March 7, 2014 |
EDDYSTONE A waterfront rail terminal in Eddystone, a small Delaware County borough, will soon become a major center for transporting crude oil to area refineries. While officials applaud the project as a boost to the local economy, they also point to the threat of a disaster in the state's growing oil-by-rail industry. "Make no mistake," said former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon. "An incident involving rail transport of oil will occur in the commonwealth, and lives, including first responders' lives, and property will be put at risk.
March 6, 2014 |
A silent nod was the closest thing to an apology they got, Doreen Thomas-Payne later said. She noticed it as she sat in Montgomery County Court on Tuesday, describing the effect on her family after an off-duty Pennsylvania State Police officer got drunk two years ago and plowed his car into one driven by her cousin, Robin Taneisha Williams, who died. "I would like you to know Taneisha would have been 23 years old next week, just starting her life," Thomas-Payne told Barry Searfoss Jr. "I just want you to know how much she loved us and cared about us. " Judge Carolyn T. Carluccio sentenced Searfoss, 42, of Coatesville, to six to 23 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence.
February 23, 2014 |
Slick pavement, speeding drivers, and poor visibility due to sun glare were among the factors that led to last week's massive pileup on the turnpike, state police said Friday. Legislative and Pennsylvania Turnpike officials also announced that they would investigate the causes of and emergency response to the accident, which damaged about 100 vehicles and injured at least 25 people. And Gov. Corbett directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to review the state's response to this winter's storms, which, in addition to the turnpike mash-up, have caused widespread power outages and dumped large amounts of snow across the state.
February 12, 2014 |
WHEN Hector Echevarria closes his eyes at night, all he sees is William Hopkins' face. After all, they were inseparable since childhood, playing pickup basketball and handball in the streets of Northeast Philadelphia. "Ever since then, he was by my side," said Echevarria, 18. "We were always together. " They stayed close throughout high school - Echevarria drove Hopkins to Northeast High every day. In return, Hopkins would cook for his buddy, whipping up plates of breaded chicken and Spanish rice in the Echevarria family kitchen on Mascher Street near Tabor Road in Olney.
February 6, 2014 |
WOODLAND TWP. It was a balmy Sunday afternoon, in the 50s, when Philip Raimondo and two other ATV drivers trekked across an 88-acre lake deceptively covered in ice. Raimondo drove about 400 yards from shore, the accompanying drivers told New Jersey state police, when terror struck. The ice began to crack. Raimondo, screaming for help, began to sink. He resurfaced moments later, slicing through ice to swim to shore, police said. Then he plunged for good. On Tuesday afternoon, after a search hampered by heavy snow and freezing temperatures, dive teams found what they believed to be Raimondo's body.
January 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The last minutes of Jennifer Fitzpatrick's life played out in a Philadelphia courtroom Thursday on an audiotape of 911 calls and anguished testimony by her mother and the man charged with killing her. "I just ran over to her and picked her head up, and she died in my arms," said a weeping Colleen Fitzpatrick, recalling her 37-year-old daughter's Feb. 26, 2013, shooting by estranged boyfriend Anthony Alexander. Fitzpatrick glared at Alexander, 62, nattily dressed in a tan three-piece suit at the defense table.
January 19, 2014 |
Middletown Township police are investigating a one-vehicle accident in which one person was killed Thursday night. According to police, about 11:33 p.m. a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo struck a tree on North Buckstown Road. No further information was available. Police ask that anyone who witnessed the accident contact Officer Michael Stum at (215) 750-3845 ext. 482. firstname.lastname@example.org 610-313-8111 @MariSchaefer
January 15, 2014 |
In childhood, Dante DeSimone suffered a medical condition that left him confined to a body cast. He underwent surgery and went on to become an ice hockey and lacrosse player at Upper Darby High School who was looking forward to beginning a collegiate career in sports. "He never gave up. My Dante gave 100 percent in everything he did," said his grieving mother, Rita, as friends and family members cried with her at a candlelight vigil Monday night at the scene where her son was killed in a freak accident over the weekend in Delaware County.
January 13, 2014 |
Following an ice storm that bedeviled the peak Friday morning commute, the Philadelphia region was preparing for potential widespread flooding Saturday. Temperatures could soar to 60 degrees with rain throughout the day, said Larry Nierenberg, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. With rivers and streams still jammed with ice - the hangover from the coldest outbreak in 20 years - flooding could occur swiftly, even in waterways well below flood stage. On Friday morning, freezing rain turned roadways around the region into black ice, triggering scores of motor-vehicle crashes, including at least one that was fatal.