Woman’s Body Found Handcuffed, Stabbed in Fairmount Park

Photo | Google Maps

Photo | Google Maps

Update: Police are hoping a couple of tattoos can help them to identify a young woman who was found brutally murdered in Fairmount Park early Tuesday morning.

 

Philadelphia police found the body of a woman in Fairmount Park Tuesday morning.

The victim, who was found near a wooded area on Georges Hill Drive near the Mann Center, was face down and handcuffed, with a stab wound to her upper left torso, according to police. She was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m. and no weapon has been recovered.  Read more »

Defense Attorney: Nelson Agholor “Has Not Engaged In Any Criminal Conduct”

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Prominent Philadelphia defense attorney Fortunato “Fred” Perri, Jr. has rebuffed an allegation that Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor sexually assaulted a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club.

“Nelson has not engaged in any criminal conduct,” wrote Perri, who is representing Agholor, in an email late Friday afternoon. “We’re confident that he will not be charged with a crime.”

Earlier today, Philadelphia magazine reported that a 27-year-old woman told police she was raped by Agholor inside the South Philadelphia club about 3 p.m. on Thursday. She filed a complaint later that night.  Read more »

Telemundo 62 Reporter Punched During Live Shot

Philadelphia Police have arrested a woman in connection with the live on-air attack of Telemundo 62 reporter Iris Delgado on Wednesday night outside City Hall.

Delgado was reporting on the city soda tax just after 11 p.m. that night. In the middle of the news broadcast, a woman approached her and said “excuse me?” several times. She then struck Delgado in the face as the camera cut to anchor Ramon Zayas. “Ay, Dios mio!” he yelled. “Esperemos que esté bien.” (Oh, my god. We hope she’s okay.)

After the live shot, police say Delgado’s news crew followed the woman. Ninth District cops said they arrested her around 16th and JFK Boulevard. Police charged Waheedah Wilson, 37, with assault and recklessly endangering another person. Wilson allegedly struck Delgado three times and shoved her to the ground. Read more »

Exotic Dancer Accuses Eagles Player Nelson Agholor of Rape

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor has been accused of raping a dancer at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club, law enforcement sources have told Philadelphia magazine.

A 27-year-old dancer told police that she was raped inside the club, which is located on Front Street near Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, about 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Two other Eagles — defensive end Connor Barwin and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox — visited Cheerleaders with Agholor, the sources said. The club is just a few minutes away from the team’s NovaCare complex, where they wrapped up their last spring practice early Thursday afternoon. Read more »

The Schuylkill River Trail Attacks: Can We Keep the Trail Safe?

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

The scene on the Schuylkill River Trail looked like something out of a tourism director’s Kodachrome dream: pockets of people of different ages and races dotted the path’s elegant curves, all happily doing their thing in perfect harmony under a cloudless sky.

There’s a serenity to this place that can make you forget you’re in the city for a minute, much like Spruce Street Harbor Park and some of the other unquestionably New Philadelphia attractions that have taken root in recent years. Yeah, you know that giant sandcastle looming on the horizon is really the Art Museum, and the skyscrapers are just a stone’s throw away, yet the trail feels isolated from it all, a refuge for runners and bikers and lovers of a good, lazy stroll.

But the discussion among some of the happy people on the trail on a recent morning focused on whether they still feel safe out there — women especially — after a spate of sexual assaults and robberies were reported last summer and fall, and then again during the dead of winter. On Thursday afternoon, a man followed a woman, then inexplicably slashed her forehead with a sharp object on a stairway leading up to Walnut Street from the trail.  That conversation is decidedly Old Philadelphia, one that city officials and tourism people don’t want associated with the trail, a sprawling 60-mile gem that USA Today named the best urban trail in the country just a year ago.

The bad headlines could have given way to frustration and apathy, the usual ingredients in what-can-you-do sandwiches that have long been a Philly staple. But not this time. At least, that’s what Jon Lyons said to himself when he decided to mobilize a group of citizens to take ownership of the trail.  Read more »

When Your Boss Is Also a Registered Sex Offender

A screenshot of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website, where Michaela Naughton found her boss Frank Laurenzi on the sex offenders list.

A quick search on Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law website revealed the hard truth about Frank Laurenzi.

Once a promising young cadet in the police academy, Conshohocken’s Francis “Frank” Laurenzi is now a convicted sex offender. In 2014, at the age of 29, Laurenzi pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child. The victim took private ballroom dancing lessons from Laurenzi, and investigators said that he videotaped some of their more than 20 sexual encounters, which occurred when the girl was 14 and 15 and Laurenzi was 27.

Laurenzi will be listed on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website for the rest of his life. So does that mean he shouldn’t be able to work at the local pizza parlor? Read more »

Woman Stole More Than $650K Worth of Photographer’s Prints

Bree DeStephano (left); McCurry's famous National Geographic cover photo (right).

Bree DeStephano (left); Steve McCurry’s famous National Geographic cover photo (right).

A York County woman was sentenced to nine to 23 months in prison Thursday for stealing more than $650,000 worth of prints and books from the Chester County photographer who shot National Geographic’s famous Afghan Girl portrait, the Inquirer reports.

Bree DeStephano, 33, pleaded guilty in April to three felony charges related to theft and conspiracy for plundering the work of renowned photographer Steve McCurry, according the Inquirer. Read more »

Authorities ID Woman Found in Chester County Pond

Photos Courtesy Chester County District Attorney's Office

Photos Courtesy Chester County District Attorney’s Office

Officials have identified a woman found dead Monday tied to a cinderblock in a Chester County Pond as a 24-year-old pre-kindergarten teacher.

Ryan Stevyn Benjamin of Pottstown was found shortly before noon by a local resident in a section of Pigeon Creek – a small swimming hole just off Zieber Road in East Coventry Township.

Benjamin was identified using tattoos, jewelry and other physical features. Prosecutors believe she was dead before she was thrown into the pond. There are no indications that she drowned and no signs of strangulation, gunshot wounds or blunt force trauma.  Read more »

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