Organized Halloween Events Keep Children Off the Streets

With Halloween approaching, many children are getting ready to dress up and fill their bags with candy. In Germantown, many churches and community centers are also starting to prepare for Halloween events designed to keep the children off the street. “It’s not like when we were growing up,” said Amber Knight who is helping to […]

 By Sarah Scarpa and Jonathan Donnelly

Hunting Park: Products of the Street Become the Solution

Hunting Park: Products of the Street Become the Solution

“We were a product of the streets, and now we are the solution,” said Louis Bryant, a member of The Brotherhood of Huntingdon Street. Roughly five years ago a group of North Philadelphia men decided to get together and turn around the fate of their neighborhood. They formed The Brotherhood of Huntingdon Street, a non-profit […]

 By Kimberly Wagner, Sherrell Williams and Kevin Yorke

Strawberry Mansion: Philadelphia CeaseFire

Strawberry Mansion: Philadelphia CeaseFire

“Do you want to live or do you want to die?” That’s the question Philadelphia CeaseFire, an anti-violence organization, asks all clients before they can seek help from the outreach program. CeaseFire is an organization where young adults can go to turn away from the gun violence that has plagued the city, and more specifically, the […]

 By Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson

Germantown: Local Resident Keeps the Community Safe

Germantown: Local Resident Keeps the Community Safe

Looking at Barbara Burnam, it’s hard to believe the 75-year-old woman has much influence and control over her community. However, for the past 50 years, “Miss Barbara” Burnam has served as block captain for the area where she lives on Boyer Street between Locust Avenue and Woodlawn Street. Over those 50 years, the mother of […]

 By Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson

Germantown: Cleaning Up Vernon Park

Germantown: Cleaning Up Vernon Park

Benjamin Hawkins sat in Vernon Park eating a chocolate cupcake he was given by the Vernon Park cleanup crew. Upon finishing the snack, Hawkins quickly tossed its crinkled wax wrapper to the ground. “Oh, my god, what did I just do?” Hawkins said. Just as quickly as it left his hands, Hawkins picked the wrapper […]

 By Jared Brooks and Timothy Brennan

Fairhill: Neighborhood Mourns Loss of its ‘Mayor’

Fairhill: Neighborhood Mourns Loss of its ‘Mayor’

When I came to Fairhill to get interviews about the death of an esteemed resident, I must admit I was a little nervous. James Hall, affectionately known as “The Mayor” or “Bus,” meant a lot to those who grew up in the area. I expected a backlash as I was an outsider wanting to speak […]

 By Mia Cammisa and Jared Brooks

Fairhill: A Close Eye Kept on Fairhill Square

Fairhill: A Close Eye Kept on Fairhill Square

Across from Fairhill Square Park on Fifth and Lehigh streets, Katherine Garcia sat, talking to her neighbors and keeping a close eye on the jungle gym across the street.  In the park was Garcia’s daughter, 12- year-old Zieralyn Brown, fawning over her puppy and talking to her friends. Within this space, Garcia said she thinks her children […]

 By Gina Benigno and Danny Donnelly

Northeast Philadelphia: Burglary Trend Report

Northeast Philadelphia: Burglary Trend Report

Burglaries have recently been a hot topic for residents in Northeast Philadelphia. But what exactly constitutes a burglary? Many confuse the term with theft or robbery. Burglaries fall under an entirely different category. The term is defined as the act of entering a building with the intent to commit a crime without a weapon. Last […]

 By Natasha Shapiro and Niambi McDonald

Germantown: ‘We Is Got Him’ Tells Famous Kidnapping Story

Germantown: ‘We Is Got Him’ Tells Famous Kidnapping Story

“We Is Got Him.” That’s what the first of 23 ransom letters said in which $20,000 was demanded in return for the kidnapped Charley Ross. But the two main suspects, William Mosher and Joseph Douglas. died within a year of the event, and the boy was never found. While his fate is still a mystery, […]