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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
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.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
New York police believe a feud between rap artists Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown turned to gunfire. According to the New York Post: "Hip-hop diva Lil' Kim pleaded ignorance yesterday in the street-corner gun battle that erupted after her crew and another rapper's posse crossed paths outside a radio station. " "Crew?" "Posse?" What are they, street gangs? We had hoped after the shooting deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., that rappers would reduce the level of violence they attract and encourage.
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August 26, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have identified two men killed in separate incidents over the weekend. Just after midnight Friday, police officers found Justin Jones, 37, slumped in the drivers' seat of a white BMW 740i on the 4400 block of Longshore Avenue in Tacony. Jones had been shot multiple times in his upper chest. He was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later by medics. Police said the motive in the case had not yet been determined, and no arrests had been made. On Saturday about 1 a.m., police responded to a report of a man with a gun on the 5400 block of Norfolk Street in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
When the federal government shut down the notorious gun shop owned by James G. Colosimo in 2009, neighbors and anti-gun-violence advocates celebrated the closing of a public nuisance that for years was frequented by "straw buyers" who purchased weapons for felons who couldn't legally own a firearm. However, a new version of the gun shop on Spring Garden Street may reopen unless residents in the West Poplar neighborhood can persuade the city Zoning Board of Adjustment to deny that use of the property.
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August 19, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
JUST WEST OF City Hall under a blazing August sun yesterday afternoon, men and women in business suits played hooky next to hippies clad in hemp clothing to catch a glimpse of one of the great wonders of the world - Stevie Wonder. And for a few moments, as thousands of Philadelphians sang with Wonder and with each other to "I Wish" under the shadow of William Penn high atop City Hall, Philadelphia was at its best - friendly, funky and fun. Philadelphia's Dilworth Park was the second stop in a whirlwind tour for Wonder yesterday, who played three free, surprise pop-up concerts in Washington, D.C., Philly and New York City within a 12-hour span to announce the second leg of his "Songs in the Key of Life" tour.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 8-year-old boy was hospitalized after reportedly shooting himself in the foot with a gun he found in a playground Wednesday afternoon in the city's East Germantown section, police said. However, no gun was immediately found and no witnesses could be located outside the crowded East Germantown Recreation Center, where the incident occurred sometime before 5 p.m., said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Police were notified shortly after 5 p.m. that the boy had been brought to Einstein Medical Center by his family with a gunshot injury to his left foot.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the three years since Yuri Zalzman purchased an old shooting range in the reviving North Philadelphia neighborhood of West Poplar, he has hosted gun enthusiasts, sold ammunition to customers, and rented guns to practicing marksmen. Now, he thinks he should be allowed to sell firearms, too. Philadelphia's Zoning Board is not so sure. After nearly three hours of oral arguments Wednesday, the board asked attorneys to submit briefs outlining their positions. That means that West Poplar residents and antiviolence groups - about 50 people attended Wednesday's hearing - will have to wait at least another month to learn whether Zalzman can open a gun shop in his North Percy Street building.
NEWS
August 11, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, Philadelphia's antiviolence groups made weekly pilgrimages to Colosimo's gun shop on Spring Garden Street to protest its lax sales practices. The tiny store was notorious for providing more weapons to street criminals than any other shop in Philadelphia. More than 425 crimes were committed with a firearm bought at Colosimo's, including 10 homicides, during a seven-year stretch in the 2000s, according to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. So when the U.S. Attorney's Office finally shut down the store in 2009 for selling guns to straw buyers, those groups hailed the event as a watershed in the struggle to make the city a safer place.
NEWS
August 8, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Cinnaminson man fatally shot by police in a soybean field in Pennsylvania this week had stolen about 80 handguns and a large amount of ammunition from a gun shop, authorities said Thursday. Joshua Malave, 18, apparently dropping guns as he fled, was shot dead in Campbelltown early Monday as he allegedly exchanged fire with police responding to a burglary alarm at the shop. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was among those investigating, Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said Thursday.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
A young Cinnaminson man, facing gun charges locally, broke into a gun shop in rural Pennsylvania early Monday and then, authorities said, was shot dead in a soybean field as he confronted police. Authorities are still investigating why Joshua Malave, 18, stole a cache of weapons from the Horseshoe Pike Gunshop in Campbelltown. Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said Wednesday that authorities were piecing together what had been going on in Malave's life that led up to the deadly shooting and "what his motivation was" that morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU SAW a headline that read, " Gavin Rossdale 's Gay Lover Reveals Secret Phone Call That Sparked The Divorce - Gwen Stefani Heartbroken," you might think the couple's nearly 13-year marriage ended because the Bush frontman was cheating on the No Doubt frontwoman with a dude. That might be a stretch. The radaronline.com story indicates that the "gay lover" Rossdale reached out to was cross-dressing pop singer Marilyn (a/k/a Peter Robinson), to vent about his marital problems.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
PHILLY DAN had his finger on the trigger of a gun, authorities said, when police in Winslow Township, Camden County, shot him in the head during a confrontation last year. It took just under a year for the investigation into the shooting death of Daniel "Philly Dan" St. Pierre, 42, to end and his mother, Linda Auwarter, wasn't exactly surprised by the results. A grand jury last week cleared the six officers involved in the shooting in a trailer on Auwarter's property in rural Winslow on Aug. 1, 2014.
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