Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Jan. 22

From a murder in North­ern Liber­ties to new lofts ready to open in Fishtown, here's this week's neigh­bor­hood news in brief. 

Rich­mond Street clos­ure to be­gin this week

A two-year-long road clos­ure of Rich­mond Street between Le­high and Av­en­ue and Cam­bria Street in Port Rich­mond that was ori­gin­ally sched­uled to be­gin Jan. 23 has been post­poned un­til fur­ther no­tice due to the in­clement weath­er, the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion said in a state­ment. 

This will mark the be­gin­ning of con­struc­tion of four new over­head Con­trail bridges and the re­place­ment of a large sew­er main.

The de­tour will take Rich­mond Street through traffic over Le­high Av­en­ue, Ara­mingo Av­en­ue and Al­legheny Av­en­ue, the state­ment said. 

The re­lo­ca­tion will fin­ish to the east between Le­high Av­en­ue and Ann Street. 

In ad­di­tion to clos­ing parts of Rich­mond Street, PennDOT will also shift Rich­mond Street traffic over to the re­built sec­tion of the street between Dyott Street and Le­high Av­en­ue. 

The fin­ished product will in­clude two through lanes, a cen­ter turn lane, tracks for a SEPTA trol­ley, bike lanes, side­walks and street lights, PennDOT of­fi­cials said. 

The de­tours are a part of PennDot’s $91.3 mil­lion pro­ject to re­vital­ize the In­ter­state 95/Gir­ard Av­en­ue In­ter­change. The pro­ject is ex­pec­ted to be fin­ished in early 2016.

For more in­form­a­tion on the I-95 im­prove­ments in the area of the Gir­ard Av­en­ue In­ter­change, vis­it www.95re­ 

Wo­man shot, killed in North­ern Liber­ties

A 26-year-old wo­man was shot and killed Sunday at 10:35 p.m. in a rob­bery on the 900 block of N. Front Street in North­ern Liber­ties, Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cials said in a press re­lease.

The vic­tim, 26-year-old Am­ber Long, of the 1700 block of W. Rit­ner Street, had been walk­ing with her moth­er after leav­ing her boy­friend’s res­id­ence, ac­cord­ing to NBC10. 

Long was shot once in the chest and pro­nounced dead at Hahne­mann Uni­versity Hos­pit­al at 11:15 p.m., po­lice said.

The of­fend­ers were seen flee­ing north on Front Street in a black Im­pala with the wit­ness’s purse, po­lice said. 

No ar­rests in Jan. 14 murders 

No ar­rests have been made in either of the two murders that oc­curred on the even­ing of Monday, Jan. 14, a Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment spokes­wo­man said.

Rickey Car­roll, 35, was shot and killed at 9:09 p.m. in a house on the 3300 block of Am­ber Street in Port Rich­mond, po­lice said. 

Car­roll, who lived on that same block, was found with a gun­shot wound to his chest and trans­por­ted to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, where he was pro­nounced dead at 9:41 p.m., po­lice said.  

The shoot­ing was nine minutes after an­oth­er murder on the street on the 600 block of Perth Place, just west of North­ern Liber­ties. 

Khaleef John­son, 23, of the 2000 block of N. 24th Street, was shot mul­tiple times in the back, po­lice said. He was pro­nounced dead at 9:18 p.m. at Hahne­mann Uni­versity Hos­pit­al. 

Port Rich­mond home tar­get of fire­bomb

Po­lice are look­ing for a sus­pect who at­temp­ted throw­ing a fire­bomb in­to a home in Port Rich­mond, ac­cord­ing to 6ABC. 

The sus­pect was caught on sur­veil­lance video just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 6, ac­cord­ing to the art­icle. 

The in­cen­di­ary device was a Mo­lotov cock­tail, which failed to ig­nite but broke the front win­dow, de­tect­ives said. 

The video de­pic­ted the sus­pect as wear­ing a hooded coat with a hooded sweat­shirt un­der­neath, sweat pants, a black hat and white shoes. 

Brides­burg Pizza, Wawa rob­ber sen­tenced to jail

Ha­keem Par­is, 23, of Phil­adelphia, was sen­tenced on Thursday, Jan. 16, to 30 years and one month in pris­on for mul­tiple armed rob­ber­ies, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the U.S. De­part­ment of Justice.

Par­is held up Brides­burg Pizza on the 4700 block of Rich­mond Street on May 10, 2010, and struck again less than two weeks later a few blocks away at a Wawa con­veni­ence store, the press re­lease said. 

Par­is con­spired with one oth­er per­son dur­ing the rob­ber­ies, the press re­lease re­por­ted. 

The case was handled by the Fed­er­al Bur­eau of In­vest­ig­a­tion and the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment. 

In late 2012, a fed­er­al jury con­victed Par­is on vari­ous counts in­clud­ing con­spir­acy, rob­bery, and car­ry­ing a fire­arm dur­ing a crime of vi­ol­ence. 

In ad­di­tion to the pris­on term, the press re­lease stated that a U.S Dis­trict Court judge ordered three years of su­per­vised re­lease. 

Cam­paign con­sult­ant stole thou­sands from loc­al coun­cil­man 

Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on’s cam­paign con­sult­ant stole nearly $50,000 from Hen­on’s cam­paign and used the funds to feed his own gambling ad­dic­tion, ac­cord­ing to 

Richard North, 24, last week pleaded guilty to us­ing the cam­paign’s deb­it card to with­draw money more than 50 times from an ATM at Sug­ar­House Casino early last year, po­lice said. 

The art­icle also re­por­ted that he is ac­cused of steal­ing checks from his room­mates.

North is re­portedly un­der­go­ing treat­ment for a gambling ad­dic­tion in At­lanta, where he is cur­rently resid­ing with his par­ents. 

He will pay more than $60,000 in resti­tu­tion and fees, his law­yer, Bri­an McGonagle, said. 

North has no pri­or re­cord or his­tory of gambling be­fore these charges, ac­cord­ing to McGonagle, and is ex­pec­ted to re­ceive a pro­ba­tion-only sen­tence that will keep him out of jail. 

After re­view­ing bank state­ments last spring, Hen­on no­ti­fied the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice about in­con­sist­en­cies he dis­covered in the re­ports, ac­cord­ing to the art­icle. 

Hen­on serves the 6th Dis­trict, which en­com­passes the north­east sec­tion of the city, in­clud­ing Brides­burg and Port Rich­mond. 

Cent­ral air con­di­tion­ing unit rob­ber­ies

There have been sev­er­al re­ports of cent­ral air con­di­tion­ing units be­ing stolen from drive­ways and back­yards in Port Rich­mond, the 24th Po­lice Dis­trict said in a state­ment on their Face­book page.

Po­lice have made ar­rests, but are ad­vising res­id­ents to take pre­cau­tion to pre­vent any fu­ture rob­ber­ies by se­cur­ing cent­ral air con­dens­ers with a chain and lock or cage if pos­sible. 

Those who need as­sist­ance are en­cour­aged to con­tact the po­lice com­munity re­la­tions team at 215-685-9969. 

Frank­ford lofts set to open

Two large va­cant build­ings on the 1000 block of Frank­ford Av­en­ue that have been un­der­go­ing re­devel­op­ment for years may be ready for busi­ness in the near fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to an art­icle on na­ked­

The build­ing, loc­ated at 1039-55 Frank­ford Ave., across the street from Bar­cade in Fishtown, was ori­gin­ally used as a stor­age fa­cil­ity in the 1990s, ac­cord­ing to Na­ked Philly. 

The build­ing has been stand­ing va­cant since 2008, ac­cord­ing to the art­icle.

The build­ing’s in­teri­or and ex­ter­i­or work has been com­pleted over the past year and has been con­ver­ted in­to 28 apart­ments. 

Rent will run between $1,500 and $2,000 per month, the art­icle said. 

You can reach at

comments powered by Disqus