Overbrook man gets 4 to 12 years in teen's death
Jaquan Jordan, 22, of Overbrook, was sentenced yesterday to four to 12 years in state prison on firearms charges in the shooting death last year of Bernard Scott.
Scott, 17, of Wynnefield, was watching a baseball game on April 11, 2013, at the Tustin Playground across the street from Overbrook High School, when a fight and shootout erupted nearby. He died at Lankenau Hospital of a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
A jury in September acquitted Jordan of murder, conspiracy and related charges. The same jury convicted another defendant, Stanley Postell, 20, of North Philadelphia, of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Postell was sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment.
Two other defendants, Rahim Pleasant, 19, of Wynnefield, and Tyler Blango, 19, of Lansdowne, Delaware County, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and weapons offenses.
Body in trunk identified as missing Olney woman
Burlington County authorities yesterday confirmed that the woman found in the trunk of a car in New Jersey is Maria Santiago, 38, of Olney. The manner and cause of her death were not released.
Philadelphia police responded on Sunday to her home at Wellens Avenue and A Street for a missing-person report. She drove a 2014 Chevy that was equipped with On-Star. Cops tracked it to the Quality Inn on Route 38 in Maple Shade, and found her body in the trunk.
Santiago's live-in boyfriend, Jesus Garcia, 41, was in possession of the vehicle and has been charged with concealment of human remains. Burlington County First Assistant Prosecutor Raymond Milavsky said yesterday that Garcia was not charged with murder, but the investigation was continuing.
Nutter to police: Try to be nice out there
Responding to widespread protests following police-involved killings in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, Mayor Nutter has recorded a video message reminding Philadelphia police officers to treat civilians with respect and to use force only when "absolutely necessary."
"People are not against policing. They're against bad policing. And as law-enforcement professionals, I certainly hope you feel the same way," Nutter says in the video, which was played for the media yesterday at police headquarters. "Abusive, oppressive, prejudicial or unprofessional policing cannot and will not ever be tolerated in Philadelphia and really has no place in American law enforcement."
Nutter acknowledged that police have "one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in America," but said officers need to focus on community policing and also respect protesters "even when their target appears to be law-enforcement officers like you."
"We must continue to heal the divide between police and our citizens that may exist in some of our communities, especially in the African-American and Latino communities," he said.
"Our citizens need you and you need them. We're all in this together."
- William Bender and Julie Shaw