* Myrtlewood Street near
Master, North Philadelphia
A woman narrowly escaped grave injury when her cheek, leg and arm were grazed by gunfire when two thugs fired shots at an 18-year-old youth with whom the gunmen had been fighting earlier Thursday. The intended target was shot at least three times and was in critical condition.
At 8:44 p.m., the victim was outside when two men opened fire on him, striking him in the abdomen, arm and leg, Chief Inspector Scott Small said at the scene.
Small said police believe that the shooting was motivated by an argument that may have been over a woman. The 18-year-old woman who was grazed was treated and released from St. Joseph's Hospital. Police said she isn't the woman over whom the men had been arguing.
Cops: Shooting victim touched girl
* Broomall Street near 56th,
A 19-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot in the abdomen during a fight Thursday afternoon.
Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division, gave this account: A group of about seven people were talking on the sidewalk, and the victim inappropriately touched a girl. An argument and fistfight broke out soon after.
When the victim was on the ground, a man in the group pulled out a gun and shot the man once in his abdomen. The victim was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition. Witnesses were being interviewed by detectives, but no arrests were announced.
Robbery, bomb threat jam traffic
* Market Street near 11th
Traffic was snarled for about an hour Thursday afternoon while police and the FBI investigated a bank robbery and bomb threat inside a PNC Bank.
Authorities said a man walked into the branch next door to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and announced a robbery just after 3 p.m., saying he had a bomb inside a bag. The man left the bag inside the bank and fled with an undisclosed sum of money.
The building and part of the block were evacuated immediately after the incident as the bomb squad was called in to investigate.
About 4 p.m., officials determined that the bag contained only a bottle of water, and the scene was cleared and Market Street reopened to foot and auto traffic. No injuries were reported.
Charges in 150G embezzlement
* Woodland Avenue near Felton, Sharon Hill
A 50-year-old Delaware County woman has been arrested and jailed for allegedly embezzling $150,000 from the flooring company for which she worked.
Dorothy J. Miller, of Haverford, was charged with forging her employers' names on almost $100,000 worth of checks and on a $50,000 loan application, authorities said Thursday. Miller was arrested Monday, charged with theft and forgery, and remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail.
- Morgan Zalot, Phillip Lucas
and Anthony R. Wood