April 20, 1988 |
A Streets Department worker has been suspended from his job after being charged last week with drunken driving when he crashed a city truck twice into a South Philadelphia house. Lawrence Tilghman, 41, received a department hearing yesterday and was told of his suspension with intent to dismiss, according to Deputy Streets Commissioner John Heany. Tilghman and a companion decided to take turns teaching themselves to drive the traffic-engineering truck on a South Philadelphia parking lot last Wednesday while its regular driver had gone to make a phone call, Heany said.
October 23, 2012 |
A PENNSYLVANIA Turnpike worker who fought with distinction in Vietnam was killed Monday morning in a crash on the eastbound lanes near Plymouth Township. Michael R. Sanfelice, 66, of West Norriton, was standing near a turnpike-commission maintenance truck when a box truck crashed into it. The box truck overturned, and Sanfelice was hit by the maintenance truck, authorities said. He was killed and three others were injured. "Today, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and all of Montgomery County has lost a strong leader and a dear friend," state Rep. Mike Vereb, whose district includes West Norriton, said in a statement.
February 26, 2013 |
A 50-year-old worker died after he fell into a sugar hopper Monday afternoon at an industrial plant in Bucks County, authorities said. Janio Salinas Valerda, of Edgewater, N.J., was pronounced dead at the CSC Sugar plant at 80 Roebling Road in Falls Township, said Joseph Campbell, the Bucks County coroner. The sugar hopper was not functioning correctly, and Valerda apparently was trying to unclog it with a large pole from a catwalk when he fell in, Campbell said. Police said he was missing for about an hour before CSC staff discovered him. "We're assuming that it was some kind of accident," said Lt. Henry Ward of the Falls Township police.
December 6, 2007 |
An African American construction worker at the Comcast Center building site said yesterday that he had been blackballed as a "troublemaker" for complaining that a white coworker taunted him with a noose in October. Paul Solomon, a 14-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, told City Council that he had been working full-time before the Oct. 1 incident. Since that job ended, he said, he has worked only five of the last 45 days. "It seems like I've been put on the bench," he said.
May 24, 1992 |
Florence E. Senior, 90, a longtime Democratic City Committee worker who loved her fellow senior citizens and her native Manayunk, died Thursday at Nazareth Hospital. She had lived in the Northeast for about 45 years. Mrs. Senior was born and raised on Umbria Street in Manayunk, and although she moved to Academy Gardens and then Bustleton after World War II, she never lost her love for the hills and people of her old neighborhood. "She was a real Manayunker," said her grandson, James B. Senior.
January 14, 2008
A female employee of a Rite Aid pharmacy in Northeast Philadelphia was wounded by a gun blast yesterday during a robbery in which three men stole an undetermined amount of narcotics. The police said the assailants entered the pharmacy at 4018 Woodhaven Rd., around 10:30 a.m. and forced two members of the staff to the back of the store. A robber then fired a shotgun blast into the floor, causing ricocheting pellets to hit one of the employees in the face and arm. The assailants tied up the employees and fled.
March 14, 2013
POLICE in Warrington, Bucks County, say that a secretary for a Bucks County ambulance company stole $642,000 from the nonprofit over four years, allegedly to support a gambling habit. The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Danette Lewchick, 56, was sent to Bucks County prison Monday after being unable to post $25,000 bail on theft and related charges. Authorities say she became the Warrington Community Ambulance's financial secretary in 2008. She allegedly took money from the company's account and put it toward her personal use. Her attorney, Jeffrey Solar, says she has "a severe gambling addiction.
July 18, 2008 |
Grief counselors were on hand at a Shore amusement park yesterday following news of the death of a worker struck Sunday by a roller coaster. Stanislav Nikolaev Dragnev, 21, a student from Bulgaria, had been on life support at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. He died about 7 a.m. yesterday, said Marilou Halvorsen, spokeswomen for the park, Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. He was hit in the head and shoulder by a roller coaster Sunday night, while in an off-limits area trying to retrieve a hat for a child.
August 3, 1992 |
For Je Rome T. Brinkley, it was all in a day's work, and when he was done he handed the family his business card and told them to give him a call if there was anything he could do. Beyond saving their lives. He had just done that. Brinkley, a Bell of Pennsylvania worker from Yeadon, was heading for his next job when he made an unscheduled stop at a West Philadelphia house fire around midday yesterday. "I looked up and noticed that there was smoke coming out of the house," said Brinkley.
April 22, 2009 |
James M. Matthews Jr., 68, a Philadelphia city government worker for more than 25 years, died of colon cancer last Wednesday at his Philadelphia home. A 1957 graduate of Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Mr. Matthews graduated from Community College of Philadelphia in 1978 and attended what is now Philadelphia University. Mr. Matthews served in the Army for 10 years, with assignments in West Germany and Turkey, before being discharged as a staff sergeant in 1969.