A 24-year-old man has been arrested in the hit-and-run death of an 8-year-old girl in West Philadelphia. The arrest came after a Nissan with front-end damage was discovered at a repair shop in Chester County. The driver, whose name has not been released, struck 8-year-old Jayanna Powell near 63rd Street and Lansdowne Avenue, as she was walking home from school, on Nov. 18. Read more
Nearly six months after SEPTA pulled a third of its Regional Rail cars due to flawed beams, 33 cars remain out of service. The transit agency is pursuing a more durable repair job for those cars, but the work may open a new disagreement over money between SEPTA and Hyundai Rotem, the company that manufactured the Silverliner V cars. "We’re not saying we’re not going to pay for that or we’re not going to do that,” company spokesman Andrew Hyer said, “but at the same time we haven’t gone over the details on who’s going to do what." Read more
A 56-year-old woman died when a car being chased by police crashed into her vehicle Wednesday night in West Philadelphia. The pursuit began when two men fled after police approached them near 48th and Westminister Streets, where gunshots had just been fired. The suspects fled in Nissan Maxima and ultimately ran a red light at 52nd and Locust Streets, slamming into a Kia Soul that was headed east on Locust, killing the Kia's driver. Police said officers found a gun in the Nissan after the crash. Read more
An assistant city solicitor has been linked to anti-Trump graffiti on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Surveillance video shows a man, who has been identified as Duncan Lloyd, holding up his cellphone as a second man spray paints "F- Trump" on the wall of a newly constructed grocery store. The tagger remains unidentified and no charges have been filed. "We do not condone this type of behavior from our employees," First Deputy City Solicitor Craig Straw said. "To my knowledge, Mr. Lloyd has already contacted the Philadelphia police and is cooperating with them. We will decide on a course of action once we obtain more information about the investigation." Read more
A judge has ordered Pennsylvania State University to pay nearly $5 million to Mike McQueary for retaliating against the former assistant football coach for cooperating in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse probe. The ruling comes on top of a jury verdict that Penn State should pay McQueary $7.3 million for defaming and lying to him. "The fact that five years [later], Mr. McQueary could not be employed as a cashier in a local drug store shows ... the extent to which he has been ostracized in the Penn State community," Judge Thomas Gavin wrote in his ruling. Read more