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May 15, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE WIDOW of the man who was driving the Porsche that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued Porsche on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in the fiery crash in November. The wrongful death lawsuit by Kristine Rodas says her husband, Roger Rodas , was driving at 55 mph - not the nearly 95 mph claimed by investigators - before the crash. And even though Roger was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT capable of more than 200 mph, Kristine's lawsuit says the vehicle lacked a proper crash cage and safety features in the gas tank that would have saved both men's lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Eric is a friendly, energetic 8-year-old who is curious about everything. Outdoors, he enjoys running and playing on the trampoline. Indoors, he often can be found with his trucks or video games. Also high on his list of favorites: singing games, long car rides, and playing in water in the bathtub. Diagnosed with autism, Eric is nonverbal and communicates his needs by pointing to the objects he desires. He loves to eat and can feed himself, but needs help with other daily activities.
NEWS
May 13, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Linda Jagiela got her first call from Nydia Neubauer four years ago. Jagiela owned a car service in Marlton, and Neubauer wanted a driver. She didn't have a specific destination. She just wanted to be picked up in New Hope in a black Town Car and chauffeured wherever she pleased. To Lambertville, N.J., to get treatment for her dog. To a garage 100 miles away in Milford, Pa., where Neubauer said she had stored her furs. To the Jersey Shore. Neubauer, who typically traveled with two dogs and a woman she called a maid, painted herself as a rich heiress, Jagiela said.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
YOU WORK in the restaurant business long enough and you're bound to get a feel for when something just ain't right with a group of customers. Maybe they get a little antsy after ordering a big meal. Maybe their eyes keep darting between the wait staff and the exit as they contemplate making a run for it. The party of four who sat down for a late meal at the Tiffany Diner in Northeast Philly on Sunday night didn't show any of those obvious tells. But when it came time to pay, the group - two men and two women - allegedly dropped a phony $50 bill and bolted, Sinan Gecer, the diner's manager, said yesterday.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
They told Donna Gilbert the person whose head was wrapped in bandages and whose body was a crush of broken bones was her daughter. But there was no way Gilbert could tell from looking at her, so swollen and bruised was her face. It was only after she checked for her daughter's butterfly tattoo on a thigh that she was sure. "He [the doctor] said 'Prepare yourself for the worst,' " Gilbert recalled. "I kept shaking my head and saying, 'No, this isn't my daughter.' "So we pulled the sheet up and saw the tattoo and that was it. " Hours earlier, Gilbert's daughter, Jacqueline, had been flown by medevac helicopter from Chambersburg in Southeastern Pennsylvania to the Hershey Medical Center after her 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt veered off northbound Route 11, slid on its side, and smashed into a utility pole.
NEWS
April 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
CURIOUS AS to how the bandits in Thursday's armored-car heist pulled it off so easily? Experience, at least according to a law-enforcement source close to the investigation. The suspects in that robbery, which occurred about 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the TD Bank on Frankford Avenue near Magee in Mayfair, are the "same guys" who allegedly ripped off another armored car in October, according to that source. In that earlier heist, three men wearing "Scream" masks made off with $310,000 from a Wells Fargo branch on Frankford Avenue near Rhawn Street, about 2 miles away from Thursday's incident.
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORTHEAST PHILA. The masked gunmen who stole $105,000 from an armored car in broad daylight Thursday have been connected to a similar robbery in October just over a mile away, a law enforcement source said. In Thursday's robbery, two men wearing black bandannas and armed with semiautomatic rifles held up a Garda armored car outside the TD Bank at 6635 Frankford Ave. in Mayfair about 8:55 a.m., police said. In an October robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg, two men in Scream masks, also armed with semiautomatic weapons, made off with $300,000 from a Garda car. The source could not specify how investigators made the connection between the heists, but said a "full-court press" continued for the men involved in Thursday's robbery, who police said fled in a stolen van and later got into a white Cadillac Escalade on the 6600 block of Tackawanna Street.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWENTY-TWO PEOPLE were hospitalized yesterday after a violent crash sent a SEPTA bus careening into a building in Chinatown, authorities said. The collision happened just before 5 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of 11th and Vine streets, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. A Mazda sedan blew through a red light on Vine Street and slammed into the side of a Route 23 bus, forcing the bus onto the sidewalk, where it smashed into a traffic light, three parked cars and the side of the Chinese Christian Church & Center before coming to a stop, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel said at the scene.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
WALL TOWNSHIP Most people might see computers from the '60s, '70s, and '80s as useless relics from another time, dust collectors to be tossed out with scraps from the dinner table. But Evan Koblentz and about 300 others from across the world attending the annual Vintage Computer Festival East see the collection of plastic, glass, and circuitry as art and history. They revel in obsolete technology and will be in nerd nirvana during computer demonstrations to be held Saturday and Sunday at the InfoAge Science Center on the 2200 block of Marconi Road.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police officer was arrested yesterday for an off-duty incident last fall in which he allegedly drove into a pedestrian - and then threatened to kill the man, shouting a racial slur at him and flashing his gun. Officer Edward Sawicki III, 33, surrendered to police yesterday morning. He faces charges including terroristic threats, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, harassment and disorderly conduct. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Sawicki for 30 days, with intent to dismiss the nine-year veteran officer, who was most recently assigned to North Philly's rough-and-tumble 25th District.
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