August 30, 2015 |
The man accused of shooting into a crowd in Kensington, killing a woman and wounding three men in 2013, told a Philadelphia jury Friday that he was innocent - that he fled with scores of others at the sound of gunfire. When the shooting happened, Luis "Bebe" Soto told the Common Pleas Court jury, he was on parole and "trying to change my life. " "I just came home from upstate," said Soto, a onetime drug-gang member who had been out of prison just three months when the shooting happened on April 9, 2013.
April 17, 2015
ISSUE | CARRY PERMITS N.J. weapons case sounds a warning While its conclusions were off base, I'm confident the major effect of The Inquirer editorial on the Shaneen Allen case will be to advise Pennsylvania gun owners not to carry firearms to the Garden State - as they are likely to face serious charges for breaking New Jersey law ("Hair trigger," April 12). That's a public service that strengthens public safety. As to Allen, yes, she's a mother with a law-abiding background.
December 9, 2014 |
Four South Philadelphia people were terrorized and pistol-whipped during a violent home invasion and robbery early Sunday. None was seriously injured, Philadelphia police said. According to police, a 23-year-old man was upstairs in the house on the 2000 block of Mifflin Street with his girlfriend, also 23, when he heard a knock on the door around 12:45 a.m. He man opened the door, only to be rushed by two men with handguns and wearing ski masks. "Where's the money? Where's the money?"
November 26, 2014
OK KIDS, in advance of that all-American holiday when too many eat too much of their favorite foods, I offer a sampling of the journalistic equivalent of yummy. For just as tasty turkey, gravy, cornbread or oyster stuffing, candied yams, greens, sweet potato or pecan pie excite the palates of your family and friends, delicious quotes from the public sector get journalistic juices flowing. Pennsylvania politics provides an all-you-can-believe buffet. There are far too many bon mots to mention.
August 21, 2013 |
A SIMPLE stone slab marks the grave of Philadelphia gunsmith Henry Deringer, barely noticeable beneath a giant sycamore and the surrounding acres of intricate, towering tombstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery. His name is mostly forgotten here, his workshops in Northern Liberties paved over for progress or pulled down by time, just empty lots with broken glass and weeds. No murals, statues or buildings bear his name here and no one's ever asked the commonwealth to stake a blue historical marker along North Front Street for the man who ushered in the era of "concealed carry," whose name became a noun, like Jell-O or Kleenex, still used today to describe any compact, easy-to-hide handgun that's deadly at close range.
June 15, 2013 |
On Wednesday, Joshua "Trent" Jackson, 33, also known as "Apple," was in Southwoods State Prison in Bridgeton, N.J., when he received a visitor. Special Agent Greg Sheridan, from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, dropped by to talk about illegal gun dealing. On Thursday, Jackson was charged in federal court in Camden with dealing firearms without a license - illegally buying an estimated 280 weapons and then, acting as a wholesaler, selling them on the streets of Camden and elsewhere from March 2009 through July 2010.
May 7, 2013 |
'Girls like us, we don't mess around. . . . Don't girls like us make the world go around and around," the Pistol Annies declare on their new album. One thing's for sure: The three young singers and songwriters back up their boast while providing quite a boost for hard-core country music, and Annie Up (RCA ****), released Tuesday, tops a spate of new releases by name country acts. Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe (who also has a terrific new solo album, Like a Rose )
March 31, 2013 |
The FBI released photos of the masked man in a suit and tie who used a pistol to rob the PNC Bank East Ambler branch Saturday morning. The branch, at 1015 S. Bethlehem Pike, was hit at approximately 8:30 a.m. by a man dressed in a suit jacket, tie, and dark pants and wearing a white cloth bag or pillowcase, with eye holes cut out, over his head. The man, using a small black semiautomatic pistol, ordered everyone inside the bank down to the floor. No one was injured. No shots were fired.
March 22, 2013 |
Committing a crime close to home can be hazardous to your freedom. Especially when you live nearby, wheel a trash can full of loot to your home, and then go back for more. A mother and her daughter returned to their Birmingham Township, Chester County, residence Tuesday afternoon to be confronted by two teenagers pointing guns at them, authorities said. When the mother ran outside, and called 911, the teenagers fled. Their freedom was short-lived. Only about 150 yards from the women's home, police found Daniel K. Walston and Alexander W. Granger at Granger's home, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a news release.
March 21, 2013 |
Committing a crime close to home can be hazardous to your freedom. Especially when you live nearby and wheel a trash can full of loot to your home - and then go back for more. A mother and her daughter returned to their Birmingham Township residence in Chester County on Tuesday afternoon to be confronted by two teenagers, pointing guns at them, authorities said. When the mother broke free, ran outside and called 911, the teenagers fled. Their freedom was short-lived. Only about 150 yards from the women's home, police found the suspects, Daniel K. Walston and Alexander W. Granger, at Granger's home, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a news release.