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August 2, 1991 | By Peter Landry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Autopsies performed on an elderly mother and daughter killed Tuesday in Jenkintown failed to pinpoint exactly how they died, and the Montgomery County Coroner's Office is now focusing on toxicology tests to determine whether they were drugged to death. Yesterday, investigators said the physical evidence revealed in the autopsies on Ethel Jamison, 90, and Leslie Jamison, 69, on Wednesday night was inconclusive. Now "a ruling on the cause of death is pending the toxicology results," said a spokesman for the coroner's office.
SPORTS
February 24, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Baseball's players union will await results of toxicology tests into the death of Baltimore pitcher Steve Bechler before deciding whether ephedra should be banned. Union head Donald Fehr said yesterday that taking a stand on whether to ban the supplement would be premature. "You can't, it seems to me, draw any conclusions from this tragic event at the very least until we see what the toxicology reports show," he said. Bechler died last Monday, a day after collapsing at spring training with heatstroke.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities say it could be weeks before they release the cause of death for Garrett Reid, oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid. The Northampton County District Attorney's Office said Monday that it was waiting for the results of toxicology tests. County officials said last week they would not release results of their investigation piecemeal. The coroner completed his autopsy of Reid, 29, last week, and put a rush on the toxicology results. But those tests could take a month to complete, the District Attorney's Office said.
SPORTS
August 9, 2012 | By Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The investigation into the cause of death of Garrett Reid could take weeks, the Northampton County District Attorney said. An autopsy was performed on the oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, but the county coroner is waiting for the results of toxicology tests, District Attorney John Morganelli told The (Easton) Express-Times on Tuesday. Morganelli said Coroner Zachary Lysek "put a rush" on the screening but is unsure when it will be returned. "With toxicology [results], it could be weeks," Morganelli told the paper.
NEWS
November 4, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A toxicology test on a Haddon Township boy whose body was found in the woods three weeks ago has come back negative, an attorney for Brendan Creato's father, D.J., said Monday. Toxicology tests generally determine whether drugs or other chemicals were ingested, and would come back positive if that had occurred. "It is another small answer," said Richard J. Fuschino Jr., D.J. Creato's attorney. "But it just really begs more questions. " Fuschino said he confirmed the findings through the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
January 12, 1995 | By Tamara Chuang, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Health officials yesterday were awaiting toxicology reports before declaring the exact cause of the death of 6-year-old Nickolas F. Fuhrmeister, who died Sunday while being taken to Kennedy Memorial Hospitals/Cherry Hill Division. Preliminary results indicate that Nickolas' death was due to sepsis, a catch-all term for bacterial infections in the bloodstream, said Dennis Del Rossi, supervising field representative for the Burlington County Health Department. The toxicology information, expected next week, could pinpoint the exact bacterial agent responsible.
NEWS
September 15, 2000 | By Erin Carroll and Jason Wermers, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said yesterday that alcohol may have factored into why a naked Upper Gwynedd man tried to open the door to his neighbor's townhouse early Wednesday morning. The neighbor, thinking the man was a burglar, shot him to death. "I suspect that we're going to find that he has alcohol in his system," Castor said, adding that toxicology reports on the body of Craig Holtzman, 31, had not been completed. Law-enforcement authorities say they know where Holtzman was the night before the shooting, but Castor has declined to discuss it. "It's pitch black, he had just been sleeping, and he had been drinking - you could be disoriented, you might get the wrong door," Castor said.
NEWS
December 2, 2003 | By Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two investigators combed the steep, dirt slope under the 36th Street bridge spanning the Camden-Pennsauken border yesterday afternoon for clues into the mysterious death of 16-year-old Sherita Williams. As they finished, Leslie Colon, Williams' first cousin, walked to the desolate spot "for some closure. " "I need to find out what happened to my cousin," said Colon, who drove to the site with a friend. "I can't believe this has happened. She didn't deserve to be put out like trash.
NEWS
July 12, 2000 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Toxicology tests have revealed no evidence of alcohol or drug use by a pilot of a 30-foot cabin cruiser that collided with a 20-foot speedboat in the Intracoastal Waterway last month, killing all four people aboard the smaller boat, state police said yesterday. John Lego, 52, of Lansdale, who piloted the Pro Line cabin cruiser, however, has been charged with violating four basic marine-safety regulations, said Al Della Fave, a state police spokesman. The charges, which include failure to alter the course of a boat to avoid a collision and two equipment violations, are not considered criminal, Della Fave said.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Montgomery County Coroner plans to release findings on Thursday from his examination into the death of Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, his office said. Coroner Walter I. Hofman had deferred declaring a cause of death for the 88-year-old prelate until he reviewed the toxicology results. Bevilacqua died on Jan. 31 at his residence at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he retired in 2003 after 15 years as the leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Church officials had said that Bevilacqua had been in failing heath, suffering from cancer and dementia.
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NEWS
December 21, 2015
The Inquirer reconstructed details of the shooting death of Thomas Hennelly 3d through dozens of interviews and examination of Philadelphia Police Department and District Attorney's Office records that typically remain secret, but that were made public in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by his estate. Those documents included transcripts of depositions from police officers and supervisors, Internal Affairs reports, personnel records, and performance reviews. In addition, reporters listened to 911 calls and police radio conversations among officers and a dispatcher during the incident.
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November 5, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE MYSTERY of how little Brendan Creato wound up dead in the woods a half-mile from his home last month continues after the family's attorney says toxicology tests came back negative for drugs or chemicals. Richard Fuschino Jr., an attorney for Brendan's father, DJ Creato, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office informed him of the toxicology results and that the autopsy report on the 3-year-old boy was still pending. "There's certainly no closure," Fuschino said yesterday.
NEWS
November 4, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A toxicology test on a Haddon Township boy whose body was found in the woods three weeks ago has come back negative, an attorney for Brendan Creato's father, D.J., said Monday. Toxicology tests generally determine whether drugs or other chemicals were ingested, and would come back positive if that had occurred. "It is another small answer," said Richard J. Fuschino Jr., D.J. Creato's attorney. "But it just really begs more questions. " Fuschino said he confirmed the findings through the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dozen suspected heroin overdoses that may have caused two deaths were reported over the weekend in Atlantic County, authorities said. About 20 suspected overdoses were reported by three South Jersey hospitals that serve Atlantic and Cumberland Counties, authorities said. Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain said bags found at the overdose scenes were stamped "hunger games" or, in purple, "1 Stop. " The official cause of death for the fatalities and analysis of the suspected heroin are pending further investigation and toxicology results, McClain said.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
EASTON, Pa. - Toxicology results confirmed Thursday what his father seemed to know all along: Garrett Reid, son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, died from a lethal overdose of heroin. The 29-year-old had struggled with the substance for nearly a decade, a fact to which his father alluded by suggesting his son had "lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years" in a statement issued after his son's death in August. And as Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Thursday, a subsequent investigation suggested that despite signs of a recovery, the aspiring sports manager had returned to his old vices.
NEWS
September 29, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than six weeks after the death of Garrett Reid, son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, the coroner handling the case is still mum about when he will have final conclusions to share. Welcome to the real world, say experts in the field. Forget the turnaround times of seconds for Breathalyzers or hours for toxicology tests on TV crime dramas, said Andrew Baker, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners. "There is no magic test you can run that will test for every conceivable substance in the world," he said.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities say it could be weeks before they release the cause of death for Garrett Reid, oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid. The Northampton County District Attorney's Office said Monday that it was waiting for the results of toxicology tests. County officials said last week they would not release results of their investigation piecemeal. The coroner completed his autopsy of Reid, 29, last week, and put a rush on the toxicology results. But those tests could take a month to complete, the District Attorney's Office said.
SPORTS
August 9, 2012 | By Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The investigation into the cause of death of Garrett Reid could take weeks, the Northampton County District Attorney said. An autopsy was performed on the oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, but the county coroner is waiting for the results of toxicology tests, District Attorney John Morganelli told The (Easton) Express-Times on Tuesday. Morganelli said Coroner Zachary Lysek "put a rush" on the screening but is unsure when it will be returned. "With toxicology [results], it could be weeks," Morganelli told the paper.
SPORTS
August 8, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
A CORONER said signs pointed to "an apparent natural death" pending results from toxicology tests and on other tissue after an autopsy performed on Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso on Monday. The 22-year-old Urso was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. Sunday at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said toxicology tests will not be finalized for 4 to 6 weeks. "It's leaning toward an apparent natural death, but we don't know why," Gorniak said.
NEWS
March 9, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
IN THE END, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua's death can't invoke nefarious comparisons to that not-quite-a-classic movie "The Godfather Part III. " Nor the real-life death of Pope John Paul I, who died 33 days into his papacy in 1978. In the 1990 flick, a newly elected pope is the victim of foul play - something Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has wanted to rule out in the Bevilacqua case since the 88-year-old cardinal died Jan. 31 in Wynnewood. The late cardinal died of natural causes - heart disease, with prostate cancer as a contributing factor, coroner Walter I. Hofman announced at a news conference yesterday.
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