House approves bill that protects IDs of police involved in shootings

The state House of Representatives passed, 157-39, legislation sponsored by Rep. Martina White (R-170th dist.) that would prohibit the release of the name of a police officer involved in a firearm discharge or use of force for 30 days or until the end of an investigation, whichever is shorter. The city and state Fraternal Order …

Burglary charges dismissed due to faulty paperwork

Faulty paperwork prompted a Philadelphia judge to dismiss felony burglary charges against two men who were accused of breaking into almost two dozen Northeast apartment buildings and stealing change from coin-operated laundry machines. Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons cited lack of evidence on March 13 when she dismissed the cases against Marcus Fair, 28, …

District attorney candidates to debate Thursday

Gaining support: Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 endorsed Democrat Rich Negrin for district attorney last week. PHOTO: RICH NEGRIN / FACEBOOK The Chestnut Hill Local and WHYY are co-sponsoring a two-hour debate among the candidates for Philadelphia district attorney, to be held Thursday, March 23, in the auditorium of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 8000 …

Register for free trees

Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation have announced open registration for the Spring 2017 TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaway program, which will continue through March 27. The yard tree giveaways are conducted in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and TD Bank. They are open to city property owners, who may obtain one or …