2 sought in robbery spree
Police are searching for two men they believe are responsible for a West Philadelphia robbery spree that began Tuesday night.
Police say that the pair, who have operated separately and together, have robbed at least five businesses. One of the bandits struck again at about 8:30 last night. Police said he barged into a tavern at 51st and Market streets brandishing an Uzi and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. A suspect was brought in for questioning but later released. The bandits, police said, remain on the loose. Tipsters can call Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183 or the citywide tipline at 215-686-TIPS.
Kin of slain cop sought
Chief Inspector James Tiano and his staff are trying to locate the relatives of Officer George Barnett, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Nov. 28, 1910. A plaque-dedication honoring his sacrifice is set for Monday at 42nd and Pine streets, West Philadelphia, where he died. Anyone with information about any family members is asked to call Tiano at 215-685- 3655.
He wins 200G in Powerball
William Greer, of Philadelphia, is the winner of a $200,000 Powerball prize that was set to expire at 4:30 p.m. yesterday. "My mother saw the news about the unclaimed ticket set to expire, knew the store that sold the ticket is where I play and told me to check my old tickets," said Greer. The ticket was sold at Choi Food & Beer Inc., 3987 Ford Road. The store gets $500.
Alex's Foundation seminar
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, of Wynnewood will host its first educational symposium June 27 at the Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown hotel, Juniper and Filbert streets. The program will include topics of discussion for families whose children are fighting cancer, those whose children are survivors and those whose children have died. For information, call Shirley Moy at 610-649- 3034.
In Roxborough, roads of toads
Watch your tires! Philadelphia's tiniest toads are on the move. About two months after their parents crossed the streets of Roxborough to mate in a reservoir, baby toads are heading back the opposite direction. They're tough to see, being no more than a thumb-nail in size.
New TV station coming
PMCM-TV has notified the Federal Communications Commission that it plans to move station KJWY-TV from Jackson, Wyo., to Wilmington, Del. The programming would be designed to fill a gap in the Delaware-Philadelphia TV market, the firm said. The news followed WHYY's announcement yesterday that it has canceled its nightly news program, "Delaware Tonight," after a 46-year run, due to cutbacks.
LBI lifeguards returning
Long Beach Township won't be hiring additional lifeguards from Australia for the first time in 20 years to patrol Long Beach Island's 18 miles of beaches. Patrol supervisor Don Myers thinks that the tough economy is one reason why the veteran guards are returning, and that some have graduated from college and are unable to find jobs. *
- Staff and wire reports