(Update) Suspect Identified in Trooper Ambush

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.  (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

[Update 12:36 pm] AP reports that a suspect has been identified in the attack:

A law enforcement official says Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a barracks.

The official says an arrest warrant will be issued soon. State police are looking for the suspect.

No other details were available.

[Original] Investigators haven’t identified a suspect in the weekend ambush that killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another, but they have released a psychological profile they say should fit the gunman.
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UPDATE: Gay Men Attacked in Center City Released From Hospital With “Serious Visible Injuries”

The 26- and 28-year-old gay couple who were attacked in Center City last Thursday have been released from the hospital, but are suffering “serious visible injuries.” The photo below shows the extent to one of the victim’s eye. More from Queerty:

victim gay center citySpeaking with the media last night, both victims say they have been released from the hospital with serious visible injuries. One victim, speaking through a contraption that will have his jaw wired shut for the next two months, says he suffered multiple facial fractures and several orbital fractures.

“I thought he was dead,” his boyfriend said, describing how assailants “threw his head onto the ground.” …

The victims have been able to identify their attackers via video footage that was captured on the night of the attack. So far no arrests have been made, but Officer Christine O’Brien tells me PPD will release a new surveillance video to the public later today. “I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s good video that’s hopefully going to aid in figuring out who the attackers are.”

Stay tuned to G Philly for updates.

Funeral Scheduled for Trooper in Barracks Shooting

A funeral for Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II will be held Thursday morning at a Roman Catholic catheral in Scranton. He was the state trooper killed — another was badly injured — during an ambush Friday night at police barracks in Blooming Grove.

Meanwhile, the hunt for the killer continues.
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Pregnant Woman Shot and Killed

Horrifying news:

6ABC reports:

The newborn daughter of a pregnant woman shot and killed in Philadelphia’s Frankford section has died.

Police and Temple University Hospital confirmed early Monday that the infant, delivered by emergency C-section after her mother was mortally wounded, died overnight.

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(UPDATE) Regusters Guilty in School Kidnapping Case

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[Update 11:24 a.m.] Regusters has been found guilty on all counts.

NBC 10 reports:

Christina Regusters has been found guilty on all counts in her high-profile child kidnapping and rape trial that has gripped Philadelphia for the past year.

The 21-year-old was charged with six crimes: Aggravated assault; Involuntary deviant intercourse of a child involving serious bodily injury; Kidnap to facilitate a felony; Unlawful contact with a minor involving sexual offenses; Unlawful restraint of a minor with a risk of a bodily injury; Concealment of the whereabouts of a child.

Regusters was emotionless as the jury of seven women and five men delivered their verdict. Her mother, sitting behind her, sobbed into a washcloth.

Regusters had been accused of dressing up in Muslim attire in January 2013 to disguise her appearance, signing the girl out of class before the end of the school day at Bryant Elementary School, then sexually assaulting the girl overnight. The girl was found next day, abandoned on a wintertime playground wearing nothing but a shirt.

[Original] Fox 29 is reporting that jurors have arrived at a verdict in the Christina Regusters kidnapping and sexual assault case:

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3 Reasons We Need to End the Pennsylvania Death Penalty

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First of all, much praise to the Inquirer and City Paper. They’re among the publications joining the ACLU to sue the state to get information on the supplier of Pennsylvania’s lethal injection drugs. Journalism is all about getting information to the public, and sometimes a little extra pressure is needed: It’s good to see that both papers can still find ways to bring that pressure.

It would be better for everybody, though, if the suit weren’t needed.

It would be better for everybody if Pennsylvania didn’t have a death penalty at all.

Let’s skip the moral objections for now, because everybody has a moral stance on the issue — either for or against — and at this point, passionate moral arguments probably aren’t going to move the needle. So let’s talk about good governance. Because the death penalty — in Pennsylvania — and elsewhere, is lousy governance:

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UPDATE: South Philly Hotel Stabbing Now Being Investigated as a Suicide

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: According to a statement released late this afternoon, the police are treating this morning’s incident as a suicide:

On Thursday, September 11, 2014 approximately 8:11am, 3rd District officers responded to 1000 Packer Ave, the Holiday Inn Hotel, where they found a 48 year old white female, suffering from multiple stabs wounds to the arms, neck and breast. Complainant was transported to HUP by medics and rushed into surgery.

The complainant is a 6th grade teacher at Key Elementary located 2230 S. 8th St. The Complainant was observed entering the female’s restroom at approximately 7:46am and found by the witness with her injuries at about 7:55am. A pair of scissors and steak knife were recovered at the scene. At this time the incident is being investigated as a suicide based on the evidence of the investigation.

There are no indications that this incident was related to the school in any way and did not occur on school grounds. However, we are working with the School District of Philadelphia in making sure grief counselors are available for any student that may need one as a result of the news of this incident.

The complainant’s name is not being released at this time due to family notification.

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Philadelphia Cop Joseph Griffin Arrested for Domestic Violence

Joseph_Griffin-250px Joseph Griffin, an eight-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, was arrested today for allegedly physically assaulting his wife.

The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation by Philadelphia PD internal affairs and the District Attorney’s office. Griffin has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsay. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault, terroristic threats, harassment, intimidation of a victim, and recklessly endangering another person.

Griffin is 30, and assigned to the 8th District, which covers Far Northeast Philadelphia east of Roosevelt Boulevard. According to a statement issued by the District Attorney’s office, Griffin is being processed by police after turning himself in to internal affairs earlier today.

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