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December 4, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Philadelphia police marine unit combed the banks of the Schuylkill on Monday morning as the search for a missing Roxborough college student continued into a fifth day. And at the bar where Shane Montgomery was last seen, the owners announced a $10,000 reward for information about his disappearance - bringing the total reward to $26,000. The student government association at West Chester University, where Montgomery was a student, is contributing $1,000 to the fund, association president John C. Carol said Monday night.
NEWS
December 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AS THE DAYS-long search effort to find Shane Montgomery - the Roxborough man who went missing after leaving a Manayunk pub early Thanksgiving morning - continued last night, the young man's family found a small glimmer of hope in their quest for answers in his mysterious disappearance. Philadelphia Police Marine Unit divers, who for hours yesterday dredged the Manayunk Canal in the search for the 21-year-old West Chester University student who was home for Thanksgiving break, came up with nothing.
NEWS
December 1, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
PETE GILL spent his Thanksgiving trying to make sense of an ordeal he never expected. Maybe his childhood friend Shane Montgomery got too drunk and passed out somewhere, Gill told himself. Maybe he hadn't been heard from in hours because he went home with a girl. But as dinnertime neared, dread started to seep in. "This is something you see on the 6 o'clock news," Gill said last night. "It's not something you do. It's not ever a person you know. " Gill is one of many Northwest Philly residents scouring Manayunk for Montgomery, who seemingly vanished into thin air early Thursday morning after a night of drinking.
SPORTS
November 28, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
A.J. FRAZIER felt nostalgic yesterday after Roman Catholic laid waste to host Roxborough, 45-6, on Thanksgiving Day. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior receiver and defensive back had just played in his last game as a Cahillite, so maybe that's why days gone by were foremost on his mind. However, when asked to recall his fondest Roman football memory, Frazier couldn't choose his own, although strangely, it did involve him. Frazier said he was a sophomore wideout going against current Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller, who was then a two-way Roman receiver and defensive back.
SPORTS
September 22, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
NASIR BOYKIN had to wait patiently on the sideline as the game went on without him. In fact, waiting was a theme last night at the Ben Johnston Supersite. With Martin Luther King High set to host Roxborough at 6:30, kickoff was pushed back 15 minutes because the evening's halftime entertainment - the Howard University Showtime Marching Band - was swallowed up in traffic. So, after warming up, both teams retired to their respective locker rooms when word of the delay spread. When both sides returned to the field, the Cougars did so without Boykin, who missed a practice during the week and had to pay penance by sitting the first quarter.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writervellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER EIGHT months, the crew of Engine Company 66 can breathe easy - literally. The fire station, located at Ridge Avenue near Shawmont in Roxborough, is reopening Friday at 10 a.m. after noxious fumes injured a worker and forced its closure in December, said Executive Chief Peter Crespo. After a joint investigation between city, state and federal authorities, recent tests showed that the fumes, and the health risks they posed, have been eliminated, Crespo said. One of the firefighters stationed at Engine 66 was sickened Dec. 18 and taken to nearby Roxborough Memorial Hospital, fire officials said at the time.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
Cities are built for housing people close to jobs, marketplaces, and cultural attractions. Take Philadelphia's Roxborough section, where an eight-acre parcel near SEPTA's Ivy Ridge Station already has water and sewer lines, making it an ideal location for new, moderately priced, revenue-producing housing. But such opportunities for good planning can be squandered by bad politics. In this case, City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. has blocked the construction of 48 homes with the help of councilmanic prerogative, an unwritten rule that allows district Council members to control development on their turf.
NEWS
July 5, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John M. Gibbons Sr., 84, of Roxborough, a Philadelphia Water Department inspector for 33 years, died Friday, June 27, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. Known as Jack, Mr. Martin was raised during the Great Depression in the predominantly ethnic Irish neighborhood of Swampoodle in North Philadelphia. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a corporal in the Eighth Army's Second Engineer Unit - 341st Engineer Panel Bridge Company.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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