March 14, 2015 |
They were just kids, Haddon Township High School friends in the springtime of their lives. Boys and girls hanging out in houses, driving Jersey roads, pulling pranks. Laughing. But in July 2006, the laughter was cut short. One of the friends, 16-year-old junior and field hockey player Ann Marie Lynch, died in a jet ski accident off Ocean City. "That was my first experience with mortality," said Tom Turcich, one of the pack, now 25. For months, he walked around in a fog of grief. Until one day in class, he saw the movie Dead Poets Society and had his own carpe diem moment.
March 9, 2015 |
Like the borough itself, the emergency calls that summon the members of Newfield's sole fire company tend to be rather temperate. A small house fire, a trash container blaze, a car accident. Still, the brothers and sisters of Newfield Fire Company No. 1 have long taken pride in voluntarily serving the 1.7-square-mile borough just north of Vineland. It's a job the company has performed since 1908, 16 years before Newfield incorporated. "This town is well-protected by us knowing this town," said Ken Barbagli, the company's president and a lifelong Newfield resident.
February 14, 2015 |
L.J. Barlow walked onto the mat pretty confident for the last match of the meet. He hadn't heard of the younger Penn Charter wrestler he was facing. As a senior at the Haverford School, wrestling at 195 pounds, Barlow knows enough to take every opponent at face value, that there are no givens. "He was stronger than I expected," Barlow said later. So the match wasn't going to be over immediately. Barlow's style isn't to dazzle anyway. His matches tend to be low-scoring affairs.
January 22, 2015 |
As each of the five guilty verdicts was read aloud Wednesday, Don Tollefson simply nodded. He seemed neither upset nor surprised. Over 11 days, the onetime celebrity sportscaster had given what he had hoped was the performance of a lifetime: Acting as his own lawyer, trying to convince the Bucks County jury that he was tortured by addiction and bad business skills but never meant to rip off anyone. The verdicts on charges of money laundering and theft mean that Tollefson, 62 - who turned down a plea deal that would have meant just months in prison - could instead spend years there for fleecing people who thought they were buying his sports and travel packages.
January 19, 2015 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - So, who is Joel Embiid, really? The 76ers rookie appears to be a likable person. The 7-footer always speaks to reporters in passing, even though he's off-limits for interviews. He displayed a fun-loving personality on Twitter and Instagram by unsuccessfully recruiting LeBron James to the Sixers and asking out Rihanna and Kim Kardashian on dates. Yet there appear to be some concerns. Embiid has a weight issue. Although the Sixers wouldn't disclose his weight, a source said he's close to 300 pounds after being 250 pounds at Kansas last season.
January 18, 2015 |
After he was fired from his $240,000-a-year job at Fox29, Don Tollefson was living off his wife's income and disability payments related to a car crash. But two infusions of cash soon came his way. The first was a $333,000 out-of-court settlement in the car accident. When that dried up, he cracked open his $400,000 pension from Fox, Tollefson testified Friday. All the money was gone in less than four years. "I'm proud to say I spent it on the kids," Tollefson told jurors on the ninth day of his fraud trial.
January 16, 2015 |
IN 1999, DOUGLAS KRATZ was a $200-a-day heroin addict. Nothing mattered but his next fix. That's all he was thinking about when he and an acquaintance were arrested by two SEPTA cops one October night. Officers Eric Cohn and Steven Zambon were on patrol around the North Broad railroad station shortly after 9 p.m. Oct. 18 when they spotted Kratz and a woman on the outbound platform with drug paraphernalia, according to a transit police report. They later discovered a needle and seven small bags of heroin known on the streets as "Al Pacino.
January 14, 2015 |
TAKING THE STAND in his own defense yesterday, Don Tollefson gave a lengthy narrative of how his now-defunct charities came to be, how he collapsed under the weight of his own expectations for himself, and how being in recovery has given him "a new approach to living. " Acting as his own attorney, Tollefson spent more than two hours chronicling how his Winning Ways charity unraveled and sunk him into six-figure debt. On the fifth day of his theft trial in Bucks County Court in Doylestown, Tollefson called several character witnesses to the stand who backed his claim that he had good intentions throughout the existence of Winning Ways.
January 11, 2015 |
The prosecution in Don Tollefson's fraud trial rested its case Friday afternoon after scores of people testified that he had ripped them off through a sports ticket-selling scheme. The former Philadelphia sportscaster is already facing hurdles as he mounts his defense, which is expected to start Monday. Tollefson, who is representing himself, told a Bucks County Court judge on Friday that he could not afford the nearly $90 he will need to subpoena 25 of his witnesses. Those witnesses, who apparently have not agreed to willingly testify, include Howie Roseman, executive vice president of the Eagles.
January 8, 2015
One person was killed in an accident involving multiple cars in Cherry Hill on Tuesday. The accident occurred sometime before 10 a.m. on Haddonfield-Berlin Road. Police did not identify the person killed on Tuesday afternoon, and said they were trying to notify the family. Up to five vehicles may have been involved in the accident. The cause of the accident was being investigated. The crash came during the season's first considerable snowfall. Michael Boren