Sunday, April 19, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 4:37 PM
Khaalis Barker

A Kensington teen is accused of helping a 14-year-old girl kidnap her cousin Wednesday, police said.

Khaalis Barker, 18, has been charged with kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, theft and related offenses in the incident, which prompted a city-wide chase in a stolen Nissan Maxima.

His alleged accomplice, a 14-year-old girl, has also been charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, criminal conspiracy, fleeing police, theft and related offenses, a police spokeswoman said. 

Vinny Vella @ 4:37 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:23 PM
Police say this Nissan Maxima was used in an alleged abduction of a 1-year-old boy from a home in Kensington. (Vinny Vella / Daily News)

Angela Rosado had just gotten home when two frantic teens ran onto her porch.

"They just saw me," she said today on her block of 16th Street in Tioga. "I guess I must have 'sweet' on my face."

Rosado, 25, said she didn't know the duo from a "can of paint." So, it's not hard to imagine her surprise when they thrust an infant into her arms.

Vinny Vella @ 7:23 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, April 6, 2015, 5:27 PM
Jeffrey Bowen, 30, is charged with murder, robbery, theft, abuse of a corpse and related offenses in the slaying of Kelly Hepft, 39, police said.

After nearly two weeks of investigating, police have charged a North Philly man in the grisly murder of a woman in Frankford.

Jeffrey Bowen, 30, is charged with murder, robbery, theft, abuse of a corpse and related offenses in the slaying of Kelly Hepft, 39, police said.

Investigators found Hepft's body March 24 buried in a shallow grave behind a home on Frankford Avenue near Oxford, police said.

Vinny Vella @ 5:27 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, April 6, 2015, 5:00 PM

A Delaware County man accused of firing a gun Saturday during a neighborhood basketball game has surrendered to police.

The District Attorney's Office issued a warrant for the arrest of Maurice Tavares, 26, after he allegedly shot his .40 caliber handgun inside a rec center in Kingsesssing, police said.

But to hear his lawyer, Eugene Tinari, tell it, Tavares was acting in "self-defense," fearful of the actions of an angry crowd.

Vinny Vella @ 5:00 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4:53 PM

The two men gunned down during a violent West Philly robbery last week have been indentified.

Deree Walker, 22, and Gregory Pharr, 25, died following a gunbattle that broke out after Walker and another, unidentified 22-year-old allegedly tried to rob Pharr and his 27-year-old friend, police said.

The 27-year-old, who also remains unidentified, was walking with Pharr to Pharr's home on 58th Street near Media on Thursday, police said.

Vinny Vella @ 4:53 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 1:28 PM
Maria and Vito Maglio, fixtures in their Bustleton neighborhood.

The body of Vito Maglio Sr., a 69-year-old Bustleton man who vanished in December, was found in the Schuylkill River by police on Friday, law enforcement sources have told the Daily News.  

Maglio had been shot at least twice in the head, the sources said. 

His body was found in the river at Kelly Drive near Ferry Road in East Falls shortly before 4 p.m. 

David Gambacorta @ 1:28 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2015, 1:08 PM

A South Jersey man has been charged with murder in Friday’s death of a 9-week-old baby girl.

Manuel Mikes, 33, of Millville, N.J., was held on $1 million bail for first-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child. He will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Police were called about 6:30 a.m. Friday to Mikes’ home on South Fifth Street for a report of an unresponsive baby, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae. The county Medical Examiner later ruled the death a homicide. The child was not Mikes’ daughter, but Webb-McRae declined to say how the suspect and baby were related. She also refused to reveal when and where the baby died, her cause of death, her name or any other details, saying such information must wait for the court case to proceed.

Dana DiFilippo @ 1:08 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2015, 5:25 PM
Cops investigate Tuesday’s shooting in Nicetown. (JOSEPH KACZMAREK/FOR THE DAILY NEWS)

A man who was shot by police Tuesday night in Nicetown has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses for pointing his gun at officers and for pumping 15 shots into a minivan, at least one of which hit a 23-year-old man, police said.

Erick Hayman, 24, of 18th Street near Wingohocking in Nicetown, has been at Temple University Hospital since the incident, which occurred around 7:30 p.m. on 17th Street near Cayuga.

It was there that officers responded to reports of gunfire and upon arrival found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his left side slumped outside of a minivan riddle with bullet holes, police said.

Stephanie Farr @ 5:25 PM  Permalink |
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