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Police open stations for merchandise exchanges after string of Craigslist robberies

A recent spate of gunpoint robberies linked to bogus Craigslist ads has prompted Philadelphia police to open three Northeast stations for merchandise exchanges. Members of the public who wish to sell an item to or purchase an item from a stranger in a safe environment may do so in the lobbies of the 2nd/15th district, the 7th district or the 8th district.

Man shot six times outside Rhawnhurst bar

An argument outside a Rhawnhurst bar/restaurant led to a shooting that left a man with six gunshot wounds on Saturday.

Gun buyback event nets 82 firearms

There are 82 fewer guns on the streets as a result of a gun buyback event conducted by the 15th Police District and the 15th Police District Advisory Council last Saturday at the Engine 38 firehouse in Tacony.

Felon indicted for post office robbery

A federal grand jury indicted a convicted felon last Thursday for the alleged armed robbery of a post office in Castor Gardens in November.

Three die after car smashes into parked tractor-trailer

A wall of flames and explosions engulfed a stretch of Torresdale Avenue in Holmesburg early Sunday when a speeding car struck an illegally parked tractor-trailer, claiming the lives of three women who were inside the car.

Police investigate unrelated shootings

Police in the 2nd district responded to two unrelated shootings within about an hour on Monday afternoon, including one that is being investigated as a home invasion.

Roofing company owner admits lying during investigation

A Montgomery County-based roofing company owner pleaded guilty on Dec. 9 to six federal charges stemming from the 2013 jobsite death of a Northeast man who fell from a 45-foot scaffold.

Pair charged with drugs, ramming police car

Two suspects fleeing an attempted drug bust allegedly rammed two police cars, crashed into a private motorist and almost ran over a police officer on Dec. 8.

Police seek Lexington Park prowler

A hooded prowler returned to an elderly couple’s Lexington Park home three times in less than two hours early on Dec. 4 in an apparent attempt to burglarize the place. He failed to get inside, but did some damage to the windows, police said.

Former officer pleads guilty to drug charges

A former city prison officer pleaded guilty on Monday to federal drug and attempted extortion charges for attempting to smuggle 100 non-prescribed OxyContin pills for an inmate of the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center in exchange for $1,000 cash.