June 10, 2013 |
The excavator operator charged in the deaths of six people at a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City turned himself in to police Saturday. Sean Benschop, 43, refused to give a statement on his role in Wednesday's collapse, choosing instead to exercise his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. He will be arraigned, police said - it's unclear when - and an investigation will continue, they said. Benschop's arrival at Central Detectives headquarters, just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on North 21st Street, capped several days of scrutiny surrounding the Hunting Park resident.
June 9, 2013 |
I STOPPED by the super swank Symphony House residences yesterday to have a chat with Richard Basciano about his killer building. "Is he expecting you?" the cranky concierge asked. Well, I didn't know if the owner of the crumbling building that flattened a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store was expecting me . But he should've been expecting someone - like officials from the city seeking answers about his choice of a discount demolition crew, for starters. Basciano's company paid some insta-demolition crew $10,000 for a job demo experts said should have cost closer to $250,000.
June 8, 2013 |
A Salvation Army store clerk filed suit Thursday against the owner and contractor in charge of demolition of the Center City building that collapsed on her store the day before. Nadine White, 54, of South Philadelphia, filed an emergency motion in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court asking for preservation of evidence and the right to start inspecting the wreckage on Saturday. The suit names as defendants Richard Basciano, the owner of the four-story building at 2136-38 Market Street; his company, STB Investments Corp.; Griffin T. Campbell; and his firm, Griffin Campbell Construction.
June 7, 2013 |
HIGH-SCHOOL senior Jordan McLaughlin was strolling through the sunshine on Market Street yesterday morning, his mind on making the next train home after early dismissal from school, when the world exploded. At least it seemed that way. With a thunderous roar and clouds of dust and smoke, a partially razed building at 22nd and Market streets collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift shop as he passed by. Stunned, he raised his iPhone and clicked off a few quick snapshots. Then he ditched his backpack and sprinted toward the shop, where he'd just seen two customers enter moments before.
May 5, 2013 |
The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia is getting a $100,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation to help fight hunger and poverty. A spokesman for the human-services agency said the gift would be presented Thursday. The agency will use the money to support its new Peer Mentoring Program, which is based on Witnesses to Hunger, part of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University's School of Public Health. Witnesses to Hunger, created by Drexel professor Mariana Chilton, began as a program in which Chilton gave cameras to 40 low-income North Philadelphia women and asked them to photograph their lives.
January 31, 2013 |
As a child in North Philadelphia, Jameel McClain lived with his mother and three siblings in a Salvation Army shelter for a year and bounced between homes every few months. That was the lowest point for the Baltimore Ravens' 27-year-old linebacker. Playing for a team in the Super Bowl was not his foremost ambition. Figuring out the next day mattered more to McClain at the time. These days, McClain is a five-year NFL veteran who has become a fixture on the Ravens defense, though his season was halted when he suffered a spinal contusion in December.
December 27, 2012 |
He is out for the season with an injury, but Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain clearly counts his blessings, especially at this time of the year. When he saw the Salvation Army volunteers with their red kettles collecting donations, it hit home, because at one time it was home for the former standout at Philadelphia's George Washington High School. McClain, who suffered a season-ending spinal-cord bruise Dec. 9 in a game against the Washington Redskins, has come a long way from a nomadic childhood during which he called many places home - including the Salvation Army.
August 8, 2012 |
There wasn't much that Harold Miller didn't get involved in. A longtime state official, he also was active in the Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, his church, his alumni association and numerous civic and professional organizations. He was a journalist, a teacher, a writer, an Army veteran and a devoted family man. "The zest he had for life and the way he lived each day to the fullest is a legacy that will live on for generations," said his daughter, Consuelo Miller.
August 3, 2012 |
After the death of her mother last Friday, 30-year-old Clara Rodriguez is scrambling to raise the $7,560 needed to pay for a proper burial. Clara Scheiderman, 50, of North Philadelphia, passed away on July 27, leaving behind six children and 12 grandchildren. She worked at the front desk of the Salvation Army on Allegheny Avenue near Jasper Street in Kensington for 12 years. Rodriguez said that Greenmount Cemetary is charging $3,360 for the burial while Compagnola Family Funeral Home is charging $4,200.