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June 19, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 46 years, Estelle DiCamillo lived in her Northeast Philadelphia home and, though 93, widowed, and living alone, she cared for herself, shopped and cooked, and walked in her neighborhood. That way of life ended on Easter 2012 when DiCamillo was walking home from church and was attacked from behind by a man who grabbed her purse, knocking her to the ground, and ran. On Tuesday, the man found guilty of the robbery and assault - 30-year-old Antonio Santiago - was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison by a judge who said he had "committed a crime against humanity" - destroying the right to walk free from fear.
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May 30, 2013 | By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - Attorneys won't be able to mention Trayvon Martin's drug use, suspension from school, or past fighting during opening statements at the trial of a former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot the teen, a judge ruled Tuesday. However, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson left open the possibility that the defense could try again later during the trial if it could show relevance. George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the 17-year-old's killing and has pleaded not guilty, saying he acted in self-defense.
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May 8, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 75-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his wife after claiming she was killed early Monday by an intruder who broke into their Northeast Philadelphia apartment, police said. Louis Hartdegen was awaiting a bail hearing Tuesday morning on murder and related charges in the beating and suffocation death of Judith Hartdegen, 74. Police have not disclosed a motive, but the couple had filed for bankruptcy in February, citing more than $42,000 in credit card debts, according to court papers.
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May 8, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
NEIGHBORS SAID they were inseparable in life. But after 53 years of marriage, Louis Hartdegen separated himself from wife Judith in the most vicious and devious of ways Monday morning when he beat and suffocated her in bed - and then called 9-1-1 to falsely report that a neighbor broke in to rape and kill her, homicide Capt. James Clark said yesterday. Louis Hartdegen, 75, confessed his crime after detectives discovered "discrepancies" in his account of the supposed home invasion, Clark said.
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April 25, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THEY MAY not have been related by blood, but Thomas Gorman spilled his own Tuesday night when he sacrificed his life to save his girlfriend's 11-year-old son from a gun-toting madman, police said. Now, the boy will grow up with the horrific memory of seeing both Gorman and his mother shot to death. Meanwhile, the gunman who tried to kill the child still roams the streets. About 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, Carmen Medina, 31, took Gorman, 39, her son and a female friend in her gray SUV to Gurney Street near A in Kensington to meet someone, said Homicide Capt.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities are trying a new technique to solve a cold case in Camden, using a TV-news style short video to generate information. On Monday, Jason Laughlin of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office released the video featuring the murder of Rasheeda Pegues, 25, who was shot fatally in a parking lot outside her home in the 2000 block of Ferry Avenue on Dec. 12. Authorities do not have a motive for the slaying. In the video, Laughlin interviews the investigating officer, Investigator Lance Saunders, and the victims' mother and sister.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
Sports and games serve as peaceful proxies for war, made possible by the absence of actual hostilities; think the Olympics or the Fischer-Spassky Cold War chess championship. That is part of what makes an act of violence against an athletic event so deeply sickening: It shows the best impulses of humans undone by their worst. Monday's apparent attack on the Boston Marathon was replete with such distressing juxtapositions. Participants were photographed running toward an explosion in the moment that the glorious sight of the finish line was transformed into a savage crime scene that people fled.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
Intruder in South Philly home invasion ID'd * 6th Street near Wilder The intruder shot dead during a home invasion Easter Sunday in South Philadelphia has been identified as Jimmy Lam, 21, of McKean Street near 19th. Lee Heng, 63, told police that two men broke into his home through a second-floor bathroom window about 12:45 a.m. Heng told detectives Lam punched him in the mouth, so he shot at both intruders, who retreated back through the bathroom window. Police found Lam dead outside the window.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A grand jury indicted reputed mob soldier Anthony Nicodemo on murder charges Monday in the daytime shooting death of a South Philadelphia man in December. Gino DiPietro, 51, was gunned down about 3 p.m. Dec. 12 in the 2800 block of South Iseminger Street as he returned home from his job. Police said investigators matched a bullet fragment found on DiPietro's clothes to a gun found in a 2011 Honda Pilot registered to Nicodemo. A black Honda SUV was seen speeding from the crime scene.
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