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Crime and driveways on TBYN agenda

Police officers Mark Mroz and Thomas Nolan and Capt. Marc Metellus.

Take Back Your Neighborhood welcomed the 2nd Police District to last Monday night’s meeting.

Capt. Marc Metellus was joined by community relations officer Mark Mroz and police officer Thomas Nolan.

Nolan, who works the midnight to 8 a.m. shift, was named Officer of the Month for an incident that happened sometime after 3 a.m. on July 11. It started when three black males used a gun to commit a carjacking on the 2800 block of Shipley Road in the 8th district.

Police spotted the stolen Dodge Charger at Solly Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, and the driver headed west on Rhawn Street to south on Castor Avenue, speeding and running red lights until hitting a parked car and crashing at Stirling Street, causing the Charger to go up in flames.

Two of the males were apprehended after trying to flee. Nolan found the third male unresponsive inside the Charger, freeing him and recovering a loaded gun.

In other crime news, a 19-year-old man was walking on the 6600 block of Bustleton Ave. at about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 when he was shot in the head and killed by the driver of a moving car. The suspect is believed to have committed the crime in retaliation for a fight several years earlier.

Also, on July 28, police found a man shot to death on the 800 block of Bridge St. Police believe the man might have been committing a crime, as a gun was found on him, but no shooter has come forward to say they were acting in self-defense.

In other news from the meeting:

• Greg Bucceroni, of the city Town Watch Integrated Services, discussed ways and programs to help teenagers feel safe. Bucceroni said, next month, the city will open a resource center at the former New Frankford Community Y, Arrott and Leiper streets, which closed in 2009.

• Staff members from state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, state Rep. Jared Solomon, City Councilman Anthony Phillips and Councilwoman Quetcy Lozada attended the meeting.

Take Back Your Neighborhood wants Lozada to do something about illegal food trucks and loud ice cream trucks.

Emanuel Wilkerson, representing Phillips, outlined the new Neighborhood Infrastructure Driveway Repair Program. He said 9th Councilmanic District members have been talking about such a program since John White in the 1980s. To be considered for a new asphalt driveway, the existing driveway must have two points of entry and have structural damage. A resident must submit an application with pictures and the signatures of 80 percent of the households.

For more information on the driveway repair program, call 215-MU6-3454 or email emanuel.wilkerson@phila.gov.

• State Rep. Jared Solomon will host a Senior Fair on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Northeast Services Hub, 6434 Castor Ave. There will be information on state and local government-related programs and services such as Property Tax/Rent Rebate, SEPTA Senior ID and Unclaimed Property, along with private vendors, light refreshments and representatives from hospitals, insurance companies, local businesses and senior homes. Free parking will be available in the lot behind the building. To RSVP or for more information, call 215-342-6340.

• State Rep. Jared Solomon will sponsor a veterans town hall and resource fair on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 4-7 p.m. at the Southampton Readiness Center, 2700 Southampton Road. There will be representatives from state, local and federal government agencies along with hospitals, insurance companies, businesses and public and private vendors. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at 215-342-6340. ••

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