Thursday, August 21, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

A 16-year-old boy and a man were slain in separate shootings a mile away and an hour apart in South Philadelphia Wednesday night.

The homicides were two of three shootings in South Philadelphia within about two hours, police said.

In the teen's killing, police were called to 21st Street near Dickinson at 10:16 p.m. When they arrived, they learned that someone had driven the young victim to nearby Methodist Hospital, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The teen, whom police did not identify Wednesday night, was pronounced dead of two gunshot wounds through his torso at 10:35 p.m., Small said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 1:50 AM
Philadelphia Police Headquarters

A Philadelphia Police officer was wounded in a shooting in Tacony just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, a police source has confirmed.

Preliminary information indicates that shots were fired on Ditman Street near Levick around 12:45 a.m., and that an officer was hit, according to the source. At least two officers returned fire and fatally wounded the suspect, according to preliminary information.

Police were also holding the area of Magee and Torresdale avenues -- about a block and a half from Ditman and Levick -- as a scene, but it was unclear early Tuesday morning if that was the location where the suspect was shot, or if the scene there was being held for another reason related to the shooting.

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POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 1:36 PM

An elderly man found dead in his Center City rowhome Friday was murdered, the Medical Examiner's Office has ruled.

Autopsy results show that Lee Stanley, 65, died of blunt chest trauma, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. A maintenance worker found Stanley collapsed on the living-room floor of his house on Mole Street near Cherry just before noon, police said.

With no obvious signs of trauma, no weapons found and no signs of forced entry, police initially considered the case a "suspicious death."

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POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:10 AM
Police want to find this man, who's suspected of using a U-Haul to bust open a jewelry store to rob it.

There's smash-and-grab robberies, and then there's flatten-the-building robberies.

Philadelphia police are looking for a suspect who did the latter earlier this month, when he used a U-Haul truck to ram the rear of a Port Richmond building until the cinderblock wall crumbled so he could enter a jewelry store there and steal the valuables inside.

The heist happened sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 8 at the Gold Fingers Jewelers on Venango Street near Aramingo Avenue, police said. Surveillance video caught images of a white man pacing in front of the jeweler's before ramming the rear of the building with the truck, entering the store, smashing several glass cases inside and fleeing with "a large amount" of jewelry.

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POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:24 PM
The wake for the inferno's four young victims: twins Maria and Marialla Bowah, 4, Patrick Sanyesh, also 4, and 1-month-old Taj Jacque, is being held 8 p.m., Aug. 15, at the Divine Mercy Parish in Southwest Philadelphia.

The flames of the Gesner Street fire were so hot, they destroyed any evidence indicating what sparked them, the Fire Department announced today.

The Fire Marshal declared the cause of the fire "undetermined" after investigating the blaze for over a month, said Executive Fire Chief Peter Crespo.

The announcement comes just hours before the wake for the inferno's four young victims: twins Maria and Marialla Bowah, 4, Patrick Sanyesh, also 4, and 1-month-old Taj Jacque, scheduled for tonight at 8 p.m. at the Divine Mercy Parish, on Grovers Avenue near 72nd Street in Southwest Philadelphia.

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POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 3:19 PM
A police officer stands at the scene of a suspicious death on the 100 block of North Mole Street in Center City on Aug. 15, 2014. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Daily News)

A 65-year-old man was found dead in his rowhome on a quiet Center City side street this afternoon, police said.

A maintenance worker found the man, whom a neighbor identified as Lee Stanley, collapsed on the floor of his house on Mole Street near Cherry, police said.

Stanley was pronounced dead at the scene at noon. It's unclear what caused Stanley's death, which investigators are calling "suspicious," but there were no signs of trauma on his body, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:01 PM

A 73-year-old woman who officials say stepped in front of a train at SEPTA's Overbrook station is expected to survive her injuries.

The senior citizen, who is hospitalized at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, stepped onto the tracks with her arms raised in an apparent suicide attempt at the station, on 63rd Street near City Avenue, just after 1 p.m., according to SEPTA authorities. The decelerating train made contact with the woman, a SEPTA spokeswoman said. Her injuries, officials said, were non-life-threatening.

The incident briefly interrupted service on the Paoli-Thorndale Line, officials said, and SEPTA advised riders via Twitter of residual delays through 3:30 p.m.

Morgan Zalot @ 5:01 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:52 PM
Police investigate a shooting outside the Dell Music Center Aug. 13, 2014. (Vinny Vella / Daily News )

This post has been updated

A man died early Thursday after getting shot a few yards outside a concert dedicated to peace, police said.

Just after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, police received reports of someone shot at the Dell Music Center in Strawberry Mansion, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

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