September 11, 2013 |
USUALLY prosecutors and crime victims are on the same team in court. But the family of Shane Kelly, 27, exited a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday grumbling with disgust over how Kelly's two confessed murderers were treated by the criminal-justice system. Ryan McManus, 22, the gunman, and Richard Smith, 20, his accomplice, each could have received prison sentences of 100-plus years if a jury convicted them on all counts in the fatal shooting of Kelly during a botched street robbery in Fishtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2011.
May 2, 1995 |
Gesturing and speaking through court interpreters for the hearing-impaired, a Fishtown woman yesterday told a Common Pleas Court jury that she was sitting in the living room last fall when three white men and a white woman burst in with aluminum bats and attacked her and her children. "All of a sudden the window smashed. It scared me," Joan Smith testified. "I jumped back . . . on the couch. All of a sudden there were three, four, five people beating on me, beating on my children with baseball bats.
October 29, 1994 |
Thirteen-year-old Nanniel Smith spoke shyly into a microphone at Family Court yesterday, describing how her family was sitting in the living room of their Fishtown home when they heard the front window shatter and racial slurs being shouted. After three white men and two white women - four wielding aluminum baseball bats - burst into the house on Marlborough Street after 10 p.m. on Sept. 23 and began beating them, Nanniel Smith said, she saw blood "gushing out the back" of her mother's head and "coming down the face" of her brother, Walter, 15. Her sister, Joan Smith, 12, testified she was struck in the leg with a bat. After yesterday's preliminary hearing, Judge Joseph C. Bruno ordered four Fishtown residents - Joanne Roberts, who lived a block away from the Smith home; Roberts' sons, Kevin Norton and Thomas Norton; and Edward Farrell, described as a family friend - to stand trial on charges of ethnic intimidation, simple and aggravated assault, burglary, possessing an instrument of crime, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and terroristic threats.
September 11, 2014 |
Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti were at the top of their game, famous for their particular specialty: La Colombe coffee. Then each took up a hobby, creating another specialty. Soon, each became obsessed. For Carmichael, it was distilling; he even set up a legal still - though he calls it "moonshining" - at La Colombe's roasting plant in Port Richmond. Meanwhile, Iberti revived his love of baking and set up an oven. "On Fridays, we'd make food for the staff and JP would be baking bread and I'd send them home with rum," said Carmichael, the globe-trotting entrepreneur who also stars in the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds . "We were getting very, very good at it, and we said, 'Well . . . we should share it with the world.
June 4, 2003 |
Edward Batzig Jr. and Jason Sweeney were 16-year-old boys who liked to pal around in their Fishtown neighborhood, playing video games or listening to the radio. Two summers ago, Jason went to the Shore with Eddie's family. Later that summer, Eddie vacationed with Jason's family in Florida. They were good friends, maybe best friends. Early yesterday at Police Headquarters, Eddie told his parents he killed Jason. "He told me he did," Edward Batzig Sr. said. "He confessed to the police.
March 27, 2015 |
IN THE HEART of lower North Philadelphia, amid weeded lots, graffitied walls and mammoth abandoned warehouses, Tim Patton is betting on a renaissance. Patton and business partner Christina Burris last year opened Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. inside an old warehouse on 5th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. By the end of the year, they plan to open a brewpub there, anticipating that new development - and the young, hip residents who often come with it - will seep east from Temple University, north from Northern Liberties and west from Fishtown.
June 23, 2011 |
George Zallie Sr., 84, of Voorhees, owner and founder of Zallie Supermarkets Inc. in South Jersey, died Saturday, June 18. Mr. Zallie's interests extended beyond retailing. A website for Jefferson Medical College states that the George Zallie and Family Laboratory for Cardiovascular Gene Therapy is "focused on making gene therapy for congestive heart failure a clinical reality. " A spokeswoman for Wakefern Food Corp., in Keasbey, N.J., stated in a news release that "in 1980, the Zallie family joined Wakefern Food Corp.," a retailer-owned cooperative whose members operate supermarkets under the ShopRite banner.
April 6, 2015 |
John and Melissa Lattanzio realized last year that they were priced out of the red-hot real estate market in Fishtown, so they began looking for a house in nearby Olde Kensington. "The options seemed to be a house that would need a lot of updating, or a quickly and generically rehabbed house," said Melissa Lattanzio. "We had lived in Fishtown for eight years and knew the neighborhood. But the construction and investors were driving up prices. Sellers wanted all cash in many cases.
February 5, 2015 |
Fran Blanche took one look at the curvaceous 1960s Westinghouse radio and made her diagnosis. "I can tell you right now, it's fixable," she said as she pried the plastic housing apart for a closer look. Greta Alexander, of Northern Liberties, was relieved. She had been trying to get it working for a while. But everyone told her to just get a new one. "But that's not the point," she said. Lost causes were welcome at the Philly Fixers Guild's third Repair Fair, held Saturday at Memphis Street Academy in Port Richmond.
May 13, 2014 |
ANGELA POTE remembers many low points in her life - living in a place where she had to fight rats from the crib. Or sending one of her sons to school with a single Pop-Tart for lunch, because that's all she had. Maybe one of the lowest, though, was living in a house in Fishtown with barely any walls; there was electricity, but no heat or hot water. She would curl up in bed with her six kids trying to stay warm. This was hard because they lived there through a winter of ice storms. Fortunately, her mother-in-law lived down the street, so she would take her kids there to feed and wash them.