Man slain in E. Falls

Posted: March 08, 2013

* Defense Terrace near Berkeley Drive

A man was shot to death in an East Falls public-housing development Wednesday morning, police said.

The victim, who remained unidentified Wednesday night but who is estimated to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was shot several times in the chest and abdomen shortly after 10:30 a.m., investigators said.

He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:05 a.m.

No arrests were announced in the homicide.

Feds: She stole

dead dad's benefits

A Northeast Philly woman was charged by federal prosecutors Wednesday for allegedly stealing her father's Social Security benefits for 15 years after his death.

Sophia Beltz, 54, of Homestead Street near Tacony in Wissinoming, began receiving her father's benefits when he died in February 1997, until it was discovered last August, authorities said. During that time she received a total of about $172,133, the government claims.

If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison, three years' supervised release, and a $250,000 fine and must pay restitution.

- Morgan Zalot

and Solomon Leach

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