Officer Killed in Traffic Accident ID’d, Suspect Charged

Officer Lamar Poole Sr., left, and Louis Vogwill, right. Courtesy Philadelphia Police Department.

Officer Lamar Poole Sr., left, and Louis Vogwill, right. Courtesy Philadelphia Police Department.

Lamar Poole Sr., 42, had worked for the Philadelphia Police Department for 18 years, and was most recently assigned to the 12th District. The married father of seven was off-duty on Sunday afternoon, riding his Honda motorcycle in Northeast Philly, when he was hit by a man in a Toyota Corolla. Read more »

New Details, Composite Released in Graffiti Pier Assault

A composite released by SVU. Courtesy Philadelphia Police Department.

A composite released by SVU. Courtesy Philadelphia Police Department.

Philadelphia’s Special Victims Unit has released a composite sketch of the alleged perpetrator in the robbery and sexual assault that took place last week at Graffiti Pier. On Sunday, August 23rd, two men and one woman in their 20s were visiting the unsanctioned street-art museum when they encountered a man in his early 30s who they didn’t know. He led them at gunpoint to a wooded area and took all their valuables. An earlier bulletin from SVU noted that one of the victims had been sexually assaulted, but the new bulletin suggests that the suspect sexually assaulted all three. We also now know that he tied the three up with their clothing before he fled, and that he was last seen walking west toward Richmond Street. Read more »

Kathleen Kane’s Lawyer, Gerald Shargel, Was Once a Lawyer for the Mob

Attorney Gerald Shargel | Photo by Louis Lanzano/AP

Attorney Gerald Shargel | Photo by Louis Lanzano/AP

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has apparently used her twin sister as a decoy, called press conferences and then refused to answer questions, and been criminally charged for allegedly trying to exact revenge on a political enemy by leaking top-secret grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News.

She is, if nothing else, a character — and she’s got a lawyer to match. Read more »

FBI, Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect

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The man in the picture above is being sought for a Wednesday afternoon robbery at a Citizens Bank branch in South Philadelphia.

Police say the robbery took place at 1:04 p.m. Wednesday at the bank branch located at 2540 South 24th Street. He handed a note to a teller, received an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled. Read more »

PhillyVoice Defends Use of Virginia TV Shooting Images

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The PhillyVoice.com website came under criticism Wednesday after it posted images from the shooting of two Virginia journalists earlier in the day.

The images included a screenshot of the gunman as seen from the cameraman’s fallen camera — and, more controversially, a screengrab of a video taken from the gunman’s point of view, in which he aims a pistol at the unaware journalists seconds before shooting and killing them.

The website took immediate criticism on social media after posting this Tweet: Read more »

Worker at Camp Hope for Kids Charged with Raping a Child

David Allen Fichter in his mugshot photo, provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

David Allen Fichter in his mugshot photo, provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Camp Hope for Kids in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania is a church-based camp for children where, according to its website, “lives are changed.” But according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, one little girl’s life was changed for the worse due to the sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by a camp employee. Read more »

Chesco Attacker Had Jumped Fence at White House

The person responsible for Tuesday’s attack at the Chester County Justice Center was Coatesville man arrested last spring for jumping a fence at the White House.

“The suspect is identified as Curtis Smith of Coatesville, Pa.,” 6ABC reports. “Investigators say Smith entered the Justice Center around 12 p.m. with a knife, and attacked a sheriff’s deputy, slashing him.” Another deputy returned fire; Smith was later declared dead at Paoli Hospital, according to reports. Read more »

Dear Philly Bars and Restaurants: If You See This Guy Coming, Lock Your Doors

Michael Villalpando at Jose Pistola's (left) and in his most recent mugshot photo (right).

Michael Villalpando at Jose Pistola’s (left) and in his most recent mugshot photo (right).

Just when we had all but forgotten about the strange tale of accused serial restaurant thief Janeen Thomas — but we’ll get back to her in a minute — comes another strange tale of a strange person who is accused of stealing from restaurants: Michael Villalpando. Read more »

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