River Wards news at-a-glance

Ar­rest made in con­nec­tion to Buck Ho­siery blaze

The own­er of a fur­niture store ad­ja­cent to Kens­ing­ton’s va­cant Thomas W. Buck Ho­siery build­ing, which burned down and killed two fire­fight­ers in April, was ar­res­ted last Thursday and charged with per­jury and fraud, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment by the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to The Phil­adelphia Daily News, Richard Knellinger, 40, own­er of Giamari Fur­niture & Bed­ding on Kens­ing­ton Av­en­ue, was ar­res­ted Oct. 18 by mem­bers of a task force com­pris­ing agents from the U.S Bur­eau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Fire­arms and Ex­plos­ives. That fed­er­al agency in­vest­ig­ates fires and ar­son.

Lt. Robert Neary, 60, and Fire­fight­er Daniel Sweeney, 25, died in the blaze at 1817 E. York St., the cause of which is un­known. Grand jury pro­ceed­ings to ex­am­ine the fire’s cir­cum­stances are secret.

Knellinger had yet to be ar­raigned Monday. ••

City Schol­ar­ship an­nounced

The city of Phil­adelphia has an­nounced it is ac­cept­ing ap­plic­a­tions for the Phil­adelphia City Schol­ar­ship. The schol­ar­ship provides four-year as­sist­ance to un­der­gradu­ate stu­dents in the amount of $1,000 per aca­dem­ic year. The pro­gram has been in ex­ist­ence since 1959 and has made awards to over 2,500 stu­dents.

Ap­plic­ants to the schol­ar­ship pro­gram must be in their fi­nal year of high school at the time of ap­plic­a­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, the par­ents or leg­al guard­i­ans of stu­dents are re­quired to be res­id­ents of the City of Phil­adelphia. City Schol­ar­ships are to be used for col­lege costs at ac­cred­ited col­leges and uni­versit­ies in Phil­adelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Mont­gomery counties. The dead­line for sub­mis­sion is Feb. 22, 2013.

Down­load the ap­plic­a­tion and re­view the ap­plic­a­tion re­quire­ments and list of doc­u­ments that must be sub­mit­ted when ap­ply­ing for the Phil­adelphia City Schol­ar­ship here: ht­tp://www.freel­ib­rary.org/lib­serv/city­schol­ar­ship.htm. ••

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