Philadelphia Police have arrested a 52-year-old Cheltenham resident in connection with an incident in the overnight hours of Sunday where a routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase that had the officer who made the stop hanging on for dear life at the outset.
According to the police report, two officers on overnight patrol stopped a silver Infiniti driving without headlights near 60th Street and Lancaster Avenue. When the officer on the driver’s side of the car approached, the driver allegedly ducked over to the passenger side, then got up again in the driver’s seat without license or vehicle registration. When the officer requested his license and paperwork, he said he noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from both the driver and the inside of the car. Read more »
Larry Cooper isn’t just an innocent man — the Philadelphia man is a Good Samaritan. That, at least, is what a federal appeals court says. But that wasn’t enough to keep him out of jail.
According to court records: When Cooper left Jefferson University Hospital one day in April 2012 — his wife had just undergone surgery — he was approached by a stranger asking directions. While he was helping, two men came up and robbed the stranger. Cooper tried chasing the robbers down — and when that failed, gave his cell phone to the victim to call police.
The victim told police that Cooper was one of the robbers. The police then arrested Cooper, despite his denials of being involved in the crime. Unable to post bail, he spent 77 days in jail before going free. Read more »
Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was released from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on Friday, two weeks after being shot while on patrol in West Philadelphia.
NBC10 reports that Hartnett underwent three surgeries to repair damage to his left arm after, according to police, 30-year-old Edward Archer fired three shots into it and another 10 into his patrol car at point-blank range in an assassination attempt. Although Hartnett is in stable condition, officials say he will have to return to the hospital for further operations. Read more »
The Philadelphia Police Department has added a stellar GIF to its 2–year–old #NoSavesies campaign — warning Philadelphians not to block off their freshly shoveled parking spots with various objects in the aftermath of snowstorms.
Who did they turn to this time? None other than Drake. Read more »
A construction worker died last night after falling off Pier 78 (left) in South Philadelphia, officials said. | Photo via Wikimapia
[Updated 2:30 p.m.] A construction worker died on the job Thursday night when he fell into the Delaware River off a pier in South Philadelphia, officials said.
According to a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department, police were called to Pier 78 last night around 8:30 p.m. when a co-worker returned from a break and spotted the man’s hard hat and goggles floating in the Delaware River. Read more »
On Saturday night around 10:42 p.m., chaos broke out inside Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, the hospital where Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett is recovering after being shot inside his patrol car on Thursday night. Police say this incident is unrelated to that shooting. Read more »
Police say they’ve made an arrest in a West Philly homicide that occurred right before the New Year.
Malcolm William, 39, surrendered to police on Wednesday and charged with murder, violations of the Uniform Firearms Act, and related offenses. Investigators say he has a long history of run-ins with the law for drug and gun offenses. Read more »