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. ••