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October 27, 1991 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, Special to The Inquirer
The Democratic candidates for Borough Council in Lansdowne say the GOP establishment on the council has not pushed to improve the quality of the William Penn School District or to alleviate the heavy tax burden on borough residents. "The Republican mayor and the Republican council will not criticize the Republican school board members," Democrat Bill Smith, 25, said. The two board members who represent the borough are Republicans, as are all but one member of the Borough Council.
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June 24, 1994 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has discovered radium and uranium in ground water at the site of a former radium-processing plant in Lansdowne that is being cleaned up under the Superfund program. The radioactive contamination was found in ground-water samples taken at the plant site in April, EPA spokeswoman Leanne Nurse said yesterday after releasing a statement on the findings. The contamination is not believed to pose an immediate threat to people who live near the site, Nurse said.
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June 30, 1988 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
A 16-year-old Lansdowne girl was raped while walking to summer school classes at Upper Darby High School at 8:33 a.m. Friday, police said. The victim told police she was walking along a trail under the SEPTA trestle on Garrett Road when she was approached from behind. The assailant put his right hand over her mouth and threatened to kill her if she screamed, police said. The man led her down the trail and into a wooded area near Naylor's Run Park, police said. The man pulled her shirt over her head so she couldn't see, police said.
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March 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Officials late Saturday afternoon identified the victim of a Lansdowne fire as Margaret McClernan, 51. McClernan died of smoke and soot inhalation, according to findings released by the Delaware County Office of the Medical Examiner. The "accidental housefire" in which she died destroyed a portion of the three-story apartment building on South Wycombe Avenue in Lansdowne, where she lived. All other residents safely left the building and were sheltered at a Red Cross comfort center at the Twentieth Century Club.
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August 11, 1988 | By Cynthia Mayer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barely one week into the $6 million dismantling of Lansdowne's radioactive "hothouse," the contractors handling the project have already run into a snag. The Bucks County landfill that was to take the clean, non-radioactive pieces of the house - or so federal officials thought - appears to be backing away from the project out of a fear of negative publicity. "Even though (the debris) may be clean, we may not want the exposure," said Steve David of GROWS Inc., the Morrisville landfill.
NEWS
January 6, 1991 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, Special to The Inquirer
Gar Schoener never intended to run the 100-meter dash in summer's Senior Games of Delaware County, much less win it. But then he had a metaphysical experience. "I'm down on the track, and I'm looking at the white lines. And they were kind of shimmering," Schoener said. The scene was straight out of the movie Field of Dreams, where a character looks at his cornfield and hears a voice telling him to build a baseball diamond, he said. "I got the same message: Why not?" The experience drove Schoener to win the event, spoiling rival-of-sorts Bill Burroughs' chance to grab an eighth medal at the games.
NEWS
July 29, 1990 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, Special to The Inquirer
The Lansdowne Borough Council will discuss at an executive meeting tomorrow what, if any, action to take against animal control officer Blake Cash. Cash has come under fire by pet owners in Lansdowne who say he has an abusive manner and makes unwarranted trips onto private property. The residents have complained bitterly at borough meetings and recently asked the Borough Council to suspend Cash and conduct an investigation into his job performance. Councilman Robert Alpigini said council members would reveal the results of their discussion at the Aug. 15 public meeting.
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August 19, 1993 | By Cynthia McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In the lives of motorists unlucky enough to be approaching a railroad crossing in Lansdowne at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28, it may well turn out to be an evening that will live in infamy. Because that night a 2,000-foot-long train will whistle through town. Actually, it will creep through town, taking between 30 minutes and one hour to pass. And it will return at 6 a.m. the next day. The train will carry track for a $38 million SEPTA project that will correct problems along the tracks from Lansdowne to Philadelphia, Borough Councilman Anthony P. Campuzano said.
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February 12, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE REV. ANTHONY Cossavella discovered his 89-year-old mother dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of the basement stairs in her Lansdowne home on Wednesday. His initial thought - and the initial thought of investigators - was that the elderly woman had died in a fall on the stairs. But an autopsy three days later revealed something much more sinister. "The Lansdowne police called me Saturday and asked if I would come down to the police station," Cossavella said yesterday. "They told me the coroner's report said she was the victim of a homicide.
NEWS
December 18, 2012
A Delaware County woman is facing a fresh prison term after admitting Monday that she lied to a federal judge this year to win a light sentence for embezzling $509,000 from a bank where she worked. Katherine Harrell, who bilked the money from United Bank in South Philadelphia, had been sentenced to only one day in prison after telling U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in February that she was the lone caretaker for her baby and a brother disabled after a car accident. The claim stunned FBI agents, who investigated, learned Harrell had made it all up, and arrested her on new charges.
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October 29, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, VINNY VELLA & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
DEION JORDAN spent the last few months on a one-man crime spree that ended in kidnapping, murder - and now jail, police say. And based on statements Jordan made to Homicide Unit detectives, that spree may be a small sample of his criminal activity, a police source said last night. Jordan, 34, of McCallum Street near Hortter in West Mount Airy, was caught Oct. 19 after he led police on a high-speed chase through Delaware County. The chase began after friends of a man he allegedly kidnapped and ransomed alerted authorities, police spokeswoman Jillian Russell said.
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May 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MAN WAS electrocuted yesterday after a contractor allegedly ignored warnings by the city's Licenses and Inspections Department to stop work on a West Philadelphia building, police said. About 2:20 p.m., officers were called to the Lansdowne apartments, on Parkside Avenue near 41st Street, for reports of an injured worker. They found the victim, who had been shocked while performing demolition work on the first floor, said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives. Emergency medical personnel took the man - who was believed to be about 30 but police were unable to identify last night - to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died about an hour later.
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May 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HE WAS "Mr. Greg" to the kids in the Lansdowne neighborhood around his store, Greg's Grocery. Greg Culler was a popular figure in the Delaware County community because he loved his customers, especially the youngsters, and they loved him. "The parents didn't hesitate to let their little children go to Greg's store by themselves," said his wife, the former Karen Rochelle Antrom. "They didn't have to cross a busy street to get there, and they knew that Greg would look after them.
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February 12, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE REV. ANTHONY Cossavella discovered his 89-year-old mother dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of the basement stairs in her Lansdowne home on Wednesday. His initial thought - and the initial thought of investigators - was that the elderly woman had died in a fall on the stairs. But an autopsy three days later revealed something much more sinister. "The Lansdowne police called me Saturday and asked if I would come down to the police station," Cossavella said yesterday. "They told me the coroner's report said she was the victim of a homicide.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
WHAT do you get the committed-to-buying-local eater and home cook on your list? Chances are he or she already has the latest kitchen gimcrack, like a home sous-vide cooker or a pasta machine that does everything but twirl the linguine on your fork. Why not earn points all around by playing the local card? You'll support services and products created by regional entrepreneurs and artisans - a win-win guaranteed to deliver a truly delicious holiday treat. And many of these gifts can be had for $20 to $50, not a lot of scratch to make a delicious impression.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the last year, William Penn High School in Lansdowne has endured an arson fire, bomb threats, and the theft of at least $10,000 in sports equipment. After the fire and bomb scare, officials at the Delaware County school took what they hoped were preventative steps: They hired security guards. On Wednesday, two of those guards were charged with stealing about $20,000 in saxophones, flutes, and other band instruments from the school. "It's a series of unrelated bad events that seems to plague the district," said Superintendent Joseph Bruni.
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June 24, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
On any summer Saturday in the late '50s, a tide of college kids would wash up at a place called Bayshores in Somers Point. A buck bought 10 glasses of warm beer. Hundreds kicked their flip-flops off and danced on the concrete floor. On the bandstand, Mike Pedicin and his boys blew the roof off, which they did for six nights a week every summer from 1951 until 1967. "Everybody in there was young," Pedicin, 95, tells me, sitting at his kitchen table in Ardmore. "It was a dive.
NEWS
June 15, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dorothy E. "Dot" Saylor, 94, of Aldan, an events planner and athlete who as a teen taught the future Princess Grace of Monaco to swim at the Y, died Thursday, June 6, at home of natural causes. The former Dorothy Stickel was born and raised in the Swampoodle neighborhood of Philadelphia. Mrs. Saylor worked as a summer lifeguard at Philadelphia city pools during her teen years. At the Kelly Pool in East Falls, she taught future City Councilman Jack Kelly and his sister Grace the basics of swimming.
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June 14, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILMINGTON - His garden stroll with Adolf Hitler left Alfred Rosenberg invigorated. Rosenberg was already one of the most notorious and powerful Nazis, chief architect of ethnic cleansing policies and the man responsible for plundering billions of dollars of art from European Jews. At the meeting in April 1941, Hitler spoke of a larger role. "Your hour has come," he said, according to an account Rosenberg scrawled in his diary. For nearly 70 years, the infamous diary, an unprecedented insider's glimpse of the Third Reich, was lost or hidden.
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May 17, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
After admitting that she embezzled $509,000 from a South Philadelphia bank, Katherine Harrell got a huge break last year. Swayed by accounts of her cooperation with the FBI and Harrell's claim that her son and bedridden brother would be institutionalized without her being free to care for them, a judge sentenced the Lansdowne woman to just a day in prison. Problem is, Harrell was lying. Her brother was never in a car crash, as she had claimed. Her parents were ready to care for her boy. On Thursday, Harrell's fate swung to the other end of the punishment spectrum.
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