3 Dead After Apparent Murder-Suicide in Montco

Three were left dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Hatfield Borough on Sunday, authorities said.

In a release today, Montgomery County district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Hatfield police chief William J. Tierney announced a joint investigation into the killings. Montco first district attorney Kevin Steele said the apparent instigator was 48-year-old Paul Marshall. Read more »

Police Seeking Man, Woman Impersonating Cops in South Philly

The Philadelphia Police Department is on the lookout for two, possibly more, individuals who robbed one person and attempted to rob another while impersonating Philadelphia Police officers in South Philadelphia in the early morning hours on Sunday.

In the first incident, a 23-year-old woman was walking home at 4:30 a.m. when a man and a woman in a silver Nissan pulled up to her near Fourth and Jackson streets. Both persons got out of the car, and the man flashed a badge and said he was a police officer. The man then told the complainant to come to him and that she would be arrested if she resisted. The woman ran away instead, and the “police” car headed north on 5th Street while the woman who was stopped called police to report a disturbance. Read more »

Pa. State Trooper in Good Condition After Vine Street Shootout

Captain James P. Raykovitz, Pennsylvania State Police

Captain James P. Raykovitz, commanding officer of Philadelphia’s Troop K of the Pennsylvania State Police, speaks with reporters outside Hahnemann University Hospital. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

A traffic stop on the Schuylkill Expressway Tuesday led to a wild shootout on I-676 that left a state trooper wounded by gunfire, a school bus charred to bits, and the alleged shooter in custody.

Patrick R. Casey, the wounded trooper, is in good condition after being shot in the left shoulder. Captain James P. Raykovitz, commanding officer of Philadelphia’s Troop K barracks, said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference that the 31-year-old trooper from Bucks County is with his parents and will remain in the hospital overnight. He could be home by Thanksgiving. The bullet remains lodged in his shoulder; no surgery is currently scheduled. (See videos and pictures from the scene.) Read more »

Trooper Shooting, School Bus Fire Snarl 676

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[Update Noon] We’re told that all ramps are reopening.

[Update 11:23 a.m.] Just a reminder: Don’t try to travel the Expressway right now:

Meanwhile, Jared Shelly reports:

Andy Ocasio saw the scene unfold from his 9th floor apartment that sits across the street from the expressway. A worker for Comcast, he was about to get on a business call when he heard “five or six shots” ring out.

He saw officers with their guns drawn chasing a man eastbound on 676.

“It looked like the guy was going to surrender but then went running down the road toward the underpass,” said Ocasio.

For Ocasio, it proved to be plenty of excitement for a Tuesday morning. “I moved here from New York a month ago and I’ve already gotten more action here than in Manhattan. It’s good to hear that there were no kids on the school bus at the time. That was a pretty scary thought.”

[Update 10:43 am] Gov. Wolf just released this statement, confirming the shooter is in custody:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Pennsylvania State Police Trooper shot on Interstate 676 in the line of duty today. I received an update from Acting Commissioner Blocker a short time ago and I am relieved to learn that the trooper is in stable condition at a hospital in Philadelphia. Our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect us, and we owe them a debt of gratitude. The shooter was swiftly taken into custody by the Pennsylvania State Police. No further details are available at this time.”

According to police radio, four males are in custody from this morning’s shooting of the Pennsylvania State Trooper. One suspect is still reportedly on the loose and is described as black male in 20s, 6′ to 6’3″ medium build, baggy jeans, facial tattoo under left eye. Read more »

Philly’s Murder Count About to Exceed Last Year’s, With a Whole Month to Go

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[Update 4:30 p.m.] Since we posted the story, two more homicides have been reported:

[Original 3 pm] It has been quite a year so far here in Philadelphia. From the Pope Francis visit to the election of a progressive new mayor to an influx of new businesses, ideas, investments and millennials, Philadelphia seems better and more poised for greatness than ever. But then you get to the bad news, which is never in short supply. Among those less-reassuring facts: Our homicide numbers are climbing. Read more »

Lehigh Professor, Wife Convicted of Defrauding NASA

A federal jury convicted a Lehigh Valley couple of defrauding the the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Yujie Ding, 53, and Yuliya Zotova, 41, are both from Center Valley, about 20 minutes south of Allentown. Ding is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Lehigh. About a year ago, Ding was first charged with wire fraud and accused of stealing $300,000 from NASA.

His wife, Zotova, was also charged. A grand jury indictment was unsealed in February. Read more »

Clerk Threatened With Machete in Southwest Philly Robbery

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Still from surveillance footage via Philadelphia Police Department

A clerk was threatened with a machete a robber pulled from behind the counter in a robbery in Kingsessing, police say.

The robbery happened in Kingsessing last Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Cops say a 40-year-old clerk at Alta Gracia Grocery Store at 1332 South 54th Street was working at that time when two men stormed into the store, armed with handguns.

While one robber provided a lookout, cops said, the a second man struck the clerk on the head with the butt of his handgun. He then picked up a machete that was behind the counter and threatened the worker with it. The two robbers escaped with an unknown amount of cash and were last seen going west on the 5400 block of Belmar Street. Read more »

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