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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.
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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.
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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February 25, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men who tried to burglarize a Tullytown gun shop early Monday were arrested after being located in the overhead ductwork of the building, police said. Police Chief Daniel Doyle said the men, later identified as James Townes, 22, and Ashier Williams, 21, both of Philadelphia, set off an alarm around 2 a.m. by knocking a hole in the roof of Mike's Guns & Sporting Goods on the 200 block of Levittown Parkway. Police responded and saw a man on top of the building, Doyle said. Officers then surrounded the strip mall and attempted to negotiate with the would-be burglars.
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February 14, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
15 quarterbacks 36 running backs 44 receivers 19 tight ends 52 offensive linemen 56 defensive linemen 34 linebackers 54 defensive backs 13 specialists SOURCE: NFL.com
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February 4, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trouble for Brandon Ruff started Aug. 3, when he walked into the 35th Police District station on North Broad Street with a bag that contained three handguns and said his name was Ryan Jones. Ruff, a 28-year-old sergeant in the 16th District, told police that the weapons belonged to a relative. He thought he could anonymously surrender the guns without question. On Monday, Ruff, an eight-year veteran, was arrested and charged with giving a false identity to law enforcement officials.
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February 4, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant was arrested yesterday for allegedly giving police a phony name and birth date when he tried to turn in guns anonymously last summer. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, 28, surrendered to police Internal Affairs yesterday. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of false identification to law enforcement authorities, according to the District Attorney's Office. One handgun he turned in was reported stolen in South Philadelphia in 2010, and authorities traced the other two back to separate owners, according to the D.A. Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Ruff, an eight-year veteran, with intent to dismiss.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council is moving to suspend about a dozen gun laws that are not being enforced in the hope of improving the city's chance of protecting other provisions, such as the requirement that lost or stolen firearms be reported to police. The city is being sued by the National Rifle Association over its gun ordinances, the result of a new and controversial state law that gives outside groups standing to file such litigation. More lawsuits are likely to be filed against the city, a city official testified Wednesday at a hearing on the bill to suspend the gun laws.
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January 19, 2015 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN AARON Rogers' little brother, Tremaine, was murdered as they played basketball outside their Overbrook house in 2013, his world was broken. "My brother is all that I had," he told the Daily News . "Ninety percent of me is gone now. " This week, someone took the rest of him. A gunman shot Aaron, 20, in the face about 6 p.m. Wednesday outside Vincent's Pizza at 65th Street near Lansdowne Avenue, police said. He died 24 hours later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - the city's 16th homicide victim of the new year.
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January 16, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
  TWO DECADES later, Andy Callaghan, a 25-year veteran police sergeant, still can't forget the sound of the bullet whizzing by his ear. It was winter 1995. As he had done dozens - maybe even hundreds - of times, he geared up to serve a warrant, this time in Southwest Philadelphia. He knew that facing gunfire and having to shoot back to stay alive was always a possibility. But he didn't anticipate it that night. "It was a Thursday. I was exhausted from court and work," Callaghan, 48, recalled recently in his office at the Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery campus in Bensalem, where he serves as director of the First Responders Addiction Treatment Program.
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January 15, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kim Jones had a routine. A few minutes after 9 each morning, she would step outside her two-story rowhouse on North 12th Street and walk a half-block to Jefferson Street, where the Route 23 bus stopped. Twenty minutes later, she'd arrive at Turning Points for Children, a Center City agency, where she directed a program that helps the families of kindergartners and first graders in Philadelphia schools. Her killer knew the routine, too. At 9:15 Tuesday, as she was waiting for the bus, the 56-year-old mother of two was shot once in the back of the head.
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December 30, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A word of warning for those short-tempered souls battling long airport security lines on their way back from their holiday travels: Your fellow passengers are just as stressed and more likely this year to be armed to the teeth. The federal Transportation Security Administration caught more people in 2014 trying to slip firearms, knives, grenades, and even swords through security screening checkpoints than in any year in the last decade, according to agency statistics. As of Dec. 25, TSA agents had retrieved 2,164 guns from carry-ons, purses, and coat pockets - a nearly 20 percent increase over last year.
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December 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
If Bradley Stone's capacity for violence existed before last week, he apparently kept it well-hidden. In the past year, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Tuesday, Stone raised no red flags in 22 court appearances and 17 visits or contacts with probation officers, lied about having guns, and convinced a military psychiatrist that he wasn't homicidal or suicidal. Last Monday, he proved it all wrong. In about 90 minutes, officials said, Stone shot, slashed, and chopped to death his ex-wife and five of her relatives, according to newly released autopsy details.
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