Friday, October 31, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 3:00 PM

Two violent car crashes on this rainy Wednesday morning claimed the lives of two people and left two others badly injured, police said.

In the first accident, in the city's Overbrook section, 43-year-old Christopher French, of French Street near 17th in North Philadelphia, was driving a 2000 Cadillac Deville south on City Avenue near 59th Street about 4:20 a.m., according to police. French somehow lost control of the car and crossed into the northbound lanes, crashing into a tree and a lightpole, a police spokeswoman said. The impact of the crash caused the man's car to break apart, and he was thrown from the vehicle, the spokeswoman said. French was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 6:28 a.m.

In the second crash, on Martin Luther King Drive near the Girard Avenue overpass, police said a woman driving a 2009 Toyota SUV southbound lost control about 9 a.m. and veered into the northbound lanes, crashing head-on into a 2005 Toyota RAV4 carrying a 34-year-old man, who was driving, and his wife. The woman who was driving the southbound vehicle, also 34, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where police said she remained in critical condition later Wednesday with head injuries.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 12:58 PM

A Kensington man was arrested today for a 2013 street robbery that left a Fairmount man dead.

Jonathan DeJesus, 22, of Boudinot Street near Cambria, was charged with murder and gun offenses for shooting Steven Cassidy, 41, of Bucknell Street near Brown, about 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2013, on Indiana Street near Front, said Officer Rafeeq Strickland, a police spokesman. DeJesus faces a Nov. 5 preliminary hearing, according to court records.

Cassidy was shot in the abdomen, groin and back and died about two hours later at Temple University Hospital, Strickland said. Robbery motivated the murder, Strickland said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:39 AM

Police identified a man slain early yesterday as Kevin Wayne Parker, 27, of Harrowgate.

Parker, who lived on Ontario Street near Jasper, was shot in the back a block away from his home about 2:30 a.m., police said. Parker died at Temple University Hospital at 3:15 a.m.

Police listed the motive and suspects as unknown. TIpsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 10:25 AM

Just two weeks after a man stabbed another man in the face in the dairy section, a Pathmark in Burholme has been the scene of more bloodshed and violence, after a domestic assault there left one man hospitalized last night.

The latest incident began about 5:45 p.m. at the Pathmark on Cottman Avenue near Oakley Street, where a woman, her friend and the friend's father were loading groceries into a car, said Officer Rafeeq Strickland, a police spokesman.

The woman's ex-boyfriend, 19, pedaled up on his bicycle, attacked his ex, 37, and then chased her back into the store, where he allegedly began punching her, Strickland said. Her friend intervened - prompting the ex-boyfriend to turn his fists on her and begin to punch and choke her, Strickland said. That prompted the friend's father, 58, and another customer, 25, to get involved too: The customer held the ex-boyfriend's arm while the father allegedly put him in a chokehold until he stopped breathing, Strickland said.

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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 1:21 PM

Police are seeking suspects in this morning's gun slaying of a 27-year-old man in Harrowgate.

Police found the victim with a gunshot wound to the back on Ontario Street near Kensington Avenue just before 2:30 a.m., said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. He died just before 3 a.m. at Temple University Hospital. 

Police listed the motive and suspects as unknown. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 1:18 PM

Police released the identities of several men slain in unrelated weekend gun homicides.

Friday morning, someone shot Dallas Long, 49, of 75th Avenue near Ogontz in West Oak Lane, in the head just before noon on Lyons Avenue near 82nd Street in Eastwick, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. He died on the scene.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Friday, someone shot Kiron Clinton, 22, of Master Street near 6th in Ludlow, on Eighth Street near Hunting Park Avenue in Hunting Park, Russell said. He died about 15 minutes later at Temple University Hospital. 

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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:52 PM

A Bucks County man died this morning after his car collided with a turning tractor trailer in Bensalem.

Michael Baronofsky, 23, of Croydon, died at the scene of the 7:10 a.m. crash on State Road at Street Road, Bensalem police said. He was driving south on State Road in a Honda Civic when he hit head-on a northbound tractor-trailer that was turning left onto Street Road, police said. The truck's driver wasn't injured and is cooperating with investigators.

The accident's cause remains under investigation. Police don't suspect drugs or alcohol were involved.

Witness are asked to call Bensalem detectives at (215) 633-3719.
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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:34 PM

A 49-year-old man was severely injured this morning after he got hit by a train at the Broad Street Line's Walnut-Locust station.

The incident happened at 11:30 a.m. on the southbound local tracks, said Manny Smith, a SEPTA spokesman. Paramedics rushed the man to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; his condition is unknown. Smith couldn't confirm reports that the man's feet were amputated below the ankles.

"We don't know if he fell or jumped," Smith said. "We don't really know yet why he was in the track area. That remains under investigation at the moment."

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