January 3, 1986 |
Two Southwest Philadelphia men yesterday were ordered to stand trial on charges of stabbing and beating the brother-in-law of Mayor Goode. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Beam said Randolph Williams, 38, suffered several stab wounds and a broken jaw during the attack Nov. 8 at 84th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard. Following a preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge J. Earl Simmons held Garcia McCrea, 32, and Thomas Hoover, 22, on assault and conspiracy charges. A third suspect, Troy Edwards, 22, is awaiting a hearing.
July 19, 1991 |
Three years ago yesterday, 5-year-old Marcus Yates was gunned down in a candy store by dueling drug dealers. The shooting thrust city residents into harsh times: the age of crack and brutal drug killings. The killing unabated, Marcus' family now works to bring awareness of the deadly toll drugs extract from this city. They also strive to keep going in Marcus' absence. "Still, it's sometimes hard around this time to get started in the morning," said Anthony Yates, Marcus' father.
April 26, 1991 |
The real shock for the accused killer of a pregnant woman came at the end of his preliminary hearing yesterday. "I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but your brother was shot to death the other day," lawyer Joel S. Moldovsky told his client, Shawn Sharp, 19, of Chew Avenue near Chelten. "Somebody has to tell you," said the attorney at the bar of Municipal Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland's courtroom. Sharp broke down in tears and began shaking. He had to be helped from the courtroom by sheriff's deputies.
August 10, 2005 |
For Cheryl and Tom Jones, hope endures. More than three years after the Salem County couple's daughter disappeared, the Joneses have not given up on their search. "We're going to find her," Cheryl Jones said yesterday. "We're not going to give up. We can't give up. " In their quest for answers, they have hired a psychic, posted billboards, put up reward money, and combed woods by foot and creeks by canoe all over South Jersey. Now the family has a new search plan.
October 28, 1997 |
When the defendant's friends and family, waiting outside the courtroom, heard that a jury in the man's murder trial was back with a verdict in 5 minutes, they jumped on the lawyer. One woman screamed at A. Charles Peruto Jr., the well-known defense attorney, and others wept. They knew what a quick verdict usually means. "You told us you thought you could win this case!" the woman shouted into Peruto's face. But Peruto remained calm. "Let's go inside," he said. And, sure enough, Peruto had won the case.
November 18, 1993 |
Of all the demonstrations that have taken place in front of Mayor Rendell's City Hall office, probably none have been like Colleen Hebding's. Hebding, of Rittenhouse Square, maintained a solitary vigil for more than three hours yesterday outside the mayor's office to express her anguish and anger over the shootings of four police officers Tuesday. One, Officer Stephen Dmytryk, died. "When I was young you wouldn't even think of speaking harshly to a police officer, and now people are shooting at them like it was a free-for-all," the 24-year-old waitress said.
October 16, 1997 |
The 17-year-old Northeast Philadelphia boy drew a posse after robbing a 21-year-old dental assistant last year. The victim, Pamela Genay, her parents, and about a dozen neighbors ran after Anthony Cottrell following the holdup at Frankford Avenue and Venango Street on May 24, 1996. Assistant District Attorney Kishan Nair said the fact that Cottrell had been high on drugs probably saved the life of Police Officer Thomas Miles after he joined the posse. When Miles trapped the suspect in an alley, Cottrell pointed a pistol at him, but he was so shaky he could not release the safety, Nair said.
February 25, 1994 |
Firefighters' wives and husbands formed a grass- roots organization last night to protest what they call chronic short-staffing and other problems in the Fire Department. Mary Humphries, wife of a veteran firefighter and an outspoken critic of cuts by the Rendell administration, said she was "extremely surprised" that about 350 people showed up at the union hall of Firefighters Local 22, 5th and Willow streets, to voice similar sentiments. "By popular request we organized a spouse group," said Humphries, whose husband, Wayne, helped fight a Jan. 28 church fire in South Philadelphia that killed two other firemen.
May 25, 1989 |
Scores of somber teen-agers, many of them crying, set the tone today as funeral services were held for 17-year-old Sean Daily, who was fatally beaten and shot last Saturday in senseless street violence. The teen-agers, many of them Daily's schoolmates at Northeast Catholic High School, stood out in the crowd of several hundred mourners at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond. Daily's body, clad in a dark gray corduroy jacket, with rosary beads draped in his hands, lay in a beige metal casket in the 99-year-old brownstone church, a Port Richmond landmark at Belgrade Street and Allegheny Avenue.
February 21, 1995 |
Inside the chapel of the Ruffin-Nichols A.M.E. Church at 11th and Mount Vernon streets, about three dozen people came yesterday to share their grief for relatives who were murder victims. The two-hour music and religious service commemorated the eighth anniversary of the Grief Assistance Program, a counseling program at the city's medical examiner's office run by the Rev. Wanda Henry-Jenkins. About halfway through the emotional program, relatives and neighbors of the Lassiter family arrived.