February 24, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Kenneth Cherry Jr. was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in his Maserati. Michael Boldon was a family man and taxi driver who hailed from Michigan and loved fast cars. The two men's lives - along with that of an unidentified passenger in Boldon's cab - ended in gunfire, a fiery crash, and an explosion before dawn Thursday on the neon-lit Strip. As investigators Friday tried to find the gunman in a black Range Rover SUV who triggered the chain of events, families and friends tried to grasp the finality of it all. "Right now my heart is breaking," said Cherry's great aunt, Patricia Sims, of Oakland, Calif.
February 22, 2013 |
I N THE SPRING and summer, Marie Zienkewicz, 89, could often be seen on the patio of her apartment in a sprawling, lush Bucks County complex watering her prim flower garden. But Tuesday night, authorities say, the senior citizen's peaceful existence came to a violent end. A bullet from a gunbattle between police and an apparently unhinged resident there found its way into the woman's apartment and killed her. "He didn't solve anything. His life's over," resident Barbara Sussman, 65, said of Andrew G. Cairns, 49, the man accused of barricading himself in the apartment above Zienkewicz's at Jefferson on the Creek apartments, on Street Road near Davisville in Warminster.
February 1, 2013 |
IF WALTER HILL is Howard Hawks, and "48 Hours" was "Rio Bravo," then "Bullet to the Head" is "Rio Lobo. " While film buffs sort that out, I'll put it another way - "Bullet" is essentially the third time that Hill has made the same movie, with amusing tweaks along the way. "Bullet" is actually a better sequel to "48 Hours" than "Another 48 Hours," with more pronounced variations. You still have the premise of a cop and criminal paired together, working to their mutual benefit, but the action has moved from Los Angeles to New Orleans, the racially mixed pair is Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang, (from "The Fast and the Furious")
January 23, 2013 |
In an instant, the 40-year-old man at his favorite South Philadelphia corner store had a decision to make. A young thug had burst through the door waving a gun, announcing a robbery. The man decided to act, taking a bullet in the head for his grief, but - almost miraculously, according to police - living to talk about it Monday night with doctors. "The bullet penetrated his skin but not his skull," Chief Inspector Scott Small said of the Good Samaritan shot inside the Koh Kong Grocery late Monday afternoon.
January 13, 2013 |
Derrick Robinson was playing Call of Duty about 2 a.m. Friday when, suddenly, the sound of gunfire became all too real. A gunman, carrying what police believe was an AR-15 rifle, began ripping shots into the front of the house where Robinson, 18, and his brother Oliver, 22, live. The shots were fired from a basketball court at 53d and Euclid Streets in the Wynnefield section, across from the Robinsons' house. Police said they recovered 17 casings. Bullets were sprayed through windows, above the front door, and, eventually, into the Robinson brothers' second-floor bedroom.
December 28, 2012
IN A YEAR when the city's homicide rate sits at nearly one a day, cases and numbers become a blur. Here's a look back at some of the heartbreaking killings in Philadelphia this year: Off-duty officer slain Officer Moses Walker Jr ., 40, had just finished his shift at North Philadelphia's 22nd District early Aug. 18 and was on his way home when he was gunned down by two men in a botched robbery. Walker, a 19-year veteran who worked in the district's holding cell, was remembered by fellow cops - and even by men he locked up - as a model officer who always wore a smile and treated people with respect.
December 21, 2012 |
HARROLD, Texas - In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school - mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons. In remote Harrold, the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know - and trust - one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school. "We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," Superintendent David Thweatt said.
November 20, 2012 |
RAHFEK and Rashawn Dennis' older sister, Zykia Sanders, 22, was their confidante and role model. But early Saturday morning, police say, a thug violently ripped the boys' sister away from them, when a stray bullet not meant for Sanders tore through the young woman's back as she stood outside the West Park Apartments, on Busti Street near Holden, in Powelton. The woman, who relatives said was about to graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration, became the city's 295th homicide victim of 2012 when she died of her wounds about 2:30 a.m. at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
November 18, 2012 |
A 22-year-old woman died in West Philadelphia Saturday morning when she was shot in the back by a bullet not intended for her. Zykia Sanders, from the 300 block of West Berkley Street in Germantown, was not the intended target of the gunfire, according to information provided by Officer Tanya Little, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department. Police arrived at the 4400 block of Holden Street near the Powelton section of the city around 2:18 a.m. They found Sanders on the ground, unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to the back.