On Tuesday morning, former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson was arrested and charged with theft and fraud in Warminster, Bucks County, with prosecutors alleging that he stole more than $100,000. According to court records, Tollefson is unable to post bail. Read more »
UPDATE: Don Tollefson is unable to post bail.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office announced that Don Tollefson has been arrested, four months after we first told you about the stink of scandal surrounding the former Philly sportscaster. Tollefson is being charged with fraud, solicitation and theft. Read more »
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said he will ask for a grand jury investigation into allegations a teen was injured by his officers during a stop-and-frisk stop; on Thursday, though, he said that evidence found that Darrin Manning had not suffered a ruptured testicle in the incident, as he alleged.
NBC 10 reports: “Three men in their twenties were found dead in a Philadelphia home Thursday in what police say was an execution-style triple murder.Investigators say two of the three victims were found tied up and shot in the head on the first-floor of a house on the 6300 block of Martin Mills Road in the Lawncrest section of the city. Officers discovered the third victim, who was also shot in the head, in a second-floor bedroom.”
NBC 10 reports on a disturbing crime in Oxford Circle: A man was mugged by four men, gave up his money and was shot four times while laying down in the snow.
“For some unknown reason after taking his wallet they shoot him four times while standing over him at point-blank range,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. Investigators say a 28-year-old man was walking home from a job interview along the 1400 block of Magee Street in the Oxford Circle section of the city Monday night.
“Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?” Tyema Sanchez recently told the Daily News. “Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected.”
And just like that: My brain exploded all over my desk.
Not really. But you catch my drift. I am not picking up what Sanchez is laying down.
But, first: Let’s back up a bit. Women — and men — in Philadelphia are being shot, and sometimes killed, over handbags. It’s exactly the kind of senseless, screwed up, innocent-victim type of crime that makes suburbanites wring their hands and shout about the atrocities of living in a big city. It’s bad for the victims and it’s bad for the city.
There wasn’t as much snow back in the winter in 2012 — there were 23.4 fewer inches of snow in January 2012 than this year — but things weren’t so balmy in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Tires were being slashed on a constant basis.
The loudest neighbor on the news was usually David Toledo, a Mayfair resident who lived on the 4000 block of Aldine Street. “It’s somebody that I believe is on this block,” he told NBC 10 of the tire slasher, “absolutely.” In April of 2012, Toledo was arrested and charged with slashing dozens of tires. “Toledo was a self-proclaimed Block Watch volunteer who allegedly ultimately betrayed everyone,” CBS 3 reported.
UPDATE: Under pressure from the growing opposition to the George Zimmerman/DMX boxing match, fight promoter Damon Feldman has indicated that Zimmerman will not appear at the Philadelphia press conference next week.
Trayvon Martin would have been 19 on Wednesday, had he not been shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Florida. And so when news spread on Wednesday that Philadelphia-based Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman (below) had announced a George Zimmerman vs. DMX bout, well, a lot of people started crying foul. (There’s also a White House petition to stop the fight). I got Feldman on the phone to talk about it. Read more »
Get this: People are selling sex and drugs to the rich tourists in New York for Super Bowl week! It doesn’t always go so smoothly: Today police began arresting 18 individuals wanted for selling sex and cocaine “party packs.” The investigation took 11 months.
The scheme, says New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, was similar to the one that ensnared John Bolaris in 2010.