Power outage in Olney

An equipment problem shortly after 9 last night left about 8,000 Peco Energy customers in the city's Olney section without electricity, according to Cathy Engel, a Peco spokeswoman. Shortly before 10 p.m. crews began to reroute power lines throughout the affected neighborhoods and expected to restore power quickly, Engel said.

Battling New Year's gunfire

Clergy, community leaders and others plan to announce an initiative next week to help prevent gunfire on New Year's Eve. The announcement is scheduled to be made at a news conference at 10 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel Institutional Baptist Church, 1730 N. 22nd St. Backed by the Greater Philadelphia Fellowship of Christian Churches, the initiative will draw attention to the "senseless use of firearms in the city and the horrifying tradition locally, nationally and worldwide of celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve," organizers said.

Veteran shot resisting heist

An Iraq war veteran who was shot in the thigh Monday night while trying to thwart a robbery attempt near Our Lady of Charity Church in Brookhaven, Delaware County, was recovering yesterday from nonlife-threatening injuries at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Brookhaven Police Chief John Eller said the 47-year-old victim, whom police did not identify, was shot while struggling with the thief, who fled on foot. The fugitive is described as a husky black man with a puffy coat and ski mask. Tipsters can call 610-876-6142, ext. 32.

Delco man held in road rage

Maryland State police have arrested a Delaware County man they say struck a vehicle with a hatchet in a road-rage incident.

Shaun Tomlinson, 26, of Brookhaven, was on I-495, the Capital Beltway, in Rockville about 3:15 p.m. when he got out of his car in traffic and hit another vehicle several times with a hatchet, police said. He left the scene and was followed by witnesses, who gave the vehicle information to authorities.

Thieves hit 2 Delco churches

Two Delaware County churches - Fellowship Church in Concord and Calvary Church in Middletown - were targeted last week by thieves who stole snowblowers and other equipment with an estimated value of $4,200, state police reported. Trooper Rosemary McGuire, spokeswoman for the Media barracks, said the incidents appear to be unrelated.

- Staff and wire reports