Another Violent Incident at Northeast Philly Pathmark

Earlier this month, a man was stabbed in a Northeast Philly Pathmark after an argument with another man. Now, the supermarket has been the site of a second attack.

Police say a woman ran into the Pathmark screaming after she was assaulted by a 19-year-old man on Monday. The man followed her into the store, where he was cornered by shoppers until police arrived.

Read more »

Pocono Schools Closed After Reported Eric Frein Sighting

Schools in the Pocono Mountain school district are closed today after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the man suspected of killing Byron Dickson and wounding trooper Alex Douglass in a random attack last month.

The schools were open yesterday, but closed after another reported sighting of Frein on Monday, near the Swiftwater Post Office.

Also on Monday, police said a suspected blood sample found on a porch in the area was not a DNA match for Frein’s blood. In fact, it wasn’t blood at all.

Read more »

ESPN: Kobe Bryant Has Destroyed the Lakers

The Sixers were awful last year, and they’re going to be awful again this season. But not all is lost for the Philadelphia basketball fan. Take last season: The hated Celtics won only six more games than the Sixers did and missed the playoffs.

And Sixers fans’ second most-hated enemy, the Los Angeles Lakers? They went 27-55 and finished last in their division. The Lakers! In last! If the Sixers are going to be bad, at least the teams Philly fans love to hate are doing poorly too.

And now, some even better news: The Lakers aren’t going to get much better anytime soon. ESPN reports Kobe Bryant — Lower Merion High School basketball legend, five-time NBA Champion, surefire future member of the Baskebtall Hall of Fame, et cetera — is sabotaging the Lakers from within.

He’s such a ball hog and bad teammate that literally no one wants to play with him. Allen Iverson hogged the ball, but at least he said nice things about his teammates in the press.

Read more »

Gayborhood Hotel Evacuated After Fire

A fire late Monday afternoon at the Parker Spruce Hotel in the Gayborhood forced the evacuation of at least 54 residents. The one-alarm fire was under control in 10 minutes, but still forced scores of residents to leave.

They were apparently taken away from the scene on SEPTA buses.

Read more »

Report: Robbery of Temple Students Was Done in Retaliation

The Daily News reports today that the Temple students robbed in a home invasion were targeted over a previous beef with a neighbor.

The robbery, cops say, happened Sunday night on the 1800 block of North 18th Street. Cops say two men with handguns pistol-whipped a resident who was having a cigarette on the front steps — then came into the house, zip tied the hands of at least six residents and robbed the home of cell phones, laptops, speakers, video games and wallets.

Read more »

(UPDATE) Pa. Supreme Court Justice: McCaffery Threatened to Release Emails

McCaffery Eakin 940 x 540

Justices Seamus McCaffery, left, and J. Michael Eakin, right.

[Update 4 p.m.] Justice McCaffery has just released a statement giving his side of Eakin’s allegations:

“Yesterday, I had a phone conversation with Justice J. Michael Eakin, whom I respect as a colleague.  The purpose of my call was to inform him that I was hearing strong rumors that a personal email account that belonged to him contained not only hundreds of sexually explicit emails, but – even worse – racially offensive images.  In light of my own recent experience, and given the way these emails have been leaking, I expressed my concern for him, especially because of the racially-charged emails, which, as I recall, I told him I feared could bring him down.

“Although he was extremely agitated and upset, Justice Eakin told me he appreciated the call and the ‘heads-up’ and specifically lamented the fact that this whole email controversy has been Chief Justice Castille’s doing.  In fact, he told me that he had written to Castille on Monday to urge him to stop putting out all of this information, but that he was certain he could not stop the Chief Justice from continuing his attacks against me.

“I unequivocally deny Justice Eakin’s allegations that I threatened or coerced him to do anything.  What I did do was to try to help him prepare himself for the same kind of media onslaught that I have endured, and urged him to talk to his close, personal friend, Ronald Castille, to stop the mud-slinging that has so tarnished our Court.  I unequivocally deny that I have or ever have had Justice Eakin’s personal emails, and I have never leaked anything to the media.”

[Original] The Pennsylvania porn email scandal just got even weirder.

After a report today tied a second Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, J. Michael Eakin, to pornographic emails sent to a private account, Eakin sent a statement to the state’s Judicial Conduct Board saying Justice Seamus McCaffery threatened to release those emails unless Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille rescinded his comments earlier in the week.

“The subject of much recent publicity concerning the sending of salacious emails, Justice McCaffrey next told me he ‘was not going down alone.’ Justice McCaffrey told me that I had to cause the chief justice to retract his media statements of the prior day,” the letter to the JCB read. “I told him I would not attempt to do so even if it were possible. He repeated that I had to, and that he ‘needed an answer’ by noon to prevent release of the emails involving my account.”

Read more »

Hannibal Buress on Bill Cosby: “You’re a Rapist”

Last night at his late night show at the Trocadero, comedian Hannibal Buress did an extended bit about Philadelphia native Bill Cosby, calling him a rapist. Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women, including Barbara Bowman in Philadelphia magazine. He has not, however, been publicly accused of rape. The above recording starts about 15-20 seconds into it.

“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

Read more »

Mayor Nutter Tries to Calm Philly’s Nerves About Ebola

nutter-ebola-940x540

If you’re reading this article right now on Phillymag.com, you are probably not at risk for catching Ebola. You are likely in the area, and no one in Philadelphia has been diagnosed with the virus. But today Mayor Michael Nutter said Philadelphians are in no danger of contracting the virus right now. And he says Philly is prepared if any cases show up here.

The mayor also urged residents not to discriminate against Philadelphians from West African countries — where the outbreak has killed more than 4,500. Philadelphia has a large West African population living in Southwest Philadelphia.

Read more »

Princeton Sign Campaign Targets NBC Doc For Breaking Ebola Quarantine

Someone in Princeton is waging a guerrilla campaign against NBC correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman for violating her Ebola quarantine. They’ve posted multiple fliers around town, urging residents to call the police if they see Snyderman around town.

The flier includes her home address and the names of her children.

A freelance cameraman working on a team with Snyderman, Ashoka Mukpo, caught Ebola while working in Liberia. Snyderman, back in the U.S., agreed to a voluntary 21-day quarantine. But after she was spotted out and about in Princeton, the New Jersey Health Department issued a mandatory quarantine for her.

Read more »

Women With Mace, Bats Attack School Bus in Bizarre Northeast Philly Road Rage Incident

[UPDATE] NBC10 reports that police have questioned two women they’re calling persons of interest in Thursday’s bizarre attack. The women showed up to claim the vehicle police say was used in the incident.

The SUV, despite being a Suburban — not a Tahoe as first reported by police — is the one used in Thursday afternoon’s “bizarre” attack, according to police

Two women showed up at the impound lot Friday afternoon to claim the SUV. Police consider the women persons of interest and took them into custody for questioning.

[ORIGINAL] A student was injured on Thursday when police say a group of women attacked a bus with baseball bats and mace on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.

The incident happened at 3 p.m. near the Boulevard and Levick Street. Teenagers, 14 and 15 years old, were yelling at an SUV driving next to it on the Boulevard. The women sped up, pulled in front of the bus and blocked its path. Two women then got out of the bus and began hitting it with baseball bats. They also sprayed mace on the front of the bus.

Before leaving in their SUV and fleeing down Horrocks Street, cops say, the women broke the window behind the bus driver. A student hurt his wrists in the attack, but he is expected to be okay.

Read more »

« Older Posts