A would-be robber dressed the part of Brian Westbrook, but he performed more like Happy Feller as he failed to grab a woman’s cash at a Castor Gardens pharmacy on Feb. 1.
The FBI seeks the public’s help in identifying the culprits in two unrelated bank robberies in the Northeast.
A Holmesburg man was charged with murder after he allegedly shot another man in the face during an argument on Feb. 2. Claude Thomas, 27, of the 4700 block of Vista St., wounded Rasheed Shannon once in the face as the two quarreled in the street near Thomas’ home at about 1:45 p.m., police said. Emergency responders found Shannon, 25, on the 4900 block of Fitler St. and took him to Aria Health-Torresdale, where he died on Feb. 3.
Jan. 13 through 26
A U.S. Senate committee last week approved President Obama’s controversial nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, but a bipartisan group of elected officials isn’t done fighting confirmation of the former Mumia Abu-Jamal defense attorney.
A former Philadelphia police sergeant has been ordered to stand trial on homicide and manslaughter charges in connection with an alleged drunken-driving crash that claimed the life of a Fishtown father of four last September.
An reward increase for information about NoLibs murder, a local politician seeks re-election, and other neighborhood news in brief.
Large vacant commercial and industrial properties are fire traps, according to City Councilman Dennis O’Brien.
Robbers lured a Chinese restaurant delivery man to a vacant Oxford Circle house and shot him on Jan. 28.
Three teenagers are facing assault charges in connection with the videotaped after-school beating of another youth in Castor Gardens on Jan. 28, an attack that some news media have likened to the “knockout game.” According to published reports, the victim attends eighth grade at Woodrow Wilson Middle School at Cottman and Loretto avenues, while the attackers are enrolled at either Wilson or the nearby Northeast High School. A Philadelphia police spokesman reportedly told the Inquirer that a seventh-grade Wilson student videotaped the attack and was among those arrested.