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POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 4:14 PM

Police have identified a 36-year-old man shot to death in broad daylight in Fairhill Sunday afternoon as Raymond Perez.

Perez, of Emerald Street near Dauphin in Kensington, was shot several times at 5th and Cambria streets just after 3:30 p.m., police said. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m.

Police have not made any arrests or released a motive in the shooting.

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POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 4:05 PM

Police are investigating the death of a 71-year-old woman found inside an apartment in the Northeast's Rhawnhurst neighborhood Monday afternoon as suspicious.

Cops said the woman was pronounced dead in the apartment, on Langdon Street near Borbeck Avenue, at 2:15 p.m. Investigators said there did not appear to be trauma to the woman's body, but that the death was being investigated as suspicious because there were signs of a possible struggle in the apartment.

The death remains under investigation.

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POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 12:29 PM
Jason Smith (right), an exterminator from Bucks County, is accused of killing and setting afire Melissa Ketunuti (left), a doctor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The man charged with killing Melissa Ketunuti, a doctor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, exposed himself while driving on I-95 in Bensalem last year, according to court documents.

Jason Smith, a 36-year-old exterminator from Levittown, has little on his criminal background and nothing that would indicate he was capable of the violence he's alleged of committing on Jan. 21 in Ketunuti's Center City home.

He's got a driving under the influence arrest from 2004 that was for a combination of drugs and alcohol and he has several minor traffic violations.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 11:24 PM

The former manager of a credit union that was founded to aid the city’s Latino community was sentenced Thursday to serve 7.5 years for defrauding the government and embezzling $2.3 million, leading to the institution’s liquidation.

Ignacio Morales, 50, was the former bank manager of Borinquen Federal Credit Union, once located in Hunting Park at 629 West Erie Ave.

The credit union was founded in 1974 by a Catholic social-service organization to serve as a Spanish-speaking lender/banker to more than 7,500 members, primarily Latino residents of Northwest Philly.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 9:05 PM

A man was shot to death in the Northeast's Oxford Circle section shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Police were called to Greeby Street near Frontenac at 8:10 p.m. and found the victim lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. The man, estimated to be in his early to mid-20s, was pronounced dead there at 8:17 p.m., police said.

The homicide remained under investigation late Thursday, and police did not have a motive or suspect.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 4:26 PM
A most unusual SEPTA rider.

One naked and testy man pulled a ballsy move by climbing on the front of a SEPTA bus in broad daylight, putting his boxers on his head and then chasing down the man who filmed his moonlighting misadventure.

A video posted to Facebook on Jan. 20 begins with the middle-aged man standing completely nude atop the bike rack on the front of a Route 3 SEPTA bus. He then puts his boxer shorts on his head, climbs down and calmly walks away - that is, until he sees the man filming his exploits.

The streaker then begins chasing the videographer down the street before giving up and walking away. At one point, he appears to try to put his boxers back on, but it doesn't happen for him.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 1:50 PM
Upper Darby police investigate the area where a girl was found at the 69th St. Athletic Fields in Upper Darby, Pa early Tuesday morning January 15, 2013. She was allegedly abducted from her grade school in Philadelphia yesterday morning January 14, 2013. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

An additional $10,000 reward is being offered for the capture of those responsible for kidnapping a 5-year-old girl from a West Philadelphia school last week.

The NAACP of Philadelphia, black clergy members and other community leaders announced Wednesday that they’re offering the reward money. It is in addition to a $5,000 reward offered by the Fraternal Order of Police for an arrest in the case and an additional $5,000 offered by the Citizens Crime Commission for arrests and convictions of those wanted in the abduction.

Nelson Mandela Myers, the good Samaritan who found the little girl abandoned, half-dressed, at an Upper Darby playground nearly 24 hours after she was taken from Bryant Elementary at 60th Street and Cedar Avenue, was to receive a separate $10,000 reward initially offered by the Mayor’s Office for his role in the girl’s safe return.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 3:57 PM

The man accused of slashing a 23-year-old woman’s face in South Philadelphia in November is now facing an attempted-murder charge in the brutal attack, the District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Cory Harley, 30, was held for court on all charges at a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning. He’s charged with aggravated assault, robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment and related offenses in addition to the new attempted-murder charge filed Tuesday.

Police said Harley, whom they described as no stranger to law enforcement, attacked Ashley Hackett from behind as she walked home on 9th Street near Fitzwater in Bella Vista early the morning of Nov. 11. He used a knife to slash the woman’s face, police said, leaving a gash that required more than 100 stitches.

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