Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Jan. 8

Starr to open new Fishtown res­taur­ant; NoLibs murder last of the year, and more news in brief this week. 

Steph­en Starr’s new­est eat­ery to open in Fishtown

Fishtown will call it­self the home of team Steph­en Starr and Aimee Olexy’s most re­cent pro­ject later on in the year. The res­taur­ant will be loc­ated not far from Frank­ford Hall and Fette Sau, in a former ware­house on 1526-1530 Frank­ford Ave. that was re­stored last year, ac­cord­ing to

Starr re­portedly told Mi­chael Klein of that the res­taur­ant would con­tain a ve­get­able garden when it opens in the spring. ••

Film equip­ment robbed from NoLibs film fest­iv­al 

Or­gan­izers of The Awe­some Fest, which runs reg­u­lar out­door film show­ings around the city, kicked off a shaky start to 2014 when their van con­tain­ing thou­sands of dol­lars worth of screen­ing equip­ment was re­por­ted stolen.   

The in­cid­ent was first re­por­ted when the 1993 Dodge Ram was noted miss­ing around 8 a.m. on Dec. 31, ac­cord­ing to The vehicle con­tained movie screens, sound­boards, speak­ers and a high-end pro­ject­or. 

An an­onym­ous tip lead po­lice to the vehicle on Jan. 1, which was dis­covered just two blocks away from where it was last seen, on the 800 block of N. Amer­ic­an St. between Pop­lar and Brown streets. CB­S3 re­por­ted that $50,000 to $60,000 worth of equip­ment was taken from the van. 

A private sur­veil­lance cam­era track­ing mo­tion in the area snapped a photo of two people ap­par­ently re­mov­ing equip­ment from the van, which oc­curred shortly be­fore 2 a.m. ac­cord­ing to Po­lice have that photo and are in­vest­ig­at­ing. No ar­rests have been made.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion is asked to con­tact their loc­al po­lice pre­cinct, call 911, or sub­mit an an­onym­ous tip by di­al­ing 215-686-TIPS (8477) or tex­ting PDD TIP (773847).

Foun­ded nearly four years ago, The Awe­some Fest shows films from di­verse genres in some of the city’s most un­con­ven­tion­al places. The Awe­some Fest team is try­ing to re­coup the costs of the ex­pens­ive equip­ment but has no plans to stop the screen­ings. •• 

Sus­pect sought in Fishtown rob­ber­ies

Po­lice are search­ing for a sus­pect wanted for rob­bing sev­er­al es­tab­lish­ments in Fishtown.

The rob­ber­ies took place dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of Dec. 26. The first oc­curred at a CVS store at 2638 E. Cum­ber­land St., at 2:16 a.m. ac­cord­ing to 6ABC. 

The sus­pect ap­proached the counter to make a pur­chase and poin­ted a plastic bag in the shape of a gun at the cash­ier, who yelled for a store man­ager, caus­ing the man to flee the scene. 

The sus­pect struck again at a Dunkin’ Donuts at 717 E. Gir­ard Ave., only sev­er­al hours later at 4 a.m. po­lice said. After pur­chas­ing a donut, the sus­pect re­vealed the same plastic bag, sug­gest­ing a weapon, and made off on foot with an un­dis­closed amount of cash.

Po­lice de­scribe the sus­pect as a white male, about 40 years of age, 5’8” to 5’10”, 160 pounds, light com­plex­ion, mus­tache with a light beard, thin build, wear­ing a gray hooded jack­et, black shirt, blue jeans, black knit hat and white sneak­ers.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion is asked to con­tact Phil­adelphia Po­lice at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or through philly­po­ ••

NoLibs murder last of 2013

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed on Dec. 31, mak­ing it the last known hom­icide of 2013 in Phil­adelphia. 

The shoot­ing oc­curred at 11:30 p.m. on Gir­ard Av­en­ue near 7th Street, ac­cord­ing to The vic­tim was shot twice, in the head and chest, and was taken to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al in crit­ic­al con­di­tion, po­lice said. He was pro­nounced dead at the hos­pit­al just be­fore mid­night, at 11:47 p.m.

This fi­nal murder of 2013 makes the total 247 hom­icides for the year, down 25 per­cent from last year ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment.  ••

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