June 21, 2011 |
The 2008 trophy ceremony for the neighborhood basketball league had barely begun when people at McAlpin Playground in Mantua dove to the ground at the sound of gunfire. "Are you all right there, boy?" said Miles Mack, founder of the X-Tra Miles Development Basketball League to curb youth violence, to a player whose body he was shielding. For Mack, 42, those words were his last. Seconds later, testified fellow coach Murphy Applin, the player's panicky voice called out: "Mr. Miles is not getting up. " "I thought he had a heart attack," Applin told a Philadelphia judge Monday.
May 26, 2011 |
Wednesday's warm and sunny weather was propitious for the new solar-powered traffic light at Woodbury-Glassboro Road in Mantua Township, at the entrances to a Target store and Timber Creek Shopping Center. "We are always looking for ways to use green energy, so we're happy to be the first to be doing this," Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons said of the four-way signal, which is topped with six solar panels. It is the first of its kind in New Jersey, according to the state Department of Transportation.
May 5, 2011
A male was shot to death late Wednesday in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, police said. Police responding to a report of a shooting at 11:05 p.m. found the unidentified victim in the 3800 block of Melon Street with a gunshot wound to his head. He was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police reported no arrest. - Robert Moran
April 11, 2011 |
A teenage boy shot his buddy in the wrist last night in Mantua but police and family members say it was accidental. The boys, 14 and 12, were playing in a lot on Brown Street near Union when the older boy shot his friend at 7:50 p.m. The wounded boy, identified by a neighbor as Douglas Carrol, was reported in stable condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The two boys live across the street from each other and neighbors said they often play football in the lot. The shooter's father, who identified himself only as Richard, 40, said his son ran into the house and collapsed onto the floor after the shooting.
April 17, 2010 |
A third South Jersey teachers union has agreed to a wage freeze to lessen the blow of cuts in state aid. Around 4 a.m. Friday, Mantua School District teachers and officials reached a tentative contract agreement that includes a one-year salary freeze, said Linda Galella, president of the school board. "The teachers came through for us," she said. "They knew we were dealing with significant budget cuts, significant state-aid cuts. " The Gloucester County district is expected to take a cut in aid of about a $1 million next year, Galella said.
January 22, 2010 |
A pizza deliveryman was killed during a robbery Wednesday night in the Mantua section of the city, the second time this month that a deliveryman has died in a robbery. Kouakou Jacques, 36, was shot once in the chest while making a delivery in the 4100 block of Aspen Street about 10 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police have no witnesses and no suspects. "Right now, we don't know how the events occurred," Capt. James Clark, commander of the Homicide Unit, said yesterday.
June 2, 2009 |
By the time he was 42, Miles Mack had become a neighborhood icon in Mantua, running basketball games and changing lives at McAlpin Playground. Then a bullet took his life in that very park. When the idea of naming the park after him was proposed after his death in September, his mother, Sandra Mack, didn't see much use in it. But as the months passed, she came to believe that having his name there would remind kids that there was at least one person who always had their back. "Miles loved the kids in Mantua," she said.
December 6, 2008 |
Bob and Kathy Corsini were thrilled this week when Gov. Corzine signed a bill named after their deceased son, but they're not stopping there. "Daniel Mackay's Law" requires authorities to inform the relatives of disabled or deceased car accident victims where the car can be found. It also caps the amount that can be charged to those families for towing and storage. The Corsinis, of Mantua, pushed for the law after their 18-year-old son was killed in a car accident on I-295 in 2006.
November 10, 2008 |
The failing economy likely contributed to the voters' decision in one Gloucester County town not to pay a little extra to keep a scenic golf course from being plowed under for houses. Mantua Township voters rejected a two-penny tax hike last week that would have gone toward the purchase of the Maple Ridge Golf Club, a place with rare South Jersey hills, a stream, a lake, and a variety of wildlife. The closed 112-acre golf course straddles the border between Mantua and Deptford, which also is exploring ways to raise revenue to preserve the land.
September 14, 2008 |
Before he was shot Thursday night at the basketball tournament he organized, Miles Mack threw himself on top of his players to protect them, police said yesterday. So far, however, none of those he was willing to die for have been willing or able to identify his murderers, police said. Even though as many as 200 people witnessed two shooters kill Mack and 19-year-old Darren Hankins - the likely target of the brazen assault in the city's Mantua section - police said they had no motive and no solid suspects.