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K9 officer hot car deaths at a record high: PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told Metro exclusively that at least 13 K9 officers died as a result of being left in a hot car so far this year, already surpassing 2016’s K9 officer fatality numbers. Of the 13 K9 officer deaths, two resulted in criminal charges, four...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:32pm

Philly Police say man targeted strangers in paintball shooting spree

A 21-year-old man has been charged with firing a paintball gun at people in a daylong spree around Northwest Philadelphia, hitting five strangers, Philly police announced Friday.Kadene Bryant, of the 6200 block of Homer Street, allegedly went on the spree on March 7, police said. He and an...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Hit-and-run driver’s sentence bittersweet ending to family tragedy

Originally posted March 17Theresa Pozzi died on Christmas Eve in 2014, the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Her family never expected to find justice.But nearly two years later, authorities arrested a 43-year-old man, who eventually pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle.On Feb. 28 the man,...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 6:32pm

Woman says her dog was only protecting home when fatally shot by officer

A German Shepherd that was shot and killed by a city police officer was only protecting her home when she bit the officer, the dog's owner said Thursday.Louise Day insists that 2-year-old Storm was not a threat.“They shot her inside her house. The dog was only doing her job,” Day told Metro, adding...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:26am

Carjack victim allegedly exaggerated story to make police respond faster

A pizza deliveryman was carjacked at gunpoint but thought he needed to add something more to the story to get Philadelphia police to investigate, authorities said.So he concocted a story about a 4-year-old nephew who was in the backseat of the car at the time two men made off with the vehicle,...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 10:30am

Philly Police K-9 dogs will rest easy in new donated beds

The bravest dogs in Philadelphia will be getting a more restful and supportive night's sleep after one very appreciative local company donated new orthopedic beds to the police department's K-9 unit."They have a different life than a normal dog," said Eric Shannon, owner of Philly-based company Big...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 4:37pm

Dealer who sold fatal fentanyl dose sentenced to upwards of 30 years

Janice Matthews vividly recalled the afternoon phone call from the medical examiner’s office a little more than a year ago that left her momentarily stunned.“At 12:56 p.m. on Jan. 28, I got a call from the medical examiner’s office asking me if I had a son,” she testified Friday in court. “I couldn...

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 4:57pm

Police announce arrest in 2015 killing of Port Richmond mother

Philadelphia Police have charged a suspect in the 2015 killing of a Port Richmond woman inside her home, authorities said Friday.Stephanie Dzikowski, 22, was found dead on July 30. 2015, on the floor of her bedroom, just feet away from where her infant daughter sat.Police say thatJames Jones, 28,...

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 9:53pm

Police deny attempts to ‘intimidate’ Philly Antifa

Days afterthe protests against Trump in Philadelphia, some of the city's activists say they've been experiencing increased police scrutiny.Members ofPhilly Antifaand the Up Against the Law Legal Collective said they were surprised to find large numbers of police officers congregatingoutsideThe...

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:30pm

Cafeteria worker sold marijuana to high school students: Police

A cafeteria worker at a Northeast Philadelphia high school was charged with selling marijuana to students, authorities said Thursday.Robert Lumpkin, 31, a cafeteria worker at George Washington High School, is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver, police said.Police said...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:47pm

Philly activists pray for #ViolenceFreeFeb

President Donald Trump's comments last week that Philadelphia's murder rate is "terribly increasing" may have been a lot of hot air, but local activists are nonetheless alarmed by the number of killings on the streets.The start of 2017 has been so bloody that activists are calling for a violence-...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00am

Police arrest suspect in Center City attack on transgender woman

A homeless man was arrested Sunday in connection to an attack on a transgender woman in Center City.The suspect, whose identity wasn't released by police, approached RyannahQuigley, of Seattle, and her group of friends, at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday outside the Masonic Temple and began staring at...

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 11:24am

300 evacuated at Temple University over suspicious package

The Temple University College of Engineering building was evacuated Tuesday morning after police found a suspicious device with wires poking out of it. The object was found to be harmless but is being investigated as a possible intentional hoax.Police responded around 9 a.m. to reports of a four...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:14am

Philadelphia Police implemented nearly all recommended reforms: DOJ

In 2013, former Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey asked the federal government to review the department's policies and practices after fatal shootings by officers were found to be on the rise.Four years later, the review continues, but a report the U.S. Department of...

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 12:38pm

SEPTA hijacker arrested after being shot by bystander: Police

An intersection in Overbrook reportedly turned into a scene out of an action movie after a car crash led to a hijacking and shooting.Police have arrested a 32-year-old man, who has not been identified, for the Wednesday morning incident on the 6300 block of Woodbine Avenue.The suspect crashed his...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 4:24pm

WATCH: Suspects attack Philly deli worker in dispute over price of sandwich

They said the sandwich cost too much. So they pummeled the deli worker.Philadelphia Police are searching for two men involved in the beating of a 60-year-old employee during a confrontation that started as a dispute over the price of a sandwich, authorities said.Investigators on Wednesday released...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 9:50am

Driver left 7-year-old boy on bus to go to West Philly Shop-Rite: Police

A bus driver was arrested in West Philadelphia after allegedly leaving a 7-year-old boy on the vehicle to get a money order at nearby grocery store, police said Tuesday.Jamar Henry, 28, of Oxford Circle, came running out when he saw a police officer standing near the bus, and claimed he had a...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 2:16pm

Man shot dead while protecting friend from robbery in West Philly

A 33-year-old man was shot in the head and killed Monday night while trying to intervene during an armed robbery at his friend's West Philadelphia home, police said. After shooting the man, the suspect stole cash and a cell phone, authorities said.At around 10 p.m., a woman invited the suspect,...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 7:56am

Deliveryman shot by Philadelphia cops gets $4.4 million

A delivery driver shot by Philadelphia police officers two years ago has received $4.4 million — the largest settlement of a lawsuit involving a police shooting in city history.Philippe Holland was a 20-year-old college student in 2014 when two plainclothes cops shot him three times in the head and...

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 2:59pm

Police union trashes DA for not charging teen girl in viral fight video

The president of the Philadelphia Police Department's union trashed District Attorney Seth William Wednesday for not charging a teen girl caught on videofighting with a police officer."Once again, the District Attorney ofPhiladelphia has chosen to disregard his responsibility and look the other way...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 4:50pm