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October 6, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
COLLEGES AND universities in and around Philadelphia are bolstering police patrols today after federal agencies notified them of a threat made on an Internet post. The threat was posted Friday on 4chan, the same website that carried postings threatening a school in the "northwest" the day before nine people were slain at an Oregon college, a law-enforcement source with knowledge of the Philly threat confirmed to the Daily News yesterday. "This is only the beginning . . . " the Philly-area threat says.
NEWS
September 27, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The doctor faced his patient for the first time since last July, when a routine office visit turned into a deadly shootout. Psychiatrist Lee Silverman said he saw Richard Plotts in some ways as the depressed man he had treated - a man in deep pain. "Or do I see you as the perpetrator of the most horrible and egregious thing that I have ever witnessed?" Silverman said, standing in a Delaware County courtroom Friday. "You've become a monster who visits me in my nightmares. " Plotts, 50, was sentenced to life in prison Friday for killing caseworker Theresa Hunt and attempting to kill Silverman.
NEWS
August 31, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
On an unseasonably warm December night just days before Christmas 1990, Donna Benjamin was looking for her next high. She approached a long driveway off North Warnock Street in Logan, where she had planned to meet two drug dealers. There, Benjamin saw a man standing over the dealers' bodies, firing his gun. Their eyes met. Benjamin immediately recognized the shooter, and threw herself to the ground, screaming. The gunman calmed her, calling her "Boo," and told her he wasn't going to hurt her. She ran home.
NEWS
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)
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