December 20, 1995 |
Fire damaged a basement apartment at 1109 Spruce St. in Center City yesterday. Fire officials said the blaze was reported at 9:53 a.m. and placed under control at 10:40. The cause was under investigation. Several people displaced by the fire were relocated by the Red Cross.
September 23, 1988 |
Police remove the body of Thomas Moore, 28, from his basement apartment on 55th Street near Whitby Avenue in West Philadelphia, where he had been shot several times in the shoulder and neck yesterday. Moore was declared dead at Misericordia Division, Mercy Catholic Medical Center, shortly after 5:30 p.m. Police said the shooting apparently stemmed from an argument between Moore and another male tenant for whom police issued a warrant.
February 26, 1989 |
A boy and girl died early yesterday in a fire in a basement apartment in the Fern Rock section of Philadelphia, authorities said. Firefighters responding to a call at 7:16 a.m. found David Alexander, 7, and Danielle Horsey, 8, dead in bed. David's mother, Donna Barrett, and Danielle's father, Francis Horsey, also lived in the basement apartment at 5700 Camac Street, police said. They were not present when the fire broke out. Another basement apartment resident, Crystal Hicks, 19, escaped without injury, fire officials said.
June 22, 2012 |
Behind a door in a dark hallway of a rundown Roxborough apartment complex, a blind woman told a social worker that she "did something" to her elderly roommate, and that something turned out to be incredibly disturbing. Chex Party Mix, a lotion bottle, a piece of a diaper, a candy wrapper and 10 inches of rope. Geraldine Cherry, 50, admitted that she took all those items and shoved them down her roommate's throat, killing her, according to an arrest affidavit. At first, Kathleen McEwan, 70, appeared to have died June 10 of natural causes, face up in her bed. It wasn't until an undertaker noticed something in McEwan's mouth as he was preparing her body that the heinous way she died came to light.
June 10, 1992 |
Vicki Smith told police that justice had not been done in her rape case, so she decided to take the law into her own hands. Unfortunately, an innocent man paid with his life for her wrath. Smith, 34, said she was raped in 1988 in an apartment house on 40th Street near Preston. Charges were later dropped against her two alleged rapists, so she set the building on fire on Feb. 7, 1989, she told police. Isbel Ortis, 45, died in the early- morning blaze. He had been sleeping in a basement apartment.
January 5, 1986 |
Within a half hour of a killing yesterday morning in North Philadelphia, police spotted a suspect in a car parked at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue, two blocks from the shooting scene. The occupant, Victoriano Cruz, 34, was ordered out of the car, police said. Standing by his car, he heard the description of the murderer being broadcast over one of the patrol car radios. "That's me," Cruz told police, pointing an imaginary gun toward Seventh Street. "I'm your man. " Cruz was taken to homicide headquarters in the Police Administration Building, where he was charged with murder and weapons offenses in the death of Iris Negron, 23, police said.
July 8, 1999 |
A woman discovered slain in her basement apartment died after her throat was slit, Montgomery County detectives said yesterday. The body of Jennifer Still, 20, of the Belmont Village Apartments at 200 Ross Rd., was found around 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to Bridgeport Police Chief Zenny Martyniuk, whose department is working with county detectives on the case. "This was definitely a murder and it is being treated as such," said Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. Castor said Still's boyfriend, who lived with her, found her body after returning home from work and contacted police.
May 10, 1988 |
A 40-year-old man was critically burned late last night when a one-alarm fire of suspicious origin swept through the Kensington rowhouse in which he lived, fire officials said. Fire rescue workers took John Glinsky from the second floor of the house on Almond Street near Albert shortly after the fire was reported at 11:01 p.m. He was treated at Episcopal Hospital, later transferred to St. Agnes Medical Center's Burn Unit. A hospital spokesman said he was in critical condition with third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body.
April 3, 2014 |
THE MEN and women held and restrained him. They marked him up with tattoos of genitals and racial stereotypes, he said. They were, he believed, his friends with whom he shared a basement residence in Mayfair. Police yesterday were trying to unravel the bizarre case of a 52-year-old man who says he was forcibly tatted up by his four roommates over two days ending sometime yesterday, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman. Cops were called by the victim and arrived about 10 a.m. to the house on Brighton Street near Hawthorne.
August 18, 1991 |
Angry residents at the Morton council meeting Wednesday blamed borough officials and SEPTA for the flood Aug. 9 and asked for help. The owners of the Cornerstone Court Apartments, along with their tenants, urged the Borough Council to take immediate action on improvement of the SEPTA culvert and flood way that handles the flow from Stoney Creek. Bob Shaffer and Bob Cohen, co-owners of the apartments, decried what they called the borough's and SEPTA's consistent inaction to correct flooding problems that they said had occurred four times since 1987.