April 30, 2000 |
Patty Ivory woke up at midnight, remembering she had forgotten to clean the refrigerator. The next morning, she went for her customary walk with a neighbor, her best friend. They cried the whole way. Then she came home and started the washing machine. Again. When the movers arrived at 9 a.m., she had just put in another batch of bedsheets. Library books were stacked by the front door, waiting to be returned. For Patty Ivory and her husband, Tim, moving had come down to last-minute chores and tearful good-byes.
August 23, 1999 |
With sunlight reflecting off the blue-green waters of Grand Traverse Bay, and tourists dallying outside upscale boutiques or making calls from the red, British-style phone booths along the main street, this little town could not look more benign or more welcoming. But in fact, people here are more than a little frightened, unnerved by a series of unsolved arsons that have struck over the last year. That an arsonist has chosen to work in such an idyllic place, and that the crimes have gone unsolved for so long, has given Suttons Bay's summer an almost fictional quality.
May 18, 1999 |
The naked body of a man - minus the head, both arms, and both legs below the knees - was found yesterday afternoon in a Dumpster near the Jenkintown train station, police said. A janitor from a local business discovered the torso about 2:45 p.m. at Greenwood and Glenside Avenues. The head and limbs have not been found, said Montgomery County Deputy District Attorney Bruce L. Castor. The body, which was wrapped in heavy plastic and duct tape, appeared to have been put in the Dumpster not long before being found, Castor said, and "showed no evidence of decomposition.
January 8, 1999 |
Billy Harple, who was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison for arson, thought of himself as a military general a couple years ago when he and his teen-age pals were setting fires in Port Richmond. A grossly overweight high school dropout working minimum-wage jobs, Harple awarded himself and his young accomplices imaginary "stars" every time they dropped a match in the dark of night in a Dumpster or abandoned car or vacant building. The fires, set in industrial sections bordering the gang's neighborhood, started off small but got much bigger and very destructive over a four-month period.
July 29, 1998 |
The decapitated, tattooed young man found in a Dumpster in Burlington County has been identified and is from Philadelphia, authorities said yesterday. Assistant Burlington County Prosecutor Mike Riley said authorities would not release the victim's name or cause of death until his family was notified. However, he said the man had a criminal record and had been identified through fingerprints. But Philadelphia police and the FBI were joining the investigation, he said. The man was described as Asian, with a tattoo of a roaring tiger across one shoulder and bicep.
July 11, 1998 |
It's been a little more than two years since the day he laid eyes on her lifeless body in the grass. For almost a month after that day, the North Philadelphia teen-ager had nightmares from the discovery of the body of slain coed Aimee Willard in a trash-filled lot at 16th Street and Indiana Avenue, about 13 hours after she had been abducted from her car on the Blue Route in June 1996. "At first I thought it was a mannequin until I saw the blood," said the 16-year-old boy, who doesn't want his name published.
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.
June 6, 1998 |
A couple of years ago in Powelton Village there was an auction put on by a group known as the Dumpster Divers, semiprofessional scavengers who find treasure in other people's discards. Well, next week the Divers will be involved in another auction, this one a charity event. As charity auctions go, it is unlikely to be ranked with such high-price events as the National Adoption Center's or the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, to mention two recent ones. But it is noteworthy for the cause it will help and the place where it will be held.
May 15, 1998 |
Police have recovered a cache of car stereos, other automotive accessories, and tools they say were stolen from 50 cars in recent weeks and have charged two local men in connection with those thefts. Robert Buck, 41, of the 800 block of State Road, Croydon, and Jonathan Evans, 32, of Marion Avenue, Levittown, were arrested at 6 p.m. Wednesday after police simultaneously raided Buck's apartment and a rental storage locker and recovered most of the goods. Both men were charged with theft, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy in the vehicular break-in spree, which police said occurred over the last five weeks in the Levittown and Croydon areas.
May 12, 1998 |
One Sunday morning eight years ago, Dani Merlino's family woke up and discovered the yard of their Cooper Street home strewn with pornographic pictures, allegedly blown there from a Dumpster behind a nearby adult bookstore. Horrified that her five children, then ages 1 to 9, had been exposed to such graphic sexual material, Merlino said she gathered the pornography into more than 10 trash bags, marched into the borough clerk's office the next day, and dumped it on her desk. "This is what the children of Stratford woke up to," she announced.