August 2, 1994 |
Bethel '94, the "other" Woodstock reunion concert, is dead. And Woodstock '94 could use a little chicken soup. Citing measly ticket sales of 1,650 and "other mitigating factors," the Bethel concert's main financial backers bailed out yesterday, suffering more than $2 million in losses. Organizers had hoped to sell 50,000 tickets. With the upstate New York concert less than two weeks away, the likelihood of another financial backer reviving Bethel seems beyond remote. "We had every reason to believe that there was substantial consumer interest in Bethel '94," said Harry Rhulen, the Bethel, N.Y.-area insurance executive who, with his three siblings, had stepped forward at the eleventh hour to provide financial backing.
February 20, 1992 |
To show disrespect to a man on the street these days can be a capital crime. Guys have been blown away for "dissing" the wrong fellow. But Richard Bethel's crime was that he dissed a dog. The dog's owner, Charles Brown, 35, a paroled killer, was held for trial on murder and related charges yesterday, accused of shooting Bethel, 45, after Bethel allegedly threatened to shoot Brown's Rottweiler last Dec. 26. "The defendant was angry at...
October 30, 2015 |
Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. Bethel, one of the highest-ranking members of the Philadelphia Police Department, will retire in January to join an advocacy group that focuses on youth violence prevention. Bethel, a 29-year member of the force, runs patrol operations and is known as a strong proponent of community-oriented policing tactics. His name was among those floated as a possible replacement for Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who is retiring in January. Ramsey said working with Bethel was a "joy," and called his work for the department "immeasurable.
January 7, 2015 |
THERE WERE two things Stephen Johnson always was: a cop and an athlete. He served well in a number of administrative positions in his 35 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, but his heart was always out in the streets, mingling with the people and fellow cops. Or riding a motorcycle. "In my opinion his first love was the Highway Patrol," said former Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson. "When he became captain of the Highway Patrol, he had fulfilled a lifetime ambition.
February 10, 2016 |
Lawrence Johnson, 108, of Ardmore, a chauffeur, who was married to his wife for 79 years, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, at his home. "My father worked until he was 103 as a driver and chauffeur," son Albert said. "He had a lifelong love of cars. He saved up enough money working in a quarry in high school to buy a 1924 Ford Model T, his first car. " Born May 6, 1907, the fourth of 10 children of sharecroppers, Mr. Johnson spent his early life working on his parents' tobacco farm in Reidsville, N.C. His grandparents were emancipated slaves.
September 26, 1991 |
The graveyard surrounding Washington Township's Bethel United Methodist Church is expansive, the size of a small battlefield maybe, and Retha Batten knows all the ground by heart. Batten, amateur historian for the church, was kept busy last weekend helping to arrange activities for Bethel's 225th anniversary. "Oh, it's definitely something, that the church has been around this long," she said. But Batten said this casually. Only out among the tombstones did Batten begin to speak with passion about the soldiers, ministers and farmers who founded the church in colonial times.
August 18, 2010 |
Police have arrested a man with a long criminal history in the Tuesday assault of a Philadelphia police officer. Perry Martin, 42, of South Philadelphia, was charged today with aggravated assault, robbery and other counts. Police captured Martin without incident about 4 p.m. near 20th and Morris Streets, police said. Lt. Douglas Stanford, a 29-year veteran, was seriously injured in the violent encounter inside a Rite Aid pharmacy late Tuesday afternoon, police said.
September 8, 2000 |
The Rev. David C. Shellenberger, 51, of Upper Gwynedd Township, who had been forced to retire because of one auto accident, died Sunday as the result of another. He died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after being struck by a car near his home. Upper Gwynedd police said Mr. Shellenberger, who was legally blind, walked into the roadway at Valley Forge Road and Patriot Drive at 11:44 a.m., into the path of a northbound station wagon. Witnesses told police the driver had no time to react.
October 25, 1999 |
Rudolph Fred "Rudy" Edwards, a retired SEPTA employee, died Wednesday. He was 64 and lived in West Philadelphia. Edwards worked as a maintenance custodian at SEPTA's 69th Street Terminal for 19 years until his recent illness. He had previously worked at the old Philadelphia General Hospital and for the Philadelphia prison system. "He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, who knew him as 'Pop Pop,' " said a family member. He also enjoyed watching sports on television, especially boxing.
June 26, 2012 |
AFTER SOMEONE torched the newly installed playground equipment at FDR Park in South Philly last week, a man came forward and said he saw two men running from the blaze. That witness, Kevin Beattie, 26, of Camac Street near Ritner in South Philly, was arrested Friday and charged with arson, risking a catastrophe, unsworn falsifying and related offenses. Mayor Nutter described the June 17 fire that ruined a metal jungle gym, wheelchair-accessible glider and recycled-rubber play surface as "an act of evil.