April 26, 2015 |
Philadelphia police officers fired shots at a man during a foot pursuit in South Philadelphia Friday morning, police said. Police said the officers were responding to a report of a person with a gun on the 2200 block of South 25th Street in the Wilson Park Homes. When the officers arrived at the scene around 9:14 a.m., two men who fit the description of the person with the gun began running, with the officers in pursuit, police said. Police said that one of the men reached for his waistband, where he had a gun. The officers fired their guns but did not hit the man, who then surrendered, police said.
April 24, 2015 |
When it comes to protecting Philadelphians from the most violent criminals, the mayoral contenders have a hard act to follow in Mayor Nutter and his top cop, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. The murder rate is down sharply, and all the city's violent crime has declined - as it has nationally. Also on Nutter's watch, the city has taken the lead in spurring efforts to stem the tide of illegal guns across Pennsylvania. While handguns - the weapons used to commit most murders - remain readily available in inner-city neighborhoods, the mayor, joined by City Council, ushered in new gun limits that were potent enough to spark a fierce and continuing legal battle with the National Rifle Association.
April 23, 2015 |
THERE IS a constant, monotonous mantra emanating from the microphones on the infield near the starting line. On your mark, set . . . Then a familiar sound fills the air. The muffled blast of a starter's pistol, crackling over a loudspeaker erupts again and again and again. The Penn Relays runners brace for it but it does not scare them. That reaction came earlier in their track careers. I know because I have been firing blanks for decades as a starter at CYO meets.
April 20, 2015 |
A Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded a man carrying two guns in Frankford late Thursday, police said. Two 15th District officers were traveling in a squad car on the 1600 block of Pratt Street, surveying the area after a report of a shooting several blocks away on Akron Street. A statement released by the Police Department said that the officers saw "what appeared to be a dispute involving a crowd" gathered on Pratt Street, and that one got out of the car to walk toward the group.
April 13, 2015 |
IT'S TEMPTING to say that two lives were destroyed when Jimmy Becker died at the hand of his friend Ivan Oberholtzer. After all, it appears that the March 5 shooting was accidental. The boys - both 17 and seniors at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts - were at Ivan's house on a school snow day when Ivan discharged a gun, killing Jimmy. "The students are talking about us holding an empty seat for Jimmy at graduation," says English teacher Monty Ogden, who knew both boys.
April 12, 2015 |
The Delaware River delineates a national gun divide. On one side, a young mother decided her best defense against violent crime was to buy a gun - no doubt the remedy envisioned by state legislators who have sought to punish her hometown, Philadelphia, for any attempt at gun control. But carrying the weapon across the river got her weeks in jail and, but for a belated outbreak of prosecutorial restraint, years in prison with the criminals she was hoping to fend off. Gov. Christie's recent pardon of Shaneen Allen ended her ordeal a year and a half later, but not before she became a cause célèbre for gun-rights activists and a challenge to gun-control advocates.
April 8, 2015 |
A youth basketball coach who fired a gun into the air during a confrontation at a recreation-center game in Southwest Philadelphia surrendered to police Monday afternoon. Maurice Tavares, 26, of Chester, was expected to be charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses in the incident around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Christy Recreation Center in the 700 block of South 55th Street. Tavares' visiting team of teenage boys had been leading in the game, but the local team began a comeback, said Lt. John F. Walker of Southwest Detectives.
April 6, 2015 |
A 26-year-old basketball coach fired at another coach during a teenage basketball game Saturday afternoon at a Southwest Philadelphia recreation center, police said. No one was injured in the shooting, which happened shortly before 2 p.m. at the Christy Recreation Center on the 700 block of South 55th Street, sending dozens of players, parents, and onlookers running for cover. The game was league play for neighborhood 14- to 16-year-old players, said Southwest Lt. John Walker.
April 5, 2015 |
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.