NE woman robbed, burned

A 45-year-old woman was treated for burns she received when three robbers bound her with duct tape in the basement of her home, at Granite and Jackson streets, in the Northeast, yesterday, and burned her repeatedly with a heated spoon.

At least one of the robbers had a gun, police said. The thieves stole $200 cash and a laptop computer. The unidentified victim called police and was taken to Frankford Hospital-Frankford where she was treated for burns of the left calf and ankle.

Man shot 3 times in W. Phila.

A 20-year-old man was shot three times in the arm, hand and groin about 4 p.m. yesterday in front of a store at 51st and Market streets, West Philadelphia, during an argument with another man.

The unidentified victim was admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in stable condition.

SPCA hot line starts today

The Pennsylvania SPCA today will launch a toll-free statewide animal cruelty hot line: 1-866-601-SPCA. Callers can report information anonymously 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The agency said operators will be able to dispatch help immediately for an emergency. For more information, log on to www.pspca.org.

RNs sought for rape course

Acting Camden County Prosecutor Joshua Ottenberg said his office is seeking registered nurses to attend a training course this spring on sexual-assault investigations, so as to become certified to assist victims and police.

For more information or to apply, call the Camden County SANE Program, at 856-365- 3111. *

- Staff and wire reports