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July 10, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE OTHER shoe has dropped on the investigation into the fire Monday at an Upper Darby Payless and police say a sole person is responsible for the blaze. That individual is a homeless man who was squatting on the vacant second floor of the building that houses the shoe store on 69th Street near Ludlow. Cops say he is responsible for Monday's blaze that totaled the store and severely damaged many others along the popular shopping corridor. At a news conference yesterday in front of the burned-out Payless, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood announced the arrest of James Morris, 54, who is believed to have accidentally started the blaze.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER POLICE officer pleaded guilty yesterday to a summary offense of animal cruelty. Roderick Walton, 50, was arrested April 23 and accused of leaving his injured dog in the filthy basement of his Northeast Philly home and failing to get it veterinary care for a broken leg. The dog had to be euthanized. Walton was charged with a misdemeanor and summary offense of animal cruelty. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors yesterday withdrew the misdemeanor charge, Assistant District Attorney Sybil Murphy said.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
POLICE HAVE opened an Internal Affairs investigation into the violent beating of a man during a drug arrest in April, officials said Wednesday. A video posted to YouTube on Wednesday by Los Angeles-based blogger Jasmyne Cannick shows at least a dozen officers, some of whom repeatedly punch, kick and apparently tase a man lying facedown on Locust Avenue in East Germantown. Cannick told the Daily News that the man in the video is Tyree Carroll, 22, whose family reached out to her in an attempt to bring exposure to his case.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man sought in a shooting was hiding between two cars last week when he shot at a police officer who had been following his vehicle, prosecutors said during the suspect's arraignment Monday. The bullets from the 9mm handgun carried by Victor Bennett struck the windows of a police vehicle driven by Camden County Officer Prince Reed, prosecutors said. A bullet fragment also hit Reed's arm. In Superior Court in Camden on Monday, Reed sat toward the front with more than 20 Camden County police officers.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ANITA COTTON snapped a selfie just before 3 p.m. Saturday, wearing an American-flag shawl and a smile. "Happy 4 of July," she tweeted with the photo. Normally, such a snapshot would be nothing more than a silly memory posted online by a 17-year-old heading to college in the fall. Instead, it's become a memorial image of the young mother, retweeted nearly 200 times by her friends and family. Twelve hours after the shutter on her smartphone closed, police say, Cotton was stabbed to death in a neighborhood spat that reached catastrophic proportions.
NEWS
July 5, 2015
Police say they have identified the man they say shot at a police officer Wednesday night in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden. Victor Bennett, 21, of Camden, shot Officer Prince Reed around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Camden County Police Department said Friday in a news release. The U.S. Marshal's Service is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to his arrest, according to the release. Bennett is described as a 6-foot-2 black man, weighing 195 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE FORECAST for this story is cloud-y with a chance of meatheads. Two thieves who stole a delivery driver's car, cash and cellphone in Upper Darby on Monday must have thought they were pretty smart when they turned off the GPS tracking on the victim's phone. But when the suspects started to use the phone to take photos of one another holding a shotgun, those photos were automatically uploaded to the victim's digital cloud and began to show up on the victim's other electronic devices, according to police.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
FORMER Philadelphia Police Sgt. Brandon Ruff alleged that his arrest last year was unlawful and done with excessive force, but a federal jury didn't see it that way. After an hour of deliberation yesterday, the jury unanimously dismissed his claims of wrongful arrest and use of excessive force against six 35th District officers when Ruff tried to turn in three guns at the station in August. "The officers are very relieved and satisfied with their day in court and the jury's decision," said Chief Deputy City Solicitor Craig Straw, who represented the defendants.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
HOMICIDE DETECTIVES are questioning several people and making "significant progress" in their probe into the barbaric murder of an 85-year-old woman, authorities said yesterday. Regina Brunner Holmes was found brutalized, with several stab wounds and her throat slit, Monday inside her home on Roumfort Road near Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy. It remained unclear last night what prompted the horrific attack. In the days since the grisly discovery, investigators have scoured the city for leads.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE JURY was not out long on this one. Two days of testimony in the perjury trial of former Philadelphia Police Officer Steven Lupo ended with a 'not guilty' verdict after about 45 minutes of deliberation. Lupo, accompanied by his tearful wife and supporters, said he was "very thankful" following the verdict. "The jury made the right decision," he said. "I'm very humbled by it. " The defense and prosecution took turns arguing whether Lupo, a six-year veteran who lost his job following the charges, had made an error due to bad memory or had intentionally given false testimony about a 2011 arrest.
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