Teen charged in pizza heist
A South Philadelphia teen was charged yesterday with shooting and robbing a pizza deliveryman.
Police said that Larry Franklin, 17, and another young man had a pizza delivered Wednesday night to an address on Carlisle Street near Dickinson, and that when the deliveryman arrived, the pair stole the pizza, the deliveryman's money and his cell phone.
Then, police said, Franklin, of Wilder Street near 19th, shot the deliveryman, from J&J Pizza, at 9th and Federal streets, in the back. The victim survived. Franklin was charged with attempted murder, criminal conspiracy and related offenses, police said. His cohort remained on the loose.
Child-rape hearing postponed
A preliminary hearing scheduled for yesterday for Jose Carrasquillo, 26, charged with raping an 11-year-old girl in Kensington on June 1, was postponed to July 27. The public defender's office needs more time to prepare.
Guns-for-food event in NE
ShopRite, the Frankford Group Ministry and 15th District police, in the Northeast, will host a "Gun Buy-Back" program
Anyone who turns in a gun between 10 a.m. and noon at Saint Joachim's Church Hall, at Church and Griscom streets, will receive a $50 food voucher for a local ShopRite.
'AIDS czar' to speak in Philly
Jeffrey Crowley, the White House's "AIDS czar," will speak at Philadelphia FIGHT's 10th annual HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center as part of AIDS Education Month. Crowley is director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. *
- From staff and wire reports