Friday, February 5, 2016

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 3:39 PM
Sean Lyons

An alleged heroin dealer who was wanted by police for possessing 153 bags of the deadly drug was himself bagged by authorities when he showed up - at a police station - to testify as a victim in another man's preliminary hearing on Friday, cops said.

According to Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, Sean Lyons, 23, who lived in the township's Merion Trace Apartments, on Merion Terrace near West Chester Pike, has been wanted since Oct. 14, when authorities served a search warrant on the apartment where he lived.

Chitwood said Lyons was a known heroin dealer in the community and when cops searched his apartment, they found 27 bags of heroin in a shoe in his room and another 126 bags of heroin inside of one of his drawers.

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POSTED: Sunday, January 17, 2016, 1:09 PM
G2: Police remove the body of one of the victims after a shooting at the Station House Transitional Shelter in Philadelphia, Pa. on January 17, 2016. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)

A FORMER RESIDENT of a North Philadelphia homeless shelter who had been removed by police Friday night returned Sunday morning with a gun and shot two employees, killing one of them, authorities said.

The shooter, whose identity had not been released as of Sunday night, remained on the run after escaping on foot along train tracks behind the Station House shelter, on Broad Street near Lehigh Avenue, where the shootings occurred.

Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., the volunteer CEO of Self Inc. - the company with which the city contracts to provide services at Station House - said the gunman had come back to the shelter with one thing on his mind.

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POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:04 PM

So this is what a guy who would shoot and rob a 75-year-old woman on New Year's Eve looks like, huh?

Today, police released a sketch of the cold-blooded man who shot Judy Ritchie in her face and stole her pocketbook as she walked home with her groceries in broad daylight on Dec. 31 in Mayfair.

The Fraternal Order of Police has also put up a $5,000 reward and the Citizens Crime Commission is offering an additional $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2016, 12:48 PM

A drug dealer's unsatisfied client walked into a McDonald's last night and demanded a $5 rebate from the illegal entrepreneur, but the pusher was not lovin' it and instead of getting some of his money back, the unsatisfied client was shot, police said.

The 28-year-old victim in this case was one of five men shot across the city during the two hours and 19 minutes between 5:30 and 7:49 p.m. Thursday night, according to police. The victim in this case, and the four victims in the other cases, were all reported to be in stable condition this morning.

According to police, around 5:30 p.m., the 28-year-old victim and his brother walked into a McDonald's on Haworth Street near Frankford Avenue in the city's Frankford section because the victim was unsatisfied with a purchase he had made from his drug dealer earlier in the day and he wanted a $5 rebate, or refund.

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POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:18 AM

A South Philly man who beat his ex-girlfriend's dog, Ruby, with a baseball bat - instead of treating her like the precious jewel that she is - was sentenced to the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program and ordered to complete anger management classes yesterday in municipal court, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA and online court records.

Andrew Wallace, 42, of 10th Street near Tasker, was also ordered to pay $2,500 towards Ruby's medical care and recovery, the SPCA said.

Wallace was charged with animal cruelty and possessing instruments of a crime for hitting the pit bull mix with a baseball bat and "severely" injuring the dog's leg on Sept. 6, the SPCA said.

Stephanie Farr @ 11:18 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2016, 2:43 PM

Now this is a Bulletproof Monk.

A Buddhist monk who was robbed of his wallet while at a lottery machine inside of a South Philly gas station on Jan. 3 chose not to take the path of least resistance and instead chased after and grabbed his assailant, video of the incident shows.

Unfortunately, the robber - who is obviously not familiar with the concept of karma - escaped the scene with the victim's money and now police are asking for the public's help in identifying the assailant.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 7, 2016, 12:00 PM
Northeast Detectives Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum shows a picture of the vehicle police believe was driven by a man who shot and robbed a 75-year-old woman in Mayfair on New Year's Eve. (PHOTO: STEPHANIE FARR / STAFF)

Despite being robbed and shot in the face in broad daylight on New Year's Eve, 75-year-old Judy Ritchie managed to walk more than two blocks back to her Mayfair home carrying her groceries as neighbor after neighbor begged her to take it easy and call police.

"People stopped me the whole way," Ritchie said. "I came in my house bleeding all over, wiping my groceries off and putting them in the refrigerator."

Once Ritchie was taken to the hospital and had time to process what had happened, just one thing weighed on her mind, she said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 4:20 PM
Philadelphia police officer Deric Lewis. (Philadelphia Police Department)

In his final official action as Philadelphia police commissioner, Charles Ramsey did what he had done far too many times before during his tenure - he fired a cop, according to police spokesman Lt. John Stanford.

But the case of Ofc. Deric Lewis is particularly unique because Ramsey had already fired Lewis once before - in 2010 - after he was arrested for the second time on charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Somehow though, as is so often the case in Philadelphia, the twice-arrested officer got his job back and was working as a cop in Philly's 19th District when Upper Darby police responded to the home Lewis shares with his wife on Drexel Avenue near Bloomfield around midnight on Dec. 28.

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