August 31, 2013 |
Delaware County police spent Wednesday and Thursday searching the Susquehanna River for the body of a missing baby after cadaver dogs "hit on something" near the riverbank, police said. "We did not find the baby," said Michael J. Chitwood, Superintendent of Upper Darby police. The continued search for 7-month-old Hamza Ali came about after detectives decided to visit the area again based on a comment made by the York County man who has been charged with the child's murder, said Chitwood.
April 25, 1993 |
We had been on the water all of about three minutes before the Susquehanna River offered up its first surprise. Rounding a bend, our canoes startled a flock of Canada geese whose graceful takeoff was mirrored perfectly in the river's green-glass surface - down to the beads of water dripping from their ungainly feet. That was just the beginning. Before lunch, a large buck burst from the woods and leaped into the water, barely missing a canoe. He swam to the opposite shore and lunged up the steep, forested bank, disappearing with a flick of his signature white tail.
September 9, 2011 |
WILKES-BARRE - Authorities evacuated parts of this riverside city and surrounding towns Thursday as rising floodwaters pushed against protective levees, and Gov. Corbett put the state on an emergency footing not seen since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Across Pennsylvania, the wash and churn of floodwater closed major highways, destroyed property, and forced the hurried, worried evacuation of thousands. An estimated 65,000 people sought shelter in schools and churches here, leaving streets eerily empty as officials cast a nervous eye on a river that threatened to spill over the levees late Thursday - and older residents remembered a storm named Agnes.
January 21, 1996 |
As Joseph Cooper fled his home yesterday with his belongings in his trunk, he glanced back at the Susquehanna River. In his life, great floods on this majestic river have forced him from his home four times - in 1936, 1940, 1972 and, now, 1996. "Back in '72 I found a coffin in my backyard," Cooper said at an evacuation center at a local vocational school. "This time, the river looked just as bad. It was swirling. " But disaster was averted yesterday for Cooper and about 100,000 residents who were evacuated from their homes in the Wyoming Valley.
June 17, 1986 |
At least 16 people were reported injured last night as heavy thunderstorms whipped north-central Pennsylvania with rain, hail and damaging winds. There also were unconfirmed reports of several tornados. David Whipple, the fire chief of Athens, Bradford County, said 15 people were treated after winds toppled trees across rides at a town carnival and "blew everything out of our pavilion" where the carnival was being held. Officials said 13 of the people were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for scrapes and cuts and later released.
April 3, 1993 |
"The boss" is what Shirley Pierontoni calls it. You can't figure it, she says, because it never comes the same way twice. You can't fight it, because it's too big and will simply have its way. And you can't ignore it; you must do what it says. As she stood yesterday beside the flooded video store she runs in the basement of her home here, near Wilkes-Barre, she heard its message loud and clear: Get out. A stone's throw from her two-story, white-shingled home, "the boss" - the swollen, coffee-colored Susquehanna River - galloped along, bearing across its surface a tide of debris and a warning.
October 25, 1998 |
We drove north beyond Harrisburg, off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and deep into the state's interior along U.S. Route 15. To the east, the Susquehanna River seemed to uncoil like a snake, the midday sun reflecting off its green-blue skin. West of us sat a succession of small rural towns as distinctively homespun as any in the Northeast, the cliffs and hillocks, valleys and rises of the Appalachian Ridge at their backs. All around us autumn was unfolding in a majestic swirl of oranges, reds and golden yellows.
September 10, 2011 |
WILKES-BARRE - Luzerne County emergency management officials lifted mandatory evacuation orders affecting about 70,000 around Wilkes-Barre Saturday, as the engorged Susquehanna River receded from a record-setting 42.66-foot crest. By noon, water levels had pulled back to about 31 feet, dropping at a rate of about a half foot per hour, said Jim Brozena, executive director of the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority. Authorities began letting residents back into areas protected by levees by 2:30 p.m. Officials said they did not know when residents from communities without levee protection would be allowed to return home.
September 11, 2011 |
WILKES-BARRE - Luzerne County emergency management officials lifted mandatory evacuation orders affecting about 70,000 people around Wilkes-Barre on Saturday as the engorged Susquehanna River receded from a record-setting 42.66-foot crest. By noon, the water had pulled back to about 31 feet, dropping about a half-foot per hour, said Jim Brozena, executive director of the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority. Authorities began letting residents back into areas protected by levees by 2:30 p.m. Officials said they did not know when residents from communities without levee protection would be allowed to return home.
October 28, 2013
Banker for peace The recent death of my longtime good friend, Philadelphia banker Frederick Heldring, reminded me of a 1970s incident that epitomized the man's character. At the time, Fred had helped found and was the leader of a group of area business men and women called "business executives against the Vietnam War," of which I was also a founder. Fred was then a senior executive at Philadelphia National Bank, and the business community knew that it was imminent that he would become the PNB chairman.