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.
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.