Olney Teen Accused of Trying to Kill 7-Year-Old Sister

Simere Alford. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Philadelphia police arrested an Olney man and charged him with the attempted murder of his 7-year-old sister on Wednesday morning after officers inexplicably found him in the back of a patrol car at the 35th District.

The surprising arrest began with the discovery of 18-year-old Simere Alford’s young sister, who was found unresponsive by their mother in the basement of the family’s home on North American Street at about 1:10 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the girl’s mother reported that she last saw her daughter in bed before finding her with a plastic bag covering her head. Read more »

VIDEO: Coatesville Loser Sucker-Punches Man With Cerebral Palsy

Photo courtesy of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office

It’s only Monday, but we already have our worst person of the week solidified for the Philadelphia area: Coatesville’s Barry Baker.

Baker is that type of guy who desperately wants you to think that he’s tough despite him having the yellowest of bellies. The gutless 29-year-old is so hung up on appearances that he would freely mock a stranger’s disability… and do much worse according to authorities. Read more »

Police Release Image of “Person of Interest” in Feibush Arson

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.

With hope that the public may be able to assist in their ongoing investigation, police have released a grainy surveillance image of an unidentified man considered a person of interest in the May 1st arson in Point Breeze that gutted four partially built townhomes owned by developer Ori Feibush.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., officers from the 17th District responded to reports of a fire at 1308 South 20th Street, which had spread to 1316 South 20th Street by the time police arrived to the scene. Read more »

WATCH: Thieves Tunnel Through West Philly Stores

Philadelphia police are looking for two thieves who they say were caught on camera tunneling into a store in West Philadelphia.

According to police, two suspects breached The Church of God, located on 4817 Chester Avenue, around 4 a.m. on April 18th before breaking through a wall inside the church to enter a neighboring cellphone store called Unwired Solutions, located at 4821 Chester Avenue.  Read more »

Beer Store Owner Charged in Shooting of Alleged Teen Vandal

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department

Police have charged the owner of a Northeast Philadelphia beer store for shooting a teenager who allegedly trashed his store earlier this week.

Hanglong Ing, 26, is charged with aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person, among other charges.  Read more »

VIDEO: What Is This Guy Doing to a Woman’s Drink at a South Philly Bar?

An image from the video that police are investigating.

An image from the video that police are investigating.

This is a developing story.

UPDATE 5/3/2017 10 p.m.:

Philly Mag has been contacted by a man who says he is the person in the video. We have confirmed that the identity he has provided appears to be the same person as seen on the recording.

He adamantly denies that he put anything into the woman’s drink, adding that he has never “roofied” anyone. He says that he was reaching behind himself to put his wallet into his pocket, and he denies that his hand ever went over the drink. “If you look at that video,” he told me, “my hand never went over that drink.”

He says that after Shelly removed the drink from the bar, people started calling him a rapist, so he yelled back and left.

We have provided his name and contact information to police, and he says that he already contacted SVU and that he is willing to take a lie detector test.

As for the photo that has been well-circulated on Facebook prior to our publication of this story, he says he has asked Facebook repeatedly to take it down.

ORIGINAL:

Six weeks after the Philadelphia Police Department launched a still-ongoing investigation into allegations that more than 20 people were drugged at popular South Philadelphia bar The Dolphin, investigators are now also taking a look at a surveillance video from a different bar that’s about five blocks from The Dolphin. Read more »

Alex Capasso to Plead Guilty in Child Pornography Case

Philly chef Alex Capasso in the kitchen prior to his arrest on child pornography and exploitation charges.

Philly chef Alex Capasso in the kitchen prior to his arrest on child pornography and exploitation charges.

Nearly two years after he was arrested by the FBI on child pornography and exploitation charges, former Philadelphia chef Alex Capasso is expected to take a plea deal. Read more »

Who Killed South Philly’s Lauren Aukett?

Left: The most recent photo of Lauren Aukett, taken three weeks ago. Right: One of the flyers that her family has been distributing in South Philly. (Images courtesy Carolynn Aukett-Belgiorno)

Left: The most recent photo of Lauren Aukett, taken three weeks ago. Right: One of the flyers her family has been distributing in South Philly. (Images courtesy Carolynn Aukett-Belgiorno)

The family of South Philadelphia woman Lauren Aukett is asking for the public’s help to identify the person or people responsible for her brutal murder. The 33-year-old mother of three was found unconscious outside South Philadelphia High School on the morning of April 5th. She died ten days later from her injuries. Read more »

PA State Police: “Facebook Killer” Stephens Killed Himself in Erie County

Left: Accused "Facebook killer" Steve Stephens in an image from this weekend. Right: A photo of Stephens released by the Cleveland Police Department.

Left: Accused “Facebook killer” Steve Stephens in an image from this weekend. Right: A photo of Stephens released by the Cleveland Police Department.

Pennsylvania State Police officials have confirmed that a Cleveland man wanted on an aggravated murder charge stemming from an Easter Sunday killing that was posted to Facebook killed himself in Erie County on Tuesday morning following a brief pursuit, 6ABC reported.

While rumors had incorrectly placed Steve Stephens in Philadelphia on Monday, authorities caught up with the 37-year-old on Tuesday roughly 400 miles away in the northwest Pennsylvania county. Read more »

Philly Police Received Multiple Tips That Steve Stephens Was In Philly

Left: Accused "Facebook killer" Steve Stephens in an image from this weekend. Right: A photo of Stephens released by the Cleveland Police Department.

Left: Accused “Facebook killer” Steve Stephens in an image from this weekend. Right: A photo of Stephens released by the Cleveland Police Department.

This is a developing story

Just after 12:30 p.m., a call went out on Philadelphia police radio saying that alleged Cleveland killer Steve Stephens may be in Philadelphia.

Police say that multiple 911 calls were received stating that Stephens was near Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park. As of 1:30 p.m., nine schools in the area had been placed on lockdown. That lockdown has reportedly been lifted.

Shortly after 2 p.m., information was released on police radio that Stephens might have been spotted in West Philadelphia driving a newer model black Ford Taurus. Previously, Cleveland Police had released a photo of a white Ford Fusion that Stephens had been driving.

And then just before 3 p.m., police released a statement on Twitter suggesting that the tips they received might be unfounded. Read more »

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