December 11, 2015 |
The prosecutor called Kathryn Knott a closet homophobe whose antagonism toward gay men came out on Twitter - and in slurs and punches the night of Sept. 11, 2014. The lawyer for the 25-year-old Bucks County woman called her a "wonderful human being" who had matured beyond her early attitudes toward sexual minorities and was a bystander during the Center City attack on two gay men that left one seriously injured with a broken jaw. On Thursday, after rejecting an earlier guilty-plea bargain that her two male codefendants accepted, Knott went on trial before a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury on aggravated assault, conspiracy and related charges in the late-night incident at 16th and Chancellor Streets.
October 10, 2014 |
RONALD OCKIMEY and Leon Owens, both armed with semi-automatic handguns, meant to kill on the evening of April 11, 2012. Their Southwest Philadelphia gang, the Backstreet Boys, was beefing with a rival gang, the Greenway Boys. So, when Ockimey, Owens and a third gunman spotted two Greenway members exiting a convenience store at 53rd and Greenway streets, they started to shoot. At least 17 rounds drove the Greenway members back into the store, where they drew weapons and returned fire.
August 13, 2014 |
A MAN ACCUSED of escalating a petty argument into a violent shooting that wounded three bystanders, one of whom was clinging to life last night, is behind bars, police said. Leonard Hampton, 44 - of Tampa Street near Wyoming Avenue in Juniata Park, where the shooting took place - has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, gun violations and related offenses after he allegedly called three of his scumbag buddies for help after losing an argument with another man late Saturday.
August 12, 2014 |
NO ARGUMENT is worth shooting someone over. But four punks apparently thought it was a good idea to settle their beef by using gunfire late Saturday and sent three uninvolved passers-by to the hospital in the process, according to police. Last night, one of those victims, 25, was clinging to life at Temple University Hospital after one of the stray bullets struck him in the head. Meanwhile, investigators were pursuing a warrant for one of the suspects, who has a prior arrest for murder, according to a police source.
May 9, 2014 |
IN WEST PHILADELPHIA, along Callowhill Street, two groups of young men had been feuding since 2006, but in 2012 things turned deadly, a Philadelphia jury was told yesterday. A member of the 64th and Callowhill gang was slain on Feb. 22 that year. Gang members retaliated by shooting and injuring a member of the rival 62nd and Callowhill gang a month later, on March 27, Assistant District Attorney Jack O'Neill told the jury. Still seeking blood, 64th and Callowhill members Justin Brown, 23, and Elijah Fleming, 26, drove around looking to shoot a 62nd and Callowhill member in early May 2012 but instead killed a bystander, O'Neill told the jury on the opening day of Brown's and Fleming's joint murder trial.
August 2, 2013 |
Three alleged gunmen whose fight in a Nicetown bar escalated into a sidewalk shootout ending in the Thanksgiving weekend death of a woman fleeing the mayhem were ordered to stand trial on murder charges Wednesday by a Philadelphia judge. The three - Byron McDonald, 20; Anthony Palmer, 34; and Roland Thompson, 36 - were held without bail in the death of Johnika Tiggett, following a preliminary hearing by Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon. DeLeon dismissed charges against Rashon Wiggins, 25, for lack of evidence.
June 7, 2013 |
On Wednesday morning, the College of Physicians, home of the Mutter Museum at 22d and Ludlow Streets, was bustling with workers. In front of the building, Bill Roam of East Lansdowne unloaded drop cloths from his truck. His son's painting company had a job inside and he had stopped by to see how it was going. Four stories above, Ray Kauffman and his crew from a Langhorne roofing company were hours into the work day. From their lookout, they could watch the demolition of a vacant brick building on Market Street.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It was not exactly a day for Republicans. Their most recent standard-bearer remained out of sight, home in California. Their two most recent presidents were home in Texas. And as President Obama took the oath of office, those who were there sat stone-faced, barely meriting a mention as the president laid out the kind of liberal agenda they have long feared. "I would have liked to see more outreach," said Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), who sat stoically behind a pair of dark aviator sunglasses, offering little reaction as Obama spoke.
December 25, 2012 |
HOUSTON - A Houston traffic stop ended with a gunman shooting and killing a police officer and a bystander on Christmas Eve in the parking lot of a body shop, police said. The incident that began shortly before 9 a.m. Monday quickly deteriorated from a traffic stop into a violent confrontation when the suspect sped off in his black car rather than pull over, police spokesman John Cannon said. As the suspect fled, he sideswiped a white truck, which also took off after him, he said. The suspect and the truck's driver eventually pulled into a nearby Maaco body shop, and that is when the officer with the Bellaire Police Department approached the vehicle, Cannon said.
November 20, 2012 |
ZYKIA SANDERS had just attended a friend's birthday party at the West Park Apartments in Powelton on Saturday when her life was ripped away by a stray bullet intended for someone else, according to police. Now, authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her killers. According to Homicide Capt. James Clark, Sanders, 22, was with a group of people outside the apartments, on Busti Street near Holden, after the party let out around 2:18 a.m., when three men in a four-door sedan rolled up to the crowd.