Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:48 PM

Police have identified a man shot to death in Strawberry Mansion early Saturday morning as a 38-year-old who lived about three blocks from where he was killed.

Police found Jason Conley about 12:45 a.m. that night suffering from gunshot wounds to the head, chest and buttocks on Oakdale Street near 29th. Conley later died at Temple University Hospital. No motive or suspect has been determined in the shooting.

Court records show that Conley, who lived on Dover Street near Lehigh, a few blocks from where he was shot, has been arrested numerous times on charges ranging from assault to burglary since 2000. He pleaded guilty to burglary in 2013 and was sentenced to 11.5 to 23 months' probation.

Morgan Zalot @ 3:48 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 1:28 PM

Police arrested two suspects in unrelated murders overnight.

In the first case, James King, 33, of Lindenwood Street near Arch in West Philadelphia, was charged with murder in the Dec. 16, 2004, death of Raymond Thomas, 24, of Hazel Avenue near Salford Street in West Philly, said Officer Rafeeq Strickland, a police spokesman.

Thomas' girlfriend arrived home that day around 5 p.m. to find Thomas, tied up and collapsed on top of their 1-year-old son, whose pajamaed ankles also had been bound, Strickland said. Thomas had been shot in the head, and paramedics declared him dead on the scene, Strickland added. Medics rushed the baby and his mother to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for evaluation; both were OK. Police listed the motive as drugs. Court records show King is a repeat offender with prior arrests for drug and weapon offenses. King is being held without bail pending an Oct. 15 preliminary hearing.

Dana DiFilippo @ 1:28 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 12:53 PM

Robbers are notorious for being a pain in the ass, but one robber now has a pain in his ass after a homeowner stabbed him in the keister last night during a Center City break-in.

The 52-year-old victim was in his house on 9th Street near Filbert around 11:50 p.m. when he heard a loud bang and saw an intruder taking his electronic equipment from a television stand near his window, police said.

The homeowner ran downstairs to his kitchen, grabbed a knife and chased the male towards the same window he had broken into, police said.

Stephanie Farr @ 12:53 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:44 PM

A Strawberry Mansion woman gunned down in front of her daughter was targeted for her role in a drug investigation, a law-enforcement source said tonight.

Kathryn Berry, 42, was slain late Saturday on Morse Street near 32nd in Strawberry Mansion, police said.

Berry was out walking about a block from her house when an unidentified man pointed a gun at her and started blasting, police said. 

Vinny Vella @ 10:44 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:16 PM

An employee of the Philadelphia Zoo was killed this morning when a golf cart fell on him at work, police said.

The 59-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was working at the zoo on Girard Avenue near 34th Street when the cart fell on top of him around 11:08 a.m., a police spokeswoman said. Authorities did not know how the cart fell on the man, but they said the cause was listed as accidental.

The injured worker was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 11:44 a.m.

Stephanie Farr @ 2:16 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:17 PM

A suspect in a fatal shooting in Germantown Sunday night didn't get very far before he was arrested with two guns on him within about 10 minutes and a mile of the homicide scene, police said.

Cops were called to an apartment on Manheim Street near Wayne Avenue at 9:16 p.m. for the shooting. When they got there, they found the 52-year-old man who lives there shot in the shoulder and chest in the living room, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The man was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:39 p.m. Police found a holster on the victim's right hip, Small said, and three of his family members who witnessed the shooting told them that the shooter had stolen his gun after shooting him.

Cops put out a description of the shooter, who wore a black hooded sweatshirt, over police radio immediately after the shooting, and within a few minutes, officers from Germantown's 14th District spotted a man matching the description who jumped out of a black Cadillac at Chelten Avenue and Kenyon Street -- eight blocks from the homicide scene -- and started running. Small said police chased the suspicious man, caught him and found two guns on him while they were frisking him.

Morgan Zalot @ 10:17 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:54 PM
Police say this Mitsubishi Outlander hit a 7-year-old girl, badly injuring her, in Belmont Sunday night, and then fled the scene. (Philadelphia Police)

The hunt is on for a man who hit a 7-year-old girl with his SUV in West Philadelphia's Belmont neighborhood early Sunday evening, badly injuring her, before he drove away.

Police said the little girl was at 42nd and Pennsgrove streets at 6:47 p.m. when the man, who was driving a lime green Mitsubishi Outlander SUV with Pennsylvania tag JKY7458, struck her at the intersection. The man then fled the scene of the accident without stopping, according to police. He was last seen driving east on Girard Avenue from 38th Street, police said.

The driver is described as black, 45 to 50 years old, with a medium build and facial hair with a "little bit of gray in it," according to investigators.

Morgan Zalot @ 8:54 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:28 PM

A careless driver plowed his SUV into another vehicle last night, killing a man as he was driving his grandson home from football practice, police said.

The crash took place just after 8 p.m. at the intersection of Gorgas Lane and Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy, said Captain Anthony Ginaldi.

A green SUV blew through a stop sign and slammed into the driver’s-side door of a red sedan, said Ginaldi.

Vinny Vella @ 10:28 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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