September 9, 2016
A 28-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with the shooting death of another man last week in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. Muhammad Johnson, of the 1600 block of Pratt Street in East Frankford, was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder and related offenses in the killing of 29-year-old Piere Burbage. On Aug. 31 shortly before 8:30 p.m., police responding to a reported shooting in the 600 block of North 39th Street found Burbage on a porch with multiple gunshot wounds.
September 2, 2016
A 29-year-old man standing with his son was fatally shot Wednesday night outside a community center in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the victim, whose name was not released, was exchanging words with another man outside the entrance to the Mantua Haverford Community Center in the 600 block of North 39th Street when the other man opened fire, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The victim, who was shot three times, was taken by medics to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:56 p.m. His son was not injured.
September 1, 2016
A 31-year-old man died after crashing a dirt bike Tuesday night in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. He was riding westbound in the 3800 block of Parrish Street just before 8 p.m. when he lost control, police said. He crashed into a fence and was thrown from the dirt bike. The man, whose name was not released, was transported by medics to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:29 p.m. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
August 30, 2016 |
For eons he rested undisturbed, his once watery tomb long dry. And now, under an oscillating fan, two young men were clearing the earth under his head with a paint brush and dental pick, freeing a fragment of him ever so carefully. "Guys, it's moving," 27-year-old Ian Putnam called out, squeezing a drop of fossil hardener called Paleo Bond onto a two-inch length of bone. "It's ready to come out. " Beneath Putnam on a laboratory floor of Rowan University, wrapped in plaster on a bed of green sand, lay the pale, tan remains of thoracosaurus : a crocodile that 65 million years ago swam the ocean waters that receded to become New Jersey.
August 1, 2016 |
Three men were killed in separate shootings from Friday night into Saturday morning in the city's Mantua, South Philadelphia and North Philadelphia neighborhoods, authorities said. About 11 p.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a shooting on North 38th Street near Brandywine in Mantua. There, they found a 25-year-old man lying facedown on the street. He was unresponsive, with gunshot wounds to his head, neck, abdomen and arm. Officers also found a 50-year-old woman nearby at 38th and Wallace Streets, who was shot in her left calf.
July 4, 2016 |
Philadelphia police were investigating two shootings overnight in the city's Brewerytown and Mantua neighborhoods. About midnight Friday, police said, a man was reportedly walking with his brother and cousin on North 29th Street, near Cecil B. Moore Avenue when another man on a bike fired about four shots in their direction near the corner of 29th and Turner Streets, police said. He and his relatives walked to 34th Street and Girard Avenue in West Philadelphia before calling 911. Responding officers took the man and his relatives to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where the victim was treated for a graze wound to his upper back, police said.
June 13, 2016 |
A YOUNG mother gives up her newborn baby boy for adoption only months before her own high school graduation. The mother is 17. Nearly 50 years later, the mother, Victoria Huggins Peurifoy, tells the story in a letter to a son she saw only once. In a poem based off a family photograph, which includes a little girl, Carol Richardson McCullough writes of the sister she never met. The toddler died before McCullough was born. These are samples of the stories and poems collected in two new books, Anthology 2 and Portraits Through Time.
April 9, 2016 |
By Stefanie F. Seldin and Jay Spector Jose Gonzalez, 23, dropped out of high school in 10th grade. He was fortunate to find Project WOW, a property-maintenance skills and GED-preparatory program for young people without a high school diploma run by JEVS Human Services. Gonzalez and his classmates volunteer for Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, a nonprofit that renovates owner-occupied homes for low-income families. Project WOW (World of Work) students and other Philadelphia tech students are regulars at block builds, where Rebuilding Together Philadelphia repairs 20 to 25 homes in a single neighborhood over several days.
February 21, 2016 |
A West Philadelphia man who killed a 23-year-old man outside a Mantua daycare two years ago was sentenced Friday to 161/2 to 33 years in prison. Shane Payne, 22, was convicted late last year of voluntary manslaughter and firearms violations in the shooting death of Marquise Williams. Prosecutors said Payne was caught on video approaching Williams in a convenience store on Feb. 11, 2014, and flashing a gun at him. Williams, alarmed, called a friend, who brought him a gun, prosecutors said.
February 16, 2016 |
Pastor Robert Levan Gravely II, a Mantua church pastor, died after suffering a heart attack Jan. 17, the day after his 61st birthday, a son said. Gravely had worked in management for Rite Aid before becoming pastor of the Jesus Christ Church of the Apostolic Faith. He lived in Yeadon, Delaware County. "He was an excellent father," his son Steven said, "dedicated, hardworking. He wa61nted the best for his family and he worked hard to provide the best for us. " Gravely had worked his way up to become a regional manager with Rite Aid, his family said.