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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.
NEWS
January 7, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia man went on trial on murder charges Monday, accused of gunning down a man in front of his young son during the Christmas holidays two years ago. Two nights before Christmas 2012, prosecutors say, Jahmir Harris, 25, opened fire on Louis Porter, 45, in a pharmacy parking lot while Porter's 5-year-old son was a few steps away. Assistant District Attorney Erin Boyle said Harris - intending to kill Porter over a $4,000 drug debt - had followed him and, in "complete disregard for the life of a 5-year-old child," fired at Porter, his car, and nearby cars.
SPORTS
January 5, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - One would think Michael Carter-Williams would be a much better shooter, considering the player-development backgrounds on the 76ers' coaching staff. One would also think the second-year point guard would be a long-range sniper based on all the hours he works on his outside shot. Instead, Carter-Williams struggles with everything besides getting to the rim.   He is shooting 38 percent from the field and 24.3 percent on three-pointers. He has made just 62.3 percent of his foul shots.
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