March 9, 2001 |
Keith Flanigan found a quick and easy way to get his mother out of the way so he could do drugs. He killed her. He beat her to death with a baseball bat in their Strawberry Mansion home on Nov. 19, 1999, said Assistant District Attorney Jodi Lobel. After killing his 75-year-old mother, Agnes, he set her body on fire as she lay in her bed, said Lobel. Yesterday, a jury convicted the 32-year-old hotel security guard of first-degree murder, arson and related charges for the killing on Natrona Street near Diamond.
March 24, 2009 |
Police said yesterday that the security guard shot in the head Sunday after confronting a shoplifter at a West Philadelphia Pathmark was lucky to be alive and that his alleged assailant - described as a regular customer who, on the day of the shooting, was running an errand for his grandmother - left a trail leading directly to his address. "Divine intervention saved his life," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives as he described how a small-caliber bullet struck the victim in the forehead, but did not completely penetrate the skull.
June 8, 1989 |
Vinny Burgese has two jobs - one to keep the peace, the other to shatter it. He likes the second one best. A part-time security guard at the Spectrum, Burgese forgets about security when he steps into the ring. "Hey, I love fighting," said Burgese, 23, who lives in South Philadelphia. "It's my number-one job. " Burgese will love his profession even more if he beats former lightweight champion Vinny Pazienza in a scheduled 10-round junior-welterweight bout on Sunday at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.
August 29, 1991 |
Joseph E. McGarvey, a retired security guard at the old Marine Corps Supply Activity and a disabled and decorated veteran of World War II, died yesterday. He was 77 and lived in Southwest Philadelphia. Joe McGarvey was a pleasant sight over the years for residents of the 64th and Dicks streets neighborhood. He'd go to Josephine's luncheonette on 65th Street near Buist Avenue and have coffee with the guys from Sears. Often the slender, mild-mannered man was spotted carrying an armload of books from the library on Lindbergh Boulevard.
January 24, 1997 |
Samuel Martin Funches, a longtime security guard, Fairmount Park worker and avid sports fan, died Monday. A resident of North Philadelphia, he was 68. Funches was a security supervisor for the Budd Co. "He was good at getting people to do what he wanted them to do because he would always joke. He always had a story for them," said a daughter, Sandra Funches. Earlier, he had maintained grounds for the Fairmount Park Commission. "He loved it," Funches said. "When we were little, we used to go out there with him. " Funches took his children to Lemon Hill, the playground and other park areas.
September 17, 1986 |
A former security guard who shot a man to death on a SEPTA bus and wounded the victim's brother-in-law last Oct. 28 was sentenced yesterday to a life prison term plus five to 10 years. "I tried to think of ways to say I'm sorry to the victim's family but I can't," Michael Lyons, 27, told Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette. Assistant District Attorney Andrea Foulkes had urged Richette to add the extra prison time because Lyon's action on a Route 33 bus at Ridge Avenue and Oxford Street threatened the lives of about 45 passengers.
November 18, 2010 |
Marquis Wallace didn't think. When he saw people trapped in a burning apartment building in West Philadelphia last month while on routine patrol as a security guard at the University of Pennsylvania, he just reacted. Smoke was billowing from the kitchen windows and a woman was screaming that her asthmatic 3-year-old was trapped in the quickly spreading fire. "I just pushed the door in and ran inside of the building," said Wallace, 20, of North Philadelphia. "My main thing was to just get this building clear.
August 10, 1996 |
The man hired to protect the Center City store turned out to be a killer. Gary Rowlett, 35, a security guard at a Rite Aid pharmacy, 16th and Chestnut streets, admitted he murdered the assistant manager, William Watts, because Watts refused to lend him $30 on March 26. Rowlett, of Nicetown, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment by Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin this week. Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega said Rowlett used a necktie to strangle Watts, 24, who had worked at the store for only three weeks, and then stole a bag containing about $5,500.
June 18, 2013 |
WHEN Charles Williams walked down the street in Germantown, his natty attire turned heads. Charles was always well turned-out, and his friendly, outgoing nature charmed people along the way. He greeted his many friends, and even a few who didn't recognize him but felt that here was somebody they'd like to know. Charles Williams, retired security guard for the Federal Reserve and Army veteran of the Korean War, died June 7. He was 82 and was living in the Cliveden Nursing Home, and had lived for many years in Germantown.
December 27, 2011 |
Tasers: They're not just for zapping crazy Phillies fans anymore. Upper Darby police are searching for two thieves who waltzed into the Marshalls store on 69th Street on Christmas Eve, loaded up on merchandise, then electroshocked their way out the door when a plainclothes security guard tried to stop them. "They're seen stealing hundreds of dollars in clothing and putting it in a large shopping bag," said police Superintendent Michael Chitwood Sr. When the guard stepped in, one of the thieves pulled out a Taser.