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Defendant Christina Regusters. (credit: Philadelphia Police Department)

Stunning New Allegations Against Phila. Woman Charged With Kidnapping Kindergartener

Christina Regusters is accused of donning Muslim garb and veil and posing as the five-year-old’s mother to take her from school in January 2013, then sexually assaulting the girl.

08/21/2014

Body found in home on Mole Street in Philadelphia on August 15, 2014. (credit: John McDevitt)

Murder of Longtime Congregant Shocks Rodeph Shalom Synagogue Community

Rodeph Shalom rabbi Jill Maderer says 65-five-year-old Lee Stanley had deep ties to the synagogue and its activities. His father had been cantor there.

08/19/2014

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Judge Rules Montco Man Guilty But Mentally Ill in Sword Murder of Family

The conviction means that Joseph McAndrew Jr. will likely never be a free man again, although where he serves that sentence is still to be determined.

08/13/2014

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Carjack-Assault-Murder Defendant Asks Victims’ Family ‘For Forgiveness’

A scheduled hearing for Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa did not take place, but during a brief court appearance Rosa blurted out an apology. Three children and their mother were killed after a stolen SUV jumped the curb in North Philadelphia.

08/13/2014

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Prosecution Rests In Montco Man’s Triple Murder Case

Joseph McAndrew is charged with murdering his parents and his twin brother with a samurai sword.

08/11/2014

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Non-Jury Trial Opens For Gulph Mills Man Charged With Murdering His Family

Joseph McAndrew Jr. is accused of using a samurai sword to murder his parents and twin brother inside their home more than three years ago. His defense is insanity.

08/07/2014

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Trial Ordered in Alleged South Philadelphia Backpack Murder

A police sergeant testified that he pulled up on the scene right after the shooting last September and found Jose Gabino Aparicio dying in a friend’s arms.

07/29/2014

Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital.

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Mum on Changes To Security Procedures

Richard Plotts was able to walk into the Mercy Wellness Center carrying a gun that authorities say he used to killed his mental health caseworker and injure Dr. Lee Silverman before Silverman pulled his own gun and fired back.

07/29/2014

(Police gather near a doorway of Mercy Wellness Center following a shooting there.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Delco Police Official Calls Mercy Hospital Shooting Suspect a ‘Powder Keg’

Upper Darby police superintendent Michael Chitwood says Richard Plotts has been “302’d,” or committed to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, after trying to commit suicide numerous times.

07/25/2014

Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital.

Area Medical Facilities Consider Higher Security In Wake of Fatal Shooting

Even before this incident, a coalition of more than 60 hospitals in the Philadelphia area would meet regularly to talk about events that could disrupt care — everything from an “active shooter” incident to transit strikes and snowstorms.

07/25/2014

(A billboard above Tony Luke's advertises the reward for information in the murder of Don Ly.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

South Phila. Billboards Promote Reward For Info in 2013 Murder

One billboard is above Tony Luke’s, the cheesesteak shop near Front and Oregon, the other is at Ninth and Washington.

07/24/2014

(Surveillance video images show the man who robbed a Walgreen's drugstore in Warminster, Pa.   Images provided by Warminster PD)

Police Seek Extra-Large Man Who Robbed Two Drugstores in Suburbs

Police say he shouldn’t be hard to miss: he’s described as six feet tall and could weigh between 300 and 350 pounds.

07/22/2014

Suspects Justen Smith and Terry Ballard. (credit: Philadelphia Police Department)

Cops: 2 Facing Murder Charges In Deaths Of Elderly Couple In Strawberry Mansion

Two suspects are facing murder charges in the deaths of an elderly couple who were found in their Philadelphia home late last week.

07/21/2014

(The vacant lot next to an abandoned home on North Third Street where Laura Araujo's body was found in a duffel bag.  Image from CBS-3)

Neighbor Charged With Murder of Philadelphia Art School Graduate

Police say Jeremiah Jakson, 22, lived in the same boarding house as victim Laura Araujo. They think he killed her after was burglarizing her room.

07/16/2014

(The vacant lot next to an abandoned home on North Third Street where Laura Araujo's body was found in a duffel bag.  Image from CBS-3)

Woman Found In Duffel Bag ID’d; Police Questioning Person Of Interest

Police say the body discovered by a trash picker in the 2200 block of North Third Street has been identified as that of 23-year-old Laura Araujo.

07/15/2014

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