Arrest Made in Slaying of Nicki Minaj Tour Manager

Pierce_Boykin2 Philadelphia Police have made an arrest in the killing of a Nicki Minaj tour manager last Wednesday.

Police have charged Pierce Boykin of the Stenton section of East Mt. Airy with killing De’Von Pickett outside the Che Bar and Grill in West Oak Lane. Pickett, of The Bronx, was a well-known tour manager in the music industry and was in Philadelphia helping Minaj prepare for her upcoming tour. They were reportedly here to work with Meek Mill, who has been dating Minaj. Read more »

What Happened to Amanda DeGuio, Missing Since June?

Amanda De Guio via Facebook

Amanda De Guio via Facebook

On May 27, 2014, 24-year-old Amanda DeGuio, her two young daughters, her sister, and her mother returned to Drexel Hill from a fun family trip to Disney World. Less than three weeks later, on June 12th, Amanda disappeared from her mother’s home, where she lived with her girls, who were staying with their father that day. Amanda didn’t take her cell phone, credit cards or any extra clothing, and the family hasn’t heard from her since.

There are some complicated reasons for hope: Police have a warrant for her arrest — she’s a suspect in a crime allegedly committed a week after her family last saw her. And a witness says she saw Amanda a few months ago. But her family is impatient.

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Meet 6 (OK, Maybe 5) Reasons Why Tom Wolf Is Right About the Death Penalty

The death penalty debate has flared up again in Pennsylvania, thanks to the death penalty moratorium issued by Governor Tom Wolf on February 13th. And there are many arguments against state-sponsored execution: It’s barbaric; it unfairly targets minorities; it’s not actually a deterrent to crime; and it can cost more than life imprisonment. But the single most convincing argument I’ve heard is this:

What if the government executes an innocent person? Read more »

The Brief: Will Crime Be an Issue in the Mayor’s Race?

Matt Rourke | AP

Matt Rourke | AP

This is Michael Nutter‘s final year as mayor, a/k/a legacy time. He’s talked up everything from his urban planning record to Philadelphia’s recent drop in homicides to its population growth.

But on Thursday, he delivered a speech at Temple University about youth violence that highlighted just how much work remains unfinished:

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String of Robberies Near Penn, Drexel Appear to Be Connected

Police are warning that a string of robberies in West Philadelphia near the campuses of Penn and Drexel appear to be connected. Cops yesterday released surveillance footage (above) of a robbery on the 3100 block of Hamilton Street that showed three men confronting a 20-year-old Drexel student in the foyer of her apartment.

One of the robbers, armed with a gun, took her cell phone, backpack and $200.

But cops say the suspects are also responsible for three other robberies on the outskirts of the two campuses. On February 12th, a woman entering her home was held up at gunpoint on the 4400 block of Pine Street. On February 16th, a man who went to 41st and Spring Garden to buy a paintball gun was robbed. Fox 29 flagged a fourth robbery, that of a Jimmy John’s delivery driver at 32nd and Baring. Read more »

FBI Renews Focus on “Cold” Imbo-Petrone Case

The FBI today observed the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Richard Petrone Jr. and Danielle Imbo; the pair were last seen on Feb. 19th, 2005 on South Street.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the resolution of the mystery.

AP reports on today’s FBI press conference:
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Nicki Minaj Crew Member Killed in Philly Bar Fight

UPDATE: $20,000 reward.


An overnight stabbing at a Philadelphia bar injured one member of Nicki Minaj’s crew and killed another. The musician confirmed the death and connection on her Twitter feed today.

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Black Madam Butt-Injection Murder Trial Begins


More than two years since she was charged with murdering a 20-year-old woman in a botched butt-injection procedure, Padge Victoria Windslowe, 33, aka “Black Madam,” is going to trial in Philadelphia, with opening arguments scheduled to begin as early as Wednesday afternoon. Windslowe has pleaded not guilty. Read more »

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