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NEWS
September 23, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A TEEN POINTED a gun at police in West Philadelphia last night, prompting them to shoot him, police said. At 8:53 p.m., officers responded to Frazier Street near Media for a report of a man with a gun, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the cops arrived, they spotted a teen holding a gun who matched the description of the gunman, he said. The 17-year-old saw the officers and ran to 57th Street, Small said, but then turned and pointed his gun at the cops, prompting two officers to fire, hitting him in the shoulder and torso.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
YOU HAVE TO give Philadelphia police officers credit for attending Fox Chase Community Night Out, part of a national anti-violence event to fight crime. And it's no surprise that the uniformed SWAT cops came armed with a few "toys" to attract residents to their table - a police van, a helmet, a couple of bulletproof vests. But when one of the toys is a semiautomatic rifle, you have to be stunned at the imprudence of putting the gun in the hands of children. Marion Brown certainly was. Besides being a Fox Chase resident, Brown is a co-coordinator of a local chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margaret Grover pleaded with the Delaware County judge to give her former companion - an emergency-room pediatrician - the maximum sentence for shooting her in the presence of their children during a child-custody exchange. "She's not done," Grover said, dissolving into tears. "She won't be done until I'm dead. " Judge Michael F.X. Coll assented, and on Tuesday sentenced Lauren Patricia Daly to up to 52 years in prison for wounding Grover and endangering the life of their son, now 12. Daly, 43, of Middletown Township, was convicted in July after a two-week trial on charges of attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, and related crimes.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the widow of a slain Plymouth Township police officer filed a lawsuit Monday against the West Norriton gun store that sold guns to a straw purchaser. The suit alleges gross negligence by In Site Firearms for selling six guns in a three-month period to a man they should have identified as a straw purchaser. One of those guns was used to kill Officer Brad Fox in September 2012. According to the suit, In Site ignored several red flags about Michael Henry, including that he was a drug addict who had already purchased several of the same type of gun. Henry always paid in cash and transferred the guns to Andrew Thomas, a convicted felon barred from having firearms, in the gun store's parking lot, according to the suit.
NEWS
September 9, 2014
BEING A SOUTH Philly resident for more than 40 years and being a big supporter of the quality of life, I am baffled at Wednesday's front page story, "Disguntinued. " I support the residents who are protesting the sale of play guns from a corner store to minors. I grew up in Point Breeze and I witnessed how the crime decayed a once great neighborhood. But what I am confused about is the timing and the location of the protest. It's great that 50 to 100 protesters came out in the sweltering heat, some carrying lettered signs, some chanting "Stop selling BB guns.
SPORTS
August 26, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In any discussion of Christian Hackenberg - his personality, his skills as a quarterback, his future at Penn State and beyond - Micky Sullivan acknowledges his prejudice at the start. If there's a benefit of the doubt to be given, Sullivan is going to give it to Hackenberg, and he makes no apologies for it. He coached Hackenberg at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He plays golf with him in the spring and summer. He traveled down to St. Petersburg, Fla., in January 2013 when Hackenberg played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
NEWS
August 26, 2014 | BY SHIRA GOODMAN & NICHOLAS RAMSEY
ON AUG. 1, just before 10 p.m. on Etting Street near Dickinson, in Grays Ferry, neighbors filled the street enjoying the mild summer evening. Three-year-old Tynirah Borum sat on a porch getting her hair braided. Two young men from the neighborhood arrived on a bicycle, began arguing and with complete disregard for life, fired off several rounds from a handgun. Tragically, they shot four people, one of whom was Tynirah. Shot through the left side of her chest, she died not long after.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
HOMICIDE investigators are probing a shooting that left a 30-year-old man dead in Frankford on Thursday night. Police were called to Josephine Street, a dark, desolate stretch of an alley off Orthodox Street near Torresdale Avenue, at 10:17 p.m. When they arrived, they found the victim, whose name has yet to be released, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Medics pronounced him dead on the sidewalk in the weeded alley. His body was splayed under a white sheet next to a pickup truck that was loaded down with trash bags.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant sparked an Internal Affairs probe this month after he showed up at a police district off-duty, handed over three handguns and then refused to cooperate when officers began to ask questions, the Daily News has learned. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year veteran, walked into the 35th Police District, at Broad Street and Champlost Avenue in Ogontz, at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 with three handguns - a 9 mm Taurus, a .38-caliber Taurus revolver, and a Bryco Arms .380 - in a maroon handbag, according to a police incident report.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AS A GROUP of law-enforcement and elected officials called yesterday for a mandatory two-year sentence for people convicted of illegally carrying a firearm, kids in the South Philadelphia neighborhood watched and played. It was a beautiful, sunny day. But on Aug. 1, horror enveloped the area after Tynirah Borum, 3, who was getting her hair braided on a porch on Etting Street near Dickinson, was fatally shot. The alleged gunman, Brandon Ruffin, 22, had been released from jail on July 3, after serving 23 months on an 11 1/2-to-23-month sentence after pleading guilty to illegally carrying a weapon.
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