January 3, 2015 |
The two uniformed police officers were walking through Camden's Liberty Park neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon when residents urgently flagged them down. A house was on fire, with children trapped inside. Sean McMahon and Aaron Roselli, officers in the Camden County Police Department, ran to the house on the 800 block of Atlantic Avenue, where neighbors were breaking windows and trying to get upstairs. "The smoke was extremely thick," McMahon said. "It was overwhelming. " A mother and her young son and daughter would ultimately be saved by officers, who helped them jump from the burning home, police said Thursday at a news conference.
November 3, 2014 |
AINE DOLEY knows that kids will be kids, but she draws the line at 60-person melees. "It's not like we want kids to be quiet all the time or stay inside; we want a welcoming environment," said Doley, the block captain of Rockland Street near Germantown Avenue in Germantown. "But we also don't want to have to live with property damage and other issues. " Doley says that a "feud" between two groups of kids who live in houses a few yards apart - one on Germantown Avenue, the other on Rockland Street - is to blame.
November 2, 2014 |
FORTESCUE, N.J. - As volunteers had done at least a half-dozen times in the last few months, a group came to scrub, scrape, and paint to try to save the old Charlesworth Hotel, inundated two years ago by Hurricane Sandy. When the sunny morning rolled into a dark and cloudy midafternoon, one of the 20 or so volunteers noticed a piano among the still topsy-turvy mess of the main dining room. An impromptu concert broke out featuring Bach, Chopin, show tunes, and that beginner's favorite, "Heart and Soul.
May 25, 2014 |
From his Chester Springs office, Tim Jefferis saw the hail start to fall from the sky in chunks Thursday afternoon, pummeling cars and causing passing drivers to seek shelter under trees. Then came the noise. "It was crazy," said Jefferis, a vice president at Penn Liberty Bank. "We were waiting for the windows to break. It almost sounded like the water was coming through the ceiling. . . . I've never seen anything like it. " When the storm passed, Jefferis and his colleagues ventured outside to survey the damage, which included dozens of dents on the roof of his car. Later, Jefferis learned he'd gotten off easy.
October 18, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday to increase penalties for arsonists. The bill, which goes to the House, was prompted by arsonists who set 70 fires in Coatesville between February 2008 and March 2009. The fires led to the death of an 83-year-old woman, caused more than $3 million in damage, and left scores of people homeless. "Too often arson is considered primarily a paper crime of fraud, most affecting insurance companies, but that is simply not the case," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. John Rafferty (R., Montgomery)
October 7, 2013 |
When a 1,000-year storm struck Burlington County without warning in 2004, 46 dams collapsed, causing massive flooding that led to about $50 million in property damage. Though nearly all these earthen structures are back in operation, one Marlton dam became mired in nine years of contentious litigation when the state cracked down on deficient dams. And as the case was argued in court, the empty Kenilworth Lake sprouted a marshy forest of sea grasses, cattails, invasive plants, and 12-foot pine trees.
August 8, 2013 |
The insurance company for the contractor being sued by people injured in the Market Street building collapse contends that the contractor's insurance policy is invalid because he lied on key application documents. Berkley Assurance Co. of Iowa filed a suit Monday afternoon in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court arguing that Griffin Campbell misrepresented his history and the details of the demolition. Six people were killed when a wall of the building being demolished collapsed onto the Salvation Army thrift store next door June 5. The suit also says that because Campbell did not pay a policy premium in April, the insurance policy was canceled and not in effect on the day of the collapse.
April 18, 2013 |
New Jersey expects to buy out 1,000 properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy, with the focus on purchasing entire streets or neighborhoods, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. With $250 million in federal money allocated for the effort, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin faced repeated questions Monday from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee during a hearing on the agency's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. "What we're trying to do is buy out whole streets and whole neighborhoods.
March 13, 2013
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The husband of a former "Melrose Place" actress drove across a lawn and hit a mailbox hours after she was sentenced last month in a New Jersey court for vehicular homicide, authorities say. Mark Bovenizer, 41, has been charged in Hopewell Township with leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. A judge on Feb. 14 sentenced his wife, Amy Locane-Bovenizer, to three years in prison. She was drunk when her SUV plowed into a car, killing a woman in 2010.
February 23, 2013 |
A late-night fire Wednesday on McKean Street in South Philadelphia heavily damaged two houses, displaced nine people, and left a young girl with serious injuries, officials said. The child was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to fire officials. Neighbors in the 700 block of McKean, where the fire occurred, said the girl is 10. Officials did not release her name. Firefighters evacuated both homes during the blaze, which began about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in the first floor of the residence where the child lived with six other people.