July 3, 1990 |
A 4-year-old girl taking a tricycle out to play was caught in an elevator door of a West Mount Airy apartment building yesterday and was crushed to death in front of her 7-year-old sister, police said. Firefighters pried open the heavy metal door and freed Shantee Lancaster, but she was dead on arrival at Albert Einstein Medical Center 40 minutes after the accident. Shantee became trapped about 5:30 p.m. as she and her sister, Diana, were leaving the elevator in the lobby of the B-building of the Upsal Gardens Apartments in the 200 block of West Upsal Street, police said.
September 15, 2009 |
SEPTA is considering an appeal of an order requiring two subway-access elevators near City Hall, the transit agency's chief lawyer said yesterday. The city's transportation chief, though, said she would prefer that SEPTA not contest the ruling but find a way to meet the needs of the handicapped riders who sued for better access. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter ruled in favor of disabled passengers who sued to compel SEPTA to build the elevators. She gave SEPTA until Oct. 30 to prepare a schedule for complying with the order.
September 13, 1987 |
A proposal to install an elevator in the Sharon Hill Borough firehouse has been rejected by the borough council because estimates were far above the $45,000 set aside for the project. At a council meeting Thursday night, council member Ralph S. Brower Jr. said that the borough's engineer H. Gilroy Damon estimated that the project would cost $78,500 - $33,500 more than originally allocated from a state grant that was intended for building improvements. The council rejected the proposal by a 6-0 vote with council member Dominic Corvaia absent.
December 21, 1986 |
The Upper Merion school board awarded new contracts this week for the installation of an elevator at the high school and the restoration of the school district's boathouse. The elevator project was awarded to Walter Brucker of New Britain for $106,962. Plans call for the elevator to be installed between the first and second floors of the high school, with work scheduled to begin this year. Building materials for the boathouse will be purchased from March and Kneas Lumber of Norristown.
August 3, 2012 |
Police are looking for a man who they say violently assaulted and robbed an 86-year-old SEPTA passenger in an elevator at the Church Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line last month. The attack was captured on video by a surveillance camera. Around 9 p.m. July 2, according to police, the victim got onto an elevator on the westbound platform at Church Street in Frankford and was followed on by a man who pushed him into the corner of the lift, grabbed him by the throat and went through his pockets, stealing his wallet and $500 cash.
February 15, 1992 |
Five workers were injured - one critically - when the freight elevator they were on plummeted four stories to the basement of a Center City office building last night, authorities said. The four men and one woman were rushed to area hospitals after the incident, which occurred about 6:30 p.m. at 2301 Chestnut St., in a building housing the engineering and architectural firm of Kling-Lindquist Partnership Inc., Fire Department officials said. One of the injured, Vernon Holman, 21, of West Philadelphia, said the workers had just loaded trash from the fourth floor onto the elevator and were heading down to the basement.
May 15, 1989 |
Debby Metz spent the worst Mother's Day of her life - trapped for 21 hours in a stuck elevator in a deserted midtown office building. Metz, 39, was finally rescued yesterday afternoon, when her son and her sister, after a sleepless night, found an extra set of her keys to the building and came looking for her. Her ordeal began when she went for a pre-Mother's Day dinner Saturday night with her twin sister, Gerry, at a Japanese restaurant on...
May 19, 2002 |
Lucy the Elephant needs an elevator. That's what federal regulations say would be needed to keep Lucy in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her architects, who just completed a costly and lengthy makeover of the famous beachfront pachyderm landmark, say an elevator up into Lucy's belly would, to put it delicately, ruin her historic integrity. (Translation: An elephant with an elevator is ridiculous, even if the elephant used to be a hotel and has winding stairs inside her rear legs.
March 5, 1987 |
Guido "Frank" Corvaglia, a City Hall elevator operator for 30 years who took his job so seriously he wouldn't even sit on the stool he was issued, died Monday. He was 70 and lived in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. Corvaglia went to work for the city in 1946 after being discharged from the Army Air Corps. He had served in the Asiatic-Pacific theater during World War II. "He always thought of taking up something else, but he never got around to it," said his wife, the former Nora DeBlasis.
September 18, 2010 |
Devil , the superior, super-creepy supernatural thriller from producer M. Night Shyamalan, opens with a gorgeous aerial shot of the Philly skyline. Gorgeous, but also superbly unsettling: The city is upside down. Skyscrapers, churches, apartment blocks - William Penn's statue atop City Hall - jut out and down above us as the camera sweeps across the city to the intense swells of Fernando Velázquez's score. "The time," to quote the poet, "is out of joint. " And the devil walks among us. That's the scrumptious premise behind Devil , a tight, imaginative little flick about three men and two women stuck in a Center City elevator who are murdered - one by one - in inventive, gruesome ways.