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NEWS
April 24, 2010 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John A. Yannarell, the Gilbertsville man who took his life Thursday after he was accused of three road-rage incidents, left two suicide notes, law enforcement officials said Friday. One was directed to his loved ones, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. The second, she said, was directed at her - and rather than accepting responsibility for his violent acts on the highways, Yannarell blamed those he targeted. Ferman said that in the first suicide note, Yannarell - who apparently killed himself with a drug overdose - professed his love to those close to him. Authorities were working to figure out who they were.
NEWS
April 23, 2010 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former city firefighter and his son were charged with murder Thursday in the beating death of a 54-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man who walked in front of their car, sparking a road-rage fight. Gerard Shaffer, 47, and his 21-year-old son, also named Gerard, were charged Monday with aggravated assault, the day before Mark Wallace died from his injuries. The elder Shaffer, a 23-year veteran of the Fire Department, has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss. The fight happened April 8 at Knights and Fairdale Roads in the Northeast.
NEWS
April 22, 2010 | By Allison Steele and Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The District Attorney's Office is deciding whether a city firefighter and his son will face murder or manslaughter charges in the beating death of a 54-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man this month in what police called a "road rage" fight. Gerard M. Shaffer, 47, and his 21-year-old son, also Gerard, were arrested Monday on charges of aggravated assault and related offenses in connection with the fight that left Mark Wallace in a coma. Wallace died Tuesday after relatives had him removed from life support.
NEWS
April 10, 2010 | By Derrick Nunnally and Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Until Friday morning, John Yannarell was a middle-aged engineer living a quiet life in a bucolic hilltop exurb in outer Montgomery County, as the single parent of a teenage daughter. Now he faces criminal charges, including attempted murder, in a startling allegation of road rage directed at a seemingly random driver on Route 422 in early-morning traffic. "None of us could imagine this," said Judy Rossi, a neighbor in Yannarell's tidy Gilbertsville subdivision. A nondrinker, Yannarell, 50, blew off stress with a boat at the Shore and a little-trafficked Web site called "Pitch Your B - Online" that he founded to vent life's frustrations.
NEWS
December 18, 2009 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Marine veteran with a history of mental illness pleaded guilty yesterday to attempted murder in last year's South Philadelphia road-rage shooting that left a South Jersey man disabled with a head wound. Christian Squillaciotti, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and possessing an instrument of crime in the Oct. 5, 2008, vehicular duel on the Schuylkill Expressway that critically wounded Thomas Timko, 42. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi set sentencing for Feb. 5. The judge told Squillaciotti that he faced a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for the attempted murder count involving Timko and 20 more years for the count involving Timko's daughter Kaitlin, 8, a passenger who was not physically injured, plus five years more on the weapons charge.
NEWS
September 16, 2009 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It began in South Jersey with high beams approaching at high speed in the rearview mirror. It ended in South Philadelphia after a five-mile angry, obscenity-fueled vehicular duel, with Thomas Timko slumped against the wheel with a head wound, his 8-year-old daughter frantic in the backseat. As for former Marine Christian Squillaciotti, he was speeding home with no memory of what he did, his wife screaming hysterically next to him. The description was Squillaciotti's, given to Philadelphia police detectives eight days after the Oct. 5 incident.
NEWS
September 16, 2009 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
He told police that he snapped - just lost it - after a motorist repeatedly flipped him the bird and cut him off in traffic along a five-mile stretch from New Jersey to South Philly, last fall. Christian Squillaciotti, a former Marine diagnosed with schizophrenia in the service, told police that he heard voices telling him to "kill him, kill that motherf-----" just before opening fire and sending a .40-caliber bullet into motorist Thomas Timko's head. Timko, 42, is still recovering from the attack last Oct. 5 in the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway, near the Passyunk Avenue exit.
NEWS
July 17, 2009 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a bizarre road-rage confrontation yesterday, a driver in University City struck three construction workers - flipping one onto his hood, smashing his windshield - then drove off but soon returned to argue, police said. Donald Myers, 39, of East Germantown, was driving a Chevrolet Malibu east on Chestnut Street approaching 30th Street around 10 a.m. when he got stuck in traffic, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The backup was caused by a construction crew directing trucks loaded with supplies onto a site next to the intersection, Walker said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2009 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
JUDGING BY the arc of the Kate and Leo movies, falling in love with DiCaprio is much easier than actually being married to the guy. The many millions who swooned over their romance in "Titanic" should expect to encounter a very different couple in "Revolutionary Road. " The bloom is very much off the rose. The movie opens with a spectacular squabble - housewife and frustrated actress April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) has just made a terrible debut in a play mounted by a dreadful amateur troupe, and is getting no consolation from her husband, Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio)
NEWS
December 16, 2008 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The South Philadelphia man charged in the road-rage shooting of a motorist on the Schuylkill Expressway in October will remain hospitalized pending further mental evaluation ahead of a Feb. 11 pretrial hearing on attempted-murder charges, a judge ruled yesterday. Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifield granted the request from David Ayers of the district attorney's mental health unit to extend Christian Squillaciotti's civil commitment at Norristown State Hospital by 60 days. Squillaciotti, 33, was ruled competent to stand trial but requires medication to remain stable, Ayers said without elaborating.
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