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POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 12:39 PM

A 25-year-old woman who was shot in the face this morning in West Oak Lane may have been the victim of a robbery, police said.

The woman was on Rugby Street near Mohican around 8:05 a.m. when she was shot. A police spokeswoman said preliminary reports indicate the shooter may have been trying to rob the woman.

The victim was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she is listed in critical but stable condition right now.

Stephanie Farr @ 12:39 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 1:26 AM

Two men are fighting for their lives at city hospitals tonight after two violent shootings, police said.

21st and Passyunk streets, South Philadelphia

In the first incident, police rushed a 19-year-old man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after he'd been shot nine times in his groin and legs just before midnight, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

At the scene of the shooting, near a gas station, investigators found 14 shell casings from two handguns, remnants from an apparent gunbattle.

Vinny Vella @ 1:26 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:41 PM
The alleged suspect.

A conference attendee from out of town was sexually assaulted, robbed and forced to go to the Irish Pub by a man he met on a social networking app Tuesday, according to police. 

The 34-year-old out-of-towner connected with the suspect using GRINDR, which bills itself as a "free gay iPhone App" that uses GPS to help men "find local gay, bi and curious guys for dating or friends."

According to police, the victim, who was staying at the Hilton Home2 Suites on Arch Street near 12th in Center City, invited the man to his hotel room. There, the suspect claimed he had a gun, sexually assaulted the victim and then made him withdraw a total of $1,000 from five local ATMs, police said. On top of that, he forced the victim to purchase four VISA gift cards each in $500 increments, police said.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:35 PM

This post has been updated.

One man is dead, and two others are fighting for their lives, after getting shot in two separate incidents overnight, police said.

F Street near Whitaker Avenue, Crescentville

In the first incident, two men were found shot inside a home just before midnight.

Vinny Vella @ 4:35 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:49 PM

Looks like someone was paying attention in chemistry class.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with causing and risking catastrophe, reckless endangerment and related offenses after he allegedly brought a homemade bomb to the Feltonville School for the Arts and Sciences yesterday morning, police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said.

The bomb, a plastic bottle filled with household chemicals and water, blew up in the school's courtyard, on Courtland Street near Ella, shortly after the school day had started, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:39 AM

Maybe it was the phony penises.

After years of escalating tensions between the Philadelphia Gun Club and the animal-rights activists who object to the club’s semiannual pigeon shoots, club members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the activists of stalking, harassment, trespass, intimidation, defamation, libel and privacy invasion.

In a 21-page complaint filed last Friday, eight club members claim that activists from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) harassed and blocked them as they drove in and out of the club’s Bensalem grounds, spied on them both at the club and elsewhere, posted their pictures and other personal information online and even glued rubber penises along the club’s fence.

Dana DiFilippo @ 11:39 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:05 AM

A jury yesterday awarded nearly $7.8 million to the family of a jockey killed at Parx Racing after a race horse - spooked by roaming chickens - threw, dragged and kicked him. 

Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon, Bucks County, died after suffering 11 broken ribs and a bleed on his brain in the May 2010 mishap at the racetrack formerly known as Philadelphia Park, according to his attorney Michael A. Trunk.

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury deliberated about six hours before announcing its verdict late yesterday afternoon. The verdict included $5 million in punitive damages. A Parx spokeswoman couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:05 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:34 PM

Police are trying to piece together how a Kensington man was shot four times tonight down the block from where he lives.

That victim, 19, was hit twice in his back and twice in his right forearm just after 9 p.m. at the intersection of G and Willard Streets in Kensington, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Officers from the 24th District found the man inside his home on Willard near F Street and took him to Temple University Hospital, initially in critical condition. He's now "expected to survive" after undergoing treatment, Small said.

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