Northeast Times

Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Nov. 6

Brief news items from around the River Wards.

Brides­burg private po­lice leave neigh­bor­hood

Star re­por­ted in Septem­ber that at a Brides­burg com­munity meet­ing that month, res­id­ents were handed bro­chures for the Pennsylvania Private Po­lice, LLC, a private se­cur­ity com­pany that for a monthly fee, could bring a patrol car and armed guards to the neigh­bor­hood.

Neigh­bors agreed that crime in the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, which in­cludes Brides­burg, was out of hand — city po­lice also ramped up pres­ence in the dis­trict, they said, after neigh­bor­hood com­plaints — but dis­agreed over wheth­er private po­lice was a vi­able op­tion.

Res­id­ents paid the private se­cur­ity com­pany $20 per house­hold per month, but the se­cur­ity team sus­pen­ded its patrols after only 22 days, NBC re­ports. 

Frank Kruz­in­ski of the Brides­burg Neigh­bor­hood Watch told NBC he heard claims that the private po­lice were over­step­ping their bounds, and Phil­adelphia Po­lice found a private of­ficer patrolling in a per­son­al, un­re­gistered car. 

Pennsylvania Private Po­lice of­fi­cials called the situ­ation a “big mis­un­der­stand­ing,” ac­cord­ing to NBC’s re­port. Of­fi­cials also plan to re­fund the res­id­ents. ••

Port Rich­mond busi­ness left cus­tom­ers’ info in dump­ster

A Streets De­part­ment san­it­a­tion em­ploy­ee dis­covered that crit­ic­al per­son­al in­form­a­tion about cus­tom­ers at Rent-a-Cen­ter at Ara­mingo Av­en­ue and East Ontario Street in Port Rich­mond was be­ing left in a dump­ster, ABC re­por­ted.

Of­ficer Bri­an Chav­is, of San­it­a­tion En­force­ment, told ABC that he found sev­er­al folders full of filled-out cred­it ap­plic­a­tions, which in­cluded in­di­vidu­als’ so­cial se­cur­ity num­bers, driver’s li­cense num­bers, names and birth­d­ates.

After Chav­is called po­lice, a Rent-A-Cen­ter em­ploy­ee came and moved the sens­it­ive doc­u­ments from the open trash dump­ster to a se­cure locked re­cyc­ling bin, ABC re­por­ted.

Chav­is es­tim­ated that 100 per­son­al files were in the trash, ABC said.

Rent-A-Cen­ter told ABC they are in­vest­ig­at­ing the mat­ter. ••

Two wo­men stabbed in Kens­ing­ton

On the night of Fri­day, Nov. 1, po­lice re­spon­ded to re­ports that two wo­men were stabbed mul­tiple times in Kens­ing­ton, CBS re­por­ted.

The double-stabbing in­cid­ent oc­curred at 10:15 p.m. on the 1900 block of East Al­bert Street.

One vic­tim, a 30-year-old wo­man, was stabbed once in the arm and six times in the stom­ach. She was brought to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al and was lis­ted in crit­ic­al con­di­tion. 

The oth­er vic­tim, a 38-year-old wo­man, was stabbed four times in the stom­ach. She was brought to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al and was lis­ted in stable con­di­tion, CBS re­por­ted.

Po­lice are in­vest­ig­at­ing, ac­cord­ing to CBS.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about a crime is asked to call the Phil­adelphia Po­lice at 215-686-TIPS (8477), or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847). ••

Man shot twice in Kens­ing­ton

On Sat­urday af­ter­noon at 1:30 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot twice in Kens­ing­ton, Metro re­por­ted.

The shoot­ing re­portedly oc­curred on the 3000 block of Ella Street. The man was shot once in the torso and once in the right bi­cep. The vic­tim was brought to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, Metro re­por­ted.

Po­lice are in­vest­ig­at­ing.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about a crime is asked to call the Phil­adelphia Po­lice at 215-686-TIPS (8477), or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847). ••

—Com­piled by Mi­kala Jam­is­on and Sam Ne­w­house

You can reach and at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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