April 12, 2013 |
Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti was killed after she questioned the competence of the exterminator sent to rid her rowhouse of mice. That's what Jason Smith - who allegedly strangled Ketunuti - told detectives in a teary five-page Jan. 24 confession. Smith's statement was read Wednesday at a preliminary hearing where Smith was held for trial on murder, arson, and related charges by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni. "She said that I shouldn't be an exterminator, that I didn't know what I was doing," said Smith, 37, of Levittown, in a statement read by homicide detective Edward Tolliver.
April 12, 2013 |
'YOU DON'T TALK to 'em . . . You plant 'em!" Larry "The Rock" Zeidel is standing over me now, fists clenched, his mammoth knuckles inches from my face. Four months ago, he was lying pale-faced in the intensive-care ward of Bryn Mawr Hospital, his legs swollen and blackened from a congestive heart condition worsened over the years by a lack of medical insurance. But there is little hint of that man now. Now it is easy to understand why he has ignored those health problems, why he has in the past refused or flatly not sought health insurance provided by the Social Security he collects in his advanced age. At 85, more than 4 decades removed from his last days as a stick-wielding hockey enforcer, Larry Zeidel lives most of his waking hours still inside that character, rambling on in no apparent chronological order about a modest heyday that he surrendered so much of his life to obtain.
April 11, 2013 |
A Bucks County exterminator has been held for trial on murder charges in the January strangulation of Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni ordered Jason Smith, 37, of Levittown, to stand trial on a general count of murder, arson and related charges in the Jan. 21 death of Ketunuti, a pediatrician and researcher at Philadelphia's Children's Hospital. The body of Ketunuti, 35, was found on fire in the basement of her Graduate Hospital-area rowhouse by a dog walker who arrived to walk Ketunuti's dog. Philadelphia Police Homicide Det. Henry Glenn testified that Ketunuti was wearing riding boots and her hands had been bound behind her with a leather strap from horse gear.
April 6, 2013 |
A quick-acting Philadelphia detective caught two suspects who allegedly pistol-whipped and robbed a 58-year-old man late Friday afternoon in Chinatown, police said. Around 5:30 p.m., the man was attacked inside a rental property he owns in the 1200 block of Vine Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The victim was forced into the basement, where he was beaten with a .357 caliber pistol and forced to strip to his underwear. Detective Rob Conway was driving down Vine Street returning from an investigation when he spotted the victim, who was outside and screaming for help.
March 8, 2013 |
Question: Our 1920s Colonial has a stone foundation with some sort of cement coating on the interior. Much of the coating has flaked off, exposing the mortar joints, which are disintegrating. We recently had a sump pump and French drain installed in the basement, which will eliminate much of the dampness from minor water leaks. What would be the best process to re-coat the interior walls of the foundation? Answer: It's nostalgia time, and to answer the question, I return to the basement of another of my houses, which had a stone foundation and something that perpetually flaked off the walls.
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!"
January 25, 2013 |
Federal authorities on Wednesday presented a racketeering indictment against a Philadelphia woman who allegedly enslaved mentally disabled adults to steal their benefit checks, adding hate-crime and murder charges that could expose her to the death penalty. The crimes alleged in the 196-count indictment against Linda Ann Weston and four others include much of the depravity and sadism that emerged when police found the dirty, emaciated victims locked in a Tacony basement in October 2011.
December 24, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - As the nation paused to mark a week since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, new details emerged about the gunman, Adam Lanza, who acquaintances said was able to take apart and reassemble a computer in a matter of minutes but rarely spoke to anyone. In high school, Lanza used to slither through the hallways, awkwardly pressing himself against the wall while wearing the same green shirt and khaki pants every day. He hardly ever talked to classmates and once gave a presentation entirely by computer, never uttering a single word.
November 21, 2012 |
STEVE OLESZEK eyed the steady stream of water pooling in front of his Southwest Center City rowhouse July 22 and tried to think positive thoughts. "Well, it stopped at the curb at first," he said, "so I naively thought, 'I'll be fine.' " But then the sidewalk started to buckle, and his basement began to fill with water. What Oleszek, 60, didn't know at that moment was that a 48-inch water main had cracked open at 21st and Bainbridge streets, a block south of his home on Kater Street.
November 1, 2012 |
Zombies are not frightening. Too messy, lumbering, careless, and undiscriminating. They're the toddlers of the underworld. Vampires never did it for me. Pale, haughty aesthetes, and, even with all that neck-nuzzling, savagely undernourished. Know what's really scary? Trees. Really, really scary. Basements, too. Even without Sandy, our basement is a little workshop of horrors. Also, the presidential polls. Craving insomnia? I suggest you consult any political website, like Realclearpolitics.com, conveying what a cloudy mess this election may turn out to be. That knowledge will keep you up, storm or no storm, for nights on end. In a rare mash-up of wretched weather and an exhausting, infuriating, mind-bogglingly endless political campaign, this Halloween is hands down the most anxiety-producing one on record.