August 19, 2015 |
THE BASKETBALL courts at Connell Park in Southwest Philly were packed last night, the thwack of rubber on macadam filling the air. On another night, in another life, Corey Tunnell would have been there, popping off jump shots with his friends. But Tunnell, 16, is gone, claimed by an Aug. 9 shooting that his family describes as an "unfortunate accident" at his aunt's house, up the block from those courts. "I'm still in a cloud. I still can't believe it," Tunnell's paternal grandmother, Caroline Armstrong, told the Daily News last night in her home in Sharon Hill, Delaware County.
August 14, 2015 |
Lots of people come to G-Town Radio, a tiny nonprofit station based in Germantown, hoping to host their own show. Most have good ideas, says manager Jim Bear. But only a few know how to make them work on the air. Joseph Heard, 46, killed in a hit-and-run crash in Center City on Tuesday, knew how to make it work. For a year and a half, he had been the host of G-Town's Science 2.0 , a show that discussed "science for the rest of us. " With a degree in applied mathematics from Syracuse University, and experience as a research assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy, he grasped complex topics with ease, Bear said.
August 4, 2015 |
A Bucks County couple who died in a canoeing accident in Maine over the weekend intended to retire next year to the coastal fishing town near where their bodies were recovered, family members told The Inquirer. Judy Alden Carlile, 53, and Roy Carlile, 58, had lived in Warrington about 18 years, which is how long they were married, said Judy's sister Kathy Alden, who lives in New Hampshire. Judy spent most of her time as a homemaker, and Roy had worked as a hydraulic engineer in the Navy, stationed for a time at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station before he retired.
July 29, 2015 |
THROUGHOUT their lives, Francis Arroyo protected his younger brother. That didn't change in his final moments. "He took the harder hit," Osvaldo Arroyo, 41, said last night on the front steps of his home on Luzerne Street near I Street in Juniata Park. "I'm suffering, having lost my brother right next to me. " The stoop overlooks the street where Francis, 43, an ice-cream-factory worker, lost his life late Sunday to a callous driver who Osvaldo believes targeted his family. "I don't think it was an accident, because of the way I was hit," Arroyo told the Daily News in Spanish.
July 18, 2015 |
A Mayfair man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence Thursday and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison for hitting and killing a man on crutches as he crossed Frankford Avenue. George Mullen, 26, said he was "truly sorry" for the June 6, 2014, accident that killed Timothy Quisito, 49, of Holmesburg, as he crossed Frankford Avenue at Sheffield Avenue. "It bothers me every day that someone lost his uncle or brother, who is not coming home because of me," Mullen told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe.
July 17, 2015 |
A DRIVER WHO struck a man crossing a street on crutches last year pleaded guilty Thursday and apologized for taking another man's life. "I'm so sorry someone lost his life in this situation," George Mullen, 26, said before Common Pleas Judge J. Scott O'Keefe. "It bothers me every day that someone lost his uncle or brother, who is not coming home. " It was about 11 p.m. June 6, 2014, when Mullen, driving a Ford Taurus north on Frankford Avenue, just past Sheffield Avenue in Holmesburg, struck Timothy Quisito, 49, Assistant District Attorney Alisa Shver said.
July 15, 2015 |
A JUDGE yesterday ruled that a driver speeding on Roosevelt Boulevard two years ago when he smashed into a mother and three of her young sons was indeed racing another driver and that his actions rose to the level of third-degree murder. "Not only did he treat Roosevelt Boulevard as his own personal roadway, he treated it as his own personal speedway," Common Pleas Judge Steven Geroff said of defendant Khusen Akhmedov. Geroff yesterday convicted Akhmedov, 24, of four counts of third-degree murder and related offenses in the deadly crash that killed Samara Banks, 27, and three of her sons, who were crossing the Boulevard at 2nd Street about 10:20 p.m. July 16, 2013.
July 13, 2015 |
Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. "These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important icons, and right by a major water supply," said Tracy Carluccio, director of special projects at Delaware Riverkeeper Network, one of the groups that organized the rally at Schuylkill River Trails park, near tracks used by oil trains daily.
July 11, 2015 |
A Berks County man who failed to secure the trailer portion of the truck he was driving, which resulted in a fatal accident, has been charged with homicide by vehicle, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Thursday. The crash occurred shortly before 6 a.m. on April 27 in Lower Providence Township. Edwin Olivo, 44, of West Reading, was driving with an invalid license and speeding, officials said. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Olivo "was reckless in so many different ways on the road that day. " Officials said Olivo set out from a business in Reading and was northbound on South Park Avenue when speeding caused the vehicle to veer out of its lane.
May 29, 2015 |
WILDWOOD, N.J. - The ties that bind Emily Negersmith to this resort town are the reason she's never been here. Negersmith, 27, lives in New York City, and the closest she's come to this popular Cape May County spot was earlier this month when she traveled to the county prosecutor's office to sit down with detectives. That is about 11 miles from the back door of the eclectic seafood restaurant in the heart of Wildwood where her sister, Susan Negersmith, was found dead on Memorial Day weekend 25 years ago. Emily was just 2 years old when her sister was murdered, and she has only a hazy recollection of her big sister at a family picnic and a brief diary the college student made for her. She's well-versed in the specifics, though, and in the muddled history of the autopsy and investigation that has frustrated her family, and she's committed to keeping her sister's name alive until a killer is caught.