Two more defendants in the Route 47 bus shooting from last June pled guilty instead of going to trial.
Lawrence Rahyle, 19, was sentenced to 4 to 10 years in prison and five years of probation. He will begin serving his sentence after he completes an 11 1/2 to 23 month sentence for an unrelated gun conviction.
Keith Mup Bellamy, 23, was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison.
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Finally, closure to
one of the worst SEPTA related crimes in recent history.
Prior to the beginning of her trial,
Penny Chapman pled guilty to one count of attempted murder, 11 counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of an instrument of crime, and related crimes. She received a sentence of 5-10 years in state prison with an additional 5 years probationary period.
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Hopefully the cameras onboard the Route 23 bus can identify
the woman who randomly assaulted another rider.
a couple folks were arrested in seperate incidents at the Haddonfield PATCO Station, including one woman for a homicide in Harrisburg, PA.
Sean Fisher learned a lesson on May 14th when he took the train home after having too much to drink and not paying for his trip. Apparently he caused a scene and Lower Moreland Police took him into custody.
This week has two high profile trials in the news.
Two men were found guilty for shooting at a SEPTA bus – luckily noone was hurt.
And another man is currently on trial for alledgedly
throwing a woman towards an oncoming train.
Both trials featured horrifying video of the incidents.
This time a Route 7
bus driver was punched in the face and bitten on the finger at 16th & Cherry St.
Does anyone have any constructive suggestions on what can be done besides on-board cameras and protective shields like this one?
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We’ve written a few times about fights on public transit and debated the pros and cons and hows of intervening. (Most recently,
here.) But here’s a new entry to the debate.
In case you haven’t read about
Snackman in the New York Times or aren’t one of the 1.5 million people that haven’t seen the youtube video yet, here it is.
There was too much SEPTA news this week to fit into a couple of blog postings. So it’s Friday, so let’s leave you with these:
One day after we updated the previously reported
story about a 52 bus driver being beaten by three punk kids, we now have some new details about a 7 bus driver who asked a rider to quiet down her screaming toddler. The rider reacted by spitting on the bus driver and hit him over the head with an umbrella before getting off the bus at 23rd and Fairmount Ave. Completely unjustifiable. The rider, Tiffany Alexander, 25, was charged with aggravated assault.
We previously reported this horrific story about a 52 bus driver being beaten by three punk kids. But now some new details are emerging that show just how dangerous being a bus driver can be.
According to the Daily News, the bus driver had pressed his priority call button to try to summon police response quickly. But despite pressing this button, police still didn’t get to him in time.
Buried in this story is this detail:
In February alone, there were 458 priority request calls from drivers, she said.
Yikes. That’s more than 15 a day. Or one every hour and a half. 24 hours a day.