Cops: Apartment set afire
Police said charges are pending after a woman allegedly set her apartment on fire in Wynnefield yesterday morning.
The fire started at 10:11 a.m. in a four-story apartment building on 50th Street near City Avenue. Fire officials said that the blaze was under control by 10:37 a.m. and that no one was injured. Police have not identified the 44-year-old woman involved. She was taken to Mercy Hospital. Other residents were able to return to their apartments.
Injuries after medic collision
Two Fire Department medic units, two cars, and a cab collided last night in Olney injuring 10 people, fire officials said.
The accident happened shortly before 6 at Tabor Road and Wagner Avenue. Seven firefighters were taken to the hospital along with three civilians, none of whom had life-threatening injuries, fire officials said. The accident is under investigation.
Woman hit by car, injured
An unidentified woman was hit by a car and critically injured last night in Center City, police said. The woman was crossing Chestnut Street near 18th about 5:30 p.m. when she was hit, cops said. The driver did stop and the woman was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. No charges have been filed.
Wine vending goes screwy
Wine vending machines in Pennsylvania supermarkets have been shut down because some ran into mechanical problems dispensing the product. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said the kiosks were taken off-line at 9 p.m. yesterday so the developer, Simple Brands, can fix them.
The kiosks are in 30 supermarkets across the state, including some Giant Food Stores, Wegmans Food Markets, Giant Eagle, Fresh Grocer and Shop 'n Save stores.
Customers must pass a blood-alcohol breath test in order to use the machines.
New fed detention center?
Immigration officials said yesterday they have tentatively chosen the state as the site for a detention center to house immigrants in federal custody.
A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said details of a service agreement were being worked out for a 2,700-bed facility in Essex County.
DuPont's $3.3M settlement
The Environmental Protection Agency says the DuPont Co. has agreed to pay a $3.3 million settlement for failing to make timely notification of chemical risks.
The EPA said DuPont's research found substantial risk while testing chemicals for possible use as surface protection and other uses.
DuPont notified EPA of its failure in 2006. The agency said DuPont had 57 violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act.
-Staff and wire reports