Warrant issued in robbery

Philadelphia police issued an arrest warrant yesterday for Marvin Sutter, 42, in connection with an armed robbery last Thursday inside a Drexel University office.

Police said that Sutter, of Erie Avenue near B Street, sneaked into the Stratton Building at 6:31 p.m. and robbed a female employee at gunpoint. Tipsters can call 215-686-3183 or -3184.

S. Phila. shooting victim dies

Najee Gilliard, 19, of Daly Street near 5th, South Philadelphia, who was shot Sunday night, died yesterday from his wounds, police said.

Gilliard was shot in the face shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday on 5th street near Montrose in South Philadelphia. He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he died at 9:30 a.m. yesterday, police said.

Plumber electrocuted

A plumber working in a trench in West Philly was killed yesterday when he apparently struck an underground electrical line, law-enforcement officials said.

The fatal accident occurred at 43rd and Parrish streets at about 3:30 p.m., and left more than 1,000 Peco Energy customers without power. Police did not identify the plumber.

Fattah, Nutter rally for GEAR UP

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, creator of the national GEAR UP program, joined with Mayor Nutter at a rally yesterday for hundreds of GEAR UP students graduating from four Philadelphia high schools, and bid them success on the road to college.

The old-fashioned pep rally at Community College of Philadelphia marked a milestone for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs in Philadelphia. This month, 665 students who entered GEAR UP in the seventh grade in 2002 are graduating from Bartram, King, Rhodes, and Strawberry Mansion high schools. Most of them will continue on to college.

Zoo going to the (prairie) dogs

The Philadelphia Zoo has some new guests - nine prairie- dog pups. The cuddly critters come from the grasslands of the West, but at the zoo they are living in a colony outside the Treehouse.

Their home consists of complex tunnel systems that go as deep as 10 feet underground. The nine playful pups can be seen popping out of the burrow as they explore their new surroundings. *

- Staff and wire report