November 26, 2013 |
LOWER MERION Like many who lose a loved one to suicide, the family and friends of Officer Sean Quinn said they didn't see it coming. Quinn, 46, was a veteran of the Lower Merion Police Department, a former DARE instructor who loved working with children. He was a private man with a strong jaw and youthful features. After a bumpy stretch, his life had smoothed out in recent years, and Quinn was doing what he loved - patrolling the streets. "It was all he ever wanted to do," said his wife, Eileen.
November 8, 2013 |
VENUS Powell-Uzzell was wearing a button with the photo of a former co-worker - a father who lost his life jumping into Wissahickon Creek to try to save his son - when she helped save another man's life in September. It was a Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, shortly before 2 p.m. Powell-Uzzell, a security officer at Einstein Medical Center in Olney, was at the information desk in the hospital's main building when she got a call about a man on the roof of the seven-story garage. Powell-Uzzell, 37, who has worked at Einstein for five years, was the first - and for an incredibly long 10 minutes, the only - officer on the scene.
November 6, 2013 |
An East Fallowfield Township man bound and choked his girlfriend before committing suicide early Sunday after she told him to move out of their home, according to the district attorney's office. The 52-year-old man, whose name has not been released, bound his 64-year-old girlfriend and choked her until she lost consciousness, according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. When she woke up, he shot himself, Hogan said. The woman called 911 just after 12:30 a.m., according to a press release.
October 27, 2013 |
When I was 17, as I was leaving my house to watch a late-night movie at a friend's house, a boy from my block told me he was going to be a father. His expression was more contemplative than jubilant. I will never forget it. He was 19. The next morning, my father came into my room, teary-eyed, and before his lips parted, I knew what had happened. "Your friend . . . basement . . . mother found him . . . gun. " I was paralyzed by these words, by a single bullet that rippled heartache through our community.
October 24, 2013 |
If she lived in Oregon, Washington state, or Vermont, Barbara Mancini could have handed her terminally ill father the morphine he wanted, and there the story would have ended. But in Pennsylvania, it was just the start of a legal saga that has refueled the national debate over assisted suicide and cast the 57-year-old Philadelphia nurse as either a compassionate daughter comforting a dying man, or a criminal enabler in his death. Under the state penal code, "a person who intentionally aids or solicits another to commit suicide is guilty of a felony.
October 15, 2013 |
AN ALL-DAY standoff with an armed Temple University student began yesterday morning when police were called to a home near campus where a man had barricaded himself in the basement, fired shots and threatened to commit suicide. Negotiations continued late into the night. Gunshots were heard in the morning and a series of shots were heard in the late afternoon, Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan told the Daily News . Negotiators continued to communicate with the distraught man last night.
October 13, 2013 |
A perpetually ill woman who spent most of her time in a hospital bed on the first floor of her Upper Darby duplex killed her brother before taking her own life Thursday afternoon, according to police. Kathleen Verdecchio, 63, was found in bed with a gunshot wound to the neck around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. A .38-caliber revolver was found in her lap, he said. On the floor next to the bed with a gunshot wound to the head was Verdecchio's brother, Harry McCabe, 62, Chitwood said.
October 12, 2013 |
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - Barbara Mancini, a Philadelphia nurse charged with a felony of assisted suicide, pressured a hospice to prescribe morphine for her father with the intention of helping him end his life, Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray argued Thursday. During a hearing focused on a defense motion to dismiss the felony charge, Forray said Mancini gave her father a bottle of morphine knowing it could end his life. When the morphine didn't do the job, she asked a hospice nurse for more, Forray said.
October 1, 2013 |
The Philadelphia nurse charged with assisted suicide for giving morphine to her terminally ill, 93-year-old father has been suspended from her job without pay, run up legal fees of $90,000, and often can't sleep because she feels so angry and hurt, her husband said in an interview. "It is at times, for all of us, unbearable," Joe Mancini said, at times breaking into tears himself. Barbara Mancini, 57, was charged with aiding a suicide, a felony, on Feb. 7 in Pottsville. Her case erupted into worldwide news after her preliminary hearing on Aug. 1. She could face up to 10 years in prison.
September 19, 2013 |
The Philadelphia nurse charged with assisted suicide in the death of her terminally ill, 93-year-old father has asked a court to dismiss the case. Attorneys for Barbara Mancini, 57, on Tuesday filed the petition in Schuylkill County Court. They argued that she did nothing more than hand her father, Joe Yourshaw, his bottle of morphine at his request last February while he was in hospice care at his Pottsville home. Mancini's attorneys also contend that the state law that forbids aiding a suicide is vague; that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that dying patients have a right to all the pain relief they need even if it hastens death; and that Yourshaw's death was not a suicide because he did not die until four days later in the hospital.