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GUNCRAZY: Shooter On The Loose, 4 Schools Locked Down

gunfiring.gifINQUIRER: An argument between a man and his girlfriend at a Kmart store at 8800 Frankford Avenue today left a 35-year-old store worker in critical condition with three gunshot wounds. Police issued an arrest warrant for Anthony Birch, 30. Birch fled the scene after arguing with the unidentified woman, another Kmart employee. The victim was trying to intervene in the argument, which occurred around the store’s loading dock, police said. The argument occurred around 9:45 a.m. at the Kmart in Northeast Philadelphia. Police requested that four schools in the area be placed under a lockdown, including Olney Elementary, where Birch reportedly has a child. The other schools were Father Judge High School, St. Dominic School and Thomas Holme Elementary. The victim, who was not involved in the dispute, was shot in the head, arm and chest, and taken to Frankford Torresdale Hospital. [via INQUIRER]

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Cops Take Down Mother-Daughter Hooker Team

cutieoncallhooker_2.jpgThe two women touted themselves on the Internet as a sexy mother-daughter team, and at their Northeast Philadelphia home they offered themselves up for sex — at a price, authorities said. The ad on the Craigslist web site featured the mother, Traci Young, 38, and the daughter, Tami Smith, 22, sitting on a plush sectional couch in tank tops. It read in big, bold letters: “Make the right choice and call us.” An undercover cop, posing as a john, did just that. In Municipal Court yesterday, that police officer, Donald Paxton, testified that he had made an appointment to go to the women’s home on Ditman Street near Benner, in Wissinoming, in the early afternoon of Oct. 2. In the basement, the two women negotiated to have sex with him, including oral sex, for $200, Paxton, according to Assistant District Attorney Richard Fuschino, who spoke after a preliminary hearing in the case. Paxton testified that Smith told him that he would “‘start with mom and finish with me [the daughter],'” the prosecutor recounted. It was not clear yesterday whether Young and Smith are biologically mother and daughter. Young and Smith were known in their neighborhood to have worked as strippers at Dangerous Curves, on Tacony Street near Comly, the Daily News has reported. The club closed over the summer. [via DAILY NEWS]

SHOCKER: Nittany Lion Mascot Popped For DUI

nittanylion_1.jpgThe Penn State senior who plays the Nittany Lion mascot was arrested on a DUI charge and his status for the Rose Bowl is in doubt, police and school officials said. James Sheep was pulled over on campus around 3:15 a.m. on Nov. 22, hours before Penn State’s 49-18 win over Michigan State, University Police Capt. Bill Moerschbacher said yesterday. The officer who made the stop saw that the vehicle was overloaded, with passengers piled onto each other and blocking the driver’s view. After determining that Sheep had been drinking, the officer administered sobriety tests and took him to the hospital for blood tests, Moerschbacher said. He was later charged with DUI and summary traffic violations. [via DAILY NEWS]

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