A veteran firefighter from Lawncrest’s Engine 64 perished early Tuesday while battling a West Oak Lane basement fire. Joyce Craig-Lewis, 36, is the first woman firefighter to die in the line of duty in Philadelphia, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
A police investigation into an alleged small-time drug deal led to a vehicle pursuit that ended in a violent crash on Roosevelt Boulevard near Langdon Street on Friday night. No serious injuries were reported in the episode, although two officers from the 15th district reported minor injuries, as did an innocent motorist. It all began at about 10:30 p.m. near Frankford Avenue and Dyre Street when patrol cops spotted what appeared to be an open-air drug transaction. The officers moved in to investigate the suspected dealer, who broke free and allegedly jumped into a running Cadillac Escalade. As the suspect drove away, he reportedly dragged two of the officers a short distance.
A 57-year-old Bustleton man was hospitalized in “extremely critical” condition, police said, after a neighbor who was identified as his daughter’s fiance fired dozens of shots from a high-powered rifle in a driveway behind their homes last Thursday evening.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series about the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. Part 2 examines the labor union’s fundraising, its escalating political program and its development of a multimillion-dollar headquarters in the Northeast.
A would-be patron of a Crescentville after-hours club didn’t take it too well when a doorman turned him away in the pre-dawn hours on March 31. The man returned to the business with a gun and fired several rounds through the front door.
A Lawndale dog owner ended up with a bullet hole in his leg after he allowed his pet to take a dump in an off-duty cop’s front yard, then refused to clean up the mess, according to Philadelphia police.