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Young Mom Held For $10 Murder

Young Mom Held For $10 Murder

By Napoleon F. Kingcade, Westside Reporter.
 

It didn’t matter to Kiara Fredericks that Andre White had turned his pockets inside out and took off his sneakers and socks to prove to her that he hadn’t stolen the $10 that she accused him of taking on October 11.  It didn’t matter to Fredericks that Andre White had proved his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. Fredericks still didn’t believe him.  So, instead of searching the house again and making another effort to find her money, Kiara Fredericks decided to grab a butcher knife from the kitchen and stab her boyfriend’s brother to death. Today, 20-year-old Kiara Fredericks, of the 2100 block of South 60th, sits behind bars as she has been held for trial for the murder of 26-year-old Andre White, who also lived in the same house. According to Andre White’s grandmother, Renee Jones, who testified in Municipal Court on Tuesday, November 29, she said on the morning of October 11 that Fredericks was upset over $8 she had given to someone the night before. Ms. Jones said she decided to replace the $8 she gave Fredericks a $10 bill to keep. However a few hours later, Jones said Fredericks had lost track of the $10 that was given to her.

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That’s when the woman started to accuse Andre White of taking the money. Jones testified that White had turned his pockets and socks inside out to prove he didn’t take Fredericks’ money.

A heated argument ensued and Jones said White went upstairs to get his sleeping brother, Antoine White, to wake up and help calm his girlfriend down. Despite White’s effort to wake up his brother, Antoine White refused to get up. When Fredericks saw White walk back down the stairs, she started towards Andre White while holding a butcher knife. Jones said she attempted to stand between Fredericks and Andre White she allegedly reached over Jones and plunged the sharp knife into Andre White’s left side of his neck and chest. That’s when Andre White’s brother, who woke up, ran down the steps to Wrestled the knife from Fredericks’ as his brother stumbled onto the front porch. Jones’ testified that “Andre hollered and said, ‘Grandmom, she stabbed me !  She stabbed me !’ ” Jones then said “The blood was just gushing out” While the angry grandmother gave her testimony, Fredericks sat at the defense table sobbing with her head buried in her hands. The 66-year-old grandmother said the three of them lived in the same house with Andre White along with Fredericks’ two small children ages 2 and 4-years-old. Ms. Jones said moments before Fredericks grabbed the butcher knife and stabbed Andre White to death, Fredericks was sitting at a table in the dining room with a butcher knife laying in front of her. The grandmother said she asked Fredericks for the knife, but she refused to give it to her. Instead, the young mom took the butcher knife and sat it on the floor.

When Officer Michael Ditizio arrived at the house, he testified that he saw Fredericks sitting in the kitchen holding one of her children in her hands. He said Fredericks repeatedly screamed “‘I did it!  I did it !’ ” Now, Kiara Fredericks will probably miss this Christmas holiday with her children.   Renee Jones told the court that she believes hours before the murder of her grandson that Fredericks may have been smoking “wet” which is a street term for marijuana dipped in PCP or formaldehyde. Jones believes Fredericks’ drug addiction may had triggered the deadly stabbing of Andre White who was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on the morning of October 11 where he was pronounced dead at 9:53 a.m. 

A Deadly Plague In City

A Deadly Plague In City

A Deadly Plague In City:

The city’s deaths by overdose out strips the homicide rate.  At the current rate, the city is likely to reach 900 drug overdose fatalities this year, compared to the homicide numbers reaching pass 250 for the same period.  During a recent five-day stretch last week,  some 35 people lost their lives to the deadly drug plague, according to the city’s chief medical examiner,  Sam P. Guilino.

It started December 1, when 12 people died between 6 a.m. “We have never seen that before,” said Sam P. Guilino, the city’s chief medical examiner. Then came four more deaths last Friday, seven on Saturday, nine on Sunday, and three on Monday. The total could still rise, as deaths that initially appeared natural are investigated for drug links.  Many of the deaths occurred in and around Kensington, where people come from elsewhere in the city and in fatalities recently.

 

Mayor Kenney Issues Statement on Weekend Drug Overdose.

Mayor Jim Kenney issued the following statement on the drug over-doses that took place on Sunday, December 4, in which nine people died:

“It is with great sadness that I acknowledge these deaths are just one sign of a larger crisis happening across the nation.  Here in Philadelphia, it is almost certain that we will see a significant increase in unintentional drug-related deaths for 2016.  These losses are truly heartbreaking, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“The City of Philadelphia is working diligently to address this crisis.  In the last year, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services has strengthened their efforts in Kensington, the epicenter of the city’s opioid use, increasing the distribution of NARCAN and providing onsite addiction services.

Thanks to this increased presence, 350 individuals have gained access to medically assisted treatment services. Given the complex underlying causes of this crisis, the City also recently created the Opioid Task Force that will begin semimonthly meetings in January and develop a strategy to reduce opioid dependence within 90 days of their first meeting.”

Our “Best Mom” Killed In Police Chase

Our “Best Mom” Killed In Police Chase

best mom killed
best mom killed

By Tyree JohnsonEditor/Publisher.
 

Back in our 2015 Mothers’ Day issue, neighbor Brittany Isom wrote this about her Mother: “My mother, Carol Isom, is the epitome of what a mother truly is. She is forgiving, loving, caring, understanding and understood.

Most importantly, she is always there. I love you mother with all my heart. Have a blessed and wonderful mother’s day as you deserve to every day.”

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Carol Isom was driving her Kia Soul along 52nd Street near Locust when two cars, involved in a high-speed chase with police, rammed her car and a parked auto in a four-car pileup.  Carol Isom was killed.

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Her family said she was going to a nearby store when she unexpectedly got caught up in the street drama of two vehicles involved in a shootout – and then being pursued by police to stop the mayhem.  The shooting, according to police, started around 7 PM near 48th and Westminister Avenue, where police heard a volley of gunshots and observed a man get into the passenger side of a dark gray Nissan Maxima.  The cops activated their lights and sirens.  The Nissan took off.  The police pursued.  Up and down the narrow streets of West Philly.  Then it ended nearly a mile from the starting line.  The Maxima crashed – crushing three cars,  a parked car,   and, a car driven eastbound on Locust Street by Ms. Isom.  Police said the two men fled from the Nissan, but were apprehended.  Inside their car, police said they found a black handgun.   Police also found crack cocaine was found on the passenger.  Mrs. Isom was taken to Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center where she was pro-nounced dead at 8:10pm.

Police arrested the two brothers.   They were identified as:  The driver – Adrice Tar-henton, 26, from the 4200 block of Girard Avenue.  The passenger – Anton Tarkenton, 29, from the 5200 block of Irving Street.   Both were charged with Homicide By Vehicle, Criminal Conspiracy, VUFA-Former Convict, VUFA-No License, VU-FA-On Streets, Possessing An Instrument of Crime, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.  Additionally, at 7:30pm, a 27-year-old male walked into Mercy Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds to his left arm and wrist. Police said they believed that male was shot during the incident at 4800 Westminster Avenue.

Despite the death of an innocent victim, Ms. Isom, Police Commissioner Richard Ross says it appears the officers were justified in their pursuit. “It don’t make sense, I don’t understand it. Life goes on, and we’re just trying to deal with it,” said Ronald Isom,  Ms. Isom’s husband of 34 years.

The family declined to speak about the crash with the investigation ongoing. The accident happened one block from Ms. Isom’s home on the 200 Block of South 53rd Street.  “We ain’t even going to get into this cause we don’t have all the facts.  ” Ronald Isom told a TV-6 reporter.  “We don’t know what happen.  We ain’t going to try to place the blame on nobody until we know what went on.”  “My mom was everything.   She was everything to everybody around here.   She was like the neighborhood mom, and she did nothing but love, nothing but smile,” said Brittany Isom, the daughter that wrote the Mothers’ Day tribute.

The family has set up a GoFundme account on the Internet that so far has raised $2,200. towards a $10,000. Funeral Fund with some 39 donors. A funeral for the mother of five – all college grads — is set for December 10, 2016 which would have been her 56th birthday