Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 12:58 PM

A Kensington man was arrested today for a 2013 street robbery that left a Fairmount man dead.

Jonathan DeJesus, 22, of Boudinot Street near Cambria, was charged with murder and gun offenses for shooting Steven Cassidy, 41, of Bucknell Street near Brown, about 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2013, on Indiana Street near Front, said Officer Rafeeq Strickland, a police spokesman. DeJesus faces a Nov. 5 preliminary hearing, according to court records.

Cassidy was shot in the abdomen, groin and back and died about two hours later at Temple University Hospital, Strickland said. Robbery motivated the murder, Strickland said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:39 AM

Police identified a man slain early yesterday as Kevin Wayne Parker, 27, of Harrowgate.

Parker, who lived on Ontario Street near Jasper, was shot in the back a block away from his home about 2:30 a.m., police said. Parker died at Temple University Hospital at 3:15 a.m.

Police listed the motive and suspects as unknown. TIpsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 10:25 AM

Just two weeks after a man stabbed another man in the face in the dairy section, a Pathmark in Burholme has been the scene of more bloodshed and violence, after a domestic assault there left one man hospitalized last night.

The latest incident began about 5:45 p.m. at the Pathmark on Cottman Avenue near Oakley Street, where a woman, her friend and the friend's father were loading groceries into a car, said Officer Rafeeq Strickland, a police spokesman.

The woman's ex-boyfriend, 19, pedaled up on his bicycle, attacked his ex, 37, and then chased her back into the store, where he allegedly began punching her, Strickland said. Her friend intervened - prompting the ex-boyfriend to turn his fists on her and begin to punch and choke her, Strickland said. That prompted the friend's father, 58, and another customer, 25, to get involved too: The customer held the ex-boyfriend's arm while the father allegedly put him in a chokehold until he stopped breathing, Strickland said.

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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 1:21 PM

Police are seeking suspects in this morning's gun slaying of a 27-year-old man in Harrowgate.

Police found the victim with a gunshot wound to the back on Ontario Street near Kensington Avenue just before 2:30 a.m., said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. He died just before 3 a.m. at Temple University Hospital. 

Police listed the motive and suspects as unknown. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 1:18 PM

Police released the identities of several men slain in unrelated weekend gun homicides.

Friday morning, someone shot Dallas Long, 49, of 75th Avenue near Ogontz in West Oak Lane, in the head just before noon on Lyons Avenue near 82nd Street in Eastwick, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. He died on the scene.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Friday, someone shot Kiron Clinton, 22, of Master Street near 6th in Ludlow, on Eighth Street near Hunting Park Avenue in Hunting Park, Russell said. He died about 15 minutes later at Temple University Hospital. 

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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:52 PM

A Bucks County man died this morning after his car collided with a turning tractor trailer in Bensalem.

Michael Baronofsky, 23, of Croydon, died at the scene of the 7:10 a.m. crash on State Road at Street Road, Bensalem police said. He was driving south on State Road in a Honda Civic when he hit head-on a northbound tractor-trailer that was turning left onto Street Road, police said. The truck's driver wasn't injured and is cooperating with investigators.

The accident's cause remains under investigation. Police don't suspect drugs or alcohol were involved.

Witness are asked to call Bensalem detectives at (215) 633-3719.
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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:34 PM

A 49-year-old man was severely injured this morning after he got hit by a train at the Broad Street Line's Walnut-Locust station.

The incident happened at 11:30 a.m. on the southbound local tracks, said Manny Smith, a SEPTA spokesman. Paramedics rushed the man to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; his condition is unknown. Smith couldn't confirm reports that the man's feet were amputated below the ankles.

"We don't know if he fell or jumped," Smith said. "We don't really know yet why he was in the track area. That remains under investigation at the moment."

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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 11:33 AM
Virginia Hill, retired Philly police officer murdered in Virginia

A retired Philadelphia police officer who died Saturday after being found severely wounded in her southern Virginia home was murdered, authorities there say.

Virginia Hill, 69, who retired in 2002 after 24 years on the Philadelphia Police Department, was found injured about 5:30 a.m. Saturday in her home in Suffolk, Va. She died shortly after at a nearby hospital.

Hill joined the Philly police force in 1978 and spent most of her time here helping troubled children. In 1981, she began working in the department's Juvenile Aid Division and moved in 1989 to the missing-persons unit, where she specialized in juvenile and long-term unsolved cases.

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