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POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 10:23 AM
Police have identified a man gunned down Monday night in Overbrook as Dyia Alexis, 21, of West Philadelphia.

Officers responding to a report of a person with a gun about 10:30 p.m. found Alexis, of Wanamaker Street near Race, sitting in the driver's seat of a blue Mazda minivan on Wilton Street near Monticello, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. He had been shot in the face and body and was rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where doctors pronounced him dead at 11:09 p.m., O'Brien said.

Police listed the motive as unknown and have no suspects. Tipsters can call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:09 PM
A MasterPiece Arms 9mm handgun similar to this one was found in a Frankford charter school yesterday.
An employee at a troubled charter school in Frankford found an assault-style gun in a high-school locker there yesterday, and police now are investigating to find out who left it there and why.

The 9-mm MasterPiece Arms handgun was found around lunchtime at the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School on Harbison Avenue near Carver Street, said Officer Christine O’Brien, a police spokeswoman. Staffers found it while sweeping the school for contraband, as they do monthly, the school’s founder Walter Palmer said today.

School is out for the summer, and no students were in the building. Police confiscated the gun. It’s unclear if it was loaded, Palmer and O’Brien said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:13 AM

Motorola will give $45,000 to the Philadelphia Police Department today to fund a five-day, leadership-skills training program for supervisors.

The grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation will fund the Police Supervisory In-Service Training (POSIT) program, enabling 210 sergeants and corporals to attend the training session, which Penn State University professors developed and teach. Philadelphia Police Foundation leaders will present the Motorola check to Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey at a news conference this morning at police headquarters.

The POSIT training program is held four times a year at the Philadelphia Police Academy.
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:03 AM

Police are seeking suspects in a fatal shooting last night in Overbrook.

Officers responding to a report of a person with a gun about 10:30 p.m. found a 21-year-old man sitting in the driver's seat of a blue Mazda minivan on Wilton Street near Monticello, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. He had been shot in the face and body and was rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where doctors pronounced him dead at 11:09 p.m., O'Brien said. His name isn't being released, pending family notification.

Police listed the motive as unknown and have no suspects. Tipsters can call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014, 11:45 AM

A 13-year-old Sicklerville, N.J., girl is recovering after a stray bullet blasted into her home and hit her as she was sleeping early this morning.

The girl suffered a gunshot wound to her lower back after an apparent gunfight broke out at 12:45 a.m. at the nearby intersection of Hathaway Drive and Hawthorne Lane, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. She remains in stable condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden today, according to the office. The girl’s 56-year-old neighbor, 56, was cut by broken glass and treated at the scene by medics, the prosecutor’s office said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Det. Vincent McCalla at (856) 225-8569 or Winslow Township Police Det. Cary Robinson at (609) 567-0700, ext. 1147.

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POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014, 9:24 AM
Shaffiat Ali, bad driver

Shaffiat Ali is a man who should not have a car, judging by how he's allegedly used his red Mitsubishi Eclipse since early May.

Two months after he got arrested for a road-rage incident in Center City, Ali, 31, got arrested again yesterday after he allegedly hit a pedestrian who was crossing Market Street near 2nd at about 1:20 a.m. and then tried to speed away, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. A few of the injured pedestrian's friends gave chase, and officers on routine patrol spotted them and pulled Ali over, Russell said. The officers saw that his passenger-side windshield was smashed in a circular pattern, consistent with hitting someone, and took him into custody, she added.

Ali, of 12th Street near Reed in South Philadelphia's Passyunk Square neighborhood, was charged with driving under the influence, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and related offenses, according to court records. He was jailed on $50,000 bail pending a July 23 status hearing, records show.

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POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014, 8:58 AM

A motorist lost control of his car and drove into a North Philadelphia building early this morning, killing himself and seriously injuring his passenger, police said.

Investigators haven't determined why the man, 31, whose name wasn't released, hit the building on Whitaker Avenue near Luzerne Street, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. The gray Nissan crashed into the building just after 2 a.m., Russell added.

The passenger, 25, remains hospitalized at Temple University Hospital.

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POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014, 8:47 AM
Police are seeking suspects in a shooting last night in Frankford that left one man dead.

The incident happened just before midnight last night on Darrah Street near Wakeling, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. The 25-year-old victim, who was shot multiple times in the chest, arms and legs, died at 12:15 a.m. at Aria Hospital's Frankford campus, Russell said.

Police say an argument sparked the shooting, but listed no suspects. Tipsters can call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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