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.
April 20, 2014 |
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.
March 4, 2014 |
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.
March 3, 2014 |
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.
January 21, 2014 |
Donna Walter Muller lived for family, her neighbors and friends said. For her son, Richard, who had just earned his associate's degree and planned to attend Temple. And for her daughter, Heather Muller Kunf, and grandaughter, Kaitlyn, whom she and Heather had taken to Disney World before Christmas. The family all lived together in a rowhouse on Stevens Street in Lawncrest, where smiling graduation and baby photos lined the staircase wall. On Sunday afternoon, the Muller family home became a scene of tragedy when Donnna Muller, 49, and, her son, Richard, 22, were found upstairs shot to death.
November 17, 2013 |
CAMDEN An Audubon Park woman was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison without parole for stabbing her boyfriend to death during an argument in 2010. Paige Pfefferle, then 19, and Matthew Hus, 21, of Audubon, had argued Sept. 4, 2010, over whether she should live on campus at La Salle University, where she was studying criminal justice and psychology, or at home. She stabbed Hus in the chest in her parents' kitchen with an 81/2-inch knife. She put the bloody knife back into the butcher block, and crime photos showed that the scene and Hus' chest had been mostly cleaned up, Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Natal said in recounting the facts of the case.
October 9, 2013 |
Robert J. "Bo" Terry, 76, a longtime crime reporter for The Inquirer, died Sunday, Oct. 6, of complications from lymphoma at his home in Manasquan, N.J. He had been ill for two years. "He fought and fought and fought. He never gave up," said his wife, the former Donna Donato. A throwback to the reporters of the 1930s and '40s, Mr. Terry was an expert at digging out the facts at a crime scene and phoning them in to a rewrite man in the newsroom for compilation into a detailed story.
September 13, 2013 |
ANEL CUENAS, the man convicted in March of shooting a Philadelphia police officer in the leg during a 2010 traffic stop that turned into a shootout, was sentenced to 45 to 90 years in state prison yesterday. Officer Kevin Livewell, 33, who lost a piece of his left leg when Cuenas shot him on July 15, 2010, praised how the District Attorney's Office handled the case and how his partner and other officers backed him up at the chaotic Kensington crime scene. The 12-year veteran, who returned to work after a three-month recovery period, attended the sentencing hearing with his partner, Officer Brian Issel, 38. "I'm very happy with the outcome of the trial.