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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.
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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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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  
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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September 8, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
Looking out the window at the children playing with horses at a block party on her Nicetown street Monday afternoon, 85-year-old Willie Clara Lindsay saw something out of place - men in suits approaching her front porch. "I said, 'They look like detectives,' " she recalled Tuesday. "When they came on my steps, I said, 'What could they be coming here for?' " Lindsay and her husband, William, 89, soon found out. They had seen the news on television Sunday night about a man who ran over a woman with his car in Olney and then beat her to death with a shovel.
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August 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER
After lawyers for Anthony Wright - who was acquitted of rape and murder Tuesday - accused homicide detectives of coercing a false confession, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has promised to investigate any "evidence of specific misconduct" by police. Wright was found not guilty in the 1991 slaying of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman in a retrial resulting from new DNA tests that proved he was not the rapist. After the verdict, Peter Neufeld of the Innocence Project of New York called for an independent investigation of all convictions of young black men who were prosecuted using evidence developed by the detectives in Wright's case.
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August 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Tommy Rowan, STAFF WRITERS
Almost 25 years ago, Anthony Wright was taken into custody at age 20, charged with the rape and murder of his 77-year-old Nicetown neighbor. On Tuesday, Wright, now 44, walked out of a Philadelphia prison a free man after a jury acquitted him in a retrial resulting from new DNA testing that proved another man was the rapist. Wright was escorted through the prison gates at 5:50 p.m. by lawyers Peter Neufeld and Samuel W. Silver, and a crowd of about 15 relatives, including his father, David Parker; his 28-year-old son, Anthony Jr.; and his grandchild, Romera, 1. "I can't even put it into words right now, man," Wright said.
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August 24, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
A defense lawyer on Monday called for Anthony Wright to be acquitted on rape and murder charges, citing the presence of another man's DNA in the victim's body and asking: "What better evidence could there be?" Samuel Silver addressed the jury for three hours as both defense and prosecution offered closing arguments. Wright, 44, is being retried in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in the 1991 killing of 77-year-old Louise Talley in her Nicetown home. "This is not TV," Silver told the jury.
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August 21, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Anthony Wright returned to the witness stand Friday for the first time since 1993 to again deny that he had anything to do with the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. He also denied ever having confessed to the crime. Wright's testimony mirrored that he gave a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury as a 21-year-old. That jury did not believe him, and he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. On Friday, Wright, now 44, again tried to convince a jury of his innocence in a retrial won after DNA testing of sperm found in Louise Talley's body proved Wright did not rape her. Wright's lawyer, Samuel W. Silver, got to the point: "Did you kill Mrs. Talley?"
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August 20, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Three years ago, Ronnie Byrd died in a South Carolina prison at age 62, forgotten in his hometown of Philadelphia until DNA testing showed that he raped 77-year-old Louise Talley in 1991 in her Nicetown home. On Thursday, lawyers for Anthony Wright - the 44-year-old man granted a new trial after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison for Talley's rape and murder - presented a former Nicetown neighbor who put Byrd alive and living around the corner from Talley's house at 3959 Nice St. when she was killed.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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August 14, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
They said they were friends as teenagers in Nicetown in the early '90s and have remained so since. And on Friday, Gregory Alston and Antonio Johnson followed the example that Shawn Nixon had set the day before: recanting 1991 statements that were key evidence that helped convict Anthony Wright of the rape and murder of his 77-year-old neighbor, Louise Talley. "I don't recall saying that," Alston, now 39, repeated to each question from Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega as he read aloud his testimony from Wright's 1993 trial.
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