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April 3, 2016
A body of a person who was shot to death was found in the basement of a house that apparently was intentionally set ablaze Friday night in Nicetown. Firefighters were called shortly after 7 p.m. to the 1900 block of West Bristol Street to battle the house fire and placed it under control at 7:25 p.m. Afterward, firefighters found the body of the shooting victim in the basement, said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. Police were investigating. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are investigating the early-morning killing Saturday in Nicetown of a 46-year-old woman, a mother of nine who neighbors said was appreciated for her friendly demeanor and ready laugh. Neighbors identified the victim as Rhonda Williams, a longtime resident of the neighborhood who often swept the street in front of her home and helped other residents look after their children. "She was the greatest, she was the best," said Noonie Stevenson, a friend of Williams' who was visiting from Delaware.
NEWS
May 17, 2010 | By Alfred Lubrano and Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writers
A mural in a Nicetown park depicts a matriarch presenting a turkey dinner to smiling relatives. Its message bespeaks social order, homey virtues, and veneration of the old - precisely the notions that were shattered last Monday when a well-regarded, 68-year-old handyman was shot on Rowan Street. oThe daylight killing of Lawrence Bennett, allegedly by Tyrone Roberson, 17, has riled and disconcerted Nicetown, an impoverished neighborhood f sporadic violence bifurcated by the Roosevelt Expressway and Germantown Avenue in a postindustrial sector of North Philadelphia.
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January 10, 2012
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and not expected to survive Tuesday night in the city's Nicetown section, police said. Police were called at 9:33 p.m. to the 3900 of Elser Street where the teen had been shot inside a house, police said. He was transported in a police cruiser to Temple University Hospital. Several witnesses were detained. No arrests were reported.    -Robert Moran  
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A 26-year-old woman was found fatally shot inside a park in the Nicetown section of North Philadelphia late Saturday night. Officers responding to a report of gunshots along the 4300 block of North 17th Street found the woman lying facedown inside the park at about 11:45 p.m., police said. She had been shot many times. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene about 10 minutes later. Her identity was not released Sunday because her family members had not yet been notified.    - Alex Wiggleworth
NEWS
November 4, 2012
A 38-year-old man was killed Friday evening when he was shot on the 200 block of Dennie Street in Nicetown. When police officers arrived on the scene at around 5:19 p.m., police said, the victim was laying unresponsive on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his chest. The man was pronounced at 5:35 p.m. at Temple University Hospital. His name has not yet been released. Police are still searching for the shooter, described as a black male who fled the scene in a black pickup truck with a black plexiglass cap and Pennsylvania license plates.
NEWS
June 28, 2011 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police today charged a 45-year-old man with murder in connection with a shooting at a Nicetown bar last weekend. Police said Wayne James, of North Philadelphia, opened fire into the Genesis Bar early Sunday morning, killing 45-year-old Carl Sharper and injuring five others. Police said James was angry because a bouncer threw him out for smoking in the bar. On Monday, police released surveillance footage of the shooting that provided clear images of James's face. Philadelphia Capt.
NEWS
May 25, 2016
Family ordered to pay $600,000 in killing of boy, 6 TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The parents of a New Jersey boy who was 4 when he fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor have been ordered to pay nearly $600,000 to the slain youth's family. Anthony and Melissa Senatore also will have to pay punitive damages to Brandon Holt's parents under the ruling issued Monday. But that amount hasn't been determined. The rulings came in a wrongful-death suit brought by Holt's family. The Senatores were ordered to pay $572,588.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested two people in connection with a Nicetown slaying and are searching for a third, who they say is also a person of interest in the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman in Ogontz. About 4 p.m. last Tuesday, police said, officers were called to what they described as a crime scene in a Popeye's Chicken parking lot on the 4200 block of North Broad Street. Police connected that scene to a gunshot victim who had been dropped off at Temple University Hospital; the person who dropped the victim off had not stayed at the hospital, police said.
NEWS
June 29, 2011 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have charged a 45-year-old man with opening fire inside a Nicetown bar last weekend in a random attack that left one person dead and five injured. Wayne James of the 1100 block of Wagner Avenue in North Philadelphia was arrested Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after police released a bar surveillance video that showed clear images of his face. Anonymous tipsters provided investigators with James' name and address, said Capt. James Clark. "I have to thank the public," Clark said.
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August 19, 2016
Two men were shot – one of them fatally – Wednesday afternoon in Nicetown, police said. One victim was shot in the back of the head and in the torso just before 3 p.m. at 18th and Wingohocking Streets, police said. Medics took him to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. Police on Thursday identified the slain man as 21-year-old Basil Bellinger, of the city's West Oak Lane section. The second victim, a 26-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to his head, was listed in critical condition at Einstein.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
DNA testing won Anthony Wright a new trial, and on Wednesday a DNA analyst began explaining the results of those tests to the Philadelphia jury that will decide if Wright is guilty of the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. Wright, 44, served 21 years of a life prison term after a Common Pleas Court jury convicted him in 1993 for the slaying of Louise Talley. The prosecution's case was built on Wright's eight-page confession to the crimes, blood-spotted clothing that detectives said they found in Wright's bedroom where he told them it would be, and a teenager who told police he saw Wright wearing a black-and-red Chicago Bulls sweatshirt and pacing in front of Talley's house.
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August 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Three men were wounded, two critically, in a pair of daylight shootings that happened less than an hour apart in Philadelphia on Monday morning. Two men were listed in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center after a shooting near Mole and Wingohocking Streets, on the border of Logan and Nicetown, about 10:25 a.m. Monday, police said. A 31-year-old man was shot five times, suffering wounds to his chest, leg and arm. Another man in his early 30s was shot twice in his stomach.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The science of DNA got Anthony Wright a new trial after he served 21 years of a life sentence for the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. But neither the DNA nor the name of the neighborhood crack dealer it identified as the man who raped Louise Talley was mentioned by the prosecutor Wednesday in her opening to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury in Wright's retrial. Instead, Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn focused on the evidence used by police and her predecessor in Wright's 1993 trial: his confession to the rape and murder; statements from people who said they saw Wright enter Talley's house; and testimony from two alleged associates of the man DNA identified as the rapist.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Three people were killed in separate incidents from Wednesday through Thursday morning in the city's Nicetown, Fairhill and West Oak Lane neighborhoods, Philadelphia police said Thursday. About 4:30 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a report of a man down on the 3900 block of North 16th Street in Nicetown. There, they found a 26-year-old man facedown on the street, his body partly under a pickup truck. The man had been shot in his upper right back, and was pronounced dead by medics at the scene.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A male pedestrian died after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver overnight in Nicetown, police said. The crash happened about 1:45 a.m. Thursday on the 4300 block of Wissahickon Avenue, police said. Authorities said officers on patrol in the area saw a white BMW stopped in the middle of the road. The car had a shattered windshield, smoke coming from the engine, heavy damage and blood on its hood. When the officers stopped to investigate, the driver told them he had hit an animal, police said.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
A 38-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot Tuesday night in Philadelphia's Nicetown section, police said. Just after 9:40 p.m., the victim was shot in the chest, back, and legs, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man was taken by private automobile to Einstein Medical Center. Police were told that the shooting occurred in the 1900 block of Rowan Street, but officers could find no evidence of shooting at that location, Small said. - Robert Moran
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Two teenagers were shot and injured early Saturday while attending a graduation party in Nicetown, police said. One victim, 18, had just arrived at the party on Rowan Street, near Germantown Avenue, about 12:35 a.m., police said, when he heard gunshots and then noticed he was hit twice in his upper right back. He ran and collapsed on the steps of a house on Rowan Street. The other victim, also 18, had already been at the party and was outside near the 1900 block of Rowan talking to a friend when he heard a gunshot from Germantown Avenue and then realized he had been grazed by a bullet in his left middle finger, police said.
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