July 10, 2016 |
Over the July Fourth holiday weekend, 16 fires that blazed across Camden were intentionally set, police said, burning in 14 vacant buildings and two cars over 43 hours. On Thursday morning, less than three days after the last fire was set, a police officer searching for the suspect in the arsons found him walking down Federal Street. Charles E. Ricks Jr., 44, later confessed during "an extensive interview process," police said at a Friday afternoon news conference. Ricks has been charged with the 14 fires set inside vacant houses; police said they are looking into whether he is behind "several other arsons" over the last several months.
February 14, 2016 |
Valentine's Day isn't the only reason you'll want to cuddle up this weekend. A blast of arctic air will be making its way through the Philadelphia region, with plunging temperatures, strong winds and near-record cold in store for the area. The high Saturday is expected to reach just the low 20s, according to the National Weather Service. The day is likely to be blustery, with the potential for scattered snow showers. A wind advisory is in place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with forecasters expecting northwest gusts that could reach 45 to 55 mph. The gusts are expected to pick up suddenly after dawn, the weather service said, and people should be on alert for broken tree limbs and power outages.
January 27, 2016 |
An 18-year-old pregnant woman died Saturday morning of a suspected heart attack after shoveling snow at her Pottstown home. Briahna Gerloff was eight months pregnant and suffered from several heart defects, according to Pottstown police. Gerloff's soon-to-be born daughter, whose name was to be Kayliana, also died. Gerloff's younger brother, Stosh, found Gerloff unresponsive in her kitchen shortly after 9 a.m. and called 911. She could not be revived. The cause of death has not been determined, police said.
November 29, 2015 |
Two years ago, a Lancaster County couple were found dead in their home. Darryl Morton, 50, and Aida Judy Cora, 54, died at Morton's Manheim Township home due to carbon monoxide poisoning, officials determined six months after their deaths. Their Lincoln, with a keyless ignition system, had been left running in their garage, with the fob that activated the starter still in the car. Vehicles with keyless ignition are becoming more common, as are concerns about the safety hazards they can cause.
February 23, 2014 |
Cabin fever is taking hold across a huge chunk of the country these days. In communities such as mine, where plowing is what you do to the north 40 in early spring and salt is shaken only on food, confinement because of icy streets and sidewalks can be prolonged. And long-term confinement increases exposure to many household dangers, especially carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when any carbon-based fuel is burned. Quoting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Deborah Hanson of alarm maker First Alert says carbon monoxide poisoning "puts more than 20,000 people in the hospital and is responsible for nearly 450 deaths every year.
February 8, 2014 |
(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) The White House on Thursday made the obvious official: The region's epochal ice storm that darkened entire communities, shut down businesses, and turned schools into emergency shelters was, indeed, a certified disaster. With the presidential declaration, Philadelphia and the four suburban Pennsylvania counties became eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. York and Lancaster Counties also were included. In all, 715,000 Peco Energy customers lost power as a result of the storm - the second-highest total for any one event, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong.
July 6, 2013 |
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - They remembered the Fourth but also the 19. At Bistro St. Michael on Whiskey Row in this Old West town, 19 candles burned beneath red, white, and blue bunting, one for each firefighter killed last weekend battling a wildfire not far from the place they called home. In a quiet neighborhood near the high school, which at least five of them attended, 19 miniature U.S. flags were planted in front yards, each pole tied with the purple ribbon that commemorates fallen firefighters.
April 18, 2013 |
A Bucks County couple and their two children died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Monday when the husband committed suicide by leaving his car running in the garage and the others were overcome by the fumes. According to Pennsylvania state police, troopers responded around 11:20 p.m. to find the four family members - identified as Gary Reitnauer, 59; his wife, Michele, 58; and daughters Kimberly, 16, and Jamie, 10 - inside a residence on Kumry Road in Milford Township. None could be revived, police said.
October 31, 2011
A YOUNG WOMAN died from carbon-monoxide poisoning in Upper Darby yesterday morning but her next-door neighbor's carbon monoxide-detector may have saved the lives of the rest of her family. About 4:40 a.m. a resident of Bradford Road reported her carbon-monoxide detector was going off and when firefighters arrived, they found readings at 200 parts per million in the woman's home. Anything more than 25 parts per million is considered dangerous. Firefighters then went next door to a connected but separate residence where readings were 1,400 parts per million, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
September 27, 2011
A 92-year-old Bucks County man caring for his wife, who suffered from advanced Alzheimer's disease, took both their lives Sunday in a murder-suicide, the county coroner said Monday. Charles Hoez and Jeanne Hoez, 90, were found dead Monday morning in their Middletown Township home by their son, said Joseph Campbell. The cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, Campbell said. A witness had seen the husband drive his minivan around the side of their house on Sunday afternoon, Campbell said.