April 13, 2001 |
A 30-year-old man was sentenced to two years probation for igniting a Roman candle during a 1999 Halloween Rave party that burned a city Licenses and Inspections commissioner. Common Pleas Judge Albert J. Snite Jr. yesterday sentenced an apologetic Stanley Tworek, 30, of Dawson Street near Terrace, fined him $1,000 and ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service. Tworek was found guilty of recklessly endangering others, but was acquitted of the more serious charges of causing a riot and aggravated assault.
November 8, 1987 |
A one-alarm rowhouse fire that killed a 9-month-old baby Friday night in the Strawberry Mansion section of North Philadelphia was started by a candle being used because the home's electric service was shut off last month, police said yesterday. Firefighters found the victim, Eric Brown, dead on a bed in the second- floor, front bedroom of the house in the 2600 block of North 31st Street, police said. The baby's mother, Violet Moore, 16, was asleep in the bedroom with Brown when the fire was started by the candle, which was in a plastic bottle, police said.
April 17, 1989 |
Since the electricity was turned off April 1, Robert and Jason Bryant walked around their dark apartment carrying candles, which dripped red wax on the green linoleum floor. In their rooms, Robert, 7, and Jason, 5, sometimes used the candles as night lights. Saturday night, the candle in Robert's room started a fire that killed him and severely burned Jason, fire officials said yesterday. Jason, who was in his own bedroom on the second floor of the two-story house on 20th Street near Brown in North Philadelphia, was rescued by a neighbor who spotted the flames shortly after 10:30 p.m. The neighbor, Archie Ford, brought Jason downstairs.
May 16, 1998 |
An unattended candle, used to light a bedroom without electricity, set off the 12-alarm fire that destroyed 14 houses Thursday night and left about 45 people homeless, city fire and police officials said yesterday. A 65-year-old woman who was evacuated from one of the homes died of an apparent heart attack during the fire. The cause of the blaze was ruled accidental yesterday by fire officials. The fire broke out in the second-floor room about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and quickly spread across the common roofs of the two-story brick rowhouses in the 900 block of North 28th Street.
December 13, 1986 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man died of smoke inhalation in his sister's Kensington apartment yesterday after a candle ignited some clothing piled on a sofa where he apparently was sleeping, investigators said. The victim, Howard R. Burns, 51, was found by firefighters slumped in a sitting position on the burned sofa in the rear bedroom of the second-floor apartment in the 2400 block of Frankford Avenue, detectives said. Burns was pronounced dead at the scene. According to detectives, the blaze was reported at 9:19 a.m. after it was discovered by Edward Donnelly, 50, who lives on the third floor of the building.
January 8, 1991 |
Since losing a triple-overtime game in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals in 1986-87, it's been all downhill for the Atlantic City girls' basketball team. The Vikings went 23-4 that season, then proceeded to finish 4-18 the next season, 2-23 in 1988-89 and 4-18 last season. In 1981, Atlantic City made its third of four straight appearances in the state Group 4 final, and the Vikings won their first of two championships in a row. Though Atlantic City is currently 3-5, coach Michelle Farrell is looking to get the Vikings back into the playoffs as the first step toward returning the squad to its previous heights.
February 14, 1996 |
The 35-year-old Brewerytown man told police he was directed to murder his mother by voices and shapes coming from a burning candle. In a statement to Homicide Detectives Raleigh Witcher and Dennis Dusak, Darryl Hickman said he used a hammer to beat her to death on Dec. 15 while she slept in their home on 29th Street near Girard Avenue. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge James M. DeLeon, Hickman was ordered to stand trial for the slaying of Louise Keitt, 56, a hospital worker.
December 27, 1996 |
To an outsider, the Christmas Eve disappearance of half a ton of sand from the sandboxes of this borough's only playground may have seemed an act of Yuletide sabotage more befitting the spirit of Scrooge than Santa. But as Kurt Morrison tells it, the sandbox raid was undertaken by borough officials with the blessing of this town's 843 residents - and their children. It was all in the name of a seasonal rite: the lighting of the luminarias. "We had some kids who were willing to give up their sandboxes," Morrison said yesterday as he stood in the twilight outside Borough Hall at Sylvan Avenue and Unity Terrace.
November 30, 1995 |
The children stood side-by-side along the perimeter of candlelight that flickered on the teddy bears and flowers left in memory of 9-year-old Thaisha Nicole Adkins. As they stared at the sky blue, baby pink and white candles, the children seemed fixated on the site where their friend was run down and killed a week ago by, police say, a speeding drunken driver. A 25-year-old Center City man has been charged with her death. Ten-year-old Samiyah Carter stood at the end of the row, thinking about the times she played rope and did her homework with Thaisha.
October 4, 1997 |
Peco shut off her electricity, so 86-year-old Theresa Stevens lit a candle against the dark. Then, she fell asleep. Yesterday, she died in a fire caused by that candle in the North Philadelphia rowhouse where she lived for 50 years. "She was a friend to everyone. A pillar of the neighborhood," said her next door neighbor, Michael Brockington, 33. "If her lights had been on she wouldn't have to light a candle," said Brockington, as a crowd of disbelieving neighbors and friends gathered before the charred remains of Stevens' house on Darien Street, near Berks.