July 12, 2013 |
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.
June 2, 2011 |
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.
May 6, 2014 |
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.
July 6, 2013 |
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.
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.
August 16, 2013 |
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.
July 3, 2013 |
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.
June 22, 2007 |
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.
August 15, 2013 |
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.
July 8, 2013 |
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.