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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.
NEWS
July 16, 2007 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's no question that the events of Sept. 1, 2006, were tragic: A high school senior fatally shot his friend after a night of drinking and gunplay at his affluent Willistown Township home. What's in dispute is whether Sean Owen O'Neill - who was 17 when he killed Scott Sheridan, an expectant father and Cardinal O'Hara classmate - should be tried as an adult for involuntary manslaughter and related offenses. The prosecutor contends that O'Neill, surrounded by enabling parents and friends, is so immersed in "a culture of underage drinking" that he has continued his reckless ways on bail, pulling a knife and breaking another teen's nose at a party in March.
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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NEWS
February 4, 2016
The theft of a school police officer's gun prompted police on Tuesday to place the Kensington Urban Education Academy on lockdown. The officer kept the gun in his car - but forgot to lock the car, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. But the officer also wasn't sure if he locked his car overnight at his home, so investigators hadn't determined whether the theft occurred outside his home or outside the high school. Police searched the school, but the officer's gun was not recovered, O'Brien said.
NEWS
February 3, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Jason Laughlin, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON - The engineer on Amtrak Train 188 remembers speeding up, he remembers a curve in Philadelphia that can "sneak up," and he remembers his body lurching as the locomotive entered the bend much too fast just before it derailed last May, killing eight people and injuring more than 200. But the engineer, Brandon Bostian, told investigators that he remembered little about the exact moment the train hurtled off the rails. And he did not explain why it sped to 106 mph as it approached a 50-mph curve, according to transcripts of two interviews released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan and Patricia Madej, STAFF WRITERS
Three students at Benjamin Franklin High School were taken into police custody after a handgun was found at the school on Friday afternoon. The school was placed on lockdown in the early afternoon, when someone reported hearing a gunshot inside the building and a shell casing was found in a stairwell, police said. Police found the handgun after SWAT teams and the highway patrol responded to the school around 12:30 p.m. The students who were taken into custody left the school in handcuffs shortly before 2 p.m. It was unclear exactly how each had been involved in the incident, police said.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, STAFF WRITER
The advocacy group CeaseFirePA called Monday for supporters to thank Comcast Corp. for "standing up to the gun lobby" after the cable giant demanded that the National Rifle Association edit one of its ads for the Pennsylvania outdoors show in Harrisburg in February. But an NRA spokesman said the gun-lobbying group conceded only to a minor edit of a 30-second TV advertisement after Comcast retreated from its initial demand that it remove all images of guns, handguns, and shooting ranges from two TV ads. "We made a concession once Comcast backed down," NRA spokesman Jeremy Greene said Monday.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Police are searching for two would-be armed robbers who tried to hold up a Strawberry Mansion tattoo parlor, only to engage in a shootout with an employee there. The gunplay left a customer with a leg wound. The men were caught on surveillance camera waiting outside the door of Ink Dynasty, 1932 N. 31st St., one holding a gun, the other peering through the door. Video captured inside shows the men approaching an employee and demanding money, while the employee backs up with his hands in the air. Then, police said, the employee grabbed his own handgun and opened fire on the pair.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie acted Tuesday on more than 100 pieces of legislation, vetoing bills that would ban firearms for certain criminals, raise the smoking age, and preserve nonprofit hospitals' property-tax exemption. Christie, a Republican running for president, had until Tuesday to take action on bills the Legislature passed during the lame-duck session between November's election and the start of the new legislative session last week. He "pocket vetoed" dozens of bills, meaning he did not sign them into law or officially reject them.
NEWS
January 17, 2016
By Paola Antonelli and Jamer Hunt, with Michelle Millar Fisher MoMA. 232 pp., $45 Reviewed by Carolina A. Miranda A common saying among designers is that "design won't save the world. " The objects in Design and Violence make the case that we may be designing our way to destruction. In December, when Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people at a holiday office party in San Bernardino, Calif., they were armed with a veritable arsenal: a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 assault rifle, a DPMS Panther Arms assault rifle, a Springfield Armory 9mm handgun, and a Llama 9mm handgun.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
El Chapo vs. Sean Penn Are cartel assassins after Sean Penn 's head? The blogosphere is alight with rumors that druglord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera , who was recaptured Friday after nearly six months on the lam, may blame Penn and Mexican TV star Kate del Castillo for leading cops to him. Penn met with El Chapo in October - no doubt to discuss the finer points of Sergei Eisenstein 's montage. As the New York Times reports, the gangster had never heard of Penn. It seems he agreed to see the American when Castillo, whom he seems to dig, vouched for Penn.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
ASIR BAGWELL, 8, blinked once, then twice, then so many times that I stopped listening to the adults in the room. The boy with the almond-shape eyes was trying with all his might to blink back tears as his grandmother talked about his father, gunned down when Asir was just 1. He pulled the sleeves of his green jersey over his hands, and when he couldn't hold them back anymore, he quietly and quickly soaked up the tears running down his face....
NEWS
January 12, 2016 | BY KATHY BOCCELLA, Staff Writer
A PHILADELPHIA police officer covering the patrol detail for wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett scuffled Saturday night with a man who tried to take his service revolver at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, police said yesterday. Police officials said the Saturday incident was not related to the ambush Thursday night of Hartnett, who was shot multiple times in the arm by an assailant saying he acted "in the name of Islam. " The gun used in that shooting had been stolen earlier from another police officer's home, police said.
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