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April 16, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police are investigating an incident in which a 21-year-old man fell to his death from an apartment building near Temple University on Saturday. The man, whose name has not been released, was visiting friends who attend the university, police said. About 12:10 a.m., police responded to a call on the 1800 block of North 10th Street, where they found the man lying in the street, bleeding and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 12:46 at Temple University Hospital. Police found the fifth-floor apartment from which the man fell and forced their way in after no one responded to a knock at the door, police said.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT WAS ABOUT 4 p.m. on Monday when Andre Washington Sr. saw his son for the last time. The two chatted in Washington's kitchen in Jenkintown as they waited for their dinner to cook. Then, the man told his pop that he was going to take a walk to his girlfriend's house. A few hours later, Washington opened his front door and came face to face with Abington Township Police officers. "I just hit the floor," Washington said. "It was like getting stabbed in the back. " They told him his son, who inherited his name, was dead, struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train as he was walking on the tracks of the West Trenton Line near Noble Station, off Old York Road near Baeder, not far from that same kitchen.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
  PHILADELPHIA An 11-year-old girl was shot and killed, evidently accidentally by her 2-year-old sibling, after one of the girl's siblings found a loaded gun left atop a refrigerator in a house on the 3800 block of Wallace Street in Philadelphia on Saturday, police said. The girl was struck in the right shoulder at 9:53 a.m., the bullet tearing through her chest so badly that efforts at emergency surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia could not keep her alive, said Lt. John Walker.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JOSEPH ZYSK was taken to jail in handcuffs yesterday upon being convicted by a Philadelphia jury of involuntary manslaughter for the fatal beating of his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son in 2011. But that wasn't enough for the family of Jason Larkin Jr., who died of blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding after suffering body punches from Zysk in the Roxborough home he shared with the boy's mother. A third-degree murder conviction could've kept Zysk, 30, in state prison for 20 to 40 years.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
CONGEALED BLOOD still covered a curb on a Nicetown street last night. It was the only indication that Daquan Clentscale was killed there late Monday - even a resident of the house Clentscale was killed in front of said yesterday that he knew nothing about the slaying. Clentscale, 20, was gunned down in front of that home, on Kerbaugh Street near Nice, just after 9 p.m., police said. His alleged killer, Basil Lewis, 25, was arrested that night - he waited for police to arrive, and was taken into custody without incident at the scene, said Chief Inspector Scott Small, who responded to the shooting.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THERE'S NO QUESTION that Joseph Zysk landed the liver-lacerating blows that led to 3-year-old Jason Larkin's death by blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding Jan. 15, 2011. The question for the Philadelphia jury that began hearing evidence in Zysk's trial yesterday is whether he committed third-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter. Zysk, 30, dressed in a blue suit, appeared pensive and often gazed down at the defense table while listening to opening arguments, during which his attorney and the prosecutor agreed that what he did to his former girlfriend's child was horrific.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
NO ONE was really sure what happened on Reserve Drive yesterday. Police and bystanders swarmed the prim lawn of a home on the quiet, residential street in South Philadelphia well into the night, trying to piece together what led to the shooting death of a woman inside. That woman, 50, was found shot once inside a bedroom in the home just after 1 p.m., said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Emergency medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene about a half-hour later.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police detectives were investigating an especially violent 11-hour span in Philadelphia that ended early Wednesday with nine people shot, three of them fatally. Most of the violence occurred in the 35th Police District, which covers Olney, Logan, and West Oak Lane, and police are looking into whether some of the incidents are related. After a violent beginning to the year, Tuesday's killings bring the city's 2014 homicide total to 52, compared with 40 at the same time last year - a 30 percent increase in deaths and a tally greater than New York City's this year.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting that led to a standoff with police Tuesday in the Logan section of Philadelphia, authorities said. Seven people, possibly one or more of them gunmen, were in custody, police said. Shortly before 6 p.m., police received numerous calls about gunfire and reports of people shot in the 1300 block of West Ruscomb Street, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Two wounded men, ages 23 and 24, were found in front of a house into which one or more shooters had fled, Small said.
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