December 18, 1998 |
An 18-year-old handyman was arrested and charged with breaking into the Pemberton Township home of a 72-year-old woman for whom he had worked. Pemberton Township police said Stephen A. Schwaeble, of the Country Lakes section of Browns Mills, was picked up a short time after the incident, which occurred early Wednesday. Schwaeble was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of robbery. He was being held in the Burlington County Jail after failing to post $40,000 bail. The victim, whose name was withheld by authorities, told police that she was awakened by a noise in her home, on Chippewa Trail, about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
January 12, 1999 |
Salvatore "Sal" Vellozzi, 84, a South Philadelphian who loved to help his neighbors with home repairs or to entertain them with his mandolin, accordion and voice, died of a heart attack Thursday in Hahnemann University Hospital. Mr. Vellozzi moved to South Philadelphia from Brooklyn the same year he was born, 1914. He made his living as a sheet-metal worker and boilermaker at area shipyards, including the Navy Yard, Cramp Ship and New York Ship. After retiring nearly 30 years ago, he sometimes worked on his own, doing home repairs and painting.
February 21, 1989 |
William Graham had reached a point in his life where he was too old to work a full-time contractor's job and too young to sit around letting the bills pile up. So when the handyman jobs he spent most of his life working slowed down, and his meager monthly public assistance money fell short, Graham, 60, turned to cab driving. "He just got caught up where he needed the money and said, 'I need the cab,' " said Frances Harris, who rented a room in Graham's first-floor apartment in a West Philadelphia rowhouse.
April 28, 2011 |
City police yesterday issued an arrest warrant for a handyman who allegedly killed an elderly neighbor of Mayor Nutter last fall. Edward Gause, 43, fatally beat Robert Lancaster, 76, inside Lancaster's home on 50th Street near Woodbine Avenue in Wynnefield on Nov. 5, police said. Gause was a talented handyman who had been doing renovations on Lancaster's house, said Homicide Detective Ed Rocks. Investigators believe that the slaying was spurred by an argument over a payment for Gause's work, Rocks said.
June 7, 1998 |
A Bellmawr handyman was charged yesterday with strangling a 69-year-old Cherry Hill widow with his hands and a rope and then stealing $80 from her purse to apparently buy crack cocaine, authorities said. David Tice, 32, who police said was listed in the phone book as "The Fixit Man," was arrested late Friday at his home on the 900 block of Browning Road, where he lived with his parents, authorities said. He was charged yesterday with Tuesday's murder and robbery of Shirley Holland, a former nurse who had hired Tice to do some work in her home in the first block of Brookmead Drive.
April 24, 2013 |
A West Philadelphia handyman who stole a Cadillac at gunpoint with a friend before leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash and shootout on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to over 14 years in federal prison. Leslie Mosby, 21, pleaded guilty in January to carjacking and using a firearm during a crime of violence. According to court documents, Mosby, then 18, was high on a cocktail of Xanax and Bacardi raspberry rum when he boarded a bus on Nov. 21, 2010, to visit the mother of his young son in West Philadelphia.
February 7, 1990 |
A Kensington handyman convicted of being the gunman in a series of suburban bank robberies was sentenced yesterday to 11 years and three months' imprisonment and fined $15,000 by a federal judge. "All right" said a teller from one of the banks in a stage whisper as U.S. District Judge Robert S. Gawthrop 3d passed the maximum sentence on Robert Brant, 44. Gawthrop referred to the testimony of several tellers, who told of suffering recurring nightmares more than a year after being held up. "Banks can be made whole," argued First Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas H. Lee 2d. "The other victims in this case cannot be made whole regardless of what this court imposes.
March 3, 2006 |
Hip-hop artist Busta Rhymes (n? Trevor Smith) is being sued by an ardent autograph-seeking fan (nothing spells love like a lawsuit) who says Busta and bodyguard Troy Green, um, busted all over his face, back and neck six months ago "for no rhyme or reason. " (Nothing spells appreciating the fans more than a righteous, free-rhyme smackdown.) Filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Melvin Smith's civil suit, which says the fracas has left him unable to fulfill his professional duties as a handyman, seeks unspecified moola.
January 6, 2010 |
Mary Pellegrino's handyman went to her home Sunday expecting to do his usual tasks but instead found her lifeless body, authorities said yesterday. Pellegrino, 86, had lived alone at her home on Pine Road near Red Lion in Lower Moreland Township since her husband's death in 2005, according to online records. The handyman, who authorities said regularly did work around Pellegrino's house on Sundays, arrived at her residence about 1 p.m. and contacted police after finding her body.
June 8, 1998 |
The fear that gripped a Cherry Hill neighborhood has lifted somewhat since the weekend arrest of a Bellmawr handyman in the strangulation of a widow in her home. David Tice, 32, of Browning Road, was arrested late Friday night and charged with murdering Shirley Holland, 69, and stealing $80 from her purse to buy crack. Tice had previously done some work in Holland's Brookmead Drive home, which was for sale, according to police. Tice is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Camden County Jail and is expected to be arraigned today.