April 14, 2016 |
THERE THEY were on Tuesday morning, at opposite sides of Courtroom 1105 in the Criminal Justice Center: Two young women, each a mom to three children, face to face on the eve of the first anniversary of the worst year of their lives. Dominique Lockwood, 30, shook as she read a victim-impact statement describing how her life has changed since her angel-faced 4-year-old, Abdul Latif Wilson (his family calls him Latif), was killed by a hit-and-run driver on April 13, 2015, in Southwest Philly.
April 13, 2016
Doug Banks Phila.-born radio host, 57 Doug Banks, 57, a Philadelphia native and nationally syndicated radio host, died Monday of complications from diabetes. Mr. Banks cohosted the news feature show 190 North for 10 years on WLS-TV, an ABC affiliate in Chicago. He was raised in Michigan and began his career at his Detroit high school radio station, when he was noticed and given a late-night weekend show by WDRQ-FM. Mr. Banks later worked at radio stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.
April 3, 2016 |
Delran police thought they were responding to a car accident Thursday night; someone had called 911 about a crash on Route 130 North just before midnight. When they arrived, they found a Chevrolet Cruze, stopped after it had hit the center median, near where 130 intersects Chester Avenue. On the ground outside the driver's side, Cynthia Fortune, 54, lay bleeding from a stab wound in her neck. At a nearby diner, according to the Burlington County prosecutor, her husband, Quentin S. Fortune, 37, bloody and in his underwear, was asking for a glass of water.
March 3, 2016 |
Temple freshman Trey Lowe is likely to miss the rest of the basketball season because of injuries he suffered in a one-car accident early Sunday morning, the university said Tuesday. A guard out of Ewing (N.J.) High, Lowe was treated at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., for upper-body injuries he suffered in the accident, according to Temple officials. "I visited Trey and his family on both Sunday and Monday at the hospital," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a statement.
February 24, 2016 |
Friends and family looked for a miracle for Cara McCollum after a car accident a week ago left the former Miss New Jersey hospitalized in critical condition with severe brain injuries. But in the end, it was not meant to be. McCollum died at Cooper University Hospital at 4:31 a.m. Monday. On Feb. 15, she lost control of her 2014 Ford Mustang in slushy conditions along a stretch of Route 55 in Pittsgrove Township, Salem County. State police said speed was a factor and McCollum was not wearing a seat belt.
February 19, 2016 |
The morning after former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum was critically injured in a car accident, her colleagues at SNJ Today formed a circle in the conference room at the television news station where she is an anchor and prayed for more than 20 minutes. "There were lots of words of prayer . . . and silent reflection," said Mike Frankel, who covers sports and news for the upstart TV station, based in Millville, Cumberland County. "We all really have become like family, and if it were someone else in this situation, Cara would be the one leading the charge to pray and do whatever she could . . . so we are staying upbeat and doing what we can for her. " Frankel said McCollum's "kindness and charisma" have inspired an outpouring of concern from coworkers, members of her former pageant family, and strangers who have taken to social media and other means to call for prayers.
December 18, 2015 |
THE GUY HOLDING the butcher knife had a simple mantra that he kept repeating to the two Philadelphia Police officers in front of him: "If you don't shoot me, you're going to regret it. " This was back in August, on a steamy day on Warnock Street near Somerset in North Philly. Officers Brian Nolan and Anthony Santulli kept their eyes on the unhinged man, while his relatives wailed in the background, begging the cops to help him, not hurt him. So Nolan, 26, and Santulli, 24, started talking.
December 4, 2015 |
MAYBE FRANK Rizzo could've sorted this out. Because even Rizzo, the hard-nosed Philadelphia police commissioner-turned-mayor, saw his son-in-law Joseph Vito Mastronardo Jr. for what he was: a good man. Maybe Rizzo could have explained to the prosecutors and the judge that "Joe Vito" was actually a kindhearted genius and a compassionate workaholic who was generous to a fault - even if he made a living as an unrepentant sports bookmaker....
December 1, 2015
EDGMONT - A Delaware County firefighter was killed in a car accident early Saturday morning that left another man with life-threatening injuries. Scott Jones, 33, of Aston died after a two-car crash in Edgmont that sent both vehicles off the roadway and down an embankment, state police said. Jones had spent the last five years as a firefighter and paramedic with the Newtown Square Fire Company and was a career staff member with the Media Fire Hook and Ladder Company, according to posts on both companies' Facebook pages.
November 18, 2015
D EAR ABBY: Last year my boyfriend and I moved across the country to Arizona so he could be closer to his friends and family. My entire family lives on the East Coast. Recently it seems like our plan to marry and start a family keeps getting pushed further and further into the future. I'm 35; he's 47. Neither of us has been married or has kids. I'm beginning to regret having uprooted my life for someone who is unilaterally changing the timing of what I thought we both wanted.