September 26, 2014 |
ONE GRAVE was up a hill in a Berks County potter's field, where Sandy Stiver was buried as a Jane Doe for decades beside her sister-in-law beneath an elm tree. The spot where Sandy was dumped in 1968, her body shot up with bullets, was about 15 miles away, by a blind curve on a country road. Sandy's sister, Hazel DeMoss, of Ohio, and her brother, Walt Sterner, of Northeast Philadelphia, visited both locations yesterday for the first time since DNA tests confirmed that Sandy, 14, and their sister-in-law, Martha Stiver, 17, were the unidentified Jane Does buried in that potter's field.
September 17, 2014 |
Philadelphia police are searching for a man they say fired nearly a dozen shots at a car in Frankford on Sunday and instead hit a 25-year-old pregnant woman sitting outside, leading to the deaths of both mother and child. Megan Doto, 25, was eight months pregnant when a bullet struck her in the face around 10:45 a.m. on the 1500 block of Adams Avenue, police said. She was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency cesarean section. Doto's baby, a girl, was delivered at 12:30 p.m. and immediately listed in critical condition.
September 16, 2014 |
EXACTLY A MONTH from today, 26-year-old Megan Doto was due to give birth. A baby boy, the petite, dark-haired mother-to-be gushed to friends and her neighbors in Frankford. She'd name the baby Carmine, she wrote on Facebook, proudly posting photos of her round belly. Yesterday, as Doto sat outside on her block of Adams Avenue near Griscom Street, soaking in a late-summer day under crystal-blue skies just before noon, that dream of raising baby Carmine was violently torn from the young mother.
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.
September 7, 2014 |
JARVIS "P.J. " Cooper wasn't even on West Philadelphia High coach Frank Steed's radar, let alone his roster before summer conditioning began in June. Cooper, who played as a senior for Frankford last season, was finished with football. That was until he came to summer conditioning with the Speedboys and asked Steed to take a chance on him. Last night, Cooper repaid the favor, scoring both of West Philly's touchdowns en route to a thrilling 12-8 nonleague triumph against Bartram under the lights at 48th and Spruce streets.
July 18, 2014 |
Fatalism, defeatism, and paralysis in the face of crisis. These marvelous, quintessentially Philadelphian attributes, so readily discussed on sports radio, figure large in Philly author Andrew Meredith's powerful, elegant memoir, The Removers . Poetic, animated at turns by sly wit and a vital sense of the tragic, Meredith's literary debut is a coming-of-age story about a young man so laid low by familial crisis - and a keen talent for self-destruction...
July 11, 2014 |
DEVIN "Cole" Smith was once a Frankford drug dealer feared by the very people who bought his crack cocaine. So when Ramona Bell, 49, allegedly stole drugs and money from him on Feb. 8, 2013, Smith acted the part. He punched and stomped the life out of Bell in front of a handful of his terrified customers inside a crack house on Salem Street near Foulkrod, Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim told a jury yesterday at the conclusion of Smith's trial. "Nobody deserved to die like that . . . their face deformed, their breathing gurgling," said Lim, who asked the jury for a first-degree-murder conviction.
July 9, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME Elizabeth Stiver saw her daughter Sandy, the teen was running away from the family's home in Frankford toward the El with her sister-in-law. That was in 1968. Yesterday, Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess placed a metal urn in front of the elderly woman, who'd driven to Bern Township with two other children to be reunited with Sandy 46 years later. Elizabeth Stiver wept, with a tissue by her mouth, and didn't speak. "My mom saw them running down the street. She was hollering for them," Hazel DeMoss, Sandy's sister, said as she held her mother's hand at a morning news conference.
July 2, 2014 |
IT'S A WARNING repeated all summer long by public-safety authorities: Stay out of the city's creeks and streams. Yesterday, a teenager ignored that warning and lost his life in the waters of Frankford Creek, police said. The victim, a 15-year-old boy whose identity wasn't immediately available, was swimming with friends in the creek near Ramona and Wyoming avenues in Juniata Park about 5:45 p.m., police said. He was dragged under by the strong currents, and was unconscious when emergency medical personnel pulled him ashore minutes later.
June 10, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Police detective's business card sat in Russell Samuel Stiver's wallet for years, long after Stiver left the city, his large family reduced by two. Once a year, whether he was living in Missouri or Ohio, Stiver would drive his Ford station wagon back to Philly alone, to find out if police or anyone else had seen or heard from his daughter Sandra or daughter-in-law Martha. One day soon, three of Stiver's children - Hazel, Tom and Patrick - will drive back to Pennsylvania, 46 years after Sandy and Marty went missing.