December 20, 2011 |
A Wilmington man has been charged with kidnapping and murdering a 65-year-old woman who was out walking her dog, police said Tuesday. Dwight L. Smith, 24, of West 36th Street, was held without bail after his arrest Monday night. He is accused of killing Marsha Lee of Whittier Road in the Brandywine Hills section of Wilmington. Smith's Facebook page indicates that he is an Army staff sergeant. His father, Dwight Sr., told television news reporters that his son was a combat veteran who was wounded during his second tour in Afghanistan.
July 30, 2014 |
The 911 calls came within minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning. First, for a 5-year-old girl banging on the front door, her clothes bloodied, at the Winslow Township home she shared with her mother. "Mommy is dead," the girl, uninjured, told another person, who answered the door, according to authorities. Less than a mile away, a pizza delivery driver dialed 911 after finding a body - the girl's mother, covered in blood - on the side of a road. Night turned to dawn, and a manhunt ensued for Jennifer Bongco's killer.
November 11, 2012 |
As I browsed my Facebook page over Labor Day weekend, I noticed a friend had shared a link about his mother's story that was published in The Inquirer. I could not resist making a contribution of my own because I did not become friends with Jeremy Albelda in Philadelphia. Instead, we crossed paths in Buenos Aires, where we shared the same goal: to become immersed in a Spanish-speaking culture and experience life as newly proclaimed "world citizens. " We have since gone separate ways, finished our collegiate careers and traveled to various corners of the globe.
March 12, 2013 |
A LIFE ON the road ended in the blood-soaked parking lot of the Last Chance Saloon in Camden County. Authorities say Francis Panetta Jr., a member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club, was stabbed in the leg outside the biker bar on the White Horse Pike in Chesilhurst just beore 11 p.m. Friday. The stabbing severed a major artery near his knee, authorities said, and Panetta, 44, was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. at a nearby hospital. "Him and another guy got in a fight," said Manny Corti, the bar's owner.
November 25, 2010 |
A Bronze Star recipient from Berks County, Pa., who was engaged to be married was killed Monday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the Army announced Wednesday. Staff Sgt. Sean Michael Flannery, 29, of Wyomissing, was killed by an improvised explosive device in the village of Ghotamudkha in Kandahar province, a Taliban hotbed. Also killed in the incident was Spec. William Kyle Middleton, 26, of Norfolk, Va. Flannery, who was engaged to Christina E. Martin of Raleigh, N.C., was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky. He also had served in Iraq.
December 13, 2013 |
HATBORO A Hatboro woman was charged with homicide for allegedly providing heroin to her 19-year-old boyfriend, who died of a drug overdose, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Carly P. Stevenson, 27, called 911 the afternoon of Sept. 29 to report that her boyfriend was "blue in the lips, cold to the touch, and was not breathing," according to a news release from the District Attorney's Office. Emergency responders arrived to find Brandon Cron, 19, of Quakertown, dead.
October 18, 2011 |
AN FBI AGENT testified yesterday at the trial of a Bethlehem man accused of posting threats on his Facebook page that "they seemed to be escalating and getting worse with each post. " Anthony Douglas Elonis, 28, was charged in January with interstate communication of threats. When federal defender Benjamin Brait Cooper asked agent Denise Stevens if she could explain "disclaimers" that Elonis made with the alleged threats, she said she didn't know how to. Later, she said the disclaimers "actually made [the posts]
March 21, 2012 |
A body pulled from the Schuylkill in Philadelphia Tuesday has been identified as that of a Drexel University professor from Lower Merion Township. Nagesh Idupulapati, a 29-year-old mechanical engineering assistant research professor, had been reported missing by the Lower Merion Police Department March 11, police said. Idupulapati, who was originally from India, had written in a suicide note that he was going to jump off a bridge, police said. The day after he went missing police had recovered Idupulapati's Honda Accord near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.
February 22, 2012 |
Lower Merion school officials are warning parents about an outfit that posted a YouTube video of local high school and college students engaging in what appears to be underage drinking and illegal drug use under the name "I'm Shmacked. " In a letter sent home Tuesday, the principals of Harriton and Lower Merion High Schools termed the images "reprehensible and cause for great concern. " The video shows binge drinking, marijuana use, window smashing and use of drugs and alcohol in cars by students purported to be from Lower Merion - all presented as a lark.
August 27, 2012 |
A Facebook page called "I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones" - the two alleged cop-killers who gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Aug. 18 - sparked outrage among law-enforcement authorities before it was taken down Sunday evening. It was created by former Philadelphia restaurant worker Joshua Scott Albert, who became infamous as the creator of the Staph Meal blog, which criticized the restaurant industry. And, as if that's not enough, Albert also launched a Facebook page earlier this month called "Kill Mitt Romney.