April 1, 2015 |
A PHILADELPHIA JURY yesterday awarded more than $38.5 million in punitive damages to the families of two women shot dead in 2010 by a suspended co-worker at the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia. Last month, another jury delivered a verdict against Georgia-based U.S. Security Associates Inc., which provided security at the plant, for compensatory damages in excess of $8 million. That earlier jury, however, deadlocked on the punitive damages. The combined Common Pleas Court verdicts now set the total award for the victims' families at more than $46.5 million.
November 3, 2012 |
Dominic Galante remembers trying to step around anti-military protesters blocking the doors to La Salle College's administrative offices in the 1960s. He remembers when La Salle - now a university - first admitted women in the 1970s. But most of all, he remembers the question one of the top college vice presidents asked when he learned that Galante had left a job on a Friday and was ready to start work at La Salle on a Monday. "Aren't you nervous that he's a job hopper?" the worried administrator asked Galante's supervisor.
September 15, 2012 |
UnitedHealth Group Inc. will replace Kraft Foods Inc. in the Dow Jones industrial average, the first change to the 116-year-old stock benchmark since 2009. Kraft will be removed from the Dow after deciding to spin off its North American grocery business, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. UnitedHealth, the biggest U.S. health insurer, was chosen because it represents the growing importance of health-care spending to the U.S. economy, according to the index provider. The change will go into effect at the open of trading on Sept.
May 24, 2012 |
In January 2011, amid much fanfare, Gov. Christie trekked out to Chicago on the heels of a public-relations blitz, promising to lure businesses and jobs from Illinois to New Jersey. His administration spent more than $300,000 in taxpayer money on an advertising campaign starring Christie himself. Newspapers ads ran up and down the state, from the Chicago Tribune to the State Journal-Register of Springfield, encouraging businesses to pick up stakes and relocate to the Garden State. Even though major employers such as Kraft Foods ignored or refused the governor's request for a meeting, Christie nonetheless immediately deemed the trip a success.
December 8, 2010 |
Yvonne Hiller was certain she was being targeted for surreptitious "chemical abuse," but no one believed her story. She accused her coworkers of spraying her with deer urine, prompting her to complain to a federal safety agency. She thought her Lawncrest neighbors were running a meth lab, and she called police to her apartment numerous times "for the smell. " She believed that chemicals were ruining her health, and had visited several doctors and counselors since 2007. Despite all that, she couldn't find the source of the toxins she thought were plaguing her. Hiller told homicide detectives that her mounting frustration finally culminated in September, when she went on a shooting rampage through the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia, where she had worked for 15 years.
December 8, 2010 |
As machines whirred in the noisy Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia, amid the sweet smell of baked goods, Yvonne Hiller methodically hunted down co-workers with whom she apparently had quarreled and gunned them down, authorities say. Hiller contended that she suffered from years of "chemical abuse" and that her co-workers had sprayed her with chemicals and deer urine, according to her statement to police, read in court at her preliminary hearing...
September 18, 2010
A funeral for LaTonya S. Brown, 36, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Holy Cross Headquarters at the Met, Broad and Poplar Streets. Friends may call from 9. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park, Feasterville. Ms. Brown and Tanya Wilson, employees of Kraft Foods in Northeast Philadelphia, were killed Thursday, Sept. 9, by a coworker, Yvonne Hiller, at the factory. Hiller is in police custody. Ms. Brown is survived by her mother, Terral; a son, Di-Yon; daughters Trachelle, Tyleesha, and Da-Yiel; and a brother, Dion Allen.
September 14, 2010 |
Kraft Foods employees returned to work Sunday night for the first time since Yvonne Hiller allegedly launched a shooting rampage last week that left two dead. For many, the first day back was not an easy one. "It's a sad day," said Beverly Witherspoon, 54, who works in the packing department. "It's just a little somber. " Throngs of employees were on their way to the viewing yesterday afternoon in West Philadelphia for Tanya Wilson, one of the victims. "Tanya Wilson was a very good friend," said Dee Nacovski, 52, who was on her way into the building on Roosevelt Boulevard near Byberry Road.
September 12, 2010 |
Minutes after she shot two coworkers to death, the woman with a big gun in her hand confronted Dave Ciarlante inside the massive Kraft Foods plant. "You don't have to do this," Ciarlante told her. "Get out of my way," she said. But she didn't shoot. She brushed past Ciarlante, seemingly intent on targeting someone else. He didn't take his chance to flee. He decided to follow her. And Ciarlante kept tracking her, relaying her movements to plant security Thursday night via his work-issue walkie-talkie, even after the woman pointed the Magnum at him. This time, she pulled the trigger.
September 11, 2010 |
On the third floor of the Kraft Foods baking plant in Northeast Philadelphia, Yvonne Hiller and her coworkers used huge mixing machines to combine ingredients for the Ritz crackers and Lorna Doone cookies manufactured there. But a more lethal mixture apparently was created there, too: a growing hostility between Hiller and her coworkers that led to the fatal shootings of two employees, allegedly by Hiller, who minutes earlier had been suspended over an incident involving their conflict.