KILLADELPHIA: 15-Year-Old Boy Charged With Killing 73-Year-Old Man In Christmas Eve Hit And Run

skeleton_running.gifDAILY NEWS: Police arrested a 15-year-old boy who they say was behind the wheel of his parents’ Ford Expedition on Christmas Eve when he plowed it into 73-year-old William Wrigley, killing him, and then kept driving. Police said that he turned himself in yesterday after an arrest warrant was issued more than a week ago. Authorities have not released the identity of the teen suspect, pending whether he’s charged as an adult when he appears in a court hearing today, a police source said.

About 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Wrigley, of Frankford Avenue near Sedgely, was crossing the intersection on M Street near Erie Avenue going toward Pat’s Pub, his regular watering hole, police said. As he walked with the assistance of a cane, the underage driver struck him and continued on, police said. Wrigley died of his injuries a short time later.

Friends outside of the bar who heard the collision ran to investigate, and found Wrigley lying face down in a pool of blood, his cane and one tattered shoe lying several feet away, said Wrigley’s longtime friend Tom Salmons, 47. He recalled a friend turning over Wrigley, who wasn’t breathing, and tried to revive him with CPR. “But it caved in like nothing was there,” Salmons said. MORE

skeleton_running.gifINQUIRER: Two Philadelphia men were killed overnight in separate incidents in the city, police said. Shortly before 9 p.m., police were called to a rowhouse in the Holmesburg section for a report of a person with a gun. They found resident Christopher Donaghy, 27, lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to his back. Donaghy was taken to Frankford-Torresdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:09. Investigators have a suspect in custody, police said.

At 4:25 a.m., police responded to a report of a shooting in Nicetown-Tioga and found a 24-year-old man dead at the scene with a gun shot wound to his head. Further information was not immediately available. Also this morning, police identified a city man slain on Saturday in Holmesburg. Devin Coleman, 28, was found lying on a living room floor on the 8000 block of Ditman Street with a stab wound to his chest. Coleman, of the 13000 block of Townsend Road, was declared dead at the scene. Police arrested Sophia Crawley, 23, who resides at the house where Coleman was killed. MORE

skeleton_running.gifRELATED: Violent crime went down 3 percent overall in Philadelphia last year, but results varied significantly among the 23 police districts. The Ninth District, including the western part of Center City and Fairmount, reported the greatest reduction: 27 percent. The 16th District, in West Philadelphia, and the Fifth District, in Manayunk and Roxborough, reported decreases of 15 percent or more. The Third District, in South Philadelphia and southeastern Center City, and the Seventh District, in the Northeast, reported the largest increases in violent crime: 12 percent. However, those districts typically have less crime to begin with, so an increase of a few dozen crimes can cause a large swing. MORE

CBS3: A 24-year-old man was found shot to death in a car in South Philadelphia Monday afternoon. Police said at least five shots were fired at the vehicle. The victim was found in a gray Jeep with Massachusetts tags at about 2:12 p.m. near 4th and Christian Streets. The man was reportedly shot twice in the chest, and was transported to Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:39 p.m. Police are investigating this incident and have no suspects at this time. MORE

skeleton_running.gifUPDATE: Four people were murdered in separate incidents. The bloodshed started at about 4:25 a.m., when a 24-year-old man who was found fatally shot in the face on Bouvier Street near Winghocking in Nicetown. No arrests were made in that case. Later, at about 2 p.m., Kareem Williams, 34, was found shot several times in a parking lot outside a housing development on 4th Street near Christian in Queen Village, police said. Williams died a short while later at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Investigators had no suspects or motives.

The violence kicked up again when a man and woman were both riddled with bullets on Belmar Terrace near 56th Street in Kingsessing at 7:49 p.m., said Homicide Lt. Mel Williams. The woman, whose name was not released, died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 8:19 p.m. Then, at 7:59 p.m., two unidentified men were shot on Kershaw Street near 50th. One man died at HUP at 8:22 p.m, Williams said, while the other was listed in critical condition. No arrests were made in either of the nighttime incidents.

skeleton_running.gifNE hit-and-run injures children. An 80-something female driver struck two children near Algon and Magee avenues in the Northeast at about 7:15 p.m. and were dragged for several blocks, police said. The boy, 10, and the girl, 5, were both take to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in stable condition. It was unclear if any charges would be filed against the driver.

SWAT standoff. An armed man broke into a Northeast Philly warehouse, shot one employee and tied up three others last night. Detectives said the gun-toting fiend broke into the Almo Corp. warehouse on Commerce Way near McNulty Road at about 9:20 p.m. One employee was wounded in the foot. The gunman bounded three other employees who eventually managed to free themselves. As of late last night, the gunman was still holed up inside the warehouse, alone, while numerous SWAT cops waited outside. MORE

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