Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:44 PM

This post has been updated.

Police arrested a SEPTA passenger and confiscated four BB guns, ammunition, two large butcher knives and a meat cleaver he carried with him last night as he rode the Broad Street line.

Darryl Donahue, 52, of Germantown, told officers he had the weapons for protection, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said. He was riding the Broad Street line north, when a sharp-eyed passenger noticed the "telltale bulge" of a gun in his waistband, took his photo with her smartphone and alerted police, Nestel said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 12:44 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10:10 AM
Bi Xia Lin and her children Angela and Peter are missing.

Update, 11:20 a.m.: Police now report that this mother and her children have been found safe.

Police are asking the public's help to find a "mentally unstable" South Philadelphia woman, who left her home late yesterday with her young children and hasn't been seen since.

Bi Xia Lin, 26, of 7th Street near Mifflin, left home at 11:40 p.m. with her daughter Angela Lin, 3, and son Peter, 7 months, police said. Relatives are concerned about them because they said she is "mentally unstable," police said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:10 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:25 AM
Michael Miller, arrested in knife murder

One of Philadelphia's most-wanted fugitives turned himself in yesterday to face criminal homicide charges for last month's stabbing death of an Overbrook Park man.

Michael Miller, 29, of Erie Avenue near 13th in Hunting Park, also was charged with possession of an instrument of crime for the June 21 homicide at Miller's home of Henry Houston, 37, of Ruskin Road near Haverford Avenue, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. Houston, also known as Quadir Houston, was stabbed in the chest just before 4 p.m. that day and died about 20 minutes later at Temple University Hospital, Russell said.

Police listed the motive as argument. Miller is being held without bail pending a July 30 preliminary hearing, court records show. Miller has one prior conviction in a 2009 drug case and a 2008 theft arrest, records show.

Dana DiFilippo @ 9:25 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014, 4:16 PM
A body was found dumped this morning in a suitcase by this abandoned house on a desolate stretch of 3rd St near Susquehanna, next to a lot with a broken wooden fence graffiti tagged in purple paint. (Morgan Zalot )

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A dead woman was found in a duffel bag on a North Philadelphia street early Monday morning, and police are investigating.

The call for the body, which was found wrapped up outside on 3rd Street between Susquehanna Avenue and Dauphin Street, came in at 5:26 a.m., according to police.

Morgan Zalot @ 4:16 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014, 4:04 PM

A SEPTA bus driver is recovering after two punks jumped him early Sunday, officials said.

The incident happened about 1:10 a.m. aboard a Route 54 heading toward Strawberry Mansion, said Kristin Geiger, a SEPTA spokeswoman.

Two men aboard the bus attacked the bus driver as the vehicle was stopped at 22nd Street near Lehigh, said Geiger.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:53 PM

A pair of gutless young punks made prey of a 92-year-old woman during an afternoon home-invasion Wednesday in West Philadelphia, police said.

The woman was in her house on Carpenter Street near 62nd around 2 p.m. when police say the two men, described as being between 18 and 20, broke in and beat her about her face.

The men then stole a suitcase, a TV and rings before fleeing on foot through an alleyway.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:23 PM

A 40-year-old man threatened to shoot police officers as he detained a bound and gagged woman in a Germantown apartment Wednesday night, prompting a brief standoff, police said.

Chief Inspector Scott Small, who responded to the scene along with numerous officers, detectives and the police helicopter, gave this rundown of the events:

At 6:30 p.m., cops in Germantown’s 14th District received information that a 27-year-old woman was being held against her will in an apartment on Queen Lane near Greene Street.

Morgan Zalot @ 9:23 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:30 PM
The mystery painting in question.

A mysterious painting of a nude woman fell from the ceiling of Fleisher Art Memorial's gallery yesterday and now the school's staff is hoping to uncover its story.

Fleisher's exhibition manager, Jose Ortiz Pagan, was running cable in the ceiling of the gallery for the school's annual faculty exhibition when the small nude "kind of fell out on him" from the ceiling, said Dominic Mercier, director of communications for Fleisher.

Nobody knows how the painting got up into the drop ceiling, which Mercier estimates to be about 15 feet high, or how long it's been up there. It's about the size of a legal pad, isn't signed and nobody immediately recognized the subject as one of the nude models who pose at the school, Mercier said.

Stephanie Farr @ 12:30 PM  Permalink | 0
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