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March 6, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A silent nod was the closest thing to an apology they got, Doreen Thomas-Payne later said. She noticed it as she sat in Montgomery County Court on Tuesday, describing the effect on her family after an off-duty Pennsylvania State Police officer got drunk two years ago and plowed his car into one driven by her cousin, Robin Taneisha Williams, who died. "I would like you to know Taneisha would have been 23 years old next week, just starting her life," Thomas-Payne told Barry Searfoss Jr. "I just want you to know how much she loved us and cared about us. " Judge Carolyn T. Carluccio sentenced Searfoss, 42, of Coatesville, to six to 23 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence.
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February 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
SEAN BENSCHOP and Griffin Campbell, arrested in last June's horrific Market Street building collapse that killed six, were held for trial on all charges yesterday. That was about the only thing on which the prosecution and defense attorneys agreed after a four-hour preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni. Prosecutors said both defendants had been warned about dangerous demolition practices before the collapse, which is why each was charged with six counts of third-degree murder.
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February 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MAN DIED last night after a shooting in Feltonville, police said. Just before 8 p.m., officers responding to a report of gunshots on Rockland Street near D found the victim, 21, lying between two parked cars, Capt. George Fuchs said. The victim had been shot several times in the head and back and was pronounced dead at the scene about 8:30 p.m. Witnesses told police that they saw a man - with a thin build wearing a blue hoodie - fleeing the scene shortly after hearing gunshots.
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February 14, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Troy Whye was found guilty of first-degree murder for the second time Wednesday in the fatal 2008 stabbing of his estranged girlfriend in front of the couple's toddler. The verdict, after three days of deliberations, ended the trial in which Whye, 42, was accused of killing Krystal Skinner, then 23, in her Lindenwold apartment. On March 26, police found her son, John, kneeling beside her body, stroking her hair. During three days of deliberations, the jury at the Camden County Courthouse asked to hear testimony of Whye and at least two witnesses before making its decision.
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February 8, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
      Confessor Santiago's family sat in the second row of Courtroom 36, waiting to see the suspect charged with fatally beating the man whose smiling face adorned their dark hoodies. Rasheen Kelly, 32, walked through the side door of the Camden courtroom. His appearance caused one Santiago family member to storm out as the proceedings began before Superior Court Judge Edward McBride Jr. Kelly, arraigned Thursday, is charged with beating Santiago in the 2100 block of Sewell Street in Camden on Jan. 19. Authorities have not disclosed what caused the dispute or the weapon used in the beating.
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February 6, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A ROBBERY SUSPECT was fatally shot by a police officer yesterday in Oxford Circle after the 45-year-old man "body slammed" the cop when the officer's Taser and pepper spray failed to subdue him, according to police. The officer, a 17-year veteran whose identity wasn't released, was patrolling on foot on Castor Avenue near Greeby Street about 4 p.m. when he saw the suspect allegedly robbing a 35-year-old man of his cellphone and cash, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the 39-year-old cop approached, the man refused to surrender and began a "violent struggle," punching the officer several times in the face, Small said.
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February 6, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The leader of the Philadelphia firefighters' union on Tuesday called the decision not to charge the owners of a dilapidated Kensington mill that burned in 2012, killing two firefighters in a wall collapse, "shameful. " "There are no words that can describe the absolute frustration felt by the firefighters and paramedics," said Joe Schulle, president of Local 22. "There will be no closure for the families, and no one will be held accountable. " A grand jury that spent nearly two years investigating the fire in the former Thomas W. Buck Hosiery complex said the owners allowed the building to become a "firetrap," but determined that no criminal charges could be brought against them   .
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February 6, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A city police officer shot and killed a 45-year-old man during a violent confrontation in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. Shortly before 4 p.m. in the 6500 block of Castor Avenue, near Greeby Street, a Second District officer on foot patrol saw a strong-arm robbery of a 35-year-old man on the sidewalk, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The officer tried to stop and frisk the suspect, and the confrontation "turned into a violent struggle," Small said. The suspect punched the officer several times in the face, Small said.
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January 31, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Traffic fatalities fell to a record low in New Jersey last year, continuing a trend in which the number has been reduced by half since 1981. In Pennsylvania, complete data are not available for 2013, but preliminary figures indicate last year's total may be the lowest recorded there, too. Nationwide, traffic fatalities have been trending lower for decades since peaking in 1972 at 54,589. In 2011, 32,367 people were killed in traffic accidents in the country, the fewest since 1949.
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January 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
POLICE IN Bucks County are seeking help in identifying the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash early yesterday. Christine Witte, 51, was struck as she was walking on Jacksonville Road near Almshouse in Warminster, and the driver didn't stop, a spokesman for Northampton Township Police said. Witte was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the crash, which happened about 6:30 a.m. She was struck in front of the home she shares with her elderly parents, according to news reports.
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