March 28, 2014 |
CONGEALED BLOOD still covered a curb on a Nicetown street last night. It was the only indication that Daquan Clentscale was killed there late Monday - even a resident of the house Clentscale was killed in front of said yesterday that he knew nothing about the slaying. Clentscale, 20, was gunned down in front of that home, on Kerbaugh Street near Nice, just after 9 p.m., police said. His alleged killer, Basil Lewis, 25, was arrested that night - he waited for police to arrive, and was taken into custody without incident at the scene, said Chief Inspector Scott Small, who responded to the shooting.
July 26, 2013 |
Retired professional boxer Tony Martin said he was going to evict the third-floor tenant in his Hunting Park rooming house after finding a gun in the man's apartment. That decision cost the 52-year-old light heavyweight his life. Witnesses testified in a hearing Wednesday that Shaquille Henderson used a pistol stolen from his own aunt - a Philadelphia police officer - as the murder weapon. Municipal Court Judge T. Francis Shields ordered Henderson, 21, to stand trial on murder and related charges in Martin's death.
February 15, 2013 |
HEROIN ADDICTS do dumb, desperate things to score their next fix. Luke D'Ercole, 32, did something that was almost deadly, too: In exchange for heroin, he bought four guns for a 16-year-old who used one to shoot another man. That man survived, but D'Ercole doomed himself to prison time in a case that authorities said shows the importance of cracking down on straw purchasers, people who illegally buy guns for those not permitted to buy guns...
August 25, 2012
CARLISLE, Pa. - Someone stole a loaded gun from a police chief's car in Central Pennsylvania. Carlisle Police Chief Stephen Margeson's .40-caliber Glock was taken from his unmarked police SUV, which was parked in front of his home. Police said it happened between 1 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday. There were no signs of forced entry. Police said it was unclear whether the vehicle was unlocked or someone knew the combination to open the keyless entry door. - AP
August 7, 2012
A 24-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced Monday to two to five years in prison for "straw" purchasing an AK-47 and four pistols, including one used in a February shooting in Frankford. Christian Hall pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler in May to multiple counts of straw-purchasing firearms in 2011, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said. Ceisler also sentenced Hall to two years' probation. Hall purchased the AK-47 and an FNH Five-seveN pistol at a Pennsylvania gun show, prosecutors said.
February 14, 2012 |
MARK FIORINO was legally carrying his .40-caliber Glock on his hip as he walked along Frankford Avenue on Feb. 13, 2011, when he was stopped by Philadelphia police, who pointed a gun at him, harassed him and handcuffed him. Today, he plans to file a civil suit against the department for the incident. Fiorino, who recorded his 45-minute confrontation with police and posted it on YouTube, is suing for "violation of his constitutional rights to be free from unlawful searches, excessive force and malicious prosecution," according to the complaint filed on his behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union.
December 2, 2011
A Harrisburg man who was convicted of shooting at a Philadelphia police helicopter was sentenced Thursday to more than 14 years in prison. Jonathan Butler, 28, had been charged with firing a Glock semiautomatic pistol at the helicopter and its pilots as the aircraft conducted a search over North Philadelphia. The helicopter was circling the Norman Blumberg Apartments on July 25, 2008, pursuing a group of illegal ATV riders, when airborne officers reported the shots. The Glock, loaded with 13 live rounds, later was recovered from Butler in an apartment near the scene of the shooting, prosecutors said.
September 28, 2011 |
AT SOME POINT, city taxpayers might consider taking up a collection to offer Police Officer Deona Carter a cash buyout. It'd probably be cheaper. Last week, the city agreed to pay $425,000 to settle three civil-rights lawsuits filed by people who said that Carter assaulted or wrongly arrested them. Add that to Carter's salary and overtime and she'll likely cost taxpayers a whopping half-million dollars in 2011. So far. Carter, already under the microscope of Internal Affairs, was named yesterday in a fourth federal lawsuit, this one filed by a former friend and neighbor, Asia Frasier-Kane, who says that Carter, while off duty, smashed her head into a car bumper, then lied to responding officers to have Frasier-Kane taken into custody.
October 8, 2009 |
Meleanie Hain, the soccer mom who openly sported a holstered Glock 26 at a daughter's games, and her husband, Scott, were found dead of gunshot wounds last night at their Lebanon, Pa., home, according to police. "Some media outlets have gone to the stretch of calling it a murder-suicide," said Chief Daniel Wright. "The coroner's office and the police are calling it a death investigation. " Police believe no one else was involved, however, Wright said. "Daddy shot Mommy!"
October 27, 2008
RECENTLY, a thug was killed by highway patrol officers in West Philly. The cops pulled him over and he started to run (sound familiar?). The cops gave chase. The bad guy turned around and pointed a loaded Glock at the officers, they returned fire, killing the suspect. The neighbors made a memorial for this man, saying he was a good neighbor. Why does a good neighbor with priors carry a loaded pistol? Why did this good neighbor flee the scene? Why did this good neighbor point a loaded gun at police?