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October 1, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing insufficient evidence, prosecutors have dropped rape and related charges against former Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, who was released from jail Monday. As a rookie cop in 2007, DeCoatsworth was hailed as a hero after being shot in the face while on duty and pursuing his assailant despite his injuries. In May 2013, after an armed standoff at his Port Richmond house, he was arrested and charged with raping two prostitutes. But on Monday, the District Attorney's Office released a statement saying it had conducted an intense follow-up investigation and determined there was not enough evidence to proceed in the alleged rapes.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE UPPER DARBY mother took her parenting cues from LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out," when she urged her daughter to fight another girl in the parking lot of a gas station on Friday afternoon, police said. "She flunked Parenting 101," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "Kids are kids but parents that push them to have a fight, that makes no sense whatsoever. " This month's contender for mother of the year, Nicole Holton, 36, was shameless when police broke up the fight and tried to get to the bottom of how it started, Chitwood said.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writerzalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE EVENT HALL at Park and Chew avenues in Fern Rock has a sign outside that says it's a day-care, so its promoters need all the help they can get to draw attention to the hall's pay-at-the-door weekend parties. But now the hall, which sometimes markets itself as the Nifiji Club, is getting a lot of special attention - from the Philadelphia Police Department and the District Attorney's Office. Officials met with concerned neighborhood residents last night - two weeks after a wild shootout following a motorcycle club's party at the hall left two people dead and two injured - and pledged that if they have anything to do with it, the hall's doors won't be open much longer.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A BUS crash yesterday claimed the life of a young mother as she tried to cross the street, police said. Just before 7:30 p.m., police were called to the scene of a SEPTA bus crash on Washington Avenue near 15th Street in South Philadelphia, said Capt. Anthony Ginaldi. There officers found an 8-year-old boy trying to rouse his mother, who was lying in the middle of the street. The woman, 29, was trying to cross Washington Avenue with her son and a 32-year-old man, running to beat the bus as it turned, Ginaldi said.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE LEGAL fallout from disgraced ex-narcotics cop Jeffrey Walker continued yesterday, as a judge overturned another 59 of his drug convictions. The cases were first reopened, then dismissed, by Common Pleas Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper as part of an agreement between the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. To date, 162 convictions resulting from Walker's arrests have been tossed out, said attorney Bradley Bridge, of the Defender Association, which filed most of the petitions to reopen the cases.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE OUTCOME of the investigation into an attack on two gay men in Center City is now in the hands of the District Attorney's Office. Yesterday, detectives from Central Division submitted their final report on the case to the office, according to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "It's in their hands now," he said. "They will review what we've given them and decide what charges, if any, are appropriate. " Ramsey called the file "extensive," adding that it contained all the statements taken from the victims, witnesses and several "persons of interest" in the incident, which took place Sept.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Heavily armed police - now from New York and New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania - continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County where they believe alleged cop killer Eric Frein is moving on foot under the cover of dense forest. Gov. Corbett said at a news conference Monday that he was "confident that we would be able to apprehend this individual. " "He's out in those woods right now," Corbett said. "My thoughts are constantly with those people right now, who are looking for this individual.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE MURDERS were gruesome, even by big-city standards. Vu Huynh, 31, and his brother, Viet Huynh, 28, made the mistake of gambling away most of the $100,000 that an Asian gang had given them to buy drugs. The brothers were tortured, gagged, bound to buckets filled with tar and dumped into the Schuylkill on Aug. 27 - oh, and their throats were slit, too. A buddy who tried to save them met the same fate, but unlike the Huynhs, the 23-year-old man somehow managed to survive, claw out of the river early that morning and flag down cops along Kelly Drive.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A TEEN POINTED a gun at police in West Philadelphia last night, prompting them to shoot him, police said. At 8:53 p.m., officers responded to Frazier Street near Media for a report of a man with a gun, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the cops arrived, they spotted a teen holding a gun who matched the description of the gunman, he said. The 17-year-old saw the officers and ran to 57th Street, Small said, but then turned and pointed his gun at the cops, prompting two officers to fire, hitting him in the shoulder and torso.
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