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August 3, 1994 | By Jennifer Wing, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
June 7, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 1, 2006 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 16, 1991 | By S. E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
May 1, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 25, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 1, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 23, 1992 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 5, 1986 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
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.
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NEWS
April 30, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Robert Moran, STAFF WRITERS
Stephen J. Traitz Jr., 79, a colorful labor leader who was the central figure in the Roofers union scandal of the 1980s, died Tuesday at his farm in Trooper, Montgomery County. The barrel-chested former boxer, who attended daily Mass and did not drink liquor, was known for being polite and soft-spoken, but he was caught on FBI tapes being profane and offensive, and, a federal jury concluded, guilty of bribing Philadelphia judges with cash-filled envelopes. Richard L. Scheff, who prosecuted the case, recalled sitting five feet from Mr. Traitz during his trial, and the defendant "treated me with complete respect.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Maybe high on the roof, so close to the sky, roofers such as James McCullagh feel invincible, towering over the world, towering over their fate. McCullagh, 60, said as much in federal court Tuesday, before he was sentenced to prison in connection with a roofing accident that killed his good friend Mark T. Smith, 52, on June 21, 2013. "It is a dangerous trade," McCullagh told U.S. District Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro in a courtroom filled with about 50 spectators, the majority of them McCullagh's friends and many cousins.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, the first day of summer was the last day in the life of Mark T. Smith, 52, a construction worker who fell 45 feet to his death while repairing a roof at Old Zion Lutheran Church on North Broad Street. Wednesday marked the beginning of a new episode for Smith's boss, roofer James J. McCullagh, 60, of Meadowbrook, who pleaded guilty in federal court to six charges in connection with the fall that killed Smith. McCullagh faces up to 25 years in prison at sentencing March 29. "Obviously, he feels sorry about what happened to his friend," said McCullagh's lawyer, Michael McDermott.
REAL_ESTATE
March 30, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Q uestion. I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago. In the last couple of years, I have noticed, first on one and then another, and now all interior sides of exterior walls, paint peeling and plaster crumbling. This is happening only on the first and second floors. The third floor, right under the roof, is in fine shape. I want to stop whatever it is, a leak of some sort, I imagine, and fix the walls (the easy part, I'm sure) before the day comes when my house goes on the market (not imminent)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I have a roof leak in the front bedroom corner of my house. The house has a flat roof and all seams and skylights were resealed, says my roofer. However, the roof still shows signs of leakage, albeit not all the time. (The bedroom ceiling is open so we can see where the leak is.) Last Saturday, the wood was completely dry; Sunday showed shows of wetness, as well as Monday. Have you any ideas as to what can be done or can you recommend someone? The roofer stated that he would try running the water hose on the roof, however, we had enough rain, so he can't seem to get a good day for it. Desperately seeking dryness.
NEWS
July 20, 2013
  Three men were hospitalized Thursday after suffering from heatstroke while tarring the roof of a Delaware County school, officials said. The men, plus one other who was not taken to the hospital, were tarring the roof of Chichester Middle School in Upper Chichester around 1 p.m. when one was overcome by heat and collapsed. Fire crews came to the scene, took the men down and transported three to Crozer Chester Medical Center, where they were given fluids and expected to recover.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
February 17, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Chesmond makes deliveries for a bakery on the overnight shift, so he knows about shortcuts, stop signs, detours, and sudden changes of direction. His basketball career has taken a similar route as that 16-foot box truck that bumps along South Jersey roads at 3 a.m. while the driver dreams about burying another three-point jumper - or maybe about getting a good night's sleep. Tim McDaniels used to work three jobs to help out at home while strangers would ask him why a 21-year-old with Division I talent was playing in a men's league and not for a college team.
NEWS
August 29, 2011 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
"Call me spring, call me fall, but don't call me an hour before a frickin' hurricane. " Jay Gallagher, roofer, would like to put that on his business card. But he knows his customers would call him at the last minute anyway, because they sometimes skip having their gutters cleaned and trust Gallagher to bail them out in a pinch. He's done it for me. I figured he might be busy this weekend - a good roofer is someone to know - and, sure enough, he was working shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday, patching a fieldstone foundation for a woman in Lansdale with a flooded basement.
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