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March 20, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
The children of Lewis Katz, the philanthropist and co-owner of Philadelphia Media Network, have filed a wrongful-death suit over the 2014 jet crash that took his life. They anticipate seeking damages of more than $250 million from the jet's maker, the estates of its two pilots, and others, but stated that the precise amount will be determined at trial. The defendants caused the accident "by their negligence" and "by manufacturing and/or designing a defective product," contends the suit, filed Wednesday in Boston.
NEWS
March 19, 2016
A man was killed Thursday afternoon after being shot on a street in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, authorities said. The shooting occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. on the 2600 block of North 31st Street, police said. The unidentified victim was shot once in the back of his head and once in the stomach. He was taken by police to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m. Police said there has been no arrest, and no weapon has been recovered.
NEWS
March 17, 2016
Philadelphia police responded Wednesday to a report of a man found lying in the 2300 block of Oakdale Street in North Philadelphia. When officers arrived about 4:45 p.m., they discovered the man had been stabbed and appeared lifeless. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said the man had no identification. - David O'Reilly  
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Justine McDaniel, and Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITERS
It was after 3 a.m. Sunday when 24-year-old Colin McGovern and three friends - fresh off a night of bar-hopping in Center City - were walking along Rittenhouse Square looking for a place to crash, police said. But before they made it, McGovern, of Bucks County, apparently said something to a stranger about his New Jersey Devils hat. Within seconds, police said, McGovern and 40-year-old Steven Simminger were in a violent tussle. Less than a half-hour later, McGovern was dead - stabbed, authorities said, by Simminger, a military veteran from Delaware County.
NEWS
March 10, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
A 55-year-old man attacked three strangers with a knife Tuesday in Southwest Philadelphia, police said, killing one and leaving two severely wounded. In other parts of the city, five men were shot to death Tuesday night, police said. The Southwest Philadelphia attacks appeared to be "random acts," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The first victim, a 31-year-old man, had been paying his bill at a Cricket Wireless store at 5547 Baltimore Ave. when the assailant walked in about 1:30 p.m. and, unprovoked, stabbed him in the chest, said Walker.
NEWS
March 8, 2016
Police are investigating a fatal shooting in West Philadelphia Saturday night. Police received a call to 52nd Street at about 10 p.m. Saturday night, and found a man lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the right arm, right shoulder, and left buttocks. The victim, a 25-year-old male, was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the shooter and the motive were unknown Sunday afternoon, police said. -Laura McCrystal
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The second of two men charged in the 2014 carjacking and high-speed chase that killed a mother and her three children in North Philadelphia pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 50 to 100 years in prison. Cornelius Crawford, 25, of Logan, apologized for his role in the events of July 25, 2014, which began when he and an accomplice carjacked and sexually assaulted a real estate agent, and ended at Allegheny and Germantown Avenues with the deaths of Keisha Williams and children Keiearra Williams, 15; Thomas Joseph Reed, 10; and Terrence Williams, 7. The speeding stolen Toyota 4Runner plowed into the family, which was selling fruit to raise money for a church.
NEWS
February 25, 2016
A second driver allegedly involved in fatal a Northeast Philadelphia drag race last summer turned himself in for arrest Tuesday, police said. Ryan Farrell, 20, of the 10000 block of Northeast Avenue, surrendered to homicide detectives on charges including homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, and involuntary manslaughter, police said. Farrell allegedly raced against 20-year-old Christopher Bloomfield on Sandmeyer Lane off Red Lion Road in the Bustleton section on July 29. Bloomfield was arrested over the weekend.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday that the fatal shooting last July by Camden County Police officers of a man holding a BB gun was justified, a ruling that frustrated the man's family. The Prosecutor's Office said Oscar Camacho Jr., 33, pointed the weapon, which was black and had a brown handle, at an officer and ignored orders to drop it before the officer and a sergeant opened fire. Sgt. Keith Henderson, a 10-year veteran, fired 16 times, striking Camacho "multiple times," authorities said.
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