ER hearings proposed
City Councilwomen Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Blondell Reynolds Brown plan to introduce a resolution in Council tomorrow to hold hearings on emergency-room protocols based on the Joaquin Rivera case. The 63-year-old father-activist-musician walked into Aria Health's Frankford campus Nov. 28 and complained to staff of pains in his left arm. He was told to sit in the waiting room, but he died minutes later and was subsequently robbed.
Quinones-Sanchez met yesterday with Aria Health officials, who told her that the state Department of Health has completed its review of the case. She urged hospital officials to make the report public next week.
Center City PNC robbed
A man in a dark overcoat held up the PNC Bank at 15th and Walnut streets yesterday and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The FBI says that it believes that he is the same man who held up the Firstrust Bank branch at 1901 Walnut St. the day before.
The robber is described as black, in his 40s, medium height and build, with a mustache and close-cropped hair.
Anyone with information about his identity should call the FBI at 215-419- 4000.
Food boxes for the needy
State Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Phila, has reminded needy Philadelphia families that the emergency food boxes provided by Philabundance are still available at his South Philadelphia district office.
Each box is about 30 pounds and contains enough food to feed a family of four for about three days. Families can call Philabundance's Emergency Food HelpLine at 800-319-FOOD for a referral to pick up their box. For more information on the program, visit www.philabundance. org/programs/efb.asp.
Woman charged in salt theft
An Eddystone woman has been charged with stealing $105,500 worth of rock salt from her employer, Chemical Equipment Labs, and selling it to the company's customers for her personal profit, Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green announced yesterday.
Green said that Michelle Cubler, 43, might have expanded the scheme at the Marcus Hook firm if she had not been detected. She is charged with theft, forgery and related offenses.
Cops: He dre$$ed up as mom
Police said that Tita Nyambi, 25, of Franklin, N.J., dressed up as his mother Monday in an attempt to withdraw money from her bank account.
Cops said that Nyambi was still at the Chase Bank in Franklin when they arrived. Tellers called to report that a man wearing women's clothes and speaking in a high-pitched voice was trying to withdraw money through the bank's drive-through window.
Police say that Nyambi handed tellers his mother's license and a bank form forged with her signature.
- Staff and wire reports