December 5, 2002 |
Underlying the decision by Atlantic County prosecutors to dismiss a murder charge against a police officer whose wife died of natural causes is a professional feud between two forensic pathologists dating back more than two decades. Elliot Gross, the medical examiner in Cape May County and an assistant in Atlantic County, and Michael Baden have had their share of public disputes since the former medical school classmates held top jobs at the New York City Medical Examiner's Office.
April 19, 1988 |
After an intensive, 2 1/2-year search, the Philadelphia medical examiner's office has a new man at its helm. Dr. Haresh G. Mirchandani, 45, a former deputy chief medical examiner in Detroit, was named yesterday by Mayor Goode as the city's medical examiner - a post that has gone unfilled since Dr. Marvin Aronson resigned in late 1985. Goode said Mirchandani will start work May 23 and will be paid $115,000 a year. That salary makes Mirchandani the highest-paid official in city government, eclipsing Managing Director James White, who earns $95,000 a year.
November 15, 2000 |
State police are investigating the death of a man found Monday morning lying face-up in a field. Police and the Delaware chief medical examiner said the cause of death was hypothermia, but police are still investigating. Foul play has not been ruled out, said Sgt. Thomas McClung of the Avondale barracks. The man has been identified as Felipe Santana-Tapia, 38, police said. They said that he worked for a mushroom company and that his brother lives in the area. Santana-Tapia was found in a field off a driveway on Ellicot Road near Route 41. The body was discovered around 10 a.m. by William Webb, the owner of the property, police said.
September 19, 2014 |
Jeremiah Jakson, prosecutors say, strangled Laura Araujo - a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia who had rented a room in the same West Philadelphia boardinghouse as Jakson - for her laptop, camcorder, and ATM card. Then, they say, Jakson shoved the 23-year-old's body into a duffel bag and dumped it and her belongings in an abandoned lot, and then accidentally set his arms on fire while trying to torch Araujo's sport-utility vehicle. On Wednesday, Jakson, 22, having been held without bail on murder and arson charges since the July killing, showed up for his preliminary hearing wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with pink palm trees and the words, "Crime Pays.
March 11, 1986 |
The Philadelphia medical examiner's office is overworked, understaffed and some top employees are underpaid, according to a report released yesterday by the MOVE commission. The office also has had poor leadership and management, bad maintenance and inadequate policies for matters ranging from dealing with relatives of the dead to relations with the news media, the report alleged. And in handling the MOVE case, the report suggested, one of the office's major failures was that it, not the Police and Fire Departments, should have taken charge of the excavation of the MOVE house from the beginning.
September 2, 1998 |
William T. Read Jr., 91, a physician who served as Camden County's chief medical examiner for more than a decade, died Thursday at his Cherry Hill home. Born and raised in Camden, he had lived in Cherry Hill for 49 years and before that, in Merchantville. He was a graduate of William Penn Charter School in 1923 and of the University of Pennsylvania in 1927. Dr. Read was deputy medical examiner from 1968 until 1970, when he was named the county's second chief medical examiner.
June 17, 1997 |
Delaware County's highly paid medical examiner wants to cut back on his hours, and the County Council is looking to oblige him by hiring a part-time assistant. Edward F. Wilson, a forensic pathologist and deputy state medical examiner for Oregon, is expected to be named to the new post by the council today. Dimitri L. Contostavlos, 63, who became Delaware County's medical examiner in 1979, said he wants to "slow down a little. " At $156,180 a year, he is the county's highest paid employee.
January 2, 1998 |
The body of a 16-year-old Moorestown High School student was found lying along a dirt road near his home in the 300 block of North Stanwick Avenue yesterday afternoon, authorities said. Investigators from the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said Adam Suopys, a junior at the high school, died of severe trauma to the head. An autopsy is scheduled for today. The matter is being investigated as a suspicious death. Detective Sgt. Jack Smith, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said the body was found about 12:30 p.m. by a man walking along Linden Avenue.
October 26, 1998 |
Delaware State Police yesterday were investigating the death of 2-month-old Travoy Adams, who was found dead during the weekend at a New Castle motel, Lt. Rick Chamberlain said. The child was pronounced dead at Wilmington Hospital shortly after his parents reported finding him "unresponsive" Saturday morning, Chamberlain said. The parents, Shawn Adams, 23, and Dana Mancinelli, 18, of Wilmington, told police they had gone to stay at the Motel 6 in New Castle on Friday evening because there was no heat at their residence, Chamberlain said.
December 1, 1988 |
A 19-year-old North Wales woman suffered fatal injuries in a two-car accident in Horsham Township last week. Barbara Cable, of the 100 block of Hemlock Drive, was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:52 p.m. Nov. 23 at Hahnemann University Hospital, about an hour after the accident at Bethlehem Pike and Welsh Road. She was flown from the scene to the hospital by a Medi-Vac helicopter. Philadelphia Chief Medical Examiner Haresh G. Mirchandani, who performed the autopsy, determined the cause of death as multiple injuries suffered in the accident.