November 20, 2000 |
Donald English walks home at the end of a day, carefully noting a haphazard trail of trash bags and empty cardboard beer cases dotting the woods along Rancocas Creek. Amid stands of turning oak, birch and maple treesloosely bound by wisteria vines and thorny bushes, he removes his shoes on a flattened cardboard box and ducks into the plywood-and-particleboard lean-to into which English, 36, and his girlfriend, Esther Powers, 41, have just settled. The lean-to is their most recent version of home in this stretch of marshy woods in Browns Mills, a rural town bordered by the Pine Barrens, Fort Dix, farms, and the cranberry bogs of eastern Burlington County.
March 3, 2003 |
Police yesterday said the man whose body was found in North Philadelphia with his vital organs removed was a jovial homeless man who would always greet friends with a "How you doing?" Police identified the man as Willie Kent, who last lived on the 1500 block of North Seventh Street. Kent, known in the neighborhood as "Pete," was a former meatpacker who last worked odd jobs at David's Market, a corner store at Seventh and Jefferson Streets. There, Kent, who would have turned 61 in May, cut boxes, swept and stocked shelves for several years.
June 22, 1988 |
In part, Stormy Monday is about carrying Poles to Newcastle. This is not a joke. Set in riverfront juke joints in the English industrial city, Stormy Monday stars Sting as Finney, a club owner who hires Poland's Krakow Jazz Ensemble to play during America Week, Newcastle's celebration of American business. This is Finney's prerogative, right? Wrong, thinks ruthless U.S. developer Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones), who takes this as a sign of Finney's perverse humor. You see, the club owner will neither hire an American nor sell to one. Cosmo's had his eye on Finney's club because the corporate desperado has plans to turn Newcastle's colorful and seamy dockside into a sterile, American-type shopping mall.
August 15, 1999 |
Almost 21 years ago, on Aug. 30, 1978, the Inquirer reporter covering the federal court in Philadelphia called the newspaper's West Chester office to say that a 15-year-old girl had been shot to death and her boyfriend seriously injured the previous night in a car outside the girl's home near Oxford, in western Chester County. The boyfriend was a witness in a federal case, the reporter said. Murders weren't all that common in Chester County - at least not then - and the witness element in this slaying made it especially intriguing.
January 27, 1993 |
John L. Fimple, 40, whose friendliness and willingness to lend a hand won the affection of his neighbors, was killed Sunday night when his bicycle was struck by a car on the White Horse Pike. Mr. Fimple was attempting to cross the westbound lane of the road at 9:11 p.m. Sunday when a car driven by Clifford E. Watson, 31, of Sixth Road in Newtonville, hit the bicycle. He was taken to West Jersey Hospital-Berlin, where he died of multiple injuries, police said. Police said that it was raining heavily when the car hit Mr. Fimple.
November 10, 1994 |
The homeless man, doing some work for a cousin last Friday, stabbed the woman to death after she hit him and bit him on the finger, his lawyer said. George Snead, 30, described by his lawyer, Jack M. Myers, as a "poor soul," was held for trial on a murder charge after a hearing before Municipal Judge Morton Krase. Snead is accused of the fatal stabbing of Barbara Aiken, 57, inside her home on Merion Avenue near 51st Street. Assistant District Attorney Evan Silverstein said Aiken was stabbed three times in the back after an argument with Snead.
February 23, 2004 |
The cold, snowy Philadelphia winter may have many in the region wishing for spring, but for one 13-year-old, it has been a financial boon. Always looking for ways to earn extra money, Brian knew that if there was snow in the forecast, there would be lots of sidewalks to shovel. Brian has picked up many odd jobs in his neighborhood - going to the store to get someone's groceries, taking out the trash, and, in the warmer weather, cutting the grass. He knows that working is the only way he can get some of the extras he wants, such as video games and CDs. But Brian does more than work.
October 26, 1998 |
A 90-year-old man from Penns Grove, Salem County, was bludgeoned to death in his home, and a 26-year-old handyman who performed odd jobs for the victim was being sought yesterday in the killing, police said. The body of Robert F. Burse Sr. was discovered by his son yesterday morning in the victim's home in the 100 block of West Harmony Street, said Sgt. Anthony Rastelli of the Salem County Prosecutor's Office. Burse had numerous cuts and injuries to his head and neck, and he appeared to have been beaten with a blunt object, investigators said.
June 17, 2010
Herbert W. Roser, 90, a retired Ardmore postmaster, died of heart failure, Sunday, June 13, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. A lifelong resident of Ardmore, Mr. Roser was postmaster from 1967 until retiring in 1989. He was outgoing with his customers and always had a joke, said his wife, Dorothy Costello. Mr. Roser graduated from Lower Merion High School. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force in Hope, Ark. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Temple University.
March 2, 1988 |
Four fired police officers who were found innocent of drug-use charges and ordered reinstated to their jobs said yesterday their two-year odyssey through the legal system has ruined their lives. During an emotional press conference at Fraternal Order of Police headquarters on Spring Garden Street near Broad, the four men said they'd had enough. "So much has already been taken away from us," said Benjamin Noble, 36, a nine-year veteran. "We're asking that the city . . . let us get on with our lives.