Saturday, October 21, 2006

Daily News: Smiling Killer Captured

Philadelphia Daily News describes Hector Maldonado’s arrest.

When Hector Maldonado shot and killed a man in a Port Richmond diner this summer, police said, he flashed a smile as he walked away from his bloodied victim.

But Maldonado couldn't manage even a smirk early Thursday morning, when he was captured in a North Philly apartment by a gaggle of cops and U.S. marshals.

Maldonado, 20, a convicted felon with a record of aggravated assaults, was wanted in the murder of Cesar Reyes, 32, a father of four and a local entrepreneur, inside the Aramingo Diner on July 30.

Inquirer: Fence Forgone

Philadelphia Inquirer reports “a great day for freedom.”

A controversial security plan that called for construction of a permanent six-foot-high wrought-iron fence through Independence Square has been largely scuttled by the National Park Service and Independence National Historical Park.

At a news conference yesterday at Independence Visitor Center, new Park Service director Mary A. Bomar said the fence would give way to "less intrusive" security measures.