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August 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THEY APPARENTLY were friends, but in the early morning of Memorial Day, one ended up dead, another allegedly shot him, and the third allegedly went about his business. Eric McFarland, 24, of Reno Street near 39th in Mantua, was held for trial yesterday by Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni on charges of murder and weapon offenses in the shooting death of Kenneth Williams, 24. Williams, of Aspen Street near 39th in Mantua, was killed at a playground near his home just before 1:30 a.m. May 25 - Memorial Day. Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim called one witness to the stand at McFarland's preliminary hearing yesterday - Dustin Goode, 30, a friend of the defendant's and the victim's.
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August 27, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The details of the beef that got Kenneth "Ken-Ken" Williams killed remain murky: It happened after a night of drinking on Memorial Day weekend, and the alleged shooter and a witness were Williams' friends. The identity of the alleged shooter - Eric McFarland, 24 - might never have been known, had someone not started spreading rumors around Mantua that witness Dustin Goode was the real killer. On Tuesday, Goode, 30, testified that he was roused from his apathy when he learned that neighbors believed he had shot Williams and that McFarland was about to tell police the same thing.
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August 16, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
Chris Ruder walked onto the set, and he looked a little nervous. But he didn't miss a beat and quickly broke into his pitch. "Spikeball is poised to be the next great American sport," he said. He was on the set of Shark Tank , the reality-TV series where aspiring entrepreneurs make pitches to a team of "shark" investors (with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban the most notable). The episode featuring Ruder, CEO of Spikeball, ran this year as the Season 6 finale. "Like all great sports, Spikeball is very easy to learn, but really, really difficult to master," he said in his pitch.
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June 30, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
SHE MOVED her kids to Hilton Street a few years ago, a stone's throw from the coral reef of humanity that wraps around Kensington and Allegheny avenues and the Market-Frankford El. Their block looks like an old prizefighter who punched above his weight for too long: cracked windows here, boarded-up doorways there, and jagged gaps where homes once stood. Paradise, it's not. But "Gringa" - that's her nickname, the only name she felt comfortable sharing - did her best to keep her kids happy and safe, letting them splash around in a little wading pool right under her nose, on the sidewalk in front of their house.
NEWS
June 29, 2015
POLICE HAVE identified two men they say were out "hunting" another man when they opened fire on a crowded street and injured 10 in the city's Mantua section last week. The alleged gunmen, Dominic Lamar, 23, of Brown Street near 51st in the Mill Creek section of West Philly, and an accomplice, Kyleif Harvey, 23, of Poplar Street near 38th in West Philly, drove around the Mantua neighborhood on Ogden Street near 41st several times last Saturday, hunting for their victim, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
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June 23, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
TWO GUNMEN may have used the occasion of a barbecue in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia as an "element of surprise" for a retaliatory attack Saturday night in which 10 people were shot, police said yesterday. A baby and two children were among the victims when the gathering, attended by about 50 people at 41st Street near Ogden, was disrupted by gunfire. Two people remained hospitalized last night. At 9:51 p.m., authorities responded to reports of two men firing from a gold or silver four-door sedan, police said.
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June 22, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine people were shot, including a baby and two children, during a barbecue Saturday night in Philadelphia's Mantua section, police said. The shotgun blasts left the three juveniles and three of the six male adult victims in stable condition at West Philadelphia hospitals late Saturday night, police said. Two other male victims arrived at Hahnemann University Hospital with minor wounds and were to be released, authorities. The condition of a last victim could not be immediately learned.
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some Gloucester County residents have been receiving election-mail blasts from the past. Days after polls closed for the state's primary election, some county residents only this week received sample ballots for the June 2 election. Officials say an apparent mailing problem is to blame. As of Thursday, some residents still had not received sample ballots - including county Election Superintendent Stephanie Salvatore. "As angry as these voters are, none of these voters are as angry as I am," said Salvatore, of Mantua.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another lost summer is in store for boaters in Mantua Creek, a lingering consequence of the November 2012 train derailment in Paulsboro. Marine traffic in the creek, which leads to the Delaware River, will continue to be stifled by bridge construction for nearly a year longer, according to a work update released by Conrail on Wednesday. The rail company - which is replacing the bridge at East Jefferson Street where the derailment and chemical spill occurred - announced it expected work on the new bridge's lift mechanism to be complete by April 1, 2016.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested a Mantua man for a Memorial Day slaying in Belmont. Eric McFarland, 24, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the murder of Kenneth Williams, also 24. Police said that at 1:25 a.m. Monday, a report of a shooting called officers to a playground in the 4000 block of Aspen Street. They found Williams, who lived on the same block, facedown in the playground. He had been shot in the head and back, police said. Police rushed him to the hospital, but he died 20 minutes later at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, police said.
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