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September 20, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
In 1981, Daniel Hightower shot and wounded his stepfather. Hightower served five years in prison for the crime. On April 4, Hightower's stepfather, Robert L. High, 53, of Chalmers Street near Lehigh Avenue, got even. He shot his 33-year-old stepson to death, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Perricone said. Yesterday, a Common Pleas jury convicted High of first-degree murder. Judge Theodore A. McKee immediately sentenced him to life in prison. Perricone said High's biggest mistake was allowing his stepson to return to his home after completing the prison sentence.
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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.
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October 23, 1992 | By SUSAN PERLOFF
My stepson Boris is 28 years old and a graduate student in animal behavior. Five months of every year he studies land lizards in Borneo, scaring them to measure their reactions. That's a fib. I do have a 28-year-old stepson who's working for a doctorate in animal behavior, but his name's not Boris. It's not lizards he frightens and Borneo is thousands of miles from the dangerous outback where he risks his life every summer. I could destroy his career - and our relationship - if I tell this story.
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April 13, 1993 | MICHAEL MERCANTI / DAILY NEWS
Former Eagles owner Leonard Tose walks back to federal court in Camden yesterday after a lunch recess in the retrial of his civil suit against the Sands Casino, where he lost $1.2 million on three dates in 1985. Yesterday his former stepson, Thomas Tracy, testified that he slammed his hand on a gaming table and begged Sands personnel to stop serving drinks to an intoxicated Tose and stop letting him gamble. But, said Tracy, his pleas were ignored.
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September 20, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man and his 19-year-old stepson have been charged in a string of armed robberies in Lindenwold this month, authorities said. Antwan Bethune, 35, and his stepson Dimear Caraballo, both of Lindenwold, were arrested Thursday on charges of attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses. The two are accused of holding up a 34-year-old Lindenwold man at gunpoint at the Woodland Village apartment complex shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 5. Caraballo shot the man when he refused to cooperate, according to the Camden County prosecutor's office.
NEWS
August 11, 1988 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
The bloodstained jeans that Joseph Wideman wore to court yesterday served as a tragic reminder of the fatal shooting of his 10-year-old stepson. "That's the blood of his child," said defense attorney Barnaby C. Wittels after Wideman waived his hearing on charges of killing his stepson, Elliott Rutledge, on Aug. 2. "He picked the child up and called police and took the child out to the street to try to get help," Wittels added. Wittels said Wideman, 34, of Malcolm Street near 51st in Southwest Philadelphia, had lost his balance while getting up from a couch and accidentally shot the boy in the head as the child was watching TV. "There was no intent to harm anyone," said Wittels.
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April 21, 1998 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Seated in the witness box in federal court in Philadelphia yesterday, Robert "Danny" Vaughan looked and sounded like the successful businessman he is, a vice president of a company that manages nursing homes and retirement communities. Well-dressed, reserved and articulate, peering through thick glasses, Vaughan for the most part kept emotions at bay, matter-of-factly denying that he traded in Internet child pornography on his home computer. Calmly, Vaughan insisted that his teen stepson was the one who had collected the horrible pictures of young children being sexually abused.
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
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.
NEWS
July 27, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have an 8-year-old stepson, "Kaden," whom I love dearly. Kaden spends the bulk of his time with his mother on the other side of the country. When he comes to visit us in the summer, his clothing and shoes are always ragged and a few sizes too small. My husband pays child support and buys Kaden a new wardrobe every six months. Yet every time he comes to us, he's never wearing anything his dad and I bought him, but what appear to be hand-me-down rags. We have spoken to the mother many times about it, but nothing changes.
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February 10, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My stepson just turned 7. My husband was granted custody because the mother was declared unfit due to her drug abuse. She was granted supervised visits until she can pass two consecutive drug tests. Over the last year and a half, her visits have become few and far between. My husband and I think it would be a good idea for "Tony" to start seeing a therapist again. He doesn't talk about his mother often, and I'm worried he may be bottling up a lot of his feelings. Tony is starting to ask more questions about his mom - like why he can't stay the night with her, why he can't live with her, and why he hasn't seen her much lately.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A life celebration is to be Friday, Nov. 13, for Harry Edward Lauderdale Jr., 77, the former chief plant engineer for the Philadelphia School District. A Philadelphia resident, he died Wednesday, Oct. 28, of complications from diabetes at Lankenau Hospital. Mr. Lauderdale joined the city's school system in 1959 as an assistant district engineer. In 1967, he was promoted to district engineer, and by 1972 was named chief of plant engineering and training. He also served as chairman of the district engineers' group, and of the energy committee for the maintenance department.
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September 20, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man and his 19-year-old stepson have been charged in a string of armed robberies in Lindenwold this month, authorities said. Antwan Bethune, 35, and his stepson Dimear Caraballo, both of Lindenwold, were arrested Thursday on charges of attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses. The two are accused of holding up a 34-year-old Lindenwold man at gunpoint at the Woodland Village apartment complex shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 5. Caraballo shot the man when he refused to cooperate, according to the Camden County prosecutor's office.
NEWS
September 3, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The stepson of Claire Risoldi, the politically connected Bucks County woman charged with collecting $20 million through insurance fraud, has claimed in a court filing that Risoldi submitted a forged copy of his late father's will. Thomas French Jr., whose father, Thomas Sr., committed suicide in February after being criminally charged alongside Risoldi, does not explicitly state why he believes Risoldi would have manufactured the document. But in the 13-page filing, written by his lawyer, Karl Prior, French Jr. accuses Risoldi of doctoring two signatures on a purported copy of the will, saying they appear "identical.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: My girlfriend is bisexual and occasionally sleeps with other women, and I'm cool with that. But she just asked me if it's OK if she sleeps with another man. I'm not sleeping with anyone else. I just haven't felt the need. I'm not OK with her sleeping with a man. I'm thinking about telling her, but I don't want her to feel like I'm taking her freedom. Mia: Dude, if you don't want her to sleep with another guy, you're going to have to walk. It's not your place to try to be her prison warden.
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February 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 13, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
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November 9, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 25, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
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