Monday, November 24, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:38 PM

A man was killed this morning in Bucks County after a train hit him on tracks between the Bristol and Croydon stations.

The 35-year-old man, whose name wasn't released, was hit at 9:15 a.m. on the Trenton Regional Rail Line, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. The two-car train, which was inbound from Trenton into Center City, had 96 passengers aboard when it hit the pedestrian, Busch said. No one on the train was injured, but the incident prompted 30-minute delays for more than two hours, he added.

Investigators haven't determined if the incident was accidental or intentional but do not suspect foul play, Busch said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 2:38 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:02 PM

A woman is dead after her car veered into the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park this afternoon.

The incident happened just before 1 p.m. today, police spokeswoman Officer Jillian Russell said. Witnesses told police a woman driving a silver Volvo drove into the river off Kelly Drive. Marine unit divers fished the woman, who was 41, out of the water, but she was declared dead at the scene at 1:35 p.m., Russell said.

Investigators haven't determined whether she drove into the river accidentally or intentionally. They are withholding her name until her family is notified.

Dana DiFilippo @ 2:02 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 5:20 PM
Lt. George Holcombe

A Philadelphia police lieutenant has been charged with aggravated assault on police for struggling with officers who responded to a domestic situation he was a part of on Sunday, according to police.

Lt. George Holcombe, 42, a 23-year veteran of the department, was allegedly involved in an argument with the mother of his children on Kraydor Street near Ditman in Holmesburg Sunday and "struggled" with officers who responded to the scene, police said in a news release.

Holcombe has been charged with aggravated assault on police, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Stephanie Farr @ 5:20 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:32 PM

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An inmate in a Northeast Philadelphia jail attacked a prisons sergeant and two correctional officers with a jail-made shank Monday afternoon, stabbing each of them.

About 2:30 p.m. inside the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, Sgt. Gregory Trueheart, a 29-year veteran, was attempting to stop the inmate, identified as Fred Avery, from attacking his cellmate, according to Lorenzo North, president of District Council 33 Local 159, the union representing correctional officers. When Trueheart intervened, North said, Avery turned on him, slashing him near his eye with the weapon, cutting his face and eye.

Morgan Zalot @ 4:32 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:57 PM
Cocaine allegedly found in the bags of a Brooklyn woman at Philadelphia International Airport last week.

A Brooklyn woman returning from a vacation in Jamaica really managed to stir it up at Philadelphia International Airport last week.

According to police, when 22-year-old Jody Ann Graham of Brooklyn, N.Y., was stopped for a secondary inspection at the airport on her way back from Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Nov. 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents said they discovered two pounds of cocaine in her luggage, according to a news release.

The drugs were sewn inside the bottom of two bags Graham had in her possession, CBP officials said, and the total combined weight of the cocaine was two pounds, nine ounces. Police said it had a street value of $80,000.

Stephanie Farr @ 2:57 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 3:08 PM
Tyheem Melton

A familiar face from the Daily News' biweekly "Week's Most Wanted" feature has been charged in a 2012 West Philadelphia double homicide.

Tyheem Melton, 39, was on the lam for more than two years after police say he opened fire early the morning of April 6, 2012 inside The Corral, a bar in the shadow of the Market-Frankford El on Market Street near 52nd in West Philadelphia. Killed in the shooting were 38-year-old Troy Wimberly and 43-year-old Crystal Shadding.

The fugitive was arrested late last month for speeding on Interstate 75  in southern Tennessee. He initially gave the officer several fake names before finally disclosing his real identity.

Morgan Zalot and Vinny Vella @ 3:08 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:33 PM
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, seated at center, mother of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, as she speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. (AP)

What an incredible morning it was in City Council chambers.

First, 17-year-old Joseph Chambers was honored for the heroism he showed while saving Ofc. Mark Kimsey from his burning police car last weekend. The humble Chambers, who is a volunteer firefighter, said he hopes more people will get involved when they have the opportunity to do so.

"Don't just stand by and watch," he said. 'That's the problem with kids today. They want to videotape. Get involved."

Stephanie Farr @ 12:33 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 11:42 PM

Investigators are looking for a 50-year-old man they believe tried to run down an officer during a traffic stop, police said.

Just after 9:30 p.m., two officers in the 22nd District were flagged down by a resident while responding to a report of a person with a gun on Oxford Street near 20th in North Philly, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The resident pointed out a man in a 2002 Volkswagen Passat, who the officers pulled over a block away, Small said.

Vinny Vella @ 11:42 PM  Permalink |
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