October 4, 2013 |
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.
June 24, 2013 |
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.
June 15, 2013 |
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.
June 14, 2013 |
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.
May 17, 2013 |
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.
March 4, 2013 |
A 51-year-old woman died in an apartment fire Saturday morning in Lansdowne. Margaret McClernan died of smoke and soot inhalation, according to the Delaware County medical examiner. The fire, described as accidental by the medical examiner, destroyed a portion of the three-story apartment building on South Wycombe Avenue. The blaze started about 5 a.m. on the third floor of the Keystone Apartments, where McClernan lived. All other residents were safely evacuated and were sheltered at a Red Cross "comfort center" at the Twentieth Century Club.
March 3, 2013 |
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.
January 23, 2013 |
SINCE THE RELEASE of "Silver Linings Playbook," people have been asking which movie theater Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are standing in front of in a scene on Halloween night. It's the Lansdowne Theater (31 N. Lansdowne) where the stars, both Oscar-nominated for their performances, stood after their meal at the Llanerch Diner (95 E. Township Line). The historic theater, which opened in 1927, was purchased by the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corp., a nonprofit, in 2006.
January 3, 2013 |
Delaware County officials are trying to determine the identity of a man found dead this morning near a park bench in Lansdowne Borough. "There is nothing to indicate any foul play," said Police Chief Daniel Kotan. The African-American man, between the ages of 45 to 55, was found at 7:30 a.m. collapsed beside a park bench directly across from the Lansdowne theater, Kortan said. While he was appropriately dressed for the weather -- knit hat, winter coat and gloves -- he carried no identification, just a set of keys, Kortan said.
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.