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POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 11:21 PM

Four inmates were injured Monday night  in a brawl inside the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, officials said.

Just before 11 p.m., about 15 inmates got into a fight inside the prison, on State Road near Ashburner Street in Holmesburg, during medication rounds, said Shawn Hawes, a spokeswoman for the city Prison System, and police spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien.

Hawes said it was unclear what the fight was over, but confirmed that no corrections officers were injured.

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POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:04 PM

Rasul Hinton allegedly had one wild night on Friday, and he has a rap sheet to prove it.

Hinton, 24, has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, conspiracy and related offenses, as well as drug violations, after he allegedly tried to hit four undercover officers with his Cadillac Escalade during a suspected drug deal, police said yesterday.

Just after 10:30 p.m., the officers on Frankford Avenue near Dyre Street in Frankford, saw Hinton, of Dungan Road near Nafle Avenue in Burholme, involved in a “hand-to-hand narcotics transaction” with Christine Durross, 34, of Levittown, Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, said.

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POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:41 PM

Honey, you've got to slow down.

A man in the throes of a bitter divorce didn't heed Prince's famous advice, and drove his "Little Red Corvette" into the Delaware River Monday night, police said.

Just before 4 p.m., police received reports of a man driving the vehicle into the Delaware River at a fishing pier on State Road near Magee Avenue in Tacony, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Video: Man Dumps Wife's Corvette Into River As Part Of Divorce Spat
Video: Police: Man Dumps Wife's Corvette Into Delaware River
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POSTED: Sunday, November 9, 2014, 7:51 PM

A particularly vile kind of armed robber is on the loose in Kensington after police say a man stuck up a woman in a Chinese restaurant with ... wait for it ... a blood-filled syringe.

The sickening crime went down inside Eddie's Chinese Restaurant on Allegheny Avenue near A Street about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to police. The 32-year-old woman told cops she went into the restaurant after work and was waiting for her food when the robber, who was already inside when she got there, walked up to her with the bloody syringe and told her in Spanish, "I have AIDS. Give me your money."

Understandably, the woman threw the $200 cash she had on her at the needle-wielding weirdo, according to police. The man took off and ran in an unknown direction. The woman he stuck up was not injured, police said.

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POSTED: Friday, November 7, 2014, 11:55 PM
An alleged drug dealer smashed his Cadillac Escalade into a Honda Civic while fleeing from officers on the Boulevard, police said. (Vinny Vella / Daily News)

It was over a few measly bags of weed.

An alleged drug dealer tried to run down four officers before tearing down Roosevelt Boulevard and smashing into another vehicle, police said.

Just after 10:30 p.m., officers from the 15th District on patrol saw a 24-year-old man finishing up an alleged drug transaction on Frankford Avenue near Dyre Street in Frankford, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

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POSTED: Friday, November 7, 2014, 11:19 AM

Two men were robbed of their car - and their dignity - late Thursday in Logan when their carjackers stole their clothing along with their wheels.

Around 10:15 p.m., two 22-year-old men on 18th Street near Rockland were forced into their car by three armed, unknown men, police said.

The gunmen forced their victims to lie on the ground and remove their clothing, and then drove them to a nearby Sunoco, police said. Once there, the bandits demanded their naked victim turn over his debit card and PIN, which they used to withdraw $600 from an ATM.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 4:45 PM
Keisha Gaither looks up at Det. James Sloan after locating her daughter alive in Maryland. Wednesday, November 5, 2014. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )

Detective James Sloan wouldn't make a promise he couldn't keep.

That's what he and Northwest Police Division Inspector James Kelly stressed Thursday afternoon when the team of detectives and officers from Northwest Detectives gathered to talk about the recovery of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

"I won't say something if I don't believe it," Sloan, a 22-year veteran, said. He said Carlesha's mother, Keisha Gaither, didn't seem to believe him when he first told her he'd bring her daughter home safe.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 4:16 PM

The driver of a minivan that was killed in broad daylight was a man with a history of run-ins with the law, police said.

Cornelius Mines, 38, was shot dead Tuesday afternoon while driving his 2008 Honda Odyseey in Juniata Park, Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, said.

An unidentified man opened fire on Mines as the van sped down I Street near Luzerne, striking it several times.

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