October 4, 2014 |
Four jurors in the trial of a King of Prussia man charged with killing a baby and her grandmother began crying after seeing a photograph of the 10-month-old girl's body Thursday, prompting a Montgomery County judge to block prosecutors from showing the rest of the images. The picture showed the infant's foot, leg, and the hem of her white dress on a floor, protruding from beneath a bench in an empty, trash-strewn sauna where her lifeless body was found by police in October 2012. Prosecutors allege that Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, left the baby there several days after kidnapping her from her parents' apartment in a scheme to collect ransom money.
October 1, 2014 |
Philadelphia police have arrested two people in connection with a Nicetown slaying and are searching for a third, who they say is also a person of interest in the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman in Ogontz. About 4 p.m. last Tuesday, police said, officers were called to what they described as a crime scene in a Popeye's Chicken parking lot on the 4200 block of North Broad Street. Police connected that scene to a gunshot victim who had been dropped off at Temple University Hospital; the person who dropped the victim off had not stayed at the hospital, police said.
September 30, 2014 |
THE DEATHS of Cooper University Health System president and CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, in a fire at their central New Jersey home yesterday morning are being investigated by an Arson Task Force, authorities said last night. Police and firefighters in Montgomery Township were called to the couple's house on Meadow Run Drive, in Skillman - about seven miles north of Princeton - at 6:13 a.m., according to a news release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
August 9, 2014 |
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.
August 8, 2014 |
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.
August 1, 2014 |
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,...
July 31, 2014 |
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.
July 30, 2014 |
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.
June 10, 2014 |
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.
April 23, 2014 |
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.