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July 12, 2013 | By Summer Ballentine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Boyle's family members don't want anyone to forget. They don't want his sassy comebacks or his knack for pushing people's buttons to become a distant memory. They already miss his presence as a protective big brother, always looking out for his family. They hope no one forgets how he died, either. Nearly 200 people gathered Wednesday to remember the 13-year-old boy found dead in Pennypack Creek last week. Friends and relatives were joined by strangers who helped search for Boyle when he vanished in the fast-moving waters of the creek.
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June 2, 2011 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A rodent biting spree was halted Thursday with the capture and killing of a suspected rabid beaver in Northeast Philadelphia, officials said. Wildlife agents were searching the Pennypack Creek area between Bustleton Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard for any more menacing beavers. In the meantime, the public should stay clear of the area, officials said. The dead beaver was being tested for rabies at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Chester County, said Jerry Czech, a wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
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July 6, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers and David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writers
Thursday morning, the body of a 13-year-old Northeast Philadelphia boy was recovered from Pennypack Creek, three days after he jumped into the rain-swollen waterway and was swept away. Thursday night, friends and family gathered at the park to support and grieve with the family of Brandon Boyle. "That's my boy," Kim Boyle told The Inquirer at the candlelight vigil. "I just can't believe this. I want to thank everyone who helped look for my baby. " Looking at the crowd of about 200 people, many of whom did not know her son, Kim Boyle said, "The humanity . . . I'm so overwhelmed.
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May 6, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
ELSIE STEVENS, president of the Holme Circle Civic Association, stood on the footbridge just upstream from the Pennypack Creek dam where too many young people have drowned. Stevens read the memorial messages handwritten in black marker on the bridge's wooden railing. "Brandon," she read, "you're loved from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. " And, "Brandon, you're loved on this side. Most of all in heaven. " She stared at the drawing of angel wings and a halo.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
An 11-year-old boy was rescued Monday from the roiling waters of Pennypack Creek in Northeast Philadelphia, but his 13-year-old brother remained missing and was presumed lost, authorities said. The emergency call came in at 1:52 p.m. for two boys falling into the creek about a half mile south of Woodward Street in Northeast Philadelphia. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said the boy was rescued by an off-duty police officer and Acting Battalion Chief George Bucher, who was the first firefighter on the scene.
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August 16, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FAMILY AND FRIENDS of a 15-year-old Wissinoming boy who went missing in Pennypack Creek on Tuesday continued their search yesterday, while his parents urged city officials to do more to prevent similar tragedies. Police said Sebastien Sanon was with three friends by the creek near Frankford Avenue and Ashburner Street shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday when he fell in and disappeared. Dozens joined the search yesterday near the fast-moving waters. Despite his disappearance more than 24 hours ago, some still hoped for the best, calling his name as they searched.
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July 3, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
BRANDON and Anthony Boyle met up with a couple buddies yesterday and headed about a mile from their Rhawnhurst home to play by Pennypack Creek. The rainstorms of the last several days had broken, and the sun peeked through the clouds. But the boys' trip to the park turned horrific, authorities said, when Brandon, 13, jumped into the churning water. "My son jumped in before the waterfall and he was riding the current, then never surfaced after the waterfall," Brandon's father, James Boyle, said at his home last night, recounting the events as told by his younger son, 11-year-old Anthony.
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June 22, 2007 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bryn Athyn's wayward alligator already has a new home: Norristown's Elmwood Park Zoo. Yesterday afternoon, the gator's leisurely sunbathing was rudely interrupted by animal control officers. Overnight, its quarters were a bit more cramped: the bathtub of the Warminster public works director, Buddy Mullen. This morning, it just lay there in shallow water, unsedated, behind the blue-green Little Mermaid shower curtains. "He's pretty friendly," said Mullen. "If you rub him underneath his neck a little bit, he likes that.
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August 15, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE SEARCH was called off about 7:30 last night for a 15-year-old boy who was swept away in the rushing waters of Pennypack Creek, and police said they planned to resume early this morning. Police said the teen, who was identified as Sebastian Sanon, of Devereaux Street near Harbison Avenue in Wissinoming, was with three friends by the creek near Frankford Avenue and Ashburner Street in Holmesburg shortly before 5 p.m. when he fell in and disappeared. Police from the marine unit searched for the teen for two hours last night, officials said.
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July 8, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE STRETCH of Pennypack Creek off Axe Factory Lane where Brandon Boyle drowned was calm yesterday. The 13-year-old boy's body had been found the day before, the rescuers were gone and the water above the falls where he went missing Monday was as still as a millpond. On the Bustleton side of the bridge from which he had jumped in, a sign dedicated the spot "In loving memory of Brandon," along with a red balloon, a blue balloon and a small teddy bear tied to a tree. On the Rhawnhurst side, friends had written messages on balloons to the boy they described as a "shooting star.
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July 22, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A BODY WAS found in Pennypack Creek yesterday afternoon, according to police. Officials responded shortly after noon where they found the body near Rhawn street and Lexington Avenue. Although police could not confirm its identity, family members told NBC10 that the body is that of Steven Salazar, 15, of Oxford Circle. Salazar, who police said had a history of mental illness, disappeared about 6:05 p.m. on Monday at his home on Magee Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard. Police reported that the boy frequented Axe Factory Road near Winchester Avenue in Pennypack Park, about a mile away from where the body had been found.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY PHILLIE PHOODIE, For the DAILY NEWS
WHEN the 2012 Phillies season ended, the Ol' Phoodista thought he'd seen the last of a Citizens Bank Park concession stand (journalistically speaking, that is). But earlier this spring, word got back to me here at Phoodphair, my palatial estate on the banks of Pennypack Creek, that the Phillies were introducing a slew of new dishes to the CBP menu. And, like the old fire horse who still wants to chase blazes at the sound of the alarm, I knew I had no choice but to enter the Phillie Phoodie phray one more time.
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May 12, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THOUGH IT'S been almost two decades since her teenage son drowned in the raging waters of Pennypack Creek, Mother's Day never gets any easier for Beth Simonetti-Gallelli. "Don't do this to your mothers. Don't make them talk to your picture and try to remember what your voice sounds like," Simonetti-Gallelli told an auditorium of a few hundred students yesterday at Father Judge High School in Holmesburg, where her son, Nicky Simonetti, 15, had just finished his freshman year in the summer of 1996 when he drowned.
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May 6, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
ELSIE STEVENS, president of the Holme Circle Civic Association, stood on the footbridge just upstream from the Pennypack Creek dam where too many young people have drowned. Stevens read the memorial messages handwritten in black marker on the bridge's wooden railing. "Brandon," she read, "you're loved from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. " And, "Brandon, you're loved on this side. Most of all in heaven. " She stared at the drawing of angel wings and a halo.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
THE investigation is still open, so I don't know what to make of Daniel Santosusso's actions last October. But I will say this: It's unconscionable that he has gotten away with killing John Cush's dog, Dutch, without so much as a proper apology. Then there's the way he did it: with a knife, in the neck, on the walking path of Pennypack Park. Seriously, who stabs a dog? "The dog bled out, right in my arms," says Cush, who for eight years walked Dutch, a German shorthaired pointer, through Pennypack's "Little City" section with a close-knit group of other dog owners.
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September 9, 2013 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The boy who ran up the banks of the Wissahickon Creek to the restaurant overlooking the water was nearly hysterical, an employee there said. But he managed to get out a few words. His father and brother had gone underwater, he said, and hadn't come back up. An hour later, a 13-year-old boy and a 41-year-old man were pulled by rescue crews from the water. Both were unresponsive. The man was pronounced dead by on-site medics at 3:45 p.m.; the boy, five minutes later, police said.
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September 9, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
ALONG THE Wissahickon Creek, not far from Devil's Pool, a near-perfect summer afternoon ended in tragedy yesterday as three young children watched their father rush into the water to save their older brother, and neither came out alive. The father, 41, tried to save his 13-year-old son, who was struggling in the water near the popular swimming hole just before 3 p.m. yesterday, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said. "He was just a father who took his kids out to enjoy a beautiful day, and this happens," said Sullivan.
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August 16, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FAMILY AND FRIENDS of a 15-year-old Wissinoming boy who went missing in Pennypack Creek on Tuesday continued their search yesterday, while his parents urged city officials to do more to prevent similar tragedies. Police said Sebastien Sanon was with three friends by the creek near Frankford Avenue and Ashburner Street shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday when he fell in and disappeared. Dozens joined the search yesterday near the fast-moving waters. Despite his disappearance more than 24 hours ago, some still hoped for the best, calling his name as they searched.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Summer Ballentine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities suspended their search Tuesday night for a teenage boy who jumped into Pennypack Creek in Frankford about 4:30 p.m. With no sign of the boy, believed to be 15 or 16, since he entered the water, the search mission likely will be a recovery, Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Two friends watched as the boy jumped into the creek about a half-mile west of the Conrail bridge, Small said. The creek was flooded to almost nine feet at one point in the day from recent rain.
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