April 25, 2013 |
Late Tuesday, police said, Carmen Medina, 31, parked a gray Jeep SUV in the 200 block of East Gurney Street in Kensington and got out to talk to a man. Her 11-year-old son was in the backseat, along with another woman. Her boyfriend, Thomas Gorman, 39, sat in the passenger seat. Medina argued with a tall African American man, then turned to return to her car. Police said the man followed her, opened the driver's-side door, and shot her several times with a semiautomatic weapon.
April 17, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter told reporters Tuesday there had been no specific threats or incidents in Philadelphia, but he said local law enforcement and emergency personnel would be at "a heightened level of security" in response to the Boston explosions. The city still expects to see about 40,000 runners compete in Philadelphia's Broad Street Run on May 5, the mayor said, but he said there would be "a more visible security presence" in place to make sure that participants and spectators are safe.
April 17, 2013
Nearly three years ago, District Attorney Seth Williams' office began treating minor marijuana possession more like a traffic offense than a serious crime, saving the city plenty of money, man-hours, and excessive punishment. Unfortunately, his pragmatic, progressive approach hasn't caught on everywhere. In fact, it hasn't even caught on several blocks away at police headquarters. As it turns out, Philadelphia police are still arresting pot smokers like it's 1989. Even though the District Attorney's Office has stopped prosecuting most minor marijuana possession cases, the Daily News reported last week that police continue to take users into custody in large numbers, often locking them up for a night for being caught with small quantities of the drug.
April 16, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Police Department is missing one of its Vietnam-era M16 automatic assault rifles, and the weapon may have been stolen from its secure location, according to Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. "The biggest fear is it was stolen by one of our own members," Ramsey said Monday during a news conference at Police Headquarters. "It is a federal offense. " Last Tuesday, the Police Department conducted a regularly scheduled audit of the 1,356 M16s it received in 2009 from the federal government.
April 14, 2013 |
To his classmates, he was B.J., a smiling, handsome, good-natured 10th grader, popular with girls and teased for his big feet, which he had only started to grow into. He was in JROTC and was the kind of student who helped if you were stuck in algebra. He had his first serious girlfriend and had talked about becoming a video-game designer. Now, he was gone. There was a hush Friday inside Overbrook High School as students gathered together weeping, whispering, unsure how to handle the death of Bernard Jamal Scott, 17, shot on a ball field across the street from school the day before.
April 12, 2013 |
Amanda Martinez was standing on a girlfriend's stoop in Kensington on Tuesday afternoon when the fighting started on Somerset Street. Martinez was on Water Street, a narrow one-way that runs into Somerset. She walked toward the commotion. "Leave it alone," a friend told her. "Don't go over there. " But Martinez wanted to take a look. There were about 20 to 30 people fighting on Somerset, police said, a melee that began between two women, then escalated to include men. According to witnesses and police, a man in the brawl fired a gun in the air, then another man fired into the crowd.
April 11, 2013 |
Amanda Martinez stood on a girlfriend's stoop Tuesday afternoon, one of dozens watching the fighting on East Somerset Street. There were 20 to 30 people brawling in the narrow street just before 6 p.m., police said, a melee that began between two women, then escalated to both men and women. Then, someone pulled a gun, "firing recklessly into the crowd," said Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit. Martinez, 20, who lived around the corner on Lauray Street, fell with a bullet in her chest, and three other men were shot and wounded.
April 7, 2013
Suspect kills Miss. detective, self in headquarters A murder suspect in Jackson, Miss., wrestled a gun away from the detective interrogating him at police headquarters, then fatally shot the officer before killing himself, authorities said Friday. Authorities said Jeremy Powell, 23, seized the gun from Jackson Police detective Eric Smith in a third-floor interrogation room while he was being questioned about a stabbing death earlier this week. Smith, 40, had been with the agency nearly 20 years, was physically fit and was praised for his work leading numerous high-profile murder investigations, officials said.
March 15, 2013 |
Authorities today released a video of a heroin-addicted couple's brazen theft of a police cruiser last week in Camden, which left a city officer injured and ended after a high-speed chase through the streets of Philadelphia captured live on television. Blake Bills, 24, a 2006 Kingsway Regional graduate, stole the Camden cruiser around 9:50 a.m. March 6 as Officer Sekou Reid-Bey had stepped out to conduct a traffic stop at Federal Street, near the police headquarters. Bills then struck Bey with the cruiser, drove around the block once and picked up his fiance, Shayna Sykes, 23, of Macungie, Pa., at Mickle Boulevard and Haddon Avenue, authorities said.