Two City Council staffers arrested for alleged DUI after Spring Garden crash

Robin Jones, 50.

Two City Council staffers are facing charges – and possibly the loss of their jobs – for allegedly driving under the influence after a crash in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia early Saturday morning.

“I have been informed by the Philadelphia Police Department that two
City Council employees face possible DUI charges following incidents
involving City-owned vehicles early this morning,” Council President Darrell Clarke said in a statement yesterday.

Authorities said Clarke’s receptionist Robin Jones, 50, was driving a city-issued 2008 Chevy Cobalt when, around 2:30 a.m., she struck a street sign, then skidded into the side of a building at 13th and Hamilton streets. Jones told police that she swerved to avoid hitting a bicyclist.

Investigators said that Jones called friend and City Council Sergeant-at-Arms Rodney Williams, 41, who showed up to the accident in a 1997 Ford Explorer, which was also city-issued. Officers on the scene could see that Williams was “visibly intoxicated,” police said.

“The employees, one a receptionist and the other a Sergeant-at-Arms,
were not authorized to use the City-owned vehicles at the time of the
incidents,” Clarke said. “These acts, if confirmed by the authorities, display a level
of conduct and disregard for public safety that cannot be tolerated.”

Both Jones, of the 5100 block of Diamond Street, and Williams, of the 2300 block of Bouvier Street, were arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Jones, who was also charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, was arraigned shortly before 9:45 p.m. Saturday night. Williams was arraigned around 1:40 a.m. this morning. Each were released on their own recognizance, according to court documents.

“I await the results of a full investigation by the Philadelphia Police Department and will take appropriate action,” Clarke said.


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.