Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:41 AM

Police have identified a man gunned down Friday on his Swampoodle block as James Howard, 45.

Howard was found shot once in the chest outside his home on Toronto Street near 21st about 9:25 p.m., police said. He died later at Temple University Hospital at 11:03 p.m.. Police reported no motive or suspects. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:35 PM

This post has been updated.

A barrage of gunfire in broad daylight in Frankford Sunday morning left a pregnant woman -- whom police say was an innocent bystander -- and her newborn baby dead.

The 26-year-old mother, identified by neighbors as Megan Doto, was sitting on a lawn chair outside on her block of Adams Avenue near Griscom Street at 11:50 a.m. when police say at least one gunman began firing shots from about a block up Griscom Street in Doto's direction -- possibly aiming for a man who was nearby at the time.

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POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 9:46 PM

Police tonight recovered the body they believe belongs to a South Philly man who disappeared while swimming in the Delaware River.

The man, 48, jumped into the river behind the Walmart on Columbus Boulevard near Tasker Street in South Philadelphia, said Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan

Just before 5 p.m., police received a call from a 20-year-old man, who told them that his father had jumped into the river’s waters while fishing, said Sullivan.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:22 PM
Naeem Johnson

A Frankford man is wanted by police for allegedly forcing a woman into prostitution in a seedy city hotel in a prostitution operation, cops said Thursday.

Naeem Johnson, 31, who has an address on Wingohocking Street near Sellers, allegedly pimped a woman at the Roosevelt Inn on the Boulevard near Napfle Street in Northeast Philadelphia June 19. That woman -- whose case was detailed in a story in today's Daily News -- was arrested during a Citywide Vice bust at the hotel. During the bust, cops made contact with Johnson, the suspected pimp, officials said.

Within a few days of the bust, police identified and obtained an arrest warrant for Johnson. Lt. Derrick Wood, commanding officer of Citywide Vice, said they've been searching for him since.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 9:42 AM

The boyfriend of a Queen Village woman gunned down this week turned himself in to police yesterday to face murder charges.

Marcus R. Johnson, 32, who lived in the Courtyard Apartments on 5th Street near Washington Avenue, is accused of shooting his live-in girlfriend Nekeisha Eugene, 32, in her face and left arm just after 10 p.m. Monday, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Eugene died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Police responding to reports of gunfire found a chaotic scene in the couple's home Monday: smashed furniture, overturned TVs and other signs of a violent struggle, police said. A semi-automatic pistol and six spent shell casings were found inches away from the woman, indicating she had been shot at point-blank range. Just before the shooting, a 12-year-old boy who lived there had been sent around the corner to a relative's home, a source said.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:38 PM

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A 10-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother are in critical condition after a truck crashed into them as they crossed a busy Far Northeast intersection on their way home from school this afternoon.

The children were headed west on Byberry Road crossing Academy on their walk home from the Decatur School, about three blocks up Academy Road from the intersection, police said. Based on a preliminary investigation and witness accounts, police believe a 2003 Dodge Ram driven by a 20-year-old woman was driving east on Byberry Road and struck the kids while making a left turn onto Academy, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Both the children and the vehicle had the green light at the time.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:50 AM

Radnor Township police are mourning the death of a veteran police officer who shot himself to death in the department's parking lot last night.

Officer Robert "John" Miller, 34, a nine-year veteran of the force, committed suicide at 6:30 p.m., while off-duty, according to Lieutenant Andrew J. Block, a police spokesman.

"Please keep Officer Miller and his family in your thoughts and prayers," the department said in a statement released this morning.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 11:25 AM
Naaire Murray, 17, was shot to death (Twitter)

Police identified two recent murder victims as Naaire Murray, 17, of North Philadelphia, and Isaiah Walker, 28, of Ludlow.

In the earlier case, someone shot Walker, of Sixth Street near Oxford, several times in the head on American Street near Ontario in North Philadelphia about 10:25 p.m. Saturday. Police rushed Walker to Temple University Hospital, where he died Monday morning. The motive is unknown; police are seeking two men, one of whom was armed with a small revolver.

In the more recent case, someone shot Murray, of Huntingdon Street near 24th, in the chest outside his home just before 9 p.m. last night. Police found him collapsed on a couch inside the home and rushed him to Temple, where he died during surgery at 10:50 p.m. Police say an argument sparked the shooting, but reported no suspects.

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