Archive: March, 2010
A pair of lion-hearted Northeast Philaelphia residents rescued an elderly neighbor from the clutches of a knife-wielding attacker earlier today.
About 3 p.m., police said, a man in his 20s forced his way into the home of Valentine Klepczynski, 95, on Walker Street near Wellington.
Once inside, the intruder apparently roughed up Klepczynski, shoving the elderly man into a wall.
The activity caught of the attention of Klepczynski’s eagle-eyed neighbors, including Art McMaster and his wife, Peggy. “My wife saw him [the intruder]standing outside my neighbor’s house, smoking a cigarette,” said McMaster, 76.
“The door opened and the old man looked out, and then the young guy ran right up, pushed the door open, pushed the old man and slammed the door. “I said, ‘Something’s going down here.’”
McMaster said he called on a 34-year-old neighbor for help, and both men darted into Klepczynski’s house and forced the intruder, who was wielding a knife, outside. During the struggle, McMaster said, his younger neighbor was stabbed in the hip by the suspect. When the attacker fled on foot, the Good Samaritans gave chase in their car and called 9-1-1.
“The cops were there within two minutes,” McMaster said. “Thank God they were right there. They nailed him right away.”
Police said the intruder, whose name was not released, was arrested and taken to Northeast Detectives for questioning.
The heroic neighbor, whom McMaster identified only as “Jay,” was taken to Aria Health’s Torresdale campus for stitches, police said. Klepczynski was also treated for minor injuries at the hospital, police said.
Here's a story that slipped through the cracks yesterday, but will undoubtedly get people talking today:
Imagine this: a pair of career criminals - one who has a nice city job, another who used to - decide to pull an armed home invasion.
Even better, they have a cover - they'll tell their bound, terrified victims not to worry because they're actually narcotics cops.
A Philadelphia police officer fatally shot a man who stabbed him in Southwest Philadelphia earlier tonight, authorities said.
The violent encounter started about 8:30 p.m. on Paschall Avenue near 72nd Street, where police were maintaining a presence because of a recent spate of burglaries.
A 30-year-old officer tried to stop a man who was acting suspiciously, but the man took off running, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
The officer, a 10-year veteran, followed on foot, and the chase wound through wooded sections of nearby Cobbs Creek Park.
Vanore said the man stopped abruptly at Cobbs Creek Parkway and Greenway Avenue and began slicing at the cop’s vest and elbows with a knife.
“The officer fights him off and discharges his weapon numerous times,” Vanore said.
The attacker was wounded several times and died at the scene shortly after 9 p.m.
Vanore said the officer, whose name wasn’t released, was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for minor injuries.
A 42-year-old man was gunned down in Southwest Philadelphia earlier tonight. The victim, identified as Martin Young, was shot numerous times on Pentridge Street near 56th about 6:20 p.m., said Homicide Sgt. Tim Cooney. Young died a short while later. Investigators had no motive.
Cooney said witnesses described the gunman as a 5-foot-6 black man who was about 180 pounds and in his late 20s. The shooter fled in a dark-colored car, which might have been a Mercury Grand Marquis, Cooney added. Tipsters can contact detectives at 215-686-3334 or -3335.
Two men were killed in separate shootings in the city tonight. Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said an unidentified man was shot in the head inside a corner store at 16th adn Bristol streets in Nicetown shortly before 7:30 p.m. He died at the scene a short while later. No arrests were made, but a weapon was recovered at the scene. Vanore said investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from inside the store.
A 17-year-old man was shot twice in the back on Hurley Street near Courtland in Feltonville shortly before 8:40 p.m., Vanore said. The victim died at Temple University Hospital at 9:11 p.m. Police had no suspects or motives.
Kermit B. Gosnell, the abortion doctor whose West Philadelphia clinic is at the center of horrific malpractice allegations, has to appear at an emergency suspension hearing tomorrow before the Delaware Boad of Medical Practices.
Gosnell, 69, has been licensed as a physician in Delaware since 1994, said James Collins, the director of the Division of Professional Regulations, which oversees numerous state agencies, including the medical board.
Collins said Delaware authorities have been in touch with Pennsylvania Department of Health investigators who suspended Gosnell's license last week after they labeled his West Philly practice "an immediate and clear danger to the public."