Morning Briefing: Missing man found dead; Dogs removed from home; 76ers get big win over Celtics (2024)

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Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.


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Family: Missing Delco musician found dead

A popular Delaware County musician who went missing on Friday has been found dead, according to his family’s Facebook page. John Carlton Morphet, 54,”is dead following an apparent suicide. He was found close to his family home in Middletown around 6pm on Wednesday night. Thanks to everyone for their search efforts. John will live in our memories forever,” read the post on the John Morphet Search page posted late Wednesday night. Morphet, who was the drummer for the popular band Jimmy Shoe and The Shine, was last seen at a family home on War Trophy Lane in Middletown about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Dogs in very poor condition removed from Coatesville home

The Pennsylvania SPCA, acting on a tip, removed a female pitbull-type dog and her five newborn puppies from a residence in Coatesville, Chester County Wednesday. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, who had been contacted by a concerned citizen, arrived on the property Wednesday to find the female pitbull, named Mia, in very thin condition. She and her five puppies, who are believed to be approximately three to five days old, were removed from the property over concerns for their welfare.

Man hid cellphone in women’s bathroom at Lower Merion country club

A Whitemarsh Township man who used his cellphone as an instrument of crime, hoping to videotape women in the bathroom of a Lower Merion country club, has a stint in jail and some counseling in his future. Michael Pierce McKenna, 34, of the 500 block of Ridge Pike, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to seven days to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possession of an instrument of crime and harassment in connection with the Feb. 18, 2017, incident at the Philadelphia Country Club in Lower Merion.

Cops: Woman attacks husband with bleach

On March 14 at 8:50 a.m. police responded to a reported domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Spring Mill Road. Upon arrival at the residence, a man answered the door and said his wife poured bleach on him during an argument. The victim said he was sleeping when his wife woke him up and demanded money.

Leach renews push to legalize pot in Pa.

Embattled state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17 of Lower Merion, has joined forces with state Sen. Sharif Street, D-3 of Philadelphia, to offer a bill that would ultimately legalize cannabis for adult use in Pennsylvania. “We’ve had a cruel, irrational and expensive policy on cannabis for more than 80 years,” Leach stated in a release. “Prohibition has destroyed countless lives and has cost our taxpayers millions of dollars. It’s time we walk into the bright sunshine of enlightenment and stop arresting our kids and funding violent drug cartels.” The proposal would permit adults 21 years and older to consume cannabis and allow for home delivery. Users would also be allowed to grow up to six plants for personal consumption, but would not be allowed to sell any of those plants.


Jimmy Butler ‘turns it up’ as Sixers take down Celtics

It sure seemed like the Sixers hadn’t beaten the Boston Celtics since the Allen Iverson era, as one of the visitors rather nastily suggested about the series recently dominated by the Celtics. Seemed like it all the way into the fourth quarter of Game 4 of this regular-season series Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. But Jimmy Butler, the closer in team parlance, scored 15 of his 22 points in a furious fourth-quarter to rally the Sixers to a 118-115 victory over the Celtics in front of a loud and proud crowd of 20,606.

Day after firing from Saint Joseph’s, Phil Martelli breaks silence

After nearly 24 hours of silence, Phil Martelli spoke out about his firing as the men’s basketball coach at Saint Joseph’s University. Being the old-school guy he is, Martelli did so in a published statement. Martelli also invited press to his Media home Thursday to discuss his dismissal after more than three decades on Hawk Hill, the last 24 as the head coach. Martelli won 444 games and guided the Hawks on seven trips to the NCAA tournament. Under his watch, Saint Joseph’s won the Atlantic 10 regular-season title six times and the conference tournament title on three occasions.

Gabe Kapler has plenty of options in restocked Phillies bullpen

As he does often after games, unprompted by any question in a brief media scrum, Gabe Kapler started rhapsodizing about a player last week. Someone who stood out this spring, who had impressed his manager, who was on his mind. That player? Yacksel Rios. No, really.


‘Rethinking the Modern Monument’ at the Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum’s newest installation, “Rethinking the Modern Monument,” explores Auguste Rodin’s innovative, and often controversial, approach to designing monuments intended for prominent display in public places. The word “monument” traditionally conjures images of military heroes and revered leaders. However when the French sculptor was commissioned to create a monument, he typically chose subjects like artists, poets and intellectual figures, or gave form to emotions and abstract ideas. The 1870s until Rodin’s death in 1917 was a time of major political, social and economic change in France. In 1907 he stated this view to an art critic: “By convention, a statue in a public place must represent a great man in a theatrical attitude which will cause him to be admired by posterity. But such reasoning is absurd … There is nothing more beautiful than the absolute truth or real existence.”

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