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August 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THEY APPARENTLY were friends, but in the early morning of Memorial Day, one ended up dead, another allegedly shot him, and the third allegedly went about his business. Eric McFarland, 24, of Reno Street near 39th in Mantua, was held for trial yesterday by Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni on charges of murder and weapon offenses in the shooting death of Kenneth Williams, 24. Williams, of Aspen Street near 39th in Mantua, was killed at a playground near his home just before 1:30 a.m. May 25 - Memorial Day. Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim called one witness to the stand at McFarland's preliminary hearing yesterday - Dustin Goode, 30, a friend of the defendant's and the victim's.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was supposed to be an easy score - robbing a Logan drug dealer of more than 100 Percocet pills - dreamed up by the unusual combo of three veteran criminals and a young woman from Blue Bell. And, as it often does in life, nothing went as planned: The target panicked and was shot to death, the Percocets turned out to be fakes, and arrests followed. That was the tale told by admitted participant Kord Rozier during Wednesday's preliminary hearing for Markese Martin, the alleged gunman who shot Kenneth Woods, 42, during a Sept.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying Eric Torres had "chosen to be a career criminal," a Philadelphia judge on Wednesday sentenced the 33-year-old man to 66 to 132 years in prison for shooting and disabling Police Officer Edward Davies during a 2013 struggle in a Feltonville grocery store. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich ran through Torres' history of arrests since arriving in Philadelphia from Puerto Rico in 2004, and noted that he was on probation for assaulting a police officer at the time of the Aug. 13 shooting inside the Almonte Mini Market at Fourth and Annsbury Streets.
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
YESTERDAY ON Hilton Street between F and G, you could see the remnants of a sunny day gone horribly wrong. A toddler-size lawn chair featuring two Disney princesses - Elsa from "Frozen" and Merida of "Brave" - faced a pair of tiny sandals and a bloodstain on the sidealk, partly obscured by a pile of clothes at Hilton and G streets. It was a cool, shady spot on a block that otherwise was baking. Several residents were outside trying to beat the heat about 2:30 p.m., when a man with a shotgun opened fire on the Kensington block, wounding seven, police said.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE BULLET that found the right side of 24-year-old Gerald Sawyer's head on the night of Jan. 2 was never meant for him, a man and a woman charged in his murder testified yesterday at a preliminary hearing for two of their co-defendants. Municipal Judge James M. DeLeon held the co-defendants - alleged triggerman Wayne Brown-Griffin and Fatima Moses, who faces only gun charges for allegedly hiding Brown-Griffin's gun after the slaying - on all charges after hearing testimony from Brown-Griffin's wife, Tameca Rivera, and Semaj Lemar.
SPORTS
February 27, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
With three games left in the regular season, two of Temple's top scorers have gone into a shooting funk. For the Owls to win their remaining games and keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive, senior Jesse Morgan and junior Quenton DeCosey will need to start hitting shots again. DeCosey is second on the team in scoring (12.1 points per game) and Morgan is right behind him (12.0). Both have hit numerous big shots this season, but they haven't done much lately. In his last six games, DeCosey shot 14 for 52 (26.9 percent)
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
DECADES AGO - before houses sprang up between his block of 12th Street and Broad Street - Wes Hatton used the open space in his North Philadelphia neighborhood to teach his daughter and her friend Kim Jones how to ride bikes. Hatton, who has lived on 12th Street near Jefferson for 55 years, knew Jones all her life. He can't grasp the fact that someone killed her Tuesday morning, firing a single bullet into the back of her skull just steps from Hatton's and Jones' side-by-side rowhouses.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A DEFENSE ATTORNEY told a jury yesterday that his 25-year-old client - on trial for first-degree murder of a man who was fatally shot in front of his 5-year-old son - was the victim of "a horrible case of mistaken identity. " "I want you to know that the man who committed that shooting is not in the courtroom," attorney Brian McMonagle, who represents defendant Jahmir Harris, said in his closing argument. Assistant District Attorney Erin Boyle told jurors there was more evidence than just the identification from an eyewitness.
SPORTS
January 10, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Player development is a huge part of the 76ers' rebuilding plan. Coach Brett Brown was one of the NBA's first player-development instructors when he got his start with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999. He and Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie hired assistant coaches with player-development backgrounds and they have been putting in time with the players before and after practices. But at 5-29, the Sixers remain hard to watch at times. It's not uncommon for them to shoot several air balls or have a shot clank off the side of the backboard during games.
SPORTS
January 8, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IN THE DESERT of defense that has been the first 2 months of this season, there is an oasis of offense up in Easton, overseen by a man who recruits shooters and teaches an offense that has stood the test of time, even this time, when defense, after a one-season homage to scoring, is once again ruling college basketball. Lafayette College's Fran O'Hanlon coaches the nation's second best three-point shooting team. The Leopards' 42.9 percent from the arc is a full 9 percentage points better than the national average.
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