August 3, 2014 |
Never put a gun on the stage, advised the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, unless you intend to have it go off during the play. He could have added: Never put a theater prop designed to look like a pipe bomb in a Dumpster - especially if it's near the controversial Goldtex apartments - unless you want to attract the full force of the city's Homeland Security unit. That was the lesson Bayla Rubin, of the Philadelphia theater troupe Applied Mechanics, learned Friday morning after a phalanx of police, firefighters, and ambulances descended on 12th and Wood Streets in response to a report of a bomb in a vacant lot across from Goldtex, scene of bitter months-long union protests in 2012.
June 16, 1998 |
Backed up to a cornfield, the roadside museum John Whitman opened 12 years ago sits empty now, visited only by a stiff Midwestern breeze that whistles through automobile carcasses in the junkyard next door, ripples the knee-high weeds that have sprouted around it, and brings the "For Sale" sign in the parking lot to life with a quiver. Four years ago, Whitman closed his museum - a memorial to the historical event that had obsessed him since childhood - and, unable to bear the thought of his pieces being separated, sold most of the contents to a single buyer.
May 12, 2011 |
A Philadelphia man last seen removing scrap metal from a Dumpster outside a Montgomery County business was found dead Thursday morning, police said. Lower Moreland police said they are awaiting results from an autopsy but expect that the cause of death was natural causes. There are no signs of foul play. They are withholding identification until they notify next of kin, said Lt. Kevin Dillon. When workers at LaMi Products, on 860 Welsh Road in Huntingdon Valley arrived at work around 6:30 a. m., they found the body next to the dumpster behind the building.
May 7, 1988 |
It wasn't exactly what an angry David White expected to find when he rummaged through a couple of dirty trash bags stashed in the dumpster behind his Gloucester County electronics store. "Money. Twenty-dollar bills. Sheets of them," White said yesterday. White had been trying to find clues Monday to how somebody else's trash got in his dumpster. Instead, he found $130,000 in bills that turned out to be counterfeit. Robert Alan Wax, of King of Prussia, was charged Tuesday with manufacturing counterfeit currency.
December 22, 1988 |
The body of a woman was discovered yesterday morning in a dumpster outside the Whitehall Apartments housing project in Frankford. A Streets Department crew found the body about 9 a.m. while emptying dumpsters in a project parking area at Jackson and Wakeling Streets. "The minute I looked in I said to myself, 'My God, it's a body. I'd better call the police,' " said Ronald White, 44, the 21-year Streets Department worker who found the body. Police cordoned off the area and covered the dumpster with a plastic sheet until it was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office, where the body was removed.
June 17, 1996 |
Police yesterday identified the dismembered body found inside a Dumpster in West Philadelphia as Ella Patricia Williams. Williams, 37, had been addicted to crack for nine years, said her mother, Marie Smalls, and her live-in boyfriend, James Brooks, 52. Most of the time, she lived with Brooks and their children - Anthony, 8, and Jamie, 7 - in the 100 block of North 50th Street. But she would wander the streets, looking for drugs, and wouldn't be seen for days, Smalls and Brooks said.
January 7, 2011 |
APROMINENT Philadelphia crime sleuth is speculating that the region's high-profile murder mystery - the shocking discovery of ex-Pentagon official John "Jack" Wheeler III in a Wilmington landfill - might not be a murder at all. William Fleisher, an ex-cop who co-founded Philadelphia's murder-solving Vidocq Society, said that the discovery of eyewitnesses and surveillance video of a disoriented Wheeler before he died suggests that the 66-year-old man...
September 18, 1987 |
A New Jersey National Guard private, who tried to cover up his crime by making it look as if "a mad strangler" had killed his victim, was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years at hard labor after pleading guilty to murder in a two- day court-martial at Fort Dix. Pvt. Jose A. Aponte, 18, of Egg Harbor City, Atlantic County, pleaded guilty to killing Pvt. Rosa M. Martinez of Elsa, Texas, on April 11 when she resisted his advances after they got out...
November 15, 1996 |
Someone knows the identity of a charred body found in a dumpster behind the Village Mall shopping center more than a year ago. And Burlington County prosecutor Stephen G. Raymond hopes new sketches and facial reconstructions of the man will help officials solve the homicide. Until a few months ago, police did not know how the man was killed. But at a news conference yesterday, Raymond said investigators had determined that the man was murdered before he was put in the dumpster.