September 22, 2016 |
State Rep. Leslie Acosta vowed Tuesday to remain in office and to continue her reelection campaign, even as leaders of her party - including Gov. Wolf - called for her to resign over the revelation last week that she secretly had pleaded guilty to federal felony charges earlier this year. What's more, the North Philadelphia Democrat intends to launch a legal bid to keep her seat even after she is sentenced next year, her lawyer said. "It is Rep. Acosta's intention to let the legal process run its course so she can continue to serve her constituency for as long as possible," attorney Christopher Warren said.
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Lawmakers must stop the shootings We in the Philadelphia area do not need to wait for terrorists to infiltrate our city. We are managing, with guns, to kill each other ("9 shot on a deadly Tuesday in Phila.," Thursday). When a 2-year-old can pick up a loaded gun and shoot himself in a Bucks County home ("Police: Toddler shoots self with gun, dies," Tuesday), and a pregnant woman can be critically wounded on a Kensington street in broad daylight ("Pregnant woman, 2 others shot," Wednesday)
September 16, 2016 |
It was an especially violent Tuesday in Philadelphia. Three men were fatally shot. Six others were wounded by gunfire. A woman was stabbed to death by a man who then killed himself. Among the victims, one name stood out for superstar rapper Meek Mill. His cousin, 21-year-old Angelo Colon, was gunned down late Tuesday night in South Philadelphia. Mill, who grew up in the city, took to his Instagram account early Wednesday morning and told his 10.1 million followers that "Lo" had been killed.
September 15, 2016
A 33-year-old man was fatally shot late Tuesday afternoon in the city's Fairhill section, Philadelphia police said. Just after 5:20 p.m., the man was shot several times in the 2900 block of Howard Street, police said. He was taken by private vehicle to Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Campus, where he was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m. The vehicle was being held at the hospital for the police investigation. No arrests were reported. - Robert Moran
September 15, 2016 |
Philadelphia suffered a day of mayhem Tuesday as gun violence left three people dead and at least seven others wounded across the city. Among the victims was a pregnant woman who was shot in the head and stomach in an afternoon triple shooting in the city's Kensington section. The total homicide tally included a woman found stabbed to death in her home in the city's Northeast during a murder-suicide , police said Wednesday. The first shooting victim on Tuesday was a 25-year-old man gunned down shortly after 9 a.m. in West Philadelphia.
September 14, 2016 |
A former Philadelphia police officer who described himself online as a role model, even as he posted photos of the flashy cars and pricey liquor he bought with stolen credit-card information, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison. In a hearing in U.S. District Court, Rahim Henderson, 39, apologized to the victims he fleeced after buying their financial information from internet hackers - victims who included a Philadelphia police captain and his son. "I know I'm going to jail.
September 10, 2016 |
A second report on the death of a 10-year-old foster child has found that a caseworker falsified documents after the boy's death and Philadelphia school officials failed to follow district protocol that could have helped him. The report on the death of Ethan Okula was released Tuesday by the Act 33 team charged with investigating child fatalities for the Department of Human Services. It's the first time a child's death has prompted a follow-up report since the review team was formed in 2009.
September 1, 2016 |
A 12-year-old girl coming out of a grocery store in Fairhill was struck in a fusillade Tuesday evening that also wounded two men, one of them critically, police said. At least 19 shots were fired - including from an assault rifle - shortly before 6:30 p.m. at North Marshall and West Clearfield Streets, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Police drove a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the neck to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, Small said.
August 17, 2016 |
Authorities have identified four men and a boy killed in separate incidents in Philadelphia over a 48-hour period. The deadly shootings happened between Friday and Sunday afternoon, and the victims ranged in age from 16 to 52. Investigators were continuing to search for suspects in all five homicides. The most recent of the fatal shootings happened about 2 p.m. Sunday, when the youngest victim, 16-year-old Rodney Anderson, was found shot in a car on the 2000 block of East Orleans Street in Kensington, a few blocks from his home.
August 3, 2016 |
Three men were killed in separate incidents in Philadelphia Sunday night and Monday morning, a violent end to a weekend in which at least eight people were killed, according to police. Around 9:20 p.m. Sunday, officers found Baron Holmes, 50, lying on the 2300 block of Gerritt Street with stab wounds to the chest, police said. Holmes, who lived on the block in the King Village section of South Philadelphia, was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 10:02, police said.