September 13, 2008 |
Miles Mack was gunned down at a basketball tournament that he'd founded to save and serve a community he once referred to as "my people. " In that quick and brutal act, a city starved for role models lost one of its best. And a good man who had stepped up to make a difference was apparently victimized by the same tough guys and "hard-headed" kids he had worked all his life to help. "He was on the front lines," said Rick Young, a friend and the chief executive officer of the Mantua Community Improvement Committee.
February 14, 2008 |
The news was unthinkable, Clearview Regional High School principal Kevin Kitchenman said. Students arrived at the Mullica Hill school yesterday to discover that a popular, talented junior had been killed in a car crash overnight. Police say Jessica Skelnik, 17, of Harrison Township, died shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday when a sport-utility vehicle driven by her brother slammed into a tree in Mantua Township. "Most of the students didn't know anything until they got here," he said.
July 27, 2006 |
A 23-year-old Mantua man was gunned down near his home yesterday afternoon, making July - with five days left to go - the deadliest month this year. This month, 38 people have been killed; the year's homicide tally so far is 223. The city is on pace to have its worst annual homicide rate since 1997, when more than 400 people were killed. Charles Hewett, who lived on Mount Vernon Street, was shot multiple times at 33d and Wallace Streets in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia about 2 p.m., police said.
November 28, 2004 |
The screams are said to be shrill, like those of a woman. But the source of the nighttime shrieks heard from time to time in Wenonah Cemetery in Mantua, Gloucester County, is a mystery. "It's a piercing sound," said Jacqueline Blythe, who lives across the street from the cemetery. "It's something big. " Some say the cemetery is haunted. Perhaps by Revolutionary War soldiers who supposedly fought on the surrounding land. Others believe a big cat - a bobcat or even a cougar - emerges from the wooded marsh behind the cemetery and caterwauls among moonlit tombstones.
October 26, 2004 |
A Glassboro woman pleaded guilty yesterday to reduced charges in a 2003 car crash that killed a 61-year-old Mantua woman who was her parents' neighbor. Erin Lewis, 22, had been charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault, each a second-degree offense that carries a maximum 10 years in prison. She also was charged with drug possession. In exchange for a guilty plea, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office reduced the charges to fourth-degree assault by auto and third-degree conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance.
September 2, 2004 |
What's bugging the spatterdock? New Jersey environmental and agricultural officials still do not know why masses of spatterdock, also known as yellow pond lily, are curling up and dying along Mantua Creek in Gloucester County. What they do know is that a type of beetle identified as Galerucella has been eating the leaves. And water samples have turned up no chemicals that could be causing the blight. Two species of Galerucella beetles, Galerucella calmariensis and Galerucella pusilla, were introduced into the United States from Europe in the 1990s to combat purple loosestrife, a beautiful but invasive perennial that was choking lakes.
August 3, 2004 |
Ed Knorr and Bob Cooper are hot on the trail of a killer. They are not police detectives; they are a couple of environmental sleuths, and the victims in this case are aquatic plants, primarily spatterdock, also known as yellow pond lily. Fields of dying spatterdock, their leaves curled above the water like crinkled parchment paper, line Mantua Creek. The cause is an ecological mystery. The 18-mile creek, which flows through several Gloucester County towns and into the Delaware River, is home to bald eagles, beavers and snapping turtles.
July 24, 2004 |
A Superior Court judge in Gloucester County reduced bail yesterday for a Philadelphia man arrested this week for a 16-year-old armed robbery and chided the state for failing to catch a fugitive hiding in plain sight. Dalion Baskerville, who was arrested after attempting to enter Mexico for a vacation, has been living at the same Felton Street address - across the river from the South Jersey supermarket authorities say he robbed - since 1992. "Did somebody look for him?" Judge John Tomasello questioned Assistant Prosecutor Laurie Cimino during the bail hearing.
January 12, 2004 |
Theodore Krzaczek, 77, of Mantua Township, a former mayor and postmaster, died of cancer Thursday at home. A longtime public official, Mr. Krzaczek was active on the planning board until his death and was honored at Mantua's annual reorganization meeting this month. He was mayor from 1976 to 1980 and local postmaster in 1968 and 1969. While in public office, Mr. Krzaczek helped secure federal money through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program to clean up the Helen F. Kramer and Lipari landfills.
April 9, 2003 |
Minnie Jackson remembers 30 years ago when all the houses on her Mantua block were filled with happy neighbors who hung flowers off their porches, swept the street, and held block parties. One by one, as the people aged and died, their homes died, too. Left abandoned by everyone but drug dealers and squatters, the houses began to deteriorate. The windows shattered, the roofs caved in, the floors collapsed, and this West Philadelphia neighborhood turned into a textbook example of urban blight.