Cops pull body from Delaware River
Officers from the police Marine Unit recovered a body floating in the Delaware River yesterday, police said.
The remains were spotted just before 8 a.m. near the Race Street Pier, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.
There were no visible signs of trauma to the man, whose identity and age were unknown, pending tests from the Medical Examiner's Office.
Police were continuing their investigation last night into how the man wound up in the water, Russell said.
Gun threat triggers early dismissal at school
The weekend started a little early for students and faculty at Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School yesterday, but none seemed too thrilled with the news.
Officials closed the South Philly school at noon, hours after a gun threat prompted a sweep of the building by police, said Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese.
Police had been warned about 8:30 a.m. that someone had brought a gun into the school, at 10th Street near Watkins, Gavin said, and officers searched the building, instructing those inside to stay in their classrooms.
No weapon was found, but school officials decided to end the day early to conduct a more thorough search by police, Gavin said.
He stressed that the incident was not related to threats a male student aimed at his peers at the school last week. That student, whose identity has been withheld by police because he's a minor, was arrested Monday and expelled over his comments , police said.
Cops looking for a pair of new suspects in '09 slaying
Police yesterday announced new leads in a 2009 murder in West Philly.
Homicide Unit detectives issued warrants Thursday for William Childs, 28, of Dewey Street near Arch in West Philadelphia, and James Newsome, 24, of Cedar Avenue near 63rd Street, also in West Philadelphia, Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman, said.
The two are wanted in connection with the murder of Omar Williams, 32, who was gunned down in October 2009 on Market Street near 61st.
Two other men had previously been arrested and charged in the slaying, O'Brien said.
Childs and Newsome are considered armed and dangerous. Tipsters should call 215-686-8477.
- Vinny Vella