Monday, July 6, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 9:34 PM

One man is dead after his car crashed into a tree in Bustleton, police said.

The crash occurred on in the northbound lanes of Roosevelt Boulevard near Conwell Avenue, about 9 p.m. No other injuries were reported in the incident, police said.

The identity of the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not immediately available. It was unclear what caused the crash.

Joe Brandt @ 9:34 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 4:37 PM

Officers in Northeast Philly's 15th District arrested a gunman not long after he allegedly gunned down a 21-year-old man in Bridesburg, police said.

The brazen, broad-daylight shooting happened just before 1:30 p.m. on Orthodox Street near Richmond. Investigators found the victim, who hasn't been identified, lying on the street, shot multiple times in his torso, police said.

He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about a half-hour later.

Vinny Vella @ 4:37 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 10:57 AM

Pennsylvania State Police have identified the three men killed in a fiery one-car wreck early yesterday on the Schuylkill Expressway as driver Ronald Stanley, 27, and passengers Jevon Smith, 19, and Jalin Bennett, 25, all of Philadelphia. 

A third passenger, Demetrius Fung, 25, of Philadelphia, remains at Hahnemann University Hospital in serious condition. Investigators said Stanley was driving a black 2014 Kia Optima west on the expressway at about 2:30 a.m. when he lost control near the West River Drive exit, veered onto the right shoulder and hit a concrete barrier. The car rolled onto its side and ignited. When state troopers arrived, Fung was found outside the car, and firefighters who extinguished the blaze found the three other men dead inside. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:57 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 5:48 PM
Raymond Wands

The man who police say ran down a bicyclist last month and then fled the scene has surrendered to police.

Raymond Wands, 38, turned himself in to officers yesterday at Mayfair's 15th District, police said. He's been charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses.

Police had been on the hunt for Wands since June 22, when he allegedly struck Jose Torres with his 1989 Ford F-150 on Erie Avenue near D Street in North Philly.

Vinny Vella @ 5:48 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 12:24 AM

A heartless gunman opened fire on a pregnant woman Monday on a dark street in West Oak Lane, killing the fetus inside her, authorities said.

Meanwhile, the unborn child's mother is fighting for her life, a battle that police aren't sure she'll win.

Police stumbled upon the horrific scene about 10:15 p.m., while responding to a report of gunfire at Thouron Avenue near Limekiln Pike, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Vinny Vella @ 12:24 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:46 PM

The man allegedly behind a fatal shooting in North Philly last month has been arrested, police said today.

Jonathan Peralta, 25, was taken into custody yesterday. He's been charged with murder and firearms violations in the slaying of Steven Justiniano on May 15, police said.

A SEPTA police officer, on patrol in the area, found Justiniano about 7 p.m. facedown on the sidewalk along Front Street near Susquehanna Avenue. He had been shot in the upper left side of his chest, and police took him to Temple University Hospital.

Vinny Vella @ 5:46 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 3:22 PM

The victims of recent violence were identified today by police as investigators continue to probe their murders.

Jonathan Rodriguez, 20, and Jerry Keith Lawson III, 22, were slain hours apart Tuesday in unrelated incidents.

Officers found Rodriguez lying facedown on the pavement, shot in his chest and arm just before 11 p.m. on Wishart Street near Front in Kensington, not far from his home on Clearfield Street near 7th in North Philly.

Vinny Vella @ 3:22 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6:23 PM

A 20-year-old man was gunned down late last night not far from his home in Kensington, police said.

The gunfire rang out just before 11 p.m. on Wishart Street near Front. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim lying on the pavement, unresponsive.

He had been shot in chest and arm, and was taken by medics to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes later, police said.

Vinny Vella @ 6:23 PM  Permalink |
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