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July 16, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police removed a body from a Center City apartment Monday afternoon. The corpse, a man believed to be about 25 years old, was discovered about 9:05 a.m. after residents began complaining of a horrible stench in a rowhouse on the 200 block of South 13th Street. After the building supervisor opened the apartment, police found the body on a chair, according to a police statement. Based on the smell, Det. George Fetters estimated the man had died a week ago.  A medical examiner pronounced him dead at the scene at 9:35 a.m., police said.
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July 23, 2003 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr.INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police homicide detectives and crime-scene investigators yesterday scoured the spot in Fairmount Park where the body of 30-year-old murder victim Rebecca Park was found last week. They entered the densely wooded area off the 3500 block of Conshohocken Avenue with digging equipment, rakes, and a metal detector. Emerging from the park several hours later, a sweat-marked police commander said the search was routine. "We revisited the crime scene in the event that we missed any evidence," said the official, Lt. Joseph I. Maum of the Homicide Unit.
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December 2, 1994 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carol Singer was hogtied, a white cord wrapped around her ankles and wrists, her legs bent at the knees, her arms pulled tight behind her back. She lay on the floor at the foot of the bed, one cheek pressed against the rug, her eyes closed tight, her face without expression. That was how Cherry Hill police officer Gregory O'Shaughnessy found her on Jan. 29, 1974. And that was how, through a series of photos, she was presented to a Camden County jury yesterday. The dramatic presentation of the crime-scene photos by Deputy Attorney General Wayne Forrest dominated the third day of the murder trial of Irving Singer, 68, who is charged in the brutal stabbing death of his former wife.
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August 7, 2005 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There was a homicide in Gloucester County recently, but a new, energetic 20-student task force was on the case. The crime was a role-playing scenario, but the situation gave summer interns in the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office an interesting and uncommon look into the vast world of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The focus of the four-week program, which ended Friday, ranged from gaining clues and photographs at a crime scene to a criminal trial. Tours of county and federal jails and a mock grand-jury presentation were included.
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February 10, 1995 | By Robin Clark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With a series of gruesome photographs and testimony from the first police officer on the murder scene, prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson case yesterday gave jurors a vivid look at the cramped courtyard where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman were slashed to death June 12. As jurors sat forward, scribbling in their notebooks, Officer Robert Riske described shining his flashlight up the dimly lit path to 875 South Bundy Drive and seeing...
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September 20, 2000 | DAVID CRUZ/ FOR THE DAILY NEWS
POLICE SAY two women driving this car near 2500 Waterloo Street were sexually assaulted early yesterday. The two, 20 and 18, had dropped off the older woman's boyfriend in the area about 3:20 a.m., when a man or men approached the car and attacked them. Both women were taken to a hospital and treated and released, according to police.
LIVING
December 6, 1998 | By David Delman, FOR THE INQUIRER
At 33, Deborah Knott is among the youngest district court judges in North Carolina, and only the fourth woman ever to hold elective office in Colleton County. So as Home Fires Burning (Mysterious Press, $22) gets under way, she's a New Woman in the New South. But, as Deborah has always known, the New South still has problems - a point driven home when, within days, three black churches are destroyed through arson. To Deborah, the most dismaying aspect of this is the possible involvement of young AK Knott, one of her beloved nephews.
NEWS
August 4, 1998 | By William Lamb, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At 5:55 a.m. Saturday, a 43-year-old Hatboro woman told police here that she had been beaten and raped in her apartment. Hatboro police, who on Saturday charged a 34-year-old Warminster man with the rape, cautioned that such crimes are rare in this section of northeastern Montgomery County. "It's not something that happens every day," said Hatboro Police Chief Frank Campbell. Charles Holder, 34, of the 100 block of East Street Road, was arrested at 6:38 a.m. Saturday after a K-9 dog from the Upper Moreland Police Department traced him from the woman's apartment on South New Street to a porch about three blocks away where he was sleeping, Campbell said.
NEWS
February 28, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
The old adage that a criminal always returns to the scene of the crime proved to be the undoing of a 41-year-old paroled killer who was convicted by a jury yesterday of a Nov. 3, 1984, rape. Harry Taylor, of 19th Street near Fairmount Avenue, was arrested five weeks after the rape of a 26-year-old mother of two in her Northern Liberties home when the victim spotted him walking behind her home. Assistant District Attorney Joseph McGettigan said Taylor's "foolish mistake" of returning to the scene of the rape did him in. Taylor was released from prison in 1980 after serving eight years of an 8- to-20-year term for a 1972 stabbing murder of a Philadelphia woman, according to police.
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August 1, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
IT'S TIME TO cordon off the Philadelphia Police Department and declare it a crime scene. At this point, what's long been happening inside that broken department is a crime - against good cops whose reputations are tarnished by dirty cops, against residents who've lost faith in a force that's supposed to protect and serve them, and against the laws that cops are supposed to uphold but that bad cops continue to break . . . and break . . . and break,...
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August 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office dropped plans Thursday to pursue the death penalty in the trial of an Upper Merion man accused of killing his parents and twin brother in 2011. Prosecutors withdrew the death-penalty notice after Joseph McAndrew Jr. waived a jury trial and agreed to have his case heard by a judge. McAndrew, 27, contends that he was insane when he used a sword to stab his father, landscaping business owner Joseph McAndrew Sr.; his mother, Susan; and brother James in their Holstein Road home in March 2011.
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August 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The woman found dead in residential and historically safe Pennypack Park early Tuesday was strangled, a crime that had homicide detectives on Wednesday seeking the public's help. Constance McClain-Murray, 46, went out jogging about 9 p.m. Monday and never returned, Homicide Capt. James Clark said at an afternoon news conference. Clark said detectives had not yet determined a motive in the killing, and he did not say how McClain had been strangled. He said there was no sign that she had been sexually assaulted.
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August 1, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
IT'S TIME TO cordon off the Philadelphia Police Department and declare it a crime scene. At this point, what's long been happening inside that broken department is a crime - against good cops whose reputations are tarnished by dirty cops, against residents who've lost faith in a force that's supposed to protect and serve them, and against the laws that cops are supposed to uphold but that bad cops continue to break . . . and break . . . and break,...
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July 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
AFTER ALLEGEDLY fatally shooting a young husband and father during a botched robbery last September, Tyreek McNeil didn't lie low or keep his mouth shut. Instead, the day after the slaying McNeil, 22, allegedly told a group of friends that he was the one who pumped three bullets into the torso and upper back of Jose Gabino Aparicio, 22, at 8th and Watkins streets in South Philadelphia shortly after 4 a.m. on Sept. 26. Yesterday, after one of those friends, Jahmir Carney, testified about hearing the gunman's confession, Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ordered McNeil to stand trial for murder, robbery and related crimes.
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July 30, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
BACK IN April 2008, Kenneth Wiggins, 19, stole more than $1,000 from Qentin Salmond during a dice game in Germantown. Three days later, Salmond, his brother Bernard and their friend Jamil Baynes got revenge on Wiggins in broad daylight. Just before 1 p.m., as Wiggins left Skyline Restaurant on Chew Avenue near Chelten, Qentin Salmond, disguised in a Muslim woman's outfit, and Baynes, wielding a handgun, approached from behind and shoved him to the ground. Baynes then opened fire, fatally shooting Wiggins in the chest.
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June 10, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DR. PAUL J. FINK admitted to feeling a bit uneasy. There he was with 100 community leaders at an anti-crime summit in Graterford prison, sitting across from 100 inmates who were unlikely ever again to see the light of freedom. To get to the chapel, where the meeting was held, Fink and his group had to follow guards through the many clanging gates and locks that served as a stark reminder of what it must be like to be shut away for life. But to Dr. Fink's relief and satisfaction, the inmates were just as eager as the community leaders to find answers to what was happening to young people outside in the violent streets.
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April 23, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
POLICE said a strong-armed robber who lost his keys while beating up a woman for her purse in Upper Darby on Saturday returned to the crime scene to search for his keys and was nabbed by a vigilant cop in an undercover car. Cordell Kelly, 19, of Upper Darby, allegedly beat a 30-year-old woman for her Coach purse in the middle of Timberlake Road near Midway Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Unbeknownst to Kelly, his keys fell from his pocket during the assault, and on the keychain was a Modell's MVP card with Kelly's address on it, Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
NEWS
April 20, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
LAWNCREST Investigators on Friday were combing the neighborhood where two men were found duct-taped and shot, one fatally, this week. The shootings happened Thursday, with one man wounded in the head, chest, and a leg and pronounced dead before 6 p.m. on Newtown Avenue near Godfrey Avenue, and another shot in the back, an arm, and a leg taken to Einstein Medical Center. Both had been tied up, with duct tape placed over their eyes and around their wrists. Multiple shell casings were found at the scene.
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March 4, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The getaway car carrying Amber Long's killers sped from the crime scene up Front Street, careening onto Laurel, past vacant lots and shuttered warehouses in Northern Liberties. Behind them, on a desolate patch of sidewalk, Stephanie Long tried to revive her dying daughter, shot once in the chest during a botched purse snatching. Police were en route, but surveillance video from that January night shows the dark Chevy Impala already long gone - a left on Frankford, another on Girard, still another on 12th, where Stephanie Long's cellphone was found near a dark side street off Girard.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THERE WERE some mixups, and maybe a few cops who were just plain ticked off. Either way, the Philadelphia Police Department issued a "clarification" missive to officers earlier this week about the department's new interview and interrogation policy, which went into effect on Jan. 1. The memo noted that "it is entirely reasonable under the Fourth Amendment to temporarily detain all persons found at a crime scene. It is also expected," according to a copy obtained by the Daily News . The three-page note makes it clear that temporarily detaining people at a crime scene wouldn't conflict with a passage in Directive 151, the new interview policy, which states that a complainant or witness can refuse to be taken from a crime scene to a detective division for questioning.
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