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February 21, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 19-year-old Upper Darby Township man who allegedly tried to strike a high school teacher with a claw hammer during a classroom robbery is a suspect in several other thefts, police said Wednesday. Michael J. Chitwood, police superintendent in the Delaware County township, said Darlington James was prowling the second-floor halls of Upper Darby High School after dismissal Tuesday. Darlington, who is not a student, entered the classroom of a 32-year-old teacher who was alone in her room.
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April 25, 1993 | By William H. Sokolic, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT The Associated Press contributed to this article
A man, a woman and a 2-year-old girl were found slain in a print shop here Friday night - bludgeoned with a claw hammer and burned - and an acquaintaince was arrested yesterday and charged with their murders. The suspect, Clarence Reaves, 32, of Brigantine Homes Apartments here, was charged with the murder of Julie Ann Storkson, 24, and Ronald Massey, 33, and a 2-year-old girl whose name was withheld pending completion of an autopsy. Another child, Storkson's daughter, Alexis, 5, was in critical condition last night at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
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May 15, 1993 | By Pam Belluck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man who told police he was a voodoo prince and chanted incantations over a little voodoo doll was convicted of going after an Atlantic City woman with a claw hammer, and then ransacking her apartment because she is a black lesbian, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said yesterday. Arthur Ayala, 21, of Millville, is believed to be the first person convicted in Atlantic County under New Jersey's three-year-old hate-crimes penalty law, prosecutors said. The law adds extra penalties to sentences of people convicted of crimes that involved "ill will, hatred or bias" toward victims because of race, creed or sexual orientation.
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April 29, 1999 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Fairless Hills man who was bludgeoned with a claw hammer during a street brawl on Saturday lost his fight for life yesterday. David Albert, 26, who had lain in a coma at Frankford Hospital's Torresdale Campus since he was taken there after the attack, died at 10:47 a.m. yesterday with his family at his side. Shortly after Albert's death, his family said it had agreed to allow the transplant of his vital organs. "If anyone can benefit from this tragedy, David would have wanted it that way," said Nick Albert, his older brother.
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June 29, 1990 | By Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
An elderly South Philadelphia man was discovered fatally beaten inside his home yesterday when family members returned to the ransacked rowhouse, police said. The body of Ngha Oui Lu, 72, of 8th Street near Dudley, was found lying in the basement of the two-story house shortly before 7 p.m., police said. Lu, who apparently had been beaten with a claw hammer, was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was taken to the medical examiner's office. According to police, the grisly discovery was made by a son and daughter- in-law who shared the house with Lu. Their identities were withheld by police.
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June 9, 1992 | By Bryon Kurzenabe, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A second murder charge was filed yesterday against James Lopez after the death of his father Friday of injuries suffered when he was beaten with his cane. Lopez previously was charged with murder in the beating death of his mother. In a videotaped statement, Lopez, 25, of Mount Holly, confessed to beating both parents, said Assistant Burlington County Prosecutor Ellen Sternberg. In the tape, he describes striking his mother, Eileen, 47, in the head with a claw hammer after breaking a cane on the skull of his father, Horacio, Sternberg said.
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November 23, 1989 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ernest Watson, the counselor at the Youth Development Center in Bucks County who was slain inside his home in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, was bludgeoned with a claw hammer, police said yesterday. Watson, 52, of the 1200 block of East Mount Airy Avenue, was found Tuesday by his brother, Raymond, and a friend, Sandra Washington, who had become concerned because they had not heard from Watson, police said. The victim was found about 12:45 p.m. lying on his back on the living room floor, police said.
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May 11, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
Kendall Anderson, the South Philadelphia teen who confessed to fatally beating his mother with a claw hammer and trying to cremate her in the oven because she took his PlayStation 2 away in November 2010, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to a lengthy stay in state prison. Anderson, 17, who formerly attended the disciplinary Daniel Boone School and lived with his mother on Jackson Street near 4th, on May 4 entered into a negotiated guilty plea to third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, abuse of a corpse and related crimes connected to the Nov. 28, 2010 death of Rashida Anderson, 37. On Wednesday, Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Anderson to a term of 25 to 50 years in state prison.
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November 16, 2004 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A mentally troubled Bensalem woman yesterday accepted blame for beating her niece to death with a hammer but left a judge to decide if the act was a murder or something less. Euisoon Cho, 50, pleaded no contest in Bucks County Court to a general charge of homicide in the Feb. 8 slaying of Katherine Lee. Lee, 24, was found dead by her parents on the floor of their Bensalem home, fatally beaten with a claw hammer and stabbed with shards from a ceramic lamp. Cho's fingerprints were found on the lamp, and a bloody hammer recovered from her garage contained her DNA mingled with her niece's.
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March 14, 1995 | By Christine Lutton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The victims were struck so hard with a wooden cane that it broke in half. Their blood stained a pillow on the living-room couch and splattered onto a wall above it. The 1992 attack on Eileen Lopez, 47, and her husband, Horacio, 71, in the living room of their Mount Holly home were detailed to a Burlington County Superior Court jury yesterday, the first day of testimony in the trial of their son, James L. Lopez, 28, on murder charges. In their opening statements, lawyers for the prosecution and the defense split on whether the scene was created by a sane person or someone without the ability to judge the seriousness of what he was doing.
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February 22, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Upper Darby Township man who allegedly tried to strike a high school teacher with a claw hammer during a classroom robbery is a suspect in several other thefts, police said Wednesday. Michael J. Chitwood, police superintendent in the Delaware County township, said Darlington James was prowling the second-floor halls of Upper Darby High School after dismissal Tuesday. Darlington, who is not a student, entered the classroom of a 32-year-old teacher who was alone in her room.
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February 21, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 19-year-old Upper Darby Township man who allegedly tried to strike a high school teacher with a claw hammer during a classroom robbery is a suspect in several other thefts, police said Wednesday. Michael J. Chitwood, police superintendent in the Delaware County township, said Darlington James was prowling the second-floor halls of Upper Darby High School after dismissal Tuesday. Darlington, who is not a student, entered the classroom of a 32-year-old teacher who was alone in her room.
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February 21, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A19-YEAR-OLD man who allegedly sneaked into Upper Darby High School on Tuesday and threatened a teacher with a hammer before stealing her laptop also is believed to have harassed a teacher at a middle school last month, police said Wednesday. Darlington James, an Upper Darby resident who does not attend the high school, got in to the building through a back door during dismissal Tuesday and went to the 32-year-old teacher's second-floor classroom about 3:20 p.m., Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
Kendall Anderson, the South Philadelphia teen who confessed to fatally beating his mother with a claw hammer and trying to cremate her in the oven because she took his PlayStation 2 away in November 2010, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to a lengthy stay in state prison. Anderson, 17, who formerly attended the disciplinary Daniel Boone School and lived with his mother on Jackson Street near 4th, on May 4 entered into a negotiated guilty plea to third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, abuse of a corpse and related crimes connected to the Nov. 28, 2010 death of Rashida Anderson, 37. On Wednesday, Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Anderson to a term of 25 to 50 years in state prison.
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February 16, 2011 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
When her 16-year-old son got into trouble last November, Rashida Anderson punished him and took away his PlayStation. That proved fatal. Following a 90-minute argument the day after Thanksgiving, police allege, Kendall Anderson entered his sleeping mother's bedroom, hit her 20 times with a claw hammer, and ultimately killed her. The story of Rashida Anderson's bloody last moments came out during her son's preliminary hearing Tuesday, when...
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February 16, 2011 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Even in a city where murder occurs almost daily, what Kendall Anderson confessed to doing to his mother after she took away his PlayStation 2 stands out. A claw hammer, a hot oven and a stick were the weapons he used to slay her, according to the macabre confession to police that came to light yesterday during a preliminary hearing for the 11th-grader at the Daniel Boone School. After hearing the ghastly story, Municipal Judge Karen Yvette Simmons ordered Anderson to stand trial on charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and possession of an instrument of crime.
NEWS
May 14, 2010
Open house at 18 rec centers The city's recreation centers are going to have an open house, starting at noon tomorrow, for those signing up for summer programs. Eighteen rec centers will host special programs and fun for the family. They are: Pelbano, Rising Sun and Comly; Fox Chase, Rockwell and Ridgeway; Vogt, Cottage and Unruh; Bridesburg, Richmond and Ash; Feltonville, Ella and Wyoming; Lonnie Young, Chelten and Ardleigh; Kendrick, 3501 Scots Lane. Also, Simons, Walnut Lane and Woolston; Athletic, 26th and Master; Cecil B. Moore, 22nd and Huntingdon; Shissler, 1800 Blair St.; Rivera, 5th and Allegheny; Anderson, 17th and Fitzwater; Murphy, 300 Shunk St.; Sayre Morris, 59th and Spruce; Cobbs Creek, 280 Cobbs Creek Parkway; Kingsessing, 50th and Chester; Vare, 26th and Morris.
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August 7, 2009 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Recently, I went through some tearsheets to look at matters I covered long ago, and embarked on research to see if things have changed enough to warrant another look. Surprisingly, the hammer is one of those subjects. I've stopped using hammers in favor of power nailers, which are quicker, easier and more accurate. But sometimes, the nailer is overkill; the hammer is enough. Not every hammer fits every job. Size, design and weight are critical to getting the best bang for your buck.
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September 9, 2008 | By Lisa Helmreich and Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Morning commuters on the Broad Street Line said they were shocked following the release of a surveillance video by police that showed a man attacking another rider on the subway with a claw hammer. Central detectives last night released a tape shot last week aboard a subway car. A man and a little boy are seen standing in front of the subway car doors. The man gently kisses the boy on the cheek and directs him to an empty seat. Then the man reaches into a backpack, pulls out a hammer, and begins an unprovoked attack on a dozing rider.
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August 12, 2005 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Hammers seem simple enough: You hold the handle (not the head) and hit the nail. But not every hammer fits every job. Size, design and weight are critical to getting the best bang for your buck. Of course, once you've found the right hammer, you'll need to use it properly. Need to know: Different hammers are designed to do different things. The most versatile of all is the claw hammer. But the claw on some hammers is curved; on others, it's straight. A curved claw is better for pulling out a nail.
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