Story Archive November 28 2012

Police test new scanners for traffic tickets

Equipment similar to the scanners supermarket cashiers use to speed shoppers through checkout lines is being tested by 7th Police District officers to cut the time it takes to write traffic citations.

Snapshot: cleaning up Campbell Square, and loving it!

As part of the city’s fall LOVE Your Park Day, neighbors joined together at Port Richmond’s Campbell Square Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to clean and green the space. They put the park “to bed” for winter by tidying the garden beds, raking leaves and finishing end-of-season chores. Some 18 volunteers gathered 75 bags of leaves, which will be made into compost at the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Recycling Center, and also collected two large bags of trash. Way to love your park, Port Richmond!

Star newspaper update

Dear readers,

Big Fix

— At Traffic Court, it’s business as usual.

Girl reports stalker tries to lure her into his car near Oxford Circle school

Just days after Philadelphia police warned the public about a child predator roaming Frankford streets, another creep accosted a girl near her Oxford Circle elementary school.

Man arrested in mobile phone store heists

Two 2nd Police District officers captured a masked gunman who allegedly robbed two mobile telephone stores in the Northeast on Nov. 14.

Federal charges added against two serial pharmacy suspects

Federal authorities have filed new criminal charges against Northeast Philadelphia’s two accused serial pharmacy robbers.

Owner of auto repair shop is sentenced to 16 years for fraud

A Huntingdon Valley man has been sentenced to serve 16 years in federal prison for setting fire to his own Northeast Philadelphia auto repair shop in an insurance fraud scheme.

A special delivery from the police

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 president John McNesby and attorney James J. Binns last week led a caravan of police vehicles and motorcycles that delivered full-course Thanksgiving dinners to more than a dozen families of officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

8th District sets open forum Nov. 29

The 8th Police District invites the public to attend the next monthly Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. at 3100 Red Lion Road.