February 26, 2016 |
SURROUNDED BY FAMILY in her Plymouth Meeting living room, Dara Arline puffed on a Newport and talked about the coping skills she wishes she had. "I think about him at least 20, 30 times a day because he was such a gentle spirit," she said. "None of my children have ever been in a fistfight. He was never suspended from school. . . . " That gentle spirit - her oldest child, Shakoor Arline - died in the most violent way, in a lurid and still-unsolved slaying early last Nov. 6. That's when someone pumped a barrage of bullets into him and Lisa Smith, the woman he was with, in an SUV parked near Lemon Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park.
August 14, 2015 |
HOW MANY PEOPLE living in North Philadelphia knew they were living with royalty? They might have known their neighbors as Franklin and Elvira Gibson, but to the people of Ghana, they were Nana Kofi Yeboah II and Queen Mother Nana Akosua Akyaamaah. The couple had been "enstooled" by the people of Bosofour, Ghana, in 2000, which means they were given the titles of royalty for the many services they rendered to the West African nation. The impressive ceremony had the couple seated on elaborately carved wooden stools while the incantations were entoned.
June 26, 2015 |
CLARENCE QUEEN was a man of many talents. He could restore an antique car, remodel a house, sing professionally and make unique sculptures that won prizes. Clarence used his knowledge of auto mechanics and auto restoration to create sculptures out of auto parts and other discarded material, which were exhibited in Philadelphia and New York City galleries. "I fell in love with his art when I first saw it," said Marilyn Kai Jewett, who worked with Clarence to promote his art. "I had never seen anything like it. Clarence was a very unique sculptor.
April 26, 2014 |
The legal problems just keep mounting for reputed mob associate Ronald Galati Sr. Already under arrest in a murder-for-hire plot in Philadelphia, and under scrutiny from a Pennsylvania grand jury probing insurance fraud, the 63-year-old auto mechanic now faces federal charges alleging that he offered to pay three men to kill the boyfriend of his daughter Tiffany, 33. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, federal prosecutors in Camden accused Galati...
April 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A Southwest Philadelphia auto mechanic who admitted killing a SEPTA trolley driver on orders of the driver's jilted girlfriend was sentenced Wednesday to 30 to 60 years in prison. Miguel Gonzalez, 39, said nothing before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced him in the May 31, 2012, shooting of Aaron Hayes Sr. The sentence was negotiated by Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman and defense attorneys Susan Ricci and Francis Carmen as part of Gonzalez's guilty plea to third-degree murder and conspiracy.
February 12, 2014 |
In the next year or so, a car or truck dealership somewhere is going to be very happy to see Jillian Lukatchik, now 20, walking in the door. "You know you are going to be working your butt off," Lukatchik said cheerfully. She's on the road to graduate from the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Exton with a specialty in Cummins engines for diesel trucks. At the Philadelphia Auto Show at the Convention Center, it's all about the bling - the latest models, the latest engineering, the latest automotive loveliness.
June 28, 2013 |
FRANK TORPEY JR. had a busy life, as a carpenter and auto mechanic, not to mention husband and father of four - but his first love was music. More specifically, singing. Frank was a tenor who sang with local doo-wop groups, some that cut a few records that got local airplay, and were featured on Jerry Blavat's former TV show and with Georgie Woods on Channel 17. He was also a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and was rated 100 percent disabled due to a back injury and exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
March 1, 2013 |
James Keleshian, 90, of Broomall, a World War II gunner who received the coveted French Legion of Honor 67 years after seeing action in the skies over Europe, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, of respiratory failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Last February, during ceremonies at the French Embassy in Washington, Mr. Keleshian was named one of 24 "chevaliers of the Legion of Honor," France's highest civilian award, said his daughter Janice M. The medal, reserved for U.S. servicemen who helped liberate France from the Nazis, is similar to the U.S. Medal of Honor.
July 28, 2012 |
Jack Whelan marched along Chester City streets this week, followed by a small cadre of supporters, handing out leaflets, patting pit bull puppies, and shaking hands. Though it may have appeared that the redheaded Delaware County district attorney was campaigning for office, he wasn't. Whelan was out Monday to knock on doors in the troubled city and give residents contact numbers for his office, listen to their concerns and complaints, and occasionally enforce the peace. His hope, and that of Joseph Ryan, chief of the county Criminal Investigation Division, who accompanied him, is that residents will call police if they see a crime or have knowledge about any unsolved homicides.
January 7, 2012 |
Joseph Slobodzian, 85, of Glenside, a master engineer and mechanic, died of brain cancer Wednesday, Jan. 4, at home. The son of Ukrainian immigrants, Mr. Slobodzian grew up in Nicetown and graduated in 1944 from Simon Gratz High School. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Maritime Academy in 1946, he was an engineer in the Merchant Marine aboard freighters and oil tankers in the Atlantic. He also served in the Navy Reserve for 15 years, until 1961. Mr. Slobodzian was an auto mechanic and a factory worker, and had other jobs before opening a printing business in 1950 on Venango Street.