December 13, 2014 |
Jahmir Green sank two free throws with 15 seconds left to lift host Boys' Latin over Frankford, 58-57, in a Public League Division B boys' basketball game. Zafir Smith sealed the win with a block at the other end. Green led the Warriors with 14 points. Jelani Mauge and Umar Saaba each added 11 points. Frankford's Quadire Truesdale scored a game-high 17 points. In other Public League action: Strawberry Mansion clinched its first victory of the season with a 77-61 win against Prep Charter.
December 6, 2014 |
The neighbors on Haworth Street had suspected for months that something was wrong. They almost never saw Prane Paciunas, the elderly woman who lived in the immaculate house on the corner, and when they did manage to speak with her, she didn't seem herself. She'd lost weight. Her pantry was bare. And her live-in caretaker, Jean Dombrowski, had stopped letting people inside, neighbors say. Between February and November of this year, Paciunas' neighbors and fellow parishioners say, they tried to seek help for her - notifying the Philadelphia Corp.
December 5, 2014 |
A 48-year-old woman accused of severely neglecting a Frankford woman in her care has been charged with murder. Prane Paciunas, 89, died Nov. 15, eight days after she was found dirty, emaciated, and suffering from open, maggot-infested sores at her home on the 2100 block of Haworth Street in Frankford. One of the sores was so severe that bones were exposed, police said. Jean Dombrowski, Paciunas' caretaker, was initially charged with aggravated assault, neglect of care, and related charges.
December 5, 2014 |
HOW Prane Paciunas must have suffered in the last months of her life. Not just from the pain of deep, maggot-infested bedsores. Not just from the agony of starvation. But from the absolute betrayal of Jean Marie Dombrowski, 48, the woman she'd trusted to care for her. The more I learn about the simple, gracious and dignified life of Paciunas, 89, the more her death breaks my heart. At least she did not succumb in squalor, ignored by the human animals who walked around her as she rotted on a filthy mattress on her living-room floor.
December 2, 2014 |
Three men were critically injured, each hit multiple times, in a Sunday-night shooting in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, police said. The shootings happened about 8:50 p.m. on the 4700 block of Penn Street. Officials said the suspected shooter, a man wearing dark clothing, was last seen running north on Penn. Officials said a 24-year-old man was shot twice, in the back and buttocks; a 26-year-old man was shot twice, in the face and back; and a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times in the legs, groin, and right arm. One victim was taken to Aria-Frankford Hospital; the others were taken to Einstein Hospital, police said.
November 29, 2014 |
If they wanted an excuse to blow off the final game of the season, the Prep Charter football players wouldn't have had to look too far to find one. The Public League Class AA champions dropped a heartbreaker to neighborhood rival Neumann-Goretti in the city championship game Nov. 8. Even worse, their stalwart senior quarterback, Vian Dolo, broke his throwing hand. But the coaching staff implored the Huskies to finish the season the right way. Prep Charter did that Thursday, winning at Frankford, 24-14, in the city's newest Thanksgiving rivalry.
November 26, 2014 |
The live-in caregiver of an elderly East Frankford woman was being held on assault charges after the woman in her care was found starving, covered in filth, and suffering from festering, maggot-infested sores. She later died in what city prosecutors Monday called one of the most horrific cases of elder abuse their office has ever seen, and prosecutors are now weighing a murder charge. Plane Paciunas, 89, died Nov. 15, about a week after she was found "barely alive" in her living room, wrapped in a quilt on a bed covered with trash bags, prosecutors said in an interview Monday.
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.