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February 24, 2016
Four held in Gloucester Twp. holdups Three adults and one teenager have been arrested in connection with the robberies of a 7-Eleven store and a pizza delivery driver late last year, Gloucester Township police said Monday. Ricky Smith, 18, of Blackwood; Tyreek James, 23, of Mount Royal; and Simieon Alicea, 19, of Paulsboro, face charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and armed robbery. A 17-year-old male also was arrested. The store on Church Street was robbed Dec. 2 and 16. The delivery driver was robbed Nov. 11 at a nearby apartment complex, police said.
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | Julia Terruso, Inquirer staff writer
All this over fries? I served on a jury recently and the case at first blush seemed so trivial and reactionary. A guy goes into a corner store complaining about the fries he just bought (they were too greasy). He gets into it with an employee whose father owns the store and the employee follows him out with a gun. No bullets are fired. The fry enthusiast calls the cops and the 20-year-old employee is arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm without a license.
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man who killed a 23-year-old man outside a Mantua daycare two years ago was sentenced Friday to 161/2 to 33 years in prison. Shane Payne, 22, was convicted late last year of voluntary manslaughter and firearms violations in the shooting death of Marquise Williams. Prosecutors said Payne was caught on video approaching Williams in a convenience store on Feb. 11, 2014, and flashing a gun at him. Williams, alarmed, called a friend, who brought him a gun, prosecutors said.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A Chester man who pleaded guilty to selling six firearms that he reported as stolen has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Ronald Eli Williams, 26, was sentenced Tuesday in County Court under the Brad Fox Law, named for a fallen Plymouth Township police officer, which carries a minimum five-year prison term for those convicted a second time of the straw purchasing of a weapon or selling it to a felon. Williams reported all six guns to Chester police as stolen, the District Attorney's Office said.
NEWS
February 16, 2016
I JUST HAD one of the hardest days of my teaching career. The reason was not because of student behavior or the lack of funding for Philadelphia schools. The reason was that my fourth-grade students and I had discussed the very real problem of gun violence in our city and its neighborhoods, and how close to home it hits for many of Philadelphia's students. We read Helen Ubinas's column from the Daily News - "Who is crying over Philly's children who live amid our gun culture?" - and watched the Public Service Announcement from Unity in the Community, "Stop the Violence," which featured Philly children who have lost fathers to gun violence.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
AN UPPER DARBY gun owner who pulled his firearm to save a police officer from an attack by a group of teens Friday said the incident had left him shaken. "It was scary to do it," the Good Samaritan gun owner said. "Would I do it again? Of course, but I don't want to have to. " In an article Tuesday , Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood detailed the terrifying incident and said that had it not been for the gun owner's actions, the officer would "have been dead meat.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
POLICE ARE crediting a vigilant gun owner with saving the life of an Upper Darby cop Friday after he saw the officer being attacked and surrounded by a large group of teens. "There were 40 kids. If it wasn't for the good Samaritan stepping forward, he'd have been dead meat," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "There's no doubt they would have attacked him. " About 3 p.m. every weekday, from six to eight township police officers patrol the area near Upper Darby High School as nearly 4,000 kids pour out of the building on Lansdowne Avenue near School Lane.
NEWS
February 10, 2016
A 49-year-old man died about 20 minutes after being shot late Monday afternoon in West Philadelphia, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was shot once in the left torso just before 5:15 p.m. in the area of 62nd and Arch Streets. Police took him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced at 5:36 p.m. Police reported no arrests. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
February 4, 2016
The theft of a school police officer's gun prompted police on Tuesday to place the Kensington Urban Education Academy on lockdown. The officer kept the gun in his car - but forgot to lock the car, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. But the officer also wasn't sure if he locked his car overnight at his home, so investigators hadn't determined whether the theft occurred outside his home or outside the high school. Police searched the school, but the officer's gun was not recovered, O'Brien said.
NEWS
February 3, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Jason Laughlin, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON - The engineer on Amtrak Train 188 remembers speeding up, he remembers a curve in Philadelphia that can "sneak up," and he remembers his body lurching as the locomotive entered the bend much too fast just before it derailed last May, killing eight people and injuring more than 200. But the engineer, Brandon Bostian, told investigators that he remembered little about the exact moment the train hurtled off the rails. And he did not explain why it sped to 106 mph as it approached a 50-mph curve, according to transcripts of two interviews released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday.
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