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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 8:40 PM
One man is dead, and two more wounded, after a violent confrontation outside a corner store on Hicks Street near Bristol, police said. (Photo: Vinny Vella / Staff)

One man is dead, and two more wounded, after a violent confrontation outside a corner store in Nicetown, police said.

About 7:20 p.m., officers were called to the China King corner store on Hicks Street near Bristol, police said.

They found three men shot on the pavement in front of the store.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11:25 AM

Thanh Nguyen raked in big bucks as a contractor hired to sweep streets, remove graffiti and spray herbicide on state roadsides in the five-county Philadelphia area.

Problem is, the King of Prussia man didn't do the work - or double-billed for work he did do, state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said today. So Nguyen, 62, now is charged for allegedly stealing at least $3.6 million in public funds. Robert Slamon, 54, the inspector who Nguyen allegedly bribed to facilitate the fraud, also was charged today with conspiring with Nguyen to falsify PennDOT records and help him get paid for work never completed.

Both men are expected to be arraigned later today.

Dana DiFilippo @ 11:25 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:36 PM

One man picked the wrong woman to rob today, according to police.

Just before 1 p.m., the victim, a 29-year-old woman, was walking down Larchwood Avenue near 45th Street in West Philly when she passed a man walking in the opposite direction, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

He passed her, and she gave him no mind, Walker said.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:00 PM

Two brazen men, accused of stealing another man's motorcycle, are in custody tonight, police said.

And one of them is sporting a gunshot wound after allegedly trying to mow down two plainclothes police officers who pulled him over.

Just before 5:30 p.m., the officers were investigating the theft of the motorcylce, whose owner was trying to buy it back from its alleged thieves, said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:09 PM

Two men are fighting for their lives tonight as police try to piece together an incident in Strawberry Mansion that saw an officer exchanging fire with an armed suspect.

Just before 4 p.m., officers responded to reports of a man shot on Page Street near 30th, said Inspector Stephen Cross.

The man, 19, was shot three times in his arms and face and taken to Temple University Hospital, said police.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:42 PM

A teen is dead tonight, cut down on a block not far from where he lived.

Just after 7:15 p.m., police found a 19-year-old man stabbed in his right chest at the corner of 21st Street and Indiana in North Philly, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

He was collapsed in front of the Redeemer's Deliverance Church. A blood trail charted his path from the opposite corner of 21st Street, where it's believed he staggered from after the stabbing, according to Small.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:51 PM

A creep is in custody after sexually assaulting a homeless woman in broad daylight in Logan Cirlce, police said.

The man, whose identity has not been released but is believed to be in his 20s, is accused of exposing himself and sexually assaulting a woman as she was asleep on a bench in the park, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.

The victim, 31, told investigators she woke up to the man, who also is homeless, sticking his hands down her pants, Little said. It happened just before noon, as the park, located at 19th Street near Logan Circle, was crowded with people enjoying the midday sun.

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POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 1:59 PM
Justen Smith, left, and Terry Ballard, right, have been charged with the double murder of Rufus Perry and his wife, Algladys at their Strawberry Mansion home last week.

An elderly Strawberry Mansion couple was killed last week by two young workers they had hired to clean their home - and they had known one of the men since he was just a young boy, according to police.

The deaths of Rufus and Agladis Perry, who were found by one of their daughters around 1 a.m. Thursday in a stairwell of their home on Spangler Street near Sergeant, were initially a mystery, as police said their bodies showed no apparent signs of trauma.

But at a press conference today, Homicide Capt. James Clark said the couple did have obvious abrasions to their faces and necks when then were found.

Stephanie Farr @ 1:59 PM  Permalink |
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