October 15, 2006 |
When a child on the Department of Human Services' watch is killed by a caregiver, city and state officials comb through case files and interview social workers to find out what went wrong. But the public never hears the results of those investigations. Officials say the so-called "death reviews" are kept confidential by law to protect children, families and witnesses. Critics contend that the secrecy serves another end: to shield the agency from embarrassment and accountability.
April 8, 2012 |
Richard Gessner saved a guy just last month. It was in an abandoned patch of Philadelphia woods, far from a phone. The man had overdosed, wasn't breathing, was already turning blue. Gessner jabbed him with a syringe containing naloxone, as he had been trained to do. The man survived. "It is a good feeling," said Gessner, a 42-year-old homeless man with a 12-bag-a-day heroin habit. He spoke two weeks after the rescue as he sat through another overdose-prevention class, a requirement to refill his lifesaving prescription.
May 27, 1998 |
Two people were killed in a one-car accident Monday when their car hit a curb in the 1400 block of North Longacre Boulevard and caromed into a cast-iron utility pole, police said. Speeding may have been a factor in the accident, which occurred about 6:30 a.m., but police are not sure why the car went out of control, Police Chief Donald J. Molineux said. The crash is under investigation. The identities of the victims were being withheld yesterday pending an examination by the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office.
August 29, 1997 |
One down, one to go. That was the news in Atlantic County yesterday, as officials glowed over today's scheduled reopening of one of the two major bridges washed out in last week's torrential rainfall. The bridge, on Route 559 at the Sugar Hill intersection at Route 40, is scheduled to open at 3:30 p.m. "They were working around the clock, 24 hours a day," said Mike Schurman, deputy emergency management coordinator in Atlantic County. "This is tremendous news for Hamilton Township people that have had one big traffic nightmare.
July 22, 2008 |
DRUNKEN driving stories, like those in the July 16 Daily News ("Vehicle Device Thwarts DUI Offenders" and "Losing Control: Philly Beset by High Rate of Drunken Driving"), make headlines every day. Groups like MADD relentlessly remind Americans that the abuse of alcohol continues to be a huge problem on our roadways and, as a result, the most drastic measures are needed. Though truly "drunken" driving is a serious issue, much of the reported problem is little more than PR. Consider fatality statistics.
November 8, 1988 |
Most people here in Mifflin County call it the Missing Link. Some call the 4.3-mile stretch of U.S. Route 322 the Bermuda Triangle of highways. In 16 years, 15 people who have entered it have not come out alive. And dozens of people each year are crippled and maimed in accidents on it. The latest fatality occurred Oct. 24. Raymond Erney, grandfather of Rutgers University quarterback Scott Erney, drove up from Florida to see his grandson pass against Penn State. Erney never made it back to Florida.
September 6, 2005 |
Delaware County's privately run prison has come under the scrutiny of county investigators, and the company that runs the facility was scrambling to examine its policies and identify any missteps after five questionable inmate deaths in the last five months, officials said. Four deaths - a heroin overdose, two apparent suicides and an unexplained fatality - are under review by Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green. The fifth death, from a fistfight, was investigated earlier this year, but no charges were filed.
October 18, 1999 |
Paul Barteld isn't sure whether his 7-year-old son will ever ride a roller coaster again. Michael Barteld, of Pine Hill, was aboard the Wild Wonder coaster on Ocean City's boardwalk on Aug. 28 when the car ahead malfunctioned, plummeted backward 40 feet, tore around a sharp corner, and slammed into his car. A mother and daughter, Kimberly Bailey, 39, and Jessica Bailey, 8, of Pomona, N.Y., were thrown from the crashing car and killed. "It was very scary for him," said Paul Barteld, whose son was cut and bruised.
February 5, 2013 |
THE THREE-STORY brick building on a busy corner in West Philly normally would not draw a second glance. Dead house plants gather dust in the storefront windows of the long-closed business. Moldering mail piles in the foyer. Vandals have busted the windows and sprayed graffiti. Yet some passers-by pause to gawk and even press their faces to the dirty windows for a peek. People died in there. The building is where Kermit Gosnell ran his abortion clinic for 38 years. Authorities raided it in early 2010, thinking Gosnell was running a pill mill.
February 26, 1997 |
An aspiring chef who committed suicide Monday had told police she was with Guy A. Sileo, co-owner of the General Wayne Inn, during part of the night when Sileo's partner, James E. Webb, was slain, Montgomery County District Attorney Michael D. Marino said yesterday. Marino said investigators in the Webb case believe Felicia Rae Moyse, 20, a cook at the historic Main Line inn, killed herself because Sileo, 29, had ended a relationship with her and returned to his wife, Denise. Delaware County Medical Examiner Dmitri L. Contostavlos ruled Moyse's death a suicide yesterday.