Thursday, September 18, 2014
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POSTED: Sunday, September 7, 2014, 7:31 PM

A 24-year-old woman was clinging to life Sunday night after police say she was stabbed twice on a Kensington street.

The victim was at Lee and Somerset streets when she was attacked around 6:30 p.m., police said. She suffered stab wounds to the left side of her torso and her left leg.

A police spokeswoman said officers took the woman to Temple University Hospital, where she remained in critical condition later Sunday. Police reported no arrests or motive in the stabbing.

Morgan Zalot @ 7:31 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:52 PM

A 19-month-old infant is recovering tonight after taking a nasty spill through a window at a home in the Summerdale section of Northeast Philly, police said.

Just before 7:30 p.m., police were called to a house on Bridge Street near Summerdale Avenue, where they found the girl with injuries to her head and leg. Medics took her to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, where it was determined she had fractured her skull, sustained a concussion, and possibly injured her liver in the fall, police said.

She remains at the hospital tonight in stable condition. Investigators are continuing their investigation into how the girl fell. 

Vinny Vella @ 8:52 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:29 PM
File: An east-bound Market-Frankford El train ( Clem Murray / Staff Photographer )

Passengers onboard an eastbound Market-Frankford El train made a gruesome discovery earlier today, SEPTA said.

Just before 4 p.m., a passenger on the train called police, saying a man was unresponsive on the train, said SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger.

The train was stopped near the station at 46th and Market streets, where police boarded it to investigate.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 10:45 PM
Star Watson, who identified herself as the victim's sister, is comforted as she watches police investigate the crime scene after a man suffering from a fatal gunshot wounds was found inside a burning car left in a driveway on the 6100 block of North Lawrence Street in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. (For the Daily News/ (Joseph Kaczmarek)

Investigators tonight are trying to connect the dots between two violent incidents that occurred blocks, and hours, apart.

Just before 8 p.m., officers on patrol in Olney spotted smoke coming from an alley on Lawrence Street near 5th. When they investigated, they found a black Mitsubishi Gallant “engulfed in flames,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

After Fire Department personnel extinguished the inferno, they discovered the body of a man in the car’s front passenger seat, said Small.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 2:06 PM

Police have identified a man gunned down Sunday night in Southwest Philadelphia as Cinque Tucker, 35, of Frankford.

Tucker, of Ashland Street near Adams Avenue, was sitting in the driver's seat of a 2000 Nissan Maxima when someone shot him multiple times in the chest about 10:30 p.m. on Allman Street near 60th, police said. Medics declared him dead on the scene.

Police reported no suspects or motive. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

Dana DiFilippo @ 2:06 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:43 AM

Police are seeking suspects in two unrelated overnight murders.

In the first case, someone gunned down a man in his car just before midnight on Seybert Street near 16th in North Philadelphia, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. The victim, shot multiple times, reversed his car and hit an abandoned building, sending it toppling onto his car and trapping him inside. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene at 12:06 a.m., Russell said.

Twenty minutes later, someone shot a 34-year-old man shot once in head and multiple times throughout his body on Penn Street near Church in Frankford, Russell said. He died at Temple University Hospital at 2:35 a.m.

Police reported no suspects or motive in either case. Tipsters, call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.
Dana DiFilippo @ 9:43 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:29 AM

It's been 21 years since two men high on PCP carjacked an SUV at gunpoint - and then plowed it into a group of women and children on a North Philadelphia street corner, killing a 4-year-old and grievously injuring her nearly-2-year-old sister.

The men, Carlos Colon and Thomas Reyes, were sentenced to 26 to 52 years in prison for the tragedy. Now, they face additional time behind bars: The convicted killers were again charged with murder, because the sister who survived their drugged-out, deadly joyride died last year after living in a persistent vegetative state since.

Colon, now 45, and Reyes, now 41, remain incarcerated in a state prison in Westmoreland County for the July 15, 1993, death of Lucretia Davis, 4. Delorian Davis, who was 22 months old when she was hit too, died Jan. 3, 2013, at the age of 21, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

Dana DiFilippo @ 9:29 AM  Permalink |
POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:54 PM

A 17-year-old boy was cut down tonight, killed in a brazen shooting that took place as about 100 people looked on, police said.

Just before 9 p.m., officers on patrol in the area near the Hartranft playground, on Cumberland Street near 8th, heard a series of gunshots, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

When they arrived, they found a large crowd of people gathered around the playground's basketball court. In the center of the court lay the victim, who had been shot several times in his head and torso, said Small.

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