January 28, 1998 |
Shortly before he committed suicide two years ago, Philadelphia court administrator Kevin Murray allegedly got a double dose of disturbing news from his boss, Municipal Court President Judge Alan K. Silberstein. While publicly standing behind Murray, who had been accused of a sexual assault - a charge Murray insisted was untrue - Silberstein allegedly told Murray that Murray was being suspended and would lose his job even if he were acquitted. And, the judge allegedly advised, Murray might have to hire lawyers to defend himself against the sex charge, since neither city nor state court officials would give any assurance of footing the bill for Murray's legal fees.
March 11, 2000 |
Ralph Beswick Jr. believes his father might still be alive if a city 911 dispatcher hadn't sent the wrong ambulance. Yesterday Beswick filed a wrongful-death/civil-rights lawsuit against the city, the dispatcher and the private ambulance company she worked for, claiming his father died because he failed to get emergency treatment in a timely manner. The city dispatcher, Julie Rodriguez, 32, has admitted forwarding a 911 call from Beswick's father's home to CareState Ambulance Inc., of Langhorne, the company she worked for part-time as an emergency medical technician.
July 15, 1999 |
The daughter of a woman whose death last year launched a state probe into treatment practices at the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center has sued the Royersford facility for negligence and wrongful death. The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery County Court Tuesday on behalf of Carol A. Mosser of Lansdale, contends that the center's "negligent failure to act in accordance with [its] duties . . . to its patients" directly led to the death of Florence Mosser. The suit names as defendants the center, along with administrator Jean L. John, medical director Dr. John J. Maron and nursing director Melanie DeBlase.
February 24, 2003 |
When the police broke down the door to Holly Wnorowski's Edgewater Park apartment, all that was left of her nightgown was the smoldering tag. It was her first night in the apartment, and Wnorowski, 31, had planned a quiet celebration amid the unpacked boxes. She had taken out a candle in a glass jar as she relaxed watching television. The first couple of clicks of the long-stemmed butane lighter produced nothing, she told police. The next click on the triggerlike switch created an explosion that set her nightgown ablaze, according to police reports of the February 2001 fire in Burlington County.
May 28, 1999 |
A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the owner of an Exton group home after four people were killed in a fire has been settled out of court, attorneys said yesterday. The suit was brought against Ken-Crest Services by Ann Marie McConnell, whose mentally disabled son, Lawrence, 23, was trapped in the early morning blaze of Aug. 20, 1996. Also killed in the fire were John Brentnall, 57, and Tom Taylor, 37, and their caretaker, Kim Hunsinger, 23. Citing a confidentiality clause in the settlement, the lawyers would not disclose its terms.
April 8, 1998 |
Nearly 22 months after Anne Marie Fahey was reported missing, and seven months after her friends dedicated a wooden bench in Brandywine Park in her honor, her family has asked a court to declare her dead. "There are estate-related matters pertaining to Anne Marie that need to be addressed, and this is part of that process," said David Weiss, the Fahey family attorney. It is a necessary step, Weiss said yesterday, because Fahey's body has not been found. Consequently, a death certificate has not been issued.
March 23, 2010 |
In a tragic case predestined to yield no winners, former Bucks County day-care owner Rimma Shvartsman was acquitted yesterday of criminal charges in the death of a toddler she forgot in her sweltering van last summer. Shvartsman, 47, of Northampton, wept quietly against her daughter's shoulder as the midafternoon verdicts - not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child - were read in Bucks County Court. Gil and Lyudmila Slutsky, who had sat tearfully through three days of evidence, including their own wrenching testimony about the loss of their 2-year-old son, Daniel, were not present for the verdict.
February 28, 2013 |
Attorneys for the parents of a 7-year-old boy who drowned in a backyard pool while enrolled in what authorities have described as a fraudulently licensed day-care center filed a wrongful-death suit Wednesday against the operation's directors and the owner of the home where the child died. Isear Jeffcoat was swimming with 20 other children from Tianna's Terrific Tots on June 30 when he drowned in the deep end of a filthy, 9-foot-deep inground pool at a home in East Oak Lane. Tianna Edwards, 31, had left the children to swim at her mother's pool under the supervision of an employee with a lengthy criminal history that should have prohibited him from working with children, according to a state review of the case.
January 25, 2014 |
EGG HARBOR TWP., N.J. The daughter of local radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman, who was killed in her Linwood home in May 2012, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday under the "slayer statute" to block her stepfather from collecting on $600,000 in life insurance. The lawsuit by Kim Pack, 31, of Linwood, against James Kauffman is based on a legal doctrine that prohibits those who have caused the death of another to benefit monetarily, said lawyer Patrick D'Arcy, who is representing Pack.
June 30, 2011 |
A Philadelphia judge has awarded $15 million in the death of a teen who fell into an abandoned mine shaft during a service trip to central Mexico. The Legal Intelligencer reports that Susan Patterson and Christopher Crane of West Chester have been awarded $15 million in survival and wrongful-death damages. Sixteen-year-old Taylor Crane died during a July 2007 trip organized by the defendant, Travel for Teens of Wayne. News reports say the teen died after he fell more than 500 feet into the shaft while playing tag with children on a visit to the Cinco Senores mine in Guanajuato state.