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Man dies trying to save dog from creek

A dog walker drowned in Pennypack Creek on May 30 after he and his pet ended up in the stream, which was swollen with fast-moving stormwater.


Man accused of raping 13-year-old girl

A Frankford man sexually assaulted his 13-year-old stepdaughter, then beat his wife into unconsciousness early on May 31, Philadelphia police said.


Girl dies, mother injured in Morrell Park fire

A rapidly moving house fire last Thursday claimed the life of a 5-year-old Morrell Park girl, despite desperate heroic efforts by an off-duty police officer and a city paramedic to rescue her from the burning building. The girl’s mother was also injured critically in the blaze.


Bank robber sought for attempted heist

A man allegedly tried to rob a Mayfair bank on Saturday afternoon, but in the middle of the hold-up, he turned and ran away empty handed.


Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A Castor Gardens woman has pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty in a case involving a dog whose skin was in extreme condition.


Frankford American Legion hall destroyed by fire

Memorial Day festivities at a Frankford American Legion hall ended in devastation as a four-alarm fire gutted the nearly century-old neighborhood institution.


Driver sought for hit and run

A 44-year-old SEPTA police officer is facing a long recovery from critical injuries he suffered when a hit-and-run driver struck him as he jogged along Rowland Avenue in Holmesburg on May 22.


Couple arrested for scams

A husband and wife who allegedly tried to use a home repair scam to rip off a 92-year-old Morrell Park man last Sunday ended up behind bars when a quick-acting police officer caught them red-handed. 


Police search for Bustleton bank robber

A bank robber went with the conspicuously inconspicuous Hunter S. Thompson disguise when he knocked off a Royal Bank branch in Bustleton on May 13. The FBI is hoping that someone will recognize the man in the bucket hat and sunglasses.


Police protester arrested on gun, assault charges

Tony Soto allegedly impersonated a cop and pointed a gun at neighbors during an argument over parking in Oxford Circle.