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October 2, 1989 | By Robert Gearty and Don Gentile, New York Daily News
A mentally disturbed off-duty firefighter brandished an AK-47 assault rifle near a Staten Island dock yesterday and was shot to death in a confrontation with FBI agents, police said. The firefighter, Steven Lopez, 38, a 15-year veteran assigned to Engine Co. 245 in Brooklyn, was under the delusion that two FBI agents he knew were wiretapping his phone and had recently burglarized his apartment. "He had mental problems, psychological problems and a drinking problem," said Capt.
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August 3, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man carrying an AK-47 assault rifle, a handgun, and a 12-inch hunting knife, along with illegal drugs, boarded a subway train Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Thanks to a tip from a passenger and fast action by SEPTA police, he was arrested after the train pulled into the Fairmount station on the northbound Broad Street Line. No harm was done, but officials were left shaking their heads at what might have happened if the man, identified by city police as Jermal Michael Ponds, 28, of Conlyn Street, had intended to use the weapons.
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August 3, 2012 | By Phillip Lucas and Daily News Staff Writer
A NORTHBOUND trip on the SEPTA Broad Street Line came to an abrupt, terrifying halt Tuesday evening after a passenger was discovered with an AK-47 at the Fairmount station. A woman saw part of a gun poking out of the man's bag, stepped off the train at City Hall and alerted authorities, said Heather Redfern, a SEPTA spokeswoman. Police pulled the man off the train and found a dismantled AK-47, a stock, a bayonet, a 40-round clip, a .38-caliber handgun, about 25 Percocet pills, a bag of marijuana and $700 in cash, they said.
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August 4, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jermal Michael Ponds, the man arrested for allegedly taking an AK-47, other weapons, and drugs onto the Broad Street Line, remained in jail pending a bail hearing Friday. His possibility of gaining bail was temporarily denied in Thursday court action. Philadelphia police investigators said it was likely Ponds was just carrying the weapons - including an assault rifle, a handgun, and a knife - and did not intend to use them. The rifle was identified in the police report as an AK-47.
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August 3, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jermal Michael Ponds, the man arrested for allegedly taking an AK-47 and drugs onto the Broad Street subway line, remained in jail pending a bail hearing Friday. His possibility of gaining bail was temporarily revoked in Thursday court action. Philadelphia police investigators said it was likely Ponds was just carrying the weapons - including an assault rifle, a handgun and a knife - and did not intend to use them. The rifle was identified in the police report as an AK-47. Ponds, 28, was arrested by SEPTA police Tuesday evening after a woman reported seeing a man with a gun on the rush-hour train.
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August 17, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
Jermal Ponds, the man pulled off a rush-hour SEPTA train last month and arrested for carrying a loaded .38-caliber revolver, a disassembled AK-47 assault rifle, a hunting knife, drugs and ammunition, was held for trial Friday. Municipal Judge Frank T. Brady held Ponds, 28, on multiple weapon and drug charges after a brief preliminary hearing that included testimony about the July 31 arrest by both a SEPTA and city police officer. The defendant faces a formal arraignment Sept.
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March 19, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
AS HUNDREDS of mourners poured into a cavernous auditorium at Holy Ghost Headquarters on North Broad Street on Monday morning, police implored the public to help crack the case of two teen boys violently gunned down on a Fairhill street last week. "We can always use the public's help. A lot of people saw it, and we just need someone to call and tell us what they saw," Homicide Capt. James Clark said, adding that a $40,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest.
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May 30, 1989 | By Steve Goldstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not one shot has been fired in the 17 days during which student-led protesters have held the Chinese government at bay. Except, that is, by the tourists. Here, in Changping County, about 30 miles northwest of martial law in Beijing, the Chinese have come up with a Disneyland for the Rambo Set. Welcome to the China North International Shooting Range, where for a fistful of dollars anyone can be Clint Eastwood, the Enforcer, the Terminator or an infantryman in the Soviet army.
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March 25, 1990
The gun lovers went to Trenton last week to defend their freedom to own weapons that can spew dozens of rounds of ammunition per minute. They claimed that in seeking to ban semiautomatic weapons in New Jersey Gov. Florio was following in the footsteps of Hitler and Stalin. The point was that both those tyrants had also been big on confiscating guns. And the point was preposterous. Gov. Florio, after all, is not trying to deprive citizens of hunting rifles, or even Saturday night specials - just semiautomatic weapons such as AK-47 assault rifles and Uzi submachine guns.
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April 23, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police say they are searching for two men who robbed a Society Hill man with what appeared to be an AK-47 rifle outside his house earlier this month. The victim, 52, was getting out of his car on the 300 block of Fifth Street about 2:40 a.m. April 10, after arriving home from a club. That's when he was approached by two men from behind, police said. One was carrying what looked like an AK-47, police said. The men grabbed his wallet and iPhone and then fled in a white SUV. Police said they obtained surveillance footage from the unnamed club that showed the suspects inside, and, later, their SUV, following the victim.
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October 18, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly five months after video cameras caught a man firing an AK-47 into a Southwest Philadelphia strip club, Philadelphia police have arrested and charged the man they say is responsible for the shooting. Henry Pettigrew, 22, was taken into custody without incident early Wednesday at a house in Grays Ferry, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives, which worked the case along with fugitive squads from the Homicide Unit and the FBI. On May 11, Pettigrew and a friend were kicked out of the Purple Orchid, 3275 S. 61st St., about 2 a.m. after they got into a dispute with a bouncer.
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June 2, 2013 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Syrian rebels battling the forces of President Bashar al-Assad must receive ammunition and heavy weapons to counter the regime's tanks and aircraft or it will be impossible for them to prevail, Sen. John McCain said days after he quietly slipped into Syria to meet with the opposition. "They just can't fight tanks with AK-47s," McCain said Friday in a telephone interview. The Republican lawmaker and 2008 presidential candidate made an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday, traveling across the border near Kilis, Turkey, and spending about two hours meeting with rebel leaders.
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April 28, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are offering $30,000 in reward money tied to a fatal shooting in North Philadelphia three weeks ago - $20,000 for information on the killer and $10,000 for his gun, an AK-47 style assault weapon involved in both the homicide and another shooting a week later, several blocks away. Tyrone Rosser, 36, was shot multiple times by the .30-caliber weapon at 10:37 p.m. April 6 near Seventh Street and Venango Avenue, and pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital. A companion was shot in a leg. Video from nearby stores showed the shooter coming up from behind the two men and firing, then fleeing west on Venango and north on Eighth Street, continuing to fire as he ran. Police recovered 22 shell casings from that shooting and 23 more from a similar encounter a week later, near Seventh and Clearfield Avenue, where two men were shot and a third was wounded by flying debris.
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February 8, 2013
Q: MY SON and his bride are having a simple wedding - marrying with just two witnesses present, followed by a dinner for immediate family and one or two friends. That's their wish, and I respect it. The problem? They don't want to invite my late father's longtime companion. She lives in another city but is within driving distance. We are still close, and I know she would want to be included. How can I tell her about the wedding without hurting her feelings? If my dad were alive, they would have been invited.
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January 31, 2013
Obama kin gets deport hearing BOSTON - A federal immigration judge has scheduled a new deportation hearing granted last year to President Obama's uncle in Massachusetts. Onyango Obama is the half brother of the president's late father. He has lived in the United States since coming from Kenya as a teenager for school. On Wednesday, his new hearing was set for Dec. 3. Obama, 68, was ordered deported in 1992 after he failed to renew an application to stay. His status emerged after a 2011 drunken-driving arrest in Framingham.
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December 16, 2012 | Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Police in Alabama fatally shot two suspects Saturday following separate shooting incidents 75 miles apart that left several others, including two officers, wounded. Authorities said Jason Letts, 38, of Jemison, opened fire early Saturday morning at a hospital in Birmingham, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer. Police were sent to St. Vincent's Hospital around 4 a.m. to check on a report of an armed man inside the facility.
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August 19, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
JERMAL PONDS, the man pulled from a rush-hour SEPTA subway train last month and arrested for allegedly carrying a loaded .38-caliber revolver, a disassembled AK-47 assault rifle, a hunting knife, drugs and ammunition, was ordered Friday to stand trial. Municipal Judge Frank T. Brady held Ponds, 28, on multiple weapon and drug charges after a brief preliminary hearing that included testimony about the July 31 arrest by both a SEPTA and city police officer. The defendant faces a formal arraignment Sept.
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August 18, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia man arrested for allegedly carrying a disassembled assault rifle, loaded pistol, knife, and drugs aboard the northbound Broad Street Subway was held for trial Friday on weapons and drug charges. Jermal Ponds, 28, was ordered to stand trial during a brief preliminary hearing before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Frank T. Brady after a police narcotics officer said the drugs, guns, packaging bags, and $712 in cash Ponds had with him on July 31 were consistent with someone who sells illegal drugs.
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