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February 6, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarb@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A 33-YEAR-OLD woman broke down on the witness stand Thursday as she recounted a vicious sexual assault allegedly committed by a Pittsburgh man in a Franklintown parking garage on New Year's Day. "I felt hands around my neck like a noose, and I remember begging him not to kill me because I have two small children," the woman testified. She pointed to Steven Woodson, 32, her alleged assailant, who sat at the defendant's table during a preliminary hearing after which he was ordered held for trial.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
Quarry Office Park Associates has proposed a separate parking structure in conjunction with a three-story 82,000-square-foot office building at the Westlakes Office Park in Tredyffrin Township. The Township Planning Commission heard revised landscaping plans for the two-level parking garage, which would include rooftop parking, at its meeting Thursday night. Dave Hinson, project architect, showed detailed plans of additional landscaping proposed for the open-air parking deck.
NEWS
June 21, 1990 | By Andrew Hussie, Special to The Inquirer
The Jenkintown Chamber of Commerce has proposed building a five-level parking garage to help solve the town's perennial parking problem in its central shopping district. The plan for the parking garage, which would cost $2 million to build, was presented to the Borough Council's Administration and Finance Committee Tuesday night. The proposed site is a parking lot at Cottman Street and West Avenue, several hundred feet east of Old York Road. The Chamber of Commerce presentation was intended as informational.
NEWS
October 6, 1990 | By Idris M. Diaz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of people who drive to Center City to work will have to find a new place to park next week. Citing what they described as dangerous conditions, officials yesterday closed the bottom three floors of the four-floor parking garage beneath John F. Kennedy Plaza. "We ordered that the bottom levels be closed because we determined that a dangerous condition exists there," said Licenses & Inspections Commissioner Don Kligerman. Kligerman said L&I first uncovered violations at the basement garage in 1988.
NEWS
June 7, 1991 | by Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
What was supposed to be a pleasant weekly outing to the casinos ended abruptly yesterday when a car carrying two older women smashed through the wall of a high-rise parking garage in Wynnefield Heights, plunged three stories and landed on its roof. The driver, Freda Evans, 77, was in fair condition today at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she is being treated for a head injury and a fractured arm. Her passenger, Frances Finkelstein, 88, was admitted to Osteopathic Medical Center, where she was in critical condition this morning.
NEWS
October 6, 1990 | By Joseph R. Daughen and Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Anthony S. Twyman contributed to this report
The city last night declared a busy underground parking garage at 15th and Arch streets unsafe and ordered three of the facility's four levels shut down immediately. Don Kligerman, Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, said city inspectors found serious deterioration of concrete on the bottom three levels of the garage. The deterioration, called spalling, is causing the concrete ceilings to chip and break, exposing the steel reinforcing rods, according to building code violation notices filed against Parkway Corp.
SPORTS
September 6, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Lomas Brown thought he had seen it all in his 19 seasons in the NFL. That is, until lightning and heavy rain yesterday forced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to practice in a parking garage. "I have never done that before. It was definitely the first time," the offensive tackle said. "I've practiced in a gym, inside the [training] facility and even an auditorium, but never before in a parking lot. " Rather than cancel the 2-hour workout, coach Jon Gruden moved practice to the third level of a parking garage at an office building adjacent to One Buccaneer Place.
NEWS
February 5, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
Dr. Richard Evans, a wealthy, ambitious dentist described as "a major force in the development of the northwest section of Center City," thinks the residents of that area are downright unreasonable, his attorney says. They demanded that he provide parking for an executive-office complex he built at 22nd and Arch streets, but when he devised a plan to erect a 50-car garage next door, they rejected it. He redesigned the plans to address what he thought were their concerns, but they didn't like that either.
NEWS
September 11, 1997 | By Anthony Beckman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Trying to solve the parking dilemma here, a Borough Council committee recommended on Tuesday that a study be completed for a $3.8 million multilevel garage near the Chester County Courthouse. Two low-bidding engineering firms will be interviewed next week. The selected company will then study the borough's South High Street parking lot behind the Farmers and Mechanics Building to determine the cost and suitability of a garage. Preliminary designs call for a five-story ramp with about 300 parking spaces.
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June 8, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE LAST two suspects accused of kidnapping a Jewelers' Row employee two months ago walked into a federal courtroom yesterday for their initial appearance before a magistrate judge. Basil Buie, 22, and Salahudin Shaheed, 35, dressed in forest-green prison jumpsuits, separately told Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge that they did not have attorneys and could not afford one. They were each appointed attorneys. Strawbridge granted a request for temporary custody by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanine Linehan on the two men, who will face detention hearings on Monday.
NEWS
June 2, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Market East corridor shelters plenty of concrete mutts, but the parking garage at Seventh Street may be the ugliest dog in the pet shop. Streaks of rust and pigeon poop mark the five-story hulk, built back in 1966. Its looming presence crowds the Colonial brick of the Graff House and the distinguished gray block of the Philadelphia History Museum. It offers no lure to sore-footed tourists seeking escape from the crush at the nearby Liberty Bell. To fix Market East, the haggard eight-block stretch between Independence Mall and City Hall, experts say it's crucial to fix this site.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
AN ATTORNEY for a woman who allegedly was raped on New Year's Day inside a Franklintown parking garage is suing the company that owns it, arguing that its security must be improved. The woman, 33, testified in a February preliminary hearing that Steven Woodson, 32, of Pittsburgh, raped her between two cars in the garage at 17th and Callowhill streets about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1. She escaped after running naked in front of a passing car in the garage to get attention. "I knew I had to save my life, my kids, my husband," the woman said, according to court transcripts.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man charged in the beating and kidnapping of a Jewelers Row employee this month made his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon. A judge ordered that Khayree Gay, 31, be detained until his trial and appointed a public defender for him. Led into the courtroom in handcuffs, and clad in a green prison jumpsuit, Gay spoke once - to ask for a lawyer. Authorities believe Gay and two other men - who are still at large - kidnapped an employee at the National Watch & Diamond Exchange as she walked to a parking garage at Eighth and Chestnut Streets.
FOOD
April 24, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
The Franzone family of Bridgeport and Conshohocken has made it to the third generation in the pizza business, as Charles Franzone III opened a branch of Franzone's Pizzeria at 114 Levering St. in Manayunk (215-508-1050). It's the same deal - thin-crust pies, sweet sauce applied in a spiral - as the original founded by his grandfather in 1955. Unlike most other quickie spots in Manayunk, Franzone's closes at midnight - the building's historical certification does not allow later hours.
NEWS
April 15, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 30 minutes before the abduction of a worker from a store on Jewelers Row, video surveillance shows, one of the alleged perpetrators entered the store and had a conversation with the woman whom authorities said he would later torture. New details emerged Monday as officials announced that the reward was increased to $20,000 for tips leading to the capture of at least two additional suspects in the April 4 ordeal that left the 53-year-old woman with broken ribs and a concussion.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AN ACT of senseless violence has tarnished Jewelers Row. Vendors in the tight-knit section of Center City were aghast at the news that one of their own, a 53-year-old employee of the National Watch & Diamond Exchange, was kidnapped and brutalized by three bandits Saturday. "It's a shock; it's horrible," said Tony Piloyan, owner of 8th Street Gold and Diamond Buyers, a few doors away from where the victim works, on 8th Street near Chestnut. "She's never without a smile," Piloyan said of the victim, who police said was home last night after being treated at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for a concussion, eye hematoma and bruises.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarb@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A 33-YEAR-OLD woman broke down on the witness stand Thursday as she recounted a vicious sexual assault allegedly committed by a Pittsburgh man in a Franklintown parking garage on New Year's Day. "I felt hands around my neck like a noose, and I remember begging him not to kill me because I have two small children," the woman testified. She pointed to Steven Woodson, 32, her alleged assailant, who sat at the defendant's table during a preliminary hearing after which he was ordered held for trial.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With a counter and seven booths stuffed into a corner of a parking garage, Little Pete's dimensions live up to its name as much as its compact cofounder and namesake, Peter Koutroubas. Measured, however, by the reaction to reports of its imminent demise, Little Pete's is surprisingly big. After Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced legislation last fall to clear the way for a boutique hotel on Little Pete's Center City corner - presaging the all-night diner's doom - the blog Philebrity started a #SaveLittlePetes campaign on Twitter while panicked customers peppered Koutroubas' brother John with questions.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE SCENE was chilling: A woman stepped off a parking-garage elevator alone, and almost immediately felt a man's hand clamp down over her mouth. He told her he wanted money, police said, but then choked her unconscious. She awoke on the ground, between two parked cars, with the man on top of her, barking orders to remove her iPhone battery. Then came a barrage of fists to her head, more choking, and then the rape. Amazingly, the 33-year-old woman survived the horrifying assault that unfolded about 10:30 a.m. Thursday on the second floor of a parking garage on Callowhill Street near 17th, a stone's throw from the Community College of Philadelphia in Franklintown.
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