Tuesday, August 4, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:46 AM

Police this morning identified two victims of unrelated murders.

In the earlier case, someone shot Maurice Harris, 25, of Fairhill Street near Cumberland in Hartranft, just after 4 p.m. outside his home, police said. Officers responding to a report of gunfire found Harris slumped over on the front steps of a home on the block, with gunshot wounds to his chest, back and wrist. He died 20 minutes later at Temple University Hospital. Investigators say Harris had just arrived there when a dark sedan pulled up, and two men jumped out and began firing at Harris. Police listed no motive or suspects.

About an hour later, someone shot Earnest Pearson, 45, of 25th Street near Berks in North Philly, on Cabot Street near 27th, police said. Police responding to a report of gunfire found Pearson with a gunshot wound to his chest inside a car repair shop, and paramedics declared him dead at the scene at 5:40 p.m. Investigators determined an unknown man entered the shop, pointed a shotgun at Pearson and blasted it twice before sprinting away. Officers followed oily, bloody footprints a block or so away to a nearby property on Girard Avenue near 26th in Fairmount, where they declared a barricade situation and called the SWAT team, police said. SWAT officers searched the property but found no gunman. Police listed no motive or suspects.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:46 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 6:13 PM
Danecia Berrian, in her roller derby gear. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)

Philly's roller-derby league will dedicate its 10th-anniversary party to a former star of the sport who was stabbed in her West Oak Lane home early Sunday morning.

Philly Roller Girls, a four-team league for the women-only sport, has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Danecia Berrian, a 37-year-old teacher and mother of two known as "Nina Knockout" in the roller-derby world.

"We are hoping to off-set medical bills and defray some of the cost of helping Danecia and her two children as she recovers from this unspeakable tragedy," the page says. It's raised almost $12,000 in donations as of 6 p.m.

Joe Brandt @ 6:13 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 11:07 AM
Genius who used a clear plastic bag to hide his identity in robbery.

Too bad he didn't leave the plastic bag on longer.

Some dim-witted robber used a clear plastic bag - you know, the kind that could suffocate you and also does nothing to hide your identity - to rob a Dunkin Donuts earlier this month in the Whitman section of South Philly. 

So police are now asking the public's help to identify him. 

Dana DiFilippo @ 11:07 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 10:43 AM

Police are seeking murder suspects from an especially bloody night in Philadelphia. 

In the first case, someone shot Jovanni Ouola, 19, of Belden Street near Van Kirk in Oxford Circle, in the head, chest and torso during an argument on Howard Street near Clearfield in Fairhill at 10:44 p.m. last night, police said. He died at Temple University Hospital at 11:46 p.m. Police reported no suspects.

Just after 1 a.m. this morning, someone shot a man and teenager on Colona Street near Howard in North Philly, police said. The man, whose name wasn't released, was shot in the face and chest and died at the scene. Police found a 15-year-old boy about a block away on Susquehanna Avenue near Front with gunshot wounds to his arm and back. He remains in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Police reported no arrests or motive.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:43 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 10:26 PM

One West Philly man is lucky to be alive after getting shot and hit by a car just minutes apart during a violent incident Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, 25, was out walking on Arch Street near 58th about 4:30 p.m. when he heard gunfire, police said today.

He was struck in his left thigh and ran from the scene, ducking into a nearby alley. As he fled, he noticed a female friend of his and began to cross Arch Street toward her.

Vinny Vella @ 10:26 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 12:31 AM

A careless gunman opened fire on a group of teens in West Philly Tuesday night, wounding, among others, a 19-year-old woman carrying her two daughters, police said.

The incident happened about 10:30 p.m. on 46th Street near Market, according to Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

A group of young adults had just exited the rear stairwell of a housing project and were walking down Market Street when a blue sedan pulled up to them, Walker said. One of the vehicle's occupants rolled down the window and started firing, scattering the group.

Vinny Vella @ 12:31 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 8:15 PM
The mysterious death of 22-year-old Nadia Malik remains an open case.

One Delaware County family is hoping the allure of a cash reward will help bring closure to their heartbreaking loss.

The family of Nadia Malik is now offering $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Bhupinder Singh, who they believe is responsible for her death last year, Khaled Malik, Nadia's brother, told the Daily News today.

Despite being under heavy scrutiny since Malik's body was found last February inside a Nissan Altima parked near 30th Street Station, Singh hasn't been charged in her death.

Vinny Vella @ 8:15 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 1:12 PM
Duval Nelson, arrested in shooting

Police have arrested a city corrections officer for allegedly blasting his gun at another man Sunday during an argument inside an East Germantown park - and instead hitting a 16-year-old bystander.

Duval Nelson, 38, of Warnock Street near Spencer in Fern Rock, was charged with aggravated and simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, police said. The teen, who wasn't involved in the men's dispute, remains in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center, police said. 

The incident happened at 8:19 p.m. in Carpenter Park, near Morton and Duval streets. Witnesses told police they saw Nelson and an unknown man arguing inside the park. The unknown man punched Nelson in the face, and Nelson allegedly responded by pulling a black handgun from his waistband and firing twice at his attacker, police said. Nelson's alleged target fled, uninjured, witnesses told investigators. He hasn't been located, police said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 1:12 PM  Permalink |
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