April 16, 2015 |
IT'S UNCLEAR from court testimony who put the white towel over Lauren Fenningham's head - perhaps it was her killer, or perhaps the person who found her - but it was someone who knew that few could handle seeing what had happened to her young body. Darren Williams, 26, is on trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this week for the murders of Fenningham, 18, and Sean Neal, 23, inside Neal's house on Sebring Road near Shelly in Northeast Philadelphia on Aug. 6, 2013. Williams faces the death penalty if convicted by Judge Steven Geroff, who is presiding over the bench trial.
December 19, 1991 |
So maybe you're a little down on your luck. You could use a few bucks, what with the recession and all. You think, maybe an armed robbery will do the trick. Let's see if you've got what's needed to make the caper work. A gun. Check. A getaway car. No? Then why not take a cab? Police in Woodbury say that's exactly how Andrew M. Gluszek of Westville pulled off an armed robbery at a Wawa convenience store last week. Police said Gluszek entered the Wawa on North Evergreen Avenue at 6:40 p.m. He handed the clerk a note that said, "Put the large bills in a bag or I will shoot you. " When the clerk looked up, Gluszek said, "Don't play" and patted an object underneath his jacket, police said.
October 7, 1996 |
About 100 people gathered yesterday in front of the Mount Airy pizza shop where two men were shot at point-blank range last week. The shootings, at Holiday Pizza on Stenton Avenue, shocked neighbors, who came together to mourn Mohammed Elleman, 35, a partner in the shop, and Alex Alaty, 32, a cook. The men, both immigrants from Egypt, were well-liked around the community. They were popular with the children from the local elementary school, whom they would reward with free slices of pizza for getting A's on their report cards.
August 1, 2014 |
IT'S TIME TO cordon off the Philadelphia Police Department and declare it a crime scene. At this point, what's long been happening inside that broken department is a crime - against good cops whose reputations are tarnished by dirty cops, against residents who've lost faith in a force that's supposed to protect and serve them, and against the laws that cops are supposed to uphold but that bad cops continue to break . . . and break . . . and break,...
June 1, 2010 |
Shortly after 10 a.m. on July 11, 2008, police and ambulances arrived at a crash on I-95 in Philadelphia to find an uncommonly gruesome sight. With five cars scattered in wreckage across both sides of the highway, traffic near the Bridge Street exit was at a standstill. A pickup truck lay in the northbound lanes, its windshield shattered. A short distance away was 50-year-old Ferdinand Ramirez Villaneuva, whose head had landed about a dozen feet from his body. Even for veteran police officers, seeing a dismemberment up close is unusual - so unusual that one officer snapped a grisly photo of the mutilated body with his camera phone and sent it to someone.
February 17, 1987 |
A 19-year-old South Philadelphia man who returned to the scene of the crime while the victim was talking to police was convicted by a jury yesterday of stealing the pocketbook of a 40-year-old woman last March 10. Assistant District Attorney Ramy Djerassi said a few minutes after Mildred Wise was robbed at 22nd and Reed streets, Andre Richardson, of 17th Street near Reed, casually walked by while Wise and John Bingham, who had chased Richardson, were...
May 8, 1997 |
He started inviting a woman from an escort service to his home around the time he got married. He took his wife and baby to restaurants at night - but by day, paid a stripper $1,000 a week to perform for him, authorities say. Craig Rabinowitz, the Lower Merion latex salesman accused of strangling his lawyer wife to death, led two lives. Yesterday, Rabinowitz - portrayed over and over by family and friends as almost fanatically devoted to his wife - was described in a 34-page court document as a man who paid for prostitutes and had an addiction to the company of a stripper.
May 1, 1997 |
On one hand is a well-loved private investigator, stabbed last fall in his Trevose home, and three men who say David Alan Elliott confessed to the murder. On the other, is a crime scene with no links to Elliott. No conclusive DNA. No hair or blood samples. No fingerprints. The decision before 12 jurors, who yesterday deliberated for three hours at the Bucks County Courthouse, could be described as nothing less than "gut wrenching," said alternate juror Donna Halpern. She and three other alternates were dismissed yesterday after sitting through the testimony in the eight-day James Rebuck murder trial.
August 13, 2008 |
It was a camp field trip, with nary a field in sight. Instead, the campers were bused from suburban Rosemont College to Main Street, Manayunk. To the Nicole Miller store, to be exact. There, they questioned the store's managers, tried on wedding gowns and cocktail dresses, and sought inspiration for their own designs. Welcome to Fashion Camp, where participants learn about the industry while they sketch, sew, and eventually saunter down the runway in their own creations. "It's just my thing," was how Julia Fay, 13, of Malvern explained why she signed on for the eight-week program.
June 27, 1996 |
A lawyer representing Andrew M. Kobak said yesterday that his client "maintains he had absolutely nothing to do" with the slaying of Aimee Willard. Anthony Petrone said news reports about Kobak, 23, had been "grossly inaccurate. " He specifically denied that Kobak went to the scene of Willard's abduction and talked to police there. Petrone's defense of his client came a day after investigators searched the house that Kobak shares with his parents in Lower Merion Township. During the search, police confiscated a teal Ford Escort believed to be Kobak's.