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Mother of slain 4-year-old: Convicted killer Walter Ogrod is innocent and should be released from prison

As Walter Ogrod awaits a court ruling on his latest bid for freedom - which is supported by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office - the mother of the girl he was convicted of killing said she no longer believes Ogrod committed the crime.

Philadelphia police lieutenant dies from the coronavirus, first fatality among city employees

Lt. James Walker, 59, was pronounced dead from coronavirus Sunday at Abington Hospital, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said. A three-decade veteran of the department, he was the city’s first active duty officer to die as a result of the pandemic.

Gov. Murphy warns crisis could extend into summer; Trump declares Del. a disaster area; ex-Eagles kicker dies of coronavirus

As the country spends another weekend indoors making homemade face masks and bracing for rising death counts, President Trump is pushing for live sports to resume soon. Meanwhile, the number of dead in New Jersey due to the coronavirus exceeds the total from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Seven people shot Sunday in three incidents in Trenton

The incidents occurred within four hours of each other, said Lt. Jason Kmiec, a police spokesperson.

Philly Police are adapting to the coronavirus crisis. Kensington’s drug dealers are adapting, too.

The drug markets in Kensington haven’t slowed. And some residents fear that authorities have virtually halted drug enforcement, leaving corners crowded with dealers who don’t bother to hide.

What it’s like to be locked in prison during the coronavirus pandemic

Recent court filings, interviews and social media posts detail an increasingly tense environment behind bars — one in which close quarters make social distancing all but impossible, and where daily contact between inmates and guards has led to a growing sense that coronavirus exposure is inevitable.

ACLU to Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Act now to stop county jails from becoming coronavirus petri dishes

In a petition filed Monday, the lawyers pleaded with the court to order all counties to limit new jail admissions, and order the release of many nonviolent and high-risk offenders to prevent a "public health catastrophe."

NJ State Police official ‘overstated’ number of positive cases among officers; N.J. death toll passes 160, Pa.'s, 40.

Gov. Tom Wolf wants Pennsylvania declared a major-disaster area, as the state has furloughed 2,500 employees. New Jersey's case total tops 13,000 and Delaware governor tells prospective visitors to stay out of his state.

Despite concerns of lawlessness, Philadelphia crime drops in first week of social distancing

A week after the sudden shutdown of the city of Philadelphia, reported crime has dropped to some of the lowest levels seen in years, according to an Inquirer analysis of preliminary incident data.

Montgomery and Camden Counties report first coronavirus deaths

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has ordered residents to stay at home starting 8 a.m. Monday; a similar order goes into effect in Delaware 8 a.m. Tuesday.