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August 5, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Gerald Sykes, his wife, and their miniature pinscher, Sarah, never heard police knock outside their rural South Jersey home, according to the family, before a state trooper shot him Friday night while responding to a disconnected 911 call. Authorities believed the call, in which the person hung up before speaking, had come from Sykes' house. It had not. In the dark, Sykes and his wife believed the two troopers outside were intruders. "It's been a horrible thing, something no one should have to live through," said his stepdaughter, Diana LaFalce, 56, of Clayton.
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January 18, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - With its curious sign that read "BOTTLES & DEVICES" leaning against a tree in the yard, the old farmhouse on Route 9 was just another odd Shore landmark to many beach-bound motorists. But pull into the unpaved driveway and venture inside the house's adjacent shop and nearby barn and you were met with a trove of 18th- and 19th-century antiques - and by the Peech family, whose members had spent decades restoring and selling the curios and relics, many gathered from Philadelphia estates.
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May 29, 2016 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, Staff Writer
Hello there She first saw him across the room at a family friend's wedding, dancing awkwardly. "Who is that?" Farwa asked her sister Fatima. "That's the guy Mom's been trying to set you up with," her sister said. Fatima recognized Shaan from a photo shared with their mom, Kishwar, by Kishwar's friend Naheeda, who is Shaan's aunt. The women hoped the wonderful yet perpetually single young people in their lives might make a good pair. And that right there was why Farwa had refused to know the man's name or even look at his picture.
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February 26, 2001 | By Matthew P. Blanchard INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After their $500,000 Bucks County home burned to the ground one winter night in 1995, it did not take long for James and Barbara Saracino to settle back down to the good life, this time just outside the old-money borough of Yardley.James Saracino, 47, was an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance Cos., just like his father and a brother. Barbara Saracino, 44, was a family physician with a devoted clientele. Just three months after their two-story, brick-veneer Colonial in Northampton was destroyed, they bought a $750,000 nouveau French chateau in flamingo-pink stucco for themselves and their two curly-haired young daughters.
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November 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities searching for clues in Friday's double slaying near Lemon Hill Mansion are investigating the case as a "crime of passion," committed when someone found the victims having sex in the backseat of an SUV and shot them to death. Police have identified Shakoor Arline, 25, and Lisa Smith, 32, as the victims found in a Toyota Sequoia on Lemon Hill Drive in Fairmount Park on Friday afternoon. Investigators are exploring whether the couple's romantic entanglements had something to do with their death.
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June 26, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
Two-year-old Brendon Lawler gets airborne at the beach in Wildwood with some help from a family friend. If he's up for beach weather, he should get more of it today, with highs again in the 90s.
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August 27, 1997 | By Lillian Micko, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 13-year-old boy identified as a Northeast Philadelphia youngster drowned yesterday when he fell off a Conrail bridge into Pennsauken Creek about 1 1/2 miles south of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, authorities said. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed the victim as Brian Rose, 13. Police said the teenager was playing on bicycles with friends and apparently was performing bike jumps on the rail span when he fell into the creek near where it flows into the Delaware River. Once in the water, he became entangled in debris.
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July 1, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
FAMILY COMES first at Remnant Ministries, the Las Vegas church where former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham serves as pastor. "The family unit is the most important unit in the universe," the church's Web site states. "Healthy families are the closest thing to heaven on earth. " Cunningham's universe was shattered late Tuesday afternoon when his youngest son accidentally drowned in the family's back-yard hot tub - the same tub in which Cunningham, an ordained minister, reportedly performs baptisms.
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October 17, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of a 3-year-old Haddon Township boy whose body was found in the woods Tuesday suspects foul play was involved, but has few clues as to how or why Brendan Link Creato died, a family friend said Friday. "They know that the child couldn't have done this to himself. They believe someone did this to him," said Firas Emachah, 42, of Shamong, who said he had known the Creato family for 12 years and answered the phone Friday at the family's home improvement business. "But again who, when, where, how, that's completely up in the air, to the point where they can't even comprehend for a second what could have happened or why. " Authorities have remained silent about their investigation into Brendan's death, other than saying an autopsy on Tuesday could not determine the cause.
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