February 6, 2016 |
Leslie Nelson, who killed two law enforcement officers and critically wounded a third during a 1995 standoff in Haddon Heights, has lost another legal battle. A two-judge panel Thursday denied an appeal by Nelson seeking a hearing on her claim that she received ineffective counsel during her sentencing and an appeal. Nelson, 58, challenged the consecutive life sentences handed down to her for the murders of John Norcross and John McLaughlin. Norcross, a Haddon Heights police officer, and McLaughlin, an investigator with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, were killed while attempting to serve Nelson with a warrant to search her home for weapons.
January 8, 2016 |
John Small didn't have it easy growing up in Delaware County during the Depression. He endured a series of tough jobs, like hoisting 100-pound slabs of soap at a Fels Naptha plant in Darby Borough for skimpy wages, and scrounging elsewhere to make a buck to help his family. The experiences hardened him physically and mentally, but nothing could really have prepared him for the horrors of war. John became an Army sharpshooter in the European Theater in World War II, and survived the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest battle of a bloody war. But his fortunes turned in peacetime, and he became a successful businessman, selling sneakers to what seemed like every kid and his parents in a wide region beyond the store in Ardmore.
April 22, 2015 |
It is known as the day Haddon Heights lost its innocence. April 20, 1995. John McLaughlin, 37, an investigator from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, was fatally shot while trying to serve a search warrant at a borough home. Slain, too, was John Norcross, 24, a Haddon Heights police officer who was shot in the head as the suspect began firing onto a neighborhood street. On Monday, the 20th anniversary of the shooting, family members and more than 150 police officers and residents came together to remember the men's lives.
April 13, 2015 |
The four-bedroom house on Sylvan Drive emerges beyond a sprawling sycamore, with steps leading to the front door past children's toys on the lawn. It is a house like any other on the quiet block in Haddon Heights, yet on Halloween some trick-or-treaters seem to avoid the residence where Estyr Bomgardner lives with her husband, two sons, and their black Lab, Miroku. The family bought the house in 2012, overcoming qualms they had when they learned what had happened there. The sellers turned down a higher bid because the Bomgardners could move in sooner.
October 19, 2013 |
This isn't the run-dominated Unionville squad of years past. And West Chester Rustin coach Mike St. Clair is well aware of the switch in approaches. "They have a 50-50 pass-to-run ratio," St. Clair said. "They're more balanced than they've ever been. " With the Ches-Mont League American Conference championship on the line, undefeated Rustin (7-0 overall, 3-0 league), ranked 10th in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, will visit surging, No. 21 Unionville (6-1, 4-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in Kennett Square.
October 26, 2012 |
Two Center City corporate accounting offices that admired each other from across the street are moving in together. BDO USA L.L.P. , a Chicago-based corporate accounting and business consulting firm, says it is acquiring Philadelphia accountants Asher & Co. Ltd. and taking on the firm's 10 partners and more than 100 staffers. The move joins Asher, based at 1801 Market, to BDO's 60-employee branch at 1800 Market. "We want to all be under one roof," but haven't yet worked out which home will house the pair, Asher managing director Joseph Beach told me. He'll remain, under BDO; he said no one will lose a job in the deal.
April 14, 2012 |
A Port Richmond man found guilty of helping bartender John McLaughlin try to dispose of a body and then elude authorities was sentenced Friday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison by a Philadelphia judge. Before he was sentenced, Samuel E. Toy, 48, turned to the family and friends of victim Seamus O'Neill to "offer my deepest sympathy. . . . You are in my prayers. " Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart sentenced Toy to the prison term followed by two years of probation but allowed Toy to be immediately paroled as an inpatient to an alcohol treatment facility for evaluation of a drinking problem and the role it may have played in his conduct.
April 13, 2012 |
A Port Richmond man found guilty of helping bartender John McLaughlin try to dispose of a body and then elude authorities was sentenced Friday to 111/2 to 23 months in prison by a Philadelphia judge. Before he was sentenced, Samuel E. Toy, 48, turned to the family and friends of victim Seamus O'Neill to "offer my deepest sympathy. . . . You are in my prayers. " Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart sentenced Toy to the prison term followed by two years of probation but allowed Toy to be immediately paroled as an inpatient to an alcohol treatment facility for evaluation of a drinking problem and the role it may have played in his conduct.
March 6, 2012 |
Note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version. THE LARGE, extended family of Seamus O'Neill had been waiting four years for the verdict that a Philadelphia jury handed to John McLaughlin yesterday - guilty of first-degree murder. Through numerous court delays and setbacks, O'Neill's family members - who emigrated from Northern Ireland more than 30 years ago - waited patiently to witness his murderer receive what he got: a sentence of life in state prison without parole.
March 6, 2012 |
In the crowded, silent courtroom Monday, a knock came from behind the jury room door - a verdict had been reached. In the gallery, the many family and friends of Seamus O'Neill prayed. This moment was long coming. Four years ago, O'Neill, a 60-year-old Port Richmond bartender, was beaten to death with an aluminum baseball bat while having an after-work drink at another local pub. Tall and blue-eyed, with an easy laugh and irresistible brogue, O'Neill had tended bar at My Blue Heaven, a corner pub at Richmond and Pacific.