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Port Rich­mond Pour House will re­open fol­low­ing shoot­ing

The Port Rich­mond Pour House, 2253 E. Clear­field St., closed for a few days fol­low­ing a shoot­ing Thursday.

Philly po­lice are look­ing for two men they say shot a pat­ron dur­ing a rob­bery at­tempt at the bar around 1:30 a.m.

Pour House, owned by John Boswell, pos­ted on its Twit­ter page that the two men were not bar reg­u­lars or people the own­ers knew. Boswell could not be reached by press time. The Twit­ter feed also stated that the bar would re­open as soon as pos­sible.

NBC10 re­por­ted that two armed men entered the bar wear­ing ski masks and de­man­ded money.

That’s when Boswell hit the alarm but­ton, prompt­ing the rob­bers to pan­ic and shoot. One male pat­ron was hit in the shoulder. The men fled the scene empty-handed.

The in­jured man was trans­por­ted to Hahne­mann Uni­versity Hos­pit­al. He is ex­pec­ted to make a full re­cov­ery, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. ull;•

Rock to the Fu­ture mu­sic non-profit re­ceives big gift

The Fend­er Mu­sic Found­a­tion donated in late Novem­ber more than 40 elec­tric gui­tars to Rock to the Fu­ture, an after-school mu­sic edu­ca­tion pro­gram that com­prises stu­dents mainly from Fishtown, Kens­ing­ton and Port Rich­mond.

Stu­dents in Rock to the Fu­ture learn both mu­sic and study skills, and have per­formed at events all over the city.

Rock to the Fu­ture re­cently has ex­pan­ded its after-school pro­gram from 22 to 33 stu­dents, in­tro­duced Macquar­ie Free Mu­sic Work­shops and is plan­ning sum­mer pro­grams for 2013. ••

Suit against P.D. and former of­ficer in U.S. court Monday

Law­yer Jimmy Binns, an hon­or­ary Phil­adelphia po­lice com­mis­sion­er, rep­res­en­ted the fam­ily of Wil­li­am “Billy” Panas Jr. in fed­er­al court Monday in a fed­er­al civil suit against former Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer Frank Tep­per, the city and the po­lice de­part­ment.

Panas, 21, was shot to death by Tep­per in Novem­ber 2009 in Port Rich­mond. Star earli­er re­por­ted that in court pro­ceed­ings, a jury found that Tep­per had ac­ted im­prop­erly when he pulled a gun and fired a fatal bul­let in­to the chest of an un­armed Panas, who had come onto Tep­per’s street near the Stokely Play­ground, at Elkhart and Ed­ge­mont streets, to check out some fights that had broken out in front of his home.

Ac­cord­ing to The Phil­adelphia In­quirer, Tep­per, who was in­tox­ic­ated at the time of the shoot­ing, was found guilty of murder earli­er this year and is serving a life sen­tence in pris­on.

In pre­vi­ous court doc­u­ments, Binns wrote that des­pite amass­ing 35 In­tern­al Af­fairs com­plaints and log­ging 66 calls for as­sist­ance to his own house dur­ing his 16-year ca­reer, Tep­per nev­er was in­vest­ig­ated or dis­cip­lined in any “mean­ing­ful” way by the po­lice de­part­ment.

Binns said his faith in the de­part­ment is still strong, but he hopes this suit will res­ult in over­sight re­forms. ••

Port Rich­mond dog own­er of­fers thanks; fund to be es­tab­lished

Eth­el Hubert, 73, who owns the 11-year-old Jack Rus­sell ter­ri­er, Ivy, said the dog is do­ing very well after it was at­tacked by a stray pit bull near Shenanigans Sa­loon in Port Rich­mond in early Oc­to­ber.

Ivy lost a leg as a res­ult of the at­tack. In sup­port of Hubert, Shenanigans ral­lied Port Rich­mond neigh­bors to raise money to off­set hefty veter­in­ary bills. The bar also hos­ted a beef-and-beer fun­draiser in early Novem­ber. The first set of bills to treat Ivy were over $1,600, and ad­di­tion­al sur­gery bills were over $5,000.

Thanks to neigh­bors around Phil­adelphia and even those far away, the bills were paid off.

Chelsea Coffin, who worked at Shenanigans and wit­nessed the at­tack, said Fri­day that the col­lect­ive fun­drais­ing for Hubert and Ivy sur­passed the goal — all told, fun­drais­ing ef­forts brought in about $8,000. One gen­er­ous wo­man from Switzer­land, Coffin said, donated the $5,000 to pay Ivy’s sur­gery bills. Coffin said she learned of the fun­drais­ing through a friend on Face­book who lives in Phil­adelphia.

There is an ad­di­tion­al $1,000 leftover now that the bills have been paid. That money, Coffin said, will be con­trib­uted to a fund at Pet Health Cen­ter (formerly Dr. Rude’s An­im­al Hos­pit­al), 3365 Frank­ford Ave. Pet Health Cen­ter is where Ivy was treated, and also con­trib­uted to fun­drais­ing ef­forts.

Coffin said the fund will be in Ivy’s name and will help oth­er an­im­al own­ers in Hubert’s situ­ation, for in­stance, those whose pets have been at­tacked.

Hubert said she is so grate­ful for the com­munity sup­port, and to have Ivy back. ••

Port Rich­mond PAL in the run­ning for new car

The city’s Po­lice Ath­let­ic League — headquar­ters at 2524 E. Clear­field St. — is one of six char­it­ies that could be awar­ded a 2013 Honda Odys­sey as part of 6ABC and Honda’s “Pay 6 For­ward” sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes began Thanks­giv­ing Day and will run through Dec. 10. 6ABC Ac­tion News Face­book fans can enter to win a 2013 Honda Ac­cord, and each ap­plic­ant will be able to choose one of six char­it­ies to be re­war­ded the Honda Odys­sey. PAL is among those six.

The win­ner and their chosen char­ity will be an­nounced Dec. 11 live on Ac­tion News at 4 p.m.

To learn more on how to enter, view the 6abc Ac­tion News Face­book page at www.face­book.com/6abc.Ac­tion­News. The new auto­mo­biles are provided by the Delaware Val­ley Honda Deal­ers as­so­ci­ation. ••

Ma­chete at­tack leaves Brides­burg man in crit­ic­al con­di­tion

Po­lice are search­ing for a ma­chete-wield­ing sus­pect who they say slashed a 25-year-old man across the arms and chest, leav­ing him in crit­ic­al con­di­tion early Nov. 27, ac­cord­ing to the In­quirer.

The in­cid­ent oc­curred about 12:40 a.m. in­side a house on the 5100 block of James St. in Brides­burg. Po­lice said there was a dis­turb­ance at the home, and the ma­chete at­tack fol­lowed. The vic­tim was taken to Aria Health’s Tor­res­dale cam­pus. He un­der­went sur­gery on the day of the at­tack. A spokes­man for North­east De­tect­ives said Monday that the vic­tim was still be­lieved to be in the hos­pit­al.

Po­lice are seek­ing a 28-year-old res­id­ent who lived at the res­id­ence in which the at­tack oc­curred, and the in­cid­ent is still un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion. ••

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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