Saturday, December 20, 2014

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:11 PM

A woman is clinging to life tonight after a horrific accident in Bustleton, police said.

Just after 5:30 p.m., a 46-year-old woman was dropping her kids off at the Klein Jewish Community Center, on Jameson Avenue near Red Lion Road, when she became pinned underneath her Honda SUV, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman trapped under the passenger side of the vehicle, Small said. Her head and torso were wedged underneath — only her feet and lower legs were visible to the responding officers.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 9:10 PM
Eric Barnes

A Swampoodle man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly fired a barrage of bullets in the street outside his home, police said.

Eric Barnes, 39, has been charged with reckless endangerment and firearms violations after he allegedly unloaded nearly 30 rounds from a "military style assault rifle" yesterday afternoon, police said.

Just after 1:30 p.m., a lone officer on patrol near 20th and Somerset streets heard about 15 shots being fired. As he traveled closer to the source of the gunfire, he saw that a large crowd had gathered, blocking traffic.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 5:48 PM
Juan Mejias

A senior at Samuel Fels High School faces a list of charges after a gun he allegedly brought to school prompted a lockdown yesterday.

Juan Mejias, 18, has been charged with bringing a weapon to school, reckless endangerment and related offenses, Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, said.

Mejias was arrested at Fels, on Langdon Street near Sanger in Crescentville, yesterday by police, who locked the school down after another student spotted the gun about 10 a.m.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7:22 PM
Leonard Monroe has been charged in two East Germantown arson fires and is being eyed in a third. (Philadelphia Police)

A man has been arrested in connection with a series of arson fires that have terrorized an East Germantown block over the last several weeks, police said Thursday night.

Leonard Monroe, 24, of Clearfield Street near 21st in Swampoodle, has been charged with two counts each of arson, aggravated assault, causing catastrophe, stalking, criminal mischief and related offenses for two fires he allegedly set on Coulter Street near Lena. In the first, police say Monroe lit a Molotov cocktail and placed it between the front and storm doors of a rowhouse on the block overnight, causing minor damage to both doors. Less than a month later, authorities said, Monroe struck again at the same house, placing two lit incendiary devices by the front door in the wee hours of the morning Dec. 1. A resident of the house was able to extinguish that fire, police said.

Police said a third arson at the same location early Sunday morning that left a family’s Christmas tree and gifts damaged, and forced several people and a 4-month-old baby to escape through an upstairs window is suspected to have been set by Monroe as well, but he has not been charged in that fire. That incident remains under investigation.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 3:45 PM
Bradley W. Stone struggled with injuries, friends said.

Bradley William Stone, the former Marine who brutally murdered his ex-wife and five of her relatives in Montgomery County on Monday, had met with a psychiatrist from the Department of Veterans Affairs a week before he went on a horrific killing spree. 

A VA spokesman said in an email this afternoon that Stone, 35, met on on Dec. 8 with the psychiatrist at a veterans medical facility in Coatesville.

The psychiatrist noted that Stone was "without any suicidal or homicidal ideation."

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:54 PM

A 18-year-old student driving to school in Bensalem this morning hit and killed a 16-year-old girl crossing the street to catch her school bus, police said.

Police say the motorist, who police haven’t identified or charged, drove his 1984 Ford Bronco II past the flashing red lights and stop arm of the bus and hit Minete Zeka, who was in the crosswalk.

The 6:40 a.m. accident happened at Bensalem Boulevard at Bridgewater Road. Zeka, a sophomore at Bensalem High School, died shortly after at Aria Health’s Torresdale campus. The driver, a student at Bristol Township’s Bucks County Technical High School, stopped and is cooperating with investigators.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 10:35 AM

Two former PennDOT managers and eight contractors were arrested today in an overbilling scheme that defrauded taxpayers of more than $1.2 million, state Attorney General Katheen Kane announced this morning.

Alexander Morrone, 50, of Norristown, and William Rosetti, 36, of South Philadelphia, both former permits managers for PennDOT, allegedly took kickbacks from highway inspectors in exchange for ignoring phony time sheets and mileage reports, Kane said. Morrone also allegedly paid inspectors to do home improvements at his home and his mother's home while they billed the taxpayers for the work. Rosetti further is charged with billing and getting paid for hours he didn’t work.

The other eight men arrested were inspectors, including:

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 8:53 PM
Justin Bickert

A Juniata Park man has become the third suspect charged in a fatal shooting from late October.

Justin Bickert, 22, was arrested Monday in connection to the slaying of Alexander Ruiz, police said.

Bickert, of H Street near Courtland, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and related offenses in the shooting. He remains in custody without bail, according to court records.

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