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December 6, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A man wanted in the killing of a Marine veteran in Camden on Sunday surrendered to police with his attorney Wednesday morning. Darrell Crone, 31, of the 1200 block of Park Boulevard, walked into the Camden County Police Administration Building about 10:30 a.m. to face murder charges in the shooting death of Timothy Loper Jr., the county Prosecutor's Office and police said. Crone is to be arraigned Thursday. Loper, 27, a Marine reservist, was shot around 2:45 a.m. as he tried to break up a fight outside the 20 Horse Tavern at Second and Spruce Streets.
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December 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GIVE JUNIUS CLAYTON an old John Wayne Western to watch or a Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra song to listen to and he was a happy man. Junius, a 22-year veteran of the Marine Corps who served two combat tours in Vietnam, was not just a fan, he was a student. He could tell you the names of cast members in the old movies he loved and sing the lyrics he had memorized from his favorite songs. In addition, Junius had memorized Bible passages, and used them to soothe his own soul and to inspire others, his family said.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AL MARTIN joined the Army to see the world. And he did. In 14 years in the military, Al was stationed in Korea, Germany, the Persian Gulf, Panama and Lebanon - not to mention Texas, Kentucky and other bases in the States. He was a specialist in nuclear, chemical and biological warfare. Clarence Alvin Martin Jr., whose idea of a good time was doing stunts on motorcycles and racing them, a car salesman, Comcast cable installer and bartender, died Sunday of cancer. He was 47 and lived in Wilmington, Del., but previously lived in Southwest Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 5, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
RADNOR - As a major with the Air Force Reserve, John J. Murphy thought his extensive military record would be an asset when he applied to be manager of Radnor Township. Instead, he contends, it cost him the job. Lawyers for Murphy and the township are meeting this week to discuss a possible trial date on Murphy's claims that the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners discriminated against him on the basis of his military service: They didn't hire him, Murphy alleges, because they worried that his commitment to the Reserve would require him to leave town too often.
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December 4, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A Marine Reservist who was trying to break up a fight in a Camden parking lot was shot to death early Sunday. Camden County Police investigators said Timothy Loper Jr., 27, of Pine Hill, died from a gunshot wound to his back that pierced his heart at Second and Spruce Streets at 2:46 a.m. Police said Loper, who according to his father served four years in the Marines as a corporal, saw a fight in the parking lot of the 20 Horse Tavern and...
SPORTS
November 21, 2013
THE PHILLIES have signed veteran infielder Reid Brignac to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Brignac, who turns 28 in January, is a versatile, lefthanded-hitting reserve who provides inventory, not unlike the roles Michael Martinez and Pete Orr have held in the last few seasons. A former top prospect with the Tampa Bay Rays, Brignac hit .185 in 46 games with the Colorado Rockies and New York Yankees in 2013. Brignac is a career .221 hitter with a .573 OPS in 302 games with Tampa, Colorado and New York.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tina Mikes was working for the U.S. Census in 2010 when her job took her to an encampment of homeless people along I-676 in Camden - and its self-appointed mayor. The man agreed to introduce census workers to the tent-dwellers there, then produced his own identification: a VA card. She wondered how a military veteran wound up there, described services available to him, and continued her census duties. But the encounter stayed with Mikes, a fellow vet who served as a communications specialist in the Army from 2000 through 2003 in South Korea and Germany.
NEWS
November 16, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph P. Dougherty, 83, of Haddon Township, who retired in 1997 as a program manager for government projects at General Electric Co. in King of Prussia, died of heart failure Saturday, Nov. 9, at his home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Dougherty grew up in Mount Airy, graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1948, and earned a bachelor's degree at Drexel University in 1953 and a master's at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, both in electrical engineering. Mr. Dougherty worked in electronic warfare development at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., during his service with the Army Signal Corps from 1954 through 1956, son Brian said.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The seats outside of the chapel at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown began filling up early as final preparations were being made for Monday's Veterans Day ceremony. Richard Jacobowitz, a Marine Corps veteran, came out to "honor all those who served and pay respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. " He would later visit the grave of his brother-in-law, Cpl. Luigi Marciante Jr., who died in the war in Iraq. "He was 25 years old," said Jacobowitz, 43, of Jackson, Ocean County.
NEWS
November 12, 2013
TODAY is the Veterans Day holiday. But if today is typical in all other respects, 22 American veterans will commit suicide. That brutal reality - 22 veteran suicides a day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs - is driven not just by what our vets are asked to withstand on the battlefield, but by our treatment of them once they come home. In fact, Veterans Day seems increasingly to have become the day we take stock of our failing of our veterans, rather than a day to honor them.
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