Electrocution in Frankford
A man was electrocuted at a storage facility in Frankford Saturday afternoon, according to police. The 44-year-old man, whose identity was not released, was an employee at Devon Self Storage on Eadom Street near Bridge. He was working on a door hinge near a power line when he was electrocuted around 2 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:24 p.m., according to police.
9-year-old boy missing
Philadelphia police are seeking information about a 9-year-old boy who went missing on Saturday afternoon. Jamar Anderson was last seen in his home on Arlington Street near 54th about 2:45 p.m. He is an African-American, 5-feet-2, 85 pounds, thin build, with straight black hair, and was last seen wearing navy-blue sweat pants, a light gray hooded sweat shirt and brown sneakers. Anyone with information should contact the Southwest Detective Division at 215-686-3183 or dial 9-1-1.
Fall in ship proves fatal
A 46-year-old man is dead after police say he fell to his death inside of a ship on Columbus Boulevard last night. The man, who was not identified, fell roughly 15 feet on board the ship, Star Trap, located near Oregon Avenue, police said. The man was found in a hatchway where access to the space is limited to a spiral staircase. Investigators don't believe foul play was involved, but did not say how the man could have fallen.
Protest over carriage horses
Despite the bitter cold, 24 demonstrators showed up yesterday near Independence Hall to protest the use of carriage horses in the historic area and around the world. The demonstration was staged by the Peace Advocacy Network as part of Horses Without Carriages International Day. Protestors say horses are subject to lameness and exposed to vehicle emissions.
Common Cause honors
Common Cause will honor Lynn Yeakel and Robert Cheetham at its 40th anniversary celebration this evening in the Radisson-Warwick Plaza Hotel. Yeakel will receive the John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award for her philanthropic accomplishments. Cheetham will receive the Public Service Achievement Award for pioneering use of software that helps citizens hold elected officials accountable.
Woman hurt in blaze
A 40-year-old woman was injured in a 1-alarm blaze last night in Southwest Philly, a Fire Department official said. The blaze began at 6:48 p.m. on the second floor of the two-story home at 63rd and Reedland streets, and was put under control at 7:10 p.m.
The woman was in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Staff and wire reports