Neighborhood news in brief

Brief news items from around the River Wards.

Boy re­cov­er­ing after Olde Rich­mond hit-and-run

A 10-year-old boy was hit on the af­ter­noon of Fri­day, Oct. 18 by an SUV that ran through a stop sign at Let­terly Street in Olde Rich­mond, Fox29 re­por­ted.

Fox29 in­cor­rectly re­por­ted the ac­ci­dent, which oc­curred at Mem­ph­is and Let­terly streets, as hap­pen­ing in Fishtown. 

The Olde Rich­mond Civic As­so­ci­ation’s bound­ar­ies are dir­ectly ad­ja­cent to the Fishtown Neigh­bors As­so­ci­ation’s, at East York Street. 

Tommy Rispo Jr. was walk­ing and talk­ing to a Fox29 re­port­er just days after the in­cid­ent, with a large band­age on his head and band­ages all over his back. 

He told Fox29 that he was run­ning home from play­ing with his friends when the SUV struck him, throw­ing him through the air. He landed on the street, strik­ing his back and head.

Rispo said that the driver got out of the car after hit­ting him, asked if he was okay, and then drove away.

Wit­nesses and neigh­bors told Fox29 that the car was a black In­fin­iti SUV with a spare tire on the back, and with a par­tial li­cense plate seen as “JH.”

The Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment asks any mem­ber of the pub­lic with in­form­a­tion about a crime to call 215-686-TIPS (8477), or send a text to PP­DTIPS (773847). ••

Dead and ema­ci­ated dogs found in Kens­ing­ton 

In two sep­ar­ate in­cid­ents last week, hu­mane of­ficers from the Pennsylvania SPCA dis­covered two starving dogs in a base­ment and the re­mains of five dead dogs, both in Kens­ing­ton near the bor­der of Port Rich­mond, 6ABC re­por­ted.

Two starving dogs were loc­ated after state SPCA of­ficers heard them bark­ing from the win­dow of a base­ment on the 2100 block of E. Cam­bria St. on Thursday night. 

Lex­ing­ton, a 3-year-old fe­male pit bull, and Hud­son, both had to be car­ried out of a fe­ces-covered base­ment where they had no food or wa­ter.

The own­ers were charged with an­im­al cruelty, ac­cord­ing to 6ABC.

Later that night at Martha and Mon­mouth streets, hu­mane of­ficers found five dead dogs at a corner. There were three small mixed breed dogs in a pile, a pit bull in a garbage bag, and a small mixed breed dog in a cool­er, 6ABC re­por­ted. 

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about these dogs is asked to con­tact the Pennsylvania SPCA at 866-601-SPCA (7722). ••

Masked men rob Port Rich­mond IHOP

The Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment is search­ing for two sus­pects who robbed the In­ter­na­tion­al House of Pan­cakes res­taur­ant on Ara­mingo Av­en­ue in Port Rich­mond, CBS re­por­ted.

Ac­cord­ing to CBS, at 7:10 a.m. on the morn­ing of Tues­day, Oct. 15, two masked sus­pects entered the res­taur­ants and an­nounced that they were rob­bing the res­taur­ant. 

The thieves re­portedly took about $500 in cash and fled. 

One of the rob­bers re­portedly dis­carded his gold mask after run­ning, which was later found on the 2200 block of Tioga Street.

No one was in­jured dur­ing the course of the rob­bery. 

The Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment asks any mem­ber of the pub­lic with in­form­a­tion about a crime to call 215-686-TIPS (8477), or send a text to PP­DTIPS (773847). ••

—Com­piled by Sam Ne­w­house

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