Monday, November 30, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, November 26, 2015, 11:21 AM

A man was gunned down in Port Richmond early Thursday, slain before the sun had risen on an bright, warm Thanksgiving.

Officers responding to reports of a person with a gun found the victim, 21, lying on Almond Street near Venango just after 5 a.m., police said. He had been shot once in his chest.

Police took him to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 30 miuntes later.

Vinny Vella @ 11:21 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 4:43 PM
Residents grieve on Jasper Street on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Harrowgate, where two men were found dead.

Investigators have identified two of the three men gunned down in separate incidents Monday, violence that pushed the number of homicides past 2014's year-end total.

In the first incident, officers found Juan Cubero, 20, lying face-down in the dining room of his family's home on Jasper Street near Pacific in Harrowgate just after 3 p.m., police said. A neighbor who had trouble reaching Cubero had called police, who had to enter the home through an open window after discovering the front door was locked.

Cubero had been shot several times in his head and chest at point-blank range, police said.

Vinny Vella @ 4:43 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2015, 2:25 PM

Well, this was incredibly stupid.

A couple who dressed as the "The Incredibles" for Halloween stiffed a cabbie on his fare and when the taxi driver confronted the male suspect, the man dressed as Mr. Incredible allegedly punched the cabbie in his face and ran away, according to police.

Perhaps costumes from "Monsters, Inc." would have been more appropriate for this less-than-dynamic duo.

Stephanie Farr @ 2:25 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2015, 4:11 PM

The message, from a veteran I worked with on a previous story, came through yesterday, but I read it for the first time about an hour ago:

"Hey Stephanie. Have you heard anything about a suicide at the VA Hospital this morning?" the vet wrote.

I told him I had not, but that I would look into it.

Stephanie Farr @ 4:11 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:21 PM

More information was released by police Wednesday about an officer-involved shooting that took place Monday in Kensington.

Officer Gregory Kravitz was responding to reports of a person with a knife just before 3 a.m. when he encountered Julius Velasquez, police said

That report was made by Velasquez's mother, whom he allegedly was threatening with a 4 1/2-inch knife, a police source said last night.

Vinny Vella @ 7:21 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 8:12 PM

The would-be robber who was killed after pulling a gun on an off-duty Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer on Sunday was a 16-year-old boy who lived nearby, sources told the Daily News.

And, coincidentally, it wasn't the first time that officer had been targeted by a teenage gunman. 

Shane Whitehead allegedly approached the officer, identified by police sources as Craig Kelley, just before 7 p.m. as he was walking on School House Lane near Morris Street in Germantown.

Vinny Vella @ 8:12 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 5:18 PM

A Mayfair man is clinging to life after he allegedly shot his live-in girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

Officers were called to the pair's house, on Mershon Street near Devereaux Avenue, just after 7 a.m., police said. A 9-year-old girl, the female victim's daughter from a previous relationship, had dialed 9-1-1.

The girl had heard the adults arguing, followed by a loud bang, she later told detectives. When she went to investigate, she found her mother laying on the floor, screaming for her to get help, according to a police source.

Vinny Vella @ 5:18 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 3:08 PM

Someone may have taught these kids how to ride a bicycle, but they sure didn't teach them any manners.

According to police, on three separate occasions over Sunday and Monday, groups of young teenage boys have indecently assaulted grown women as they rode past them on their bicycles.

In the one instance where the victim tried to call police to report the incident while the teens were still on the scene, she was physically assaulted, authorities said.

Stephanie Farr @ 3:08 PM  Permalink |
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