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July 16, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RICHARD KNELLINGER, the furniture-store owner arrested in the aftermath of the 2012 warehouse fire that killed two Philadelphia firefighters, pleaded guilty to two counts of false swearing yesterday. Knellinger, whose age in court records is given as both 37 and 42, was sentenced to two years of probation by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart. He must report to a probation officer in the first year of his sentence but does not have to report in the second year, according to the terms of the plea deal that was negotiated with the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The only person criminally charged in the 2012 Kensington fire that killed two Philadelphia firefighters was sentenced to two years probation Monday after pleading guilty to lying to a grand jury. Richard Knellinger said nothing before he was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart to one year of reporting probation and one year of non-reporting probation. The plea and sentence on two counts of false swearing in an official proceeding were part of an agreement between the District Attorney's Office and defense lawyer Robert B. Mozenter.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's July, when farm produce "is harvested in the fields, shrink-wrapped onto a pallet, and then it shows up in the warehouse at temperatures hot enough to cook," complains Haile Johnston , who ships Vineland eggplant, Swedesboro peaches, Hammonton blueberries, Kennett Square mushrooms, and other area farm, dairy, and bean-based products to specialty stores, cafeterias, and 1,600 members of sustainable- food distributor Delaware Valley Farm...
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IN ADVANCE of what one lawmaker expects to be a "blistering" grand-jury report on the deaths of two Philadelphia firefighters, City Councilman Denny O'Brien will introduce a bill today that takes inspecting vacant warehouses a step further. In the early morning of April 9, 2012, a five-alarm fire broke out in an abandoned six-story hosiery warehouse in Kensington. The fire, which engulfed more than half a city block, killed Lt. Robert Neary, 60, and Daniel Sweeney, 25, both of the Fire Department's Ladder 10 station.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Liberty Property Trust , the commercial landlord that built Philadelphia's tallest buildings, has been dumping aging suburban offices and building and buying warehouses. The Malvern company announced last month it was selling 6.6 million square feet of mostly office space, in suburbs like Mount Laurel, Fort Washington, and elsewhere, to Greenfield Real Estate L.L.C. of Connecticut for $705 million. Greenfield is one of many private firms buying up aging office parks. This year, Liberty sold PNC's operations center to Nicholas Schorsch's American Realty Capital Partners for $75 million.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL Costco Wholesale has set its sights on a parcel of prime South Jersey real estate to expand the megastore chain's presence in the region. The Issaquah, Wash., retailer has put down a marker to build a 157,845-square-foot warehouse in Garden State Park, site of the former horse racetrack. In addition to a warehouse, a proposed site plan recently filed with the township calls for retail space, a restaurant, and a bank on the vacant 18-acre site. "We're excited about Costco," Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn said.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
BY THE NUMBERS 675k muffins sold each year. 24k cubic square feet of BK's new freezer. 800k miles driven each year by BK trucks. 7,000 different types of products in the BK warehouse from more than 40 countries.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
On weekdays, Peter Singley, 28, of Pine Hill, works in the Herr Foods warehouse in Egg Harbor, N.J., doing usual warehouse functions - controlling inventory, unloading trucks. And he gets paid the usual way, by the hour. On weekends, though, it is different - and possibly illegal - motivated, Singley said in a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Camden on Tuesday, by Herr's desire to avoid triggering health-care coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Singley said Herr Foods Inc., the Chester County snack-food manufacturer, had him working more than 50 hours a week, but jiggered his duties and pay to make it look as if he were working less than 30 hours.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A stunner of a shopping center that opened with a ShopRite a few months ago in a vast industrial pocket of North Philadelphia came about, you could say, through the cravings of a developer's mind and stomach. One dreary day a couple of years ago, Michael Grasso was driving around Fox Street and Hunting Park Avenue in the winter rain to consider snapping up an old Tasty Baking Co. warehouse about to hit the market as the treats maker headed to new digs at the Navy Yard. Grasso, president of Metro Development Co. of Ardmore, and vice president Greg Bianchi passed forlorn hulks from the city's manufacturing glory days - some in use, some vacant - along with modest homes tucked out of sight of the maze of industrial concrete and brick.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The widow of one of two Philadelphia firefighters killed last year battling a warehouse blaze in Kensington has filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the building, contending that they persistently ignored dangerous conditions that led to the conflagration. The owners, the suit contends, knew from 2008, when they took possession of the old Thomas Buck Hosiery factory at 1817 E. York St., to the day of the multi-alarm fire that more than 60 vandals, vagrants, prostitutes, and others were living there illegally.
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