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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 20, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
As they review Bradley Stone's deadly rampage Monday, Montgomery County investigators said they do not know why the Marine veteran - who had three DUI arrests, a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, and a bitter custody dispute over his two daughters - was not stripped of his guns as required under the terms of his probation. "We don't know the answers" yet, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman acknowledged in an e-mail Thursday. She said the investigation was continuing.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writers
A revolver was recovered Wednesday at Samuel Fels High School after authorities received a tip a male with a gun was in the building. An 18-year-old student was taken into custody, School District spokesman Fernando Gallard/ "Besides facing possible criminal charges, the student will be referred to expulsion," Gallard said. A lockdown of the 1,100-student school at 5500 Langdon St. in Philadelphia's Crescentville section was being lifted in phases. The school was placed on lockdown when a student reported another student had a weapon in a backpack inside the building, Gallard said.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
AN 18-YEAR-OLD youth was taken into custody yesterday after police recovered a handgun at a Philadelphia high school. The incident happened at Samuel Fels High School, on Langdon Street near Sanger in Crescentville. Officers responded to the school about 10 a.m. after a student reported seeing a gun, officials said. The school was placed on lockdown until about 1:30 p.m. During a search, cops found an unloaded revolver inside a trash can in the weight room, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER A MOTHER pleaded guilty yesterday to involuntary manslaughter in the tragic death of her 11-year-old daughter - who was shot by her 2-year-old brother - the woman's attorney said it was time for the family to heal. Attorney Eugene Tinari said he hoped that Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson would "fashion a sentence that will allow [the mother] to reunite with her children to begin the healing process. " But Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said the defendant, Tiffany Goldwire, 31, deserves more prison time when she is sentenced Feb. 27. Pescatore read a summary of the facts of the case in court.
NEWS
December 18, 2014
GUN-CONTROL zealots like Helen Ubiñas don't miss a beat when it comes to exploiting tragedy. Here's a more accurate breakdown: Of the 30,000 "deaths by gun," more than two-thirds are suicides. Not much we can do about this; if guns had any link to suicide rates, Japan would have the lowest suicide rate in the world instead of one of the highest. Of the 10,000 or so homicides by gun, the vast majority are criminal-on-criminal or likely self-defense homicides. Studies have shown consistently that at least three-fourths of homicide victims (regardless of weapon)
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THEY SAY a protection-from-abuse order is just a piece of a paper. For Valerie Morrow, it might as well have been her death certificate. Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she'd feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities...
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