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October 5, 1998 | DAVID MAIALETTI/ DAILY NEWS
Three neighbors stand outside a collapsed house on Diamond Street near 3rd yesterday. Jose Rodriguez, 20, was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a vacant North Philadelphia rowhouse on Saturday afternoon. The gutted house collapsed, toppling an adjoining house and leaving 15 people homeless.
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June 26, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
POLICE STILL don't know where Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez is. They just know that the 30-year-old Collingdale mother isn't buried outside her house. Acting on a tip, borough police and Delaware County detectives dug up Ortiz-Rodriguez's Lafayette Avenue yard yesterday in the scorching heat, then brought in cadaver dogs to search the lawn for human remains. Nothing. "Melissa's body is not anywhere on this property," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. "It's a missing-persons investigation.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are seeking a Delaware County mother who has been missing since Friday. Melissa Rodriguez, 30, of Collingdale, had planned to travel to visit friends in Newark, N.J., for the weekend, police said, but never showed up. Her husband, Jose Luis Rodriguez, called police Tuesday after she did not return a text he had sent. On Monday she did not show up for a new job and failed to pick up their two girls, ages 7 and 11, from school. "It is an ongoing and active investigation to find her," said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams.
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October 1, 2012 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police have identified a 52-year-old man who was fatally shot Friday night on Saul Street in Frankford as Jose Rodriguez, a resident of the block. Rodriguez was found semi-conscious on the pavement of the 5200 block of Saul Street at 10:29 p.m. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and legs, police said. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:57 a.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made as police continue to search for suspects.
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October 1, 2012
Police have identified a 52-year-old man who was fatally shot Friday night on the 5200 block of Saul Street in Frankford as Jose Rodriguez, a resident of the block. Rodriguez was found semiconscious on the pavement at 10:29 p.m. suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and legs, police said. He was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 3:57 a.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made, and police are still looking for suspects. The motive for the shooting was unknown. - Darran Simon
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June 26, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County investigators on Tuesday dug up the yard of Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez in their continuing search for the Collingdale woman, who has been missing for more than two months. After investigators spent more than two hours at the scene, no human remains were found. The search involved a dozen or more county detectives and a team of police dogs. "Melissa's body is not anywhere on this property," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. The case is classified as a missing person investigation, he said.
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December 7, 2011
Chester County authorities said progress in the investigation of a double homicide in Avondale on Saturday has led to an arrest, but no other information was available. Cuahuctemoc Bedolla, 27, and Jose Rodriguez, 29, both of West Grove, were fatally stabbed at a party in New Garden Township on Saturday night, police said, calling the attack "preplanned. " Officers first responded to Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove at 11 p.m. on a report that Bedolla was critically injured.
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June 6, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collingdale Borough Police are leaving no stone unturned in their search for a mother missing since April. "We are going to knock on every door," said Police Chief Robert Adams. On Wednesday, about a dozen police and detectives fanned out across the area in vicinity of Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez's house to speak with neighbors and to check out nearby houses and local cemeteries. The 30-year-old woman had planned to travel to Newark, N.J., on April 19 for a weekend visit with friends.
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December 29, 1987 | By Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
A Camden man and his son died in Brooklyn, N.Y., early yesterday when they ignited a gasoline-fueled kerosene heater that exploded inside their parked van, police said. Jose Rodriguez, 40, and his son, also Jose, 14, died when the gasoline exploded, according to Sgt. Frank Bruno of the 90th Precinct in Brooklyn. The Rodriguezes lived in the 1200 block of Sheridan Street. Shortly after 1 a.m., they entered their Chevrolet van, parked in the 100 block of South Fourth Street in the borough's Williamsburg section, where their relatives live, Bruno said.
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April 19, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLLINGDALE Every day, Olga Ortiz prays at the tiny shrine she erected a year ago in her Newark, N.J., apartment, right after her daughter, Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez, went missing. "She just disappeared," Ortiz said this week, likening the last year to a long and very bad dream. "To this day I just don't know where my daughter is. " On April 19, 2013, Ortiz-Rodriguez walked out of her Collingdale home to catch a train to visit her friend Evie Ramos in Newark. She never arrived.
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November 12, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel Leight sat behind his desk at the Collingdale police station, leaned back in his chair, and tugged on his baseball cap. The only detective for the 21-officer department, Leight does everything - arsons, burglaries, drugs, robberies, undercover. It all lands on his desk. His corner office is crowded with file cabinets; two small safes for evidence are stacked on top. On a bookcase shelf next to mementos confiscated from past cases - a dead grenade, bongs and other odd drug paraphernalia - is the unsolved case of Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez, the 31-year-old mother of two who went missing in April.
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June 26, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
POLICE STILL don't know where Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez is. They just know that the 30-year-old Collingdale mother isn't buried outside her house. Acting on a tip, borough police and Delaware County detectives dug up Ortiz-Rodriguez's Lafayette Avenue yard yesterday in the scorching heat, then brought in cadaver dogs to search the lawn for human remains. Nothing. "Melissa's body is not anywhere on this property," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. "It's a missing-persons investigation.
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June 26, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County investigators on Tuesday dug up the yard of Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez in their continuing search for the Collingdale woman, who has been missing for more than two months. After investigators spent more than two hours at the scene, no human remains were found. The search involved a dozen or more county detectives and a team of police dogs. "Melissa's body is not anywhere on this property," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. The case is classified as a missing person investigation, he said.
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June 18, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Every day, Olga Ortiz gets on her knees in front of the tabletop shrine she has created in the sparse dining area of her modest apartment. Along with the Holy Bible, carefully arranged votive candles, and religious figurines are pictures of her daughter Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez. In every photograph - even in the missing-person posters that serve as the table's backdrop - Ortiz-Rodriguez is always smiling. "Whatever it is, Lord, I just want the answer," said Ortiz, looking upward.
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June 7, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collingdale police say they are leaving no stone unturned in their search for a woman missing since April. "We are going to knock on every door," said Chief Robert Adams. On Wednesday, about a dozen officers and detectives fanned out near Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez's home to speak with neighbors and check out vacant houses - even a cemetery. The 30-year-old woman had planned to travel to Newark, N.J., on April 19 for a weekend visit with friends. She never showed up and was reported missing four days later by her estranged husband, Jose Rodriguez, after she failed to pick up her two daughters from school.
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May 15, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two months before she went missing, Collingdale mother Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez had told family and friends she wanted a divorce from her estranged husband, Jose Rodriguez, but couldn't afford one, according to court documents. Ortiz-Rodriguez went so far as to start the process for a protection-from-abuse order against Rodriguez on Feb. 19, officials said. In her petition, she stated that when she tried to leave the home with their two daughters, ages 7 and 11, Rodriguez tore open her suitcase, threw the contents onto the front lawn, broke her cellphone, and pushed her. However, at a March 7 hearing, she asked that the petition be withdrawn, and in a recent phone conversation with a friend, Ortiz-Rodriguez said Rodriguez "was being nice to her. " She allowed him back into the home.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are seeking a Delaware County mother who has been missing since Friday. Melissa Rodriguez, 30, of Collingdale, had planned to travel to visit friends in Newark, N.J., for the weekend, police said, but never showed up. Her husband, Jose Luis Rodriguez, called police Tuesday after she did not return a text he had sent. On Monday she did not show up for a new job and failed to pick up their two girls, ages 7 and 11, from school. "It is an ongoing and active investigation to find her," said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams.
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October 30, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a man whose mission has been to make a college campus more open and accepting of difference, Jose Rodriguez's office is exactly as it should be. In cramped Room 208 of the Lares Building at Penn State Abington, he is pleasantly besieged. On the couch, a Latina from Philadelphia studies with a freshman who immigrated three years ago from Saudi Arabia. A Muslim student drops by to borrow a prayer rug. The parade in and out is ceaseless. Unruffled by the commotion around him, Rodriguez types e-mail correspondence for yet another event that he - both the director of intercultural affairs and the men's and women's cross-country track coach - is putting together.
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