Thursday, July 2, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:52 PM

Fallout from the controversial fatal police shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown continued in an unexpected place last week - beneath a mural memorializing fallen officers outside Olney's 35th police district.

Slogans like "DA PIG PEN" and "F**K CHUCK," an apparent reference to police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, were chalked on the sidewalks and brick walls early last Wednesday beside a mural honoring Chuck Cassidy, Walter Barclay and Bob Hayes, officers gunned down while on duty. Activists with the group Philly Coalition for R.E.A.L. (Racial, Economic And Legal) Justice were outside the district at the time, holding a solidarity rally for an activist inside who SEPTA police had arrested earlier. The group took credit for the chalkings in an online Flickr page.

It's not the first anti-police graffiti that has sprouted in Philly since Tate-Brown's Dec. 15 death during a routine car stop in Mayfair. Vandals in West Philly spraypainted "Cop Lives Don't Matter" on a fence and similar sentiments on a church and another building nearby a few days afterward, and activists earlier this month chalked up the sidewalks outside the Criminal Justice Center after a judge acquitted 10 anti-police protesters arrested for disrupting a Lawncrest community meeting in March. Marches and news conferences held by Tate-Brown's supporters also have been accompanied by chants and shouts such as "Jail the killer cops!"

Dana DiFilippo @ 2:52 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1:20 PM
Quameer Smith, wanted for murder

Police are asking the public's help in finding a Belmont man wanted in the murder two weeks ago of an Overbrook man.

Quameer Smith, 21, should be considered armed and dangerous, police warn. Smith, of Poplar Street near 41st, is wanted for the June 9 murder of Kaleem Jones, 22, of Woodcrest Street near 57th. Officers found Jones, shot in the face, in his home just after 1:30 p.m. that day. Police rushed him to Penn-Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors declared him dead at 1:45 p.m. Police say an argument sparked the deadly gunfire.

Smith is described as 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335, or 9-1-1. A $20,000 reward is available for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

Dana DiFilippo @ 1:20 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:52 PM
Gerrell Hall, charged with murder

Police arrested a West Philly man on murder charges yesterday after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death last week in Logan.

Gerrell Hall, 28, of Gross Street near Callowhill, is being held without bail pending a July 8 preliminary hearing, according to court records. Officers responding to a report of someone screaming found Brittany Lange Green, 28, collapsed and bleeding in her home on Warnock Street near Rockland at 7:15 a.m. last Wednesday. Paramedics declared her dead at the scene at 7:50 a.m. Green, a mother of three, died of stab wounds to her neck, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Hall was scheduled to appear in court to face drug charges on the day he allegedly killed Green, according to court records. But he was a no-show, prompting the judge to order a bench warrant, records show. Hall is a repeat offender with past arrests for offenses including robbery, aggravated assault, theft and corruption of minors, court records show.

Dana DiFilippo @ 12:52 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:42 AM
Eliazar Polanco, arrested in indecent assault of teen

Police arrested a grocery store clerk after he allegedly molested a 14-year-old girl inside the North Philadelphia corner store where he worked.

Eliazar Polanco, 37, of Mascher Street near Lehigh Avenue in Fairhill, was charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor for the Monday incident inside the store on 18th Street at Huntingdon. The girl told police the employee indecently assaulted her, and investigators discovered that the store's surveillance cameras had recorded the 9:08 a.m. incident, police said.

The girl's family told NBC-10 that she's from Lancaster and was in Philly visiting her aunt. Polanco followed her to a refrigerated case, got on his knees to look up her skirt and then put his hand up her skirt, they said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:42 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:03 PM

Police identified two victims of unrelated weekend homicides as Jashan Johnson, 22, of North Philadelphia, and Harry Mercer Jr., 50, of Mayfair.

In the earlier case, Johnson, of Clifford Street near 24th, died at 9:57 p.m. Saturday at Penn-Presbyterian Hospital, where police took him after officers found him about 15 minutes earlier on Mount Vernon Street near 37th in Mantua suffering from several gunshot wounds, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. 

In the second case, police found Mercer, of Leonard Street near Cheltenham Avenue, collapsed in his second-floor hallway with a gunshot wound to his hip, O'Brien said. He died at 1:40 a.m. at Temple University Hospital. Investigators believe he was shot outside behind his home and then ran inside, O'Brien said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 12:03 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015, 9:32 AM

Police are seeking suspects in an early-morning gun slaying in Frankford.

Police found a 21-year-old man, whose name hasn't been released, laying in Scattergood Street near Duffield between two parked cars at 1:19 a.m., said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. He had been shot several times, and paramedics declared him dead at the scene at 1:27 a.m., O'Brien said.

Police listed no suspects or motive. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

Dana DiFilippo @ 9:32 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 12:48 PM

A city prison inmate attacked and injured a female correctional officer last night at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, according to the president of the union that represents the city’s 2,000 prison guards.

Inmate Antonie Fletcher, 37, allegedly punched correctional officer D’Juana Henry, 29, a two-year veteran, just after 8 p.m. yesterday and knocked her to the floor, where he continued punching her, said Lorenzo North, president of Local 159. Henry was treated at Jeanes Hospital for facial, hand and knee injuries, North said.

Prisons spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said Henry told Fletcher to return to his cell after he used the telephone, but instead, he allegedly attacked her. He could face additional assault charges; the District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the incident, Hawes said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 12:48 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 9:50 PM

A 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted early Wednesday morning in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia, police said.

The woman was waiting for a SEPTA bus on 65th Street near Dicks Avenue around 3 a.m. when a man put something against her head and dragged her into a driveway to sexually assault her, the Special Victims Unit said in a news release Wednesday.

The man fled after taking the woman’s wallet, which contained cash, a debit card and her ID.

Joe Brandt @ 9:50 PM  Permalink |
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