The Philadelphia area welcomed thousands of unwanted guests on Monday night as a swarm of pesky gnats descended on the Delaware Valley in what experts say was a one-day, once-a-year occurrence and definitely not a precursor to the end of the world. (Wouldn’t that just be our luck? The apocalypse is totally going to arrive at a time when our Eagles are undefeated). Read more »
Philadelphia police are searching for a man who shot a gun into a North Philly home earlier this month.
Officials say the incident occurred around 12:40 a.m. on September 5th in the 200 block of West Thayer Street.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect exiting a vehicle before walking over to the front of a house and preparing to fire the gun. He then struggles to operate the weapon, appears to give up and walks away for a moment before returning to the home and shooting several times. The man eventually returns to the car, which drives away. Read more »
The season finale of Pushback, the podcast co-produced by Philly Mag and WURD, is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or check it out below.
Among the Philadelphians who would be least surprised by recent allegations of racism in the Philadelphia Police Department is Rochelle Bilal, an outspoken black woman and civil-rights advocate who, upon joining the police academy in the mid-1980s, claims to have encountered “true, straight-up racism.” Read more »
A teenager who was arrested in Thursday’s fatal carjacking attempt in Spring Garden will be charged as an adult.
Marvin Roberts, 16, and his brother, 21-year-old Maurice Roberts, both from Philly, were taken into custody on Saturday in connection to the shooting of 38-year-old Gerard Grandzol. Read more »
After answering to Internal Affairs on Thursday for his role in the shooting death of a 30-year-old dirt bike rider in North Philadelphia earlier this summer, Officer Ryan Pownall was officially suspended by the Philadelphia Police Department for 30 days with intent to dismiss.
“Sadly, two parallel lanes of poor judgment crossed paths on that evening,” Commissioner Richard Ross said in a news conference this morning. “We ask police officers to deal with dangerous situations that most people can neither appreciate nor understand. This does not relieve us of our responsibility to adhere to our policy and training.”
Police say Pownall fatally shot David Jones on the 4100 block of Whitaker Avenue following a struggle on June 8. Pownall was working in the area transporting witnesses for the Special Victims Unit when he allegedly observed Jones recklessly driving a red dirt bike through the neighborhood. After Jones’ dirt bike stalled near the sidewalk adjacent to a nightclub, Pownall exited his patrol vehicle and attempted to question the Germantown man. Read more »
Joshua Hupperterz, the 29-year-old man who is accused of murdering 22-year-old Temple University student Jenna Burleigh last week, used Lyft to transport her remains in a storage bin more than 100 miles from his mother’s house in Jenkintown, Pa. to Wayne County, a police source told Philly.com. Read more »
A “Black the Blue” police rally drew a substantial turnout on Thursday night in Northeast Philly.
John McNesby, president of Philly’s Fraternal Order of Police union, estimated that as many as 2,000 people showed up for the event at the lodge’s headquarters. Read more »
The FBI/Philadelphia Police Violent Crimes Task Force is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who robbed a Center City bank branch on Tuesday morning and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash before authorities arrived on the scene. Read more »
Philly police have arrested a homeless man who allegedly stabbed a cashier in a Center City 7-Eleven earlier this week. Read more »
A Pa. Senate bill introduced earlier this month would force some protesters to foot the bill for costs connected to rallies.
Under state Senate bill 754, protesters who are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense could be liable for police overtime costs or other public safety expenditures incurred as a result of a demonstration. Read more »