Death of 3-Year-Old May Spark New Gun Rules

Spurred by this month’s death of 3-year-old Tynirah Borum in a shootout, D.A. Seth Williams led a group of local officials this afternoon in calling for new rules requiring a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence for illegal firearm possession.

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Rittenhouse’s Food and Friends Market Burglarized — of $10 in Change

food-friends Police are looking for a man who broke into the Food and Friends Market at 20th and Spruce streets on Sunday morning. The burglar got away with about $10 in change.

The man broke through the door with a rock, police say, and entered the fancy food-and-beer market located near Rittenhouse Square. (If you want to be more specific, it’s located in the heart of the Spruce/Delancey/Pine area of downtown that often stands in for New York City in movies. And, in one particularly disappointing film, Washington D.C.) Despite having his pick of the fancy beers or Paul Newman cookies in the market, the burglar took just $10 in change from the cash register.

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Officer Wounded, Suspect Dead in Overnight Shootout

Stephen_Korpalski-400x400[UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.] Police released the name of the deceased suspect, David Ellis, along with his mugshot (at the bottom of this post). Ellis had a history of arrests, and was reportedly released after serving 6 years of a 4 to 10 year sentence.

[UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.] Police have announced that Stephen Korpalski, the Philadelphia Police officer shot during an overnight altercation, has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. The identity of the suspect, who was pronounced dead after being struck by return fire, is still being confirmed. The suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

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A Philly Police officer was hospitalized overnight after a shootout left him with a deep graze wound to the side of the head. A suspect in the shootout was killed during the exchange.

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Philadelphia Sex Trafficker Gets Almost 22 Years in Prison

A once-aspiring rapper who went by the name of King Kobra was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in prison Monday for his role in sex trafficking.

Prosecutors had requested a 40-year sentence for Rahim McIntyre. Also Monday, McIntyre’s older brother Rashaad pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges and another count of producing child pornography. He faces life in prison on sentencing.

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UPDATE: Arrest Made in LOVE Park Attack; Teen Admits Participation to 6ABC

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[Update 2:20 pm] The AP reports that one of three suspects has been arrested.

Additionally, 6ABC interviewed a 19-year-old man, “Curtis,” who admitted being part of the attack.

“If I had the chance, I would apologize to that guy. I lost my cool,” said Curtis.

Why didn’t he walk away?

“I don’t know, I was just in the heat of the moment,” said Curtis.

[Update 9 am] Police have released their own version of the video — the victim’s face is blurred out — and a description of the suspects:

The police description:

Central Detective Division is looking to identify and locate the suspects who assaulted a Park Ranger in Logan Circle.

On August 15, 2014, 5:25 pm, the complainant, a Philadelphia Park Ranger, observed 6-8 skateboarders inside Love Park located at 1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard and advised them they could not skateboard in the park. When suspect #1 refused to leave he raised his hands in a fighting stance. Suspect #2 who had a camera was videoing suspect #1 while suspect #3 was taunting for a fight. Suspect #1 then punched the complainant in the face and wrestled him to the ground where he began kicking, stomping and spiting on the Park Ranger. After assaulting the Park Ranger the suspects fled the area in an unknown direction.

Suspect Description:
Suspect #1: Black male, 19 years-of-age, 5’10″, dark complected, short braids, wearing a gray t-shirt with red lettering on the front.
Suspect #2: Asian male, 19-20 years-of-age, wearing a black t-shirt, and black pants,
Suspect #3: White male, 19 years-of-age, brown hair, clean shaven, wearing a black t-shirt with a white design on the front.

If you see these suspects do not approach them, contact 911 immediately.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.

If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, please contact:
Central Detective Division
Det. Wiegert #9034
215-686-3093/3094
DC# 14-09-031950

[Original] This is horrific:

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Man Killed Outside Anti-Violence Concert

This headline might make you think you’ve got a funny joke to make. You don’t. This news is stupid and tragic: A 20-year-old man is dead this morning after being shot outside the “Peace Awareness Benefit Concert” Wednesday night at The Dell Music Center.

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