March 14, 1997 |
The America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports and yachting's most coveted prize, was all but destroyed today in Auckland, New Zealand, by a Maori protester who struck it repeatedly with a sledgehammer. Commodore John Heise, of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, described the 27-year-old man as being "in a frenzy" and chanting in the "Maori language. " His name was not released. Police said he walked into the squadron clubhouse dressed in a suit, shirt and tie, and made his way unchallenged to a first-floor room where the Cup is displayed in a glass case.
November 23, 1992 |
The cops bought drugs through a slot in a door of a crack house on 13th Street near Nedro Avenue using a marked $5 bill. Then they sledgehammered their way into the house and arrested Robert Mullins, who had on him not only the marked $5, but two vials of crack and $192. They also found a bag containing 32 vials of crack on the floor about two feet from Mullins. Open-and-shut case, right? Wrong, said the state Supreme Court. Police had no right to break into the house, the court said, and blamed Mullins' lawyer for failing to raise the point in court.
November 14, 1997 |
George Alkins told police he was walking in Darby Borough, minding his own business, when a man pulled up in a van and made him an offer he couldn't refuse: "Do you want to make some quick money?" All Alkins had to do, he told police later, was help the man sledgehammer into a closed Wawa store on East Plumstead Avenue in Lansdowne and drag out the 600-pound bank machine inside. Alkins, 28, of the 200 block of Pusey Avenue in Collingdale, was arrested in Southwest Philadelphia minutes after the early-morning theft attempt on Nov. 6. He was bound over for trial yesterday by District Justice John J. Perfetti on burglary, criminal conspiracy and trespassing charges.
August 11, 2013 |
Picture a dreary-looking house sitting on a nice-size lot in Longport, N.J. It has dark-texture board outside and numerous small rooms inside, the kind of house a buyer with no remodeling plan would bypass in a second. Or maybe not. "We took a sledgehammer to it," says homeowner Sue Lutz, 59, referring to the one load-bearing wall that had stood near the main door. "We [also] took the ceiling down," says her husband, Fred, 61. "We needed to see what we could do. " Columns replaced that bearing wall, which wasn't the only one that went down on a whim.
July 28, 1995 |
Police officers stood guard yesterday outside Carver W. Reed & Co. Inc., 121 South 10th St., after a smash-and-grab robbery at the jewelry store shortly before noon. Three people, one of whom was armed with a sledgehammer, made off with assorted jewelry valued at more than $100,000.
July 28, 1995 |
Police stand watch over Carver W. Reed jewelry store at 10th and Sansom streets yesterday following a smash-'n'-grab robbery. In just a few moments shortly before noon, police said, a man bashed in the front glass window with a sledgehammer, two male accomplices scooped up a velvet display rack containing the goods and the trio fled in a stolen car. The value of the jewelry was undetermined, police said.
October 1, 1999 |
A 45-year-old Riverside man has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder in connection with the beating of his girlfriend with a sledgehammer in August. Fred D. McLendon, of the 700 block of Arndt Avenue, was also indicted this week on two charges of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, said Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi. The victim, Lula Wilson, 37, was admitted to Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden with traumatic head injuries after the Aug. 13. attack.
December 1, 1986 |
Call it the Genesis Conspiracy, call it the Genesis Fluke, call it what you will, but Peter Gabriel and his former colleagues (Phil Collins included) in the English outfit Genesis are enjoying the biggest successes of their lengthy careers. Gabriel, who performed this weekend at the Spectrum, exited the art-rock band in 1975. Things had been going swimmingly for the singer/songwriter/ keyboardist until this year, when his album, So, was released along with the Motownlike single "Sledgehammer.
February 18, 1989 |
Four young men and a juvenile have been charged in a series of thefts in which store windows have been smashed with a sledgehammer and displays have been looted, detectives said yesterday. One man, Ellis Oden, 21, of the 4500 block of Fairmount Avenue in West Philadelphia, admitted to 13 burglaries in which thousands of dollars of merchandise was taken, police said. Oden was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at his apartment by Detectives William Egenlauf and John Cahill of the Central Detective Division.
August 9, 1988 |
Herman Wrice wakes up in the middle of the night, shifts his 270-pound frame in his bed, and yearns for daylight. "I say, bring me daylight so I can do it again," he cries. What Herman Wrice is doing these days is marching through the city's drug neighborhoods, lugging a sledgehammer, his devoted followers scurrying behind him, full of the joy of doing great deeds for the community. He slams the hammer into the doors of drug houses, smashes their television sets, crunches their syringes.