(Update) Nutter Offers $20K Reward in Hit-and-Run

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[Update 12:35 p.m.] Police have released video from the incident. It does not show the precise moment of impact, but be warned it may still be difficult to watch:

To submit a tip, call 215.686.TIPS (8477) or send a text to PPD TIP or 773847.

[Original] Mayor Nutter is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a driver whose SUV struck and killed a 4-year-old boy Monday night in Southwest Philly. Read more »

If You See a Cop Stop, Start Recording

North Charleston police officer Michael Slager caught on video shooting Walter Scott in the back.

North Charleston police officer Michael Slager caught on video shooting Walter Scott in the back.

For the past week, the country has spent a lot of time — perhaps too much? — watching North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager fire his gun repeatedly into the back of a fleeing Walter Scott, who died. Slager was denied bail and is currently sitting in jail awaiting trial for murder. But would that be the case if not for the bystander who caught the tragic shooting on video? I think not. Read more »

PSA: NoLibs Criminals, Dos Segundos Has Cameras

dos-segundos-suspect-400Attention to Northern Liberties criminals: Cantina Dos Segundos has cameras, and they’re pretty high resolution.

Last week, footage emerged of a female customer at Dos Segundos swiping a backpack that contained a gun belonging to a Philadelphia Police officer.

Yesterday, police say Dos Segundos’ cameras picked up another crime. A suspect, described as a white male, 20-30 years-of-age with brown hair walked in and made off with a money bag containing an unspecified amount of cash.

Criminals, you need to start noticing those surveillance cameras, they’re watching you.

Anyone with information is asked to call East Detectives Division, 215-686-3243/3244.

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Two Pa. Men Have Admitted Making, Selling IEDs

Istvan Merchenthaler in police photo. Ryan Hribick photo unavailable.

Istvan Merchenthaler in a police photo. Ryan Hribick photo unavailable.

The United States Attorney in Philadelphia has announced that 34-year-old Ryan Joseph Hribick, formerly of Coatesville, has pleaded guilty to manufacturing and selling improvised explosive devices aka IEDs between 2009 and 2013. Hribick, now of Minersville in Schuylkill County, is the second man to plead guilty in the scheme, with Istvan “Steve” A. Merchenthaler (above) having pleaded guilty to similar charges last year. Read more »

The Astonishing Ubiquity of Walter Scott’s Death

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I spent the better part of the last week avoiding video of the Walter Scott shooting. I read the various articles that accompanied it as it came across my screen – up and down my Twitter timeline and in various pockets of my Facebook feed. In every report and opinion, the video of a man’s last violent, terrifying moments were embedded close by, as though the mere description of such tragedy was not enough.

As I sat for dinner at a quiet Italian restaurant, the video I’d long avoided confronted me again and again thanks to CNN’s insistence. As it looped, I looked around to see if other people noticed, or were disturbed, or took issue. Technology, which has made this conversation possible, is now preparing to make many of us desensitized. Read more »

Yardley School Bus Driver, Little League Ump Gets 14 Years For Child Porn

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The United States Attorney in Philadelphia has announced that Thomas Silber of Randolph Drive in Yardley, Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for 10 counts of receiving child pornography. The 51-year-old, who previously worked as a school bus driver, Little League umpire and kids’ wrestling referee, pleaded guilty to all counts last December. Read more »

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