May 14, 2015 |
GREGORY GREEN'S artistic vision might have been a little off-the-wall, but then what is art anyway? He produced a piece called "Pipe Bomb #6," consisting of pipes, battery, timer wires and instructions. It was offered for sale by Freeman's Auction in 2008. Was it art? Who knows? Did anybody buy it? The question might also have been if this was "Pipe Bomb #6," where were the other five? These are questions that probably only Gregory Green could have answered, and it's unlikely he would have.
August 3, 2014 |
Never put a gun on the stage, advised the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, unless you intend to have it go off during the play. He could have added: Never put a theater prop designed to look like a pipe bomb in a Dumpster - especially if it's near the controversial Goldtex apartments - unless you want to attract the full force of the city's Homeland Security unit. That was the lesson Bayla Rubin, of the Philadelphia theater troupe Applied Mechanics, learned Friday morning after a phalanx of police, firefighters, and ambulances descended on 12th and Wood Streets in response to a report of a bomb in a vacant lot across from Goldtex, scene of bitter months-long union protests in 2012.
October 20, 2013 |
NORTHEAST PHILA. It had been three months since Michael Beer moved out of his mother's Oxford Circle basement, and Cecilia Beer was going through some of the boxes he had left behind in a corner. That, she told police, was when she saw the pipe bombs Thursday morning. By noon, the Bomb Squad and a host of local, state, and federal officers had descended on Beer's rowhouse on the 6100 block of Shisler Street and recovered six pipe bombs. By Thursday night, Michael Beer was in custody and facing a federal charge that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
October 19, 2013 |
Update: Authorities have arrested Michael Beer in connection with the pipe bombs. He is the son of the woman who reported finding the devices. Earlier Story NORTHEAST PHILA. Hours after the bomb squad left, neighbors lingered at Shisler and Benner Streets in Oxford Circle on Thursday, pointing at the caution tape still draped across the alley. Most had just returned home after police had ordered them out, a precaution after six pipe bombs were found in a house on the 6100 block of Shisler.
March 17, 2013
A 31-YEAR-OLD Port Richmond man was held on $3 million bail Friday after police who were serving a drug warrant at his house discovered what appeared to be pipe bombs inside. Cops found the explosives early Thursday morning at the house, on Thompson Street near Huntingdon, and arrested Nicholas Suozzo, the District Attorney's Office said. The bomb squad was called to clear the house and remove the devices, authorities said. He's facing a slew of charges, including possessing weapons of mass destruction, possession of an offensive weapon, risking catastrophe and drug possession.
March 10, 2013 |
The curious case of Istvan Merchenthaler has gotten odder still. The 42-year-old Chester County man, who allegedly stole more than $2 million from about 200 investors in a Ponzi scheme, has now been linked to 60 pipe bombs discovered Thursday in a storage locker in Malvern. The locker, at a facility on Lancaster Avenue, was rented by Merchenthaler, authorities said. The bombs were crafted out of 12-inch-long sections of PVC piping capped at both ends, officials said. They were in a foot-locker-size container.
March 8, 2013 |
A municipal court clerk spotted a suspicious device in an elevator at Lawnside Borough hall this morning with the town mayor's name attached to it, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The device, described as a plastic bag with flares attached to it that resembled a pipe bomb, turned out to be fake, the FBI said. "It contained no explosives," said Carrie Adamowski, a spokeswoman with the FBI's Philadelphia office, which is leading the investigation. But, she said, "it appeared that someone put some time into it and was hoping to make it look legit.
January 6, 2013 |
A Warrington man who pleaded guilty in September to illegal possession of three pipe bombs was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. John Grzyminski, 50, had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. He was arrested May 10 in a traffic stop by Solebury Township police after his mother, Catherine Wilson, called police to their home on Saddle Drive. On May 9, she had returned home after surgery to find that Grzyminski had removed the wheelchair-access ramp, an affidavit filed in May in federal court stated.
January 5, 2013 |
A Warrington, Bucks County, man was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for illegally possessing an explosive device in the form of a pipe bomb. John Grzyminski, 50, pleaded guilty in federal court in September to making bombs over a number of years. His arrest stemmed from his mother's call to police on May 9, 2012, saying felt threatened when she found a pipe bomb on a kitchen counter after an argument with her son. Nearby homes were evacuated when authorities moved in to search the home.