Man hurt in hit-and-run
A 57-year-old man was critically injured in a Fishtown hit-and-run accident shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. Witnesses said the unidentified victim was hit by a dark-colored SUV that was last seen on Frankford Avenue near Columbia Avenue with front-end damage.
Tipsters can contact the police Accident Investigation Division at 215-685-3180, or dial 911.
Raid nets pot plants, arrest
Police yesterday seized more than 100 marijuana plants, valued at more than $1 million, from a rowhouse on Bonsall Street near Jackson in South Philadelphia, said Narcotics Inspector Aaron Horne.
Horne said a Connecticut man, whom he did not identify, was arrested inside the property. He said the man was using artificial lights, which were a potential fire hazard, to grow the pot.
Shots rout mall shoppers
Shoppers in Allentown took refuge inside a mall yesterday morning after shots were fired in the parking lot during an attempted armored-car holdup.
Television footage showed at least four bullet casings in the parking lot of the South Mall, where police converged shortly after 10:30 a.m. It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was hurt. Bank of America spokesman Ernesto Anguilla said the shooting was related to an attempted holdup of an armored car.
Ex-pol convicted of bribe try
A New Jersey judge yesterday convicted the former mayor of Carneys Point in Salem County of trying to bribe a political rival to quit the race for Carneys Point Township Committee.
Then-Mayor John M. Lake, a Republican, was defeated Nov. 7, 2006, by a Democrat, Anthony Rullo, and indicted two weeks later on three corruption charges. Superior Court Judge William L. Forrester, who heard the case in October, convicted Lake on all three charges - official misconduct and two counts of bribery. He'll be sentenced March 25.
Trump big winner in A.C.
A New Jersey state tax judge handed Donald Trump a $34 million jackpot in a dispute over how much his three Atlantic City casinos are worth.
Judge Joseph C. Small ruled yesterday in favor of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which had approved an agreement with Atlantic City officials last month to settle 19 tax appeals. Mayor Scott Evans had scrapped the agreement on Monday, saying it was too hastily approved and overly generous. *
- Staff and wire reports