May 15, 2015 |
A JUDGE MAY RULE today on whether to admit evidence at trial that shows that an excavator operator was on drugs at the site of the deadly Market Street building collapse. Lawyer William Davis, who represents Sean Benschop, the operator charged with third-degree murder, argued during a motions hearing yesterday that police did not have probable cause to request a blood test on Benschop while he was being treated at a hospital immediately after the June 6, 2013, collapse that killed six people and injured several others in Center City.
June 4, 2014 |
James B. Alpin Sr., 76, of Jacobstown, a former crane operator at U.S. Steel in Bucks County, died of leukemia on Wednesday, May 28, at home. After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in 1955, Mr. Alpin worked as an Army medic in West Germany during his 1956-58 military service. Mr. Alpin began his career in the Rolling Division of U.S. Steel in Fairless Hills in 1955, before entering the Army, and retired in 1987. He made it a career, daughter Suzanne Fenton said, because "he was good at it. " Mr. Alpin and his wife, Gloria, then opened a Burlington City franchise for the national firm PIP Printing & Marketing Services, which they operated until 2003.
February 15, 2014 |
An Aker Philadelphia Shipyard employee injured while repairing a crane early Wednesday is in stable condition, the South Philadelphia shipbuilder said. The employee, an electrician, was performing maintenance on a gantry crane "when an electrical fault occurred," Aker said. The Philadelphia Fire Department responded. The employee, whom Aker did not identify, citing privacy concerns, was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center with burns on his face and hands, an Aker union official said.
September 13, 2013 |
A crane was used to help rescue a 65-year-old man from near the top of a tower or mast structure on Moorestown's "cruiser in the cornfield" Wednesday afternoon. The man, a contractor for Honeywell whose name was not provided by authorities, was working on an outdoor platform when he began to experience a medical issue. Initial reports said he had a seizure. Officially called the Vice Adm. James H. Doyle Combat Systems Engineering Development Site, the building is owned by the Navy, with naval personnel working alongside Lockheed Martin employees.
August 22, 2013 |
The parents of a 30-year-old Burlington City man who was killed in a New York City crane collapse last year have settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1 million. The Liberty Mutual insurance company will pay the sum as part of the settlement between crane owner Yonkers Contracting and the parents of Michael J. Simermeyer. The settlement concludes the suit brought by Colleen and Michael Simermeyer alleging wrongful death of their son, who was killed April 3, 2012, when the crane collapsed in Manhattan during a subway construction project.
June 21, 2013 |
WHEN ROBERT Jackson was a kid growing up near 52nd and Race streets in West Philadelphia, he saw it as one of his missions to take care of the elderly. "He'd be out shoveling their snow, taking out their trash," said Lumpkin Williams, a neighbor growing up with Robert on Wilton Street near Race. "He would shovel eight houses while I was doing one. He was a good-hearted person, always there for you. " Robert's grandmother called him "Nature Boy" when he was born - because "he was a fine specimen of a boy," his family said.
June 10, 2013
Trevor Bayne rallied to win the rain-plagued NASCAR Nationwide-DuPont Pioneer 250 race in Newton, Iowa, on Sunday, becoming just the third series regular to win this season. Bayne caught pole-sitter Austin Dillon with 11 laps to go and hung on for his second career win and first of 2013. Dillon was second, followed by Elliott Sadler , Sam Hornish Jr ., and Kyle Larson in the first Nationwide race of the year without a Sprint Cup driver. The race, scheduled for Saturday night, was washed out by rain.
January 18, 2013 |
LONDON - A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour Wednesday, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured, officials said. The helicopter crashed in misty weather just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and close to the headquarters of spy agency MI6. Police said one person had critical injuries.
January 10, 2013
Sheriff starts school patrols PHOENIX - The sheriff for metro Phoenix has launched a plan to have as many as 500 armed volunteers patrol areas just outside schools to guard against shootings like last month's Connecticut attack. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office said Wednesday that the patrols were launched this week at 59 schools in unincorporated areas and communities that pay his agency for police services. He hopes to have as many as 400 posse volunteers and an additional 100 known as reserve deputies.
April 9, 2012 |
The artist Ellsworth Kelly was there. Joseph Neubauer, the Barnes Foundation vice chairman and donor extraordinaire, was also there. So were dozens of skilled movers, installers, crane operators, and art handlers. A swarm of project managers and members of the Kelly entourage talked and looked on in the shadow of a giant yellow crane angling from the parking lot of the Barnes' new gallery on the Parkway. They had all turned out Monday morning, waiting, as the artist put it, to "bring something back to Philadelphia" - a monumental sculpture by Kelly, his 40-foot-high, eight-ton, stainless steel The Barnes Totem . The Neubauer Family Foundation made the acquisition possible for the Barnes and, as Joseph Neubauer said, for "everyone in the city passing by. " It is the first public work installed here by Kelly, 88 and an undisputed master of American art, since his massive Transportation Building Lobby Sculpture was quietly removed from the old Greyhound office building on Market Street and sold in 1996.