Man sought in shooting death
Police released a mug shot yesterday of Derrick Spivey, who is wanted in the Feb. 20 slaying of Arvin Hutson. Police said Spivey, 21, shot Hutson, 21, on Temple Road near Sharpnack Street, Germantown. Spivey is considered armed and dangerous. Tipsters can contact police at 215-686-TIPS or 215-686-3068.
Man shot in Germantown
A 21-year-old unidentified man was shot and killed in Germantown yesterday, police said. The victim was shot once in the chest on Hansberry Street near Knox shortly after 8 p.m. and transported to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m., police said.
Violent crime down in Philly
Violent crime - including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault - decreased across the nation last year by 1.4 percent, according to a report released by the FBI on Monday.
Homicides and violent crime were down in Philadelphia by 3.7 percent and 7.4 percent respectively last year after two preceding years of rising numbers.
Philadelphia's violent crime rate was still the worst among the nation's 10 largest cities, according to the FBI.
Beware security system scam
Mayor Nutter is warning Philadelphians of a fictional company that is trying to swindle residents. A so-called company, GE and ICON Security System, has been contacting city residents with the tale of offering security systems in concert with the city's anti-crime initiative, said spokesman Doug Oliver.
The Department of Public Safety caught wind of the scam and immediately put up a red flag, he said. No security system is partnered with the city's anti-crime initiative. The scam is being investigated.
Forklift accident at stadium
An employee of Citizens Bank Park is recovering at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after his left foot was amputated in a freak forklift accident at the stadium shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday, police said.
The unidentified man sustained the severe injury when a piece of equipment fell from the forklift and landed on his foot as he was helping to set up for an upcoming Jimmy Buffet concert, police said. He was listed in stable condition.
Wireless Philly to rise again?
Philadelphia is in talks with a group to take over its wireless Internet network. A spokesman for Mayor Nutter said negotiations were under way. But he would not say whether they involved a community organization or a company.
EarthLink Inc., which built the network, is scheduled to shut it down tomorrow. Last month, the firm announced it was pulling the plug on its troubled wireless high-speed network, once touted as a national model. It suffered from connection problems and didn't attract enough subscribers.
Senate passes smoking ban
The Pennsylvania Senate has approved a compromise bill to outlaw smoking in most workplaces and public spaces in the state. The Senate voted 41-9 to send the bill to Gov. Rendell for his signature. The bill was stalled for a year before the House approved it last week. * - Staff and wire reports