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June 16, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man was shot in the head and died in Crescentville late Friday night, police said. The 31-year-old victim, whose identity police had not released Saturday, was shot in the street on the 5500 block of North Hill Creek Drive. He was unconscious when police arrived. The man was pronounced dead at 11:25 p.m. at Einstein Medical Center. Police said they had not made any arrests and did not have a known motive or shooter's description Saturday morning.   Contact Jonathan Lai at 856-779-3220, jlai@phillynews.com , or on Twitter @elaijuh.
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July 31, 2016
A 38-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in the city's Crescentville section Friday afternoon, police said. The stabbing occurred about 1:45 p.m. outside on the 5500 block of Hill Creek Court. The victim was taken by police to Einstein Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, police said. No arrest has been made. - Julie Shaw
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April 12, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
One man was killed and another wounded in a Crescentville shooting late Wednesday. Omar Rodriguez, 28, was pronounced dead at his apartment in the 5000 block of F Street. Police pulled up to the building to find a 27-year-old man lying on the ground with gunshots to his back, left elbow, and chest. He was in critical condition Thursday at Temple University Hospital. Inside the building, police found Rodriguez sitting upright in a chair in one of the apartment's bedrooms. He had been shot through the right eye. Police said they had not determined a motive in the shooting.
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April 18, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE STRETCH OF Newtown Avenue near Godfrey seems the perfect place to disappear. The narrow, one-way thoroughfare is strewn with trash and shadowed by a thick cover of trees. No houses are nearby, only a few commercial properties and SEPTA train tracks. Yesterday, that remote stretch of pavement became the site of the latest brutal attack to rock Crescentville. Just before 6 p.m., officers found two men shot there, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Duct tape covered their faces and bound their wrists.
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May 7, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
BRAHEEM THOMAS, 12, has a message for the lowlife whose bullets struck him Friday: Put the guns away. "Don't shoot at all," Braheem said last night on the steps of his family's two-story Crescentville rowhouse. "People are out there with their kids. . . . You're taking a life, and that's not cool. " Police say the punk who pulled the trigger that night on Van Kirk Street near Rising Sun Avenue was targeting a 21-year-old man who was standing nearby. He got his man, hitting him in the chest, but a stray bullet struck Braheem in the left thigh as the youth was walking home from Burger King with his mom, an aunt and cousins.
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April 14, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
Two days after 17 men were arrested for running a dogfighting ring in Kensington and Grays Ferry, police yesterday arrested three more for allegedly running a related ring in the basement of a rowhouse in Crescentville. While officials dismantled the ring inside the home on Cheltenham Avenue near Rising Sun, George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the PSPCA, said that about 30 animals have been taken into shelters this week. "You never get used to it," he said. "This is a sick sport as far as I'm concerned.
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March 6, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A fourth suspect has been charged in a 2014 abduction and execution-style slaying in Crescentville as authorities search for a fifth man wanted in the killing. Christopher Corley, 29, is facing murder, robbery, kidnapping and other charges in the shooting of two men, one fatally, on April 17, 2014, according to court records. Corley is the fourth man charged in the incident that left 29-year-old Carl Johnson dead and a 26-year-old man wounded. Police are now looking for 29-year-old Deforest Johnson, the final suspect on the loose in the slaying.
NEWS
April 24, 2016
A 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash late Thursday in Crescentville, police said Friday. The initial investigation indicates the biker ran a red light at Whitaker Avenue and Herkness Street about 10:35 p.m. when he ran into the passenger side of a 2000 Lincoln sedan, police said. The Lincoln then struck a parked Honda. The victim, identified as Angel Rodriguez-Almonte of the 4800 block of Summerdale Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:46 p.m., police said. He was not wearing a helmet and police said he was traveling at a "high rate of speed.
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July 31, 2016
A 38-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in the city's Crescentville section Friday afternoon, police said. The stabbing occurred about 1:45 p.m. outside on the 5500 block of Hill Creek Court. The victim was taken by police to Einstein Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, police said. No arrest has been made. - Julie Shaw
NEWS
April 24, 2016
A 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash late Thursday in Crescentville, police said Friday. The initial investigation indicates the biker ran a red light at Whitaker Avenue and Herkness Street about 10:35 p.m. when he ran into the passenger side of a 2000 Lincoln sedan, police said. The Lincoln then struck a parked Honda. The victim, identified as Angel Rodriguez-Almonte of the 4800 block of Summerdale Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:46 p.m., police said. He was not wearing a helmet and police said he was traveling at a "high rate of speed.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 39-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced Thursday in Common Pleas Court to four years probation for dog fighting. Antoine Talley, who pleaded guilty in December to five counts of animal fighting and 10 counts of animal cruelty, also was sentenced to anger management and drug screenings, and is prohibited from any contact with dogs during his probation. Talley was previously convicted of animal cruelty in connection with a dog-fighting operation in 2000. On May 11, 2013, Talley was arrested after officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA raided his house in the 300 block of Van Kirk Street in Crescentville.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A fourth suspect has been charged in a 2014 abduction and execution-style slaying in Crescentville as authorities search for a fifth man wanted in the killing. Christopher Corley, 29, is facing murder, robbery, kidnapping and other charges in the shooting of two men, one fatally, on April 17, 2014, according to court records. Corley is the fourth man charged in the incident that left 29-year-old Carl Johnson dead and a 26-year-old man wounded. Police are now looking for 29-year-old Deforest Johnson, the final suspect on the loose in the slaying.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE WIFE of a Chinese deliveryman who was shot and killed in April jumped up from her seat in a courtroom gallery yesterday and ran toward the bulletproof window that separated her from the two teenage defendants. Wailing, she banged loudly on the glass partition, which separates the gallery from the court in Room 306 of the Criminal Justice Center. At the time, defendant Tyquail Duffy, 16, who faced a preliminary hearing on murder charges, was seated at the defense table. His codefendant, Sahmir Walker, 15, who is cooperating with prosecutors, had just finished testifying against Duffy.
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July 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER MONTHS of gloom, Lawncrest could use some light. And its residents, besieged by bad news at every turn, are hoping the brilliance of fireworks will do the trick. Tomorrow marks the 100th time the Northeast Philly neighborhood will hold its Fourth of July celebration, a platinum anniversary beyond precious to the people planning it. Because it's about more than just sparklers and water ice. The pride of an aging community battered by turmoil hangs in the balance of the grass-roots celebration, one of the city's oldest.
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April 29, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
RENDONG ZHENG used to visit Joaquim Marmolejos every day to buy a pack of Marlboro Lights. But when the city bumped up the price of a pack of smokes by $2 to support the school district, Zheng stopped patronizing Marmolejos' store, the Dean Deli Grocery, just one door away from New China, the restaurant where Zheng worked as a delivery driver. Zheng, whose wife once worked at the restaurant on Rising Sun Avenue near Rosalie Street in Crescentville, would always greet Marmolejos whenever they ran into one another.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A deliveryman was shot and killed in Crescentville late Thursday night, police said. Rendong Zheng, 49, of North Philadelphia, was making a delivery from the New China Restaurant when he was killed by a gunshot to the shoulder. Second District officers responded to a report of gunshots around 10:37 p.m. Friday on the 500 block of Hillcreek Park, a street in a housing development off Rising Sun Avenue. But when they arrived, they saw nothing in the area. Shortly afterward, the Fire Department was called to a one-car accident on the 500 block of Adams Avenue - just outside the development where gunshots had been reported.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter S. Wisniewski, 98, of Cheltenham, a retired business and civic leader in the Philadelphia area, died Friday, Jan. 30, of cerebral vascular disease at his retirement home in Venice, Fla. Mr. Wisniewski, a son of Polish immigrants, grew up in Philadelphia. He lived in Cheltenham for 30 years until moving to Florida in 1982. After graduating from Northeast High School and studying engineering at the former Drexel Institute, Mr. Wisniewski in 1944 became a cofounder and executive vice president of Repco Products Corp.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Tricia Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The melancholy skirl of bagpipes and tolling of a cemetery bell were the backdrop on a wintry Saturday as hundreds of firefighters mourned fallen Philadelphia colleague Joyce Michelle Craig. They came from across the United States and from Canada, the line four deep outside the West Oak Lane funeral home. Each paused briefly at the casket to remove his or her hat or bow or salute. "When Joyce first got her hand on that study manual to take the test to be a firefighter, she studied that manual day in and day out," her brother Michael Craig said, as an overflow crowd listened from the street.
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