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POSTED: Friday, July 30, 2010, 10:23 AM

Police identified a man stabbed to death last night after arguing with a friend over money as Bryant Bell, 52, of Wanamaker Street near Race.
The argument occurred inside a house on Wanamaker Street near Girard Avenue shortly after 7 p.m., police said. Bell died at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania at 9:42 p.m., police said.
Police have a man in custody and expect to file charges soon.
 

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:23 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, July 30, 2010, 9:53 AM

Officer Kenneth Crockett, the K-9 cop accused of pocketing cash from the Lower Northeast bar where Officer Gary Skerski was slain in 2006, was formally charged today with theft and receiving stolen property, District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said at a news conference this morning.

Crockett, 56, is in the hospital after his family, concerned that he would harm himself, had him involuntarily committed for a mental health evaluation early this morning, Williams said. When the 26-year veteran is released from the hospital, he will be placed of a 30-day suspension with intent to dismiss, Ramsey said.

Ramsey further announced that he plans to submit a plan to fight police corruption to Mayor Nutter today or Monday. He declined to divulge details of the plan, other than to say it would focus equally on preventative action and aggressive internal investigation.

Dana DiFilippo @ 9:53 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, July 30, 2010, 12:03 AM

A glimpse at tomorrow's DN story on the latest in the Pat's Cafe controversy:

You can’t buy integrity, but one longtime Philadelphia police officer allegedly kissed his goodbye for the paltry sum of $825.
That’s the amount of money that went missing from a safe inside Pat’s Café in the Lower Northeast on Tuesday morning, when an on-duty cop was caught on a surveillance camera removing “something” from the safe, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said yesterday.
Although three on-duty K-9 unit cops are caught up in the investigation into what happened inside the neighborhood bar at Castor Avenue and Arrott Street earlier this week, Ramsey made it clear that only one of them is allegedly dirty.
That cop, according to police sources, is Kenneth Crockett, a 26-year veteran who has worked in the K-9 unit for most of his career.
Crockett has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Ramsey noted that the case is still being investigated and that he expects the District Attorney’s Office to determine soon whether the cop will face charges.
In the meantime, Crockett will remain on desk duty. Ramsey said he expects to move the two other cops back to regular duty today.
“Those two officers and their families don’t deserve to be painted with the same brush right now,” he said.
“When you look at the tape, it’s not until the other officers walk away that this going into the safe takes place.”
 

David Gambacorta @ 12:03 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 11:17 PM

A Narcotics Strike Force officer fired at a suspect who aimed a gun at him during a chase in North Philly earlier tonight.

Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said the cop shot at the suspect on 29th Street near York about 10 p.m. The man, who was not wonuded, was arrested. Police recovered his weapon at the scene, Vanore said. The officer was not injured.

David Gambacorta @ 11:17 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 9:53 PM

 A 53-year-old man was stabbed to death after an argument inside a home in West Philadelphia tonight, police said.

The victim was inside a house on Wanamaker Street near Girard Avenue at about 7:30 hanging out with a group of friends when an argument broke out over money between the victim and one of his friends, cops said.

The man was stabbed once in the chest and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he later died. Police arrested the man's friend but no further details were provided. 

Christine Olley @ 9:53 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:31 AM

Jury finds lawyer-punching Eric Floyd and "dumb" Levon Warner guilty in Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski's 2008 slaying.

Teen who raped a drunk classmate and left her for dead gets sentenced.

Warring tow-truck drivers catch a councilman's attention.

Dana DiFilippo @ 8:31 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 8:51 PM

From Daily News reporter Julie Shaw:

The family of Matt Novak, a 24-year-old man fatally shot Sept. 28, 2008, by someone in a dark Chevy Impala, on Fairmount Avenue near 13th Street, will hold a fundraiser to help find the thugs who killed him.

About 6:55 p.m., after Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities, Novak flagged down the black or imperial blue Impala, with New Jersey tags, on 6th Street near Spring Garden after his friend’s car broke down. He got into the car, with three men inside, and a few minutes later, he was shot.
 
For videos of the Impala, visit: www.myspace.com/whokilledmattnovak. For tickets to the fund-raiser, 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14, at the Tall Pines Day Camp, Williamstown, N.J., or to make a donation, call 609-820-8400 or e-mail whokilledmattnovak@gmail.com.
 
Proceeds will be added to a $6,000 reward for info leading to the thugs’ arrests and convictions. Tipsters can call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-8477.
Christine Olley @ 8:51 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 8:42 PM

Pat's Cafe is a tiny bar that sits at Castor Avenue and Arrott Street in Northwood, a small, working-class section of the lower Northeast.

The bar's name sounds instantly familiar for an unfortunate reason: in May 2006, Officer Gary Skerski was murdered when he responded to a robbery at the neighborhood watering hole. An old wreath, a pair of decaying roses and a few small candles still mark the spot outside the bar where Skerski was shot.

About 4:25 a.m. yesterday, two on-duty Philadelphia police officers walked past the old memorial and entered the bar while it was closed, law enforcement sources said. They turned on the TV, opened a beer and made themselves at home for about 40 minutes, sources said. The two cops, who were in uniform, were joined by a third man, whose identity is currently unclear.

David Gambacorta @ 8:42 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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