October 24, 1986 |
Bessie Barnes Tamura, who maintained her independence and managed to care for herself even though she had been virtually confined to a wheelchair since the early 1970s, died Oct. 16. She was 86 and lived in South Philadelphia. Tamura, whose husband, John Tamura, died in 1958, suffered a stroke about 15 years ago, which left most of her left side paralyzed. She came to Philadelphia from Petersburg, Va., in 1925 and lived most of her remaining years in the 19th and Wharton streets neighborhood.
January 10, 1992 |
The end of each year brings the traditional reporters' wrap-ups. You've seen them in newspapers, in magazines and on TV. So, by now there should no doubt that Karl Marx was correct when he wrote that the state "would wither away. " It did. Similarly, there also should be no doubt that the United States is still capable of waging an expensive all-out high-tech war of a dubious nature halfway around the world with casualties on both sides and achieve nothing more than the knowledge that the CNN reporting teams made the other network crews look like shoe salespersons.
August 23, 2016 |
Andrew Acito has previous convictions for driving under the influence of intoxicants and theft, according to court records, but on Saturday he stole something that can never be replaced when, police say, he killed a homeless woman in a wheelchair while he was driving intoxicated in North Philadelphia. Instead of stopping to help the victim, police said, Acito, 29, left the scene and his vehicle struck a second pedestrian before he was captured by authorities. Acito, of Glenolden, was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, and related offenses.
August 11, 2011
A 47-year-old man in a wheelchair suffered a broken leg when he was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. The accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. outside Moss Rehab in the 9800 block of Bustleton Avenue, said Officer Jillian Russell. She said the driver, an 80-year-old man, "hit the gas instead of the brake" and pinned the victim against a wall. The victim was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus and was reported in stable condition. Police were investigating.
January 22, 2012 |
To the relief of people in wheelchairs and their advocates, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has plans to make all the city's cabs wheelchair-accessible by 2016. "Wow. That would be amazing," said Lauren DeBruicker, a Center City lawyer who uses a power chair. The Parking Authority on Friday said it would require 300 of the city's 1,600 taxicabs to become wheelchair-accessible this year, with the remainder completed by 2016. The issue has long been a source of complaints in the disabled community.
October 7, 2011
A Deptford woman was indicted Wednesday on assault and weapons charges for allegedly beating her boyfriend's wheelchair-bound father with an ironing board, burning the man with an iron, and biting him on the neck during an argument, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. Dawn M. Deputy, 32, and the victim's son, Christopher J. Mood, 25, lived with Daniel Mood, 60, in Deptford, where the beating took place on June 23, officials said. The younger Mood told authorities he was outside the house during the alleged incident.
August 4, 2010
Among their complaints, some Francisville residents say that the wheelchair-accessible lifts at the front of their homes create a mess that's hard to clean. Residents say that the lifts at the 18 wheelchair-accessible units break an average of once or twice a year, but that the company that makes them is quick to fix them. The Philadelphia Housing Authority can install either a lift or a ramp, depending on the property location, space and design, said spokesman Kirk Dorn. "Handicap accessibility is needed, but they're not doing it in a good manner," said Seth Trance, 30, who is on Francisville's zoning board.
July 3, 2016 |
A purse snatcher stole about $600 from a 53-year-old woman in a wheelchair who was doing her laundry in West Philadelphia, police said Friday. About 1:15 p.m. June 24, the male suspect and a female accomplice arrived by car to the laundromat, at 5101 Walnut St., as seen on a surveillance video. After appearing to put money in a laundry machine, the accomplice left the laundromat. The man then snatched the victim's purse and fled back to the car, a light-colored sedan, where the woman was waiting.
January 4, 2012 |
A 58-year-old woman in a wheelchair was fatally struck while trying to cross a Wilmington street Tuesday evening, according to Delaware State Police. About 6:35 p.m., Edith McFarland, who lived in the city, was trying to cross South Market Street (southbound Route 13) near the Fairview Inn. The first vehicle that struck her was described as gold truck or SUV, which likely sustained front-end damage. "After the impact, McFarland was ejected from her wheelchair into the southbound lanes of South Market Street, where she was then struck by two additional vehicles," according to a state police news release.
October 13, 2010 |
For the second time since being partially paralyzed by a 2003 boating accident, State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione on Tuesday walked in the Senate chamber. At the opening of the Senate session, Tartaglione (D., Phila.) read a statement from her wheelchair before getting up to use a walker, with the help of two aides, and making a slow half-circle around the chamber to her chair. There were cheers, tears, and high-fives from her colleagues and friends, a kiss from Minority Leader Robert J. Mellow (D., Lackawanna)