Thursday, July 7, 2011

Help for the Krobaths

Gary Krobath reports that he and his wife Trish just located the last of their four cats. They all went running for cover when the Delco SWAT started shooting tear-gas cannisters into their Trainer home during the stand-off with murderer Mark Geisenheyner.

They were at the vet this morning getting the cat checked out. He was hunkered down way back in the attic and still a little shell-shocked.

Gary said the DA Mike Green has approved them staying five more days at a hotel while they figure out where they are going to live in the coming weeks.

They rented the home on Post Rd. from their immediate neighbors but its in no habitable condition.

Many Daily Times readers have expressed interest in seeing to it that the couple get some help.

This morning I spoke with Tara Mead, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and asked her about the state Victim Compensation Assistance Program. Last year, VCAP helped more than 5,600 crime victims shelling out almost $15 million, including for "crime scene clean-up."

She suggested the Krobaths quickly contact them or a local victims help agency soon. A claim can be filed online by logging on to

More later.

UPDATE: I have just been informed that Delaware County (in conjunction with Montco) will take responsibility for all the damages done to the Krobath's home and property. The Krobaths will be put up in a hotel or other housing - and will even get a food allowance - until the home is restored to liveable condition.

UPDATE II: Another fund has been established to help the family with their immediate needs. Checks can made payable to the Krobath Benefit Fund, account no. 5894233542 at Wells Fargo Bank.

UPDATE III: Tara Mead has asked to be redesignated from "spokesman" to "spokeswoman" because, as she points out "Last time I checked I was female :) (my husband will vouch for me)."

It is becoming more and more routine to be more gender specific in describing people in professional positions. It used to be quite common and acceptable to refer to the "chairman" of a government committee, even if that person was a woman. Now some writers and others refer to that person as a "chairwoman" if she is female. Others have reduced that particular position to "chair," to de-genderize it. It also dehumanizes it, turning the person into a piece of furniture.

Interestingly, it is no longer politically correct to refer to female movie stars as "actresses." They want to be called "actors" and refer to themselves that way. Of course, you would never refer to a female "handyman" as a "handywoman" or "handyperson." But "spokeswoman," I suppose, works and probably better than "spokesperson."

In my business, it used to be that female reporters, especially tough ones, were honored to be called "newspapermen." Now, we're all asexual "journalists." So it goes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying the victim fund will pay to have the cats checked out at the vets

July 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm praying the victim fund will pay to have the cats checked out at the vets

July 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM 
Anonymous Lisa Sands said...

lets all pull together and help the krobaths and the cats. Forgotten cats volenteers Georgette and Mike got the traps to us pronto and we have all four cats out of the house. We are waiting to get them checked out right now.

July 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM 
Anonymous Lisa said...

donations to Forgotten Cats can be made to Forgotten Cats, INC PMB 422 4001 Kennett Pike Ste 134 Greenville, DE 19807 302-429-0124

July 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM 
Anonymous Lisa Sands said...

kudos to Forgotten Cats They checked out all four cats and are nutering and spaying the two little ones. The cats are fine thank God.

July 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM 
Blogger Dannytheman said...

I am glad the cats are OKAY, but I prefer to make the humans my priority in this instance.
I hope the family gets the help they need. I am happy to read the counties are making good on their behalf.

July 7, 2011 at 1:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to you, Gil, for your column that gave attention to the plight the Krobaths faced... As you so often do, the column went beyond the news and into the human impact of the news. The 'update' at the end of your blog post with the news of meaningful assistance was great news. I honestly believe that outcome is in no small part due to your efforts, as always rendered in a thoughtful and effective way...

July 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM 

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