Monday, September 22, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 9:42 AM

The boyfriend of a Queen Village woman gunned down this week turned himself in to police yesterday to face murder charges.

Marcus R. Johnson, 32, who lived in the Courtyard Apartments on 5th Street near Washington Avenue, is accused of shooting his live-in girlfriend Nekeisha Eugene, 32, in her face and left arm just after 10 p.m. Monday, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Eugene died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Police responding to reports of gunfire found a chaotic scene in the couple's home Monday: smashed furniture, overturned TVs and other signs of a violent struggle, police said. A semi-automatic pistol and six spent shell casings were found inches away from the woman, indicating she had been shot at point-blank range. Just before the shooting, a 12-year-old boy who lived there had been sent around the corner to a relative's home, a source said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 9:42 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:38 PM

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A 10-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother are in critical condition after a truck crashed into them as they crossed a busy Far Northeast intersection on their way home from school this afternoon.

The children were headed west on Byberry Road crossing Academy on their walk home from the Decatur School, about three blocks up Academy Road from the intersection, police said. Based on a preliminary investigation and witness accounts, police believe a 2003 Dodge Ram driven by a 20-year-old woman was driving east on Byberry Road and struck the kids while making a left turn onto Academy, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Both the children and the vehicle had the green light at the time.

Morgan Zalot @ 4:38 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:50 AM

Radnor Township police are mourning the death of a veteran police officer who shot himself to death in the department's parking lot last night.

Officer Robert "John" Miller, 34, a nine-year veteran of the force, committed suicide at 6:30 p.m., while off-duty, according to Lieutenant Andrew J. Block, a police spokesman.

"Please keep Officer Miller and his family in your thoughts and prayers," the department said in a statement released this morning.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:50 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 11:25 AM
Naaire Murray, 17, was shot to death (Twitter)

Police identified two recent murder victims as Naaire Murray, 17, of North Philadelphia, and Isaiah Walker, 28, of Ludlow.

In the earlier case, someone shot Walker, of Sixth Street near Oxford, several times in the head on American Street near Ontario in North Philadelphia about 10:25 p.m. Saturday. Police rushed Walker to Temple University Hospital, where he died Monday morning. The motive is unknown; police are seeking two men, one of whom was armed with a small revolver.

In the more recent case, someone shot Murray, of Huntingdon Street near 24th, in the chest outside his home just before 9 p.m. last night. Police found him collapsed on a couch inside the home and rushed him to Temple, where he died during surgery at 10:50 p.m. Police say an argument sparked the shooting, but reported no suspects.

Dana DiFilippo @ 11:25 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, September 8, 2014, 11:53 PM

A woman is clinging to life tonight after getting shot during a "violent struggle," police said.

Just after 10 p.m., police were called to an apartment in the Courtyard Apartments, on 5th Street near Washington Avenue in the Queen Village section of South Philadelphia, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Inside the apartment, they found a woman, 32, collapsed on the living room floor. She had been shot twice, in her face and left arm, and was taken by police to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Vinny Vella @ 11:53 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, September 8, 2014, 10:23 PM
Police at scene where a 17-year-old boy was shot in the chest at 24th and Huntingdon. (Morgan Zalot / Daily News Staff)

A teenage boy died after he was shot in the chest in a hail of bullets in North Philadelphia Monday night. 

The teen was outside his house on Huntingdon Street near 24th just before 9 p.m. when someone started shooting near the corner, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. 

Police on patrol in the area heard more than a dozen shots ring out and rushed to the block, where they found the young victim unconscious inside his house, suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest, Small said. The bullet came out the teen's back, but he managed to run back inside before be collapsed, Small said. 

Morgan Zalot @ 10:23 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, September 8, 2014, 4:07 PM

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Two men were pulled from a remote area of Wissahickon Park in East Falls after tumbling off a cliff, officials said.

The men, whose identities are not available, reportedly fell from the cliff about 3:30 p.m., said Executive Fire Chief Peter Crespo.

Vinny Vella @ 4:07 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, September 8, 2014, 1:55 PM

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If it wasn't for the yellow police tape cordoning off Malta Street and the firefighters washing blood from the walkway of a redbrick rowhouse, it would have looked like any other September afternoon in Juniata park Monday, with school kids in navy polos and khakis walking home and cars jamming busy Hunting Park Avenue.

But Monday wasn't like any other day on the tidy rowhouse block lined with a patchwork of lawns split by concrete walkways. Around 12:30 p.m., police said, a 42-year-old man who went to the block in search of his estranged girlfriend went on a rage-fueled rampage outside a house, shooting the girlfriend's 21-year-old son and her 40-year-old sister before turning the gun on himself and putting a bullet in his own head.

Morgan Zalot @ 1:55 PM  Permalink |
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