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Crime

01/24/12 11:09pm

Penn sees 5-percent drop in crime in 2011

Penn saw a 5-percent drop in crime during the 2011 calendar year, as well as a 7-percent drop in the fiscal year, which begins in July. GRAPHIC: Yearly crime rates, 2007-2011
01/19/12 12:34am

December crime increased 34 percent from last year

In 2010, the month of December had four cited retail thefts, while 2011 had 15.
01/17/12 9:43pm

Crime Log: Jan. 6 - Jan. 13

Crime log for the week of Jan. 6 – Jan. 13
01/13/12 1:40am

Former student responsible for Meyerson bomb threat scheduled for court

The former School of Design student who left an unidentified briefcase in front of Meyerson Hall on Dec. 10 is scheduled for a status hearing in court on Jan. 26.
01/12/12 10:21pm

Gosnell case spurs legislators to introduce new abortion clinic regulations

In response to the investigation of Kermit Gosnell — a West Philadelphia abortion doctor who now faces murder charges — Pennsylvania state legislators will introduce new regulations for abortion clinics. The Pennsylvania State House and Senate passed the bill last week, and Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign it into law shortly. The new regulations will require the state’s Department of Health to hold abortion clinics to stricter regulations such as adhering to strict building codes and other state regulations. Proponents of the bill believe the bill will allow for safer abortions, while those against the bill believe it will be an attempt to make it harder for women to obtain abortions. Wharton junior and member of the Women’s Center Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention — a student group that raises awareness of sexual assault — Juan Carlos Melendez-Torres opposes the new regulations. “None of the current clinics uphold those standards [that are required by this bill],” Melendez-Torres, also United Minorities Council vice chair, said. He believes that when this bill becomes law, abortion clinics that currently uphold safe practices will be forced to overhaul their facilities, which will be very costly.
01/11/12 9:02pm

Philadelphia homicide rate highest in nation

The city saw 20.7 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2011, with Chicago following closely with 15.7.
01/10/12 5:34pm

Crime Log: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5

Crime log for the week of Dec. 30 – Jan. 5
12/21/11 1:35am

Case closed for former 'sex-for-tickets' LPS student

On Tuesday, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania overturned an attempted prostitution conviction of former College of Liberal and Professional Studies student Susan Finkelstein, who allegedly offered sex for World Series tickets.
12/11/11 10:21pm

Division of Public Safety prepares for winter break

The number of police officers and AlliedBarton security officers will stay the same throughout winter break, according to Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush
12/11/11 8:39pm
Neary was treated at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, where his neck was stabilized through a series of surgeries. His father, also named Joe Neary, told CBS on Friday that his son will be a quadriplegic.
12/10/11 1:19pm
Penn Police secured Meyerson Hall — the School of Design building —  Saturday morning due to a potential bomb threat.
12/09/11 1:19am

November crime sees 37-percent decrease from last year

Despite a 37-percent drop in crime, four robberies occurred in November in the Penn Patrol Zone, about 33 percent greater than last year. INTERACTIVE: November crime trends
12/09/11 12:54am

Virginia Tech shooting raises questions about UPennAlert

After two people were shot and killed at Virginia Tech on Thursday, Penn’s Division of Public Safety plans to prepare for the possibility of a similar event on campus.
12/08/11 12:38am

Greening vacant lots lowers crime, study shows

Greening vacant spaces in Philadelphia has been found to reduce crime, according to Perelman School of Medicine research.
12/08/11 12:13am
Raymond Haywood, who was once a employee at Starbucks on campus, will appear in court Thursday for the alleged armed robbery of 1920s Commons. His violent criminal history has raised questions about Penn’s hiring practices.
12/02/11 12:17am

Crime Log: Nov. 18-21

The DP’s weekly crime blotter, with an interactive map.
11/30/11 10:59pm

Ex-Bon Appétit employee arrested for Commons robbery

Penn Police arrested Bon Appétit employee Raymond Haywood the day before Thanksgiving for the alleged armed robbery that occurred at 1920 Commons on Nov. 15
11/29/11 12:31am
2004 College graduate Kevin Neary who was shot in the neck two weeks ago has recently progressed to being able to breathe for a short period of time without a ventilator — but will still need more surgeries to stabilize his neck.
11/18/11 12:54am

Robbery at 1920 Commons raises UPennAlert questions

Penn Police have identified a suspect who entered 1920 Commons Tuesday night and — with the help of a gun — made off with cash, the Division of Public Safety confirmed. INTERACTIVE: History of the UPennAlert system
11/17/11 12:51pm

DPS, Penn work to prevent sexual assault

Penn’s Division of Public Safety works to prevent sexual assault from falling through the cracks like it allegedly did at Pennsylvania State University.