December 4, 2012 |
A University of Pennsylvania fraternity has agreed that a deficient stairway railing at the frat house contributed to the death of a man who fell about 30 feet over it after a New Year's Eve party in 2011. Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity Inc. agreed to pay over $3 million to the plaintiffs prior to the start of a wrongful death negligence trial. It also agreed to pay $375,000 to Suds Beer Store in Trevose, Bucks County. Matthew Crozier, a 20-year-old John Carrol University student and former LaSalle College High School basketball standout, died in an apparent accidental fall from the second to the first floor during the party at the frat house at 3539 Locust Walk.
August 13, 1994 |
The parents of a woman who was killed in a car accident and her sister who was severely injured in the wreck filed a lawsuit yesterday in Common Pleas Court seeking monetary damages. Dennis J. Sweeney and his wife, Catherine Sweeney, of Pennsauken, sued for wrongful death and survivorship, punitive damages and personal injuries as a result of the accident Aug. 2 on Interstate 95. Their daughter Catherine D. Sweeney, 23, was a passenger in a car driven by another daughter, Kelly Ann Sweeney, 26, when SEPTA ParaTransit driver Michael Graham - who police said was drunk - drove his van over the median of I-95 and crushed the women's car. The suit seeks unspecified damages for the negligent hiring practices of corporations involved and the reckless, drunken driving of Graham, 36, who is in custody awaiting a preliminary hearing on charges including vehicular homicide while intoxicated.
November 14, 2012 |
The family of Moses Walker, Jr., the Philadelphia Police Officer killed in an attempted stickup last August, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, saying state officials caused Walker's death by allowing his alleged killer to roam the streets when he should have been behind bars. "Officer Walker's murder occurred as the result of a systemic breakdown," said Michael F. Barrett, one of the attorneys representing Walker's family, at a news conference at his Center City office.
September 22, 1997 |
Producer Steven Bochco's new crime series Brooklyn South is in the same vein as his previous hits, Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue: violent, tough-talking, edgy, provocative. If you liked them, you'll probably like this one, too. Peopled by a mostly unknown cast, Brooklyn South will premiere at 10 tonight on CBS (Channel 3). Probably the only two names you'll recognize are those of James B. Sikking, who played Lt. Howard Hunter on Hill Street, here portraying Lt. Stan Jones, and Michael DeLuise, familiar to many for his role as Andy Sipowicz Jr. on NYPD Blue, here cast as officer Phil Roussakoff.
December 14, 1994
The scapegoating of police 911 dispatchers was to cover up the lack of actual police in service. You can always blame those at the bottom for faults in management. Next time you talk to a police officer, ask him how many cars are working in his district. Until the mayor increases police and firefighters, citizens will continue to be shortchanged and misled into believing they are covered. If the mayor would only spend some of that extra money he's using for the homeless on fighting drugs, arson and crime in our city, Philadelphia would be a better place to live.
January 3, 1990 |
In retrospect, everything Jeffrey Rhodes did that day was wrong. He shouldn't have chugged the paregoric, but he had the flu and had to keep going. Feeding himself the lactate solution intravenously was another trick to stave off symptoms, but God knows what the nurse who walked in on him thought. Still, there was no way he could have avoided injecting his patient with Marcaine. As an anesthesiologist, it was his job. He had no way of knowing that what he was administering this woman in labor was sudden death.
August 17, 2002 |
Charlotte Gilmore said she thought her daughter was attending school regularly when all along she was dead. Only after 14-year-old Shanina Gilmore's body washed ashore in Margate, the mother said, did she learn that her daughter had been slain. Shanina was first discovered missing on Oct. 16, when Charlotte Gilmore when to Camden High School looking for her. She was reported missing the next day. At the time, Shanina was living at home and receiving daily lunch money from her mother, who worked a night shift and an early morning each day. Yesterday, a state Superior Court judge gave Gilmore permission to proceed with a lawsuit against the Camden School District and the state's Division of Youth and Family Services.
October 31, 1989 |
A Camden County Superior Court jury yesterday found two doctors negligent and awarded more than $2.5 million to a couple whose premature baby died 10 days after birth. The judge calculated the interest and the total award would be $3.4 million. The civil trial before Judge Samuel L. Supnick lasted eight weeks and the jury deliberated nearly 15 hours before returning with the verdict. None of the attorneys in the case would comment. The jury decided in favor of JoAnn and Gregory Carey of Highland Boulevard in Gloucester City.
October 15, 1998 |
The mother of 6-year-old Jacqueline A. Veney, the South Philadelphia girl allegedly beaten to death last month by her foster mother, sued the city in federal court yesterday, contending that authorities were "grossly negligent" in Jacqueline's placement and in monitoring her welfare. The civil-rights lawsuit, which seeks unspecified money damages, was filed by Jacqueline Y. Veney on behalf of herself and her daughter's estate and her 3-year-old son, Samuel Harper. On Aug. 16, 1996, city officials put both children in the foster care of Lisa Price, 35. Named as defendants in the suit are Mayor Rendell and five other city officials or employees of the Department of Human Services, as well as Price and her live-in boyfriend, Edward Jones, 33. Price, who is awaiting trial in the child's death, was sued because of her official role as foster parent, and Jones was sued because he lived with Price and the children.
February 29, 1992 |
Delaware County has been sued by the parents of a 22-year-old man with a history of mental problems who died in county prison while shackled hand and foot. In the suit, filed yesterday in Delaware County Court, Matthew H. Broaddus Sr. and Berthina Broaddus, parents of Mitchell Z. Broaddus of Philadelphia, contend the prison board, Prison Health Services and 19 nurses, doctors and prison administrators violated their son's civil rights and caused his wrongful death. Broaddus died Feb. 21, 1990, at Delaware County Prison, where he had been held for 60 days on a burglary charge.