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POSTED: Friday, February 18, 2011, 8:50 PM

Philadelphia and Abington police raided a Lawndale pawnshop Friday morning after an investigation found that burglars had allegedly fenced stolen goods there.

Police raided Lawndale Coins and Collectibles on Rising Sun Avenue near Levick Street and retained search warrants for the owner's home in Rockledge, Montgomery County, where they recovered loads of jewelry, jewelry boxes, coins and other items suspected of being stolen property.

The raid stemmed from the arrests of two Northeast Philadelphia men, William Perkins, 62, of Langdon Street near Napfle Avenue, and John Daniel Wilson, 46, of Kingfield Road near Pocasset. Both were charged in October with burglarizing multiple homes in Abington, Cheltenham and Philadelphia.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 10:07 PM

Police said a 19-year-old man was in critical condition Thursday night after he was shot in the face in West Oak Lane.

The victim was shot once in the face on 66th Avenue near 18th Street at 8:36 p.m. He was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center in a private vehicle.

Police have no motive or arrests in the shooting.  Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 10:05 PM

A man was stabbed during a robbery in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia Thursday night, police said.

The 34-year-old man was stabbed once in the leg by two thugs on Clearfield
 Street near Front at about 6:05 p.m.

He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is in stable condition.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:22 PM

Police identified a man gunned down in an Oxford Circle rowhouse last night as Chad Marchewski, 21, of Foulkrod Street near Langdon in Summerdale.

Marchewski was shot in the back of the head during an argument inside the property, on Van Kirk Street near Castor Avenue, about 9 p.m. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene. Police reported no suspects. Tipsters can call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:39 PM
A father was shot to death this morning as he sat in this car outside his son's daycare center on Wadsworth Avenue in Cedarbrook. Police arrested the suspected killer a few blocks away as he fled on foot. (DANA DIFILIPPO / DN Staff)

A gunman ambushed a father outside a daycare on a busy Cedarbrook commercial strip this morning and shot him dead just after the man's girlfriend took their preschooler inside.

The victim, a man in his early 20s whose name police haven't yet released, died about 9:15 a.m. at Albert Einstein Medical Center, about a half hour after the shooting outside the Agape Christian Childcare & Development Center on Wadsworth Avenue near Cedarbrook.

The gunman fled on foot, but police apprehended him several blocks away. His name hasn't yet been released.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 11:36 PM

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force -- a super group of law enforcement types that involves the marshals, the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Darby Township Police, Philly D.A.'s Office and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole -- have arrested eight homicide suspects in the Philadelphia area since Feb. 2.

Jim Burke, the marshals' supervisory deputy, said the suspects included two accused murderers whose mugshots had recently been featured in the pages of the Daily News: Darryl Jones and Stanley Green.

Jones, who was charged with fatally shooting Mustafa Scruggs on Jan. 17, was arrested on Feb. 3 on the 5200 block of Sylvester Street. Investigators tracked him down based on a tip from Daily News readers, Burke said.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 10:50 PM

A 21-year-old man was shot dead in an Oxford Circle rowhouse earlier tonight. Homicide Lt. Mel Williams said the victim, whose name was not released, was shot in the back of the head inside the property, on Van Kirk Street near Castor Avenue, about 9 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

Williams said the property was an apparent drug house. A number of people were inside when the murder unfolded and were being questioned by homicide detectives. There was no description of the shooter.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 2:21 PM

Archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali today announced that he has suspended three priests and ordered the “reexamination” of other priests still in active ministry who have been accused of molesting children in their charge.

The announcement came one week after a damning grand-jury report that charged the Archdiocese with covering up clergy sex-abuse. In last week’s indictment, two priests, a defrocked priest and a lay teacher were charged with rape, while a monsignor accused of shielding the men from detection was charged with endangering the welfare of children.

“Many people of faith and in the community at large think that the Archdiocese does not understand the gravity of child sexual abuse. We do,” Rigali said. “The task before us now is to recognize where we have fallen short and to let our actions speak to our resolve.”

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