Alleged rogue cop gets 3rd trial
A jury was seated yesterday in U.S. District Court for the third trial of accused rogue ex-Philadelphia cop Malik Snell. Opening statements by prosecutors and defense attorneys begin this morning, and the trial is expected to last about a week.
Prosecutors say that Snell, 36, who was assigned to the 18th District in West Philadelphia, used his badge to target Philadelphia drug dealers and rob them of their drug proceeds. Two previous trials ended in hung juries.
Levy gets U.S. attorney nod
Federal district judges here yesterday unanimously appointed Michael L. Levy as U.S. attorney, effective June 11. Levy, a veteran career prosecutor, was appointed as interim U.S. attorney by Attorney General Eric Holder on May 22. Levy's predecessor, Laurie Magid, is remaining with the office in its appeals division.
Park name to honor Miles Mack
The city is poised to rename McAlpin Park, at 36th and Aspen streets, in honor of Miles Mack, the beloved Mantua volunteer gunned down there in September during an awards ceremony following a basketball tournament.
Mack was killed while trying to shield one of his basketball players from gunfire. Kareem Savage, 20, has been charged with the murder.
Super zero robs bank branch
An athletic thief entered the Wachovia Bank branch at 6420 Frankford Ave. shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday and, brandishing a pistol, vaulted over the counter. He was wearing a baseball cap bearing the Superman logo.
During the robbery, the man struck a customer in the head with the handgun. The subject is described as a black male, 20 to 23 years of age, of medium height and weight. He also was wearing a black T-shirt, green or khaki long shorts and black sneakers.
Tipsters are asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000, or 9-1-1. *