January 20, 1994 |
To watch Brahin Riley play basketball is to fear that soon he'll be wearing plaster of Paris. Only 170 pounds are stretched - nah, let's make that s-t-r- e-t-c-h-e-d - over the 6-7 frame of the senior center at Northeast High. "For a skinny guy, I eat a lot," Riley said. "My parents (Tyrone and Barbara) are always saying that I'm eating them out of house and home. But I do a lot of running around. Plus, I've got a fast metablolism. "My parents were just like me growing up. But my mom got bigger and my dad, he's now a big, strong guy. So I'm not worried.
June 18, 2015 |
When taxicabs began disappearing from the streets of Southwest Philadelphia nine days ago, investigators figured whoever was stealing them would start collecting fares. What other use would anyone have for a stolen taxi? Then, last Tuesday, someone got out of a taxi on Ogden Street and shot a man on the street. A week later, three stickup men used a cab to rob a man at gunpoint. Now police are asking for the public's help in finding the perpetrator of the thefts - who they believe has stolen 10 cabs in a week and a half.
May 9, 1986 |
Nick and Nora Charles' recipe for the perfect marriage: Martinis, money and madcap hobbies. Martinis to keep the wit dry and the mood moist. Money for toys, a pea shooter for him and a mink for her, to help distract them during their hangovers. Madcap hobbies - sleuthing unsolved murders, say - to keep them from killing each other when they get peevish. The Thin Man (1934), their first lesson in how to make a modern marriage, stars William Powell, Myrna Loy and their terrier, Asta.
June 10, 2010 |
A 38-year-old man was shot and killed early today on a South Philadelphia street, police said. Officers responding to a report of gunfire found the man at Wolf and Colorado Streets about 1:05 a.m., police said. He had been shot multiple times. The victim, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:24 a.m. Police radio broadcast an alert for a thin man in a white shirt who fled in a dark SUV after the shooting. At the scene, a neighborhood of row homes and narrow streets, chalk markings on the street indicated that Crime Scene investigators indicated at least 10 shots were fired.
August 9, 2012
A 52-year-old man was shot to death Wednesday evening in Southwest Philadelphia, police said. The victim was found about 6:15 on Edgewood Street near Springfield Avenue, lying on the blacktop and bleeding from gunshot wounds to the head, face, neck, and upper torso, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:24. Small said ballistic evidence showed that at least 14 shots were fired at the victim at point-blank range. Witnesses told police the shooter was a thin man in his 30s with dreadlocks who fled eastbound on Springfield Avenue.
June 21, 2014 |
Police are searching for a pink-haired, heavy-set woman and a thin man with a reddish beard who allegedly shot a 23-year-old woman in Northeast Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon. The victim, who is in critical condition at Aria-Torresdale Hospital, was shot five times around 3 p.m. while visiting friends at an apartment complex in the 9900 block of Haldeman Ave., police said. The two suspects fled the building, heading north. The victim, who's name has not been released, was taken by a friend to a nearby police station, then rushed to the hospital.
January 31, 1988 |
The Fat Boys, offering an '80s version of the Three Stooges, trundled into video stores, but this week's hot video arrival was, as the ads proclaimed, "half-man, half-machine - all cop!" ROBOCOP (1987) (Orion) $89.98. 103 minutes. Move over, Superman, here's a man of steel who's really a man of steel! Director Paul Verhoeven's violent comedy is set in a crime-ridden Detroit of the near future. To combat vice, one corporate genius devises RoboCop, tooled together from the trunk and limbs of a forklift and a policeman's brain.
October 11, 1995 |
A 33-year-old Bridgeport woman reported that she was assaulted Monday afternoon while visiting a grave at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens. The woman told police that she was approached by a very thin man, 35 to 40 years old, wearing jeans, a black sweatshirt and a black baseball cap, about 1:30 p.m. in the cemetery on South Gulph Road. The man asked her for a cigarette, and during a short walk to her car to get one, he hit her on the head, she said. Police said the man made an unsuccessful attempt to have sex with the woman and fled.
March 3, 1991 |
A 28-year-old Philadelphia man with a long criminal history has been convicted of holding up the Zales Jewelry Store in the Cheltenham Square shopping center. A Montgomery County jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours Tuesday evening before finding Kenneth Williams, of the 2000 block of North 22d Street, guilty of robbery, theft, possession of an offensive weapon and use of a firearm during a crime. He faces up to 37 years in state prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for using a gun. Assistant District Attorney Mark Miller said Williams had previous convictions on burglary, robbery, theft and simple-assault charges, and was currently serving an 11-month jail sentence in Philadelphia.
March 22, 1990 |
Robbers struck three Philadelphia banks in little more than three hours yesterday and fled with a total of nearly $4,000, police said. Two of the holdups occurred in Center City and one in Logan, according to investigators. No one was injured, although one robber fired a warning shot, police said. No arrests were made. In the first robbery, a man wearing sunglasses and a black leather jacket with a dark hood walked into the Commerce Bank in the 1900 block of Market Street at 8:30 a.m. The man, who appeared to be about 20, pulled a gun and handed teller Karen Faber a note demanding money, police said.