Police today said an Oxford Circle man was driving drunk when he fatally hit an off-duty Philadelphia police officer as the officer rode his motorcycle in Northeast Philly yesterday afternoon.
Louis John Vogwill, 59, of Loretto Avenue near Benner Street, now is charged with involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, DUI and related offenses.
Officer Lamar Poole, Sr., 42, an 18-year veteran assigned to the 12th District in Southwest Philly, was driving his Honda motorcycle west on Devereaux Street, crossing Roosevelt Boulevard, at about 4:10 p.m. yesterday when Vogwill turned left onto the boulevard in front of Poole, police said. Poole then smashed into the side of Vogwill's 1999 Toyota Corolla, police said. Vogwill stopped briefly - but then hopped back in his car and sped away, according to Capt. John Wilczynski of the Accident Investigation Division. An alert tow-truck driver followed Vogwill, and police credit his quick thinking with helping them collar Vogwill at Harbison Avenue and the boulevard, police said.
Police are hunting clues in two morning murders.
Just after 7 a.m. this morning, officers scrambled to Reinhard Street near 53rd in Kingsessing, where they found a man in his late 20s to early 30s dead in the street with a gunshot wound to the head, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.
And a 21-year-old woman was shot in the head in a bedroom in a home on Park Avenue near Dauphin in Hartranft sometime before 1 a.m., O'Brien said. Paramedics declared her dead at the scene. Police recovered a weapon.
The city saw two officer-involved shootings yesterday, hours and miles apart.
In the first incident, Marquis Cantland, 22, was shot by an officer from West Philly's 18th District after pointing a gun at the officer's partner, police said.
The officers were responding to reports of an armed robbery when they saw Cantland just before 6 a.m. on 61st Street near Walnut, holding a gun in his right hand.
A North Philly man faces assault charges after he allegedly attacked a Fox 29 cameraman Tuesday.
Jerel Dial, 25, has been charged with simple assault and reckless endangerment in the incident, which took place just before 2 p.m. outside Powell Mortuary Services, on 27th Street near Cumberland, police said.
A cadre of journalists — including a photographer from the Daily News — had congregated on the block after police found rotting corpses entrusted to the funeral home stashed in a nearby garage owned by Chris Dailey, the son of Janet Powell Dailey, Powell’s owner.
Police responding to reports of a foul odor this morning found three rotting corpses in a North Philadelphia garage owned by a funeral home.
Officers made their gruesome discovery at 10:45 a.m. on Hagert Street near 26th. The garage belongs to Powell Funeral Home, which operates a mortuary around the corner on 27th Street. Funeral home representatives told police they were aware of the bodies in the garage, but police were holding the location as a possible crime scene.
Officer Leeloni Palmiero, a police spokeswoman, said the Medical Examiner's Office is investigating abuse of a corpse allegations. M.E.'s Office spokesman Jeff Moran, though, said: "None of the deceased individuals were were M.E. cases. The M.E. has no investigative jurisdiction over how funeral homes store bodies. We are making referrals to the D.A.'s Office and the State Board of Funeral Directors. The D.A. could choose to investigate if they felt that any criminal laws had been broken. The State Board, which licenses funeral directors, could choose to investigate whether or not this funeral director had violated any state regulations."
Police have identified the victims of two recent murders in Kensington.
Alexis Rosado, 36, of Kensington Avenue near H, was shot in the head about 9 a.m. Monday in the doorway of a home on his block. He died within the hour at Temple University Hospital.
Emmanuel Cintron, 22, of H Street near Westmoreland, was shot multiple times in front of his home at 9 p.m. Sunday. He died at 5:11 a.m. at Temple Hospital, police said. Witnesses told police Cintron approached a northbound car - a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Buick - but got shot. Cintron then ran into his home and collapsed on his living room couch, police said.
Three people were injured in a drive-by shooting tonight in Kensington, targeted by a violent gunman wielding an assault rifle, police said.
It was the second shooting on the block — a tiny, one-way side street — in as many days.
Just after 6 p.m., Josue Pizzaro, 25, his cousin Stephanie Rivera, 22, and an unidentified man were sitting outside Pizzaro’s home on Boudinot Street near Auburn, according to Susalyn Marrero, Pizzaro’s mother and Rivera’s cousin.
A woman was robbed and sexually assaulted Sunday night by an unknown assailant in Port Richmond's "Graffiti Pier", police said today.
The incident took place about 6:30 p.m., as the woman was walking with another woman and a man at Pier 124, on Beach Street near Cumberland. Residents colloquially refer to the area as "Graffiti Pier" for the eclectic blend of street art that decorates its walls.
An unidentified man in his late 20s or early 30s walked up to them and struck up a conversation, police said, before producing a handgun and demanding their money.