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April 4, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 58-year-old Lawndale physician got greedy, said the prosecutor, and he decided to go into business with a known drug addict. "It was greed, pure and simple," Assistant District Attorney Andrew Gibson, of the DA's Dangerous Drug Offender Unit, said of Dr. Lawrence R. Alexander. "He decided he needed extra money, easy money, so he began selling drugs with Edward O'Connor. " The 170 character witnesses who testified for Alexander, Gibson said, "knew him as a swell guy. They didn't know he was selling drugs on the side.
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February 25, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Maria DeLeone paid with her life for not telling a car owner she was going to use his auto last month. The owner's sister, described by defense lawyer Karl D. Schwartz as "a model citizen," allegedly beat DeLeone to death. This week, after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Michael J. Conroy, Patricia Gwalthney, of Cheltenham Avenue near Rising Sun, Lawndale, was ordered to stand trial in the killing of DeLeone, 29, of Marwood Road near Ashdale Street. Bail was set at $50,000.
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February 14, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EVEN YESTERDAY'S heavy snow couldn't put a stop to violence in Philadelphia. Three men were found dead yesterday afternoon in a house in the Northeast - victims of what police called execution-style killings. About 3:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a person screaming on Martins Mill Road near Oxford Avenue in Lawndale. Upon arriving, they found the three men shot dead inside a home on the block, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Two of the men were found bound, lying on the first floor, and the third was found in a bedroom on the second floor.
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October 6, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
A Northeast Philadelphia man who has a history of sexual assaults on women has been acquitted of raping a 21-year-old Lawndale woman last year, but convicted of burglarizing her apartment. Sentence was deferred. The Common Pleas jury hearing Christopher Harrison's case was prevented from learning he is a convicted rapist and burglar, said Assistant District Jeanette Synnestvedt. Harrison, 28, of Leon Street near Pearson, is serving five to 25 years in prison for a 1988 rape and burglary.
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March 10, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
An off-duty police officer shot a man in the leg Saturday morning during a fight over dog feces left in the officer's yard, police said. The man was treated at a hospital and released. The officer was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises on his head and released. Police did not name the two men but said the man who was shot would be charged with aggravated assault. The officer was outside his home shortly before noon on the 6400 block of Oakley Street in Lawndale when he saw a dog defecate in his front yard, police said.
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December 26, 2015 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
Police are asking for help finding the dog walker who slashed the tires of more than a dozen vehicles in the city's Lawndale section. Police on Thursday released surveillance footage a man who slashed the tires as he walked his dog at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. In total, tires were slashed or punctured on seven vehicles on the 400 block of Hellerman Street, six vehicles on the 6300 block of Shelbourne Street and three vehicles on the 6400 block of Oakley Street. Anyone with information can call 215-686-8477 (TIPS)
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September 1, 1988 | By Robert J. Terry and Thomas Ferrick Jr., Inquirer Staff Writers Inquirer staff writer Dan Meyers contributed to this article
A prisoner on weekend leave from a halfway house has confessed to last week's attempted rape of an 83-year-old Lawndale woman and is being questioned by detectives about a spate of recent sexual assaults and burglaries in the area, police said yesterday. Police identified the suspect as John Tartaglia, 29, who gave his address as a state-run halfway house in the 3000 block of North Broad Street. He is a former resident of the Lawndale section of the Northeast. Detectives said Tartaglia, who was serving a prison term for three burglary convictions, confessed Tuesday night to the beating and attempted rape of an woman early Saturday in her house on Levick Street.
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May 26, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
FOR SOME neighbors in Lawndale, losing Bill Glatz - a jeweler who was shot and killed during a botched robbery in October - meant losing a fundamental piece of the neighborhood's already in-flux identity. Shortly after the shooting, Tom Glennon, a retired firefighter who has lived in Lawndale for more than three decades, called the incident the "death knell" for the neighborhood. "This is it," Glennon, 65, told a Daily News columnist at the time. "I'm afraid of what this means.
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March 25, 1993 | by Kevin Haney, Daily News Staff Writer
For 12 years, Mark Clark has been able to leave his Lawndale home each morning and wheel himself five blocks to his job at the Naval Aviation Supply Office. But having a productive, fulfilling work life will become a lot tougher for the 33-year-old paraplegic if the Pentagon goes through with its plans to close what Lawndale residents call simply "the depot. " There may be jobs available when his Navy office moves to Mechanicsburg, a suburb of Harrisburg, sometime in the next six years, but Clark said his health won't let him move with it. "I can't physically move anywhere," he said.
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July 10, 1997 | By Macarena Hernandez and Deise Leobet, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer staff writers Clea Benson and Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. contributed to this article
The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office yesterday said more laboratory tests were needed to determine whether the death of 22-month-old Lawndale toddler Dean Michael Heilman was preventable. Detectives said the child cut his right foot Monday while playing in a backyard wading pool. The parents treated the injury themselves and did not contact medical authorities because of their religious beliefs, authorities said. The couple are members of Faith Tabernacle Congregation, investigators said, the same denomination that was the focus of a case involving the death in May of a 2-year-old boy from the Northeast.
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December 26, 2015 | By Emily Babay, Staff writer
Police are asking for help finding the dog walker who slashed the tires of more than a dozen vehicles in the city's Lawndale section. Police on Thursday released surveillance footage a man who slashed the tires as he walked his dog at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. In total, tires were slashed or punctured on seven vehicles on the 400 block of Hellerman Street, six vehicles on the 6300 block of Shelbourne Street and three vehicles on the 6400 block of Oakley Street. Anyone with information can call 215-686-8477 (TIPS)
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July 3, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER MONTHS of gloom, Lawncrest could use some light. And its residents, besieged by bad news at every turn, are hoping the brilliance of fireworks will do the trick. Tomorrow marks the 100th time the Northeast Philly neighborhood will hold its Fourth of July celebration, a platinum anniversary beyond precious to the people planning it. Because it's about more than just sparklers and water ice. The pride of an aging community battered by turmoil hangs in the balance of the grass-roots celebration, one of the city's oldest.
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June 8, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ANDREW ELLERBE'S revolver was loaded with blanks. But off-duty Philly Detective Mark Flacco didn't know that when he saw the gun's flash and then pulled the trigger of his own weapon, a Glock pistol loaded with real ammo. Ellerbe collapsed and died from Flacco's bullets, just steps outside of Rising Sun Pizza in Lawndale. I have three words for Flacco: Thank you, sir. Because the next time that Ellerbe used that gun to terrorize hard-working merchants, he might have used real bullets.
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November 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IN THE FIRST HALF of 2014, the people of Lawncrest had lost hope. Having two high-profile murders take place about one month, and 1 mile, apart will do that to any neighborhood, especially one that was known for decades as a peaceful haven for blue-collar workers. But now, as 2014 draws to a close, community leaders are noticing a marked change in their neighbors' attitudes. And it wasn't for a lack of trying. "In the beginning, when it was fresh, everybody was in shock," said Jean Pleis, the treasurer of the Lawncrest Community Association.
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March 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JORDAN LUNSK is in deep doo-doo. The Lawndale man, 39, faces charges of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing and related counts after he picked a fight Saturday with an off-duty cop over dog waste, police said. In that incident - which took place outside the officer's house on Oakley Street near Levick, about a block from where Lunsk lives - Lunsk refused to pick up his dog's excrement from the officer's lawn, police said. The two first exchanged heated words, then blows.
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March 10, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
An off-duty police officer shot a man in the leg Saturday morning during a fight over dog feces left in the officer's yard, police said. The man was treated at a hospital and released. The officer was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises on his head and released. Police did not name the two men but said the man who was shot would be charged with aggravated assault. The officer was outside his home shortly before noon on the 6400 block of Oakley Street in Lawndale when he saw a dog defecate in his front yard, police said.
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March 5, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN Kerlis Moncion and her family were looking to move to a bigger house in 2007, they settled on a home in Lawndale, on a quiet, residential street called Martins Mill Road. The area had everything Moncion was looking for: a Shop-Rite at the end of her street, friendly, helpful neighbors, a nearby bus stop for easy access to other parts of the city. Then, she started to notice some changes. She heard stories about muggings in the surrounding area. During the closing months of last year, her husband's trailer was stolen out of their back yard.
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February 26, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE VICTIMS of a triple homicide that rocked a quiet residential block in Lawndale earlier this month have been identified by police. Keurlin Charles, 24; Vander Freemont, 34; and Brian Williams, 25, were found Feb. 13 inside a home on Martins Mill Road near Oxford Avenue, Officer Leeloni Palmiero, a police spokeswoman, said yesterday. All three had been shot in the head in what police have called an "execution-style" murder. Charles and Freemont, who both lived in the home where the shooting occurred, were found with their hands and feet bound behind their backs, Palmiero said.
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February 14, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EVEN YESTERDAY'S heavy snow couldn't put a stop to violence in Philadelphia. Three men were found dead yesterday afternoon in a house in the Northeast - victims of what police called execution-style killings. About 3:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a person screaming on Martins Mill Road near Oxford Avenue in Lawndale. Upon arriving, they found the three men shot dead inside a home on the block, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Two of the men were found bound, lying on the first floor, and the third was found in a bedroom on the second floor.
NEWS
May 27, 2013
By Elizabeth McGinley Formal memorial gardens that honor the heroes of 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan have become part of our 21st-century public landscape. But even the smallest home garden can be a memorial garden, honoring personal heroes. That's what I recently realized as I waited for an elderly friend at her doctor's office in our city's Castor Gardens neighborhood. I had complimented the receptionist on the violet-pink orchid that graced a table near the door. Serene amid the 1970s-era wood paneling, faded linoleum, and dog-eared magazines, the plant almost glowed in the meager light from the basement office's glass-brick window.
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