August 3, 1994 |
A self-employed roofer from Glenolden was shot five times Monday evening at a Hughes Park home in a dispute over payment for roofing services, Upper Merion police said yesterday. Douglas Fuehrer, 33, of the 400 block of Andrews Avenue, was listed in fair but stable condition yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was admitted Monday night for treatment of wounds to the head, face, groin, side and forearm, said hospital spokeswoman Harriet Levy. David Beaver, 26, was charged Monday night with shooting Fuehrer about 6:27 p.m. Monday at the home in the 500 block of Philadelphia Avenue, where Beaver lives with his fiancee, their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, and the fiancee's mother and 7-year-old son. The fiancee's mother, Ann Gangl, who owns the house, contracted Fuehrer to do roof repairs, said Lt. Ron Fonock, of the detective division of the Upper Merion Police Department.
June 7, 1986 |
A South Philadelphia roofer who gave police too many versions of his girlfriend's fatal shooting Dec. 7, 1984, was convicted yesterday of third- degree murder by a Common Pleas Court jury. Thomas Eggear, of Philip Street near McKean, first told police Constance Holton, 23, who was found in his home with a bullet in her head, had been carried there after being shot at 3rd Street and Snyder Avenue by an unknown man, according to Assistant District Attorney George Shotzbarger. When police checked that location, they found no evidence of a shooting, said the prosecutor.
June 1, 2006 |
William Bagby, 83, a jazz drummer who became a roofer to pay the bills, died of multiple organ failure last Thursday at Tucker House Nursing Home, where he lived since 2003. He was a longtime resident of North Philadelphia. He dropped out of Central High School in the 12th grade. Mr. Bagby played the drums in several jazz bands while working at Container Corp. of America before he was drafted in 1943 by the Army. He was stationed Stateside until being discharged in 1945. After the war, Mr. Bagby earned a high school diploma and studied timpani drums at the Sol E. Condro Music Academy on what is now Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
August 16, 1991 |
James O'Hannon 3d wept yesterday as a Montgomery County jury acquitted him of charges that he took part in a Flourtown bank robbery two years ago. "Thank the Lord," O'Hannon, who turned 28 yesterday, said after the three-day trial. Flanked by sobbing family members, O'Hannon wiped away tears. "It was trying. Thank God it's over. " The Philadelphia roofer was accused of orchestrating an armed robbery in February 1989, when four of his employees held up the PSFS branch on Bethlehem Pike in Springfield Township.
May 1, 1986 |
Services were to be held this morning for Adam S. "Pete" Moore, a retired roofer, who died Monday. He was 73 and lived in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Originally from the Swampoodle section, Moore dropped out of school in about the sixth grade to help support his family by working on the huckster wagon with his father and brother. He later took a job driving a truck for Fleetway. He worked there about 20 years before becoming a roofer. "It was good money being a roofer, but it was hard work," said his wife of 43 years, the former Honey Perkins.
June 17, 2013
A 38-year-old man working on the roof of a three-story apartment complex Saturday in Northeast Philadelphia fell through and landed on a couch in an apartment, police said. Debris from the roof hit a 12-year-old girl who was lying on the floor watching television around 11 a.m., possibly breaking two of her fingers, police said. She was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus for examination. Neither the girl nor the roofer were identified by police. The owner of the roofing contractor, John Paul Kravchak 60, of Collingdale, was arrested for making a false police report after he said he was the one who fell through the roof in the Bustleton section, police said.
October 25, 1989 |
The roofer and the tin man once were good friends. Now they're co-defendants in a $6 million counterfeiting case that went bad for them almost as soon as the printer's green ink dried on the bogus $20 bills. The roofer, John T. Spadaccino, 39, of Bristol, Bucks County, yesterday pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal court. Court records show that Spadaccino, who faces up to 20 years in prison on the counterfeiting rap, became an informant earlier this year and secretly taped his longtime friend, co-defendant James Leinenbach, of Southampton, Bucks County.
July 1, 2000 |
The 8-year-old Manayunk girl heard a bang last April 24. Her front door had been broken by an intruder. Little Amber Volpe then looked out on her porch. Her father, Ernest Volpe, 39, was on the floor, covered with blood. Robert Rogers, 29, was standing over the battered man. "He hit my daddy," screamed Amber. Her father staggered to his feet and managed to get into the house. He was unaware that he was dying from a head injury. When police arrived, the victim said, "Robbie Rogers did this," but told them to go away because he didn't want to prosecute his former friend.
January 23, 1992 |
Edward J. McKenna, a self-employed roofer who could toss a tar mop twice as hard as roofers half his age, died Monday. He was 75 and a lifelong Kensington resident. The McKenna Family first started pouring hot tar on leaky rowhouse roofs in Kensington in 1864. Edward McKenna took up the trade at age five, going along on roofing jobs in a horse and wagon during the summer, and in a horse-drawn sled in wintertime. "My father was on the roofs twice Monday. He was up on his ladders, and made two job estimates a few hours before his heart gave away," said his daughter, Patricia Mann.
May 5, 1986 |
Dear Jack: I detected a subtle tone of gratification in your column today (4/30) about the roofer who punched out the would-be skyjacker on that Allegheny commuter flight. Not a word of compassion for the poor harassed chap who was so intent on committing suicide by commandeering the plane into the sea that he forgot there were six other people on board. Tch-tch! Any more such insensitivity on your part and people will start writing you off as a lapsed liberal. Seriously, though, I think you got a few facts wrong.