July 25, 2013
TWO BURGLARS broke into an East Falls apartment early yesterday and made off with some high-priced items, including a Lamborghini and a Bentley. The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. at the Charter Court at East Falls apartments on Wissahickon Avenue near School House Lane. Authorities said the 24-year-old victim told police the burglars took two brand-new flat-screen televisions, a computer, $1,500 in cash, a designer handbag and keys to a 2006 Lamborghini and 2006 Bentley.
January 5, 1992 |
Thomas Gatley had a funny feeling about backing his 1952 Bentley into the parking lot of the Barn Cinema on Route 611 in Doylestown Township. The classic brown and cream car with the chrome-plated brass radiator cap was parked in the first row, its impressive front facing the lot. So Gatley turned the car around to face the street. Big mistake. After Gatley, his wife and friends returned from seeing Father of the Bride on Dec. 28, his wife noticed as they drove away that the $400 radiator cap was missing.
August 11, 1988 |
The builder of Bentley, a 54-house subdivision under construction on a tract cut from Forest Hills Cemetery, has been warned that he is proceeding at his own risk, city officials said yesterday. David McCarron, the district supervisor for the city Department of Licenses and Inspections, said developer Fredavid Greenberg had been put on notice that work on 35 lots "is strictly a gamble. " Any work done before the city Water Department has an opportunity to review the new plans for the subdivision, according to McCarron, "is clearly at the builder's risk.
June 16, 1989 |
Bentley is back home, happily gnawing on his toy rabbit, and all of Spartanburg, S.C., is breathing sighs of relief. "As soon as I saw him start chewing on his rabbit, I knew he was all right," said Sheila Hawkins, owner of the 5-year-old miniature Yorkshire terrier who was briefly the star of local TV and the press. And the varmints who allegedly made off with the little tyke are in trouble with the law. The case had some of the trappings of a crime thriller. There were desperate phone calls; a nighttime drop at a gas station, and finally, the police closing in to capture the suspects.
November 2, 1995 |
In 1949 Philadelphia, everyone knew about James A. Bentley. He was the son of a paper broker from a socially prominent family, and his engagement and marriage were reported in society columns. He was also the notorious "man in the gray business suit" who a witness said had knocked over a frail elderly man at a wedding reception at the Union League. A coroner said the accident had caused the man's death. It was a bizarre story, and one that received the rapt attention of all three Philadelphia newspapers, which reported every fact or gossip item in dozens of stories between the beginning of February and the end of May in 1949.
October 6, 1988 |
Engineers for the Philadelphia Water Department have given tentative approval to plans for storm-water management at Bentley, a 54-house subdivision under construction on Philmont Avenue north of Byberry Road in Somerton. Formal signing of the plans can be expected later this week, City Hall aides said yesterday. The signature of Commissioner William J. Marrazzo on the plans will trigger release of the final permits Fredavid Builders Inc. needs to complete work on the $150,000-to-$180,000 houses on a site that was once part of Forest Hills Cemetery.
July 3, 1990 |
The former treasurer of Kensington Hospital yesterday was fined $10,000 and placed on five years' probation by a federal judge for stealing $7,689 from the financially strapped hospital. Steven Hillebrand, 44, of St. Martin's Lane near Southampton in Chestnut Hill, used the stolen funds to repair his vintage 1960 Bentley, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Weber, a prosecutor on the case. Hillebrand, Kensington's treasurer between 1979 and 1985, pleaded guilty earlier to embezzlement and tax fraud charges.
July 10, 1993 |
The question was not whether Thaddeus Erby Watley - with diamonds adorning his wrists and pinky fingers and his sleek black Bentley parked outside - could afford the $107,600 restitution the Gloucester County judge ordered the fight promoter to pay yesterday. Watley, dressed in different shades of green - including a dollar-bill- green polo shirt - wanted to make sure that if he paid the restitution in full before the April 1995 deadline, his four years' probation also would end. That was the deal, Superior Court Judge Donald Smith Jr. told Watley, who pleaded guilty in May to bilking a California computer company that invested in a boxing match and a religious revival Watley had planned for Monroe Township that never happened.
October 21, 1995 |
Lisa A. Bentley, who is white, was found not guilty yesterday in Camden County Superior Court of ordering her dog, Old Yeller, to attack Edward Muse because Muse is black. A predominantly white jury of nine women and three men, who had listened to four days of testimony, presented their verdict to Judge Norman Telsey at 4 p.m. after deliberating for six hours. When the forewoman replied "not guilty" to the final of four counts being read by a courtroom officer, Bentley, 35, the mother of five, sobbed quietly and hugged her attorney, Michael J. Milstead.
November 3, 1995 |
A white resident who lost her job as a school crossing guard when she was accused of ordering her dog to bite a black man is suing the city, its police and the county prosecutor, her lawyer said yesterday. The woman, Lisa A. Bentley, 35, was found not guilty two weeks ago of all charges in the ethnic-intimidation case tried in Camden County Superior Court. Had she been convicted, she could have been sentenced to 10 years in jail. But the jury concluded after six hours of deliberation that Bentley did not order her dog, Old Yeller, to attack Edward Muse, 37, because Muse is black.