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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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May 12, 2015
MOTHER'S DAY last year was a happy, noisy affair. Diana Marable, a single mother of six, had her one-bedroom North Philly apartment packed full of family - all six kids and her grandkids. She cooked macaroni and cheese, beef ribs and corn bread, and everyone sat in the living room in front of the TV, balancing plates on their knees. Before long, they scattered to their own lives, leaving behind Marable, her 22-year-old daughter and a grandson. The three of them went to Franklin Mills Mall, where Marable treated her daughter to a new summer dress and a pair of sandals.
NEWS
May 12, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A SOUTH JERSEY man was nearly No. 2 with a bullet during his incarceration Friday, police said yesterday. Darquan Lee, 21, pulled a loaded and cocked .25-caliber handgun out of his "anal cavity" during a strip-search inside the Cumberland County Jail, according to the Bridgeton Police Department, whose officers initially took Lee into custody. "We've had handguns hidden before," Bridgeton Police Lt. Thomas Speranza told the Daily News , "but never anything quite like this.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most of the last 91/2 years, Jose Alicea sat in prison awaiting trial while his lawyer pursued the theory that Alicea's intellectual and emotional problems made him prone to falsely confessing to a 2005 murder in an Olney restaurant. On Friday, a Philadelphia judge sentenced Alicea, who has professed a prison conversion to Christianity and in December pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the death of George Esroy Rowe, to 17 to 35 years in prison. Alicea, now 28, apologized for killing Rowe to the 21-year-old victim's family, to his own mother and family, and to his wife and a daughter who has grown up without him. "I'm deeply sorry for firing the gun that took George Rowe's life," Alicea said.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning after Paul Jordan was expelled from a Montgomery County fire company, he returned to the firehouse. He pulled out a gun, ordered his former colleagues to sit on the floor in the basement, and fired a shot into the wall just inches from one firefighter's head, Mark Logan, president of the LaMott Fire Company, recalled. "He said, 'Some will leave. The others will leave in bags, including myself,' " Logan testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jordan, 25, of Philadelphia, wiped tears from his eyes as Logan recounted the March 31 hostage-taking.
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A national gun-control campaign aimed at "bad apple" firearms dealers took aim in South Philadelphia on Saturday as advocates staged a demonstration in front of a major gun wholesaler and retailer near Front Street and Tasker Avenue. Several dozen protesters led by the Washington-based Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence singled out Firing Line Inc. for having sold, over the years, dozens of guns that later were used in crimes or in some other way ended up in the possession of law enforcement authorities.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police officers fired shots at a man during a foot pursuit in South Philadelphia Friday morning, police said. Police said the officers were responding to a report of a person with a gun on the 2200 block of South 25th Street in the Wilson Park Homes. When the officers arrived at the scene around 9:14 a.m., two men who fit the description of the person with the gun began running, with the officers in pursuit, police said. Police said that one of the men reached for his waistband, where he had a gun. The officers fired their guns but did not hit the man, who then surrendered, police said.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
When it comes to protecting Philadelphians from the most violent criminals, the mayoral contenders have a hard act to follow in Mayor Nutter and his top cop, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. The murder rate is down sharply, and all the city's violent crime has declined - as it has nationally. Also on Nutter's watch, the city has taken the lead in spurring efforts to stem the tide of illegal guns across Pennsylvania. While handguns - the weapons used to commit most murders - remain readily available in inner-city neighborhoods, the mayor, joined by City Council, ushered in new gun limits that were potent enough to spark a fierce and continuing legal battle with the National Rifle Association.
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April 23, 2015 | BY DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer mcquadd@phillynews.com
THERE IS a constant, monotonous mantra emanating from the microphones on the infield near the starting line. On your mark, set . . . Then a familiar sound fills the air. The muffled blast of a starter's pistol, crackling over a loudspeaker erupts again and again and again. The Penn Relays runners brace for it but it does not scare them. That reaction came earlier in their track careers. I know because I have been firing blanks for decades as a starter at CYO meets.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded a man carrying two guns in Frankford late Thursday, police said. Two 15th District officers were traveling in a squad car on the 1600 block of Pratt Street, surveying the area after a report of a shooting several blocks away on Akron Street. A statement released by the Police Department said that the officers saw "what appeared to be a dispute involving a crowd" gathered on Pratt Street, and that one got out of the car to walk toward the group.
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