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2 killed in separate SW Philly shootings
Two men were shot dead minutes, and blocks, apart last night in Southwest Philadelphia, police said.
In the first incident, a 19-year-old man was shot once in the head about 5:55 p.m. on Grays Avenue near 62nd Street, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 6:10 p.m., Small said. Police believe the victim to be a neighborhood resident.
About 8 minutes after that slaying, another male, 24, was shot less than a mile away, on Buist Avenue near 61st Street, Small said.
In that incident, the victim was found with three gunshot wounds, one each in his face, chest and back. He also was taken to Penn, where he was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m.
Despite their proximity, the shootings were considered "separate, isolated incidents," Small said.
Cocaine in her footwear was her Achilles' heel
No, that white stuff wasn't snow on her shoes. Apparently, a Camden woman tried to smuggle about 2 kilos of cocaine from Jamaica into the U.S. in her wedge heels.
Iveliza Perez, who is in her 20s, pleaded guilty yesterday to the act before U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky in Philadelphia, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
According to the feds, in May 2013, two people offered to pay Perez $500 up-front and said they would pay her another $3,000 to $4,000 when she returned to the U.S. from Jamaica with the coke in her shoes.
When Perez came back from Jamaica, she was caught with about 2 kilos of cocaine hidden in three pairs of wedge heels, which were packed in her luggage.
Perez, who faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, with a maximum possible sentence of 40 years, will be sentenced May 23.
Lansdale priest charged with harassment
A priest in Lansdale was arrested and charged with harassment and indecent assault without consent, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday.
The Rev. John Roebuck, who served as a parochial vicar at St. Stanislaus at Lansdale Avenue and Main Street in the Montgomery County borough, was placed on administrative leave and relieved of his duties, Archdiocese officials said.
Court records indicate the alleged incident took place Dec. 15, but no other details were available.
Officials said the Archdiocese is cooperating with the investigation into Roebuck. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
- Julie Shaw, Vinny Vella, staff and wire reports