2 men shot to death
Two men were shot to death in different parts of the city in the past two days. The first, aged 44, whom police did not identify, was shot in the neck in his home on Mole Street near Morris about 10:30 a.m. yesterday, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second, Christian White, 24, of 52nd Street near Kingsessing Avenue, in Southwest Philadelphia, was shot in the head on his front porch about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. He was pronounced dead there 10 minutes later.
Police reported no arrests in either case. Tipsters can call homicide detectives at 215-686-3334.
Slaying suspect arrested
Homicide investigators captured accused murderer Isiah Lassiter on Wednesday. Lassiter, 19, fatally shot Dwayne Canty, 17, at Newkirk Street and Suquehanna Avenue on Jan. 20, police said. Lassiter, of Newkirk Street near Diamond, was charged with murder and related offenses.
Briefings on flu set
The city Health Department plans to give daily briefings on swine flu, Health Commissioner Don Schwartz said yesterday.
The briefings, which will be given by Schwartz or a member of his staff, will be at 3:45 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room in City Hall. Schwartz yesterday said no cases of the swine flu have been confirmed in Philadelphia, but three probable infections are under investigation. Those patients - two adults and one child - all have recovered.
The first 'Abraham' award
The Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy yesterday honored District Attorney Lynne Abraham by naming its annual prosecutor award after her.
The "Lynne Abraham Prosecutor Award" was yesterday presented to Assistant District Attorney Evangelia Manos at the 19th annual awards luncheon.
Recipients of other coalition awards were Police Homicide Detective Patrick Mangold; Tram Nguyen, of Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia; Joseph Kuna, an administrator at the Department of Human Services; U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter; Keveisha King, Khadijah Alderman and Tia Wallace at the Khadijah Alderman Funeral Service; social worker Tina B. Wright; and attorney Judy McIntire Springer at Fox Rothschild.
Delco man held in boy's death
An Aldan, Delaware County, man was charged yesterday with the murder of his girlfriend's 4-year-old boy, who police say died of blunt force trauma and neck injuries.
Stephen Fischere, 26, who also faces drug charges, told a responding officer on Tuesday that Zander Grogan had fallen down the stairs and stopped breathing, cops said. But the county medical examiner on Thursday ruled the death a homicide.
He's guilty of biting cop
A Staten Island, N.Y., man faces up to 10 years in prison following his conviction yesterday for biting off part of an Atlantic City police officer's finger.
Prosecutors say Rafael Pichardo, 30, bit Officer Dean Dooley while being arrested in a nightclub at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in February 2007.
Police were called to the Casbah nightclub when Pichardo became unruly.
He struggled with Dooley and two other officers, and bit off part of Dooley's left index finger, police said. *
- Staff and wire reports