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POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:19 AM
man was struck and killed by an apparent hit-and-run driver after tossing his 5-year-old son out of the way on Roosevelt Boulevard at Loney Street Wednesday night in Northeast Philadelphia, police said.
The man was hit around 11 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the Boulevard. His son was taken to Children's Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
An off-duty police officer was driving behind the hit-and-run driver, police said, and the car was stopped a few blocks away at Borbeck Avenue.

A man was struck and killed by an apparent hit-and-run driver after tossing his 5-year-old son out of the way on Roosevelt Boulevard at Loney Street Wednesday night in Northeast Philadelphia, police said.

The man was hit around 11 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the Boulevard. His son was taken to Children's Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 6:26 PM
Police, a bomb squad and the Department of Homeland Security investigated a bomb threat at the Trocadero Theatre in Chinatown Wednesday evening (Phillip Lucas / Daily News staff)

A threatening email suggesting that the Trocadero Theatre would be bombed prompted an investigation by the police department, a bomb squad and the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday night.

Authorities said the threat was a hoax after police and a bomb-sniffing dog searched the building on Arch Street near 10th Wednesday evening and found nothing suspicious inside.

The scene was cleared around 7 p.m.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 3:40 AM

A shooting in Logan left an 18-year-old man dead and a 21-year-old man hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday morning, police said.

Shots rang out on 10th Street near Tabor Road just before midnight, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The younger victim was wounded in his torso and face and the older victim was wounded in one of his shoulders, police said.

The teenage victim was pronounced dead at 12:07 a.m. at the nearby Albert Einstein Medical Center.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 9:32 PM

Police are searching for a man who stole from a CVS, snatched a woman’s purse as he ran from the store and fled the scene in a stolen car.

The incident took place at a CVS on Wadsworth Avenue near Pickering in East Mount Airy at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 11, police said.

The man jumped into a black ford explorer, which had been reported stolen earlier that day. Police tried following the man but lost him. He eventually crashed into another car and fled the scene on foot, police said.


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POSTED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 4:41 PM
A broad daylight shooting in West Oak Lane Tuesday afternoon left a 36-year-old man dead, police said. The victim's relatives and friends said the incident also left the slain man's seven children fatherless. 
The shooting unfolded about 3 p.m. in parking lot of a Jamaican restaurant on Limekiln Pike near East Washington Lane, across the street from a church and an apartment building. 
The man was shot from point blank range in his face, neck, chest, his back, both arms and one of his legs. Medics pronounced the man dead on the scene at 3:10 p.m., said Chief Inspector Scott Small. 
Cops said judging from the amount of times the man was wounded, it was clear that he was the shooter's intended target. However, authorities were unsure of what specifically the victim was targeted for. 
At least one other person was sitting in the lot with the victim at the time, police said. The witness was taken to speak with officials at the Homicide Unit. 
Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators scoured the area for evidence as the victim's sobbing relatives, friends and neighbors looked on. Some craned their necks over a fence to watch police place evidence markers around a silver Acura sedan. 
Cops found 11 45-caliber shell casings in the parking lot, and towed all of the cars that were parked on the scene to dust them for fingerprints, Small said. The lot is known to police and neighbors as an area where people typically loiter during the day. 
Cops said two men were seen fleeing the area, possibly in a white Chevrolet that was last seen heading south from the scene. Police said the unidentified victim did not work at the restaurant and that the shooting itself did not appear to be related to the business - which is housed in a beige, nondescript two-story clapboard house. 
The victim's relatives and friends said the man moved to America 20 years ago from St. Catherine Parish, in southeastern Jamaica and worked as a mechanic. 

A broad daylight shooting in West Oak Lane Tuesday afternoon left a 36-year-old man dead, police said.

The victim's relatives and friends said the incident also left the slain man's seven children fatherless. 

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POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012, 8:50 PM

A 22-year-old motorist suffered a minor graze wound after he was shot at Monday morning while driving on I-95 in what cops say may have been a road-rage-sparked barrage of bullets.

Police said the man was driving through Chester, Delaware County in the southbound lanes around 5:20 a.m. in his blue Plymouth Voyager when another man driving a red Chevy, possibly an SUV, fired several shots at his car.

A state police spokesman said the shooter exited the highway at exit 1, for Chichester Avenue. He remains at large. The victim was treated for a minor graze wound to the arm, but police said no one else was injured in the shooting.

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POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012, 7:30 PM

Police are investigating a pair of shootings in Olney that left a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman hospitalized Monday evening.

The man was found slumped over on a blood-spattered couch in the first floor living room of a house on Linton Street near 2nd just before 6 p.m., police said.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his head and was taken by police to the Albert Einstein Medical Center.

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POSTED: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 3:44 PM
Mayor Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and officers from the 22nd police district are preparing to march in a procession with Officer Moses Walker Jr.'s body to his viewing at Deliverance Evangelistic Church at 20th Street and Lehigh Avenue.
A public viewing will be held tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. at the church.
Meanwhile, Ramsey said that police have a few leads in the hunt for Chancier McFarland, the second suspect in Walker's death.
"We hope we get him today," Ramsey said. "We're optimistic."
Ramsey said that he didn't want to go into specifics, but that "it's unlikely we'll find him in Philadelphia."

UPDATE: Police announced that Chancier McFarland, the second suspect in Officer Moses Walker Jr.'s murder, was arrested today in Montgomery, Ala. (Police originally reported that McFarland was arrested in Mobile, Ala., but updated that information this evening.)

McFarland turned himself in to the FBI in Montgomery, Homicide Capt. James Clark told reporters Sunday evening. Philadelphia homicide detectives are en route to Alabama, but Clark did not know whether an extradition hearing would have to be held before they could take him into custody.

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