Police Release Video of Suspects in Attack of Two Gay Men in Center City

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m., Sept. 24th: After charges and arrests were made, the Philadelphia Police Department has apparently made the suspect video private. The page on the department site where the video resided is also no longer active.

UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. Are These the Gay Beating Suspects Having Dinner at La Viola?

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m. Penn 6 Offers $10K Reward in Arrest of Center City Hate Crime


Philadelphia police have released video of a group of people they’ve identified as suspects in the attack last Thursday of two gay men in Center City. Police are classifying the incident as a hate crime/assault and robbery.


The full statement from police below:

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Philly Cop Tayon Moore Charged With Stealing Drexel Student’s Phone


Philadelphia police announced that Tayon Moore, 31, a 7-year veteran of the force serving in the 35th district, has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief and theft.

According to a statement released by the District Attorney’s office this afternoon:

On June 24, 2014, Officer Moore was driving his mother’s Chrysler 300 while off-duty and rear-ended a Drexel student at 34th and Chestnut. Officer Moore eventually pulled over at 30th and Chestnut. When the driver of the other car began to call 911, Officer Moore became agitated, grabbed the other driver’s cell phone and threw it over the bridge causing it to break. Officer Moore then left the scene of the accident without exchanging any information.

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Photos, Video From Taney Dragons Parade


Today was Taney Dragons Day in Philadelphia, the day the whole city came out to celebrate the Little League team that took us on that wild, wonderful ride over the last few weeks. Mayor Nutter even declared it Taney Dragons Day:

Earlier, we gave you the best social media shots of the parade. Since the parade started right outside our door here at 1818 Market Street, we sent our staff out into the streets to capture the sights and sounds:

Video and photos from the Taney Dragons parade after the jump »

UPDATE: Partially Clothed Stabbed Man, Two Bodies Found Along Kelly Drive

[Update 9:34 a.m.] Action News has a gallery of photos:

Philly.com’s Emily Babay has been live-tweeting from the scene. She reports:

Two men were stabbed, bound and their bodies sunk with a makeshift anchor in the Schuylkill River, while a third man found half-dressed said he had been abducted in a bizarre series of events off Kelly Drive early this morning.

She reports that the 20-year-old survivor told police he was kidnapped at 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue.

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Report: Beanie Sigel Released From Prison to Half-Way House

Earlier today, photos of Dwight Grant, better known in these parts as rapper Beanie Sigel, aka The Broad Street Bully, started circulating on the social media.

Now TMZ is reporting that Sigel has been released from prison to a half-way house. (The Federal Bureau of Prisons lists his release date from FCI Schuylkill as 12/06/2014.)

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Commuter Alert: Market-Frankford Line Interrupted for Medical Emergency

[UPDATE] The Daily News reports that the struck worker is in stable condition.

“A veteran SEPTA electrical worker is recovering tonight after a close call on the subway tracks in Center City, according to officials.

The worker, 52, is being held overnight at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was taken in critical condition earlier today after getting clipped by a Market-Frankford El train, according to a law-enforcement source.”

[UPDATE] CBS3 reports: “Train service has resumed on the westbound portion of the Market-Frankford Line after a SEPTA employee was struck by a train. …  SEPTA officials say the male employee was hit by a train traveling eastbound near 22nd and Market Streets.”

According to SEPTA, service has resumed with trains single-tracking on the westbound side, and passengers traveling between 15th and 30th Street should board from the westbound platform.

Expect residual delays.

[ORIGINAL] SEPTA reports that the Market-Frankford Line is currently shut down due to police activity around a medical emergency, and that shuttle buses are being provided for east- and west-bound travel between 5th and 40th streets.

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Are Offshore Wind Farms the Future of Atlantic City?


New Jersey Wind Energy Area

The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced yesterday the proposed sale of commercial wind energy leases for nearly 344,000 acres off the South Jersey coast as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

BOEM proposes to auction the Wind Energy Area as two leases: the South Lease Area (160,480 acres) and the North Lease Area (183,353 acres). The Wind Energy Area begins about seven nautical miles off the coast from Atlantic City. A map of the Wind Energy Area can be found by clicking here.

Perhaps this is the future of Atlantic City: Wind energy boom town.

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Kathleen Kane Investigating Donation Made by IBEW 98 to Reading Mayor

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

WFMZ in Allentown reports that Attorney General Kathleen Kane is investigating alleged campaign finance violations from 2011 involving Philadelphia’s powerful IBEW 98 union, two Philadelphia politicians, and Vaughn D. Spencer, now the mayor of Reading.

Kane’s office is picking up on a report filed last November by the Berks County Board of Elections. At issue are two $10,000 donations made by Friends of Vaughn D. Spencer in the days just before the November election to the campaigns of then-Councilman Bill Green and Bill Rubin, who was trying to unseat Councilman Brian O’Neill. According to campaign finance reports filed by all three candidates, the donations to Green and Rubin were made the same day Friends of Vaughn Spencer received a $30,000 donation from IBEW. The Berks County Board of Elections wondered why, noting that IBEW 98 had not previously contributed to the Spencer campaign, which itself had not previously contributed to the campaigns of Green or Rubin.

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