June 1, 2014 |
Saying less prison time would "demean" the beating death of a 3-year-old, a Philadelphia judge sentenced a Roxborough man to five to 10 years in prison Friday for killing his girlfriend's crying son. On April 1, a Common Pleas Court jury found Joseph Zysk guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 15, 2011, death of Jason Larkin Jr. The verdict - the jury deadlocked on a count of third-degree murder - confronted Judge Linda Carpenter with...
May 19, 2014 |
GERALD SINGLETON grew up a fatherless, only child in Overbrook, always in search of a hero. But over the last few years, the pursuit ended with his son, Javahn Singleton. The 17-year-old Roxborough High School junior acts as a brother, a caregiver, a friend, a football player, a social butterfly and a videographer. Singleton says he always believed in his son, but he never expected so many facets. "Javahn is my hero at this point because I've watched him struggle with his inwardness, his shyness, his awkwardness when he was younger," Singleton said.
May 5, 2014 |
YAEL LEVY keeps herself busy. In addition to serving as a supporting rabbi for Roxborough's Mishkan Shalom synagogue, she works as a spiritual director at Wyncote's Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Hebrew Union College's New York City branch, helping steer future rabbis. Earlier this year, Levy got some much-deserved recognition: She was named one of "America's Most Inspiring Rabbis" by the Jewish Daily Forward , a national publication. "It's a lovely surprise, and it feels very honoring," said Levy, the only rabbi from Pennsylvania among the 28 selected.
April 25, 2014 |
THE MIND of a good businessman constantly toils, deciphering the best sales pitch while tailoring it to a specific clientele. Asa James knows this well. In fact, the Boys' Latin junior isn't only a businessman; he is a business, man! James buys and sells sneakers and has his entrepreneurial eyes set on owning his own company someday. "I used to just buy them for myself," he said, "but after a while, I looked them up and saw how much they were worth, and I like business, so I thought I might as well sell some shoes and get some extra profit.
April 3, 2014 |
JOSEPH ZYSK was taken to jail in handcuffs yesterday upon being convicted by a Philadelphia jury of involuntary manslaughter for the fatal beating of his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son in 2011. But that wasn't enough for the family of Jason Larkin Jr., who died of blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding after suffering body punches from Zysk in the Roxborough home he shared with the boy's mother. A third-degree murder conviction could've kept Zysk, 30, in state prison for 20 to 40 years.
March 28, 2014 |
The mother of a Roxborough man accused of punching and killing his girlfriend's son because he wouldn't stop crying told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday of her desperate attempts to revive the child. Patricia Zysk testified that she worked on 3-year-old Jason Larkin Jr. for five to 10 minutes after her son, Joseph, brought the child into her bedroom some time after 2 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2011. "He appeared unresponsive and I started doing CPR, but he wasn't breathing," Patricia Zysk told the Common Pleas Court jury hearing the murder trial of her 30-year-old son. Joseph Zysk was living in his mother's Roxborough house at the time, and that night his girlfriend, Danieala Gonzalez, 24, and her son Jason were staying overnight.
March 27, 2014 |
THERE'S NO QUESTION that Joseph Zysk landed the liver-lacerating blows that led to 3-year-old Jason Larkin's death by blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding Jan. 15, 2011. The question for the Philadelphia jury that began hearing evidence in Zysk's trial yesterday is whether he committed third-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter. Zysk, 30, dressed in a blue suit, appeared pensive and often gazed down at the defense table while listening to opening arguments, during which his attorney and the prosecutor agreed that what he did to his former girlfriend's child was horrific.
March 17, 2014 |
IN MID-DECEMBER, a Roxborough fire station was forced to close its doors after noxious fumes sent a firefighter to the hospital. Now, almost exactly three months later, the station remains closed, and investigators still haven't located the exact source of those fumes, according to the Fire Department. Engine Company 66, on Ridge Avenue near Shawmont, has been empty since Dec. 18, when a firefighter was taken to Roxborough Memorial Hospital after becoming dizzy and light-headed.
March 2, 2014 |
About 500 patients who visited a physician recently at Unity Health Care in Washington walked away with an unusual prescription. The medicine? Regular doses of a local park. The health system has a searchable database of more than 350 parks. The physician can print out a one-page summary of a specific park, detailing what it offers, where it is, and how to get there. The D.C. Park Prescription Program, focused on children, is a stepped-up version of programs trying to wrest children away from their computer screens and get them out into nature.