February 8, 2014 |
HUNTINGDON VALLEY H. Lawrence Reinhard III is hardly the first parent to clash with a stepchild. But it was the lengths to which that animosity drove the 69-year-old Huntingdon Valley man that set off an international manhunt, squandered law enforcement resources, and spread unwarranted fears in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, federal authorities said Thursday. FBI agents allege that Reinhard fabricated an elaborate tale implicating his stepson in a plot to bomb the Winter Games, and sent investigators from Philadelphia to Moscow scrambling.
December 13, 2013 |
A CERTAIN sense of peace can be found in a small hardware store, even among the razor knives and sledgehammers, when the mysteries of caulking and angle cuts are revealed and customers light up with joy, extending spackle-covered hands in gratitude. At Rittenhouse Hardware, at 20th and Pine streets, Joe Snyder is one of those guys who can transform your day with the right part, or at the very least rig something up to make your day a little better. Snyder's one part of a small crew at Rittenhouse, about a half-dozen men and one French bulldog named Louie in a corduroy vest, whose bonds are tighter than liquid cement, forged by cracking jokes and coffee runs.
November 9, 2013 |
A Common Pleas Court finished a second day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the trial of Axel Barreto, the Juniata Park man charged with killing three teenage gang members who wanted to fight his stepson. The jury of seven men and five women began reviewing evidence late Tuesday after seven days of testimony; it worked almost six hours Thursday. Unlike Wednesday, when jurors asked to see several pieces of evidence, the panel had no questions or requests Thursday. The jury returns Friday morning.
October 25, 2013 |
THE PROSECUTOR called the three slain youngsters "teenage boys" looking for a fistfight with a rival. The defense attorney called them what they called themselves - "Kick Ass Boys" - and said they went looking to create havoc but got more than they bargained for. On trial was Axel Barreto, 32, who shot and killed the three teens on Jan. 10, 2012. The prosecutor, Jude Conroy, said Barreto did so in cold blood as the teens' Toyota Corolla drove away from him. His defense attorney, Jack McMahon, said Barreto shot them in self-defense as the car - packed with seven KAB gang members who had come to fight his stepson - drove toward him in the alley behind his Juniata Park home.
October 15, 2013 |
John E. Kennedy Jr., 79, a Chestnut Hill resident for more than three decades, died of multiple myeloma Monday, Sept. 30, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. Born in State College, Pa., Mr. Kennedy graduated from State College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1956 from the University of Delaware. He completed a master's degree in business administration in 1962 at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and served as president of the Darden Alumni Board from 1986 to 1990.
September 21, 2013 |
Jill Felix Colton, 69, of Philadelphia and Longboat Key, Fla., a real estate company executive with a prominent public profile, died Monday, Sept. 16, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. The cause of death was a rare form of endometrial cancer, said her stepson Andrew Colton. Mrs. Colton's most recent role as chief executive of the University City Science Center kept her in the public eye, as did her senior position with Liberty Property Trust of Malvern, the real estate firm founded by Willard G. Rouse III. She handled the quirks of public life adeptly.
January 22, 2013 |
IT WAS common for Pablo Valdez to open his door to people, whether it was for a neighbor seeking advice or a relative who needed assistance. That's the way a 30-year-old stepson remembered Valdez on Sunday, two days after the 56-year-old Cuban immigrant was gunned down in his Feltonville home during a home invasion. "Out of the whole family, he was the oldest man. His sisters and everybody used to look to him" for counsel, recalled the stepson, who declined to give his name for fear of retaliation because no arrests had been made in Valdez's slaying.
December 24, 2012
Midge Turk Richardson, 82, who spent 18 years as a nun before spending 18 years as the editor of Seventeen magazine, a redoubt of worldly concerns like clothes, makeup, and dating, died recently at her home in Manhattan. Mrs. Richardson, whose body was found by family members last Monday, apparently died in her sleep sometime during the previous weekend, her stepson Kevin Richardson said. Mrs. Richardson left her religious order in 1966, a journey she recounted in a memoir, The Buried Life , published in 1971.
August 7, 2012 |
A 30-year-old man has been charged with murder and robbery in the July 26 shooting death of a police officer's stepson in West Philadelphia's Overbrook section. David Smith, of the 1400 block of North Redfield Street in the Carroll Park neighborhood, was formally arrested on July 28. He is charged with murder, robbery and related weapons offenses in the slaying of Andre Strum, 18. Strum was shot several times on the 6600 block of Leeds Street about 3:15 a.m. July 26, police said.
July 27, 2012
The slaying of the 18-year-old stepson of a Philadelphia police officer early Thursday may have started as a robbery, investigators said. Andre Strum was shot several times on the 6600 block of Leeds Street in Overbrook about 3:15 a.m. Thursday, police said. Strum, who lived in the area, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterward. No one has been charged in the killing, but within hours of the shooting, police raided a nearby house and took a man into custody. Investigators are questioning several witnesses in the case.