January 13, 1994 |
Every time Jesse Wenk looks at the quarter-inch-wide cracks in his walls, he's reminded of it. Every time he sees that his front steps have pulled farther away from his Roxborough home, he can't escape it. Wenk's house on Pensdale Street near Freeland Avenue is sinking. Unbeknown to Wenk, his house, which dates from the 1920s, was built on a former pharmaceutical company dump that was covered over with ash. The ash is now shifting, causing his house to sink. Before long he will have to move.
April 17, 1986 |
A 21-year-old Temple University student, working as a pizza delivery woman, testified yesterday that she was abducted from the parking lot of a Wynnefield apartment building after making a delivery and was driven to the parking lot of the Overbrook train station, where she was raped Feb. 28. During a preliminary hearing, the woman identified Craig Poles, 30, of Montgomery Avenue near 54th Street, as her attacker. Common Pleas Judge Norman A. Jenkins held Poles for trial on a series of charges, including rape, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and terroristic threats.
June 27, 2006 |
Algie Dennis was awakened by a late-night phone call from his brother Anthony. "Al, I think something happened to A.J.," his brother said, referring to Dennis' son. "You better get up here. " Lying on the blacktop playground of William B. Mann Elementary School in Wynnefield was a young man with a bullet wound to his head. Police let Algie Dennis into the taped-off crime scene - and he knew. "That's my son," Dennis said. Algie Jeremy Dennis, 19, a student at Millersville University in Lancaster County, was killed May 26 while playing dice with friends against the wall of the school at 54th and Berks Streets.
February 2, 2010 |
Agee Stanton was quietly munching on some cookies when the police marched into his mother's Wynnefield home on Sunday. His appetite hadn't been affected by the severe beating he had just inflicted on his 87-year-old mother, cops said. Stanton's mother, Susan, wasn't eating any cookies. She was suffering from a broken nose, and an awful gash on the side of her face that required 100 stitches to close - the price she paid for telling her son to stop smoking marijuana, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
April 12, 1993 |
Five men were injured last night when gunfire erupted in the city's Wynnefield section, police said. The incident was reported about 10:15 p.m. near the intersection of 54th and Arlington Streets. According to police, a large group of people were on the street, some of them shooting dice. Without warning, a man opened fire on the group, victims told investigators early today. There was no apparent motive for the shooting, police said. Two victims were taken to the Medical College Hospitals' Main Clinical Campus.
May 1, 1987 |
A Wynnefield man was arrested last night and charged with participating in a crime spree earlier this week in which two men stole a car and robbed five people within about two hours along and near City Avenue, police said. Among the victims were two men whose cars were forced off the road, police said. Dexter Ayres, 27, of the 5200 block of Lebanon Avenue, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. at his home and charged with auto theft and multiple counts of robbery, police said. A second man was being sought.
August 14, 1988 |
When telephone company executive Robert A. Roach and his wife, Geraldine, decided to move to Philadelphia from rural New Jersey last year, they knew what they wanted: a big, old house suitable for corporate and personal entertaining but convenient to the cultural attractions of Center City. They started looking in Center City, but even the big houses weren't big enough. They expanded the search to Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill and the Main Line, but nothing there was quite right.
November 2, 1988 |
Marshall Murray, 36 and blind, moved in January from Pottstown to the Park Tower Apartments in Wynnefield. The Conshohocken Avenue complex has 157 apartments specially designed to accommodate those who are blind or handicapped. One-third of the residents are blind, such a large percentage that a nearby traffic light was adapted to chime when it changes. Murray said the neighborhood was nice but said he feared that might soon change. A developer has proposed building a shopping center with 627 parking spaces across the street from Park Towers, which residents say will lead to increased traffic, crime and noise, and may hurt property values.
September 19, 2015 |
A private ambulance crashed into a SEPTA bus Thursday morning, injuring three, SEPTA officials said. The incident took place around 10 a.m., when a Route 52 bus was traveling south on 54th Street near Lebanon Avenue, officials said. The bus had just finished its run, and was empty but for the driver. SEPTA officials said the ambulance T-boned the bus, injuring two people in the ambulance and the bus driver. It was unclear whether the people injured in the ambulance were patients or operators.