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July 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IF RONALD MANSON had not been drunk on May 19, he might not have been charged with killing the beer-distributor employee whom he struck with his van in front of the North Philly business. But prosecutors say Manson, 64, who pulled over and voluntarily gave police a full statement after the 1:30 p.m. accident, was very drunk that afternoon, when his van allegedly struck Stuart Moore, 54. His blood-alcohol level was .245, about three times the legal level to drive, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb said at Manson's preliminary hearing yesterday.
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July 30, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
His colleagues knew that Lee Silverman carried a gun, a pistol so small it slipped indiscernibly into the psychiatrist's pocket. And Richard Plotts had a deep history with guns - one that even felony convictions wouldn't stop. Four days after the two men clashed in a shootout at a Delaware County hospital, authorities on Monday continued to investigate the violent office visit that left caseworker Theresa Hunt dead and both men injured. Plotts was still hospitalized, awaiting his first court appearance on murder and other charges.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, were arraigned in a matter of minutes early Tuesday night and both were ordered held without bail on a list of charges, including three counts of murder each. Earlier Story Two men have been charged with murder and sexual assault in connection with last week's carjacking that killed three North Philadelphia children and left their mother fighting for her life. Jonathan Rosa, 19, of Fairhill, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, of Logan, were also charged Monday with robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, and related offenses - including sexually assaulting the woman they allegedly carjacked Friday morning.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said detectives were still questioning "two persons of interest" Monday and no charges have been filed yet. Philadelphia police were questioning two "persons of interest" Sunday night in the carjacking and crash that killed three children in North Philadelphia on Friday and gravely injured their mother. Homicide Capt. James Clark declined to identify the two men but said they were being questioned by homicide detectives. That was shortly after 9:30 p.m. One of the men being questioned had been picked up by police at an address in the 2900 block of North Sixth Street, police sources said.
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July 29, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sgt. William McGovern of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office fatally ran over a motorcyclist and called 911 last July 27. Then, minutes after he learned the victim was off-duty Moorestown Patrolman Craig Berner, McGovern left the scene on Westfield Road to feed a friend's cat, according to law enforcement records. Although McGovern returned within an hour of the 10 p.m. crash - and township police then documented that he smelled of alcohol - authorities called off a sobriety test requested by a Moorestown officer.
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July 29, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writers madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
PHILADELPHIA police last night were questioning two men in connection with a carjacking Friday that killed three children at a fruit stand, critically injured their mother and broke the city's heart. "We are talking to two persons of interest as we speak," Homicide Captain James Clark said shortly after 9 p.m. He did not identify the men, but said that a news conference might be held today. Sources told 6ABC that one man turned himself in yesterday with his mother and a pastor, and that another man was picked up by U.S. Marshals and Philly police around 8 p.m. on 6th Street near Cambria, in the Fairhill section of North Philly.
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July 29, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
    A 5-year-old boy was shot to death late Saturday night and his mother seriously injured in what Ridley Township police said was a shooting rampage by the child's father, who then shot himself in the head. The boy, Cion Styles, died of a gunshot wound in the head. His father, Tyrell Styles, 26, from the 600 block of Reinhard Street in Philadelphia, died Sunday afternoon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the Delaware County district attorney's office said.
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July 22, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
BRIAN LEE doesn't know how the three siblings got started fighting inside his West Philadelphia home, but everyone on the block knows how it ended. The evidence hadn't yet been washed off Filbert Street. "Every time I look over there and see the ink stain on the ground, it really bothers me," Lee said from his porch yesterday afternoon. The "ink stain" is the dried blood of his brother-in-law, John Mapp, 40, who was shot in the chest about 3:40 a.m. yesterday and stumbled out of Lee's house near 58th Street.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite recent improvements, Pennsylvania remains one of the nation's most dangerous states for traffic fatalities, while New Jersey, by some measures, is among the safest, according to a new study. Pennsylvania had the fourth-most traffic fatalities in 2012, with 1,310 people killed in traffic accidents. New Jersey recorded 589 traffic deaths, which placed it 22d among the states. That represented a significant reduction from the number of traffic deaths in 2005. Pennsylvania's number of fatalities dropped by 18.9 percent, while New Jersey's was down by 21.3 percent.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey called Friday for more scrutiny of temporary worker fatalities, citing a man's death at a Bucks County sugar plant last year. The Pennsylvania Democrat pressed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the prevalence of such deaths and offer guidance to lawmakers. Casey also pushed for the Protecting America's Workers Act, a perennial bill that would increase penalties for employers who fail to follow safety laws. Casey's call was described by an attorney for employers as "saber rattling" because OSHA efforts are underway.
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