December 3, 2015 |
The victims of a double homicide Sunday in Hatfield Borough were identified Tuesday by Montgomery County authorities. Gretchen Viglione, 48, was killed in her home by a gunshot to the head. Her son, Robert Peploe, 28, who also lived in the house, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, the Coroner's Office said. Paul Marshall, 48, who owned the house, was found in the same room dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was ruled a suicide. Neighbors told 6ABC that Marshall and Viglione were engaged.
November 27, 2015
GROWING UP in a world where irony and humor are banned by governmental fiat is a dangerous thing. It turns healthy human beings into all-purpose victims. I've written about this before when the kids at Yale and Mizzou got their pre-Paris attack 15 minutes of fame which, by the way, they were annoyed at losing when the grown-ups took control of the news cycle. But really, it's the gift that keeps on giving, and since this is the week when we talk about gratitude and happiness, who am I to reject another example of millennial idiocy?
November 26, 2015 |
Kenneth R. Rocks Sr., 65, an Army paratrooper and Philadelphia city patrolman who rose to become a vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, died Saturday, Nov. 21, of lung cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. A longtime Philadelphian, he had retired to Lewes, Del., in 2010. "The world lost a great man yesterday," a niece, Claire Rocks, wrote on Facebook. "Protect and serve: It was not just a job, it was a way of being. This wasn't just for his family but also for the rest of the country, as he served in the Vietnam War, and as a Philadelphia police officer and FOP leader.
November 15, 2015 |
Tamela Oglesby was gasping for air. "It felt like my last breath," the 35-year-old nursing assistant said, reaching for her throat as she recounted that night one year ago. "I thought I was going to die. My heart was just beating, really, really fast. " Figuring it would be the fastest way there, she took a bus to Pennsylvania Hospital's emergency room, a few blocks from her Northern Liberties apartment. A chest X-ray revealed the diagnosis that changed her life in ways Oglesby could not have expected.
November 6, 2015 |
U.S. SENATE candidate John Fetterman is a tattooed 6-8 behemoth from the Pittsburgh suburbs who looks like the bar bouncer in a drunken nightmare where you wake up in a cold sweat right before his bowling-ball-size fist collides with your face. But! We can confirm he ain't like that. He won't even punch you in the face if you puke on his shoes. Meet Jay Kyda , 36, a welder who makes furniture for a living and happened to vomit on Fetterman outside a rave about eight years ago. Kyda, who lives in Pittsburgh, reminded Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock, Pa., about the incident on the candidate's Facebook page a couple of weeks ago: "I was half expecting you to kick my ass after I looked up, but you couldn't have been nicer about it. Helped me clean myself up and got me to my friend's car where I slept it off. I didn't know who you were until some friends told me about it later.
October 30, 2015 |
SYRINGES remind Mike Armstrong of his dark, dope-sick days. The times he injected heroin into his veins and prayed for death. And the days he lost four close friends, one after another, when they overdosed. For parents like Valerie Fiore, syringes trigger the memory of finding her lifeless son in the basement of her Warrington, Bucks County, home May 31, 2014, after his last fix. Anthony was just 24. So Fiore and Armstrong are among scores of others who are incensed that Halloween Syringe Pens, which resemble hypodermic needles, are being sold and marketed to children ages 4 and older.
October 7, 2015 |
At 2 p.m. Monday, the hour when something was allegedly supposed to happen, church bells chimed across the University of Pennsylvania. Students clustered by College Green looked around: no disturbance. Fifteen minutes later, tourists posed one by one in front of the Ben Franklin statue at the center of campus. They smiled, smoothed their hair. The absence of news was the news. Across the region Monday, colleges and universities had stepped up security as students wrestled with whether to go to classes in the face of an unnerving anonymous threat.
October 3, 2015 |
Two weeks after a building under construction in Center City was set on fire - and after police released surveillance footage of a man they said was the arsonist - Stephen Pettiway took to the Internet to tell his side of the story. "[The city is] trying to discredit my character," he said in a video posted Tuesday to his Facebook page. "They put me on TV saying I was a man of interest for arson. . . . It backfired. " What Pettiway didn't know was that police were already watching him - and that an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agent had been surveilling him even as he filmed his video.
September 16, 2015 |
Mike Cannon arrives at Jersey Java and Tea with a question. "Urbanists?" he asks, glancing around the cluster of young people on the Haddonfield coffee shop's patio. Heads nod, and Cannon - who's 61 and lives in Laurel Springs - pulls up a chair and dives into the conversation. Welcome to another discussion hosted by the South Jersey Urbanists, a group that seeks to improve the region's small cities and towns by encouraging walkability, sustainability, and smarter development.
September 9, 2015 |
A woman and man were struck and killed early Monday near City Hall by a taxicab that witnesses said appeared to be traveling at 50 m.p.h. - twice the speed limit. Amanda DiGirolomo of Phoenixville and Bryan Botti of Baltimore, both 25, were crossing Broad at Arch Street at 4:34 a.m. when they were struck by a cab traveling north on Broad, police said. The pair had attended the Made in America music festival Sunday night. Witnesses told police that the Rosemont Taxicab Co. vehicle, moving at a fast rate of speed, hit both of the pedestrians, sending them flying about 100 feet.