December 4, 1988 |
Weeping mourners crowded around a mass grave for 52 munitions workers at the Chester Rural Cemetery, grieving for those killed just a few days before in a huge explosion at the Eddystone Ammunition Works. Altogether, 128 people were killed and 89 seriously injured. Most of those who died were munitions workers who had no warning when an explosion leveled one of the buildings at the sprawling plant. That was the scene described by several Delaware County newspapers in April 1917 when, four days after the U.S. entry into World War I, a munitions plant exploded in Eddystone.
February 10, 2013 |
The passion for collecting can be a happy diversion. It also can quickly turn into a space invader. And when you happen to own what is believed to be the largest private sheet-music collection in the world, as Sandy Marrone does, space becomes an overwhelming challenge. It all began 38 years ago, when Marrone was seeking a diversion beyond her work as a photojournalist for Penn Mutual in Philadelphia and as a new mother. She had energy to spare. Soon, passion turned into magnificent obsession, as the sheet-music collection morphed into a thriving business, with collectors flocking to her. Five years ago, when Sandy and her husband, Dennis, looked around at their two-story house in the Cinnamon Hill section of Cinnaminson, one word flashed: "Basement!"
February 14, 2015 |
The students leaned in for a better look at their subject - a flattened skeleton, curled up and encased in a brown gunk of dirt and wax. "I've never been this up close and personal with something . . . that old," said Carly Sokach, 21, a University of Pennsylvania senior. That's 5,300 years old. The skeleton was excavated from a 50-foot pit in Iraq in 1930, packed in a crate and shipped to the Penn Museum. Not much more was known about it. For decades, the skeleton had rested in obscurity, with no paperwork to explain its provenance.
September 8, 2012
The body of a man who had been fatally shot was found Friday morning in a basement in East Germantown, police said. The man, described as being between 40 and 50 years old, had been shot twice in the back, police said. His body was found in the basement of a home on the 800 block of East Price Street, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:18 a.m. - Inquirer staff
December 15, 2011 |
The homeowner didn't have a clue, so neither did the cable TV repairman as he ducked into the basement. Then he heard a noise. "He heard growling, and he thought it was the guy upstairs," a witness told New York's Fox5 TV station. "And when he turned around he saw the bear laying there. . . . He left all his equipment there and ran out. " A large black bear. A 500-pounder, officials estimated. The incident unfolded Wednesday afternoon in a crowded neighborhood Hopatcong, Sussex County, where the bear had been spotted earlier in the day. The basement was accessible from outside.
November 15, 1995 |
Once again, Ridley Township Solicitor Peter Rohana found himself before the Middletown Township Council Monday trying to legitimize the basement he illegally remodeled at his office condo several years ago. The township discovered in 1991 that the basement had been remodeled without a building permit, and the issue just won't go away. In September the council, with some objections, granted Rohana's request to use the basement after he successfully petitioned the Township Zoning Hearing Board to create three additional parking spaces at the Office Court at Pennell Place, where his office is. Parking concerns had been one of the reasons the township had prohibited the use of the basements for anything but storage.
October 16, 2012
A 70-year-old man died in a blaze Monday morning in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia. His identity was not released, but the man reportedly was living in the basement of a house on the 300 block of Buxmont Street. The fire started around 8 and was under control by 8:27, Fire Department officials said. No smoke alarms were present in the house, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. Neighbor Gail Comas said the elderly couple living in the house had recently taken in the husband's brother, who lived downstairs.
June 16, 2010 |
A Yeadon man has been arrested on charges he was illegally tattooing underage children in his basement. Michael Motley, 23, was arraigned on Tuesday and taken to Delaware County prison when he could not post $500 for bail. According to police, Motley allegedly ran a tattoo business from the basement of his residence where, in the last month, he has provided at least three juvenile males with permanent tattoos. One of the males, a 12-year-old, received a tattoo on two separate occasions, police said.
December 23, 2011 |
The District Attorney's Office refiled charges Thursday against a man a judge had dismissed as a defendant in the kidnapping and abuse case involving the imprisonment of four mentally challenged adults in a Tacony basement. Eddie Ray Wright, 50, is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, and stalking. A hearing is set for Jan. 20. Wright remains in custody, said his lawyer, Lou D'Onofrio, who said he plans to ask the court to dismiss the charges again.