March 1, 1986 |
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.
September 17, 1991 |
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.
June 14, 1990 |
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...
December 5, 1987 |
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.
October 17, 1996 |
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.
January 8, 1992 |
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.
October 10, 1996 |
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.
October 12, 2013 |
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.
October 8, 2010 |
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.
March 17, 1988 |
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.