October 18, 2012 |
A man who allegedly drove the getaway car in a March 24 murder-for-hire at a Chinese restaurant in Grays Ferry was ordered Wednesday to stand trial for murder. Marcus C. Pough, 25, was charged with murder, possession of a prohibited firearm, and related charges in a preliminary hearing before Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan. Formal arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 7. The charges stem from the shooting death of Damon G. Stafford, 20, at the Twin Dragon restaurant. Called to the stand by Assistant District Attorney Lorraine Donnelly, Philadelphia Homicide Detective William Sierra read from a statement he took from Pough in which Pough acknowledged owning the van used in the murder.
August 12, 2012 |
An Abington Township police officer was hospitalized and an alleged bank robber in custody Friday after a car chase that began in Jenkintown and "wound all over Philadelphia," police said. Police identified the suspect as Aaron K.M. Thomas, 47, of the 100 block of North 54th Street in West Philadelphia. He was awaiting arraignment Friday on robbery and related offenses, according to Abington Township Deputy Police Chief John Livingood. Livingood said that about 11:15 a.m. a man went into the PNC Bank at 123 Old York Rd., tossed a plastic bag onto the teller's counter, and said: "Fill it up. " No threats were made, no note was shown, and no bank employees were injured, Livingood said.
March 18, 2012 |
A shoot-out during an attempted convenience store robbery in North Philadelphia on Sunday night left one of the suspects dead on the street and the store owner in critical condition at Temple University Hospital. At around 8 p.m., according to a Philadelphia Police report, four males entered La Familia Latina, a mini-mart at Westmoreland and N. Fifth Streets, attempting to rob it. A robber about 26 years old, according to police, shot the male store owner once in the right side of the stomach.
March 9, 2012 |
Forty-five seconds is all it took for three masked, gun-toting men to rob a jewelry store in Evesham Township, N.J., of $450,000 worth of jewelry Thursday night, police said. The men entered the Jay Roberts Jewelry store on Route 73, and announced the robbery around 7:45 p.m., police said. They ordered employees to the ground, and one man used a hammer to smash glass display cases. He stuffed watches and other items into a white cloth bag while his accomplices stood by, police said.
March 9, 2012
Robbery suspects shot by police in N. Phila. * 21st Street near York Two suspects in an armed robbery were hospitalized after being shot by undercover police in North Philadelphia yesterday, and cops were searching for a third man who fled. The shooting unfolded about 4:40 p.m. after four undercover narcotics officers saw two men rob a man at gunpoint. When police approached the men, one of them fired at least five shots at cops, Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman, said, adding that three of the officers returned fire.
June 1, 2011 |
The getaway driver fleeing the scene of a theft at the King of Prussia Mall lost control, slammed into a brick wall and ended up in the hospital along with four other suspects Wednesday afternoon. After they sped away from the mall in a black Monte Carlo at about 12:20 p.m., Upper Merion Township police spotted the suspects trying to ditch evidence in a nearby business parking lot. When the suspects realized police were nearby, they fled the area barreling along South Gulph Road.
April 10, 2011 |
WYCKOFF, N.J. - Four men involved in a robbery in a North Jersey jewelry store Saturday were captured after their getaway vehicle collided with a police cruiser after a chase through several towns. Two Hawthorne police officers were injured during the chase, which went through communities in Passaic and Bergen Counties. But it was not immediately clear whether any of the suspects were injured in the crash. Authorities said the robbery at Hartgers Jewelers in Wyckoff occurred just before noon.
August 28, 2010 |
Stephen, we hardly knew ye The Daily Strasburg Report is about to go on hiatus. We're going to miss sharing our all-too-regular updates on Washington's Stephen Strasburg, our favorite Rookie Phenom, now that he has a torn elbow ligament and appears headed for Tommy John surgery and could be out of action for the next 12 to 18 months. At least Phils fans got a glimpse of him in his abbreviated final start for the Nationals last Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Well, at least Strasburg resigned from the Brett Myers School of Really Bad Facial Hair and shaved off that horrid beard he was sporting against the Phils last week.
August 12, 2010 |
Ten weeks ago, when the jurors were selected, the death penalty was an abstraction, something they promised the judge they would to consider if the evidence warranted. On Friday, possibility becomes reality as seven men and five women begin deliberating the fates - death by lethal injection or life in prison without parole - of two men they found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 shooting of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski. The Common Pleas Court jury on Thursday heard impassioned closing speeches by the city prosecutor and lawyers for Eric DeShann Floyd, 35, of North Philadelphia, and Levon T. Warner, 41, of West Philadelphia.
August 5, 2010 |
The snapshot could come from any family album: young boy, big smile, leaning casually against the front stairs of his house. The only ominous note is a beer can sitting on the steps near the boy's hand. And on the reverse side, the hand-lettered legend: "Eric Floyd. Only 7 or 8 and he's a drunk. " Defense witnesses Wednesday added the backstory to the snapshot for a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury, describing the chaotic, violent, lawless, drug-addled household in which a future police killer was reared.