Here’s a look at what you might have missed this week in Northwest Philadelphia.U.S. Senate supports renaming VA Center after West Oak Lane war hero, House vote pending
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and the entire Pennsylvania congressional delegation sent a letter urging the House Veterans Affairs Committee to vote before Jan. 3 on pending legislation to rename the Woodland Avenue facility in honor of Michael Crescenz, a West Oak Lane war hero who died while saving fellow soldier’s lives. Read more here.
A 34-year-old Germantown man was charged Thursday in connection with the Nov. 9 shooting death of Wayne Ellington Sr., whose namesake son plays professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to police, the motive for the homicide was an argument in the 5200 block of Marion St. in Germantown’s Penn-Knox section. Read more here.
The search for 21-year-old Shane Montgomery continues into its second week after the West Chester University student was last seen leaving Kildaire’s Irish Pub in Manayunk in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day. Family, friends and community members remain hard at work hanging up flyers and spreading the word about Montgomery’s disappearance. The reward for infomation on Montgomery’s whereabouts now total $40,000. Read more here.
The Northwest Raiders football team is heading to Florida this weekend for the Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament. Starting Sunday, the Raiders will try to make history after going undefeated in the regular season and capturing a regional crown. The rec team’s high school-age squad will first face the Ohio Elite Panthers. Read more here.
Bill Cosby has stepped down from Temple University’s board of trustees, following allegations by multiple women that he sexually assaulted them. Cosby did not address the allegations in his statement of resignation.
“I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students,” he said. “As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees.”
Cosby also briefly attending Germantown High School. Read more here.
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker, Connor Barwin, offered bits of advice to students at Mifflin Elementary in East Falls on Monday about growing plants at home. Barwin was at the East Falls school through a team partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). Read more here.