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March 26, 1988 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime MOVE member Gerald Ford Africa and a business partner surrendered to police yesterday on charges related to the discovery of stolen cars at their automobile junkyard in Southwest Philadelphia, detectives said. Africa, 38, and John Bridges, 47, described by police as co-owners of Allied Auto Parts in the 6500 block of Essington Avenue, were charged with seven counts each of receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to detectives. Warrants for their arrest were issued Thursday, police said.
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October 26, 2000 | By Erin Carroll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After an investigation that spanned nearly four years and never strayed from its focus, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office yesterday charged Guy Sileo Jr. with first-degree murder in the 1996 slaying of James Webb, his business partner at the General Wayne Inn. Authorities portrayed Sileo, 33, of Wallingford, as a failed restaurateur and husband who had, in the months before the killing, repeatedly told a pastry chef that he might...
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February 6, 1994 | By Alison F. Orenstein, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Three businesses in the Main Street complex - the Main Street Pub, Marasano's II Italian restaurant and the Vertigo nightclub - have filed for protection under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy laws. All three are operated by Main Street Beverage Corp., owned by Main Street developer John B. Canuso. Main Street Beverage has also filed to reorganize under Chapter 11. Main Street Beverage had a $1,253,818 surplus of assets over liabilities on Sept. 30, according to documents filed Jan. 19 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden.
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November 5, 1993 | By C.R. Harper and Mark Fazlollah, FOR THE INQUIRER
A township Democrat has asked federal investigators to broaden an investigation of Haverford businessman Patrick H. McCrystal, a business partner of Republican chief John F. McNichol, to include a six-year-old property deal between Upper Darby and McCrystal. McCrystal's attorney, Thomas A. Bergstrom, confirmed last week that McCrystal was a subject of a federal investigation into whether he misused $325,000 in Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. grants. That news prompted Upper Darby Democrat Tom Moore to renew his request that federal housing officials look into the township's 1987 sale of a Dennison Avenue house to McCrystal, a deal from which McCrystal made a profit of $44,750 on the resale.
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October 24, 2000 | By Erin Carroll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Tomorrow, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. says, Guy Sileo will be charged with first-degree murder in the 1996 shooting death of his General Wayne Inn business partner, James Webb. The charges will be the culmination of an investigation that has stretched over almost four years, though for much of that time prosecutors have called Sileo their only suspect. Sileo, 33, of Wallingford, is already in Montgomery County prison, serving a one- to three-year sentence for lying to a grand jury about the existence of a gun that police suspect was used to murder Webb.
NEWS
July 2, 1998 | By Larry Lewis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The former wife of the now-imprisoned top financial officer at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center used briefcases of cash from the hospital to shop in New York for $1,500 shoes, her business partner testified yesterday. The partner said Elarba Pagan, of Cherry Hill, was "showered with gifts" by John M. Sullivan, her husband at the time and executive vice president of finance at the hospital until he pleaded guilty in 1996 to stealing up to $8 million. Helene Weinstein, 47, of Stratford in Camden County, said during sentencing yesterday for Pagan and her that Pagan, her business associate, used $100,000 of the stolen money to buy a luxury home in Voorhees.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2003 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Neil Stein - the celebrated restaurant owner - was stripped of financial control and the keys to Striped Bass and Rouge, his two fine-dining restaurants in Center City that are operating under the protection of Bankruptcy Court. As part of an agreement with a bankruptcy judge, Stein and his business partner, Donald Brody, will transfer control of the restaurants' finances and assets to two outsiders. The deal pushes Stein to the periphery of the restaurants he made famous in the 1990s as creditors, including the Internal Revenue Service, assert authority over them and clamp down on the owners.
NEWS
December 23, 1999 | By Maria Panaritis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph Spera saw it happen, the gold car bearing down on two men running past his auto repair shop. He heard the gunfire moments later. He walked a half-block to the corner of Race and Daggett Streets and peered into the shot-up car. The blood appeared to have already drained out of the victim. Spera didn't recognize him - until he spotted those work boots. Big, yellow ones: the kind that Neil Martin McConigley, his famously ruddy cheeks now gray, always wore. As usual, the laces were untied.
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January 29, 1999 | By Kate Campbell, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Inch-high warriors, three-dimensional puzzles, and model airplanes filled their lives. And for years Bob and Josie Frantz thought they would never have to grow up. At the Jenkintown Hobby Center, which she and her husband ran for 21 years, "it never felt like you actually had a real job," Josie Frantz said. But when they close the doors of their Greenwood Avenue business at 5 p.m. tomorrow, the couple, now in their 40s, will leave behind a piece of their collective childhood and shutter their 26-year marriage.
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August 30, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Even without his signature superhero regalia and Gatorade-hued hairdo, Jamie Rahn is a colorful guy. A Barrington resident, 25, he's launching a career out of his success as a costumed contestant on American Ninja Warrior , NBC's extreme-sports extravaganza. ANW competitors must conquer a daunting, if not diabolical, obstacle course seemingly concocted by Rube Goldberg and the Marquis de Sade. Rahn is doing well in the fifth-season final rounds, which continue Mondays at 8 p.m. on Philadelphia's NBC10.
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April 25, 2014
T RACY SHANNON, 40, of Blue Bell, is president and co-owner of SWEAT Fitness, which has six gyms in Philadelphia and two in the burbs. Shannon, a Temple grad and a married mother of three young boys, has been with SWEAT since its first location opened in 1997 and has been heading up all operations since. Q: How'd you land at SWEAT? A: I was working at a club and met my business partner [Dan Neducsin], who told me he was opening a SWEAT at 24th and Walnut. I'd finished college with a degree in exercise science and SWEAT offered me a job. Q: Did you buy into the biz?
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October 26, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT LAUREL - Angela Pipersburgh quoted so many Bible passages that her business speech Thursday at Burlington County College seemed more like a church sermon. That was the point. She is founder and president of the Kingdom Chamber of Commerce with four chapters in New Jersey and another in Philadelphia. The faith-based organization was created in 2004 in Cherry Hill to connect entrepreneurs who believe their faith, and relationship with God, can influence business. Pipersburgh, a motivational speaker, addressed about 200 business owners Thursday, most from the region, with some from Washington, New York, and the Bahamas.
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August 30, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Even without his signature superhero regalia and Gatorade-hued hairdo, Jamie Rahn is a colorful guy. A Barrington resident, 25, he's launching a career out of his success as a costumed contestant on American Ninja Warrior , NBC's extreme-sports extravaganza. ANW competitors must conquer a daunting, if not diabolical, obstacle course seemingly concocted by Rube Goldberg and the Marquis de Sade. Rahn is doing well in the fifth-season final rounds, which continue Mondays at 8 p.m. on Philadelphia's NBC10.
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June 28, 2013
J OHN COOLEY, 50, of Chadds Ford, is founder and chief executive of The Marketing Department (TMD) Worldwide. Cooley and his partners are building a national and international network of corporate and franchise retail stores and offices to provide affordable marketing for small businesses. Cooley, a University of Delaware grad, started the firm in 2008. Q: How'd you get the idea? A: I had a boutique ad agency here, and we had clients like Comcast and Pfizer. I had a vision of creating places where a small business can walk in, meet with a consultant, and we would deliver the same [services]
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Sean Carlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Glenn Gross and Ed Willis had been searching for an avenue to dive into the barbecue business when a "brownish-orange-colored, barn-looking building" along South Delsea Drive in Vineland, N.J., kept catching their eye. "We just kept driving by this place, looking at it and saying, 'Man, that looks like a barbecue restaurant,' " said Willis, 55, of Gloucester Township. That's where the two longtime friends opened the first Fat Jack's BBQ & Blues. The original site is now closed and their business partnership has changed, but their barbecue acclaim has spurred them to national exposure.
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April 25, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
SOME OF state Rep. Bill Keller's closest associates will gather Wednesday in federal court. It won't be a happy reunion. Mark Olkowski, Keller's longtime business partner, is scheduled to change his not-guilty plea after being indicted Jan. 29 on charges of filing false personal and business income taxes along with improperly collecting unemployment. Lorraine DiSpaldo, Keller's former chief of staff, is also scheduled to change her not-guilty plea after being indicted on Sept.
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April 11, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
HIS NICKNAME is "Danger," the kind of guy who doesn't need a gun to end a fight. Michael K. Castro fought most of his battles in rings and the gyms where he trained as a Muay Thai kickboxer. But Atlantic County authorities say he allegedly shot and killed a 77-year-old Army veteran during a burglary last year in rural Mullica Township. Castro, 32, was arrested Tuesday in Dania, Fla., where he had moved and was in the process of opening a new Muay Thai gym. The former Burlington County resident described himself as a two-time Muay Thai world champion who has worked as a kickboxing instructor at gyms throughout South Jersey.
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January 31, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
IT HAS BEEN nearly 2 1/2 years since teams of FBI and IRS agents raided homes and offices in Pennsport connected with state Rep. Bill Keller. So far, three of the 11-term state legislator's close allies have been indicted. Mark Olkowski, Keller's longtime business partner, is the latest to fall. Olkowski was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false personal and business tax returns, as well as wire fraud for improperly collecting unemployment. Keller's chief of staff, Lorraine DiSpaldo, and a former staffer, Robert Mulgrew, were indicted in September on charges of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grant money meant for two nonprofits.
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January 20, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Marlton man who helped con $500,000 from clients with the promise of obtaining millions of dollars in venture capital for their projects was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison. Albert A. Paramito Jr., 40, pleaded guilty in June to a charge of second-degree conspiracy after posing with a Canadian partner as investment bankers and financial advisers to steal the money. He has agreed to pay $200,798 in restitution, representing his share of the stolen funds. A guilty plea also was entered for his company, Paramito Global Holding Inc., a Nevada corporation with an address in Voorhees.
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January 6, 2013 | By Kathleen Tinney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louis James LaCorte was a man of many sayings, of which the following was his favorite: "This piece of jewelry is one that people will look over, as opposed to overlooking. " It summed up a business acumen that served him well as co-owner of the Owl's Tale, a Haddonfield shop brimful of antiques, estate gems, and figurines. Known for his banter, sartorial taste, and arresting handlebar mustache, he presided over a lively heirloom trade for more than three decades. In the last year, though, illness increasingly came between Mr. LaCorte and the Owl's Tale.
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