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August 24, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
It was "paranoia" that caused the North Philadelphia teen-ager to shoot and kill a man who was trying to rob him, even after the man had put down his weapon, the suspect told police. Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron said Bryan Blair, 17, overreacted when he killed Anthony Jarman, 28, inside a house on Master Street near 15th on July 10. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge J. Earl Simmons ordered Blair, of Jefferson Street near 17th, to stand trial in adult court on a general charge of murder.
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April 19, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The mother of a 2-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 11-year-old sister with a gun found under their mother's bed turned herself in to police Thursday. Tiffany Goldwire, 31, of West Philadelphia, was being charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, and weapons offenses, police said. Goldwire's daughter, Jamara Stevens, died April 5 after she and her siblings found a cocked and loaded .357-caliber revolver in Goldwire's bedroom.
NEWS
February 8, 2002
WE'RE SURE Officer Vanessa Carter-Moragne feels terrible about her gun discharging and hurting a 10-year-old boy. She's a mother herself, after all; in fact, she was at school to pick up her son Wednesday when a group of students asked to see her gun. She removed the clip and passed the automatic weapon around; apparently, there was one bullet in the chamber. When she returned it to her holster, it discharged, grazing a student, who required five stitches and was sent home. But the fact that something far worse didn't happen doesn't mean she should get off easy.
NEWS
May 19, 2008
ONE THING to remember about the Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force is not how many guns it confiscates, but the people it arrests. And there is one other thing: the amount of noise it makes on the streets. Last week the task force, funded by a $5 million state grant championed by state Sen. Vince Fumo, announced 19 people had been charged with illegally transferring handguns. Since December 2006, the task force, which includes representatives of the offices of the district attorney, attorney general and Philadelphia police, has arrested 165 people and taken in 262 firearms.
NEWS
July 31, 2008
TO letter-writer Albert Whitehead: As is clearly indicated in the picture on Page 6 (July 22), that is a revolver that doesn't eject its spent casings. The primers (center of the bullet) is indented, indicating the firing pin hit them and indeed blasted away in Southwest Philly - most likely at cops hired to protect you, your family and me when entering the city to work. Thanks to all the brave cops who put their lives on the line every day. Mark Daughterman, Langhorne Mr. Whitehead, before you start thinking that the police did wrong, look at the picture carefully!
NEWS
November 18, 1986
Upon reading Christopher Hepp's Oct. 26 article, "Why prominent people hold gun permits," I feel compelled to respond to some of the issues discussed. I agree with the Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker that the number of gun permits should be reduced. But I believe that the more detailed application form, which now requires a fuller explanation of why the gun is needed and asks whether the applicant has tried other means before seeking a gun permit, is not enough. First of all, those interviewed for the article said that they rarely carried their guns.
NEWS
January 13, 1987 | By Howard Manly, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man who shot himself with a gun that was registered to Mayor Goode in 1980 was charged yesterday with weapons offenses and making a false report to police, police said. The man, Herbert Byrd, 30, of the 1300 block of North Conestoga Street, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. at his home, a police spokesman said. Byrd was awaiting arraignment last night. Detective Gerald Whartenby, a police spokesman, said Byrd gave a false account of how he wounded himself in the thigh Nov. 18, the day the gun came to light.
NEWS
February 8, 2001 | by Barbara Laker, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Dana DiFilippo contributed to this report
Over and over, this kind of story has a tragic ending. Boy finds loaded gun. Boy picks it up. Boy dies. But Joseph Lynch Jr., 7, of the Northeast, created a different story and gave his parents, cops and friends a reason to be proud. Joey, a first-grader at St. Martin of Tours, will be honored by the Philadelphia Highway Patrol tomorrow for preventing a possible tragedy after finding a fully loaded gun in the snow. Joey discovered the black and silver pistol under a mound of snow on New Year's Eve as he and his father, Joseph Sr., were shoveling the walk outside their home on Lardner Street near Roosevelt Boulevard.
NEWS
September 12, 1990 | By Michael Peck, Special to The Inquirer
A Bellmawr man was charged last week with hindering prosecution after he attempted to recover a handgun police believe was used in an attempted murder in Bellmawr Sept. 1. Bellmawr Detective William Hanna said he and an investigator from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office were searching for the weapon at 4 p.m. last Wednesday near a ramp leading from Interstate 295 to Interstate 76 when they spotted Jeffrey Reed, 20, of the 200 block of Walnut Avenue. "I found him looking for the gun," Weston said.
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April 23, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FIREARM FOES from the Philly-based CeaseFire PA have a simple answer for the gun-rights activists who have increasingly targeted them for protest: Bring it! Gun owners have shown up to CeaseFire PA rallies and events in bigger and louder groups, videotaping the goings-on and counterprotesting, said Shira Goodman, the group's executive director. Last month, Pittsburgh-area gun-rights activists visited CeaseFire PA's Center City office, prompting flustered staffers to call police. But CeaseFire is turning the criticism into cash: Goodman started a "Beat Back the Bullies" fund and is using her opponents to drum up support for her cause.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Tiffany Goldwire surrendered at Police Headquarters Thursday afternoon. Earlier Story Police say Tiffany Goldwire knew that her boyfriend had left a cocked and loaded .357-caliber revolver on top of the refrigerator in her West Philadelphia home one morning this month. And police say she knew the gun was later put under a bed in the master bedroom, where she left her four young children to play alone. The children found the gun and began playing with it. At one point, police say, her 2-year-old son took the gun in his tiny hands and pointed it at sister Jamara Stevens, 11. The bullet struck the girl in her arm and passed through her chest, fatally wounding her. On Wednesday, the District Attorney's Office announced that prosecutors had charged Goldwire with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, and weapons offenses.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - Kenny Giles elicits excitement for how hard he throws the ball from fans and teammates alike. "We call him 100 miles Giles," Reading catcher Tommy Joseph said. Maybe they should call him 101 miles Giles, which is the number the Reading righthander touched on the radar gun during last Sunday's 4-3 win over visiting Portland. As if he needs any more motivation, Giles admits that he receives an extra boost when the crowd reacts to the abnormally high radar-gun readings.
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April 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
MAYBE IT was the phony penises. After years of escalating tensions between the Philadelphia Gun Club and the animal-rights activists who object to the club's semiannual pigeon shoots, club members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the activists of stalking, harassment, trespass, intimidation, defamation, libel and privacy invasion. In a 21-page complaint filed last Friday, eight club members claim that activists from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) harassed and blocked them as they drove in and out of the club's Bensalem grounds, spied on them both at the club and elsewhere, posted their pictures and other personal information online and even glued rubber penises along the club's fence.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TO HEAR HIS friends tell it, Shaquelle Abraham was killed an hour and a half before starting a new chapter in his life. "Everything seemed like it was falling in line for him, everything was going good," James Robinson said last night. "I was just talking to him Thursday, then he was over my house Saturday. "Here it is Monday, and he's gone. " Abraham, 19, was killed during an apparent home invasion at his mother's apartment on Fairgreen Lane near Woodbridge Road in Northeast Philadelphia yesterday morning, said Officer Leeloni Palmiero, a police spokeswoman.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
On Sunday morning, strengthen your limbs while supporting a good cause - opposing illegal handguns in Philadelphia - at PSR Philadelphia's (Physicians for Social Responsibility) eighth annual Legs Against Arms 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at Arcadia University. Registration begins at 7:30 and the race begins at 9. Youths 12 and younger can run the 5K or participate in the 1-mile walk for free. The race, in collaboration with the Celebration of Peace program, will feature an exhibit hosted by community organizations and student groups at 9:30 inside Arcadia's Commons Building.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police officer was arrested yesterday for an off-duty incident last fall in which he allegedly drove into a pedestrian - and then threatened to kill the man, shouting a racial slur at him and flashing his gun. Officer Edward Sawicki III, 33, surrendered to police yesterday morning. He faces charges including terroristic threats, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, harassment and disorderly conduct. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Sawicki for 30 days, with intent to dismiss the nine-year veteran officer, who was most recently assigned to North Philly's rough-and-tumble 25th District.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | BY BRYAN LENTZ & DENNIS M. O'BRIEN
  IN A YEAR when we will elect a governor, it is worth asking: Does Pennsylvania have a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in all of the state's major cities? Places like Chester, York, Reading and Allentown? Would Pennsylvania stand behind a strategy that has shown that violence can be dramatically reduced when community members and law enforcement join together to directly engage violent street groups and clearly communicate a message against violence? Focused Deterrence is a proven and comprehensive gun-violence reduction strategy developed by criminologist David Kennedy, of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and we believe that it should be a component in the state's overall public-safety policy.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
TWO YOUNG MEN were shot dead on the streets of Southwest Philadelphia a few blocks away from each other on a cold Friday in January. They died minutes apart. "This is insane," City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recalled thinking when he heard the news. The deaths of Jahmeer Jett and Benjamin Collier on Jan. 17 prompted community leaders from the area to reach out to Johnson to discuss the ongoing problem of youth and guns that plagues their neighborhoods, he said. Johnson, who had already established a gun task force in South Philadelphia, decided to spin off the idea in Southwest.
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