Sunday, February 1, 2015

Briefly... CITY/REGION

North Philly, Frankford slay victims ID'd

Police officials yesterday released the names of two men who were slain in separate incidents earlier this week.

Cops found Anthony King, 25, unconscious in a Hyundai that crashed into a building on Seybert Street near 16th, in North Philly, about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

Medics who arrived at the scene discovered that King, of Mountain Street near 20th, had been shot numerous times in the face and stomach. He died at the scene. Investigators have no suspects or motives.

David Guishard, 24, was found shot in the head and torso on Penn Street near Church, in Frankford, shortly after midnight Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

Guishard, who lived a block away from the scene of the shooting, was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital about 2:35 a.m.

Investigators had no suspects or motives in that case, either.

Tipsters can contact the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or -3335.

Center City fire station reopens

A Center City firehouse that nearly burned down last fall is finally back in business.

The station - at 4th and Arch streets, just a stone's throw from Independence Mall and other historic sites - reopened yesterday after undergoing $475,000 worth of renovations and repairs, Fire Department officials said.

The building, which houses Snorkel 2, Battalion 4 and Medic 44B, was gutted when an ambulance unexpectedly caught fire on Sept. 27. No one was injured in that blaze.

Fundraiser for Ebola victims

The Liberian community here is holding two fundraisers and collecting medical supplies for people affected by the Ebola virus in their home country.

"It's really so sad right now because the African community is in a frenzy" over the outbreak that has devastated countries in West Africa, said Ellen Sloh, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia chapter of the Liberian Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund, a nonprofit organizing the events.

A "Kick Out Ebola" fundraiser will be held from 10 p.m. today to 3:30 a.m. tomorrow at Space 69 lounge and club, 7049 Terminal Square, in Upper Darby. There is a $10 entry fee. Must be 21 or older.

The second event, a cookout, will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the McCreesh Playground, 6744 Regent St., in Southwest Philadelphia.

At both events, medical and other supplies will be collected, including surgical gloves, hand sanitizers, disposable gowns, bleach, chlorine and face masks. "We're also fundraising to be able to transport those items," Sloh said.

For further info, contact Sloh at 267-407-8754.

- David Gambacorta and Julie Shaw

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