December 9, 1999 |
Mark Smith used to wave to his parents in the stands every time he was pinned. But he was 4 at the time and didn't know any better. Wrestling was something to do, a fun thing. That's the way it started for the Upper Perkiomen sophomore. However, he has transformed himself from someone who admittedly was not very good to one of the best 145-pound wrestlers in the state. He has done it with a style that often leaves opponents confounded. "Everything you teach a kid to normally do, Mark does the opposite, and it works out well for him," Upper Perkiomen coach Tom Hontz said.
August 19, 2005 |
It's generally not a good idea to make a plea bargain with federal prosecutors then not hold up your end of the bargain. A 42-year-old Coatesville man learned that lesson yesterday when a federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced him to more than 11 years in prison. Last September, Mark Smith, a former pharmacist who owns Smittie's Check Cashing Service in Coatesville, pleaded guilty to federal charges of possession with intent to distribute the drugs morphine and hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
March 21, 1995 |
Mark Smith, a former Indy-car driver, was behind the wheel in a highway crash that killed his brother and another man in The Plains, Va. Smith, 27, of McMinnville, Ore., was driving a Saab 900 when it ran off the road, slid down an embankment and struck a utility pole Saturday afternoon, Fauquier County Sheriff Joseph Higgs said yesterday. Smith's brother, Michael Smith, 29, of Dundee, Ore., died yesterday at Fairfax Hospital after being on life support systems, Higgs said.
December 4, 1998 |
It's beginning to look a lot like . . . spring. At the Woodford Mansion in Fairmount Park, volunteer Mark Smith donned shorts and climbed a ladder to begin a messy job yesterday. But hey, at least it was pleasant. With the weather expected to continue fair into the weekend, could the mansion get its face-lift before winter sets in?
December 4, 1999 |
The convicted urban terrorist has run out of chances. He's blown plenty in the past. Mark Smith, 29, of 58th Street near Christian, was sentenced yesterday to 15 to 31 years in jail for robbing and terrorizing three women in the summer of 1998. "He is a predator," Assistant District Attorney Dino Privitera told Common Pleas Court Judge D. Webster Keogh. Privitera said that Smith has 20 arrests and eight convictions, including one for robbery when he was a juvenile. "He's been committing crimes since 1981.
October 20, 1999 |
Mark Smith, 29, drove around West Philadelphia looking for women to rob in the summer of 1998, said the prosecutor. He struck three times in daylight gunpoint holdups before University of Pennsylvania authorities helped nab him on July 28, said Assistant District Attorney Dino Privitera. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge D. Webster Keogh convicted Smith, of 58th Street near Christian, and committed him to prison to await sentencing. Privitera said Smith's first offense occurred on July 8, when he robbed a 30-year-old Penn graduate student while she was carrying groceries to her car at 42nd and Pine streets.
June 30, 2001 |
Jaques Lazier knocked Sarah Fisher aside yesterday and won the pole for the debut at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. The SunTrust Indy Challenge will be held there tonight. Lazier turned a lap at a track-record 160.417 m.p.h., depriving Fisher of her first career pole. When no one else could match her 159.891 m.p.h., though, Fisher, at No. 2, still had the best starting spot for a woman in Indy Racing League history. Cristiano Da Matta averaged 130.932 m.p.h.
April 24, 2004 |
Clay Condrey gave up just two hits in seven shutout innings to lead the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons past the Rochester Red Wings, 5-0, in the International League last night. Dan Giese followed with two shutout innings of relief. A.J. Hinch had a double and a single in three at-bats and drove in three runs for the Barons, who rapped out 10 hits. Mark Smith hit his first homer of the season in leading off the sixth inning for Scranton. The designated hitter had two hits and scored twice.
March 9, 2002 |
It's easy to spot Upper Perkiomen wrestler Mark Smith these days. He's the one walking around the PIAA Class AAA state wrestling championships at HersheyPark Arena with the million dollar smile. You see, this is an entirely different Mark Smith. "Last year I sat on the very top row of this arena wearing sunglasses and a trench coat," said Smith, a senior. "I was just hoping no one would spot me. " He had good reason. After finishing No. 7 in the state as a freshman at 125 pounds and No. 4 as a sophomore at 135, Smith's career detoured as a junior last season.
November 15, 1996 |
A man accused of robbing close to 20 gas stations in Bensalem and Northeast Philadelphia pleaded guilty yesterday to the Bucks County crimes. Mark Smith, a 38-year-old Philadelphia resident, faces a minimum of five years in jail for five robberies in Bensalem with what turned out to be only a starter gun. If a judge orders him to serve jail time for each individual robbery, Smith could be in prison for decades. Smith's sentence was deferred yesterday at his own request.