NE man dies in cycle crash

A Northeast Philadelphia man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Northern Liberties yesterday morning, police said.

Jose Negron, 37, was thrown from his bike about 3:40 a.m. after a driver in a vehicle turned onto Delaware Avenue from Fairmount, and into the path of Negron's motorcycle, police said.

Negron was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital with head injuries. He was pronounced dead at 4:23 a.m.

Authorities reported no arrests or charges.

Dog-fight ring busted

Authorities arrested 19-year-old David Nigro after his alleged dog-fighting ring was busted in Overbrook yesterday. An SPCA official said Nigro, of Wynnewood Road near Jefferson Street, was a "back-yard breeder" who trained pit bulls for fighting could $500 to $700 for each, the official said.

A call was made yesterday to officials after the carcass of a dog was found in the back yard. Two dogs fatally attacked the pit bull, said the SPCA official. Also recovered in the home were assault rifles and drugs. Nigro faces animal-cruelty, weapons and drug charges. The dogs are being examined.

'Pressure Point' raids

Authorities locked up 94 people, confiscated seven guns, closed down two bars and seized more than $93,000 in narcotics in another round of weekend raids under Operation Pressure Point. The program is a collaboration among Philadelphia police and federal agencies to target crime in the city's 12 most-violent districts. Authorities confiscated more than $60,000 worth of crack cocaine and cocaine powder, more than $4,000 in marijuana and more than $26,000 worth of heroin. Over $11,000 in cash was seized from the raided bars. Authorities made 50 drug arrests, issued 25 bench warrants and 21 search warrants, arrested six people for probation violations, five for firearm violations, four for theft and two for robbery and stolen auto arrests each.

City man's body found in lake

Divers yesterday recovered the body of a 23-year-old Philadelphia man, who has been missing for several days, from Lake Nockamixon in Upper Bucks County. Authorities believe the man, whose name was not released, came alone to the 1,450-acre lake on a fishing trip. He was last seen Wednesday and was reported missing Saturday morning after his van was found in the parking lot. A small rowboat that may have been his was found Saturday on the bank near the Route 563 bridge with a paddle and fishing gear nearby. *

- Staff and wire reports