July 25, 1987 |
Police yesterday found the body of a 2-year-old girl in the basement of a West Philadelphia apartment building where she apparently plunged down the trash chute of the Philadelphia Housing Authority high-rise. Teresse Anne McNair was reported missing about 9:30 p.m. Thursday after she disappeared from the hallway of the 13th floor of the Westpark apartments in the 300 block of North Busti Street. Her body was found inside a trash compactor about 1:30 a.m. Police, joined by friends and relatives of the child, had started searching the 19-story building after she was reported missing.
May 24, 2011 |
NEW YORK - A newborn tossed down a housing project's trash chute survived the eight-story fall because he landed on a pile of garbage and the compactor was jammed, investigators said yesterday. A maintenance worker heard a baby's cries coming from the trash compactor in the Walt Whitman Houses on Sunday morning. The child was taken to Brooklyn Hospital, where he remained in stable condition, said a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. He said the baby did not appear to have been injured in the fall.
December 28, 1989 |
Roger Pancoast, 42, of Lansdale, was in the middle of getting dressed for a Christmas dinner at his in-laws' home when his beeper went off. Joe Stockert, 24, was with his family watching television while the turkey roasted. It was 1:34 p.m. and the two Fairmount Fire Company volunteers figured they would be back in time to eat. It was only a fire in a large trash bin. They knew it would be a quick battle. But they didn't know that a couple of firebugs, a broken alarm and a leaking gas main would keep them hopping from fire call to fire call for the next 12 hours.
July 2, 1993 |
One word omitted from a judge's charge to a jury has cost a 25-year-old Philadelphia man more than $1.2 million. Edward Marshall's civil award against the maker of an industrial trash compactor has been overturned by the state Superior Court, which said that "the trial judge erred by instructing the jury a product must be 'safe for use' as opposed to 'safe for intended use'. " On Jan. 12, 1985, Marshall, then 17, suffered severe injuries to his fingers while using a trash compactor at his job as a stock boy for a Shop N' Bag. In reviewing the case, the Superior Court said Marshall may have been responsible for his own injuries during "a cleaning maneuver that was highly dangerous," or by taking a ride "by hanging" on the machine while it was moving.
July 18, 1989 |
Three maintenance workers at the Whitehall Laboratories were burned yesterday during an explosion in a trash compactor behind the pharmaceutical company's plant in Hammonton, Atlantic County, police said. The blast occurred shortly after 3 p.m., and the victims - two men and a woman - were taken to William B. Kessler Memorial Hospital in Hammonton and later transferred to the burn unit at St. Agnes Medical Center in Philadelphia, where they were all listed in stable condition last night, according to St. Agnes' nursing supervisor Tina Trantas.
February 5, 1989 |
Uwchlan will have its first fast-food restaurant - a Burger King - if a plan introduced last week is approved. The restaurant would be built on the east side of the Lionville Shopping Center at Route 113 and Eagleview Boulevard, next to the office of the Chester County Board of Realtors. Proposing the new restaurant is Richard D. Mukalian Jr. of Mukalian Enterprises Inc., who also owns Burger King franchises in Chadds Ford, West Chester and Exton. Mukalian's engineer, Surender Kohli of Malvern, said it would resemble the Chadds Ford Burger King at Routes 1 and 100, which has wooden siding and a greenhouse-type eating area.
August 12, 1987 |
Charles Crumbley Sr., a onetime city sanitation worker who turned a one- truck rubbish collection business into a firm with a fleet of trucks, died Monday. He was 84 and lived in the Village section of North Philadelphia. Crumbley introduced the trash compactor truck to Philadelphia in the 1950s. Despite his age, Crumbley, founder and owner of Charles Crumbley Inc., continued working nearly seven days a week until he fell ill about three weeks ago. "He would come down every morning at 6 o'clock and oversee everything.
November 17, 1988 |
Port Henley, a 16-acre project along the Schuylkill and abutting the Borough of Bridgeport that has been delayed for more than five years, may get a new lease on life if Upper Merion's Zoning Hearing Board decides to extend several variances for another year. Real estate developer John S. Trinsey Jr. of Royersford started planning the construction of three apartment buildings for senior citizens on the property in 1982. He needed the variances to construct that type of housing, with accompanying dining and recreation facilities, within the flood plain of the river and closer to the property's borders than the township usually allows.
November 12, 2011
The parents of a Sewell freshman who died mysteriously in 2006 can continue their wrongful-death lawsuit against the College of New Jersey, a judge ruled Thursday. Susan and John Fiocco claim lax security may have allowed a stranger to enter a dormitory on the Ewing, N.J., campus and kill their 19-year-old son, John Jr. Fiocco's blood was found around a trash compactor, and his body was found in a Bucks County landfill a month later. Police have made no arrests in the case. A Superior Court judge ruled that the college was not shielded from liability because a jury could conclude the school was negligent or allowed a dangerous situation to exist.
November 17, 2006 |
A student at the College of New Jersey earlier this week overheard another student discussing a game of hide-and-seek that may have been played inside a freshman dormitory during the early morning hours of March 25, when freshman John Fiocco Jr. went missing. That tip, passed on to state police, led officials in a different direction this week in their investigation into what happened to Fiocco, whose blood was found in a Wolfe Hall trash bin and whose mangled body was discovered in a Bucks County landfill a month after he disappeared.