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POSTED: Monday, July 25, 2011, 11:05 PM

A 56-year-old employee of Rodriguez Grocery, at Gratz and Norris streets in North Philadelphia, is in stable condition tonight after suffering a gunshot wound to his right shoulder during a robbery, police said.

The victim was transported to Temple University Hospital following the shooting at 7:45 p.m., and no arrests were made, police said. It was unclear whether anything was taken during the robbery, and the police did not have any suspects.

Morgan Zalot @ 11:05 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, July 22, 2011, 2:32 PM

Say you're sitting around, wondering how many arsons and aggravated assaults happened in your neighborhood ... wait, you don't do that? Maybe it's just us crime reporters ... ? 

Anyhow, now you can look that stuff up online under a new partnership the Philadelphia Police Department has with CrimeReports.com, in which the cops will publish preliminary crime statistics using Google-based mapping and analytics. Users will be able to search six months worth of "Part I" data - that's the serious stuff, like murder, assault, rape, robbery and property crimes like burglary and theft - based on address, crime and date. (Part II crimes are things like forgery, curfew offenses, disorderly conduct, vandalism and prostitution; the FBI makes the distinction in their Uniform Crime Reports.)

“Helping our communities stay informed is a necessary part of our crime prevention strategy,” Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said.

Dana DiFilippo @ 2:32 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 10:06 PM

With the temperature hovering around 90 degrees at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, it’s been a pretty quiet night so far for crime in Philly.

As sweltering heat absorbed during the day emanates from mazes of brick rowhomes and pavement after dark, the neighborhood knuckleheads may have taken refuge wherever they could find air conditioning.

That’s a luxury police working in the Northwest Detective Division tonight are going without.  

Phillip Lucas @ 10:06 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 11:40 PM

A 15-year-old boy was shot once in the arm at Aramingo and Lehigh avenues, in the city’s Port Richmond section, around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, police said.

He was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital and listed in stable condition, said an officer from the  Shooting Investigation Unit at East Detectives.

Police have no suspects at this time.

Morgan Zalot @ 11:40 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 1:25 PM

Police are seeking the woman in a burka who tried to rob a Delaware gas station last evening.

The robed robber struck at the Getty station at 1400 S. DuPont Highway in Bear, Del., at 5:20 p.m., according to the Delaware State Police. The 61-year-old gas station clerk told police the burka'ed bandit demanded money from the cash register. She did not display a weapon, so the clerk refused the robbery demand and triggered a panic alarm, according to the state police. The would-be robber fled and was last seen running south, empty-handed. The clerk was uninjured.

The suspect appeared to be 35 to 40 years old, about 5-feet-7, and 125 pounds. She wore a black Muslim burka over her face. Tipsters can call robbery detectives at Troop 2 at (302) 834-2630 ext. 6; text keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES); call the Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333; or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Dana DiFilippo @ 1:25 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 11:15 AM

The attorneys of a convicted ax murderer have filed paperwork today asking the Delaware Supreme Court to stay his execution until federal Supreme Court justices consider their claim that his trial attorney's improper behavior caused an innocent man to be wrongly convicted.

Bobby Jackson, 38, was sentenced to death after Elizabeth Girardi, 47, was hacked to death outside her Hockessin home in 1992. Girardi had intercepted Jackson and accomplice Anthony Lachette leaving her home with things they'd stolen to pawn for drug money.

A federal judge in Wilmington recently ordered Jackson’s execution, originally set for July 29, postponed. But the Delaware Attorney General's office on Monday responded by asking a federal appeals court to overturn the order. Jackson's lawyers countered with today's filing.

Dana DiFilippo @ 11:15 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 9:40 PM

Two shootings Tuesday evening left two men hospitalized in stable condition.

About 6 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot once in the back of his left leg, on Warnock Street near Bainbridge in Bella Vista, police said.

The man was taken by a private vehicle to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was interviewed by police.

Phillip Lucas @ 9:40 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 7:12 PM

A 16-year-old girl faces charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child after her 6-month-old baby was found unconscious in a tub of water Sunday night.

Medics responded to a home on Pennsgrove Street near 52nd Street in West Philadelphia at about 10 p.m., and rushed the boy to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in critical condition.

The girl left her child unattended in the bathroom and returned to find him underwater, police said.  

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