February 14, 2016 |
My father used to say that you never put your hand on a hot stove more than once. It's one of those "learn from experience" adages that I have never agreed with, especially when it puts a child at risk of serious injury. About 350 children age 19 and under are injured as a result of fire or burn-related causes every day, according to the National Fire Protection Association - a statistic reported by First Alert, which makes smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers for homes.
January 2, 2015 |
THE SMOKE billowing out of the home on an isolated Camden street was too thick, too strong for anyone to reach the family trapped inside. There was no time to think: The police officers who raced to the scene had to act immediately to save the 25-year-old woman and her two kids. "Jump!" they shouted to the trio, trapped near a second-story window. And jump they did, their leap of faith ending in the outstretched arms of a group of Camden County Police officers. "They all showed incredible bravery," Capt.
April 12, 2013 |
LEAKING ROOFS, decades-old fire extinguishers, rotted walls, exposed wires and toilets that overflow into kitchens are just a sampling of the horrendous conditions that still plague some of the city's Parks and Recreation facilities, according to a report released Wednesday by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. A host of maintenance issues was first documented in 2004 and 2008 by the Controller's Office. Problems remain for many of the 28 sites that were selected for inspection in this year's review.
April 4, 2013 |
SEVEN PEOPLE were hospitalized Tuesday after police say a Drexel Hill man went on a bizarre rampage spraying a fire extinguisher in Atlantic City's Public Safety Building. Tom McHugh, 29 - a former Penn State lineman who was kicked off the team in 2003 for public drunkness - had just been let out of jail at the building on disorderly-conduct charges related to one of two tangles with police Monday, police said. About 8 a.m. Tuesday, McHugh somehow got up to the fourth floor, where top Atlantic City Police administrators have offices.
February 28, 2013
The Falls Township sugar plant where a man died Monday after falling into a sugar vat had recorded 10 worker safety violations in 2010, according to records from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The violations - six listed as serious, four in the category "other" - ranged from hazards involving personal protective equipment, record-keeping issues, and problems with fire extinguishers, records show. The violations were recorded during an inspection by the agency when the plant was located in Swedesboro.
January 15, 2013 |
THE LIST OF his alleged targets reads more like a tourist's day trip to Center City than a thief's hit list, and his plan was more calculated than crazy. But Christopher Keiter, 26 - who allegedly posed as a fire inspector so that he could burglarize the Academy of Music, the Independence Visitor Center and the Art Institute of Philadelphia - was foiled by none other than himself, when he checked into security desks at two of his targets under his own name, according to police. Keiter's highbrow burglary spree began Jan. 3 when, about 11 p.m., he went to the Academy of Music, at Broad and Locust streets, wearing a Philadelphia Fire Department shirt and carrying a handheld radio, police said.
January 14, 2013 |
An alleged Center City thief posing as a fire inspector to burglarize the Academy of Music, Independence Visitor Center, and The Art Institute of Philadelphia showed promise as a white-collar criminal. That career, however, was cut short by a rookie mistake: signing his real name to a visitor log, police said. Christopher Kieter, 26, of the 200 block of South 13th Street, is charged with impersonating a public official, criminal trespass, theft, and related offenses. Police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said detectives use all resources available to investigate crimes, but finding a name at the crime scene was "definitely a great resource.
September 30, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Fires sparked by clashes between government troops and rebels raged through the medieval marketplace of Aleppo on Saturday, destroying hundreds of shops lining the vaulted passageways where foods, fabrics, perfumes and spices have been sold for centuries, activists said. Some described the overnight blaze as the worst blow yet to a historic district that helped make the heart of Syria's largest city and commercial hub a UNESCO world heritage site. The souk, a labyrinth of narrow alleys lined with shops, was once a major tourist attraction, but has been the scene of near-daily firefights and shelling in recent weeks after rebels who fought their way into the city two months ago pushed toward its center.
June 3, 2012
Cabbie, tourist die in N.Y. crash NEW YORK - A three-way wreck on a rain-slick highway Saturday killed a taxi driver and a Utah woman who was taking her grandson to see the city sights, and the boy was hospitalized after being rescued from the crushed cab. Suzanne Nicholson and her grandson Gabriel Larsen, 11, were taking the taxi from John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens to Manhattan, a trip arranged to celebrate his recent birthday,...