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Man gets 20 to 40 years for wife’s murder

Christopher Murray formally pleaded guilty on May 26 to strangling his wife Connie as the couple argued on the outskirts of Pennypack Park in Holme Circle last August.

Faux doctor sentenced to jail

The charade is up for Patrick Usanga, unless he had intentions on posing as a state prison inmate for a while.

Thieves swipe car batteries from auto shop

Forget about petty change in the console, a couple of unidentified men took the theft-from-auto concept to a new devious level earlier this month when they raided a Northeast auto repair yard and stripped several cars of their batteries.

Gunman sought in Rhawnhurst shooting

Philadelphia police are looking for new leads in the investigation of a shooting in front of a Rhawnhurst restaurant earlier this month.

Retired state trooper pleads guilty in fatal shooting

A retired Pennsylvania state trooper last week pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from his on-duty fatal shooting of fellow trooper and Northeast native David Kedra during a firearms training session last Sept. 30.

Man indicted for cell phone store robberies

A federal grand jury has indicted a West Oak Lane man for robbing two cell phone stores at gunpoint in the Northeast and another in South Philly in April.

Prison officer charged for beating inmate

A Philadelphia corrections officer has been charged with official oppression, assault and related crimes for what District Attorney Seth Williams described as the “brutal beating” of an inmate at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Holmesburg last November.

Gunman sought in Lawncrest fatal shooting

Police are still trying to identify a gunman who shot a Lawncrest resident on the street about two blocks from his home on May 10.

Man wanted for utility debt scam

Tierre Kirkland promised folks he could help them settle their overdue water and property tax bills, but it was all a sham, authorities say.

Video released in NE warehouse burglary

A man who burglarized a Holmesburg vending company’s warehouse on May 1 may not have been ready for his close-up, but he got one anyway.