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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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June 7, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
As authorities hunted the man charged in the fatal stabbing of a Berlin Township woman, friends of the victim and even a state gun rights group weighed in Friday, saying the system had failed to protect Carol Bowne. "In my opinion, the police failed her," said friend Colette Marino-Quinones, noting that the suspect, a boyfriend from whom Bowne was estranged, had not been effectively pursued after he violated a restraining order a month before Wednesday's attack. "Other people had spotted him but the police never did, and I find that interesting," she said.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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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June 25, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The event was scheduled months ago, well before nine people were killed while praying in a South Carolina church. But that shooting added a fresh, raw layer of emotion to Tuesday's inaugural Sandy Hook Promise dinner here. Arranged by relatives of victims in the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre, family members and lawmakers gathered in the hope of furthering their work to prevent gun violence. Last week's slaughter underscored that mass shootings have failed to change the politics of gun control.
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June 17, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyer representing the family of Brandon Tate-Brown - the 26-year-old man shot by police late last year - on Monday called for the district attorney to reopen a criminal investigation into the Frankford man's death. Brian Mildenberg said differences between initial police accounts of the incident and an internal report on the shooting made public last week warranted a second look at the case. District Attorney Seth Williams said he did not plan to reopen the investigation. "What happened was tragic, but not criminal," he said in a statement Monday afternoon.
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June 17, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two North Philadelphia men were convicted Monday of attempted murder and conspiracy in the shooting of a neighborhood preacher who refused a $500 bribe to not testify against one of them. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven women and five men deliberated about three hours before returning guilty verdicts against Aki Jones, 39, and Shaheed Wilson, 23, for shooting Michael Vessels. Vessels, 46, of the same North Philadelphia neighborhood as Jones and Wilson, was shot five times and left for dead on Sept.
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June 13, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
North Penn has been successfully living on the edge in the PIAA Class AAAA baseball playoffs. Kevin Manero's squad rallied to beat Pennsbury, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. It also overcame a 1-0 deficit against Shaler in the semis, tying things in the seventh inning and winning in the eighth, 3-1, on shortstop Mike Christy's two-run home run. As a result, the Knights are in position to claim their second title in three seasons and third overall. North Penn (22-4) will clash with District 2's Wyoming Valley West (17-1)
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June 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia police officer who fired the shot that killed Brandon Tate-Brown last December told investigators that he opened fire to prevent the 26-year-old man from getting to a gun wedged into his car's front seat. In a statement made public Tuesday with the city's unprecedented release of documents on the Frankford man's death, Officer Nicholas Carrelli of the 15th District said he shot Tate-Brown as he rounded the back of his Dodge Charger in pursuit of the gun. "I wanted to discharge before I lost sight of him because I feared that he would be able to get the gun before I would be able to protect myself," Carrelli told an Internal Affairs investigator.
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June 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A MINISTER WHO was shot five times - and miraculously survived - emotionally testified before a Common Pleas jury Tuesday about the morning a gunman ambushed him. Michael Vessels, 46, was allegedly targeted because he witnessed a fight among teenage girls outside his then-North Philly home, in which a man, Aki Jones, then got out of a car with a gun and fired it into the air. Jones later pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a...
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June 8, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A barrage of shots in Point Breeze on Saturday afternoon left one man dead and police searching for the gunman. Police had not released the name of the 43-year-old victim by Saturday night, but they said he was shot multiple times about 2 p.m. on the 2300 block of Oakford Street. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:19, police said. The killing happened directly outside the home of Henrietta Graham, who said she heard the victim arguing with someone.
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June 7, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
As authorities hunted the man charged in the fatal stabbing of a Berlin Township woman, friends of the victim and even a state gun rights group weighed in Friday, saying the system had failed to protect Carol Bowne. "In my opinion, the police failed her," said friend Colette Marino-Quinones, noting that the suspect, a boyfriend from whom Bowne was estranged, had not been effectively pursued after he violated a restraining order a month before Wednesday's attack. "Other people had spotted him but the police never did, and I find that interesting," she said.
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June 4, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police over the weekend shot at a fleeing armed man in Point Breeze who suddenly turned toward the pursuing officers, police said Tuesday. Andre Evans, 29, of the 1500 block of South Ringgold Street in South Philadelphia, who police said had "partially turned" toward the officers while running with a gun in his hand, was not hit. He was charged with aggravated assault, firearms violations, and related offenses from Saturday night's incident. Citing preliminary information, police said two officers from the 17th District attempted to stop Evans' silver Infiniti on the 1400 block of South 18th Street about 7:30 p.m. after realizing the car's license plate was registered to a different vehicle.
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June 4, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A PROSECUTOR told a Common Pleas jury yesterday that a "neighborhood fixture," a man who was known and beloved by everybody on his North Philly block, was killed four years ago because he just happened to be in the line of fire of a gunman aiming to kill another man. James Hall, 57, died on Sept. 9, 2011, on York Street near Fairhill, on the block where he lived. Charged with murder and weapons offenses in his death is Calvin Atkerson, 23. Assistant District Attorney Alisa Shver said in her opening statement that Atkerson was aiming to kill Jasper Washington, then 21, that September day. The two had been arguing and there was bad blood between them, the prosecutor said.
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