February 18, 1988 |
It was, no doubt, an unusual place for a reception. Amid soft music and lighted candles, about 100 people chatted, sipped drinks and munched baked brie and pineapple slices in the last place one might expect fine fare and badinage: The city morgue. But the cause was serious. And none of those who last night rode two Fairmount Park tourist trolleys and two Sheriff's Department prison buses from the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office at 321 University Ave. felt out of place.
May 22, 1987 |
Dr. Robert Catherman, a deputy Philadelphia medical examiner, said yesterday that he had declined to accept the vacant post of chief medical examiner that the city offered him a month ago. His refusal means that the Medical Examiner's Office, which the city has been working to rejuvenate since it was criticized after the MOVE disaster in 1985, will remain leaderless, and that the 18-month search for a new chief must start over. Catherman, who will continue to serve as the city's acting chief medical examiner as he has for the last 1 1/2 years, said he declined the position in the form it was offered to him. The other top candidate for the job, Navy pathologist Jonathan Lord, withdrew several months ago. The post has been vacant since longtime Chief Medical Examiner Marvin Aronson stepped down in the fall of 1985.
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.
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.
September 11, 2016 |
During an emotional hearing, a 59-year-old woman was sentenced Friday to 20 to 40 years in state prison in the 2014 beating death of her West Philadelphia roommate. Denise Taylor collapsed into her courtroom chair when the punishment was imposed by Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara McDermott. Taylor pleaded guilty in June to charges of third-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the attack on Saundra Barley, 62, who was found naked in her apartment on 53rd Street near Arch Street on Nov. 13, 2014.
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.