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POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012, 6:38 PM

From the Daily News’ file of dumb criminals and things that make you go “What the … ?” the two guys who allegedly broke into an off-duty Warminster cop’s house in Philly’s Andorra neighborhood early Monday morning – one of whom was shot dead by the officer in an upstairs bedroom – had long rap sheets and were in and out of jail and on and off probation for more than the last decade, court records show.

Timothy Zgrzepski, 28, the luckier of the two, who cops said fled the scene of the burglary in the police officer’s Honda Odyssey (which had Fraternal Order of Police tags, by the way) was later arrested by police in Springfield Township, Montgomery County. Records show that Zgrzepski, who started getting arrested before 2000, pleaded guilty to a 2008 burglary in 2010 and was sentenced to three to six years in jail, plus four years’ probation.

By simple math, looks like Zgrzepski got credit for time served. He hasn’t yet been charged in Monday morning’s burglary.

Morgan Zalot @ 6:38 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012, 6:34 PM

Police are searching for two men who robbed Dunkin Donuts stores in Olney and East Germantown last week.

On July 10, two men barged into a Dunkin Donuts on 5th Street near Somerville around 4:20 a.m. and announced a robbery. One of the men jumped over the counter and snatched $300 from the register, police said. The second suspect tried opening a safe inside the store’s office but was unsuccessful.

On July 13, police said the same two men entered a Dunkin Donuts on Wayne Avenue near Price Street about 4:45 a.m., and approached an employee with a crowbar and demanded money.


Phillip Lucas @ 6:34 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 10:59 PM

Among the victims of a violent weekend that left four dead and at least 11 others wounded in shootings across the city from Friday afternoon until Sunday night were three women and an 11-year-old boy.

The violent weekend started late Friday afternoon when a 25-year-old man died of several gunshot wounds throughout his body from a shooting shortly before 5 p.m. on Yewdall Street near Woodland Avenue in Kingsessing. He was the first of four weekend homicide victims.

Also in West Philadelphia on Friday night, a 32-year-old man was shot in the back at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue in Parkside. That man was in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Morgan Zalot @ 10:59 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 10:43 PM

Two men were hospitalized after they were shot in Northeast Philadelphia’s Summerdale section Sunday night, police said.

Cops said a 37-year-old man was on his porch on Carver Street near Loretto Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. when, he told police, two men walked up and shot him. He suffered a graze wound to the left knee and was taken to Aria Health’s Frankford hospital and listed in stable condition.

A 19-year-old man who was also on the block at the time of the shooting was hit once in the back, police said. He was also taken to Aria Health’s Frankford hospital and listed in stable. Cops said they believe he was an innocent bystander.

Morgan Zalot @ 10:43 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 9:10 PM

This post has been updated.

A 32-year-old man was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center Sunday night after another man brought him to the hospital shortly after 7:30 p.m., police said.

The victim was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the left side of his face at Einstein at 7:41 p.m., cops said. Investigators said the man who drove the victim to the hospital told them the man had been shot in Springfield Township, Montgomery County.

Morgan Zalot @ 9:10 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 8:06 PM

At least 10 people were injured Sunday evening when officials say a car plowed into the back of a SEPTA bus in North Philadelphia, causing a seven-car, chain-reaction pileup behind it.

SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said the Route 60 bus was stopped at 7th Street and Allegheny Avenue shortly after 7 p.m., when the first car rear-ended it, causing the pileup. She said one person on the bus was taken to an area hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire officials said nine additional victims of the crash were taken to area hospitals to be treated for injuries. No fatalities were reported around 8 p.m.

Morgan Zalot @ 8:06 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 11:08 AM
Cars remain in the parking lot of the Century 16 movie theater, late Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., nearly 24 hours after a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others watching the latest Batman film in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ( Ted S. Warren )

This post has been corrected.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, on "This Week" on ABC Sunday morning to talk about the Dark Knight massacre in Aurora, Colo., said that the death of 12 people in the movie theater is unlikely to have an impact on gun control.
"Aurora, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, the list goes on and on," Ramsey said when asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether Saturday's incident will make a difference to the debate over gun control. "Unfortunately, in my opinion, the answer is absolutely nothing. There will be a lot of talk, alot of debate, but this will fade into the background like the other incidents that have occured. People will continue to get their hands on guns."
Ramsey said that Philadelphia police have been paying "special attention" to movie theaters and other locations where large amounts of people gather.
"But the issue for me is I can't put a cop in every movie theater for now on or on a shopping mall or college campus or high school," Ramsey said. "And these are all locations where we've had mass shootings in the past, so we have to find a solution to that."
Ramsey, who pointed out that the plague of gun violence is a daily worry in big cities across the country, said that gun control legislation would not "totally stop this sort of thing from happening," but that there need to be limits on the weapons that people can get their hands on. He called for a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, a registry of guns and mandatory reporting of all sales of guns. 
But Ramsey isn't hopeful that anything will actually happen.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, on "This Week" on ABC Sunday morning to talk about the Dark Knight massacre in Aurora, Colo., said that the death of 12 people in the movie theater is unlikely to have an impact on gun control.

"Aurora, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, the list goes on and on," Ramsey said when asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether Friday's incident will make a difference to the debate over gun control. "Unfortunately, in my opinion, the answer is absolutely nothing. There will be a lot of talk, alot of debate, but this will fade into the background like the other incidents that have occured. People will continue to get their hands on guns."

Josh Cornfield @ 11:08 AM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:14 PM

Police are investigating two separate shootings that left a 32-year-old man critically wounded in West Philadelphia, and an 11-year-old boy hospitalized in stable condition after he was shot in North Philadelphia.

Shots were fired on Parkside Avenue near 52nd Street around 9:45 p.m., police said.

A man was wounded once in the lower side of his back and was taken by medics to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Phillip Lucas @ 11:14 PM  Permalink | 0
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