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February 2, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer
THE REV. 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 wanted 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.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
It was after dark when Kieu Tran slid the bright blue bike into a bright blue dock in Point Breeze. Her commute was almost over. The docks, part of the city's bike-share program, Indego, are a short walk from home, where her four children waited to eat dinner. Since Indego's April debut, Tran, 45, has discovered that the 15-minute bicycle trip to her job at Peirce College's admissions office in Center City takes half the time as riding the bus and is cheaper. "I'm going to try to go through the winter," she said.
NEWS
December 2, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IT WAS A BIZARRE CASE, to say the least. In June 2014, a son of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell broke into a house near his family's Mantua home, stole an Xbox console and other electronics from the young men living inside, then returned a second time and ended up slashing one of the victims inside the house with a bayonet. Barron Alexander was then shot four times by another victim in the house, who had a license to carry a gun. Alexander had legally changed his name in 2012 from Barron Alexander Gosnell to Barron Alexander.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TUESDAY STARTED like any other day for Ruben Morel, manning the counter at the J & R Perez Grocery. That is until an anonymous gunman burst through the door and fired four shots into the Mantua corner store, which was packed with customers during the morning rush, including a few children. "I just froze," Morel, 31, said Tuesday night. "I had to make sure the kids were OK. " They were, but another customer - whom police sources identified as Maurice McDonald - wasn't. McDonald, 22, was hit several times as he sat near shelves bearing soda and snacks just before 8:30 a.m. Responding officers took him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later, police said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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