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September 11, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THIS KID really wanted to get home from school. A 16-year-old boy went ballistic Monday afternoon at the Erie-Torresdale stop of SEPTA's Market-Frankford El, fighting with the agency's Transit Police, threatening to punch a cashier and then hopping onto the roof of a moving train. "This was bizarre behavior, something we've never seen before," Transit Police Inspector Steven Harold said yesterday. "Obviously, this juvenile has mental issues, and is extremely lucky that he didn't hurt someone or himself.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
ELEVEN OF THE 164 Philadelphia police officers accused of domestic abuse since 2011 - or fewer than 7 percent - were fired and criminally charged, according to the Police Department. Of those, just three have been convicted, and half are back on the job. Here's the list: *  James Graber Jr., an 11-year veteran assigned to the bomb-disposal unit, was arrested after he allegedly punched his ex-wife in the face in a Mayfair pub in February 2011. At his ex-wife's request, Graber entered and completed a diversion program.
NEWS
September 9, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
HAD THE trigger been pulled in another section of North Philadelphia's sprawling 35th Police District, there's a chance the deluge of shots - bang bang bang bang bang - might have gone unnoticed, or at least unreported. But the gunfire echoed across a long, leafy driveway in the wee hours on Colonial Street, a winding block of tidy rowhouses in West Oak Lane, just a stone's throw from the Cheltenham Township border. The terrifying noise awoke residents on Aug. 19. They didn't hesitate to call 9-1-1.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
BARBARA McKELLAR wakes up at 4 a.m. every day and watches the news. When she does, she sees, almost daily, stories of gloom and doom, of young men getting cut down on the city's streets. Hearing those stories upsets her, but she never thought it would affect her personally. That changed Wednesday. "I never, ever imagined I would be in this predicament," a weeping McKellar said last night on a crowded Olney street corner. "If you know what's going on, please say something.
NEWS
September 3, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
KAYZAR Abdul-Khabir was "shocked" when his phone rang Saturday and Mayor Michael Nutter was on the other end of the line. A short time later, he fielded another call, this one from police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Abdul-Khabir said both leaders were apologetic for a series of troubles he and his family went through with police last week as detailed in the Daily News ' cover story on Saturday. Beyond the apologies, Nutter promised to get the family's door, which was broken by police detectives who did not leave a note, fixed as soon as possible.
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
WHATEVER happened to the good old days of Tattle when our lead stories were about Paris Hilton , Britney Spears and Tiger Woods ? Oh, what we wouldn't give for a good sex scandal instead of so much violence. Although we'd love to write about the lunacy of giving a 9-year-old girl shooting lessons with an Uzi (see anywhere that loves viral videos), fitting in better with our entertainment motif is this story out of Omaha, Neb., in which police officers who opened fire during a robbery at a Wendy's killed a "Cops" crew member as well as the suspect.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE CRIMINAL-justice system and even a kindhearted neighborhood woman who opened her home to James Mears gave the repeat felon just about every opportunity to get on the right track. Instead, police said yesterday, Mears violently turned on Dollie Evans, 67, the Holmesburg woman known as "Grandma" on her block, who gave the convict a place to stay after he was recently released from jail. In a plot to steal $500 from Evans, Mears attacked the woman Saturday afternoon in her living room on Vista Street near Torresdale Avenue, ruthlessly putting a bullet in her head when she fought back, Homicide Capt.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
I DON'T LIVE in Ferguson, Mo., but I signed the national petition for Gov. Jay Nixon to name a special prosecutor to present evidence to the grand jury in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. My online signature was No. 79,198. Grand juries favor the prosecution, and lawyers joke - although it's not a joke - that grand juries will indict a ham sandwich. It is Officer Darren Wilson who stands to be indicted. St. Louis County lead prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who will supervise the case against Wilson, said he will not step aside, but would not object to the governor appointing a special prosecutor.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
ONCE YOU KNOW the story, how police say the hulking, stocky robber stalks and targets vulnerable elderly victims, usually hitting and knocking them to the ground, the surveillance video of the moments leading up to the most recent attack is all the more chilling. An 87-year-old man, slight and a little hunched, walks unsuspectingly into the Sunoco store at Cottman and Castor avenues in the video from around 10 a.m. Aug. 13, which police released yesterday. He leans down to pick up a newspaper.
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