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Monday, June 5, 1978 Philadelphia Daily News 3 Sour Notes in Disco Loan to Senator's Kin By JIM NICHOLSON First Pennsylvania Bank loaned $500,000 to a U.S. senator's First even worth Biden, brother James of and though to B. less Biden, Joseph expand the than 29, man a $40,000. Reardon and brother now-defunct Jr. his of got partner the Delaware loan Wilmington had a for Democrat their combined discotheque, Seasons Joseph net Change disco in 1975, when the senator was a member of the U.S.

Senate Banking Committee. Pennsylvania the the NOW, bank club, THE by and a LOAN Yeadon, has countersuit Delaware triggered for a $500,000 County, $42,000 by man suit First who filed took Pennsylva- against over Bank nia, "The which bank is a trying didn't to want force the him to senator's pay off brother the Biden to be loan. on the paper when the disco folded," says Salvatore J. Cardile, the The "Thank You" Bank man who sued First Pennsylvania. "They needed a patsy.

Me." Bank officials refuse to discuss the matter, Jim Biden says he can't remember what led him to First Pennsylvania and 3 Children, 2 Others Perish In W. Phila. Row Home Fire By JACK McGUIRE of smoke inhalation, in the secondand KITTY CAPARELLA floor rear bedroom at 3852 W. Girard Atop the six-foot pile of charred Ave. remains outside the gutted three- An overnight visitor, Lamont story West Philadelphia row home Jones, 9, of Parkside Ave.

near 41st, sat a baby carriage. was found dead in a third-floor bedIt was a sad reminder that five room. Also killed were James Craig, persons, including three children, 59, in the third-floor front bedroom, were killed in the two-alarm fire and Marian Bost, 43, in the secondearly yesterday morning. floor middle bedroom. Kahtedra Star, 5, and her sister, SIX OTHERS in the house escaped Joy, 3, were found dead, apparently through a second-floor window, Strangle Victim, 8, Had to 'Know' Killer By GLORIA CAMPISI All the clues to the grim discovery were there.

Norman Richardson came home from work to find the double-locked door only partially locked, the mail uncollected. his boy's schoolbag in the same place it had been that morning. Then Richardson noticed the kitchen light was on, but he did not begin to realize Aaron something was wrong until his calls to his son, Aaron, 8, went unanswered. "When I noticed that the kitchen light was on, I thought he was in there maybe fixing a sandwich," Richardson, 29, said last night. But when he walked into the kitchen of his stone, Mount Airy rowhouse, Richardson said, he found Aaron lying on the floor -Inside the NewsAmusements 24-29 Names in the News 25 49-63 O'Brien on TV 3J Classified Comics 33-34 Section2 21-34 Crossword 48 Sylvia Porter 47 Editorials 18 Takiff's Monday 22 Flair 23 Television 29-31 Lottery 49 Published deity at 400 North Broad Philadelphia, Pa.

19101. Second class postage paid at Phila. Mail subscriptions (Zones 1 and 2) $58 per year, $6 per month. his brother, the Sen. Biden six years older than senator, insists he had nothing to do with the granting of the loan.

From Delaware Alcohol Beverage Control Commission files, court documents, personal papers and interviews, the Daily News has at least partially pieced together the story of an unusual loan accompanied by some unusual banking and business practices. Young Biden and his partner, Reardon, decided in early 1973 to open a club. Biden said he cotained a study that showed a disco on Concord Pike outside Wilmington could be successful. Only months before, Joe Biden, Jim, was elected to the Senate. Reardon obtained an $80,000 loan from Continued on Page 8 jumping to the roof of the front porch and climbing to the ground before the house roof partially collapsed as the pre-dawn blaze really got going.

"I walked past today. You could see clear through front to rear and up to the roof. You could see the sky. It was just a frame," said Walter Bess, a neighbor who lives five houses away. "That fire looked like it was fed with chemicals," he added.

He had been awakened by the flames and shouts. "THE FLAMES were leaping all over. I knew if anyone was in there they couldn't get out. We don't have He Saturday. wanted to take his sister." climbing down herself.

The child's father told police he ALSO SURVIVING were Priscilla found the boy's body about 4:45 p.m. Johnson, 63, the house's owner and Friday, when he returned from his her cousin, Smith, 46, well job at a paper products plant in Ophelia as Camden to the family home on as Ophelia's daughter, Vanessa, her son, Vance, 11, and a grandson, MiTemple Rd. near Wadsworth Ave. chael. The last survivor was Johnny DESPITE EFFORTS to reach her, Jackson, 45, a friend.

the boy's mother did not learn the shocking news until she returned Ophelia Smith and Jackson were home that night from a company treated for smoke inhalation at Pres- "I CALLED to him. I told him to get a fire hydrant on the block. The up. I said, 'Wake up! What's the matt- nearest one is at 39th and Cambridge ter with (about blocks away)." "I thought maybe he was playing." The fire marshal's office is investiBut the small, slight child, was not gating the cause of the fire, which playing. does not appear suspicious.

He was dead, strangled his pants inside out" and miss- Police said it broke out at 3:49 a.m. pocket "turned in the front living room, where it ing the $2.50 his parents had given him before leaving for work so he raged furiously, fed by the mahogacould buy tickets to take his sister, ny paneling on the walls. It was Monique, 2, to a school fair the next brought under control at 4:39 a.m. day. By that time, however, Vanessa "Aaron adored her," said his moth- Smith, 20, had been able to save only er, Lora, 28, an insurance company one of her three children.

She caremploye. "He would sneak things to ried 2-month-old Michael through her if she wasn't allowed to have the second-floor window, climbed to them. He was looking forward to the the porch roof and handed him to school fair someone on the ground before Aaron picnic in Jersey, she said yesterday, byterian-University of Pennsylvania tears and from Medical Center. welling trickling under her dark glasses. "It was bad.

I don't know how The medical examiner's office anybody got out," said a neighbor ruled Aaron's death due to strangu- who fled into the street when she lation and the Richardsons said they heard the sirens. "They were all out found a strange length of rubber, before I got there." like that used to insulate windows, Although nearby houses received in the house. some smoke and water damage, they Continued on Page 16 were not evacuated. Photography by Harold G. Firemen remove debris from home where five died.

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