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POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2015, 1:25 PM
Philadelphia police investigate at the scene of a triple stabbing on the 2800 block of Reynolds Street in the city's Bridesburg section on Friday, March 27, 2015. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)

This post has been updated.

The eight hours between 10 p.m. last night and 6 a.m. this morning were hellish ones for Philadelphia.

A bus driver was assaulted. Three men were shot - two fatally. Two women were stabbed - one fatally. A 4-year-old girl was found wandering alone. And two boys, ages 14 and 17, sexually assaulted a woman under the Betsy Ross Bridge, according to police.

Stephanie Farr @ 1:25 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 11:56 PM

Two punks picked the wrong person to rob in West Philly.

Just before 10:30 p.m., two men, 26 and 27, had just gotten off the trolley on Media Street near Conestoga, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

They were tired. It had been a long day at work, and they were ready to head to their homes, not far from the trolley stop.

Vinny Vella @ 11:56 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:14 PM
Police investigate the scene along the 4700 block of Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia on March 24, 2015. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

The man arrested in connection to the burial of a Frankford woman in a shallow grave remains hospitalized, police sources said.

Meanwhile, the city Medical Examiner has ruled that the victim, who remains unidentified, was stabbed to death, a police spokeswoman said. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Detectives have yet to interview the man, who remains in Aria Health's Frankford hospital, where he was taken after a scuffle with police, sources said. The Daily News is withholding his name because he has not been charged in the homicide.

Vinny Vella @ 6:14 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 4:05 PM
David Wade Howard, ex-cop charged with intimidation in murder

A Philly ex-cop once convicted for shooting a man he found in his ex-wife's bed has been charged in an April  2014 murder involving his ex-girlfriend.

David Wade Howard, 51, of Willow Grove, was charged yesterday with terroristic threats and intimidation in the Easter Sunday slaying of William Blount, 49, of Tacony Street near Margaret in Frankford, police said. Police on March 12 had charged Howard's ex-girlfriend Alisa Davis, 38, with murdering Blount, who was found outside her North Philly home on 18th Street near Westmoreland, slumped over behind the wheel of a green 2000 Plymouth Voyager, Little said. Blount had been shot in the head.

Despite Davis' arrest as the alleged killer, Howard is "actively being investigated for further involvement in the murder of William Blount," police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 4:05 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:18 PM

Police arrested two city men in unrelated murders.

In the first case, James Newsome, 26, of Yeadon, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder for the Nov. 29, 2009, shooting death of Omar Williams, 32, who was found dead in the driver's seat of a silver Honda at 61st and Market streets in West Philly, police said. Williams had been shot in the head and body, and paramedics declared him dead on the scene, police said.

Newsome was one of four people charged in Williams' death, court records show. Newsome, who has several prior drug arrests, was charged in 2006 with attempted murder; prosecutors withdrew charges in 2007, court records show.

Dana DiFilippo @ 1:18 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 3:55 PM
Dirt bikers in North Philly (David Maialetti, staff photographer)

Police have identified the dirt biker killed after he veered into the path of a car in Northeast Philly yesterday afternoon as James Ortiz, 19, of Cottman Avenue near Walker Street in Mayfair.

Ortiz was driving his dirt bike on the sidewalk northbound on Hawthorne Street near St. Vincent, with a 19-year-old female passenger behind him, when he steered into the street - and into the path of an oncoming 1996 Chevy Tahoe about 1:30 p.m., police said.

Ortiz died later at Aria Hospital-Torresdale, where his passenger remains in critical condition. The Tahoe's 32-year-old was uninjured, police said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 3:55 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 3:26 PM
Don Tollefson (Ronnie Polaneczky)

Disgraced Philadelphia ex-sportscaster Don Tollefson deserves "a strict and grueling regimen of community service" instead of prison for fleecing hundreds of people out of thousands of dollars they paid for phony sports-travel packages, his attorney argued in a plea for mercy filed today in Bucks County.

Tollefson, 62, will be sentenced tomorrow morning before Judge Rea B. Boylan, after a jury in January found him guilty of theft and violations of state charity rules. Tollefson represented himself at trial, but attorney Robert Goldman, who assisted his defense, filed a sentencing memorandum yesterday urging Boylan to consider whether "one additional year of Tollefson staring at the mortar that binds cinder block walls somehow improves the lives of the victims, the public and those who are better served by a strict and grueling regimen of community service."

"Mr. Tollefson does not present a risk of recidivism and is a non-violent offender," Goldman wrote. "This defendant has the proven track record to do so much good when clarity of thought replaces the toxic mixture of alcohol and pills."

Dana DiFilippo @ 3:26 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 11:51 AM

Police have identified a pedestrian who died this morning after two cars hit her in Bensalem as Christina Massie, 28, of Bensalem.

Massie was walking at the intersection of Street and Knights roads at 5:49 a.m. this morning when she was hit. Paramedics declared her dead at the scene.  The accident remains under investigation; police ask anyone who saw it or has information to call them at (215) 633-3700.

Dana DiFilippo @ 11:51 AM  Permalink |
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