Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:01 AM

A Northeast Philadelphia father who found a man in his daughter's bedroom last night shot and killed him.

The daughter, 20, later told police the man, 32, was her boyfriend - but the father, 41, apparently believed him to be an intruder, police said.

Detectives are trying to sort the details out this morning, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:01 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:48 AM

A 16-year-old boy shot his 13-year-old friend in the stomach as the pair walked to a Hunting Park corner store last night.

No charges have been filed as investigators sort out the details this morning.

The incident happened just before 8 p.m. at Erie Avenue and Marvine Street, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. The 13-year-old victim remains in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, O'Brien added. The 16-year-old, who had pulled the gun from his waistband, remained on the scene after the shooting, she said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:41 AM

Police are seeking suspects in the overnight shooting death of a Juniata Park man.

Gevanny Fabian, 28, of Lawndale Street near Luzerne, was shot twice in the back of the head and once in the chest about 11 p.m. at the Family Tavern on Luzerne Street near J, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Police responding to a report of a shooting found Fabian collapsed on the tavern's floor. Fabian died shortly after at Temple University Hospital.

Police reported no motive or suspects. Court records show Fabian is a repeat offender with a history of drug- and alcohol-related arrests. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

Dana DiFilippo @ 9:41 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 10:21 PM

A 15-year-old girl who had been reported missing from her home in Northeast Philadelphia was found unconscious in Pennypack Park on Monday night.

A man walking on the sidewalk along the northbound lanes of Roosevelt Boulevard near Brous Avenue about 7:45 p.m. spotted the girl, who was wearing a school uniform, lying unconscious in brush about three feet inside a guardrail, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The man called police, and after they and medics arrived, the girl regained consciousness and was talking with them, Small said.

Morgan Zalot @ 10:21 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:15 AM

A fisherman who drowned after going for a swim in the Delaware River Friday has been identified as Tek Rai, 48, of South Philadelphia.

Rai jumped into the river behind the Walmart on Columbus Boulevard near Tasker Street in South Philadelphia just  before 5 p.m. Friday, police said. His 20-year-old son called police after Rai disappeared while trying to swim the distance between the pier he was fishing from and another nearby one where the rest of his family was watching.

Emergency workers from the police and fire departments and U.S. Coast Guard scoured the river for hours and found his body about 8:20 p.m.

The incident prompted police to warn citizens against swimming in the Delaware River. "It’s not clean, and it’s not safe," Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said.
Dana DiFilippo @ 11:15 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:41 AM

Police have identified a man gunned down Friday on his Swampoodle block as James Howard, 45.

Howard was found shot once in the chest outside his home on Toronto Street near 21st about 9:25 p.m., police said. He died later at Temple University Hospital at 11:03 p.m.. Police reported no motive or suspects. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:35 PM

This post has been updated.

A barrage of gunfire in broad daylight in Frankford Sunday morning left a pregnant woman -- whom police say was an innocent bystander -- and her newborn baby dead.

The 26-year-old mother, identified by neighbors as Megan Doto, was sitting on a lawn chair outside on her block of Adams Avenue near Griscom Street at 11:50 a.m. when police say at least one gunman began firing shots from about a block up Griscom Street in Doto's direction -- possibly aiming for a man who was nearby at the time.

Morgan Zalot and Dana DiFilippo @ 1:35 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 9:46 PM

Police tonight recovered the body they believe belongs to a South Philly man who disappeared while swimming in the Delaware River.

The man, 48, jumped into the river behind the Walmart on Columbus Boulevard near Tasker Street in South Philadelphia, said Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan

Just before 5 p.m., police received a call from a 20-year-old man, who told them that his father had jumped into the river’s waters while fishing, said Sullivan.

Vinny Vella @ 9:46 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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