Video released of vandalism suspects from last month

Philadelphia Police released a video with images of the five boys who broke into and vandalized property inside Pearson-McGonigle Hall four weeks ago.

The video showed five juveniles break into the building and walk along a stairway in Pearson-McGonigle.

Temple Police may have identified two of the suspects, said Charlie Leone, the executive director of Campus Safety Services. He added Temple Police and Philadelphia Police are working together on the investigation.

The videos were released after detectives led a local search for the suspects, and are now released to the public to aid identification, Philadelphia Police Officer Christine O’Brien said.

She added said media advisories have been a “tremendous” help with identifying suspects.

“Everybody watches TV, so they see someone and realize, ‘Hey, that person lives down the street from me,’ or it’s a family member and they call in,” O’Brien said.

The five juveniles broke into Pearson-McGonigle Saturday Jan. 9 where they broke mirrors in the men’s gymnastics practice room and spray-painted on floors and computers inside the building, causing over $5,000 of damage.

“People don’t realize the camera is right there, so it seems like they’re looking right at it in the video,” O’Brien said. “Not everything is a clear video, so we seek other visuals, which could take a while. But I think these are really good images.”

Julie Christie can be reached at or on Twitter @ChristieJules.

University employee found dead on Main Campus

UPDATE: A university spokesman released a statement earlier this evening concerning the employee, who was identified as Steven Shedrick.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Steven Shedrick, a Temple University employee of 31 years based at the Wachman Hall Digital Print Center and a longtime and well-respected delegate of District 1199C, representing clerical employees at Temple. Mr. Shedrick, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Jan. 28. He was 58 years old. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.”

A Temple employee was found dead in his car early this morning, according to Temple Police.

Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said someone reported a person sleeping in a car around 7:45 a.m. on Montgomery Avenue near Broad Street.

“When we arrived on the scene, we banged on the window and he was unresponsive, so we had to break it,” Leone said. He added the medical examiner pronounced him dead on the scene.

Leone said the employee was in his late 50s, and that police think the man died of natural causes.

“We didn’t find anything suspicious,” Leone said.

The name of the employee will not be released until after his family have been notified, he added.

Julie Christie can be reached at or on Twitter @ChristieJules.

Impending snowstorm halts campus activities

TUr Door and Owl Loop bus services will be canceled Saturday, and two basketball games were rescheduled as an impending snowstorm approaches Philadelphia this weekend.

“Conditions permitting, TUr Door and the Owl Loop will resume service as soon as possible Sunday,” the university wrote in an alert sent to the Temple community.

The men’s basketball game against Southern Methodist University was rescheduled to Sunday, Jan. 24, at 12 p.m. The women’s game against the University of Houston, which was scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m., will now be played Friday, Feb. 12. The time has not yet been determined.

Early Friday forecasts predicted 12 to 18 inches of snow that could arrive in full force as early as 4 p.m. in the city. Some forecasters had upped predictions to 20 inches by 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The impending snow also canceled Free Food Fun Friday in the Student Center.

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Armed robbery reported on HSC this morning

Temple Police is investigating an armed robbery that occurred earlier this morning on the Health Sciences Campus.

Two TU Alerts were sent out about the robbery between 8:15 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. It occurred on Atlantic and Camac streets, near the intersection of Germantown and Tioga streets, the alerts said.

Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said a Temple University Hospital employee was robbed at knifepoint. The suspect, a 250-pound man who is 5-foot-7-inches tall and walks with a limp, took the employee’s Michael Kors purse, which contained an iPhone and credit cards, he added.

Leone said the suspect fled east towards Old York Road. Temple and Philadelphia police responded to the victim’s 911 call, and said the victim was uninjured.

“We sent out the second alert clarifying this was the HSC Campus realizing some people may not know the intersections,” Leone said in an email.

Leone said the suspect may “frequent the area,” and police are checking cameras to identify him.

Julie Christie can be reached at or on Twitter @ChristieJules.

Despite report, no vote on funding for stadium architect

UPDATE: Ray Betzner, associate vice president of strategic marketing and communications, released a statement after the conclusion of Tuesday’s executive committee meeting.

“Temple University continues to carefully examine its options as we consider a future football venue,” the statement read. “This is an important decision. The university’s Board of Trustees and administration is moving forward with care, knowing that this decision will impact students, alumni, fans and our North Philadelphia neighbors for years to come. We continue to engage the community and draw together the information we need to make the best possible decision.”

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees did not vote to allocate funds for a stadium architect Tuesday afternoon.

The Inquirer reported from an anonymous source Saturday a vote would be made on Jan. 19.

A university spokesman said they do not know who told the Inquirer a vote would be made.

After several hours in executive session, in which no one but committee members are allowed, the committee publicly passed one vote to apply for a loan to improve water quality at the university.

It is unknown whether the committee discussed funds for a stadium architect, as trustees at the meeting declined to comment.

Julie Christie can be reached at or on Twitter @ChristieJules.

Police investigating fatal shooting near White Hall

Police are still investigating a fatal shooting near the northern end of Main Campus Saturday afternoon.

Both Temple and Philadelphia Police responded to shots fired on Edgely Street near White Hall Jan. 16 at 4:39 p.m.

The victim, a 25-year-old man from the 2200 block of North Bouvier Street, was shot multiple times in the head, according to Temple Police.

Philadelphia Police said he was transported by Temple Police to Temple University Hospital and listed in critical condition before heading to surgery. The victim was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m., police said.

Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said in an e-mail “a witness heard two gunshots and saw two males appearing to be juveniles run from a vacant lot at 1731 West Edgely Street.”

Leone said the witness heard one more gunshot and saw a third male suspect, also a juvenile, run from the scene.

The suspects fled south on 18th Street and are believed to be 15 to 18 years old, Leone added.

Philadelphia Police have not yet released the name of the victim.

Julie Christie can be reached at or on Twitter @ChristieJules.

Robbery reported west of Main Campus

Philadelphia Police responded to an armed robbery at 1520 West Diamond St. earlier tonight.

Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the robbery occurred in a private residence, and no Temple students were involved.

A TU Alert was sent out about the incident at around 7:35 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Leone said two men entered the property with a gun, and took $400 and a cell phone.

Tipsters should contact Philadelphia Police at 215-686-8477.

Julie Christie can be reached at or on Twitter @ChristieJules.

Sexual assault reported on HSC Monday morning

Temple and Philadelphia police are investigating a sexual assault of a woman on N. 13th Street near W. Westmoreland Street on Health Sciences Campus Monday.

Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the woman was sexually assaulted at around 12:30 a.m. The woman described the suspect as a man with a long goatee wearing blue Puma sneakers, a blue jacket and blue jeans. She added she believed the man had a gun and walked with a limp.

Leone added the woman did not want further police investigation and left the hospital against medical advisory.

Julie Christie can be reached at or on Twitter @ChristieJules.

Student robbed near Geasey Field

Temple Police are investigating a Saturday night robbery of a 20-year-old female student near Geasey Field on Main Campus. The student was uninjured.

Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the student was at 1514 Diamond Street when a man approached her at around 8:30 p.m. and pressed an unknown object against her. The student gave the suspect $10 before he fled west on Diamond Street toward 16th Street.

Leone said the student described the suspect as a 40-year-old male wearing a brown jacket, brown boots, black wool hat with a salt-and-pepper beard. He added the student also believed the unknown object she was threatened with was a gun.

Leone said Temple Police are checking security cameras in the area to identify the suspect.

Julie Christie can be reached at or on Twitter @ChristieJules.

Pearson-McGonigle power outages caused by melted cable

Two power outages have closed Pearson-McGonigle Hall during the last four days.

A university spokesman said power was lost around 6:15 a.m. Friday when a cable melted at a weak part in a transformer located in Pearson Hall’s basement. This caused the main breaker for the building to trip, preventing further damage to the transformer but resulting in the outage.

He added that power was restored around 11:15 a.m. Friday, and all activities were cancelled for the day except for a afternoon basketball practice.

A TU Alert was sent out about the power failure at around 8:40 a.m. Friday.

Another TU Alert was sent out today about another power outage in Pearson-McGonigle at around 2:30 p.m. The spokesman said the outage occurred because Friday’s repair to the cable didn’t hold, and that workers are still fixing the cable.

Steve Bohnel can be reached at or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.