December 27, 2012
SOUTH RIVER, N.J. - One person has died and 15 others were left homeless when a fast-moving fire destroyed a boardinghouse in Middlesex County. Mayor John Krenzel said the three-alarm blaze at the Hotel Pershing started late Monday night. The three-story building had 24 rooms, and 19 were occupied. Krenzel said some tenants were awakened by the smell of smoke and sounded the fire alarms. He said the person killed was a middle-aged woman who lived on the third floor and had trouble walking.
May 2, 2012 |
Victim of deadly dispute identified 44th Street near Fairmount Avenue, West Powelton Police on Tuesday identified a 21-year-old man shot to death in front of his girlfriend's house in West Philadelphia on Monday night as Ronnie Romero. Police said Romero, who lived on Simpson Street near Girard Avenue in West Philly, was involved in an argument with the boyfriend of his girlfriend's sister on Monday night as the two men were driving to a barbecue at his girlfriend's house.
April 23, 2011
Animal-welfare officers took custody of 12 live and 17 dead cats found in a North Philadelphia boardinghouse Friday, officials said. All the animals were kept in a single boarding room, whose occupant, a man in his 30s, was being evicted by his landlord for having the cats, said Wendy A. Marano, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania SPCA. The dead cats were kept in the freezer portion of a refrigerator and elsewhere in the room. The boardinghouse is in the 1500 block of North 12th Street.
November 26, 2010 |
After a turbulent 26 years in foster care, hospitals, institutions, and, finally, Philadelphia prisons, Jhontue Ryals wanted only to live with family. On Nov. 17, she got her wish. She was sentenced to five years' probation and released to live with an aunt, Rhodina Brown, in Elkins Park. This was to be her first Thanksgiving with family. But like so much else in Jhontue's life, it didn't work out that way. Released from prison, Jhontue - everyone calls her by her first name - got home at 2:30 a.m. Twelve hours later, she was in Albert Einstein Medical Center with a fever of 102, pneumonia, and low blood pressure.
October 12, 2010 |
Since his feet were crushed in an accident two years ago, Robert Robinson has lived in Northeast Philadelphia at Riverview, a personal-care boardinghouse run by the city's Office of Supportive Housing. Robinson said Riverview is home. That's why he was so upset last month when he got a letter saying he had 30 days to leave. The problem? Budget cuts at the OSH mean dozens of residents like Robinson need to find new places to live. "I'm 45. I'm not nursing-home material, and they're trying to ship me into a nursing home," Robinson said.
July 5, 2010 |
The world's No. 3 eating champion sat out this year's Coney Island Fourth of July hot-dog-eating contest but couldn't resist a little hot-dogging. After competitive eater Joey "Jaws" Chestnut won his fourth consecutive bout Sunday, he was upstaged when six-time champion Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi crashed the stage and wrestled with police before being charged with resisting arrest, trespass, and other things. "Let him eat! Let him eat!" the crowd chanted as cops tackled Kobayashi, 32. He'd refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating, the fast-food equivalent of the NFL, saying he wanted freedom to compete in contests sanctioned by other groups.
December 17, 2007 |
Police yesterday charged a 24-year-old female resident of a Spring Garden boardinghouse with arson and murder in a fire early Saturday that killed one resident and seriously injured two others. Jhontue Ryals, who lived in the four-story brownstone at 1836 Green St. that housed Pace Personal Care Boarding Home, was also charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses. Police said the motive was a dispute Ryals had with others.
December 16, 2007 |
Authorities have determined that a fire that killed one resident at a Philadelphia boardinghouse and seriously injured two early yesterday was deliberately set by a resident. Flames forced the evacuation of 11 residents from the Pace Personal Care Boarding Home, a four-story brownstone in the 1800 block of Green Street in the Spring Garden section. It housed physically and mentally challenged residents. A resident set the fire at 4 a.m. after arguing with another resident, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said.
September 20, 2006 |
Meg and Petey, proprietors of a run-down English seaside boardinghouse, have this conversation early in The Birthday Party: "There's a new show coming to the Palace. . . . " "Stanley could have been in it, if it was on the pier. " "This is a straight show. " "What do you mean?" "No dancing or singing. " "What do they do then?" "Just talk. " Harold Pinter is one of the 20th-century masters of "just talk," and his power lies not so much in what his characters say, which is often banal or ridiculous, but in the silences, the pauses, the terrifyingly empty space around the speech.
September 30, 2003 |
A night of arguing ended with a Norristown woman plunging a steak knife into her boyfriend's heart, killing him, Montgomery County prosecutors said yesterday. Patricia Ann Horton, 49, whom police found lying on top of John Friday's lifeless body Saturday, was charged with first- and third-degree murder. She is held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility without bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 7. An autopsy showed that Friday died from a stab wound that pierced his heart.