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POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 3:40 PM

Police are on the hunt for a man who they say wasn't just happy to see anyone he may have come across in Frankford the night of Aug. 5 -- he had a stolen 12-gauge shotgun down his pants.

Cops on Tuesday released surveillance video showing the suspect going into a corner store at Bridge and Hawthorne streets around 9 o'clock that night, and then walking to a back kitchen area inside, where he takes the long gun and slips it down his pants before leaving the store and fleeing.

Police said they aren't sure what direction the man headed, but described him as a black man about 20 years old who had a stocky build and a thin beard. At the time of the theft, he wore a black shirt and black pants, police said.

Morgan Zalot @ 3:40 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:03 PM

A veteran SEPTA electrical worker is recovering tonight after a close call on the subway tracks in Center City, according to officials.

The worker, 52, is being held overnight at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was taken in critical condition earlier today after getting clipped by a Market-Frankford El train, according to a law-enforcement source.

All things considered, the worker, a 27-year veteran of the transit authority, was extremely lucky: He walked away from his brush with the train with a long gash on his forehead and a knee injury.

Vinny Vella @ 6:03 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Sunday, August 10, 2014, 12:47 PM
John Cromer (Philadelphia Police)
Police are searching for a mentally challenged 14-year-old boy reported missing Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m.
John Cromer of Kensington was last seen at his aunt’s house on Firth street near 24th. Police report that Cromer can usually be seen around Sergeant street near 23rd and Dover street near 25th.
Cromer has brown eyes; short, cropped hair; weighs about 180 pounds and is 5’4”. He was last seen wearing a red, short-sleeved T-shirt; pants and blue Nike sneakers.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Central Detective Division.
Patricia Madej @ 12:47 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:58 PM

A teen is dead tonight, police said, in a shooting several people witnessed on a busy intersection in North Philly.

Just before 9 p.m., police found a 19-year-old man slumped behind the wheel of a crashed Audi sedan on 10th Street near Dauphin, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police and fire personnel pulled the teen from the wreckage and found he had been shot twice: Once in his chest and once in his right thigh.

Vinny Vella @ 9:58 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:15 PM
Benches and flowers near a fenced-off graveyard at the edge of Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia, near where the body of Constance McClain-Murray was reportedly found. (Robert Moran / Staff)

With little to go on three days after Constance “Connie” Murray, a Northeast Philadelphia mother, was found strangled in Pennypack Park, police have announced an increased reward for information leading to her killer.

In addition to the city’s standing $20,000 reward for a tip leading to an arrest and conviction in any homicide, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 today kicked in an additional $10,000, and Philadelphia Federal Credit Union added $5,000 for information in Murray’s case, bringing the total reward to $35,000.

Murray, 46, a wife and mother of two young daughters, left her Northeast Philadelphia home around 9 p.m. Monday to go for a jog and never returned. A woman walking her dog found Murray’s body lying along Pennypack Park’s woods off of Holme Avenue near Convent around 6 o’clock Tuesday morning.

Morgan Zalot @ 7:15 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:09 PM

A 20-year-old man has been charged with shooting five people -- one fatally -- on a porch in Feltonville late last month.

Siddiq Shelton, 20, was charged Wednesday with a slew of offenses including one count of murder and several counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault. Police say Shelton is the gunman who opened fire on a group of people who were outside a house on Front Street near Rockland around 1 a.m. July 28, killing 20-year-old Elisha Bull and wounding a teenage girl, a woman and two other men.

Shelton's four other victims survived their wounds, police said. Bull, who lived on Stirling Street near Frontenac in Oxford Circle, died of gunshot wounds to the face, chest, neck, back and ankle, according to police.

Morgan Zalot @ 5:09 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:07 AM

The state Attorney General's Office has arrested two Philadelphia men, a Montgomery County woman and a New York man for running a "Grandparent Scam," in which they allegedly bilked at least $162,600 from 11 senior citizens in eight states.

Besides the $162,600 lost, the suspects also are accused of trying to steal $37,325 more by snookering victims into thinking they were paying money to help troubled grandchildren, according to the Attorney General's Office. One victim, a woman from Texas, was allegedly defrauded of $64,900, according to the office.

Arrested today were Spencer Compas, 29, of Etting Street near Snyder Avenue in South Philadelphia; Witson Lavilette, 38, Roosevelt Boulevard near F Street in Crescentville; Johanne Wesh, 37, of Abington; and her brother Kens Wesh, 38, of Brooklyn, N.Y. All were charged with corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy, identity theft and theft by deception. Compas, Lavilette and Wesh are being held on $1 million bail, pending an Aug. 21 preliminary hearing. Wesh remains on the lam; he's believed to be in New York City, and police are hunting him.

Dana DiFilippo @ 10:07 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 4:17 PM

Four months ago, Ryan Duboise told police he found his girlfriend dead in bed, naked and brutally beaten by an unknown killer.

His story didn't hold up long; police had been called before to quell domestic troubles between the couple. Before they could question him further, Duboise allegedly fled.

But Delaware County police picked him up three days later and jailed him for an October incident, in which he'd been charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and related offenses. And yesterday, Philly detectives officially charged him with killing girlfriend Monet Hall, 26, of Allegheny Avenue near F Street in Kensington.

Dana DiFilippo @ 4:17 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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