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Another Shooting in Frankford

Two men were shot last night about 11:15 PM on Arrott Street near Griscom.

SEPTA police were the first to respond and found one man down having been shot in the back.  He was rushed to Temple University Hospital.  A second man walked himself down to Jefferson Frankford hospital and is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Witnesses reported two black males who fled up Arrott Street toward Penn.  Police are reviewing local security cameras for evidence.

Source: Police: 2 Men Shot Near Arrott Transportation Center « CBS Philly

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Homicide in Frankford July 12th

We had the 4th homicide of the year in Frankford on July 12th at 10:39 AM on the 4800 block of Hawthorne Street.

A woman has been arrested in the incident.  See the video from 6ABC below.


The 3 previous homicides were: May 7th on the 1500 block of Arrott; May 14th at Adams and Wingohocking; and June 18th on the 2200 block of Margaret.

Shootings are an ongoing problem.  More about that next week.

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Lock Your Car the Crooks Are Back

The 15th Police District sent out a robo call last week warning residents of an increase in motor vehicle thefts.

I checked the record so far this month for PSA1 and it is about twice what it was running in 2017 when we averaged about 8 per month.  So far, through March 23rd, there have been  14. There was one arrest but the thefts have continued.

Below is a list of the dates and locations.  Beware.

3/21 1400 Church
3/20 1600 Harrison
3/20 5100 Harrison
3/17 4400 Paul
3/17 4500 Castor
3/16 4200 Frankford
3/15 1500 Foulkrod
3/15 1300 Orthodox
3/14 4700 James
3/14 1400 Foulkrod
3/13 1900 Margaret
3/11 5300 Horrocks
3/6 2200 Margaret
3/4 4200 Adams

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Why Does a Restaurant Need Bullet Proof Glass

Don’t know and don’t care

It isn’t really about restaurants though.  It’s about Stop and Go stores that are operating with an LCB license for a restaurant.  If they did not have that license, they would not be selling beer and liquor by the shot.  So, if they are doing that in violation of the regulations, their license should be revoked.  End of story.

Well no, not in Pennsylvania.  For some reason the LCB finds it impossible to enforce that regulation.  It actually falls to the State Police and must be a low priority to them.  Why the LCB can’t do it themselves has never been explained.

There has been a lot of controversy over the bill sponsored by Philadelphia City Councilwoman Bass that attempts to do what the State and LCB have never done, which is regulate these stores.  Sounds like a good idea.  Somebody should do something.  However, included in the bill is a requirement to take down the bullet proof glass in those places.  That is an overreach that just clouds this issue.

I understand how people feel when they go into a place where the cashier is in a cage. It makes you feel like you are in an unsafe neighborhood.  Makes you feel unwelcome and untrusted.  It makes me want to stay away from that store and that is what people should do.

If people are robbing the corner stores at gunpoint, it is unsafe but its shouldn’t be the government who decides what a business needs.  If you don’t like the store with the bullet proof glass with the cashier in a cage, stay away.  When enough people do that, the business will go away too.

Here are some of the places in Frankford, operating with an LCB Restaurant license.

4705 Frankford Avenue – Terminal Deli – License R254


4507 Frankford Ave. – License R254


4738 Frankford Ave. – License R7670


1640 Bridge Street – License R263



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The Killing Streets

There have been 11 homicides in Frankford so far, this year.

Below are listed the names of the people who were victims of homicide and the circumstances of the crime that took their lives.  They were people with futures and possibilities that were lost the instant they died.  They left wives, parents, children and friends behind.  They should not be anonymous nor forgotten and we should not accept these deaths as normal.

Eric Robinson, 35, (no picture available) was talking to a woman on the sidewalk outside of a business about 8:30 PM on the 4500 block of Melrose Street on Thursday, January 12th.  A man, who had been waiting inside the business then exited and fired 7 shots, killing him. No arrest has been made in this case.

Emanuel Ervin, 21-year-old father of a 4 year old son, was shot in the head, neck and chest on Tuesday, January 31st at about 9 PM at 4825 Tackawanna Street.  He was taken to Einstein Hospital where he later died.  No arrest has been made in this case.

Emanuel Ervin – photo from the Philadelphia Obituary Project

Harold Aiken, 23, was shot in the head and hand on Tuesday, April 4th, on the 2000 block of Bridge Street at about 9:15 PM.  He was rushed to Aria Hospital Torresdale where he died the next day. No arrest has been made in this case.

Harold Aiken- photo from the Philadelphia Obituary Project

Kenyon Childs, 27 years old, died of injuries when he was shot multiple times in the head and torso at about 11:20 AM on the 1300 block of Bridge Street near Oakland on June 19th at about 7:20 AM.  He lived on the 5300 block of Castor Avenue.  No arrest has been made in this case.

Kenyon Childs- photo from the Philadelphia Obituary Project

Kristian Scott, (no picture available) 24 year old father of a 3 year old son, was walking along Torresdale Avenue near Scattergood Street on Wednesday, June 21st at about 9:30 PM when someone came up to him and fired 3 shots with 2 of them hitting him in the chest.  Officers took him to Aria Health-Torresdale where he died the next morning.  No arrest has been made in this case.

Robert DePaul, 45, and August Dempsey, 42, were a couple who were shot by their next-door neighbor on July 15th at about 10 PM on the 4700 block of James Street.  Kenneth D. Hoyle has been arrested and charged.

August Dempsey and Robert DePaul from Facebook

Michelle Saint-Aude, 25, (no picture available) was shot several times by a former boyfriend on July 18th at about 1:10 PM on the 1200 block of Sanger Street.  She was transported to Einstein Hospital where she was pronounced dead.  The shooter was identified by police and after a 7 hour standoff, took his own life.

Jose Reyes, 37, (no picture available) was on the 1600 block of Margaret Street on July 16th at about 9:25 PM when he was shot and killed in an apparent robbery.  No arrest has been made in this case.

Jamie Ricks, 54 year old father of two, was shot and killed in an apparent attempted robbery on Friday, September 1st at 1:15 AM on his way home from work.  No arrest has been made in this case.

Jamie Ricks and son Riley at St. Joachim Church in 2013

Michael Jones, 25, (no picture available) was shot and killed on the 1500 block of Dyre Street right at the 7-Eleven on Frankford Avenue.  Kevin Robinson, age 20,  was arrested by Officer Hugo Lemos for this crime on October 4th.  He is being held at the Curran-Fromhold Corrections Facility.  He had previously been arrested on the 5200 block of Frankford Avenue on May 26th for a narcotics violation and on August 17 of 2016 for Robbery on the 4700 block of Griscom Street.

 You can see that no arrest has been made in most of these cases.  If you have information about any of these crimes, you can make an anonymous tip. Call 215.686.TIPS (8477) or email Include as many details as you can.

Information for this story came from news reports, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Obituary Project.