April 10, 2012 |
A makeshift memorial at a Kensington firehouse is growing in tribute to two firefighters killed in yesterday's horrific five-alarm warehouse blaze. The burning and collapse of the Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building off Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia left Lt. Robert P. Neary, 60, and Daniel Sweeney, 25, dead. Neary was a 37-year veteran of the department and was close to retirement. Sweeney was the son of a retired fire captain. People began leaving flowers, portraits, and stuffed animals last night and this morning at the fire Castor and Kensington Avenues building housing Ladder 10 where Neary and Sweeney were based.
February 6, 2012 |
THE SMALL CANDLES on the ground added no warmth to the Temple University campus last night as students shuffled through the biting cold, past a makeshift memorial for a former student. Some held pizzas and bookbags, or hurried down Liacouras Walk in talkative groups. There were skateboards and a unicycle, and a cyclist who pondered jumping over the memorial of flowers, candles and handwritten notes with his bike before pedaling off. But three people embraced there in Alumni Circle to remember Tobi Sonstroem, a friend who purged his inner demons there in the most outward manner.
November 18, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the bodies of two newborn babies found in Kensington over the weekend were "medical specimens. " The bodies, of a girl and a boy, had been preserved in formaldehyde and showed signs of postmortem examination, coroner's spokesman Jeff Moran said. "They were medical specimens, such as one might find in an academic institution," he said. "Now the question really is, where did they come from, and why were they disposed in this way?"
August 7, 2008
ON A windy Sunday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2008, at 4 p.m., at Colgate and Alcott in Philadelphia, a crowd gathered outside a makeshift memorial: a table with pictures, flowers and lit candles. In memory of a young man whose future was lit with promise, this same date and place marked the spot where Jerome Boyer was murdered last year this time, and the killer is still on the loose. In this City of Brotherly Love, someone is getting away with murder. While a grieving mother, Joanne Hardy, is unable to get closure, the perpetrator is roaming the streets, perhaps in wait for his next victim.
August 8, 2011 |
A woman was shot to death and another wounded Sunday afternoon in the city's Port Richmond section, police said. The women were standing in front of a rowhouse in the 2200 block of East Ann Street when shots were fired about 3:30 p.m., authorities said. A 24-year-old woman with several gunshot wounds, including one to the head, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said she was the intended target. Her 22-year-old companion, who was seven months pregnant, was shot in a leg, police said.
August 8, 2003 |
Carnell Pittman, a recent high school graduate who would always greet people with a smile and "Whassup, cuz?" got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, friends and relatives said yesterday. Pittman, 18, was gunned down early yesterday in a neighborhood known for drugs and violence, police said. He had just graduated from Coatesville Area High School and was getting ready to think about what he wanted to do next. The news shocked many in his neighborhood. Friends and family set up two memorials - one at his home and another where he was killed - and were desperate to know why anyone would want to gun down a young man hanging out with friends.
August 29, 2008 |
Still in shock, neighbors gathered yesterday near a makeshift memorial in Hunting Park that featured a red-and-white teddy bear, a Tweety Bird with "The Good Die Young" written on a collar, and a silvery helium balloon with the message "We will miss your smile. " The events of Wednesday night - when a 6-year-old boy ran from his home in the 4000 block of Fairhill Street, screaming, "My mommy and daddy are dead!" - were still fresh in their minds. A neighbor had told the boy, the oldest of five siblings, to go back in and shake his parents, because he might have been mistaken.
June 22, 2011 |
A lethal combination of alcohol and speeds up to 140 m.p.h. caused the fiery wreck that killed Jackass star Ryan Dunn and a passenger this week along a Chester County highway, police said. According to toxicology results released Wednesday, the 34-year-old West Chester resident had a blood-alcohol level of 0.196 moments after the crash that killed him and Zachary Hartwell, 30. That level of intoxication is nearly 21/2 times the state's 0.08 legal definition of drunken driving.
May 23, 2004 |
No one knew Bill's last name. But everybody in his North Philadelphia neighborhood loved the soft-spoken 62-year-old welder, who kept stray dogs in his shop and was always ready to lend a hand. Bill, or William Hand, according to police, was killed about 11 p.m. Friday in an apparent robbery attempt at his shop at Jefferson and American Streets, police said. He died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. Yesterday, friends and neighbors mourned the loss of the man they knew as "Bill the Welder" or just "Mr. Bill.
July 20, 2009 |
A fight in an East Mount Airy grocery store Saturday spilled out onto the sidewalk, where the store's 61-year-old co-owner was shot to death, detectives said yesterday. Police arrested Nicole Dolby-Becham, 27, who lives a block from the store, and charged her with homicide and weapons offenses in the death of Jongyoum Kim of Northeast Philadelphia. Dolby-Becham fired four shots, killing Kim, then called police from a pay phone, detectives said. Police did not immediately say what sparked the fight at 1:30 p.m. in Andy's Food Market in the 6700 block of Chew Avenue.