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Briefly: Busy robber on the run

Philadelphia police are trying to track down a man who committed three armed robberies in just four days.

Busy robber on the run

Philadelphia police are trying to track down a man who committed three armed robberies in just four days.

The first heist occurred at 2:25 a.m. on Dec. 5 at a 7-Eleven on Delaware Avenue near Shackamaxon Street in Fishtown.

The robber - described as a medium-built Hispanic man who wore gray sweatpants, a black hat and a gray hooded sweatshirt with a green hoodie underneath - robbed a cashier at gunpoint and took off on foot.

On Dec. 8, police said, a man roughly matching the same description walked into a 7-Eleven on Kensington Avenue near Pike Street in Juniata Park about 10 p.m. and asked a cashier for a carton of Newport cigarettes. The robber pulled out a gun, and the cashier handed over a different carton of cigarettes - and tried to hit the crook with the drawer from his cash register.

You can probably guess what happened about 4 a.m. on Dec. 9. Police said the robber walked into a Wawa on Erie Avenue near L Street in Juniata Park and robbed an employee at gunpoint, making of with cash and a carton of Newports.

Tipsters can contact East Detectives at 215-686-3243/3244.

Juveniles still missing

Cops are hoping the public can help them locate two teens who are missing from separate parts of the city.

Danielle Stevens, 16, was reported missing from her home on Springfield Avenue near 55th Street in Kingsessing on Nov. 13th.

Stevens is 5-6, 180 pounds, and has been known to hang out near 52nd and Market streets in West Philly. It's unknown what she was wearing when she disappeared.

Anyone with information on the girl's whereabouts can contact Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183.

Police are also searching for Brian Trexler, 16, who was reported missing on Dec. 1. He was last seen at his home on Allegheny Avenue near 2nd Street in North Philly. He and his mother had an argument about school, police said.

The teen is 5-11, 130 pounds, and has green eyes and strawberry-blond hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, brown pants and a black hat.

Anyone with information on Trexler's whereabouts can contact East Detectives at 215-686-3243.

Gov. Wolf wants pal on Liquor Control Board

Gov. Wolf wants a man who was previously an executive at his York-based building supply company to serve on the three-member Liquor Control Board.

The first-term Democrat yesterday nominated Michael Newsome to the agency board, saying his business background would help the liquor system increase sales and convenience.

Newsome is retired after serving as the Wolf Organization's chief financial officer. He's also worked at the York Daily Record and at Armstrong World Industries Inc. in Lancaster.

He has a bachelor's degree in math from Lafayette College.

Confirmation requires a two-thirds vote of the Pennsylvania Senate.

The Liquor Control Board oversees the state system of some 600 retail stores that sell wine and spirits.

The Legislature is debating whether to sell it off or make other changes.

- David Gambacorta & Associated Press