May 10, 2011 |
She narrowly escaped what could have turned into a sexual assault only three weeks ago, investigators said. Monday, 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman wasn't so lucky. Hours after discovering the Souderton girl's bludgeoned and beaten body wrapped in a comforter and tossed into a nearby dumpster, police arrested the same 24-year-old neighbor who allegedly locked the girl in his apartment and threatened to expose himself to her last month. Now, he was charged with her murder. If police had only done something the first time, tragedy could have been prevented, said the girl's mother Heather Gebhard.
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...
May 12, 2010 |
Police are awaiting a post mortem examination to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found in a Dumpster in West Philadelphia. The body of the unidentified man was discovered at 12:48 a.m. in the Dumpster behind a supermarket at 48th and Brown Streets in the Mill Creek neighborhood and taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in University City, police said. No other details are available.
February 23, 2010 |
A federal investigator who spent three years probing the company charged with fabricating records after the starvation death of teenager Danieal Kelly described wading through a rain-soaked Dumpster in 2007 to retrieve documents tossed out by someone at the agency. "I climbed up the Dumpster and jumped inside," said William McDonald, an agent from the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general's office. There, he spotted two white trash bags that turned out to contain telephone logs and reports subpoenaed by the government.
February 8, 2010
RECENT stories in the Daily News have shined a light on the fact that all of us with older properties - homeowners, renters and landlords - need to know the facts about the health danger from exposed asbestos. To reassure Philadelphia Housing Authority residents that safe and healthy homes are our most important priority, I have directed our staff to take several immediate steps. We are immediately conducting supplemental training for all 600 PHA maintenance workers, supervisors and quality-control staff on the steps to take if they encounter asbestos.
November 15, 2009 |
For the unadventurous among us, home decorating is accomplished in stores and by mail: A couch is on sale at this department store; matching wall sconces (weren't we lucky!) are featured in that catalog. And then there are people like Ellen Hutchinson and Dean Hartung, a long-married couple and both exhibiting artists, who have furnished and restored their East Mount Airy twin in the spirit of Indiana Jones. Like that fictional archaeologist, the couple have often found treasure - buried in trash cans, tossed near railroad tracks, and, of course, up for sale on that modern-day auction block, eBay.
October 25, 2009 |
This month, Philadelphia won an important battle in the war against trash. City Council, by an overwhelming majority, passed a bill that would change how the city licenses and regulates the thousands of Dumpsters scattered throughout Philadelphia. Dumpsters have become the odiferous scourge of our city's commercial corridors. They line our streets and alleys, taking up valuable public space. They are often overflowing, graffiti covered, and, in many cases, unlicensed or illegally placed.
August 20, 2009 |
City Councilman Bill Green didn't have to go far yesterday to make his point about unregulated dumpsters in Center City alleys. Green walked two blocks from City Hall to the 1600 block of Ionic Street, a narrow alley between Chestnut and Sansom streets lined with about 30 dumpsters. Not one, Green said, had a valid right-of-way permit needed to place a dumpster on a sidewalk. Some of the dumpsters were overflowing. Almost all of them were marked with graffiti. All could have been cited for fines.
August 19, 2009 |
At first glance, City Councilman Bill Green may appear a bit paranoid as he calls reporters together this afternoon for a news conference about the problem of trashy-looking dumpsters. Green won't say where the news conference, being held in a Center City alley lined with dumpsters, will happen until reporters arrive at City Hall. Green worries that trash haulers and dumpster users would rush to clean up the alley if he announced its location in advance. The councilman's caution comes two months after he fell prey to a dumpster double-cross.
June 28, 2009 |
All winter, and into late spring, the residents of Spruce Hill walked past the fresh white stucco building with bright blue awnings on a corner of 45th and Chestnut and wondered, "What is going on?" A new restaurant - Demetri's Pizzeria & Mediterranean Cuisine - had been in the works for more than a year. The owners, Dimitri Maroulis and his son Michail, had attended meetings of the community association and listened to the zoning committee's concerns. Yes, they would make sure the Dumpster was sequestered.