Man, 34, slain after aiming
shotgun at cop, police say
Quinzell Elam, 34, was shot and killed by police shortly after midnight yesterday when, cops said, he pointed a loaded shotgun at an officer on 19th Street near Manton, Point Breeze.
Chief Inspector William Colarulo, of Internal Affairs, said Elam came storming out of a rowhouse with the shotgun, apparently on his way to settle an earlier dispute in a nearby bar. When told to drop the weapon, Elam pointed it at one of the officers and was shot in the side. He died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 2:53 a.m.
Foot of girl, 15, is crushed
as she tries to hop a train
A 15-year-old girl's foot was crushed when she attempted to jump aboard a slow-moving southbound freight train on Orthodox Street near Trenton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday, police said.
The girl was in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Two other juveniles were with her at the time, police said, but weren't hurt.
Cardinal Rigali to take part
in anti-violence walkathon
Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, will join the "Hands Across Lehigh" walkathon Saturday to call attention to the increased violence in North Philadelphia, especially along Lehigh Avenue.
The walk will begin at 1 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 2300 E. Lehigh Ave., and proceed to Robin Hood Dell East, where an anti-violence program will be held. The walk is sponsored by the North Philadelphia Catholic Coalition and local schools.
House speaker being honored
with legal-services award
Dennis M. O'Brien, speaker of the Pennsylvania House, has been named the recipient of this year's Champion of Justice Award by Community Legal Services, to be presented at the annual Breakfast of Champions May 11 at the Philadelphia Sofitel.
"Speaker O'Brien has provided leadership in the ongoing effort to secure funding for free civil legal services for low-income people across Pennsylvania, and we are grateful for his work," said Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services.
being offered May 7-June 11
The North Philadelphia Financial Partnership Entrepreneur Institute is offering classes in business skills - including management, marketing, and finding funding - to local business owners.
Classes will meet Mondays and Thursdays from May 7 to June 11, 6 to 9 p.m., and cost $150, $100 of which will be rewarded at graduation. To schedule an interview, contact Yvette Smith of NPFP at 215-232-0516 or ysmith@npfp. org.
African-American C of C
hosting get-to-know-us event
The African-American Chamber of Commerce will host a "Get Re-Acquainted with your Chamber" event tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall's Caucus Room 401. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. *
- Staff and wire reports