Port Richmond Pour House will reopen following shooting
The Port Richmond Pour House, 2253 E. Clearfield St., closed for a few days following a shooting Thursday.
Philly police are looking for two men they say shot a patron during a robbery attempt at the bar around 1:30 a.m.
Pour House, owned by John Boswell, posted on its Twitter page that the two men were not bar regulars or people the owners knew. Boswell could not be reached by press time. The Twitter feed also stated that the bar would reopen as soon as possible.
NBC10 reported that two armed men entered the bar wearing ski masks and demanded money.
That’s when Boswell hit the alarm button, prompting the robbers to panic and shoot. One male patron was hit in the shoulder. The men fled the scene empty-handed.
The injured man was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to officials. ull;•
Rock to the Future music non-profit receives big gift
The Fender Music Foundation donated in late November more than 40 electric guitars to Rock to the Future, an after-school music education program that comprises students mainly from Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond.
Students in Rock to the Future learn both music and study skills, and have performed at events all over the city.
Rock to the Future recently has expanded its after-school program from 22 to 33 students, introduced Macquarie Free Music Workshops and is planning summer programs for 2013. ••
Suit against P.D. and former officer in U.S. court Monday
Lawyer Jimmy Binns, an honorary Philadelphia police commissioner, represented the family of William “Billy” Panas Jr. in federal court Monday in a federal civil suit against former Philadelphia police officer Frank Tepper, the city and the police department.
Panas, 21, was shot to death by Tepper in November 2009 in Port Richmond. Star earlier reported that in court proceedings, a jury found that Tepper had acted improperly when he pulled a gun and fired a fatal bullet into the chest of an unarmed Panas, who had come onto Tepper’s street near the Stokely Playground, at Elkhart and Edgemont streets, to check out some fights that had broken out in front of his home.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tepper, who was intoxicated at the time of the shooting, was found guilty of murder earlier this year and is serving a life sentence in prison.
In previous court documents, Binns wrote that despite amassing 35 Internal Affairs complaints and logging 66 calls for assistance to his own house during his 16-year career, Tepper never was investigated or disciplined in any “meaningful” way by the police department.
Binns said his faith in the department is still strong, but he hopes this suit will result in oversight reforms. ••
Port Richmond dog owner offers thanks; fund to be established
Ethel Hubert, 73, who owns the 11-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Ivy, said the dog is doing very well after it was attacked by a stray pit bull near Shenanigans Saloon in Port Richmond in early October.
Ivy lost a leg as a result of the attack. In support of Hubert, Shenanigans rallied Port Richmond neighbors to raise money to offset hefty veterinary bills. The bar also hosted a beef-and-beer fundraiser in early November. The first set of bills to treat Ivy were over $1,600, and additional surgery bills were over $5,000.
Thanks to neighbors around Philadelphia and even those far away, the bills were paid off.
Chelsea Coffin, who worked at Shenanigans and witnessed the attack, said Friday that the collective fundraising for Hubert and Ivy surpassed the goal — all told, fundraising efforts brought in about $8,000. One generous woman from Switzerland, Coffin said, donated the $5,000 to pay Ivy’s surgery bills. Coffin said she learned of the fundraising through a friend on Facebook who lives in Philadelphia.
There is an additional $1,000 leftover now that the bills have been paid. That money, Coffin said, will be contributed to a fund at Pet Health Center (formerly Dr. Rude’s Animal Hospital), 3365 Frankford Ave. Pet Health Center is where Ivy was treated, and also contributed to fundraising efforts.
Coffin said the fund will be in Ivy’s name and will help other animal owners in Hubert’s situation, for instance, those whose pets have been attacked.
Hubert said she is so grateful for the community support, and to have Ivy back. ••
Port Richmond PAL in the running for new car
The city’s Police Athletic League — headquarters at 2524 E. Clearfield St. — is one of six charities that could be awarded a 2013 Honda Odyssey as part of 6ABC and Honda’s “Pay 6 Forward” sweepstakes.
The sweepstakes began Thanksgiving Day and will run through Dec. 10. 6ABC Action News Facebook fans can enter to win a 2013 Honda Accord, and each applicant will be able to choose one of six charities to be rewarded the Honda Odyssey. PAL is among those six.
The winner and their chosen charity will be announced Dec. 11 live on Action News at 4 p.m.
To learn more on how to enter, view the 6abc Action News Facebook page at www.facebook.com/6abc.ActionNews. The new automobiles are provided by the Delaware Valley Honda Dealers association. ••
Machete attack leaves Bridesburg man in critical condition
Police are searching for a machete-wielding suspect who they say slashed a 25-year-old man across the arms and chest, leaving him in critical condition early Nov. 27, according to the Inquirer.
The incident occurred about 12:40 a.m. inside a house on the 5100 block of James St. in Bridesburg. Police said there was a disturbance at the home, and the machete attack followed. The victim was taken to Aria Health’s Torresdale campus. He underwent surgery on the day of the attack. A spokesman for Northeast Detectives said Monday that the victim was still believed to be in the hospital.
Police are seeking a 28-year-old resident who lived at the residence in which the attack occurred, and the incident is still under investigation. ••