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Archive: February, 2011

POSTED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 12:42 AM

Two bodegas were robbed Monday night at gunpoint by the same group of thugs in North Philadelphia, police said.

Four men barged into Torres Grocery on Dauphin near Fawn at 9 p.m. At least two of men had guns, according to investigators, and they pistol-whipped the owner and an employee and then robbed them of cash, cell phones and keys.

They also stole from the register. The crooks got away with about $700, while the owner refused medical treatment.

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POSTED: Monday, February 28, 2011, 8:34 PM

A body was spotted floating in the Schuylkill River Monday afternoon, police said, adding that they'll investigate to see if it's connected to either of the two vehicles found floating in the river last month.

At 4:40 p.m. police received a call for a body in the river near St. Joe’s Boathouse on Kelly Drive near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.

Central Detectives said the body, which had been in the water for several weeks, was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office to determine cause of death and identity.

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POSTED: Monday, February 28, 2011, 11:27 AM

A man was killed and a woman injured during a home invasion in East Germantown this morning, according to police.

The 33-year-old victim was stabbed once in the chest in his home on Nelson Street near Locust Avenue shortly before 6:30 a.m. and taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:04 a.m, police said. 

A 32-year-old woman who also lived at the house suffered lacerations to her face, but was otherwise alright and listed in stable condition at the same hospital, police said.

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POSTED: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 2:19 AM

A woman was charged with the murder of her boyfriend after she stabbed him to death in her North Philadelphia home Friday morning, police said.

Vanetta Hayes, 44, stabbed Richard Williams, 31, once in the back with a large kitchen knife inside of a house on Van Pelt Street near W. York at 12:35 a.m., said Homicide Lt. Philip Riehl.

Williams lived sometimes at his mother's home and sometimes at Hayes’ home, Riehl said, and he would often come and cook dinner for Hayes.

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POSTED: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 12:13 AM

A man was in stable condition after he was shot twice Friday morning in South Philadelphia, police said.

The 20-year-old man was shot once in the foot and once in a leg on Dickinson Street near 23rd at 11:40 a.m.

The man was driven to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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POSTED: Friday, February 25, 2011, 11:03 AM

Delaware State Police have arrested a Port Penn man for rape after his girlfriend allegedly discovered videos on her home computer showing her 8-year-old daughter performing sexual acts on him.

The mother, 28, found the two videos Wednesday, confronted her beau Joshua Jones, 23, and called police when he fled, according to the state police. Troopers yesterday were called to Route 13 at Drawyer’s Creek north of Odessa for the report of a suspicious person. They found Jones and arrested him without incident. He was taken to the Wilmington Hospital for an evaluation and then arraigned and committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institute in lieu of $55,000 secured bail.

It's unclear how many times or when Jones allegedly abused the girl.

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POSTED: Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:33 AM

Forget firearms, Tasers and super-sniffing canines. Philly cops have Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube to get the bad guys.

The police department this morning announced a new crime-fighting campaign called "Video Villains," in which they'll publish a Top 10 Most-Wanted list of fugitive suspects who were caught on surveillance video while committing a crime. The videos, as well as arrests and other developments about suspects' cases, will be blasted out regularly through, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter.

"Video Villains is a new way for communities to get involved in making Philadelphia a safer city in which to live, work and visit, while using today's top social networking applications," police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 11:18 PM

A middle-aged man was shot inside a corner store in Hunting Park during a robbery Thursday night, police said.

The store owner’s 51-year-old brother, Marcelino Rosario, was shot once in the back after two men with guns barged into Gomez’ Mini Mart on 8th Street at Lycoming at 8:10 p.m. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Rosario, who only speaks Spanish, was sitting in a chair watching television when the thieves entered the store with their guns drawn, police said. Rosario got up from the chair and tried to run behind the counter when he was shot. The thieves got away with $100.

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