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July 2, 2008
A man found floating in a pond near a Gloucester County campground was the victim of an accidental drowning, authorities said yesterday. The man was identified as 44-year-old Earl Jester Jr., of Mantua Township in Gloucester County. His body was found Monday morning by someone visiting relatives at the Laux Road campground who saw Jester floating facedown off the shore in a pond along Oldman's Creek. Jester was last seen alive on Saturday by people at the campground, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
May 6, 1994 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
A plastic bag of spaghetti and meatballs was the first clue to who set the fire that destroyed a Conshohocken boarding home last year, endangering about 20 tenants and leaving a volunteer firefighter with serious head injuries. The owner's brother had given the meal to a tenant that day, and it was found next to the spot where the fire started, in a garage office below the boarding house, authorities say. The tenant, Kenneth Boeye, 31, an itinerant who worked odd jobs, was arrested this week and charged with arson by federal authorities at the bar of a hotel in Somerville, N.J., where he was living.
NEWS
February 21, 2012
A Chester County man in his 50s was fatally shot in his home Monday night, authorities said. The shooting was reported about 7 p.m. in the 200 block of Seltzer Avenue in Caln Township, a county dispatcher said. Police were unavailable Monday night to confirm reports from neighbors about what happened. - Robert Moran
NEWS
September 19, 2012
Police were searching for a man who robbed a Center City credit union Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. About 1:45, the man handed a threatening demand note to a teller at the American Heritage Federal Credit Union, 1900 Market St., authorities said. He fled with an unknown amount of cash. The robber was described as black, in his early to mid-30s, between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall, with a medium build, light-medium complexion, a mustache, and "scruffy" facial hair.
NEWS
March 24, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal and Gloucester County authorities were trying to determine the cause of a blaze early Friday that seriously damaged the firehouse of the Woodbury Heights Fire Company. Material from the building in the 500 block of Elm Avenue was being tested in a laboratory of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a facility often used by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office to analyze fire scenes. The fire was reported by a resident in a 911 call at 5:38 a.m., authorities said.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating the death of a man late Wednesday afternoon at one of the city prisons in Northeast Philadelphia. Police said a 24-year-old male prisoner was found dead at 5:28 p.m. in his cell at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center at 8301 State Rd. Police described the death as suspicious. A prison spokeswoman said the death was under investigation. A medic unit transporting the prisoner to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus at 5:50 p.m. said the man was 23 years old and had died in a hanging.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
LET THE changing of your clock this weekend be a reminder that it's time to check your smoke detector. It could save your life. The Philadelphia Fire Department and the southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Red Cross are sponsoring a program called "Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery" that's timed to this weekend's "spring forward. " Last year, 32 people died in fires in Philadelphia. Of that number, 84 percent occurred in homes that had improperly installed smoke alarms, alarms with dead or missing batteries, or no smoke alarm at all. If you can't afford a smoke alarm, call the Smoke Alarm Hot line: 3-1-1.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
Police have asked for the public's help in locating a missing 15-year-old Kensington girl. Angelica Garcia-Morales was last seen about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at her home in the 1900 block of East Monmouth Street, police said. She was wearing red pants and a black Adidas hoodie. The teen may hang out in Northeast Philadelphia, including in the Torresdale section. She has close family ties to North Carolina. She stands 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds, with brown eyes and long, curly hair that is reddish brown and black.
NEWS
October 26, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
AS A SOUTH JERSEY town prepared to say goodbye to its "tough cookie," some members of Autumn Leigh Pasquale's family raised questions Wednesday about the investigation into her violent death. A girl who loved the Phillies, the color blue, and mismatched socks will be laid to rest in her town Saturday, just two days before she would have become a teenager, and some of her relatives were not at peace. Her uncle Paul Spadafora urged New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa to investigate how the search for Pasquale was handled.
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July 14, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Just grow up. Those are three words you will never hear at Christopher Phillips' dinner table, not even if everyone is grumpy or the girls are squabbling or someone topples her juice. That's because Phillips - longtime Philadelphia resident, author, and creator of the Socrates Café - believes we'd all be better off if adults worked harder to retain the best qualities of children: curiosity, forgiveness, empathy, flexibility, and hope. He details that conviction in his new book, The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Curiosity, Creativity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest . It's dense with philosophers', psychologists', and artists' takes on childhood - from Aristotle's belief that children are small brutes incapable of reasoning to Picasso's oft-quoted declaration that "every child is an artist.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
A minor exterior fire was reported Tuesday night at a church in South Philadelphia, authorities said. The fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. in the rear of City Church in the 2300 block of South 13th Street, a fire dispatcher said. The blaze was declared under control 11 minutes later. No injuries were reported and the extent of the property damage was not immediately available. - Robert Moran
NEWS
June 23, 2016
Authorities are seeking new clues in the suspicious death of Stephanie Rosado, whose remains were found along the Delaware River after she disappeared in 2009. Rosado, who went by the nickname Star, lived in the 1000 block of South Merrimac Road in Camden, and was last seen April 12, 2009. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office did not disclose when or where along the Delaware Rosado's remains were discovered. Anyone with information on Rosado's case is urged to call Camden County Prosecutor's Office Det. Sgt. Paul Audino at 856-225-8449, or Camden County Police Sgt. Janelle Simpson 856-757-7042.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
As a unit, composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey, director Michael Greif, and producer David Stone do not make run-of-the-mill, feel-good musicals. Next to Normal is their Pulitzer- and Tony-winning chamber ensemble work on bipolar disorder. And the tender If/Then - which comes in a national tour to the Academy of Music on June 21-26 - is a Paul Simon-meets-Stephen-Sondheim orchestrated tale of one woman's parallel lives. This creative quartet takes a complex but successful road to the Broadway musical.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man faces a litany of charges after allegedly telling authorities Saturday that he had buried an illegally purchased loaded rifle in a city park and omitting that he had buried a homemade pipe bomb with it. Compounding the scare, according to court records, police did not discover the explosive until they had returned to the Northwest Detective Division at 5960 N. Broad St. in Ogontz because it had been buried inside a gym bag with the...
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
The political flare-up Thursday during City Council's last session before the summer break was overshadowed by the attention poured on the new beverage tax. Council members David Oh and Helen Gym wanted a final vote on their resolution, calling for City Controller Alan Butkovitz to audit the Philadelphia Parking Authority for the first time since 2009. But Councilman Bill Greenlee motioned for his colleagues to stall that vote at least until they return in September. A majority agreed with him. Below the surface of the debate about the audit, which, like the new tax, is tied to funding for education, there is a nasty political fight being waged between Oh and the PPA. Oh, a Republican, and Gym, a Democrat, want to know what happened with PPA money that had been expected to fund the Philadelphia School District.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
The final buzzers will begin sounding for Sports Authority on Sunday as its Cherry Hill sporting-goods store closes for good. Other Sports Authority stores will soon follow. The one in Langhorne, Bucks County, on East Lincoln Highway, will close sometime in August. The retailer's predicament reflects the broader trend of bricks-and-mortar stores struggling against the migration of shoppers to the internet. Competitive sports may be cutthroat, but sports retailing is too, experts say. "Sports Authority had seriously large debt issues, but their bigger problem was not adapting and separating themselves from the other big-box retailers like Dick's," said Mark Torres of the Play It Again Sports chain in Deptford, about 12 miles from the Cherry Hill Sports Authority store.
NEWS
June 4, 2016
A 40-year-old woman and a 5-year-old child were injured in a rowhouse fire late Thursday afternoon in Morrell Park section of the Northeast, authorities said. The blaze was reported at 5:26 p.m. in the 3700 block South Hereford Lane and was declared under control at 5:59. The woman and child were transported to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. Their conditions were not immediately available. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
June 1, 2016
Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to put a welcome end to the long-standing official fiction that ride-sharing services such as Uber are fine for most of the commonwealth (and the country) but a grave threat to Philadelphia's way of life. Unfortunately, the legislature could at the same time further empower the wayward agency that strove to propagate that myth, basic cable's own Philadelphia Parking Authority. Since the state Public Utility Commission provisionally licensed Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in the state except Philadelphia more than a year ago, ride-sharing services have constituted a busy black market within the city.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out early Saturday in a building that houses high-end vehicles for sale in Bedminster Township, Bucks County. The fire occurred at Import 1 Motorsport, 6773 Easton Road, which according to its website, sells "quality used cars. " Its inventory includes Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Porsche vehicles, according to its website. A man named Robert who answered a phone number for the business Saturday morning said he did not have time to speak, then hung up. A Bucks County dispatcher said the fire was reported at 12:20 a.m. and was placed under control an hour later.
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