Shooting victim dies
A young man was shot in the back and in the back of the head in Northeast Philadelphia last night. Homicide Lt. Philip Riehl said the unidentified victim was gunned down on Cottage Street near Wakeling at 7:33 p.m. The victim, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, died shortly after at Frankford Hospital-Torresdale, Riehl said. Two men who were spotted near the crime scene were brought in for questioning, but no charges had been filed against either. Anyone with information about the crime can call 215-696-3334 or -3335.
'Bad-Tooth Bandit' sentenced
The "Bad-Tooth Bandit" might be able to get some needed dental work now - from a prison dentist.
Dennis Wilson, who was given the moniker because of the dentally challenged smile he flashed to bank tellers as he robbed them, has been sentenced to 180 months in prison by U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick after pleading guilty to robbing seven banks in Philadelphia during a four-month period in the warm months of 2007.
No contest in detector case
Kathy Boumpani, a Florida woman, is pleading no contest to a charge that she tried to take knives and shotgun shells through a metal detector at the Federal Building, 6th and Market streets, in July. The incident led authorities to close down nearby streets in the historic area and evacuate the building. Boumpani will remain free pending her scheduled March 18 sentencing. Her husband, Louis, remains jailed on the same charge.
Philly getting phit?
Philadelphia, once called the nation's fattest city by a fitness magazine, may be on the verge of changing its gluttonous habits.
Mayor Nutter yesterday signed a bill that orders most chain restaurants to display calorie, fat and other information about their offerings. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2010, and follows legislation in New York City and California.
Arrest in pierced-kitten sales
A Wilkes-Barre area woman apparently thought she could make money selling kittens with ear, neck and tail piercings over the Internet.
Ross Township police and the SPCA didn't think it was such a good idea. They arrested the unidentified woman Wednesday on animal-cruelty charges and removed three kittens and a cat from her home. *
- Staff and wire reports