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POSTED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 6:05 PM

Police officials confirmed tonight what many suspected all along: Casey Mahoney, who was found raped and strangled in a lot on Dec. 15, was murdered by the Kensington Strangler. Homicide Capt. James Clark said DNA evidence has positively linked the serial killer to the deaths of Mahoney, Elaine Goldberg and Nicole Piacentini. A $37,000 reward is being offered for tips that help catch the maniac killer. Anyone with information is asked to call 215-686-TIPS.

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POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010, 10:22 PM

A 35-year-old man was shot and killed inside a bar in East Germantown tonight, police said. Police were called to TJ's Lounge on Woodlawn Street near Crowson at about 8:30 where they found the victim with at least one gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene, cops said. Investigators reported no suspects or motive for the slaying.

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POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010, 3:56 PM

Philadelphia police today released new surveillance footage of a man who beat and choked a woman in an alley on Sergeant Street near Kensington Avenue on Dec. 6.

The new footage offers a clearer look at the man, whom police described as a medium built black man in his 20s who has long sideburns and wore a dark hoody and carried a white iPod on the morning he launched the vicious attack.

The man in the video seems to closely match a composite sketch of a man who choked and sexually assaulted two women in Kensington earlier this year. Darby said the man in the video is a "person of interest" in those cases, as well as in the murders of Elaine Goldberg, Nicole Piacentini and Casey Mahoney, all of whom were found strangled and raped in Kensington lots in the last month. Mahoney, 27, a mother from East Stroudsburg, was found dead at Front and Tusculum streets on Wednesday.



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POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010, 12:48 PM

Mimi Trieu peddled diet pills. But instead of weight loss, her customers got possible carcinogens and illegal drugs, authorities say.

Trieu, 46, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty today to an 18-count indictment charging her with the illegal importation and distribution of more than 4 million diet pills that contained a controlled substance, unapproved drugs and a possible carcinogen, U.S. Attorney Zane D. Memeger announced.

Trieu owned Hong Kong Beauty International, which was located at 5520 Whitaker Ave. and was in the business of importing and distributing various beauty products, including diet pills. Trieu pleaded guilty to mail fraud, conspiracy to smuggle illegal merchandise and distribution of Sibutramine, a controlled substance. A sentencing hearing is set for March 10. Trieu faces up to  243 years in prison and a $4.5 million fine.

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POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010, 12:23 PM

Police today identified the woman slain Wednesday in Kensington - believed to be the 'Kensington Strangler's' third victim - as Casey Mahoney, 27, of  East Stroudsburg. 

An autopsy showed that the cause of death was manual strangulation. It'll be about a week before DNA can confirm whether Mahoney was killed by the same rapist who strangled Elaine Goldberg and Nicole Piacentini in November in nearby vacant lots.

Mahoney was found lying facedown and half-naked in a weedy, trashy lot at Front and Tusculum streets shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Police, who have stepped up patrols in the area, suspect a serial killer and have asked the public's help to nab the madman.

Dana DiFilippo @ 12:23 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 12:27 AM

There are always some pieces that you can't fit into the story that runs in the paper the next day. It happens.

There are two things that I wanted to mention here that didn't make our story about the young woman who was found dead in a desolate lot in Kensington last night. The first is this: seems everyone -- the cops at the scene, the neighbors at the scene, the news media at the scene -- had one thought and one thought only, and that was the Kensington Strangler. 

Maybe the woman, who was found naked from the waist down with a bag over her face, did die at the hands of the strangler, whoever he is. Maybe not. Either way, I hope we don't lose sight of the fact that it is awful that someone's daughter, someone's sister, died horribly and left like an old, discarded suitcase in a frigid, filthy lot.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 12:18 AM

(This post has been updated)

An off-duty security guard was shot in the head late Wednesday night at a Sunoco station at 38th Street and Girard Avenue.

Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said the guard entered the gas station to buy brake fluid and tried to intervene when he saw a man arguing with a Sunoco cashier about 11:30 p.m.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 10:28 PM

Nine female students were arrested this morning at Frankford High School on Oxford Avenue near Haworth Street in Northeast Philadelphia after a fight broke out while students were changing classes, a school district official said. One student was treated for a cut above her left eye by the school nurse and officials are investigating what caused the fight, officials said. Police said the students may face charges of disorderly conduct for the incident.

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