February 4, 1986 |
Three drug dealers have been killed in a bitter war that has erupted between factions controlled by former Black Mafia members, the Daily News has learned. The war pits those aligned with drug kingpins Jackie Wright and Willie "Cadillac Willie" Rispers, allegedly two of the top heroin wholesalers in the city, against those siding with slain former Black Mafia hit man Russell Barnes, who had allied himself with members of the 20th and Carpenter Street gang, according to several law enforcement officials and street sources familiar with drug trafficking in black neighborhoods.
October 15, 2009
JUST LIKE last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a speed bump in the road between Philadelphia and Destiny. Just like last year, it's Philadelphia vs. Los Angeles, the Phillies fightin' the Dodgers, Red against Blue to earn a berth in the World Series. To put this in terms Los Angelenos can comprehend, it's Bloods vs. the Crips. We're red, the Bloods. The Dodgers are blue, the Crips. An explanation for Philadelphians: The Crips and the Bloods are two mammoth street gangs born in L.A. The Crips, whose signature color is blue, are larger, with an estimated 30,000-35,000 members.
March 5, 2006 |
Since the day in October when police killed the head of the Friends of Friends gang, the residents of Rocinha, known as South America's largest slum, worried about when the struggle for power would begin. Two weeks ago, they got their answer. More than three dozen members of a rival gang, Comando Vermelho, or Red Commando, swept into the streets at the upper reaches of Rocinha's hillside sprawl. Hurling grenades and firing automatic weapons, they blew up power transformers, cutting off electricity and shutting down traffic lights in the middle of the evening rush hour.
January 15, 2005 |
A high-ranking member of the local chapter of the Hells Angels was shot and killed early yesterday in a barrage of gunfire on a South Philadelphia street, and police braced themselves for a possible biker war. The victim, Thomas Wood, 36, was vice president of the Philadelphia chapter, based in a two-story brick building that sits behind a foreboding iron gate bearing the metal logo "HA" at 4826 Merion Ave. in West Philadelphia. Wood, of the 100 block of Harvin Road in Upper Darby, was shot once in the head by the two occupants of an SUV. He was driving a gray GMC pickup on a street paralleling the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway.
May 26, 2006
MORE COPS, more after-school activities, more academic panels, more political committees, more parental involvement, more jail time, more neighborhood watches, more stop-the-violence marches, more candlelight vigils, more speeches, more and more of the same. Not one of these addresses the root of violent crime in Philadelphia, and throughout the country - the proliferation of gun availability and sales. When I was a teenager in this city, 1970 through 1978, the only time I saw a gun was on New Year's Eve, or at an American Legion parade.
August 31, 1995 |
A bartender and sometime driver for former Teamster boss Frank Sheeran admitted in federal court yesterday that he drove the getaway car in the gangland slaying of Frank Baldino at the Melrose Diner two years ago. Stephen Weinstein, formerly of Radnor, entered a guilty plea to being an accessory after the fact to the crime of racketeering during a brief hearing before Judge Ronald Buckwalter in Philadelphia. Weinstein, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Courtney 3d, has agreed to testify for the government.
June 23, 2006 |
Waist Deep is tissue thin, a music video's worth of plot stretched over a feature-length frame. O2 (Tyrese Gibson) is a former gangsta, just released from prison after a six-year jolt. Trying to be a responsible father to his young son, he's got a security-guard job that, remarkably, issues firearms to felony parolees. Then, O2's vintage Impala convertible is jacked at gunpoint with his child asleep in the back seat. The boy ends up being held hostage by Big Meat (rapper The Game)
March 11, 1994 |
Hollywood's new favorite product is the guy-being-chased picture, perfected with "The Fugitive" and continuing with descending quality through "The Getaway" and "The Chase. " With American filmmakers apparently out of inspiration, an Italian import called "Flight of the Innocent" has taken up the slack. Fans of the form should seek it out before it gets lost - a real possibility for a picture that's too violent for the art house circuit and too artsy for the action crowd. The setting is compelling and unusual - rural southern Italy, where warring, family-run gangs of kidnappers are harboring hostages, usually children, stolen from rich Northern Italian families.
September 14, 1993 |
Officials hope a weeklong lockdown at Holmesburg Prison has quelled turf warring between inmates from different city neighborhoods which resulted in the stabbings of four young men since the Labor Day weekend. Prisons spokesman Robert Eskind said prison officials hoped to end the lockdown today. He said the four victims, all in their teens and early 20s, were stabbed with homemade weapons in two incidents, the first Sept. 4 and the second last Wednesday. The lockdown was imposed after the second incident, which occurred during a disciplinary hearing in the first case, Eskind said.
January 21, 2009 |
A North Philadelphia man who prosecutors say could be responsible for multiple killings in a long-simmering war between two street-corner gangs was ordered yesterday to stand trial in the deaths in 2007 of two alleged rivals. Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon found that there was enough evidence to try Fatih Anderson, 20, in the July 9, 2007, shooting death of James McClain, 21, and the Sept. 20, 2007, killing of Stephen Gates, 25. Witnesses called to testify by Assistant District Attorney Gonen Haklay during yesterday's preliminary hearing described a series of killings going back to 2000, the results of a feud between a group from 18th and Cumberland Streets and another group - to which Anderson belonged - from nearby 15th Street.