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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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March 10, 1998 | By Blair Clarkson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A borough man was stabbed to death in his Fourth Street home yesterday morning, and his 16-year-old stepson was taken to Norristown State Hospital for psychiatric evaluation in connection with the stabbing, police said yesterday. Bridgeport police said they found John Differ, 32, dead from a knife wound about 7 a.m. Monday when they responded to an emergency call placed by a resident of the house in the 200 block of East Fourth Street. Police said the teenage son of Differ's wife, Rebecca Redden, was currently the only suspect.
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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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October 15, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 21, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 22, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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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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