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February 4, 1998 | By John Way Jennings and Larry Lewis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A 39-year-old Camden woman with a long history of violent outbursts fatally stabbed her boyfriend Monday night hours after he obtained a court order to keep her away from him, authorities said. Denise Hall, of the 3600 block of Westfield Avenue in East Camden, was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge yesterday morning and returned to the Camden County Jail when she was unable to post $250,000 cash bail. Camden County Prosecutor Lee A. Solomon said Hall stabbed Otis Singleton, 51, multiple times at the apartment they shared.
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June 16, 1997 | GEORGE MILLER/ DAILY NEWS
Firefighters took six minutes yesterday morning to douse this blaze in a vacant building on Stella Street near Germantown Avenue. No one was injured. Arson is suspected.
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February 2, 1989 | By Joshua Klein, Special to The Inquirer
Arson is suspected in a minor fire at the Devereaux School's Berwyn campus on Jan. 25, Easttown police said. Police said a rolled-up blanket was ignited against a mattress in a girls' bathroom in the northeast corner of the gymnasium. The gymnasium previously had housed students who were displaced by a multi- alarm fire Jan. 10 that destroyed the second and third floors of a Devereaux dormitory on Waterloo Road in Devon. Leonard Green, the operations manager for the school, said that the fire damage Jan. 25 was minimal and that classes in the building resumed almost immediately after the fire had been extinguished.
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August 4, 1990 | By Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
Arson was the cause of a fatal hotel fire in Center City last month that killed one man and sent dozens fleeing for safety, the fire marshall's office ruled yesterday. Al Dreisbach, a middle-aged man from Millville, N.J., died in the four- alarm blaze at the Milner Hotel, on 10th Street between Chestnut and Sansom. Eleven people - nine of them firefighters - suffered minor injuries during the July 1 blaze. The ruling of arson makes Dreisbach's death a homicide, said Lt. Renald Pelszynski, a fire marshal.
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February 9, 1988 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Oxford Circle man was charged yesterday with causing a $1 million carpet-store fire in December and will be charged in connection with two other fires - a minor blaze at a synagogue last summer and a major apartment-complex fire that routed 400 people, police said. Police said Anthony Yang, 20, of the 6000 block of Large Street, was charged with the two-alarm fire Dec. 26 at Spectrum Carpets, 6000 Castor Ave., which caused $1 million in damage to the store and its contents. During questioning after his arrest yesterday, police said, Yang allegedly admitted to setting two other fires in the area.
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August 24, 1996 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the third time in six weeks, an arson fire broke out yesterday at Cookman United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia. There were no injuries and only minor damage. The fire at the predominantly African American church began in a plastic trash can at the bottom of the basement stairs. It was discovered shortly before 8 a.m. by a woman who smelled smoke when she opened the building to do some cleaning. The fire had been out for some time by then, investigators said. Damage was confined to the floor around the can and to the ceiling, which was darkened by smoke.
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April 1, 1988 | By JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia man was arrested on arson and assault charges yesterday in connection with an early-morning house fire that injured four people, two critically. Investigators said the blaze started in the entryway of a two-story rowhouse on 26th Street near Ellsworth shortly before 3:30 a.m., and quickly spread to the first floor and part of the second floor. Firefighters found Marty Bell, 76, and Phillip Moore, 30, on the second floor of the house, investigators said.
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June 14, 1995 | By Suzette Hackney, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Police say that arson caused a Saturday-night blaze that destroyed a business, and that they are looking for suspects who may have burglarized three buildings before setting the fire. Police Chief Robert H. Thompson said yesterday one or two suspects cut a six-foot barbed-wire fence to enter the complex at Calcon Hook and Hook Roads about 10 p.m. He said Power Motive Rebuilders, which occupied the building destroyed by the fire, was burglarized, along with Action Supply Co. and T&C Construction Co., which suffered minor fire damage.
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March 18, 1987 | By MICHELLE T. JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Arson is suspected in an early-morning blaze that ripped through a block of rowhouses yesterday in Camden, leaving seven families homeless, fire officials said. Camden County Fire Inspector Richard Johnson said the three-alarm fire appeared to have begun in an abandoned house about 5:45 a.m. and quickly spread to the other homes through a common attic. Nine two-story houses on Royden Street near 5th, seven of them occupied, were damaged, but no one was reported seriously injured, Johnson said.
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February 18, 1988 | By John Hall, Special to The Inquirer
A former Horsham volunteer firefighter, who admitted setting fires because he liked the camaraderie among the firefighters who battled them, has been sentenced to a 23 1/2-month-to-10-year term in Montgomery County Prison. Anthony M. McDonald, 24, who has been imprisoned since his arrest nearly a year ago, was sentenced last Thursday by Montgomery County Judge Albert Subers after pleading guilty to charges of arson, criminal mischief and causing or risking a catastrophe. Before his arrest, McDonald, formerly of the first block of Lower State Road, had won praise for his volunteer work.
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August 21, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Authorities are looking for the man who set a fire at Branzino, a popular Italian BYOB near Rittenhouse Square. Investigators have determined that the July 26 blaze at 259 S. 17th St. was arson, and video surveillance shows a man inside and outside the restaurant before the fire started around 8:45 a.m., said Steve Bartholomew, a spokesman for the Philadelphia division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Bartholomew declined to say how the fire was set. Images show a man, dressed in dark clothes and wearing a hat, carrying a backpack.
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April 16, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Calling her "the neighbor from hell," a Montgomery County judge on Thursday sentenced a Lower Pottsgrove woman to 10 to 20 years in prison for burning down the house of a police officer who lived next door. "What kind of person does something so violent, so twisted?" County Court Judge Gary S. Silow wondered aloud as he handed down the punishment to Donna Krupp. If Silow expected an answer, it wasn't coming from Krupp. She maintained her innocence throughout her trial and, given the chance Thursday, expressed no remorse.
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April 8, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
A juror who became emotionally upset, "hyperventilating, popping pills," was dismissed Wednesday from the panel that is deciding whether Daniel Dougherty set the fire that killed his two young sons in 1985. The juror told the others they were "going to cause her to have a nervous breakdown," the jury said in a note to the judge. A second note said, "We are at a stalemate on the charge of arson. " Both missives were sent to Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe late Tuesday, and revealed in court Wednesday.
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April 7, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
After declaring they were deadlocked, the jurors deciding whether Daniel Dougherty killed his two young sons in a 1985 fire continued their deliberations Tuesday at the prompting of the judge. The jury begins its fifth day of discussions Wednesday, the 13th day in the retrial of a case first brought in 2000. If the jury remains at a stalemate and a mistrial is declared, Dougherty could face a third trial on the same arson and murder charges. His case is being closely watched by defense experts who say outdated fire science has put innocent people in jail.
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April 3, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
Sixteen years ago, a jury took less than three hours to convict Daniel Dougherty of murdering his two young sons by setting the family home on fire. A new jury, now hearing his retrial, has deliberated for a day and a half and returns to continue its discussions on Monday. It was a tense day in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on Friday, as Judge J. Scott O'Keefe responded to jury matters both straightforward and enigmatic. A puzzle emerged in midafternoon: A court crier, who described what occurred under oath, said he answered a knock on the jury door - and the foreman immediately said there was a problem involving one juror.
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April 3, 2016
A body of a person who was shot to death was found in the basement of a house that apparently was intentionally set ablaze Friday night in Nicetown. Firefighters were called shortly after 7 p.m. to the 1900 block of West Bristol Street to battle the house fire and placed it under control at 7:25 p.m. Afterward, firefighters found the body of the shooting victim in the basement, said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. Police were investigating. - Robert Moran  
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April 2, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
Why, defense lawyer David Fryman asked a jury Thursday, did police wait 14 years to charge Daniel Dougherty with setting the 1985 fire that killed his two young sons? Only hours after the Oxford Circle blaze, investigators had interviewed the witnesses and determined that the cause was arson. The case, supposedly, Fryman said, was murder - the horrendous killing of two little boys, in their bed, by their own father. Then why did they wait? They waited, Fryman said, because they had doubt.
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April 1, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, STAFF WRITER
All that remains for Daniel Dougherty are the lawyers' closing arguments and the decision of the jury. After that, he'll either be set free after 16 years, or returned to prison, condemned again for the 1985 arson murder of his two young sons. Dougherty, 56, told the judge on Wednesday that he would not testify in his own defense. He said he did not know if he had ever been diagnosed with a mental illness, but had sought treatment after the deaths of 3-year-old John and 4-year-old Daniel Jr. Questioned by Common Pleas Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe, Dougherty said he understood all that occurred during his trial.
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March 31, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
Philadelphia fire investigators had no scientific basis to conclude that a 1985 rowhouse fire in Oxford Circle was arson, a defense expert testified about the blaze that killed two boys and sent their father to death row for their murder. Nationally known fire consultant John Lentini said that when he heard that a city fire marshal, and then a second, had identified three separate points of origin for the fire, "I said, 'He must be magic, because it can't be done.' " The fire, he said Tuesday in Common Pleas Court, could have started from a smoldering cigarette.
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March 30, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
A photo of a singed-but-standing box of Frosted Flakes helped reveal the three-decade-old circumstances of a fatal rowhouse fire in Oxford Circle, a prosecution expert testified Monday. The condition of the box and its position in the kitchen helped determine the fire's path, consultant and former Philadelphia Fire Marshal Thomas Schneiders said, among factors that proved investigators got it right in 1985 when they said the blaze that killed brothers Daniel Dougherty Jr., 4, and John Dougherty, 3, was deliberately set. Their father, Daniel Dougherty, was convicted and sentenced to death for murder and arson in 2000.
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