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March 1, 1986 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
At a neighbor's urging, a blind man leaped to safety from the second floor of a burning dwelling in Southwest Philadelphia last night, escaping with a broken leg, fire officials said. Tilghman Wright, 45, was upstairs in the two-story dwelling in the 1700 block of South 58th Street in the Kingessing section when a fire was reported at 9:33 p.m., firefighters said. Battalion Chief John Skarbek said a neighbor, Robert Ferguson, 32, urged Wright to jump from a window overlooking an alley, saying he would catch him. Ferguson managed to break Wright's fall, Skarbek said, and he was out of the burning home by the time firefighters arrived.
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September 17, 1991 | by Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
A blind University of Pennsylvania law student plunged 30 feet to the bottom of an uncovered SEPTA subway-surface air shaft yesterday, the victim of apparent vandalism, authorities said. The second-year student, Gerald Jeandron, 24, was found amid the gutter trash and the twin iron grates that someone had tossed into the hole earlier. He suffered multiple broken bones and was reported in fair condition last night at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "Whoever did this has to be sick," said Dick DiVirgilio, SEPTA's chief officer of line maintenance, shaking his head as he glared at the shaft last night.
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June 14, 1990 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
A blind man has been sentenced to one to two years in jail for shooting a man who came to collect his apartment rent in Upper Darby last year. The blind man, Gordon Volz, 59, contended it was an accidental shooting at his jury trial last January, but Assistant District Attorney William R. Toal, 3d said he thought the shooting was an "intentional . . . reckless act. " Toal said Volz indicated he had the pistol when he answered the door at...
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December 5, 1987 | By Jane Cope, Special to The Inquirer
A blind Burlington City man who died in a house fire last month was dazed, but conscious, when a flammable liquid was poured over him and ignited, the Burlington County prosecutor said yesterday. According to autopsy results, Bruce J. Barckley, 41, died of asphyxiation resulting from a fire set in his Walnut Street home on Nov. 19. Two men - Matthew Charles Ploppert Jr. of Maple Shade and Robert C. Titlemore of Cinnaminson, both 22 - have been arrested and charged with arson and felony murder in connection with Barckley's death.
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October 17, 1996 | by Mark Angeles, Daily News Staff Writer
Courtney Beswick wouldn't back down from a mugger, but a media barrage has forced him to leave Philadelphia and go into hiding. Beswick, who is blind, threw a man who was trying to rob him last Wednesday. The man, Anthony Ervin, 31, suffered a broken neck and died a short time later. The death, ruled a justifiable homicide, reportedly devastated Beswick, 28, who was born blind. People have labeled him a hero, but Beswick, who has lived all his life in the same house on Hansberry Street in Germantown, says what he did wasn't heroic.
NEWS
January 8, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The blind man told the judge he used to enjoy riding the El to his West Philadelphia home. But, said David Lee Simpson, that was before he was accosted by a robber after getting off a train at 40th and Market streets on June 20, 1991. "This has had a lasting impact on me in terms of fear," Simpson told Common Pleas Judge Anthony J. DeFino yesterday. "Since that time, I have been afraid to walk around. " Richard Pierce, 24, who sliced open Simpson's trousers and stole $1 and identification and credit cards, is serving a long prison term for the crime.
NEWS
October 10, 1996 | by Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
A blind man trained in martial arts threw a would-be robber to the ground and killed him last night in Germantown, police said. The assailant, an unidentified man, apparently targeted the blind man as easy prey, said police. He badly misjudged Courtney Beswick, 28, of Hansberry Street near Greene. Beswick is skilled in martial arts, police said. The man accosted Beswick on Wayne Avenue near Manheim Street shortly after 8 p.m., said police. Beswick refused to yield to the man's demand for money, grappled with him and threw him to the pavement, said police.
NEWS
October 12, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police this week identified a suspect in the beating of a blind man in Germantown that people watched on video police posted online. Police have a warrant for Mustafa Guyton, 29, of the 300 block of West Logan Street, in the Oct. 2 assault at Seymour Street and Wayne Avenue. Footage captured by a police security camera shows a man knocking the victim to the ground, then punching and kicking him as he lay motionless in the street. The attack happened around noon in front of several passersby.
NEWS
October 8, 2010 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A blind Moorestown man who was injured when he and his guide dog were hit by a pickup truck while crossing a street has died, police said. Gordon Parks, 68, of the Lenola section, was removed from life support around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, said Moorestown Police Sgt. Randy Pugh. Parks, who was wearing an orange reflective vest, was critically injured sometime before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday as he crossed in the middle of block on Camden Avenue, not far from Lenola Road. His guide dog, Wendy, a chocolate lab, was killed when they were struck by a pick up truck driven by Wayne T. Morris, 72, of Tabernacle, police said.
NEWS
March 17, 1988 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
Two Burlington County men were indicted yesterday on murder charges for allegedly burning to death a 42-year-old blind man in a November robbery. Assistant Prosecutor James J. Gerrow Jr. said he would ask for the death penalty for Matthew C. Ploppert, 22, of Maple Shade, and Robert C. Titlemore, 22, of Cinnaminson. The two were indicted by a Burlington County grand jury on murder, robbery, and arson charges in connection with the Nov. 19 slaying of Bruce Barckley of Burlington City, who was blind and had suffered a recent stroke.
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October 12, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police this week identified a suspect in the beating of a blind man in Germantown that people watched on video police posted online. Police have a warrant for Mustafa Guyton, 29, of the 300 block of West Logan Street, in the Oct. 2 assault at Seymour Street and Wayne Avenue. Footage captured by a police security camera shows a man knocking the victim to the ground, then punching and kicking him as he lay motionless in the street. The attack happened around noon in front of several passersby.
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October 11, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
POLICE RELEASED surveillance footage yesterday as they continue to search for a thug who was caught on camera brutally attacking a blind man. The assault happened Oct. 2 shortly after noon and was caught on a police department camera. Police said the 33-year-old victim was walking east on Seymour Street when the attacker, who was standing at the corner, looked in the man's direction. When the victim reached the corner of Seymour and Wayne Avenue, the suspect struck him, knocking him to the ground, where the suspect continued to kick and stomp him as observers looked on. After the assault, the suspect picked up his backpack and was last seen walking through a parking lot on Wayne toward Keyser Street.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a prison stint for peddling crack cocaine, Brandon Coleman abandoned the drug trade for a job at a fast-food joint. Then he discovered history is not so easily erased. In March 2010, Coleman ran into his ex-girlfriend, Jacklyn Smith. She lured him back to her Yeadon apartment - and into an ambush. Coleman was blindfolded, stripped and bound, stabbed 20 times and scorched with a clothes iron. "Where's the money?" his captors demanded, deaf to Coleman's claim that he no longer sold drugs.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA opened a new "accessible travel center" in Suburban Station on Thursday to make it easier for commuters with handicaps to learn to use buses, subways, and trains. The center has a full-size replica of the front third of a SEPTA bus and mock subway and rail platforms, as well as training videos and piped-in street and train sounds. "It was really real. It was like sitting on a real bus," said Roderick Powell of Chester, a blind man who chairs SEPTA's advisory committee for accessible transportation.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a fan of absurdist playwright Samuel Beckett, is there anything as comforting as seeing two large garbage cans onstage when the curtain comes up on Endgame ? A pair of his great oddballs, Nell and Nagg, will pop their heads from those cans, as they always do, to further elucidate or confuse things. The cans are a sign that a modern classic is about to begin, perhaps the last thing Beckett, who died in 1989, would have wanted: people becoming comfortable with his plays, knowing what to expect and even anticipating their own take on them.
NEWS
October 23, 2011
Thunder Dog The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero By Michael Hingson with Susy Flory Thomas Nelson. 256 pp. $22.99 Reviewed by Lari Robling   Michael Hingson has been asked to tell his story many times. He appeared on Larry King Live and has been interviewed for newspapers and radio. For the most part, the stories have always focused on a single day: Sept. 11, 2001.
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August 22, 2011 | BY JAN RANSOM & PHILLIP LUCAS, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
A LEGALLY BLIND man who witnesses say was brutally attacked by police in West Philadelphia Friday night was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related offenses. Jamal Holloway said that his cousin Darrell Holloway returned home Saturday, his face "messed up" and his eyes swollen after witnesses said that at least 10 flashlight and baton-wielding cops repeatedly pummeled him. Darrell and two police officers, who had facial and hand injuries, were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
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August 20, 2011 | BY JAN RANSOM and PHILLIP LUCAS, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
A 21-year-old man who is at least partly blind was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania last night after a run-in with cops on a West Philadelphia street amid accusations from witnesses that the police response was violent and unwarranted. The man, Darrell Holloway, suffered injuries during the confrontation about 9 p.m. near 46th and Walnut streets. He was reported to be in stable condition. Meanwhile, a police source said that two officers were also hurt - one with facial injuries and one with a broken arm - and taken to the same hospital.
NEWS
October 9, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas and Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writers
Accompanied by his chocolate labrador, Wendy, and wearing an orange reflective vest, Gordon Parks was one of the most recognizable people in Moorestown. "If you came through Moorestown, you would see him," Harbor Baptist Church Pastor Dennis Higgins said. "He was always out and about. " During one of his routine walks, on Wednesday, Mr. Parks and his guide dog, Wendy, were struck by a pickup truck as they crossed Camden Avenue not far from Lenola Road. Wendy died at the scene. Mr. Parks, 68, was taken off life support Thursday, Oct. 7, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
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