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December 4, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A trash truck leaked oil over more than 2 miles of wet roadway in Delaware County, resulting in two accidents and a major traffic mess Wednesday morning, officials said. Sarah Jane White, 78, of Media, suffered minor injuries after she drove through the oil on Glen Riddle Road in Middletown Township and lost control of her car, which then hit a tree near the intersection with Wrights Lane around 10 a.m. She was taken to Riddle Hospital. A state trooper heading to the accident scene was involved in a minor accident less than a mile away at the intersection of Glen Riddle Road and Route 452. The oil spill, caused by a mechanical malfunction of a Laxton Enterprises Trash Removal truck, spanned from Baltimore Pike to Route 452, state police said.
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December 4, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MAYBE FRANK Rizzo could've sorted this out. Because even Rizzo, the hard-nosed Philadelphia police commissioner-turned-mayor, saw his son-in-law Joseph Vito Mastronardo Jr. for what he was: a good man. Maybe Rizzo could have explained to the prosecutors and the judge that "Joe Vito" was actually a kindhearted genius and a compassionate workaholic who was generous to a fault - even if he made a living as an unrepentant sports bookmaker....
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November 23, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Michael Toner awoke Friday before dawn, excited and anxious about his meeting at the theater. His first since the accident, his first since he lost his leg. So much depended on the meeting. If his physical therapists and his director agreed he was ready - and most important, if he believed he was - it would lead to the stage. His role awaits him. It has been there, drawing ever closer since that night in June when the veteran Philadelphia stage actor lost his left leg in a Center City hit-and-run.
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November 15, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, Pennsylvania State University students have stood at intersections and storefronts from Boston to Washington holding cans and soliciting donations for Thon, the world's largest student-run philanthropy, a benefit for childhood cancer victims and research. And many of the group's 15,000 student volunteers would have been "canning" again this weekend if not for a car accident in late September that killed one student as she and six others were returning from a canning weekend in Chester County.
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November 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County man was found guilty Friday in the death of a friend in a 2013 accident that caused his car to explode and split in half. But the jury that convicted Sean Sperl, 23, of Lansdale, of homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident, acquitted him of the most serious charge - DUI homicide - in the crash that killed Ryan Petrille, 21. That count would have carried a mandatory minimum three-year jail term, as opposed to...
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November 4, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
It began as a fun April day. A group of 21-year-olds from Lansdale went to Citizens Bank Park. They drank beer and liquor before and during the game. The Phillies beat the Pirates, 3-2. Hours later, one of them lay dead in Salford Township, thrown from the backseat of a car that hit a utility pole. Ryan Petrille's two friends abandoned his body and fled the scene, prosecutors said Monday in the opening arguments of a DUI homicide trial in Montgomery County. Sean Sperl, 23, is charged with driving under the influence and killing Petrille in the 2013 accident.
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October 7, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Common Pleas Court judge slapped a North Philadelphia man with a stiff prison sentence Monday, three years after he killed his girlfriend in a drunken driving crash. Judge J. Scott O'Keefe sentenced Anthony W. Reeder, 47, to serve from three to seven-and-a-half years in prison, despite requests for leniency from officials at his church. Reeder repeatedly has given conflicting statements about his late-night accident on March, 3, 2012. His girlfriend, Sheila Whalen, 49, died in the crash in the Hunting Park park section of the city.
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October 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
In the wake of another deadly accident involving a Ride the Ducks tourist vehicle, the National Transportation Safety Board's promise to investigate these amphibious antiques is welcome. Five people died and about 50 were injured after a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a tour bus in Seattle last week. Another duck killed a pedestrian in Philadelphia in May. Based on an amphibious military model known as the DUKW, the vehicles are exempt from federal motor vehicle safety standards because they are built on a 1940s-era chassis, Philadelphia attorney Robert Mongeluzzi told Philly.com.
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October 3, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Deptford police officer who fatally shot a friend of his in 2013 was found guilty Thursday of one count of murder and one of aggravated manslaughter. The jury's verdict followed nearly 13 hours of deliberation Tuesday and Thursday. Jurors spent about two of those hours re-watching and hearing the testimony of James Stuart, 31, who was off duty when he shot David Compton, 27, in the face early Jan. 5, 2013. "We're just so grateful that the jury did not believe the lies that were told by Mr. Stuart," said Compton's mother, Maureen.
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October 1, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The attorney for a Deptford police officer accused of fatally shooting a friend in 2013 said during closing statements Tuesday that James Stuart had no motive and that Stuart did not know his service weapon was loaded when a shot went off. "This is a horrible, tragic accident with the worst kind of consequence that there could be," said John Eastlack Jr., Stuart's attorney. But, he said, "this is not a case of purposeful, knowing murder. " Gloucester County Assistant Prosecutor Dana Anton said Stuart, through his training as a police officer, should have known better than to take out a gun while drinking - and around someone such as David Compton, who had no experience with weapons.
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