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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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April 22, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Five students were arrested Wednesday after a handgun and drugs were found at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Upper Darby, police said. The school was placed on lockdown for about two and a half hours while police searched for the gun, said Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Around 11 a.m., a student saw a boy apparently selling marijuana to two girls at a trolley stop at Garrett Road and Lansdowne Avenue. At some point, the boy pulled a gun and threatened the girls, Chitwood said.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | Emily Babay, Staff Writer
The father of a 4-year-old girl who was fatally shot in her family's East Kensington house this weekend has been charged with third-degree murder and other crimes. Court records show that charges against Maurice "Stephon" Phillips, 30, were filed early Monday in the girl's death. Police on Monday identified the slain child as Tahirah Phillips. People at the home on the 200 block of East Mayfield Street initially told police that the girl's 5-year-old sibling had been playing with the gun, which accidentally went off, firing a shot into the girl's head.
NEWS
April 19, 2016
Anti-gun-violence group backs Sestak The three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania - Katie McGinty, John Fetterman, and Joe Sestak - have similar positions on gun safety and violence prevention, but the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence feels that Sestak has the edge in experience and ability to win the general election. As a former Navy admiral, Sestak understands firearms and their dangers. In his two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he supported four gun bills, including the assault weapons ban. And he was instrumental in closing a pawn shop in the Seventh Congressional District that did not follow safe practices in reselling used guns.
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITERS
A former police officer was charged Wednesday for his role in an alleged theft scandal seven years ago at the Philadelphia Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit, according to court records. Anthony Magsam's arrest on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, and obstruction of administrative law came one week after his former commander, Lt. Vincent J. Testa, committed suicide prior to a scheduled meeting with prosecutors about the case. Magsam, 35, was released from custody Wednesday following an arraignment.
NEWS
April 12, 2016
I CAN'T understand why our political leaders are not going into the city's areas of concern to discuss gun issues with young people. I'm sure they will find answers such as no jobs, lack of leadership and a host of other issues. You can't solve problems unless you go to the source. Once these issues are found, only then will we be able to change things. With all the new construction being planned and currently taking place in our city, Council members should be demanding that young people be accepted into a apprentice program in their district to give them a skill that will help them with some direction.
NEWS
April 10, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie's administration announced measures Friday to ease some New Jersey state gun restrictions, including an expansion of the standard for getting a permit to carry a gun. The Republican governor, who previously endorsed loosening the state's gun laws, said in a statement Friday that the changes would "deliver relief and assurance to New Jerseyans exercising their Second Amendment rights. " The changes, which follow recommendations issued by a study commission Christie formed last year, include a regulatory amendment that adds "serious threats" to the circumstances considered a special danger to a person's life.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Rowan University police are looking for a student they say kept a gun in a campus dorm room and had drugs to sell. Rowan sent a campuswide alert Thursday asking anyone who sees Robert Hardiman Jr., 25, of Piscataway, to stay away from him and immediately call police. Another student living with Hardiman was detained Friday on gun charges. Responding to a fire alarm in the Triad Apartments residence hall last Friday, police said they smelled marijuana in the apartment and saw loose 9mm rounds, the university said Thursday.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 24-year-old Bucks County man was arrested Wednesday morning near the Holland Tunnel in New Jersey after police noticed an ammunition box in plain view in his vehicle, authorities said. About 8:30 a.m., Corey Schrier, of Bensalem, was at the tunnel toll plaza in Jersey City, heading to New York, when a Port Authority police officer spotted a box of bullets on the back seat of Schrier's 2014 silver Mitsubishi SUV, a Port Authority police spokesman said. Spokesman Joe Pentangelo said the officer asked Schrier why he had bullets in his vehicle and whether he had a weapon inside.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Mark Fazlollah, and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
The former commander of the Philadelphia Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit died of an apparent suicide Wednesday, a day before he was scheduled to face questions from prosecutors about thefts from the department, law enforcement officials said. A police spokeswoman confirmed that Lt. Vincent J. Testa, 53, who worked in North Philadelphia's 39th District, was found unresponsive at his residence by his girlfriend Wednesday morning. Police declined to release a cause of death but said that there were no signs of foul play.
SPORTS
April 8, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Late Monday morning, the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Houston. The 2016 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had just been introduced. The rest of the room had clustered around each of the inductees, Allen Iverson commanding the largest crowd around a table near the entrance, and Jerry Colangelo stood in the back, chatting with friends. It had been four months since he had joined the 76ers as their chairman of basketball operations. So, Jerry, what are your impressions of Sam Hinkie now, compared to when you took the job?
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