November 20, 2015 |
Philadelphia police on Wednesday identified the officer and suspect involved in a violent confrontation this week in the city's Kensington section. Officer Gregory Kravitz shot Julius Velasquez, 26, who allegedly tried to stab the officer with a knife in the 3200 block of F Street about 2:50 a.m. Monday, police said. Velasquez, who lives on the block, was listed in stable condition at Temple University Hospital with gunshot wounds to his right hip and arm. He was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.
November 18, 2015 |
Police on Monday identified four men killed over the weekend in Philadelphia, and said an arrest had been made in one case. Shamori Green, 18, of the 7900 block of Mars Place, was charged with murder and other offenses in the slaying of Matthew Augusta, 19, of the 7900 block of Buist Avenue. Both men are from the Eastwick section. Shortly after 2:35 a.m. Friday, Augusta was found fatally shot in the head and right leg at 72d Street and Buist in Eastwick. An unspecified weapon was found under his body.
November 6, 2015 |
FOR YEARS, Republicans have argued that voter fraud is so great a threat to democracy that Americans should be required to present some form of photo ID - say, a driver's license - before they can cast a ballot. So it stands to reason that GOP leaders would be thrilled with new laws that automatically register people to vote when they obtain a driver's license, right? Not so much. Republicans claim that setting all those prospective voters loose with photo IDs, wait for it, increases the risk of fraud.
October 30, 2015 |
The body of a man found on a Cape May County beach was identified Wednesday as the former mayor of a Gloucester County borough. Jeff Radio, 43, was mayor of Clayton from 2009 to 2011 and worked as a vice president with Sun National Bank. He was an active member of the Clayton school board. His body was found Tuesday in Strathmere. New Jersey state police are investigating his death. The results of an autopsy conducted Wednesday are pending, said spokesman Sgt. Jeff Flynn.
September 10, 2015 |
More than a decade before Philadelphia police say DNA linked Rafael Crespo to the 1996 rape and slaying of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado, detectives had another suspect - her boyfriend. Maldonado's friends said she had broken up with Christian Vrabec, a classmate at Franklin Learning Center, the day before she disappeared. And James Moses, one of Vrabec's Kensington buddies, told detectives that Vrabec had confessed to him that he killed the teenager. On Tuesday, Moses nervously admitted that he'd made it all up. "I felt threatened," Moses testified at Crespo's nonjury murder trial.
August 26, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have identified two men killed in separate incidents over the weekend. Just after midnight Friday, police officers found Justin Jones, 37, slumped in the drivers' seat of a white BMW 740i on the 4400 block of Longshore Avenue in Tacony. Jones had been shot multiple times in his upper chest. He was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later by medics. Police said the motive in the case had not yet been determined, and no arrests had been made. On Saturday about 1 a.m., police responded to a report of a man with a gun on the 5400 block of Norfolk Street in West Philadelphia.
August 8, 2015 |
Police have asked for the public's help in identifying a man who twice attacked a woman on a South Philadelphia residential street last week, the second time as she took pictures of him. The assaults were captured on surveillance video, which the department posted on Thursday on its YouTube channel. The victim, 28, was walking home from a store about 3 a.m. July 31 when the attacks happened on the 700 block of Passyunk Avenue. Video shows the man quickly crossing from one side of Passyunk to the other to get to the woman, who begins to run. She did not get far before the man caught up with her and threw her to the ground.
August 4, 2015 |
Police on Sunday identified victims who were fatally shot in three separate cases around the city over the weekend. In the first shooting, in the 1600 block of Staub Street in North Philadelphia, James Brown, 25, of the 2000 block of Oakford Street, was found lying on the street around 1:30 a.m. Friday, police said. A caller summoned police to the scene after seeing a person with a gun. Brown had gunshot wounds to the chest and right side of the neck. Medics took Brown to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. Later that day, 30-year-old Jamaya Dogan was discovered unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds on the sidewalk in the 1900 block of Mount Street in Kensington.
July 22, 2015 |
FORMER Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. remembers his office's 2005 investigation into claims of sexual misconduct by Bill Cosby. "At the time I thought he was guilty, and I certainly haven't changed my mind about that," said Castor, now a county commissioner. "His statements were vague and imprecise and not responsive to the questions. " Nonetheless, his office declined to file charges against Cosby, Castor said yesterday, due to a lack of forensics and alleged victim Andrea Constand's fuzzy recollection of the January 2004 night the alleged assault took place.
July 5, 2015 |
Philadelphia police on Friday identified two officers who shot and critically wounded a man who was having a seizure in May, the first time under a new policy that the department has identified officers involved in a shooting. The officers, Michael Minor and Robert Hoppe, fired at Rudolph Keitt after he led police on a chase beginning in Northwest Philadelphia and struck four officers with his car, police said. Keitt has since been declared mentally incompetent, and his attorney said he suffers from schizophrenia.