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March 29, 2012
A DAY AFTER a 21-year-old man was arrested for slashing tires in Northeast Philadelphia, vandals early Wednesday damaged more than a dozen cars with a caustic chemical in Crescentville. The latest spree was reported about 4:30 a.m. on Van Kirk Street near Bingham. Initial reports indicated that an acid-like caustic liquid was thrown on more than a dozen cars, damaging their paint. Vehicles in various Northeast neighborhoods have been vandalized since October, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
NEWS
July 22, 1997 | By Natalie Kostelni, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Vandals took to the streets last week and went on a spree of smashing windows and bashing mailboxes. In what police said they believed were three unrelated incidents, 14 mailboxes were struck in Towamencin and neighboring Lower Salford Township. Towamencin police said vandals took 15 minutes on Saturday to damage windows in one car and four residences along Sumneytown Pike. Police said witnesses, who were also victims, saw two juveniles walking through their backyards between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m. but never notified police until after they realized the damage was done to their property.
NEWS
December 8, 1992 | By Claire Furia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Vandals deflated the tires of 19 school buses and one van in a Great Valley School District lot in Charlestown Township during the weekend, causing the district's five schools to open two hours late yesterday morning, district officials said. The vandals removed the tires' valve stems, said Nancy Ziegler, the district transportation supervisor. The vandalism was discovered about 5 a.m. yesterday when the first employees arrived at the lot, on Charlestown Road adjacent to Charlestown Elementary School, Ziegler said.
NEWS
April 11, 1991 | By Jeff McGaw, Special to The Inquirer
John Schroth was 83 years into eternity when vandals tipped over the looming, 10-foot-high granite tower marking his grave in Roslyn's Hillside Cemetery. That memorial, and an almost identical one right next to it, fell and split into several huge chunks. Schroth was not the only victim. Sophie Wahl, who died in 1926; Ernst Wahl, who died in 1929, and an entire generation of Duebles, who were born in the mid-1800s, all had the monuments memorializing their stays on earth knocked over like giant, granite dominoes, some falling under the weight of others.
NEWS
February 25, 1986 | By JULIA LAWLOR, Daily News Staff Writer
Since last December, David Lee's fur store on Castor Avenue in the Northeast has been the target of vandals who claim to be dedicated to saving the lives of animals. "This is the sixth time I've been hit," Lee said yesterday inside his paint-splattered shop on Castor Avenue near Magee. After several threatening phone calls, a lock glued shut and a sign Lee found Sunday stuck to a window that said, "Death Merchant," he is convinced the vandals also are dedicated to putting him out of business.
NEWS
January 24, 1986 | By STEVEN A. MARQUEZ, Daily News Staff Writer
Chronic teen-age vandalism is plaguing the Northeast Philadelphia headquarters of the Sunshine Foundation, a nationally known group that fulfills the last wishes of terminally ill children. Dried splatterings of eggs and tomatoes, graffiti scrawls and splotches of paint mar the brick walls of the organization's building. Tin sheeting on the facade has been pried out. Sunshine volunteers regularly clean up beer bottles and cans from the front and back steps. "I am so utterly amazed, I can't get over it," said Carolyn Kelly, secretary to the Sunshine Foundation's founder, former Philadelphia police Officer Bill Sample.
NEWS
April 21, 1993 | By Laura Spinale, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Eighteen-inch-high orange letters were spray-painted late Monday night outside the Bucks County courthouse complex in Doylestown Borough - at the main entrance to the courthouse, and on the Vietnam War and World War I memorials. On the Vietnam War memorial, the letters read, "FBI = Death," at the courthouse entrance, "Death to the ATF," and at the World War I memorial, "They Died in Vain. " The Bucks County commissioners said yesterday that they believed that the vandals were protesting the federal government's handling of the Branch Davidian cult standoff near Waco, Texas, especially the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
NEWS
October 13, 1987 | By Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
Police in Delanco and Delran sorted yesterday through the shambles left in the wake of a crime spree that began Sunday evening in which the culprits vandalized a business and two schools and stole two cars and a pickup truck. No arrests have been made in the incident, which began about 7 p.m. Sunday in Delanco and ended in neighboring Delran sometime before 6:45 a.m. yesterday, police said. Delanco Township Police Lt. Edmund Parsons said the incident began with a burglary at the Rhawn Flange and Machine Co. on Pennsylvania Avenue between 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday.
NEWS
March 20, 2003 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery Cemetery in West Norriton, where five Union generals and hundreds of Civil War infantrymen are laid to rest, has been desecrated by vandals, police said. Sometime before 2 p.m. Tuesday, tombstones at the cemetery on Hartranft Avenue were overturned. One fell onto a burial vault, breaking the marble slab covering it and exposing coffins to the elements, Lt. Dale Mabry of the West Norriton Police said. A Christmas wreath and veteran's marker were thrown into the open vault, said Charles J. Kelly, a member of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, which owns the cemetery and tends it. "Some creep comes along and decides to take out what somebody wanted to be their final resting place, and violates it," Kelly, 52, said.
NEWS
September 28, 1988 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vandals caused more than $3,000 damage to the property of Cherry Hill Councilman Michael A. Schaffer last week, and Schaffer, who is also a fire chief, said yesterday that the destruction might have been in retaliation for repeated calls to police about drinking on fire company property. Schaffer, a freshman member of the council, said that between 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday and 7:05 a.m. Thursday, someone entered the grounds of his house in the 100 block of Philmar Avenue and tore up a half-dozen six-foot evergreen trees that had been planted recently.
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August 1, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a business development team, the "Shadow Crew" was effective, federal prosecutors said: One nighttime visit from the crew, and nonunion contractors reluctant to hire union ironworkers would change their minds and hire a few. Maybe, as charged in a superseding federal indictment released Wednesday, they were convinced by beatings, arson, and vandalism. Particularly persuasive, the indictment said, were anchor bolts smashed with sledgehammers and cranes that suddenly didn't work, along with the resulting costs and delays.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bieber: Menace II society! Rebel yell! Canadian rabble-rouser Justin Bieber , 20, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home and must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program and to stay away from the victim and his family for two years. Bieber was charged after the Jan. 14 incident - his attorney had called it "a silly prank" - in Calabasas, Calif.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
For three years, the small but thriving vegetable plot outside Chester's Stetser Elementary School taught schoolchildren the joy of gardening and the necessity of eating healthy foods such as cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash, and even caught the attention of nutrition-crusading Michelle Obama. But in recent weeks, a cruel act of vandalism has given fifth graders at the Delaware County school some new lessons: in perseverance and the art of rebuilding. "We did hard work, and now we've got to do it all over," said 11-year-old Kamani Johns, one of several Stetser fifth graders who lined up in the garden, next to the school playground, on a gloomy and brooding Wednesday morning to spread topsoil around two new raspberry bushes that replace some of the greenery yanked out by vandals.
NEWS
April 5, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Ask any of the teenagers hanging out at the Chalfont recreation facility in Northeast Philadelphia, and they can tell you what the Mosquito sounds like. "Nails on a chalkboard. " "A dog whistle. " "Like a screeching sound that echoes. " Usually, only the young, ages 13 to 25, are able to hear the high-frequency noise emitted by the Mosquito, a machine named after the sound it produces. And that's exactly the point. The machine is meant to prevent youth vandalism and loitering at city recreation centers after hours.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IN DIVERSE East Mount Airy, one or more vandals with a can of purple spray paint offended just about every race and religion recently, stretching the limits of lewdness with a dozen or so curses and crude but unmistakable shapes. "There are great big penises all over the place," said Kathy Lopez, a longtime resident of East Durham Street. "It's really disturbing. " Lopez and two other residents of the street had spray paint all over their garage doors in a rear alley. The vandalism included swastikas and derogatory terms toward blacks, referenced gangs such as the Bloods and MS-13, and featured at least one sentence that would offend members of the military and English teachers.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
Players of the weekend National: Ohio State's Braxton Miller, in his first game back from a knee sprain, passed for four touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards in a 31-24 win over visiting Wisconsin. Local: Delaware Valley (4-0) senior Kyle Schuberth, in his second game back from a hamstring injury, carried 37 times for 214 yards and a school record-tying four TDs as the host Aggies, ranked 16th in Division III, scored 34 of the final 40 points to beat Stevenson (3-1). Around Town Idaho 26, Temple 24 The only thing standing between the Owls and their first 0-5 start since 2007 is unbeaten Louisville on Saturday at the Linc.
NEWS
September 21, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
FRANKLIN TWP. Twenty-five years ago, Kathie Ramos married her husband at St. Mary's, a small, decades-old redbrick church resembling a schoolhouse. The couple's five children were baptized there. "It's a quaint little church, but it has a lot of spirituality," said Ramos, a stay-at-home mother. On Thursday, she and other parishioners were saddened to discover that several stone statues were vandalized at the small Franklin Township church. Priests here have ministered to generations, including at least one member whose ancestors from Italy helped erect the building.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
DEVELOPER ORI Feibush has no doubt that whoever shattered the windows of his Point Breeze coffee house Saturday morning was put up to it by the Point Breeze Organizing Committee. "I'm 100 percent certain it is this group," Feibush said. "The idea that it's not is almost laughable. " But committee organizer Mindy Isser said the group had nothing to do with the vandalism. She said it was just "unfortunate and coincidental timing" that the vandal struck on the same day the committee held a march that was, in part, a protest against Feibush's development practices under his company, OCF Realty.
NEWS
July 28, 2013 | By Maggie Fazeli Fard and Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post
At 10:13 a.m. Friday, a policeman began taking down the yellow crime-scene tape at the Lincoln Memorial, and a wave of visitors surged up the steps to see the damage. The upper chamber, where the 120-ton statue of Abraham Lincoln has sat for 91 years, was still roped off. But the people could see the pale-green paint splattered on the left pant leg and the bottom of the frock coat. A child said it looked like Play-Doh. But the statue was solid as always. The right foot, in a square-toe boot, slightly forward.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By George Jahn, Associated Press
VIENNA, Austria - It was 1943 when Vienna's Nazi overlords gave the order to destroy the city's oldest Jewish cemetery, demanding it be leveled and the tombstones attesting to centuries of Jewish existence be destroyed. Desperate to save their heritage, the city's shrinking Jewish community decided to act. Defying the possibility of prison, deportation, or execution, they buried the gravestones and kept them from Nazi hands. Some 70 years later, Jewish leaders in the Austrian capital say the long-lost stones have been rediscovered.
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