June 29, 1990 |
Wiretaps on a North Philadelphia grocer's phone led yesterday to the convictions of two brothers from New York on heroin-trafficking charges. Following an eight-day trial and about four hours of deliberations, a federal jury in Philadelphia convicted Antonio Collado, 34, of Queens, and his brother, Policai Collado, 30, of Brooklyn, of conspiracy and other related charges. Three other defendants were found guilty of all charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R. Costello Jr., the case prosecutor, said evidence from the wiretaps showed that two defendants, Miriam Sanchez, 26, of 2nd Street near Cumberland, Philadelphia, and Victoria Frias, 27, of the Bronx, worked as couriers for the heroin ring, carrying money to New York and heroin back to Philadelphia.
November 17, 1993 |
The mother of a grocer was shot and critically wounded yesterday, apparently by a man who had purchased a hoagie a few minutes earlier at the store in the Parkside section. The woman, whom Camden police identified as Kunson Silverstein, 62, of Browns Mills, was shot once in the chest with a handgun. She was listed in critical condition last night in the intensive care unit at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Investigators said David Silverstein, who operates the Corner Store, a small grocery in the 1500 block of Kenwood Avenue, had left his mother to tend the store briefly while he went to the post office.
June 25, 1992 |
Joann Sheets was in the deli, halfway into her cheesesteak sandwich, when the bell on the door of the adjacent grocery store jingled, indicating that a customer had entered. She noticed the manager was absent and the grocery store cashier was busy serving customers in the deli. Sheets, a regular, put down her cheesesteak, headed up the two steps connecting the deli to the grocery, positioned herself behind the cash register, rang up the customer's items, bade her farewell and returned to finish her sandwich.
March 22, 1996 |
Returning to rob the same small grocery store he robbed a month earlier might not have been a smart thing to do. But that didn't stop Matthew E. Rosiana, according to Sgt. Brian Prior of Delanco police. Police said that Rosiana, 20, of the 300 block of Middleton Street in Riverside, and Steven A. Skillings, 20, of the 200 block of Whittaker Street in Riverside, threatened two cashiers in the Liberty Mart, at 700 Burlington Avenue at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Skillings pulled out a knife when the cashiers did not cooperate, and a struggle ensued, Prior said.
October 1, 1992 |
He certainly wasn't rude. In fact, he was downright pleasant, even if he did have a gun. "How are you doing?" the man in the black silk jacket asked the customer at the Pathmark courtesy counter in Bensalem last Thursday afternoon. What the customer didn't realize was that the man was in the process of robbing the clerk behind the counter. "The witness standing next to him didn't know what was going on (until) she saw him take the money and run," said Township Police Capt.
December 25, 1996 |
Township police have found no evidence of food tampering in the Shop 'N' Bag in the Dutton Mill Shopping Center on Pennell Road. About 9:45 p.m. Saturday, police said, they received a call from the grocery reporting that several leaflets were found on the shelves. The leaflets said food had been tampered with by "angry animal rights activists," who wished to close the Aston Pet Center, also in the shopping center. The Aston Pet Center has been the target of protests since last December, resulting from allegations that the store kept animals in unfit conditions.
February 16, 1990 |
You're in the grocery store doing your shopping. Because the store doesn't put prices on the items, you feel like you're shopping blind. To find out how much something costs, you have to search for the shelf tag. If you can't find it or it didn't have one, there's no way to know how much it will cost - or to compare it to other items to see which is the best buy. All you can do is guess and hope it won't cost too much. Later you start to worry whether you have enough money.
December 22, 1991 |
Joyce Steele dreams of financial success and independence for her son Torre, which she hopes he'll find among carefully arranged displays of canned goods, breakfast cereals, baked beans, toilet paper, ketchup and other grocery items for sale at Lenape High School. Until this year Room D107 at the high school in Medford was a classroom that looked like dozens of others at the school. The chalkboard is still there, but now D107 has a new name and a new look that includes a cash register, aisle shelves, a conveyor belt and a refrigerator.
September 5, 1998 |
So what were officials at Super Fresh thinking when they tried to close the 30-year-old store in North Philadelphia's Progress Plaza with only four days' notice two weeks ago? "I don't know how that decision was made," company spokesman Andy Currano said yesterday. Fortunately for the supermarket's 58 employees - only half of whom were guaranteed transfers to other Super Fresh stores following the supermarket's' close - a city ordinance prevents businesses employing more than 20 people from shutting down without giving 60 days' notice to employees.
November 6, 1997 |
George Butts Jr., 64, whose neighborhood grocery store at 23d and Cambria Streets in Swampoodle was the end of the rainbow for the throngs of candy-loving kids from Peirce Elementary School just across the street, died Friday, a week after being shot in the stomach by a robber. Mr. Butts died at Allegheny University Hospitals/MCP. The grocer, who lived in an apartment above the store, died just two months before he was going to retire and finally take that vacation he had been waiting for during the 27 years he dispensed candy, bread, milk and advice at George's Variety Store, so often crammed with youngsters.