Thursday, November 26, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 11:55 AM

A boy out walking with his father in Juniata Park last night was injured when a punk with a paintball gun hit him in the eye during a drive-by paintball shooting, police said.

The 10-year-old child was walking home with his dad on K Street near Pike around 11:42 p.m. when a dark-colored car, possibly a green-or-black Honda, pulled up next to the pair.

From the rear passenger's side of the vehicle, a man wearing ski goggles and a dark hoodie pulled out a paintball gun and fired two or three shots at the father and son, hitting the young child on the left side of his face near his eye, police said.

Stephanie Farr @ 11:55 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 12:32 PM

Police are seeking the knife-slashing wacko who stabbed a passenger on a SEPTA bus early this morning in West Philly.

The attack happened at 3:30 a.m. on a Night Owl bus that was at 46th Street, heading west on Market Street toward the 69th Street Transportation Center, said SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern. The victim suffered a cut above his right eye, Redfern said. 

Redfern had no other details, saying Philadelphia police took over the investigation. Officer Leeloni Palmiero, a police spokeswoman, did not know what sparked the slashing and had no additional information.

Dana DiFilippo @ 12:32 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 12:21 PM

Police are seeking suspects in the shooting death of a Northeast Philadelphia man.

Someone shot Marquise Billups-Gosnell, 21, of Keswick Road near Rayland, in the chest at 8:37 p.m. Monday on his front lawn, police said. He died at Aria Hospital's Torresdale campus at 10:22 p.m., police said.

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

Dana DiFilippo @ 12:21 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1:37 PM
Temple University fans gathered at ESPN College Game Day stage on Friday hours before Temple played Notre Dame. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

NOTRE DAMN, this was not cool.

One Notre Dame fan took the team's nickname - the "Fighting Irish" - too far Saturday night when he punched a man unconscious after almost hitting him with his truck in South Philadelphia, according to police.

About 8:10 p.m., cops responded to reports of a person screaming in a parking lot at Lincoln Financial Field. There, they found the victim, a 33-year-old man, and four witnesses who told authorities that the victim had almost been struck by a motorist in a white Ford pickup truck.

Stephanie Farr @ 1:37 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:09 PM

A man accused of robbing two banks less than a mile apart put all his cards on the table Tuesday, when he surrendered at a Delaware County casino, officials said Thursday.

Jeffrey Chernoff, 35, has been charged with two counts each of robbery, simple assault, terroristic threats and relates offenses in the two incidents. Chernoff, a Philly resident, allegedly used a demand note to nab money from a PNC Bank branch on Erie Avenue near I Street in Juniata Park, according to Carrie Adamowski, an FBI spokeswoman.

Investigators say that was his second crime of the day: Chernoff allegedly tried to rob a nearby Bank of America branch, on Allegheny Avenue near Jasper Street in Kensington, but ultimately left empty-handed.

Vinny Vella @ 7:09 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 11:09 AM
Director Quentin Tarantino attends SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcasts From Comic-Con 2015 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. ((Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM))

Philadelphia police union leaders jumped on the boycott bandwagon of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, a few days after the New York and Los Angeles police unions announced a similar boycott, because Tarantino attended a rally against police brutality last weekend.

"Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; he, it turns out, also hates cops," read a statement from Philly's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, which has 14,000 members.

The FOP's board of directors met Tuesday and voted unanimously to boycott the screenwriter and director behind such popular but violent blockbusters as "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill," "Reservoir Dogs" and "Inglourious Basterds."

Dana DiFilippo @ 11:09 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 10:14 AM
Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel has been named a Diana A. Millner Youth Justice Fellow by the Stoneleigh Foundation, a post that will require him to spend the next three years addressing Philadelphia’s school-to-prison pipeline.

Bethel, who earlier this year was described by some police insiders as a possible candidate to replace retiring Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, will instead retire from the force in January.

The Stoneleigh Foundation, in a press release Wednesday announcing the fellowship, said Bethel, 52, will focus on expanding a successful pre-arrest diversion program in the School District of Philadelphia. The program is aimed at students who get in trouble for small-time offenses on school grounds, but don’t have existing juvenile records. Instead of facing arrest, the students are allowed to enter the diversion program instead.

David Gambacorta @ 10:14 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12:44 PM
Philip Williams (left) and Kevin Harrigan have pleaded guilty in the attack on a gay couple in Center City.

By Jason Nark

Daily News Staff Writer

There will be an invisible fence around Center City, from river to river, Washington Avenue to Girard, for two Bucks County men accused of attacking a gay couple last year.

Jason Nark @ 12:44 PM  Permalink |
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