Friday, July 28, 2006

Raj’s Response to Mayor Street’s Speech

Mayor Street’s Thursday evening speech on violent crime would have been amusing if it were not so frightening.

Here’s my second favorite quote from Street’s speech: “My Administration has made public safety its number one priority and we have fought crime successfully.”

Successfully? The experiences of residents across the Northeast and the entire city tell a different story. Aggravated assaults with guns are up in almost all Northeast neighborhoods, and murder is up 7 percent from this point last year. We’ve seen 222 murders already this year.

John Street has been an utter failure at preventing these senseless deaths.

But wait: Street has a plan! And here’s my favorite quote from his speech. He said, “Let me take a moment to personally appeal to our young people. Please take a deep breath before resorting to the use of guns to settle minor conflicts or perceived personal snubs which are inevitable.”

A deep breath!? How about saying ‘stop shooting other people entirely.’ How about ‘if you commit a crime you’re going to jail for a long long time?’ I don’t care if the guy who shoots me inhaled and found some sense of inner peace before shooting me.

This great Deep Breath Plan is simply another shrug of John Street’s shoulders and an attempt to throw the problem back at Philadelphians.

We need leadership to fight crime in the Northeast now. What Mayor Street has given us is just more talk. My suggestion to Mayor Street: “Take a deep breath and then hire more police officers and fund the fire departments.” Whew.

Raj Peter Bhakta

Lunch Counter Blog: Mayor Street Should Promote Scouting

Philadelphia’s Lunch Counter condemns Boy Scout’s eviction.

Mayor Street pleaded to the city's youth: "You are the future of this city. Lay down your weapons. Do it now."

Seems obvious that their goal of evicting the scouts would just add to the city's crime problem. Mayor Street ought to be finding ways to promote scouting...

GraniteGrok Dissects Romulo Diaz

GraniteGrok analyzes Solicitor’s misguided request.

This action shows that even though the Supreme Court has ruled in favor for the Boy Scouts' First Amendment right to assembly, the PC crowd wishes to ignore it and is punishing the group for sticking to its beliefs.

Northeast Times: Teens Injured In Late Night Shootings

Northeast Times describes similar incidents.

Two youths were injured in separate shootings in East Frankford and Oxford Circle last week.

A 19-year-old man was shot during an argument around 10:20 p.m. Thursday outside a home in the 1900 block of Bridge St. The victim, whose name was not released, suffered wounds to the left arm and hip. He was taken to Frankford Hospital’s Frankford Division, where he was listed in stable condition as the Times went to press.

One 17-year-old suspect surrendered to police on Saturday, said Lt. Mark Burgman of Northeast Detectives. The suspect, who is being held on $100,000 bail, is charged with conspiracy to attempt murder, aggravated assault, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault and reckless endangerment. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

On Friday, a 16-year-old boy was shot during a robbery at around 2 a.m. at Tarken Playground in the 1000 block of Levick St. The youth suffered gunshot wounds to the right arm and was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Updates on his condition were not available at press time.

No suspects have been arrested in the case.

Northeast Times Names July’s Most Wanted

From the Northeast Times:

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Northeast Detectives Division has released its latest monthly Five Most Wanted list. The suspects named on the wanted list include:

Joseph Donahoe, 51, of the 10900 block of Waldemire Drive, for a series of theft-related charges.

Donahoe allegedly walked into a local car dealership on June 2 and bought a car on credit using a false Social Security number and employment information. The number he allegedly used belonged to a dead man of the same name. Officers from the 15th Police District later recovered the abandoned vehicle with its wheels missing.

Donahoe is white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. His has gray or partially gray hair and brown eyes and may have a full moustache and beard.

Barry Edward Donnelly, 45, address unknown, for theft, criminal trespass, weapons violations and drug possession.

Donnelly allegedly stole $100 cash, a handgun and prescription pills from family members with whom he was staying at the time. The crimes occurred on May 9. Donnelly was confronted about the thefts and fled, relatives said.

He is considered armed and dangerous. He is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds. He has brown hair, green eyes and a band-style tattoo on his left upper arm.

Robert Hampton, 22, of the 2800 block of W. Cumberland St., for robbery, burglary, criminal trespass and related offenses.

On March 22, shortly after noon, Hampton allegedly forced his way into a relative’s apartment on the 7500 block of Calvert St., stole $1,000, threatened the relative and fled.

Hampton has several aliases, police said, including James Major, Maurice Hampton, Riheem Lewis and Abdullah Yayahkhayri. He is black, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his right cheek and may have a full beard.

George Stem, 33, address unknown, for escaping Philadelphia prison custody.

On June 29, at about 2:40 p.m., Stem was on a low-security work detail outside the House of Corrections, 8101 State Road, when he allegedly left the site without permission by running toward the nearby Pennypack Creek.

According to Philadelphia police, the prison system notified police at 3:35 p.m. Northeast Detectives learned of it at 4:05 p.m. At the time, Stem was serving a county sentence for a burglary conviction.

He is white, 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. His hair is brown and eyes are blue.

Joseph Vangoethem, 26, of the 8400 block of Torresdale Ave., for theft, weapons offenses and related charges.

On May 18, between 4 and 6 a.m., Vangoethem allegedly broke out a window of a truck parked outside his home and stole a loaded 9mm pistol, along with a box of ammunition and other items. The victim lived at the same location.

Vangoethem is considered armed and dangerous. He is white, 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

FOX News Covering Boy Scout Eviction