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POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:03 AM

Someone set fire to about 20 cars in the fenced lot of a Bustleton industrial company early this morning.

Firefighters raced to Rhoads Industries on Sandmeyer Road near Red Lion just before 4 a.m. to douse the flames that ravaged the empty cars. Rhoads Industries specializes in metal fabrication, shipbuilding and other industrial needs, according to its website.

The fire marshal's office is investigating.


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POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013, 2:29 PM

Philadelphia Water Department workers made a gruesome discovery in the Schuylkill late Monday morning.

Police said workers were skimming the water near I-76 and Walnut Street and found partial remains of what appeared to be a woman's body in the water just south of the east side of the Walnut Street bridge.

The woman's age, identity and how long she had been in the water were unknown Monday afternoon.

Morgan Zalot @ 2:29 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Sunday, July 28, 2013, 11:40 AM

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in West Philadelphia early Saturday.

The shooting happened at about 12:40 a.m. on Filbert Street near 59th. Officers found the victim, a black male in his mid-20s, lying on the highway, suffering from two gunshot wounds to the chest and one in the stomach. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died shortly after 7 a.m.

Police did not report any arrests or a possible motive for the shooting, which was the weekend's lone homicide.

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POSTED: Sunday, July 28, 2013, 11:28 AM

Philadelphia police shot a man in West Philadelphia early Sunday after he allegedly pointed a weapon at an officer during a foot chase.

The chase began on Lansdowne Avenue near 56th Street around 2:15 a.m. According to police, officers responded to a fight on the highway when they observed a male acting suspicious in the vestibule of an apartment. Officers ordered the male to raise his hands and lift his t-shirt, but the male did not comply. When officers got out of the car, the male fled on Lansdowne, clutching his waistband.

As one of the officers pursued on foot, police said, he saw the male turn in his direction holding a revolver in his hand. The officer fired his weapon several times, missing the suspect. As the chase continued, the male again pointed the weapon at the officer, prompting the officer to fire several more rounds. Finally, as the male turned onto 57th Street, the officer grabbed the male. During the struggle, the male turned towards the officer still with the gun in his hand. The officer fired several rounds, striking the suspect multiple times, causing him to the fall to the ground and drop the weapon.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:05 PM
Gary Johnson, who also goes by the alias Anthony Johnson, has been charged with attempted murder along with other charges for allegedly stabbing his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend several times in Mantua, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

A 46-year-old homeless man has been charged with attempted murder and a slew of related offenses for allegedly stabbing his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend several times in Mantua yesterday.

Police said Gary Johnson, who also goes by the alias Anthony Johnson, attacked the woman on Spring Garden Street near 31st around 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

Witnesses told investigators they saw Johnson pushing the woman and making jabbing motions into her body before he fled east on Spring Garden. The victim was found by police officers bleeding from several stab wounds to the chest, abdomen, knee and wrist. She was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she remained Thursday in serious but stable condition.

Morgan Zalot @ 1:05 PM  Permalink |
POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 6:35 PM

Police are seeking the public's help to find a man who suffers from dementia who has been missing from his Cedar Park home since Tuesday.

Robert Jean-Louis, 63, was last seen yesterday wearing a white button-down shirt, navy-blue khaki pants, black dress shoes and black sunglasses, and was carrying an olive-green suitcase. He has salt-and-pepper hair, brown eyes, weighs 150 pounds and is 5 feet 10.

Jean-Louis, who is fluent in English, French and Haitian-Creole, lives on 50th Street near Springfield Avenue in West Philadelphia's Cedar Park neighborhood. He suffers from dementia and walks with a slight limp, according to investigators.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 5:46 PM

A 26-year-old woman remains in critical condition after police say she was stabbed several times in West Philadelphia's Mantua section Wednesday afternoon.

A police spokeswoman said the victim was attacked on Spring Garden Street near 31st just after 2 p.m. The attacker, described by police as a man known to the victim, stabbed her several times. Police said an off-duty officer intervened, and the man was arrested at the scene.

The victim was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition. A police spokeswoman said the relationship between the victim and her alleged attacker was unclear.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 2:28 PM

A woman and a teenage boy were wounded in a broad-daylight shooting in the heart of Kensington Wednesday afternoon.

Police said gunfire erupted at E Street and Allegheny Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. A 35-year-old woman was shot through her right thigh and into her buttocks, investigators said, and a 15-year-old boy was wounded in the ankle.

The woman was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition, police said. The teen was taken by medics to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and listed in stable condition.

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