Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

 Roxborough's Gorgas Park is one of the public spaces chosen to host performances under the arts initiative. (Natavan Werbock/for NewsWorks, file)

Roxborough's Gorgas Park is one of the public spaces chosen to host performances under the arts initiative. (Natavan Werbock/for NewsWorks, file)

Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week in Northwest Philadelphia.

 

1. Judge denies state Rep. Cherelle Parker’s appeal on DUI charges

The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court has denied state Rep. Cherelle Parker’s appeal on charges of driving under the influence. Here’s the full story.

2. Northwest Philly wins big with city-sponsored arts grant

Northwest Philadelphia scored big time when the first grantees for the city’s Performances in Public Spaces Program were announced by Mayor Michael Nutter’s office last week.  Read more here.

3. Arrest made in fatal stabbing of rapper Nicki Minaj’s tour manager

Police have arrested Pierce Boykin, 31, of the 1300 block of E. Sedgwick Ave. in connection to the fatal stabbing of Nicki Minaj’s tour manager, De’Von Pickett. Here’s more.

4. Philly police show aptitude for tracking criminals camouflaged in technology

During Leonard Monroe preliminary hearing this week, Detective Steven Parkinson testified that investigators tracked down Monroe after connecting his cell phone to threatening, anonymous text messages sent through the app Pinger. Here’s more.

5. Residents await plans for former EPPI building in East Falls

Settlement was made last month for the purchase of the site of the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in East Falls by NewCourtland Senior Services. Here’s the full story.

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