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Archive: March, 2011

POSTED: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:50 PM

A woman was found dead in a two-story house in the Harrowgate section of Kensington Thursday afternoon, police said.

The woman, who police said was in her 40s was found in a house on Ontario Street near Kensington Avenue around 1 p.m. Police said she may have overdosed but authorities are waiting on results from the medical examiner’s office. 

Police said the death did not appear to be suspicious.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 12:54 PM

Police are seeking a West Philadelphia man they say has secretly raided the handbags of unsuspecting women at several Wayne and West Whiteland Township bars and eateries.

Daniel Simmons, 48, then used credit cards pilfered from purses to go on several shopping sprees, said Radnor Police Superintendent William A. Colarulo. Simmons, who uses the alias Daniel Dudley, also is wanted in Philadelphia on an outstanding warrant for armed robbery. Simmons, of Haverford Avenue near 55th Street, has been charged with identity theft, receiving stolen property, forgery and related offenses.

Police urge anyone who knows Simmons' whereabouts to call 911.

Dana DiFilippo @ 12:54 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 11:58 AM

A Philadelphia police officer has sued the city, Commissioner Ramsey and others in federal court because she was punished for associating with an alleged criminal - her husband, according to court documents.

Tonya Newbill-Jones claims she was handcuffed, left in the back of a police car for more than three hours, had her house and her body unlawfully searched and her car and home seized because her marriage to her husband fits the department's "overly broad" definiton of "associating with known criminals," the suit said.

In the suit, Newbill-Jones, who never names her husband, says he has never been convicted of a crime. The suit seems to allude that Newbill-Jones' husband was arrested on drug charges, but he was never or has not yet been convicted.

Stephanie Farr @ 11:58 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 9:02 PM

A 40-year-old Bucks County man who was a suspect in five convenience store robberies in Northeast Philadelphia was arrested after a Bucks County probation officer recognized him from video footage Philadelphia police posted online.

William Warner, who police said robbed three 7-Eleven stores in 12 hours, is suspect No.4 in “Video Villains” – a compilation of surveillance footage featuring 10 suspects from unsolved crimes.

Police said Warner robbed the convenience stores between Jan. 23 and 24, and robbed a Rite-Aid and a Wawa on March 23 and 24.

Phillip Lucas @ 9:02 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 8:31 PM
A composite sketch of the man wanted in connection with an attempted sexual assault from Tuesday evening.

A 17-year-old girl was walking along Salmon Street near East Indiana Avenue in Port Richmond when she was approached by a man who tried to sexually assault her at knifepoint about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The man was last seen fleeing the scene on East Indiana Avenue toward Richmond Street, police said.

Officials released a sketch of the man who is wanted in connection with the incident.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 8:20 PM

Police are searching for a man in connection with a shooting on Feb. 25 on Dickinson Street near 24th in South Philadelphia.

The detective investigating the shooting said the suspect was walking behind another man after he left a store. The man told police he heard a suspicious sound behind him and when he turned briefly to look, the suspect began firing shots.

A surveillance camera caught the suspect fleeing the scene on foot, and police have posted the footage on their website. 

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 8:23 PM

A woman caused a three-car accident before slamming into Roman Catholic High School at Broad and Vine streets Tuesday evening. 

The female driver was driving southbound on Broad Street toward Vine during rush hour when she sideswiped an All City Taxi just after 6 p.m. 

Mesfin Abera had just dropped-off a passenger when a woman driving a black ford Expedition scratched the side of his taxi.

Jan Ransom @ 8:23 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 2:27 PM

Two armed robbers - one of whom should have stuck out like a store thumb in his tacky attire - held up a Manayunk jewelry store late this morning and tied up the employees, police said.

Around 10:30 a.m., one of the robbers, a 6-foot-tall black man with a gray goatee, blond wig, yellow jacket and tan or beige loafers, entered A.I. Poland Jewelers on Main Street near Grape and forced an employee and the shop's owner to the back of the store, police said.

He then told a second robber to enter the store and that man tied up the employee and the owner and pistol whipped the owner, police said. The only description police had of that suspect is that he was wearing white sneakers.

Stephanie Farr @ 2:27 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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