June 16, 2015 |
Two men found shot Saturday afternoon in a Harrowgate rowhouse in Northeast Philadelphia after a standoff with officers died in an apparent murder-suicide, police said Sunday. The men, whose names were not released by investigators, were found with gunshot wounds to the head about 4 p.m. Saturday in the dining room of the house in the 3500 block of Emerald Street, three blocks southeast of the Tioga El station. No officers fired their guns during the standoff, and homicide detectives continue to investigate, police said.
June 2, 2015
A NEW STUDY showing that the suicide rate among black children ages 5 to 11 has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the rate for white children has declined, should be heard as a "call to action. " Those are the words of Sean Joe, a professor of social work at Washington University who studies suicide among black youth. Joe did not participate in the new study, done by experts at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The study was published last week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics . Joe said the climbing rate of suicides among African-American children is "alarming, disturbing . . . shocking.
May 20, 2015
ACCORDING TO multiple reports, the cause of death of former Temple defensive end Adrian Robinson was suicide. Robinson, 25, died Saturday night in Philadelphia. He was the MAC defensive player of the year in 2009 and was one of the leaders in the turnaround of Temple's football program under coach Al Golden. His brother, Averee, is a rising junior nose tackle for the Owls. The Harrisburg native played in the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
May 11, 2015 |
The starter pistol cracks, foot-falls thud-thud-thud against the track. High school runners await their heats, mostly girls with girls and boys with boys. One runner - Cherokee High School junior Matt Dawkins, who broke records as a freshman - traverses the geography of gender. On the sideline, the Marlton 17-year-old razzes one of the guys. Later, he grins and joins the easy banter in a knot of girls. And why not? Last year, he was one of them. For sophomore year and all his years before, he was Maya.
May 1, 2015
WHEN HE WAS playing football at Lower Merion High School, Joe Chovanes didn't dream he would grow up to be a woman. It's hard to wrap your mind around it, but the Joe of long ago, now Julie, says she was a woman all along. If this sounds like Bruce Jenner, but without the fame and national adoration, it is. Transgender has transitioned into our national consciousness. Like Jenner, Chovanes was kind of a jock and had a way with the ladies. Unlike Jenner, Chovanes became an attorney and married his college sweetheart.
April 20, 2015 |
Adamant that the investigation was bungled, Mark Sheridan is preparing to challenge the ruling that his father, Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr., fatally stabbed his wife, set their home on fire, and killed himself. In the coming weeks, Sheridan, a prominent 41-year-old lawyer, plans to file a lawsuit in Superior Court in hopes of changing his father's manner of death, now listed as a suicide. The legal maneuver ventures into rarely charted legal waters in New Jersey - and provides no certainty that the family will prevail in clearing their father's name, experts say. Challenging the finding by the state Medical Examiner's Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office may be not only an arduous task, but lengthy and costly.
April 15, 2015 |
The four sons of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife raised new questions Monday about their parents' death, and alleged that investigators botched the case from the beginning. In the latest round in a mounting public campaign seeking to prove that their parents were murdered, they released a letter to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano accusing his office of ignoring evidence and hastily determining that the deaths were a murder-suicide. "All we want is the answers to what happened to our parents," one of the sons, Mark, said Monday during an interview at his Newark, N.J., law office.
April 3, 2015 |
It sounded like a scene from a horror movie. A middle schooler comes home from playing basketball and finds his parents' bodies. Both are dead, both mutilated by a chainsaw. The gruesome murder-suicide in Lower Moreland on Tuesday orphaned the couple's three sons, and shocked a close-knit Montgomery County community that knew Nicole and Christopher Peppelmans as caring and attentive parents. Nicole Peppelman, 43, had also been choked and stabbed, coroner Walter Hofman said Wednesday.
April 3, 2015 |
IF ONLY IT were a police officer, a family friend or uncle, any adult in the world who could have found them instead, and spared a boy from a horror he'll never forget. The eldest son of Christopher and Nicole Peppelman was alone, though, when he found his parents dead Tuesday afternoon, a bloody chain saw beside them in the Lower Moreland, Montgomery County, house where they'd once been happy. He's 14 and has two little brothers. Now it's up to the adults who are still here to help get him through it, because it's probably too late to lie about it. "I'm not ever sure there's an adult explanation for this tragedy," said the Rev. Eric Carswell of the Bryn Athyn Church, where the two younger Peppelman boys attend school.
March 29, 2015 |
Prosecutor's Conclusions John Sheridan had five wounds - including three stab wounds - to neck and torso area. One wound to the neck perforated the jugular. He also had five broken ribs, consistent with a piece of an armoire falling on top of him. John Sheridan's cause and manner of death: "Sharp force injuries and smoke inhalation. " Suicide. Carbon-monoxide levels in his blood indicated he was alive after starting the fire. Joyce Sheridan's wounds: Eight stab wounds to the head - including three stab wounds - and a stab wound to the chest.