Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Jan. 29

An up­date on the NoLibs murder in­vest­ig­a­tion, de­tails on a grant awar­ded to a loc­al school, and oth­er news in brief.

Po­lice plead for tips

Phil­ad­elphia Po­lice De­part­ment de­tect­ives are still look­ing for help in identi­fy­ing the man who killed 26-year-old Am­ber Long in a rob­bery in North­ern Liber­ties on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Po­lice have re­leased no up­dates on the in­vest­ig­a­tion since an early tip turned out to be a lie.

On Thursday, po­lice re­leased sur­veil­lance video that shows the mo­ments lead­ing up to Long’s murder. The foot­age shows two men in hooded sweat­shirts ap­proach­ing Long and her moth­er as they walked on the 900 block of N. Front Street at 10:37 p.m. The taller of the two men grabbed Long’s moth­er’s purse, and the oth­er at­temp­ted to snatch Long’s purse. In the mo­ments after the video cuts out, the man fired one fatal shot at point blank range in­to Long’s chest, po­lice said.

Cap­tain James Clark said Thursday that Long did not fight back.

“This is one of the sad­dest videos I’ve seen,” he said, “and in my opin­ion these in­di­vidu­als are out-and-out cow­ards, to come and shoot a de­fense­less fe­male like this just be­cause he couldn’t get her purse off quick enough.”

The men were last seen flee­ing north on Front Street in a new­er mod­el, dark-colored, four-door Chev­ro­let Im­pala.

Long, of the 1700 block of Rit­ner Street in South Phil­ad­elphia, was pro­nounced dead at Hahne­mann Uni­versity Hos­pit­al later Sunday night.

The city is of­fer­ing a $20,000 re­ward and po­lice are of­fer­ing a $10,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the sus­pects, po­lice said.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion is asked to call the hom­icide unit at 215-686-3334. To sub­mit a tip, call 215-686-8477 or text 773847.

“If someone knows these in­di­vidu­als,” Clark said, “maybe [from] the way they walk, some of their man­ner­isms, the clothes that they had on that night, any­thing, just come to the hom­icide unit right now. … We need whatever in­form­a­tion we can get to catch these killers.” ••

Charter school gets grant

Mari­time Academy Charter School was among 13 schools and the only in Phil­adelphia to re­ceive a state grant to in­crease school safety and se­cur­ity, ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia In­quirer.

State of­fi­cials awar­ded the school $40,000 out of the total $3.9 mil­lion in grants. The money will fund school po­lice of­ficers and re­source of­ficers, who are like po­lice of­ficers but also work with stu­dents to pre­vent drug and al­co­hol ab­use, ac­cord­ing to the art­icle.

The school, with loc­a­tions in Port Rich­mond and Brides­burg, beat out 114 schools that ap­plied for funds.

The grants, an­nounced Jan. 23, are a part of the ex­pan­sion of the state’s Safe Schools grant pro­gram, the art­icle said.

Schools se­lec­ted could have re­ceived up to $100 in funds. Pennsylvania will dis­trib­ute a total 81 grants to schools, towns and po­lice de­part­ments, ac­cord­ing to the In­quirer. ••

Man in cus­tody for throw­ing TV

A man was taken in by po­lice after re­portedly throw­ing a tele­vi­sion at his 12-year-old son, ac­cord­ing to

The in­cid­ent oc­curred in­side a home on the 3300 block of Ruth Street around 5:15 a.m., when the man al­legedly struck the boy in the head with the TV, ac­cord­ing to in­vest­ig­at­ors. The boy was taken to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al, where he is lis­ted in stable con­di­tion, the art­icle said. The fath­er has not yet been of­fi­cially charged with any crimes, po­lice said. ••

Gas leak causes evac­u­ation

More than a dozen res­id­ents were forced from their homes over the week­end after a gas leak in Kens­ing­ton, ac­cord­ing to a re­port on NBC10.

The leak oc­curred in­side a home Sat­urday on the 3300 block of I Street, of­fi­cials said, and was caused by a crack in the main pipe that runs along the street.

A total of five homes and 15 people were evac­u­ated while crews work to fix the is­sue, the art­icle said. One fam­ily took shel­ter in a SEPTA bus.

The Sal­va­tion Army is work­ing to help those dis­placed from their homes.

No word on what caused the crack in the pipe that caused the leak, PGW of­fi­cials said in the art­icle. ull;•

—Ali Eaves, Car­o­lan Di­Fiore and Wil­li­am Kenny

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