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March 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LITTLE DID Robert Dixon know when he saw the attractive girl walking past the playground of Edison High School that getting to know her would change his life. Robert was in 11th grade at the time, and he was instantly attracted to the girl as she walked by the playground, her head down, arms loaded with books. He called out a greeting a couple of times, before deciding he'd better introduce himself. She was Hester Eliza Burgess, who was attending Kensington High School, but, more important, and life-altering for both of them, was that she was involved with the Salvation Army.
NEWS
March 12, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A jury convicted a Feltonville man Tuesday of aggravated assault in the 2013 shooting of Police Officer Edward Davies, but acquitted him of the more serious charge of attempted murder. The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men deliberated for about nine hours from late Friday before returning the verdicts against Eric Torres, 33. Davies, 42, a six-year veteran officer, sagged and slapped his leather jacket when the forewoman announced the not-guilty verdict on the attempted-murder charge.
NEWS
March 12, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
This story has been updated: Services for fallen Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III have not yet been set, despite an earlier report. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Funeral arrangements have not yet been set for Officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed in the line of duty last week. Earlier Tuesday, the Philadelphia Police Department released information that a viewing had been set for this Friday and a second viewing for Saturday.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quahmier Wilson turned 10 years old Monday. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey attended Quahmier's birthday party at Dave & Buster's, then somberly participated in a vigil for the boy's father, Officer Robert Wilson III, who was killed in the line of duty last week. "Obviously, he's struggling. He's struggling real hard," Ramsey said of Quahmier, the older of the officer's two sons. Wilson, an eight-year officer assigned to the 22d District, was visiting a GameStop store at 21st Street and Lehigh Avenue on Thursday afternoon to buy a video game to reward his son for good grades when two armed men attempted to rob the business, located in a shopping center called Hope Plaza.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
QUAHMIER WILSON blew out 10 candles on his birthday cake yesterday. He did so surrounded by family - both his blood relatives and dozens of the 6,300 men and women in the Philadelphia Police Department who have committed themselves to supporting him and his 1-year-old brother. "He was happy; he kept a straight face," Tremaine Ward, a cousin of Quahmier's father, Officer Robert Wilson III, said last night. "Everybody is trying to keep him distracted, to give him something to smile about," he added.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
MOVIEGOERS and celebrity wrongdoers seemed to take the weekend off. Misdeeds were even more nonexistent than the box office. Neill Blomkamp 's R-rated "Chappie" might have taken the No. 1 spot in its 3,201-theater debut, but its modest $13.3 million gross was a career low for Blomkamp, whose previous films, "Elysium" and "District 9," debuted at $29.8 million and $37.4 million, respectively. The R-rated Vince Vaughn comedy "Unfinished Business" fared even worse, opening at No. 10 to a dismal $4.8 million.
NEWS
March 10, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parishioners of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church mourned slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III on Sunday, embraced his grieving fellow officers, and collected money to help support his two young sons. Wilson, 30, was killed Thursday in a GameStop holdup just two blocks down the street from the gray stone church that serves the Swampoodle neighborhood of North Philadelphia. The death of the officer - who was buying a video game for his 9-year-old son, Quahmier, as a reward for good grades - rocked the region.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
In their shock and grief, other cops offered Robert Wilson III the best compliments they knew. That he made them proud to be a cop. Proud to wear the same uniform. That in his final moments, Officer Wilson, Badge #9990, saved lives - that he could have dived for cover but instead relied on instinct and guts and drew fire away from others. That he fought until he couldn't. That he held his own. That this city was a lesser place without him. It was a security stop, a chance check on a business.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia police officers responding to a shooting at Second Street and Black Horse Alley in Old City early Saturday opened fire on a black Cadillac as it came toward them, authorities said. After the initial shooting about 2 a.m., the Cadillac, with three men inside, fled. Police said the two officers saw it turn the wrong way onto Chestnut Street and drive onto the sidewalk. That's when the officers opened fire on the vehicle, police said. The car crashed into a cyclone fence at a construction zone and came to rest at the edge of deep crater, police said.
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