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October 24, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THREE MEN are being sought for allegedly attacking an elderly couple who own a Philadelphia business and beating the husband with a hammer during a home invasion in Montgomery County. In the attack Oct. 16 on Wyndrise Drive in Whitpain Township, police said, the husband was unpacking a car after the couple arrived home from shopping when he was approached by three males. One assailant hit him in the head with a hammer several times, causing severe injuries. The thugs brought him inside, and a second attacker assaulted his wife and demanded money after she tried to help her husband, police said.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE PROTESTERS marched through a rain falling so hard that it drenched their clothes and made the colors run on their handwritten signs. As they rallied outside the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office yesterday, Flora Adams decided she had something to say. She turned to the lunch-breakers and smokers sheltering under the Wanamaker Building's overhang nearby and began scolding them. "You need to pitch in, grandmothers, and stop being lazy!" Adams, 67, shouted into a bullhorn.
NEWS
August 24, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Thursday were seeking those responsible for two home invasions, one in which a West Philadelphia man was beaten with a crowbar. In the first attack, at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, two men broke into a house on the 2500 block of Bonaffon Street in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia and confronted a resident at gunpoint. They left with $8,000 and an HTC smartphone and did not injure the victim, police said. In the violent robbery, three, maybe four, men made their way into a second-floor apartment on the 5400 block of Vine Street through a window about 1:15 a.m. Thursday.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE ATTORNEY for a Holmesburg teenager accused of trying to murder his blind neighbor by turning on her gas stove during a burglary will ask a judge to order that a "voice lineup" be convened. Such a lineup would likely help clear Tomayo McDuffy's name because his accuser has only heard him say "hi" once or twice, defense attorney Beverly Muldrow said after a court hearing yesterday. "Let's see if she can identify his voice," she said of Maria Colon, 54, who told police she heard McDuffy and another male in her Marple Street home the night of May 3. She also told police that her guide dog, Yolanda, chased the burglars away and dialed 9-1-1.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE ONLY eyewitness was a blind lady and the dog supposedly called 9-1-1, but the woman said she recognized the voice of her neighbor and a Philadelphia judge yesterday held him for trial for attempted murder. Common Pleas Judge David C. Shuter said it was clear someone broke in May 3 and turned on the kitchen gas in Maria Colon's home on Marple Street near Torresdale Avenue. "The house was filled up with gas, and the woman said she couldn't breathe," Shuter said. Colon's next-door neighbor, Tomayo McDuffy, 18, remains jailed on $100,000 bail and will be arraigned Aug. 9 on 11 charges, including attempted murder, burglary, conspiracy and aggravated assault.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE LITTLE BOYS gather, beating boredom by chucking sticks or balancing on porch edges. Bigger boys slalom in the street on bikes and scooters, while a woman sweeps her steps nearby. The stretch of Marple Street just south of Torresdale Avenue in Holmesburg is usually like this - alive with the everyday ordinariness of kids at play and life underway. But since May 3, neighbors rarely pass one another without sharing new gossip about the blind lady with the dog named Yolanda. That night, police swarmed Maria Colon's three-story brick rowhouse.
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
TWO UPPER DARBY police officers were fired yesterday after an alleged violent incident involving a teenage suspect in their custody was caught on video. Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie terminated Officer Michael Givens, 39, an eight-year veteran, and Officer Ryan Wisely, 32, a seven-year veteran, he announced in a letter to the media. A camera installed in January at the township public-safety building recorded an incident between the officers and three juveniles - which is the basis of the firing, according to the statement - but Micozzie was mum on the details about exactly what was caught on tape.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Delaware County brothers accused of murdering a 62-year-old Lancaster County man in a violent home invasion last year plan to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. Kyle "Chunks" Wunder and his brother, Cody, both of Aston, are charged in the August death of Douglas C. Herr. Police said the brothers shot their way into Herr's Drumore Township home in search of money he kept in his safe, and killed him when he fired on them. Also charged was Stephen M. Harmer, 26, of Kirkwood, Lancaster County, who police have said planned the robbery.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | Associated Press
MILLBURN, N.J. - The reward has been quadrupled for anyone who leads authorities to a suspect in a North Jersey home-invasion robbery that left a woman battered. The beating was captured by a nanny camera and the video has gone viral. Groups and individuals are offering $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the man seen punching and kicking the woman and throwing her downstairs while her 3-year-old daughter cowered on the couch last Friday. Essex County Sheriff's Department spokesman Kevin Lynch said the donors were outraged by the attack.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Given the shrill, overbaked, hyperbolic language that passes for debate between the Right and the Left these days, it's no wonder that the best place to address politics in film may be the horror genre. Enter writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge , a genuinely tense, effective home-invasion thriller starring Ethan Hawke ( The Woman in the Fifth ) and Lena Headey ( Game of Thrones ) that opens Friday. A genre picture on its grisly, gritty outside, The Purge tries, not always successfully, to mount a critique of America's culture of violence and our growing obsession with wealth, which according to the film, has robbed us of our last shreds of compassion and empathy.
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