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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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August 26, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
On his Team USA Boxing online profile, welterweight Paul Kroll listed his "mind and strength" as his greatest assets in the ring. But on Saturday, police said, Kroll, 21, of the 2700 block of North Newkirk Street in North Philadelphia, used a gun and his aggression in a confrontation over an ex-girlfriend in West Philadelphia that led to a wild shootout among seven men, three of whom were injured. The onetime Olympic boxing hopeful - his 2016 dreams were dashed during the final trials last month in Venezuela - now faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearms violations, and related offenses, according to police.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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September 24, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITER
Two teenagers were arrested Thursday in connection with the theft of a total of 17 firearms from a Mayfair gun shop, police said. Tipsters pointed authorities to the teens, both 17 years old, after a $10,000 reward was offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a national shooting foundation last week. Both teenagers were charged with burglary and related offenses. None of the guns were recovered, police said. The firearms were stolen during two separate burglaries at Lock's Philadelphia Gun Exchange, at 6700 Rowland Ave., ATF said.
SPORTS
September 24, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - The Phillies had a five-run lead in a September game between two eliminated teams, so what Joely Rodriguez did in the eighth inning Wednesday must not be embellished. Still, it opened some eyes in the Phillies dugout. Rodriguez, a 24-year-old lefthanded reliever who was demoted to high-A Clearwater at the end of April, threw Melky Cabrera of the White Sox three fastballs. All three were in almost the same spot. They painted the outside corner, down and away from Cabrera, a dangerous righthanded hitter.
NEWS
September 22, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House once again is considering a bill that would allow gun enthusiasts and organizations such as the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities over local firearm restrictions. The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 21-6 to send the full House a bill that would permit state residents who may legally possess a firearm, and also membership organizations, to seek relief in the courts and to be awarded legal expenses if they win. A similar proposal became law in 2014, but Commonwealth Court overturned it because of objections to the process used to pass the proposal.
NEWS
September 17, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Lawmakers must stop the shootings We in the Philadelphia area do not need to wait for terrorists to infiltrate our city. We are managing, with guns, to kill each other ("9 shot on a deadly Tuesday in Phila.," Thursday). When a 2-year-old can pick up a loaded gun and shoot himself in a Bucks County home ("Police: Toddler shoots self with gun, dies," Tuesday), and a pregnant woman can be critically wounded on a Kensington street in broad daylight ("Pregnant woman, 2 others shot," Wednesday)
NEWS
September 17, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
In June, Linda Matlack began inquiring about all of the people who had died from gun violence in South Jersey since January 2015, a task that would consume so much energy she barely had time to reflect on the victims. "There were 88 as of early August," said Matlack, who is coordinating a "Memorial to the Lost" exhibit for the Medford Friends Meeting to raise awareness about gun violence. Pale-green, blue, and yellow T-shirts, each representing a crime victim, will be mounted on PVC pipe frames and arranged in rows on the meetinghouse lawn Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Couric's $12 mil edit Gun-rights advocacy group the Virginian Citizens Defense League has filed a $12 million defamation suit against Katie Couric and filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig , claiming that a docu shown this year called Under the Gun intentionally misrepresented the group. The suit says the filmmakers used editing to make members of the group look ignorant and unprepared when Couric posed an important question about gun-control laws. Couric asked members how, as the group opposes gun registration laws, they proposed to prevent terrorists from buying guns.
NEWS
September 13, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
Gwen Patton does not carry a gun specifically because she is a lesbian. She carries a gun because she believes random evil can put its hand on you at any moment - and gay people face additional danger. "Yeah, because someone mugs you on the street, they want your wallet, they want your watch, they want money. A woman might also face a threat of rape," she says. "Another level is when they don't like you for what you are . There's a quantum leap in danger. " That's why she joined Pink Pistols when it was formed when the new century dawned.
NEWS
September 8, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
This is not the column I thought I'd be writing about Paul Kroll. I thought I'd write a kind of "he did Philly proud" piece applauding Kroll, a gifted welterweight boxer, for his relentless, years-long quest to win a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic boxing team. He missed qualifying by a lone bead of sweat but left everything he had in the ring, a contender to the end. I thought I'd be sharing news that Kroll, at 21, was turning pro. That his cheering section — from his awesome parents and siblings, to the neighbors on his North Philly block, to the coaches and kids at Rivera Rec Center, where he trained —were already dreaming big about his future.
NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
When a Philadelphia police officer was ambushed by a gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, authorities said he was shot with a stolen police firearm. And they said little else. Now, documents and court records shed light on some of the mystery about that weapon, showing that Officer Jesse Hartnett was critically wounded in January by a Glock reported stolen by a veteran colleague three years earlier. The gun used to shoot Hartnett, 34, was the department-issue weapon of Officer Leon Pearson, a 26-year-veteran of the department, records show.
NEWS
September 2, 2016
A 29-year-old man standing with his son was fatally shot Wednesday night outside a community center in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the victim, whose name was not released, was exchanging words with another man outside the entrance to the Mantua Haverford Community Center in the 600 block of North 39th Street when the other man opened fire, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The victim, who was shot three times, was taken by medics to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:56 p.m. His son was not injured.
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