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December 18, 1998 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 12, 1999 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 21, 1989 | By Edward Moran, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 28, 2011 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
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.
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June 7, 1998 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 24, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
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.
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February 7, 1990 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 3, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 6, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
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.
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June 8, 1998 | by Sally Siebert, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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July 24, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A girlfriend of the handyman accused of last month's killing of an East Mount Airy grandmother testified Wednesday that he told her: "I caught a body. " Testifying at the preliminary hearing for Leroy Wilson, 37, Micshell Hoskins said Wilson went to her North Philadelphia home sometime after 3 a.m. on June 28 - within hours after medical experts say Regina Brunner-Holmes was slain in her house in the 300 block of East Roumfort Road. "Did you know what he meant when he said he 'caught a body'?"
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July 24, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
"LEROY THE handyman" was held for trial yesterday on murder and related charges in the brutal strangulation, stabbing and beating death of 85-year-old Regina Brunner-Holmes in her East Mount Airy home. Authorities contend the defendant, Leroy Wilson, 37, committed the murder alone. They believe Brunner-Holmes, a grandmother, allowed him into her home, on Roumfort Road near Crest Park Road, because she knew him. Wilson had previously done odd jobs at her home and at other homes in the neighborhood.
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July 6, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police have arrested a man in Monday's slaying of an elderly woman from East Mount Airy, officials announced Saturday. In a news conference at police headquarters, Capt. James Clark, commanding officer of the homicide unit, identified the suspect as Leroy Wilson, 37, who was arrested early Saturday morning in Norristown. Clark said Wilson lived at the homes of girlfriends in Norristown and North Philadelphia. Regina Brunner Holmes, 85, was found Monday in her East Mount Airy home, beaten, stabbed, and with her throat slashed.
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June 13, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GRACE FERRARA knew there was something dangerously wrong with her son. At the age of 3, Anthony could barely walk. She carried him from doctor to doctor, but none could help him as his condition worsened to near paralysis. She would wheel him around in a child's wagon. One day, after another fruitless doctor's visit, she broke down in an elevator in a medical building and began to sob. A man asked her what was wrong. When she told him, he asked to look at Anthony, then gave her a card to Shriners Hospital for Children and a doctor named John Royal Moore.
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March 27, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JOSE DIAZ did not flinch yesterday when a city prosecutor presented DNA and bloody-boot-print evidence that allegedly linked him to the December stabbing death of retired Villanova University professor Carol Ambruster. And at the end of the preliminary hearing, when Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni ordered Diaz to stand trial for murder, robbery and related counts, he remained just as unfazed. Defense attorney Benjamin Cooper, after the hearing, told reporters that Diaz, 42, was a handyman at Ambruster's Germantown apartment building, he knew her and was sad to hear that she had been killed, but was not guilty.
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September 16, 2013 | By Drs. Chantal Lewis and John Stern, For The Inquirer
A 35-year-old handyman had been working all day, installing tiles in a house, despite feeling under the weather. A low-grade fever was giving him chills, and his stomach was bothering him, but he powered through until about 4 p.m. when his symptoms worsened radically. He found a bathroom and tried to urinate, but the attempt produced only a searing pain in his groin. By the time he found his way to the emergency department, he was drenched in sweat and doubled over with pain in his lower abdomen.
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June 20, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A handyman and amateur artist with a history of drug addiction pleaded guilty Wednesday to bludgeoning to death a neighbor of Mayor Nutter. Edward Gause, 45, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the Nov. 5, 2010, slaying of Robert Lancaster Sr., who had hired Gause to work on his Wynnefield house. Gause's plea deal with prosecutors resulted in his being sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison. "I'd like to apologize for my actions to his family," he said to Lancaster's son Robert Jr. and sister Carole Pegrem.
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May 26, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WHEN Shirley Glover took a handyman to court for not doing repairs she'd paid him to do, she was thrilled to win a $1,378 judgment against him. But he never paid up. She sought help from the Sheriff's Office, which is authorized to sell the personal property of those who owe money to satisfy court judgments. But the office was unable to locate the man, despite five visits to the home address he'd given Glover. So Glover's court order is as toothless as a busted rake. And she still needs to fix her house.
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May 17, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE 1955 CHEVY was a classic example of sleek automotive design. And it was fast, powered by Chevrolet's first V-8 engine. Roland Price Sharpe Jr. worked hard on his '55, rebuilding it and freshening up the paint so that he could show it off to his pals in West Philadelphia who were working on their own cars. They would take their prized vehicles to a street in South Philadelphia where they would display them, and also, not exactly legally, race when the cops weren't looking.
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April 24, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
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.
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