April 18, 2015 |
In a decision that triggered tears and anger from the family of a dead 3-year-old boy, a Philadelphia judge Thursday sentenced a Roxborough man to six to 12 years in prison for beating his girlfriend's child to stop him from crying. Joseph Zysk pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder in the Jan. 15, 2011, death of Jason Larkin Jr. Zysk, 31, was found guilty last April of involuntary manslaughter in the child's death, but the Common Pleas Court jury could not reach a verdict on third-degree murder.
April 17, 2015 |
CRYING AND emotional, Daniela Gonzalez yesterday told a judge that the last image she had of her 3-year-old son was of him in his coffin with his teddy bear. "This [murder] has completely torn my heart, and it's been ripped out and thrown into a 5-foot box," she said. Gonzalez, 25, was speaking at the sentencing hearing of her former boyfriend, Joseph Zysk, with whom she had a four-month relationship. On Monday, Zysk, 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of Gonzalez's son, Jason Larkin Jr., instead of facing a retrial.
April 15, 2015 |
A ROXBOROUGH man pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, instead of facing a retrial on that charge. Joseph Zysk, 31, had been convicted by a jury last April of involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 15, 2011, death of the little boy, but jurors deadlocked on the more serious third-degree murder charge, which required them to find that Zysk had malice. Zysk was sentenced last May by Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter to the maximum five to 10 years in prison on the involuntary-manslaughter charge.
February 17, 2015 |
WALKING through winter woods at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, executive director Mike Weilbacher heard a few song notes high up in the bare trees and said: "That's a cardinal's mating song. The birds are dusting off their love songs, warming them up for spring. " A few minutes later, Weilbacher heard a woodpecker tapping out a drum solo in the Upper Roxborough forest on Hagy's Mill Road near Port Royal Avenue. "Woodpeckers are not great singers," he said, "but they are great percussionists.
January 13, 2015 |
Surrounded by vintage milkshake machines, waffle irons, Pyrex bowls, percolators, toasters, refrigerators, pizzelle makers, blenders, radios, clocks, electric fry pans, colanders, sifters, pots, lids, aluminum ice cube trays, and 6,000 to 8,000 Life magazines, among other things, Rich Boris had a candid explanation for the origin four years ago of his Kitch-n Collectibles shop in Roxborough. "It's called hoarding," he said with a laugh. That, combined with this practical thought as Boris, a retired Philadelphia firefighter, headed into his 60s: "Once you're old enough to start collecting Social Security, you have to start selling stuff.
December 23, 2014 |
A GRIM CLUE in the disappearance of Shane Montgomery - missing since early Thanksgiving morning - surfaced yesterday along the banks of the Schuylkill, nearly a month after the college student and Roxborough native vanished. Members of the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit - contacted by Montgomery's family - donned scuba and snorkeling gear and searched the river Friday and yesterday, Montgomery's mother, Karen, said. During their search yesterday, they found the young man's keys near the water's edge, not far from a foot bridge that Montgomery, 21, was seen crossing in video recovered Dec. 11 from a nail salon on Main Street in Manayunk near the pub Montgomery was seen leaving.
December 12, 2014 |
ABOUT TWO WEEKS after college student Shane Montgomery seemingly disappeared into thin air after leaving a Manayunk pub early Thanksgiving morning, police yesterday renewed their search of the Schuylkill's waters based on new information gleaned in the case. Since Montgomery, 21, a Roxborough native, was last seen leaving Kildare's on Main Street near Conarroe about 1:50 a.m. Nov. 27, the case has stumped investigators, one of whom, several days after his disappearance, told the Daily News they were "desperate for clues.
December 10, 2014 |
As the search for a missing Roxborough student stretched into its 12th day, investigators asked patrons at the bar where he was last seen to send police any photos they may have taken that night. Shane Montgomery, 21, disappeared after leaving Kildare's Irish Pub in Manayunk early on Thanksgiving. Investigators have combed the area for surveillance cameras and trawled through hundreds of hours of footage with no trace of Montgomery, a law enforcement source said. Now, investigators searching for any leads in the West Chester University student's disappearance are asking Kildare's patrons to send in any photos taken at the bar the morning he disappeared, the source said.
December 10, 2014 |
Walter Smith scored four of his 33 points in overtime as host Roxborough beat Elverson, 66-58, Monday in a nonleague basketball game. Keyonne Parker and Jovan Hammond added nine and eight points, respectively. Elverson forced overtime with a three-pointer at the buzzer. In other nonlague action: Matt Carter drained in a game-high 27 points as visiting MaST Charter edged Tacony Charter, 76-73. Shane Henehan followed with 14 points. Mason Carr and Bryan Kaelin both had 11 points.
December 4, 2014 |
Those who knew him said the gesture was typical of Ronald Fischman. When the popular cantor at a Roxborough synagogue encountered a homeless gay couple four years ago, Fischman invited them to live in his East Mount Airy home. That gesture later cost him his life. Fischman was stabbed to death on Sept. 30 while intervening in a heated confrontation involving the then-estranged couple. Jonathan Williams was accused of stabbing the 54-year-old Fischman 10 times in the back with a kitchen knife, and admitted as much to Philadelphia homicide detectives, according to a statement read into the record by Detective Timothy Scally during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.