Two weeks into his federal trial, District Attorney Seth Williams pleaded guilty to a single count of accepting a bribe from a businessman.
"I'm very sorry," Williams told the court, choking up as he acknowledged he would resign.
U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said he was not inclined to trust Williams' assurances about appearing for sentencing set for Oct. 24, so ordered him immediately jailed. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. The move came after weeks of damaging testimony against Williams, a two-term Democrat who didn't run for re-election this year. Although he had remained in office after being indicted, his law license was suspended and a deputy was put in charge.
A man is dead after a cargo container fell on his pickup truck at the Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia, police say. According to Port Authority officials, it appears what's called a top pick or top reacher, a piece of equipment that lifts the large shipping containers, knocked a stack of them accidentally. Officials say one of the shipping containers came down on top of a small white pickup truck with a 52-year-old male employee inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
About 40 homes in Philadelphia's Kensington section are without water after a water main break Saturday July 1st. The break was reported around 1030 a.m. on the 800 block of East Ontario Street. There was little damage from the break, but homes lost service. There is no word on when the water service will be restored.
Philadelphia fire crews were on the scene of an apartment blaze in Center City on Wednesday July 5th. The fire started after 7 p.m. inside the Walnut Square Apartments on the 200 block of South 13th Street. Residents report a loud banging explosion noise and the fire growing brighter. Investigators believe the fire started in an air conditioning unit. A sea of hoses, fire trucks and first responders flooded the Center City neighborhood. The smoke billowing from the roof could be seen as far away as South Philadelphia. Crews placed the blaze under control by 8:21 p.m. The residents will not be allowed back in the building until L & I has done its inspections.
Residents in the Frankford section of Philadelphia joined together Wednesday July 12th to rally against violence. Flanked by police, about 100 concerned residents and clergy marched from three different directions, carrying a single message to protest what they say is an increasing amount of drug dealing and violence that has been taking place at the intersection of Oxford and Frankford avenues. So far this year in Philadelphia, there have been 163 homicides, up 21 percent from this time last year. Organizers said they are planning more rallies this summer.
A woman is hospitalized after being shot on a West Kensington Street Monday night.
It happened around 9:10 p.m. along the 2800 block of North Lee Street. Arriving officer located a 26-year-old woman shooting victim. They were also met by an unruly crowd. As police were attempting to transport the woman, officers had to restrain people along the block from rushing past the crime scene tape.
Officers arrived to find a small, white, closed casket in the 3000 block of West Clearfield Street, across from the Mount Vernon Cemetery, just after 9 p.m. Monday July 10th. When they opened it, they found a plastic bag containing what the Medical Examiner later confirmed to be two embalmed human organs from an infant. Investigators say they were contacted by a New Jersey funeral home on Tuesday, and the people who spoke to police confirmed the casket belonged to them.