Brian Hickey

Philadelphia Police Department established a social-media policy

Philadelphia Police Department Directive 119, dated May 26, governs us of social media/social networking by sworn and unsworn members. In part, it states, "It must be formally and universally recognized that the personal use of social media has the potential to impact the department as a whole, as...

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 4:38 PM

Mark Fiorino: Open-Carry Case Delayed Until September

Though 25-year-old Mark Fiorino was licensed to carry, he had a run-in with Philadelphia Police while open carrying in Northeast Philadelphia back in February. Though people are permitted to openly carry in the city as long as they have their license with them, a heated confrontation broke out....

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 4:12 PM

Danieal Kelly: Father one day, then gone next

For nearly three hours yesterday, Danieal Kelly’s father portrayed himself as a caring parent who was prevented from helping his daughter avoid death while under the watch of his ex-wife and unresponsive social service agencies. The prosecution in Daniel Kelly’s child-endangerment trial responded...

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 6:55 AM

Daniel Kelly's morning testimony

Despite an hour delay this morning at the CJC chalked up to not having enough Sheriff's deputies on hand to handle the prisoners, Daniel Kelly took the stand around 11:45 a.m. He spoke for about an hour, painting a picture of a guy who moved around. A lot. He met Danieal's mother Andrea (now...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 6:36 PM

Kelly trial-week-to-date recap

Danieal Kelly's father Daniel should be testifying this morning in his child-endangerment trial. I'll file reports as soon as he's done, but here are the past two days of stories to get you up to speed on where things stand.From Monday:After two workers for MultiEthnic Behavior Health Inc....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 3:11 PM

Featherman, others respond to the Karen Brown vandalism story

The Karen Brown car-vandalism saga continued yesterday as an anonymous tipster wondered how it could be "politically motivated [since] at least 5 other cars along 10th, Mifflin and McKean that have been vandalized as well."Online crime maps don't feature a vandalism category and a police...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 3:03 PM

It's Soccer Day in America

Big day for the #USWNT: World Cup semifinal match vs. France starts around 11:30 a.m. Be sure to come back then for some Metro live-blogging action. Today marks the first time the #USWNT has faced France in the World Cup. Winner faces the team that wins the Sweden/Japan matchup.In the meantime,...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 12:56 PM

Cal. woman cuts husband's penis off; garbage disposal does the rest

The Garden Grove, Cal. police department issued a press release about a Monday night incident which brings to mind a sadistic Lorena Bobbitt. Here's an excerpt:The female, identified as his wife, had used an unknown type of poison and/or drug in the male's food to make him sleepy. She tied him to...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 12:36 PM

Danieal Kelly's dad will testify at trial Wednesday

Daniel Kelly is slated to testify tomorrow and closing arguments are expected to start in the child-endangerment trial against him and two social workers; the charges center on alleged negligence and fraud. Today, witnesses from the state Department of Health and Human Services focused on allegedly...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 10:46 PM

I'd like to request a mural

That government and business sometimes work together on greater-good programs is hardly a new dynamic. One needn't look any further than the recent announcement of Free Summer Meals for City Kids program brought to you by the City of Philadelphia and Wal-Mart.All of which is set up the modest...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 3:45 PM

‘Phils bandit’ swings, misses in first try

At first, a bank robber didn’t succeed yesterday near Kensington and Allegheny avenues, so he changed into a Phillies hat and T-shirt and successfully tried again in Center City less than two hours later. The FBI and police distributed pictures of the Phillies bandit shortly thereafter, though. In...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7:12 AM

Union busting, now busted car?

Summer will provide no respite from accusations of South Philadelphia political shenanigans. Republican mayoral candidate Karen Brown filed police reports and alerted District Attorney Seth Williams that her and her husband’s vehicles were vandalized near their home. Someone allegedly poured “...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7:10 AM

Lamar Wanamaker: Nearly cold, cops catch man in Franks murder

Not one to stop looking for answers, Simon White went back last week to the Feltonville neighborhood where his nephew Neville Franks was shot and killed just days after his 21st birthday last September. He handed out at least 100 flyers featuring pictures of suspected gunman Lamar Wanamaker and an...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7:01 AM

Taking the plunge, taken to a whole new level

What would make this cheesy marriage proposal more entertaining? If she'd said no.

Monday, July 11, 2011, 10:22 PM

Feltonville murder suspect caught in northeast PA

Murder victim Neville Franks's uncle Simon White just reported that the men wanted in connection with the killing were arrested in Plymouth, Pa. on Friday. Lamar Alexander, the alleged triggerman, remains in custody but alleged accomplice Jerek Anderson was released. The latter fact leaves White...

Monday, July 11, 2011, 3:57 PM

Karen Brown says car vandalism "politically motivated" (UPDATED)

"It could have been a lot of things, but I think it's politically motivated because all of the stories that came out last week."That's what Karen Brown said this morning after she sent 11 pictures of her husband's car which was reportedly vandalized last Thursday in South Philadelphia. She also...

Monday, July 11, 2011, 3:11 PM

South Sudan: Entrance into Philly flag club takes some time

Though it’s America’s birthplace, Philadelphia flies the flags of many nations — 109 of them. There could be more, considering the world is home to 196 — including the Republic of South Sudan, which joined the list Saturday.As independence was formally declared from Sudan yesterday — resulting from...

Monday, July 11, 2011, 7:23 AM

The U.S. women's national team won a remarkable World Cup game

What a remarkable match, this being the goal that tied it up and sending the quarterfinal match against Brazil to penalty kicks, where America prevailed. They advance to the semifinals against France on Wednesday.

Sunday, July 10, 2011, 7:56 PM

Women's World Cup: The controversial penalty kick from US-Brazil (VIDEO)

Per NBC Sports, "Brazil's Marta scored on a penalty kick - after Hope Solo's earlier save was called back after the referee ruled she moved early - as Brazil tied the United States 1-1 in the 67th minute of their World Cup quarterfinal match Sunday. The United States scored on an own goal by Brazil...

Sunday, July 10, 2011, 7:16 PM

"Kids In Center City" Poster-Contest Winners Announced

Last week, Center City District announced who won its KidsInCenterCity.org Poster Drawing Contest. The winning entries will be turned into full-size posters and posted on six transit shelters (13th, 15th and 19th along Walnut; Broad and 18th on Chestnut; and outside Macy's on Market Street.Now, a...

Sunday, July 10, 2011, 5:39 PM