August 27, 2000 |
When Susan and Ray Kuni held a Super Bowl party at their Bellmawr residence in 1999, no one showed more excitement at the bash than Kim Lee, their 8-year-old Pekingese dog. She mingled happily among the guests, licking faces, offering her head for a friendly scratch. The next day, Susan Kuni noticed that Kim Lee's kidneys seemed blocked. The veterinarian found kidney stones and kept Kim Lee overnight for an operation. The next day, the Kunis received a phone call from the vet. Kim Lee had died that morning.
May 2, 1998 |
It's going to take a lot of luck for police to find out who killed ex-cop Steven Alexander, whose severed arm was found in a Trenton Dumpster. It would help if they find the rest of his body. Alexander's arm was found Monday, two days after he was last seen leaving his Northeast Philadelphia home. So far, Trenton police have few leads and have made no arrests. But they are looking into the possibility that Alexander, 56, a well-known gambler in Atlantic City casinos, may have been killed because of a connection to organized crime, said Trenton Police Capt.
May 8, 2010 |
Richard H. Still didn't stray far after he allegedly killed Louis J. Berger Jr., his girlfriend's grandfather, in Berger's home on Feb. 11. Still, 24, continued to stay off and on at Berger's Delanco home, where his granddaughter and her children also lived, authorities said. Still's address is listed as Berger's address. Family members reported Berger missing in mid-February. As late as Tuesday, a neighborhood resident said he saw Still chatting with people in a house on the block where Berger's son lived.
April 3, 1995 |
As 2-year-old Nikki Melissa Smith sat eating french fries yesterday afternoon, the only outward signs that she had been stabbed Saturday night were two puncture wounds on her tiny left fist. Five more stab wounds on her chest and stomach were covered by bandages underneath her pink shirt. "I'm still waking up from this nightmare," said Nikki's mother, Gail Sokolow, 27, holding her daughter in her Strawberry Mansion rowhouse. The toddler was at a rowhouse in the 2400 block of North Corlies Street about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when Effie Lewis, 55, a family friend who had been staying there, stabbed her repeatedly with a knife, police said.
December 23, 2003 |
an animal lover who was looking forward to the birth of ducks and chicks on Christmas Day - was fatally shot by a former boyfriend on Sunday, police said. Yesterday, family and friends were mourning the death of Julianne Thompson, 37, who police said was killed in front of her 18-year-old daughter. Stephen M. Clarke, 43, of Pennsbury Township, who had lived with Thompson until recently, has been charged with homicide, burglary and related offenses, according to state police.
March 23, 1995 |
He was 13 years old, but Charles Ferreras' street instincts took over when the gunman waved a 9mm automatic in his face. "I grabbed the gun and pushed it away," Charles told a Camden Superior Court jury yesterday. Six shots were fired. Although Charles escaped unhurt, his father, Carlos Ferreras, lay dead, slumped next to him on the front seat of the family car. His 11-year-old brother, Christopher, huddled, trembling, underneath the car, watching as the gunman fled. Before testimony ended yesterday, Charles, now 15, wept and his voice cracked as he described how a family friend shot his father to death while the two boys watched.
January 8, 1993 |
A fast-moving fire, ignited by a cigarette, swept through an Overbrook rowhouse early yesterday morning, taking the lives of an infant, a toddler, a 12-year-old and a 21-year-old friend of the family who was watching the children, fire officials said. Smoke roused neighbors on either side of Marianne Dea Abarca's home on the 1100 block of Marlyn Road. Saving her children was their first thought. But the front door was already too hot to touch, so one neighbor dialed 911 while the other went door-to-door alerting others on the block that one resident described as a "true community.
January 26, 1998 |
There's a point on Irving Avenue where the rowhouses that line the downtown area disappear and overgrown fields sprout up. Streetlights become rare at the edge of this Cumberland County city. And at night, cars whiz down the road. But recently, passersby have stopped in front of a house just a few feet off Irving to gaze at the only bit of light in the whole area. A cross with a heart in its middle, lined with red and white Christmas lights, shines bright on the front porch of the Mason household.
March 6, 1993 |
Kathy Connors was waiting at her Oaklyn home Thursday for news of her missing 10-year-old daughter when a neighbor stopped by to console her. David L. Knox put his arm around her, even deflected some of the media attention by doing a TV interview. "I just saw her with a friend," he told WCAU reporter Terry Ruggles, describing his last sighting of Tracy Joy Connors along railroad tracks in Oaklyn. "So . . . she never came back to you?" asked Ruggles. "No. No," said the stocky Knox, in calm, even tones.
September 9, 2004 |
After more than a week of anxiety over the disappearance of her 14-year-old daughter, Jackie Naylor gained a measure of hope yesterday. Police detectives had tracked down at Baltimore-Washington International Airport a car leased by a 43-year-old man believed to be traveling with her daughter, Jessica. "Now they have a lead, something to go on," Naylor said from her home in Deptford. "The whole thing is making me sick. If she went willingly with him, she's probably just thinking it's like a little vacation, but he's thinking it's permanent, like she's his possession.