Police start online crime map
Want to know how your neighborhood is faring in the world of crime? The Police Department has updated its Web site (ppdonline.org) to provide a recent-crime map of your neighborhood, as well as crime statistics throughout the city.
Philly airport the best? OK . . .
Philadelphia International Airport ranks highest among large airports in the country in overall customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power and Associates' 2008 North America Airport Satisfaction Study.
"Customer service is one of the key areas that this administration is focusing on," said Mayor Nutter. "This achievement at our airport is an example of what we hope to accomplish throughout the city."
Drexel heads to West Coast
Drexel University announced yesterday that it will open a Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, Calif., and establish a $10-million fund for fellowships and students.
The center will begin with five master's programs in January and will add four in September 2009. The programs are intended to address the needs of working adults and will be offered at One Capitol Mall in Sacramento.
Delco SEPTA train kills man
An unidentified man was killed after he jumped in front of a SEPTA R3 train near the Morton station about 5:10 p.m. yesterday. The apparent suicide occurred shut down service on the line for about two hours, said SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney. No other injuries were reported.
Bucks man pleads guilty
Joseph James Scafidi, a Bucks County mortgage broker, has pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts of theft by deception and forgery as well as an additional felony count of deceptive business practices.
Scafidi, a former attorney, swindled five victims out of about $20,000 by falsely telling them he had refinanced their properties and then having them send payments directly to him.
Teen to be tried as adult
A 15-year-old Pennsauken youth voluntarily agreed yesterday to be tried as an adult in the beating death of a homeless man last September in Camden.
Mark Hopkins agreed to an adult trial on murder charges before Juvenile Court Judge Charles Dortch Jr. A 16-year-old Camden boy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in a youth detention center. Two Pennsauken youths, one 18, the other 16, are awaiting hearings in the death of John Anthony Smith, 54, who was beaten to death while sleeping on a park bench.
Cops: Suspect had 47 guns
Camden police say they found 47 guns, including a submachine gun, in the home of murder suspect Daniel Scott Winstanley, 61. The arsenal included 47 military-style rifles, 10,000 rounds of ammunition and a cache of bayonets, knives and swords.
Winstanley is charged with murdering Francisco Cordero earlier this month. *
- Staff and wire report