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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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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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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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July 28, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOTHING WAS GOING to stop Richard Plotts from carrying a gun. Not the law, not his felony record, not his questionable mental health and certainly not a sign. Plotts, who shot and killed his caseworker and shot his doctor at a Delaware County hospital campus Thursday, may have done so because he was offended by the hospital's policy against guns, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "There's evidence that he took offense to the issue that there were signs posted at Mercy Fitzgerald Health System indicating that it was a gun-free zone," Whelan said.
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July 28, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 5-year-old boy was shot dead late Saturday night and his mother seriously injured in what Ridley Township police said was a shooting rampage by the child's father, who then shot himself in the head. The boy, Cion Styles, died of a gunshot wound to the head. His father, Tyrell Styles, 26, of the 600 block of Reinhard Street in Philadelphia, died Sunday afternoon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said. The child's mother, Sheyma Washington, underwent surgery at Crozer-Chester Hospital and was in stable condition Sunday evening.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
ISSUE | HIGHWAY SPEEDS Limits of sanity on region's roads In a more sane bygone period when the mandatory speed limit was 55 m.p.h., there were fewer accidents, lives lost, and billions of gallons of gas saved ("Much of turnpike may rise to 70 m.p.h.," July 24). With the now-insane increase in the speed limit to 70 m.p.h., we will see more carnage on the road. Why the need for speed? For those who might get to the office or home 15 minutes sooner, what do you do? Hug your wife?
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July 24, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER and SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE CITY has agreed to pay $1.4 million and reform its gun-permit procedures after the Department of Licenses & Inspections posted the names and addresses of thousands of gun owners in 2012. The information - released as part of Mayor Nutter's open-data initiative - was included on an interactive map on the city's website that featured clickable revolver icons at addresses where people had been denied a license-to-carry permit, or had their permit revoked, and had then appealed to L&I's Review Board.
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July 24, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
When city officials pulled the trigger in 2012 by posting details on gun-permit appeals online, they considered it a public service. Now the data have become a $1.4 million public expense. The Nutter administration said Tuesday it had settled a class-action lawsuit with 3,265 Philadelphians who were denied a license to carry firearms by the Police Department or had a permit revoked and then appealed to the Department of Licenses and Inspections, which posted the information online. The postings - on a new interactive website - came as a result of L&I's effort to be more transparent following an executive order on open data signed by Mayor Nutter in April 2012.
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July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RAPPER MEEK MILL appears to be launching an aggressive legal battle to get out of jail, where he's been since Friday for violating probation. Yesterday, the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, hired two prominent Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys - Dennis Cogan and Christopher Warren. Cogan's clients have included disgraced former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, while Warren recently represented former Philly mob consigliere George Borgesi. This morning, the rapper's new legal team is expected to file a motion requesting an emergency hearing to argue that he did not violate the terms of his probation and should not have been sentenced to three to six months in jail.
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July 17, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a rider on the Broad Street Line took a covert photograph of a man who appeared to be armed and sent it to SEPTA police, officers caught up with the suspect in Center City and confiscated several weapons, authorities said Tuesday. "This is a story of great public involvement and tremendous police work," SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said Tuesday. Darryl Donahue, 52, was arrested about 10 p.m. Monday near LOVE Park by a detective who knew what the suspect looked like from the photograph, Nestel said.
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July 10, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
A LOT of prisoners write to the Daily News . Most of them ask for help with their cases. An incompetent lawyer blew the trial, they say. A cop lied on the stand. New evidence proves their innocence. They were nowhere near the crime scene. I try to read every letter, mailing back the same response: I'm sorry for your troubles, but we haven't the resources to investigate your allegations. I wish you well. But Shuja Moore's plea was different. He didn't deny that on Oct. 17, 2004, he was a 22-year-old drug dealer who brought a loaded gun into Club Deco at Front and Spring Garden streets.
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July 10, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
Editor's note: This story has been updated. AN EMPLOYEE at a troubled charter school in Frankford found an assault-style gun in a high-school locker there Monday, and police now are investigating to find out who left it there and why. The 9 mm MasterPiece Arms handgun was found about lunchtime at the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School on Harbison Avenue near Carver Street, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police...
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