No rape charges
A police spokesman said yesterday that no sex-assault charges were filed against a man accused of a Nov. 12 rape at the Occupy Philly encampment at City Hall.
Lt. Ray Evers said the District Attorney's Office declined to file charges. He would not comment further. A 25-year-old Atlantic City woman had called 9-1-1 about 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 12, claiming she had been raped in a tent. Police later arrested a 50-year-old man with addresses in Michigan and Philadelphia.
Revelers traveling to Penn's Landing and to New York City's Times Square to ring in 2012 can take advantage of extended SEPTA late-night and early-morning Regional Rail service to get home from the celebrations.
SEPTA has added additional late-night trains to Trenton, Elwyn, Wilmington, Malvern, Chestnut Hill West, Warminster, West Trenton, Lansdale, Manayunk-Norristown, Fox Chase and Chestnut Hill East.
These trains are to leave Center City after the midnight fireworks at Penn's Landing. For example, the last train traveling to Chestnut Hill West tomorrow night is normally scheduled to leave Market East at 10:05 p.m. The last train will leave Market East at 1:40 a.m.
Riders traveling to New York City to see the ball drop in Times Square can also connect with SEPTA at the Trenton Transportation Center. For passengers taking early-morning New Jersey Transit trains, SEPTA trains will depart from Trenton at 2:03 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Buses, drivers flagged
State transportation authorities have taken 21 motor coaches and five drivers off the road during inspections of buses at popular state travel destinations, citing safety violations.
Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said state troopers joined other state and local agencies in the five-day enforcement effort. Noonan said 218 motor coaches were inspected at destinations including casinos and amusement parks. He says authorities also issued 35 citations and 110 warnings.
A sinkhole that opened up in Allentown has forced the evacuation of about 25 people from their homes and has spread to the Union and West End Cemetery, threatening dozens of graves.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will decide if the graves should be exhumed. Fire Chief Robert Scheirer said 54 graves are threatened, most more than a century old.
Rail crash awards
Three pedestrians injured when a slow-moving cargo train hit a tow truck at a South Jersey railroad crossing in 2008 have received settlements totaling $1 million. Keith Zaid, a lawyer representing the three injured women, told the
Press of Atlantic City
that the settlement was finalized yesterday. One victim will receive $750,000; the other two will get $200,000 and $50,000.
Authorities say the crash occurred when the driver of the flatbed tow truck drove around a car stopped at the crossing.
The truck spun after being bumped by the train, then struck the pedestrians who were walking nearby.
The tow-truck driver and his passenger also were injured, but have recovered.
No one on the train was hurt.
- Staff and wire reports