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April 5, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR ABOUT two years, doors were closing for Shaneen Allen. She was fired from her job as a phlebotomist, losing the income she relied on as a single mom supporting two sons. She went on more than 50 interviews for various health care positions, some very promising. But whenever she made it to the final round, the same hurdle kept cropping up, and the offers were rescinded. An unlawful-weapon charge will do that to you. "For someone like me who has been to school and who has no criminal background, they always wanted to know what happened," Allen, 28, told the Daily News on Friday.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie on Thursday pardoned a Philadelphia woman who had faced up to five years in prison for bringing into the state a gun that was legally registered in Pennsylvania but not in New Jersey. Shaneen Allen admitted during a traffic stop on the Atlantic City Expressway that she had the firearm in her purse. Allen, 27, a phlebotomist, was indicted after her Oct. 1, 2013, arrest on charges of illegally bringing a concealed weapon into the state, and in September agreed to enter a pretrial intervention program.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A PISTOL PACKIN' mama from South Philly is free and clear for the first time in nearly two years. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday pardoned Shaneen Allen, 27, a single mother of two who gained national attention after she was hit with an unlawful-weapon charge for a gun she legally owns during a 2013 car stop in Hamilton Township, Mercer County. "She fought a hard fight, but she stood her ground," Evan Nappen, a gun-rights lawyer who represents Allen, said yesterday. "If anyone is deserving of a pardon from the governor, it's Shaneen.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | Philly Clout
STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams says he's a Democrat, but he's starting to make us wonder. Not like Manchurian Candidate-levels of concern, but still . . . we're concerned. Williams, one of six Democrats seeking the mayoral nomination, is backed by a trio of Main Line millionaires who want more charter schools. His wife works for the fracking industry. And it seems that he's a proponent of the so-called "stand your ground" gun laws pushed by the National Rifle Association. What's next?
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a drug dealer tried to kill Benito Gonzalez in 2011, leaving him alive only because the gun jammed, the veteran Camden police officer began a downward spiral. Gonzalez, the decorated supervisor of the narcotics unit, said he drank heavily and became suicidal. Psychologists diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, according to medical evaluations provided by his attorney. One afternoon, before his three children returned home from school, Gonzalez said he took a gun out of a locked box, put it in his mouth, and nearly pulled the trigger.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed and one wounded Thursday night when a pair of would-be armed robbers pulled a gun on a man walking in West Philadelphia - and the man, in turn, pulled his own gun and fired. Police said the man, 27, and his friend, 25, had just gotten off a trolley and were walking along the 5400 block of Media Street when they passed two other men, who announced a robbery. The man and his friend turned around to see one of the alleged assailants holding a gun. The 27-year-old pulled a semiautomatic handgun that he was legally permitted to carry and fired at the other men, emptying his gun, a law enforcement source said.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 21-YEAR-OLD man who last month cursed at and got into a courtroom brawl with a deputy sheriff tried to get a hold of that deputy's gun in a secure hallway adjacent to the courtroom, a prosecutor said yesterday. Arkel Garcia was convicted by a jury on Feb. 17 of second-degree murder, robbery and a firearms offense in the Nov. 30, 2013, shooting death of Christian Massey, 21, a special-needs man who graduated from Marple Newtown High School and was known as a "gentle giant. " Garcia had shot Massey in an Overbrook alley in an attempt to rob Massey of his $300 Beats by Dre headphones.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AN ONGOING BATTLE over a Philadelphia suburb's ordinance regulating guns in parks could wind up in court, after a pro-gun group last week filed a lawsuit against Lower Merion Township, calling its regulation an "egregious and direct violation" of state law. Firearm Owners Against Crime, a political-action committee; its president, Kim Stolfer; and Joseph Abramson, an FOAC member and gun owner who lives in Lower Merion, are plaintiffs in the suit,...
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
WHIPPANY - Gov. Christie described his political philosophy, including his belief that individual rights are derived from God, in front of a crowd Tuesday that included several people he grew up with. At a town-hall-style meeting in a packed community center in Morris County, the Republican governor - who said he would decide on a 2016 presidential campaign in "the next three months" - responded to a question from a gun-rights supporter by saying his authority to change existing state laws was limited.
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