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POSTED: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12:22 PM

A nationwide human trafficking sweep - dubbed Operation Cross Country IX - netted 149 child victims, two of whom came from the Philadelphia area, and 153 pimps, two of whom also came from the Philadelphia area, according to the FBI.

The sweep, which was conducted last week, was led by the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and local law enforcement agencies in each of the jurisdictions.

According to the FBI, the youngest victim recovered was 12 years old. The majority of the victims were girls, but there were three boys and three transgender minors saved as well.

Stephanie Farr @ 12:22 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 10:27 AM

A former cancer researcher was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday for stealing from a federally funded program while he worked at the University of Pennsylvania.

Steven W. Johnson, 50, of Elkins Park, pleaded guilty April 30 to one count of misusing federal funds for cancer research to conduct a for-profit business, RealTime Primers.  U.S. District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond also ordered Johnson to pay restitution of $69,379.02. 

Johnson worked at Penn’s School of Medicine from October 1998 to February 2010, doing cancer research. As part of his research, he tested or “validated” presumptive oligonucleotide “primers,” which are used to identify gene expression patterns.  That process requires specialized equipment, including a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, machine.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:27 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Friday, October 9, 2015, 12:07 PM

A man who was injured in a double shooting last night is under police guard at Einstein Medical Center today after officers discovered the vehicle he was driving was listed as stolen.

Police were called to Temple Road near Phil Ellena Street in Cedarbrook around 11 p.m. for reports of a person with a gun. Upon arrival, officers were met by the first victim, a 19-year-old man who came out of a house on that block suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest, side and stomach.

That man told police he had left the house earlier and was approached by an unknown man with a gun who fired at him 10 times as he tried to ran away. The victim said he was able to return to the house and wait for police to arrive after the shooting.

Stephanie Farr @ 12:07 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 9:38 PM

A joint task force of police and federal officials are making a renewed effort to clear a Southwest Philly neighborhood of a group of violent punks “hell-bent on violence,” according to Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

The “Greenway Gorillaz” are a gang of about 20 who have run rampant on the streets since 2012. They’ve been operating within an area of about 12 square blocks: between Springfield and Woodland Avenues and 52nd and 55th streets in Kingsessing, Walker said.

“People are afraid to come out of their homes,” Walker said. “We’re not going to tolerate that.”

Vinny Vella @ 9:38 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 11:11 AM
On Friday, Special Victims Unit detectives released clear surveillance footage of the suspect smiling on a SEPTA subway train after the assault occurred.

Philadelphia police have confirmed that the suspect wanted for a sexual assault on a Temple University student who was on her way home from the school's library last week has been taken into custody.

The man, who has not been identified because he has not yet been charged, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals either late last night or early this morning, a police spokeswoman said.

On Friday, Special Victims Unit detectives released clear surveillance footage of the suspect smiling on a SEPTA subway train after the assault occurred.

Stephanie Farr @ 11:11 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:36 PM

A North Philly man was found shot dead inside a car parked outside his home early today, police said.

Officers responding to reports of a shooting found Shaheed Henderson, 25, sitting in a silver Lexus with a teenage boy at 1:47 a.m. Both were slumped in their seats and had been shot once in the head, police said.

Medics pronounced Henderson dead at the scene moments later. His passenger, 17, was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he remains tonight  in “extremely critical condition,” police said.

Vinny Vella @ 9:36 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:09 PM

A man who stopped to check on the condition of a boy who was injured after darting in front of his car was brutally beaten by witnesses, police said.

The crash happened just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, police said. As the driver was heading west on Wagner Avenue near 12th Street in Logan, a 3-year-old boy ran out from between two parked cars and was struck.

When the driver jumped out of his car to help the boy, he was attacked by two men who pushed him to the ground and punched him repeatedly, police said. Two other witness saw the fight and helped break it up.

Vinny Vella @ 11:09 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:00 PM
Comedian Steve Slutsky who goes by the nickname "Steve the Pickle Man." (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

A local comedian stabbed Saturday was allegedly attacked by a friend and not by two random men, as he initially told investigators, a police source said tonight.

Edward Rouda, 38, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, robbery and related offenses after allegedly stabbing Steven “Steve the Pickle Man” Slutsky in the neck over a debt, according to that source.

Slutsky initially told officers that two men reached into the window of his car as he was parked on Aramingo Avenue near Bermuda Street in Frankford, stabbed him in the neck and stole $400 from him, the source said.

Vinny Vella & Joe Brandt @ 11:00 PM  Permalink |
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