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June 19, 2011
The Ferris wheel in Wildwood from which an 11-year-old girl fell to her death earlier this month is back in service, albeit with new safety precautions. The attraction at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier reopened early Saturday afternoon. The amusement park has implemented state recommendations that there be a minimum of two passengers per car. It raised the minimum height required to ride the 156-foot-high Ferris wheel from 54 inches to 60 inches. The cause of the fall that killed Abiah Jones, of Pleasantville, hasn't been determined.
NEWS
June 9, 2011
ATLANTIC CITY - The 11-year-old Pleasantville girl who fell from a Ferris wheel in Wildwood was laid to rest after a funeral Wednesday in Atlantic City. More than 350 mourners gathered at the All Wars Memorial Building for the 30-minute Muslim service for Abiah Jones. The Press of Atlantic City reported that friends and classmates from PleasanTech Academy Charter School wore T-shirts with her picture and the slogan "RIP. Love You. " Jones was buried at Seaside Cemetery in Upper Township.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 215-854-5916
She was both "old and young," her mother said, a studious little girl who liked to have fun but dreamed of being a lawyer or doctor someday. But Abiah Jones, 11, wasn't old enough to be alone on the 156-foot Ferris wheel in Wildwood on June 3, her parents said, and she shouldn't have died so young, while on a class trip with friends. "This is the biggest loss and the worst thing I have ever been through in my life," Twanda Jones, Abiah's mother, said yesterday afternoon at a Center City law firm.
NEWS
June 18, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Ferris wheel at Morey's Piers amusement park in Wildwood is set to reopen Saturday for the first time since the fatal fall June 3 of an 11-year-old girl. This week, investigators from New Jersey's Carnival Ride Safety Unit released a report that found no mechanical defects on the more-than-25-year-old ride. The report theorized that the victim, Abiah Jones of Pleasantville, N.J., might have been kneeling or standing on the seat or leaning out of the gondola when she fell. The state recommended that high-elevation rides in which customers are not restrained require a minimum of two passengers per compartment.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mother of the 11-year-old girl who died falling from a Wildwood Ferris wheel tearfully described the call from a cousin informing her of her daughter's accident. "I knew something was major, because she was huffing and puffing. . . . And I just go numb right then and there," Twanda Jones of Pleasantville, N.J., said Tuesday at a news conference in Philadelphia. "On our way up there, they told me. I asked 'What's wrong?' and I asked them 'Is she alive?' and they told me no. " Abiah Jones' parents spoke at the Center City offices of their attorneys, who said they were investigating the June 3 accident at Morey's Piers toward possibly filing a lawsuit.
NEWS
June 4, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell and Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writers
WILDWOOD - An 11-year-old Atlantic County girl on a year-end school trip to a Boardwalk amusement park died Friday afternoon when she fell from a Ferris wheel. Abiah Jones of Pleasantville was at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier with classmates from the PleasanTech Academy Charter School when she plummeted from the 156-foot-high Giant Wheel about 12:30 p.m., authorities said. Harrolt Butron, a park patron, saw the girl land on a metal platform at the bottom of the ride. "Everyone came over," Butron, of Puerto Rico, said in Spanish.
NEWS
July 23, 2010 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILDWOOD - It's not exactly in the sky. And they haven't really reinvented the wheel when it comes to having meals in odd places. But a new attraction called "Breakfast in the Sky," debuting Friday about 16 stories up in a Ferris wheel (the Giant Wheel at Morey's Pier, at Schellenger Avenue and the boardwalk to be precise), is a spectacularly unusual place to dine. For $75 per gondola for one or two riders - and $35 each for two additional guests - you can see greater Wildwood, clear down the coast to Cape May. And maybe even catch a glimpse of a few dolphins as you dine on gourmet fare, like shrimp and lobster omelets, smoked salmon, steak and eggs, or Belgian waffles.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
Had Abiah Jones not been riding alone on the Ferris wheel at Morey's Piers in Wildwood on June 3, she might not have fallen nearly five stories to her death, New Jersey state officials said in a report. After investigating the fatal accident, the New Jersey Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Unit recommended that a minimum of two people sit in each gondola on rides that reach high elevations, are not fully enclosed or allow riders to be unrestrained. "The fact that Abiah Jones was alone in the gondola without any nearby passengers may have led her to take a risk that she would have been convinced not to take if there were other riders in the gondola," the amusement-oversight agency said in the report.
NEWS
July 9, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died after falling off a Ferris wheel in Wildwood last month have sued the amusement park. In a suit filed Thursday in Common Pleas Court, attorneys for the family of Abiah Jones argue that Morey's Piers was negligent for placing the fifth grader in the Ferris wheel gondola alone and for failing to provide passenger safety restraints on the 160-foot-high ride. A report released last month by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs speculated that Abiah, a Pleasantville, N.J., resident who was on a school trip, might have fallen after she knelt or stood on her seat or leaned out too far. According to the suit, winds at the park - located next to the Atlantic Ocean - were high on June 3, the day of the accident.
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July 19, 2013 | By Sean Carlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the temperature approached 100 Wednesday, 7-year-old Mackenna Titzell was given the OK. At her command, gates opened and four 14-week-old pigs raced around a small oval track before running back into a trailer. This isn't your run-of-the-mill carnival or festival. There's the backdrop of a Ferris wheel and the slight aroma of funnel cake, but the antique tractors and lawn equipment made it clear Wednesday: the 67-year-old Burlington County Farm Fair was underway. Dave Fiemster's Hot Dog Pig Races, is one of a number of vendors and attractions at the fair, which officials expect will draw more than 100,000 people before it ends Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2011
BRISTOL PALIN got into a tussle with a bar patron at the Saddle Ranch in West Hollywood while filming her reality show. Palin had just fallen off the bar's mechanical bull when a bald man yelled, "Did you ride [baby daddy] Levi [ Johnston ] like that? Your mother is a whore! Your mother is a f - - - - - - devil!" Palin then confronted the man, asking him why he hated her mother. His most cogent response was that Sarah Palin is "evil. " C'mon, dude, if you're going to harass the girl in public, at least have an answer ready in case she fights back.
NEWS
August 23, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey safety inspectors continued their investigation Monday into an incident at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier in Wildwood that injured five people on a ride Friday night. A mast on the Sea Dragon, a pendulum-like pirate ship ride that swings passengers in a 180-degree arc, snapped off about 9 p.m. while the ride was in operation. A 13-year-old who was hit by falling steel was treated at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, a hospital official said. The hospital would not identify the victim or provide details of the teenager's injuries.
NEWS
August 21, 2011
A steel mast on a boardwalk amusement-park ride in Wildwood snapped Friday night, striking a 13-year-old girl and injuring several other passengers, police said. The girl, who was not identified, was hospitalized after the 9:15 p.m. accident on the Sea Dragon, a pirate-boat ride at Mariner's Landing, Wildwood police said in a statement. They did not elaborate on her injuries. Four other passengers were treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said. Morey's Piers, the park operator, said only that "the appropriate authorities were contacted and are investigating the incident.
NEWS
August 20, 2011
A steel mast on a boardwalk amusement park ride in Wildwood snapped Friday night, striking a 13-year-old girl and injuring several other passengers, police said. The girl, who was not identified, was hospitalized after the 9:15 p.m. accident on the Sea Dragon, a makeshift pirate boat ride at Mariner's Landing, Wildwood police said in a statement. They did not elaborate on her injuries. Four other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene, police said. Morey's Piers, the park operator, had no comment except to say "the appropriate authorities were contacted and are investigating the incident.
NEWS
July 9, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died after falling off a Ferris wheel in Wildwood last month have sued the amusement park. In a suit filed Thursday in Common Pleas Court, attorneys for the family of Abiah Jones argue that Morey's Piers was negligent for placing the fifth grader in the Ferris wheel gondola alone and for failing to provide passenger safety restraints on the 160-foot-high ride. A report released last month by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs speculated that Abiah, a Pleasantville, N.J., resident who was on a school trip, might have fallen after she knelt or stood on her seat or leaned out too far. According to the suit, winds at the park - located next to the Atlantic Ocean - were high on June 3, the day of the accident.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Randall Chase, Associated Press
GEORGETOWN, Del. - A former pediatrician who decorated his office with Disney characters and miniature amusement park rides was found guilty Thursday of sexually abusing scores of his young patients. Earl Bradley, 58, recorded the abuse on video, said prosecutors, who presented the judge with more than 13 hours of footage showing sex crimes against more than 80 victims, mostly toddlers. Superior Court Judge William Carpenter Jr. announced the verdict. An indictment against Bradley contained 470 counts, but attorneys agreed before the trial to consolidate them into 24 counts.
NEWS
June 19, 2011
The Ferris wheel in Wildwood from which an 11-year-old girl fell to her death earlier this month is back in service, albeit with new safety precautions. The attraction at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier reopened early Saturday afternoon. The amusement park has implemented state recommendations that there be a minimum of two passengers per car. It raised the minimum height required to ride the 156-foot-high Ferris wheel from 54 inches to 60 inches. The cause of the fall that killed Abiah Jones, of Pleasantville, hasn't been determined.
NEWS
June 18, 2011 | By VALERIE RUSS, russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987
The rules to ride the Giant Wheel at Morey's Piers in Wildwood will be strengthened when it resumes spinning today, but the changes aren't enough for the family of the 11-year-old girl who died in a fall from the Ferris wheel two weeks ago. Lawyers for the family of Abiah Jones said that the ride should not be used until it can be retrofitted with lap restraints in each car. "Otherwise, what happened to Abiah Jones could happen again," said attorneys...
NEWS
June 18, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Ferris wheel at Morey's Piers amusement park in Wildwood is set to reopen Saturday for the first time since the fatal fall June 3 of an 11-year-old girl. This week, investigators from New Jersey's Carnival Ride Safety Unit released a report that found no mechanical defects on the more-than-25-year-old ride. The report theorized that the victim, Abiah Jones of Pleasantville, N.J., might have been kneeling or standing on the seat or leaning out of the gondola when she fell. The state recommended that high-elevation rides in which customers are not restrained require a minimum of two passengers per compartment.
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