Bar Fight Over the Eagles Key in Latest Push for N.J. Bail Reform

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

The story of the latest fight for bail reform in New Jersey begins in a bar in Sicklerville, where an argument between two Eagles fans and a father-son tandem that cheers for the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers (don’t ask us how) sparked the literal tossing of fists back in April. It was a beat down really, and the Birds fans were unfortunately on the receiving end.

According to NJ.com, Winslow Township police officers arrived at Joe’s Tavern on Williamstown Road on the night of April 6 to find a 36-year-old man unconscious and suffering from a head injury in the parking lot. Inside, the son of the bar’s owner was treating a broken nose. Read more »

Flyers Host Disabled Man Assaulted In Viral Video

Photo by Zack Hill/Flyers.

I was so distraught the first time I saw the video of those awful kids sucker punching Mark Smith, an intellectually disabled Cheltenham man. The smiling and carefree 38-year-old was completely blindsided by the youths’ act of cowardice on Memorial Day, and their betrayal of his innocence truly broke my heart.

My immediate thoughts after viewing the footage of course centered on Smith himself. Was he hurt? Is he getting the type of help he needs? What I really felt was that somebody ought to do something nice to help boost Smith’s spirits after going through such a traumatic event. Read more »

Man With “Warning: Loco” Tattooed on His Throat Arrested in Bucks County

Photo courtesy of the Penndel Borough Police Department.

Throat tattoos are never a good look, however they do serve as a handy tool for use in identifying people whom we should likely keep our distance. With a purple mohawk and his neck inked with the threat “Warning: Loco,” Martin T. Muller seems exactly like someone who causes fellow travelers to cross to the other side of the street. (Loco, of course, means “crazy” in Spanish).

Muller – not to be confused with ‘90s “That Guy” Martin Mull of Hollywood Squares fame – was arrested in the Bucks County borough of Penndel on Monday after police say he was caught blowing a stop sign at the intersection of Neshaminy Street and Dehaven Avenue around 9:30 p.m.

The 45-year-old was taken into custody when he was discovered to have active warrants for his arrest in Philadelphia. He was later turned over to the Philadelphia Police Department and he remains behind bars.

PPD Officer Troy Brown tells Philly Mag that Muller was wanted in Philly for simple assault and violation of a protection from abuse order, which was likely issued after some type of domestic dispute.

It’s unclear if Muller has an attorney who can comment on the charges.

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Man Charged in Port Richmond Crash That Killed Mother, Injured Son

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Philadelphia police have arrested a Torresdale man in connection with a fatal crash that occurred over the weekend in Port Richmond and claimed the life of a young mother who put herself at risk to save her children.

Thirty-nine-year-old Ryan McHugh has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, aggravated assault while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and causing an accident involving death. Read more »

Police: Repo Man Shoots, Kills Armed Man During Tow Attempt

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Philadelphia police say a repossession driver shot and killed an armed man during an argument that occurred mid-tow this morning in Point Breeze.

Police told reporters that the incident happened around 10:20 a.m. near 18th and Dickinson Streets, when the repo man was attempting to tow a car identified by 6ABC as a Toyota minivan. Officers say the victim, a 23-year-old man, attempted to stop him. The two got into an argument before the repo driver shot the man twice, once in the left side of his chest and once in the arm, according to police.

Police said both men were carrying guns. The victim, who has not yet been identified, was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital and pronounced dead around 10:50 a.m.

NBC10 reports that investigators say the repo driver claims he acted in self-defense. Police reportedly covered 19 shell casings at the scene.

A dog that was wounded in the shooting has died, according to NBC10.

The tow-truck driver is in custody. No charges have been filed yet. An investigation is ongoing.

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Off-Duty Cop Body-Slammed 14-Year-Old, Left Him With Skull Fracture, Says Family

Naji Tribble, left, at a family outing days before being handcuffed to a hospital bed on May 11th. Photos provided by the Tribble family

At the start, it was just kids being kids.

Around 5:45 p.m. on May 11th, Naji Tribble, a 14-year-old Brewerytown resident, and four friends stopped by a Dollar Tree near the corner of 26th Street and Girard Avenue as part of the group’s afternoon routine of checking out the stores up and down Girard. After buying some snacks, the boys decided to go next door for the first time to Steelworks Strength Systems, a new gym that had recently replaced a state store they’d never been allowed to enter.

The boys, all of whom are black, went into the gym through a propped-open side door and spent a few minutes lingering over the equipment as they made their way toward the building’s front entrance. Naji says that a group of mostly white men who were working out began cursing at them and demanding that they leave, some of them resorting to racial slurs as they chased them out. (Gym management declined to comment.) Read more »

Police Investigating Viral Video of Teens Punching Disabled Man

teens punch disabled man

Screenshot via Facebook

UPDATE: Police say they have identified the teenagers in the video and that additional information is forthcoming.

Philadelphia police are investigating a viral video of teens punching a disabled man while their friends stand by laughing.

The 30-second video, which is hard to watch, has gone viral on Facebook since it was posted yesterday by 48-year-old Gerald Andrews Sr., who told Philly.com that he works at a Cheltenham ShopRite with the man who was punched. Andrews said the victim’s first name is Mark. Read more »

Loser Who Sucker-Punched Disabled Man Caught by U.S. Marshals

Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney’s office

Posting bail was the first thing that the coward known as Barry Baker did following his arrest last month on charges that he sucker-punched a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy outside of a 7-Eleven in West Chester.

The second move that the former Coatesville man made was to go underground, where he remained as a fugitive from justice until U.S. Marshals picked him up early Monday morning in connection with several outstanding arrest warrants. Read more »

Two Killed in Execution-Style Shooting in Mt. Airy

A 23-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were each found fatally shot, execution style in East Mt. Airy over the weekend as Philadelphia police continue to search for the unknown gunman.

Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Sydney Street around 4:45 p.m. Sunday after neighbors first reported the idle vehicle containing the two unidentified victims, Officer Troy Brown said in a release. Arriving officers observed a male in the driver’s seat and a female in the passenger’s seat of a Chrysler sedan parked along the 1000 block of Sydney Street.

Both victims were found suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide Capt. James Clark told the Inquirer that there’s no clear motive for the slaying, calling the case “very much a whodunit.” According to Clark, the victims were likely killed by somebody they knew who was in the car with them.

“It does appear that the shooting happened inside the car,” Clark said. “It appears the shooter was in the back seat, shot the male, then shot the female, then got out and fled from this location.”

Police are trying to figure out when the murder took place and how long the victims sat in the vehicle, which had tinted windows that made it difficult to see inside. The man and woman were reportedly from the Philadelphia area, but not the East Mt. Airy neighborhood.

Anybody with information regarding this killing is asked to contact the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide Unit.

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Ex-PSU President Sentenced for Failing to Report Sandusky

Photo by AP/Matt Rourke.

Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier was sentenced on Friday along with two other high-ranking administration members for their roles in failing to report a 2001 incident involving convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky, the Inquirer reported.

Spanier was sentenced to serve at least two months in jail followed by another two months under home confinement. He was also ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and perform 200 hours of community service. The 67-year-old was convicted in March of misdemeanor child endangerment – the same charge to which both former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-PSU athletic director Tim Curley entered guilty pleas. Read more »

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