May 2, 2013 |
The unsolved arson that has shut down Penn Wood High School evidently has become a source of growing anxiety in the Delaware County district. "The frustration is not being able to have anyone identified at this point," said Joseph Bruni, superintendent of the William Penn School District. "That's creating enormous emotional stress here in the district, especially in the high school. " Bruni himself has kicked in $1,000 toward what now is a $15,000 reward for information in the investigation.
April 27, 2013 |
A bomb scare was phoned in Friday to the same Delaware County school district where an arson - preceded by a series of bomb scares - recently damaged the high school. Police received a call just after 9 a.m. telling them that the Cypress Street campus of William Penn High School would be blown up, according to Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux. Students were evacuated and bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to search the building, he said. Afternoon classes were canceled. The school is operating on a split session for the roughly 1,400 students displaced after the Green Street campus was set on fire last week.
April 26, 2013 |
AN ELDERLY MAN found dead inside his burning home yesterday morning in Southwest Philadelphia had been shot to death, police said. Authorities are investigating Grover Edwards' death as a murder and arson, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Edwards, 74, appeared to have been shot in the head, O'Brien said. Investigators had not found a motive or suspects yesterday. The blaze was reported at 7:30 a.m. in Edwards' rowhouse on Springfield Avenue near 59th Street, said Lt. Bernard Gilliam, a Fire Department spokesman.
April 22, 2013 |
Friday was going to be a big day for the seniors of Penn Wood High School, the day they would get to buy prom tickets. "All of us have been talking about prom since January," Sabreen Abbass, 17, said. "All of us had our passes to come down and buy our prom tickets. We all had our dresses. " Instead, she had a day off she didn't want. She and her friends will get to buy their prom tickets eventually, but they don't know when or where. A blaze early Thursday that officials have declared arson has barred them from their Lansdowne school, its walls charred and windows boarded.
April 19, 2013 |
Arson is suspected in a 3-alarm fire that heavily damaged the Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne overnight and may force it to remain closed for the rest of the academic year, authorities said. The blaze followed a series of bomb threats at the school that stopped about two weeks ago, said Fire Chief Daniel Kortan. Noting a back door had been punched in overnight and that fire burned in multiple locations, Kortan declared the blaze suspicious and local, county and state fire marshals were called in to investigate.
April 18, 2013 |
A Montgomery County man has been arrested and charged with arson in a fire that destroyed a woman's car in Lansdale. Jordan Fiscus, 25, of Lansdale, was caught on a surveillance video carrying a bottle of lighter fluid toward a car that then caught fire around 3 a.m. on March 28, police said. The car belonged to a 23-year-old woman who was not identified by police. Two passers by who saw the fire were checking to see if anyone was inside the car when an secondary explosion occurred.
March 31, 2013
Another arson hit the new residential high-rise nearing completion at Temple University, a university spokesman reported Friday. The small fire was discovered about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan Hall, Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said Ray Betzner, the spokesman. Construction crews extinguished the fire, and the scene was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A series of fires was set in the building's upper floors in February, causing $100,000 in damage.
February 15, 2013
Authorities are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for $100,000 in damage caused by arsons at a Temple University building under construction. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is offering up to $5,000 in connection with arsons that occurred Monday and Tuesday on multiple floors of a dormitory being built at 1601 N. Broad St. L.F. Driscoll Co. is offering an additional reward of up to $10,000. On Monday, there were fires on the 15th floor around 8:30 a.m., on the 20th floor around 10:30 a.m., and on the 18th floor around 11 a.m. On Tuesday, there were fires on the 13th floor around 10:30 a.m. and on the 16th floor around 2:30 p.m. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-FIRE or send an e-mail to ATFTips@atf.gov . - Robert Moran
February 14, 2013
Federal arson investigators said a series of fires Monday and Tuesday at a Temple University construction site were set, causing about $100,000 in property damage. Fires were set on three occasions Monday and two occasions Tuesday at the Morgan Hall student-housing construction site at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Temple police said the fires involved construction debris and were not serious. The university said the scheduled fall dormitory opening is still on track.
February 14, 2013 |
Police responding to a report of a disturbance found the body of a Norristown teenager inside a Chester County apartment that was on fire, officials said. The victim was identified as Kevin Allen, 17, who was staying at his father's unit in the Hanover Garden Apartments on East Schuylkill Road in North Coventry Township. The death was ruled a homicide, said District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. State police, Philadelphia, and Chester County arson teams are investigating, he said. Hogan said that blood was found in the stairwell leading to the unit and that investigators were awaiting results of the autopsy and arson investigation.