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March 6, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO SIGNS greet customers as they approach the front door of Serrata's Grocery Store in West Oak Lane: "No weapons allowed" and "Do not enter with mask or hoodie. " They sit at eye level - it's impossible to miss them. But a would-be robber ignored both of those warnings Friday and ended up dodging bullets for his brazenness, police said yesterday. Store owner Raul Serrata, 42, said he didn't have time to think when a masked punk entered his corner store, at 75th Avenue and Walnut Lane, with a handgun drawn and demanded money from him about 7:15 Friday night.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A MAN IN North Philadelphia found himself between some rock salt and a hard place last week when someone held him at gunpoint as he cleared snow from the sidewalk, police said yesterday. Daron Stinson, 21, pointed a gun at the 52-year-old man on Diamond Street near Sedgley Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday, police said. But he didn't demand his wallet or his watch - he wanted his rock salt, police said. And it was all caught on video - by Stinson - who then uploaded the footage to social media as part of an apparent string of prank holdups Stinson filmed and posted on his Instagram account, according to police.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Super Bowl meeting between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, as you have no doubt heard, matches the highest-scoring offense in the NFL against the defense that allowed the fewest points this season. It is also a matchup between the offense that gained the most yards and the defense that allowed the fewest yards. In the history of the Super Bowl era, those two things have never been the case before in the same game. So, yes, Peyton Manning's offense vs., for want of a better figurehead, Richard Sherman's defense, is the story line that makes the most sense and has garnered the most attention.
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN - An armed man selling PCP, or phencyclidine, was arrested by Camden County police on routine patrol Friday night in the city's Gateway neighborhood who witnessed a transaction, police said. PCP, also known as "wet" or "angel dust," has a hallucinogenic effect and has been associated with violent acts. Fernando Perez, 28, of Camden, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, certain persons not to have weapons, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a park.
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Siarhei Baltutski claims he sold at least 100 pieces of military hardware with names like Thermal Eye Renegade 320 and Scorpion thermal weapon sights to pig hunters in his native Belarus. But a federal judge in Philadelphia didn't buy the 41-year-old arms exporter's story and sentenced him Thursday to more than 25 years in prison for violations of federal arms-control and money-laundering laws. Baltutski, a Minsk businessman who pleaded guilty in January, led an international arms network that recruited U.S. straw buyers, including Belarusians living as legal permanent residents in Philadelphia, to purchase military-grade rifle scopes, goggles, and other similar devices for resale on the black market.
NEWS
December 17, 2013
AS THE second World Trade Center fell at 10:28 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, so, too, did the old world order. Almost immediately, a new order arose in its place, in the form of the war on terror, a domestic infrastructure called homeland security, a new kind of military engagement with volatile new enemies, and a heightened surveillance culture in which notions of privacy have also been turned upside down. At least initially, few doubted such actions were necessary to curb terrorism, and even doubters felt the trade-off between, say, civil liberties and government scrutiny was a necessary price.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., like most of his counterparts, is in search of pitching, and he's intrigued by his most recent acquisition, Brad Lincoln. The 28-year-old righthander was acquired by the Phillies on Tuesday from the Toronto Blue Jays for catcher Erik Kratz and minor-league lefthander Rob Rasmussen. (Rasmussen was acquired by the Phillies from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Michael Young trade in August.) Lincoln was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates and began his career as a starter, but he pitched entirely in relief during parts of two seasons with the Blue Jays.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
WITH THE score already 28-0 in the third quarter, Imhotep's junior quarterback, Andre Dreuitt, dropped back to pass after a play-action fake and rifled a pass into his receiver's chest for a big-gainer. As Nasir Lewis, a sophomore, strode down the field, coach Albie Crosby turned and said, "best kept secret in the Pub is my quarterback!" Well, after Dreuitt's four-touchdown night in the Panthers' 48-8 takedown of West Catholic for the AA city championship, the secret is out - and in a big way. The Panthers don't pass much.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that the public should "not anticipate a change in airport security" after the shootings at Los Angeles International Airport last week. "However, passengers may see an increased presence of local law-enforcement officers" across the country, the agency said. "Security measures will be both seen and unseen. " Friday's slaying of Gerardo Hernandez, the first TSA employee killed in the line of duty, was not unlike mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater, a Connecticut elementary school, or the Sept.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A FELTONVILLE woman has sued the city and two unnamed police officers for civil-rights violations, after she says the officers broke her arm when they handcuffed her without cause in August. Christine Maybin, 48, was sitting on her porch writing letters just after 8 p.m. on Aug. 24, when two officers chased a man out of a vacant house next door onto her porch on Tiber Street near Rising Sun Avenue, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in federal court. After handcuffing the man, they then handcuffed Maybin "with unreasonable and unnecessary force" and kept her in custody for a half-hour before freeing her, according to the complaint.
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