Delivery Man Beaten, Robbed of Food Order

A group of six men on June 19th tracked down a Dominos delivery man walking in the Washington Square West section, beat him to the ground, and stole the pizza order, as reported on the Philadelphia Police blog. The 30-year-old delivery guy was followed from the 500 block of Eighth Street to the 800 block of Lombard Street, where he was knocked to the ground, beaten and robbed of the order at 8:35 pm that evening. He came away from the incident with minor cuts on his elbow.

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New Jersey Man Charged in Bank-Robbing Spree

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A new Jersey man was charged in bank robberies in a yearlong spree throughout central and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Patch.com reported on Monday that the FBI caught and charged 41-year-old Francis Simmons of Warren, New Jersey, with 16 counts of robbery, stretching from incidents in Hellertown, Fogelsville and Allentown in the northeastern part of the region all the way to Wyomissing, Lancaster and even further to Lewisburg, near I-80 north of Harrisburg. He also allegedly raided banks and businesses in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina. Read more »

SEPTA Investigating Arrest and Handcuffing of Man Holding Baby

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UPDATE, 9:50 p.m., 6/26/15: SEPTA has released surveillance footage of the incident preceding the bystander video that shows one of its officers grabbing the man’s neck and throat.

ORIGINAL: SEPTA spokesperson Jerri Williams tells Philadelphia magazine that the agency is investigating an incident that was captured on video by a 16-year-old passenger during Thursday’s afternoon rush hour at the Huntingdon stop of the Market-Frankford El. Read more »

Coming Soon: An Uncle Eddie Documentary

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Screenshot from The Resurrection of Uncle Eddie

It has been 23 years since the twisted story of Ed Savitz aka “Uncle Eddie” emerged, a story that involved the Center City attorney paying children and young men for sexual favors, which included buying their feces, smelly socks, and soiled underwear. And now a Philadelphia-area filmmaker has set out to make a documentary about Savitz, not only retelling the old story but also exposing new details about the case. Read more »

Three Philly Election Officials Face Voter Fraud Charges

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Three people have been charged with voter fraud in two separate cases stemming from the 2015 and 2014 Philadelphia primary elections.

Robin Trainor and Laura Murtaugh are both charged in a 2015 incident in which Trainor allegedly guided her husband’s vote, voted in her son’s place, and received Murtaugh’s help doing so. Read more »

Is It a Crime Wave?

Violent crime is a staple of urban news coverage. It never really goes away, particularly on local television news. But public focus on and news coverage of violent crime does ebb and flow a bit. And until very recently, I think it’s fair to say that violent crime has been out of the spotlight in Philadelphia for quite some time.

Criminal justice, and questions about police and community relations, played a central role in this year’s Democratic mayoral primary. But crime itself was a tertiary issue in the campaign; a stark reversal from 2007, the last competitive mayoral election, when the city seemed gripped by fear of violent crime and the election focused on the question in depth. This is a crude metric, but I counted 183 front page Inquirer stories in 2007 that included the words “police” and “homicide” or “murder.” Last year, only 111 front page Inky stories included that combination of words.

But in recent days, after two brazen shootings left 17 people injured by shotgun blasts, Philadelphia crime and violence is back in the news in a big way. So what’s going on? Is violent crime on the rise in Philadelphia? Or are these just a couple of headline-generating anomalies?

We’ve got a close look at the numbers below. But in summary: while crime remains a very serious problem in Philadelphia, 2015 is shaping up as no worse and perhaps slightly better than 2014, which was itself one of the safest years on record in the city’s recent history. And the recent spike in shootings mostly looks like the latest manifestation of a tragic summer tradition in Philadelphia. Read more »

Jersey Man Arrested After Peeing on Casino Slots

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A New Jersey man was arrested Friday after he peed in the coin tray of a slot machine at a Pennsylvania casino.

William Compton, a 53-year-old man from Manalapan, New Jersey, reportedly was taken into custody after he refused to leave Parx Casino, and additionally charged resisting arrest by Pennsylvania State Police. Read more »

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