April 4, 1989 |
Last July 18, Federal Express charged the government for Constant Surveillance Service for shipping military computers to the Air Force Base at Dover, Del. Once in Dover, a military cargo plane was to airlift the computers to Germany for use in developing a classified NATO weapons system. Records show, however, that, in Federal Express custody, surveillance of the computers was anything but constant. Two of the 11 packages were lost for two days and company records show that the rest were left temporarily in an unguarded truck - in violation of Defense Department rules.
November 21, 2003 |
A Wachovia Bank courier was carjacked and shot in the left shoulder yesterday afternoon in the city's Chestnut Hill section as he headed to a bank in Center City, police said. James Baggs, 45, was accosted by two men and shot once with a large-caliber weapon at the intersection of Cresheim Valley Drive and Germantown Avenue. Police said Baggs, of the city's Germantown section, was on his way to drop off some canceled checks at the Wachovia Bank at Fourth and Market Streets. Police said his assailants may have believed that he was carrying cash.
August 31, 1994 |
After Jim Courier took his Florida fling minivacation, the big question was: How soon would he find his tennis soul again? The answer is, about as long as a compelling, five-set match. Returning to tournament tennis last night for the first time since he declared he needed to get away from the sport, Courier brushed aside Aaron Krickstein, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, in a first-round U.S. Open match. Although Krickstein's ranking has fallen to 43rd, opponents shiver when they think about getting involved in five-setters with him. He is 24-7 in five-set matches.
May 5, 2005 |
He's dead, but rumors of links between Frank Sinatra and the Cosa Nostra are still kicking. Now comes a new unauthorized biography of the legendary entertainer, Sinatra: The Life, that says the star served as a Mafia courier and once narrowly escaped arrest with a briefcase containing $3.5 million in cash. The source of that tale, recounted in the new Vanity Fair, is Jerry Lewis, who hung out with the crooner in his 1960s Rat Pack days. Lewis told authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan that Sinatra "volunteered to be a messenger" for the mob and was going through customs in New York shortly after mobster Lucky Luciano was deported to Italy in 1946.
April 26, 1989 |
Richard Costello, president of Lodge 5, Fraternal Order of Police, is rarely at a loss for words. So, when it was revealed that someone had found on a city street a box full of urine samples of police officers who had applied for other positions, he rose to the occasion. "The careers of I don't know how many police officers were sitting on a street corner for I don't know how long," he lamented. As police reconstructed the trail of the errant specimens, investigators learned they had been packed in the municipal medical dispensary in the Municipal Services Building for shipment to the SmithKline Beecham labs for testing.
March 27, 1988 |
Every so often, I read in the papers about travel couriers, whose plane fare is paid for by companies that want important papers or packages delivered to another city. I can't seem to find information on this. Can you supply me with the names of some companies that are seeking couriers? There is not a very large supply of firms that provide couriers to companies, partly because many of these companies are large enough to have their own bonded employees to do this. There are still some possibilities, however, although the trips are not free but rather at a discounted ticket price.
February 28, 1997 |
When Jim Courier was a champion, when he was ranked No. 1 in the world and winning French Opens and Australian Opens, he was able to hit the tennis ball almost before it hit the ground, "taking it early," tennis players said. Courier returned serve brutally hard, frightening opponents into double faults. Courier outworked everybody, was willing to stay on the court forever, was the quintessential blue-collar tennis player. Maybe the collar is still blue, and nobody will say that Courier doesn't work hard, but it doesn't seem to matter anymore.
September 4, 2006 |
Think of it as a mini Tour De France, but with the riders stopping every so often to pick up and deliver packages. The course ran through Fairmount Park, where nearly 125 professional messengers gathered yesterday for the finals of the sixth annual North American Cycle Courier Championship. Nine mock businesses were set up at different locations. After starting near Memorial Hall, riders were given three hours to collect and deliver five packages spelled out in their manifests, or work orders.
December 22, 1993 |
Federal Express courier William "Skip" Moyer never really worried about going into dangerous neighborhoods, said Fran Wojnar, a dispatcher for the company and a friend of Moyer's for years. "I asked him about it, and he said you have to know what areas to stay away from," said Wojnar. "He made sure if he had to go into one of those areas, he just got in and got out. " But yesterday, Moyer, 37, a father of four, had no chance to escape. As he was delivering a first-priority package to a bleak block on 9th Street near Clearfield in North Philadelphia shortly before 10 a.m., he was shot in the face and killed in an apparent robbery attempt.
September 21, 2005 |
A federal jury found a former Atlantic City tax collector and his wife guilty yesterday of attempting to rob a tax office courier of $100,000 in cash and checks. Clinton Van Berry, 61, and his wife, Nadine Homick-Van Berry, 55, each face a maximum of 20 years in prison when they are sentenced. They also face a separate trial in a scheme to bribe the mayor of West Cape May for insider information on a federally funded sewer and water-main project. A date for that trial has not been set. In that case, prosecutors said, the Van Berrys hoped to use the information to secure work for Charles Varvaro, an Atlantic County contractor, then collect a cut from him. Varvaro, however, has been an FBI informant since 1978.