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March 8, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A LANDLORD WHO bludgeoned a tenant with a baseball bat after a dispute over rent - then built a coffin for his remains - pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder. Miguel Davilla, 31, immediately was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter to the maximum 20 to 40 years in state prison. Davilla's road to prison began Feb. 28, 2009, when he tried to evict Ruben Woodsen, 53, from a Fairmount boardinghouse, on Croskey Street near Eastern State Penitentiary. While Davila was changing the door lock, Woodsen returned, a confrontation ensued, and Davilla struck him 10 times in the head and body with a bat, fracturing his skull.
NEWS
March 2, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
To drive home just how violent the baseball-bat beating Port Richmond bartender John McLaughlin allegedly gave patron Seamus O'Neill in January 2008, a city prosecutor Friday swung an aluminum bat with all his might, repeatedly striking a cushioned surface. "This, ladies and gentlemen...was a brutal, intentional extinguishing of human life," Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy told the jury during his closing argument. McLaughlin defense attorney Brian McMonagle argued that another bartender, not his client, killed the 60-year-old native of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
NEWS
August 29, 2011 | Staff Report
A man was beaten to death with a baseball bat this morning in West Philadelphia, police said. Another man has been taken into custody and is being questioned by investigators. The victim, not identified yet but said to be in his 30s, was attacked about 10:45 a.m. on the street on the 6300 block of Drexel Road in the Overbrook Farms neighborhood. He taken to the Hospital of the University Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 11:19 a.m., police said. No other details have been released yet.  
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March 7, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report\]
A man arrested in the baseball beating of his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend in West Philadelphia has now been charged with murder following the victim's death, police said. Louis Smith, 25, of the unit block of South 59th Street, is charged with fatally beating Howard Dickson during a fight on Feb. 20. According to police, Dickson, 44, knocked on the door of a house on the 5700 block of Vine Street that day and confronted both his ex-girlfriend and Smith. Dickson punched Smith, who grabbed a baseball bat and pummeled Dickson, police said.
NEWS
February 2, 1988 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
A 21-year-old North Philadelphia man, who told police he made love to an 18-year-old Logan woman and then beat her to death with a baseball bat in 1986, yesterday was sentenced to life in prison. "This was one of the most horrible crimes that could have been committed," Common Pleas Judge Eugene H. Clarke Jr. told Maurice Boyd, of 32nd Street near Brandywine. A Common Pleas jury had convicted Boyd of first-degree murder in the slaying of Adriane Jardine, July 31, 1986. In a statement to Detectice Raymond Dougherty, Boyd said he went to the victim's apartment and "she hugged and kissed me. After we made love, I hit her with a bat. I hit her six times in the head and put a pillow over her. " Boyd said that, while he was making love in the bedroom, a friend was taking items from the apartment.
NEWS
May 20, 1995 | By Chris Conway, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An appellate court has set aside the life sentence handed to a Camden man for his role in the baseball-bat murder of a Cherry Hill man in 1990. A two-judge panel of the Appellate Division upheld the conviction of Jose Rivera, who was 18 at the time of the murder. But the panel found that Superior Court Judge Steven W. Thompson failed when sentencing Rivera to take into consideration his age or the lesser sentences imposed on two others involved in the killing. The ruling sends the case back to Thompson to consider a new sentence.
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May 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Williams always said it was self-defense, even though he left behind two bodies in the Tioga rowhouse and set it on fire. On Wednesday, in its fifth day of deliberations, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury agreed, acquitting Williams, 26, of two counts of murder but finding him guilty of risking a catastrophe for the fire he set in the kitchen of the house in the 1700 block of Erie Avenue. Williams agreed to be immediately sentenced, and Judge Glenn B. Bronson imposed a 31/2- to 7-year prison term.
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March 2, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Is a baseball bat an instrument of crime? Some Phillies fans might think so when one of their heroes strikes out with the bases loaded, but a man convicted in an assault case had something else in mind. Ly Ngow used a baseball bat to beat a man at 5th Street and Olney Avenue in 1991, and received a jail term for possession of an instrument of crime. Ngow appealed to the state Superior Court, asking for a new trial on the grounds that because baseball bats are "not commonly used to commit crimes," they can't be considered weapons.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police have arrested well-known Mummer Carmen D'Amato, 62, in the shooting and beating of a man in Queen Village last weekend. Rita D'Amato, 36, his daughter, was also charged after the two turned themselves in to South Detectives on Friday. Police had contacted the D'Amatos after arrest warrants were issued earlier in the day, police said. The D'Amatos believed the victim may have been breaking into cars, a law enforcement source said. Both were charged with aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment, and related counts.
NEWS
January 28, 2012 | By Shaj Mathew, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was, the district attorney said, "a love rectangle. " Around 5:25 a.m. Friday in Nockamixon Township, Bucks County, Lloyd Hill, 41, stabbed to death his estranged wife, Stefanie Lynn Hill, 37, and fatally bludgeoned the man she was living with, Fred Tarantino, 44, with an aluminum baseball bat, District Attorney David Heckler said. Fred Tarantino was the estranged husband of Tara Tarantino, with whom Lloyd Hill was living in Quakertown. The couples had met at church, Heckler said, and began going out together as friends.
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June 25, 2015
PHILLY, MEET Scott Wagner. He's a 59-year old first-term Republican state senator from (Gov. Wolf's home) York County who's loathed by unions, loved by conservatives and a growing force in the GOP Legislature. He wants to cut government costs, government pensions, taxes and regulations. He's a self-described rough-edged "garbage man who never graduated college. " But he's also a wealthy biz-guy - owns trucking and trash firms - who made Pennsylvania political history.
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June 19, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
RICHARD RITCHIE, who was a rising member of Ironworkers Local 401, was sentenced yesterday to four years in federal prison. "I'm not an animal, and I'm not a thug," Ritchie, 46, told U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson. In December, Ritchie pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, violent crime in aid of racketeering and extortion. In June 2010, Ritchie was part of a group of Ironworkers who came out of a car and attacked nonunion workers in a King of Prussia Mall parking lot. The nonunion workers were building a Toys "R" Us store across from the mall.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Williams always said it was self-defense, even though he left behind two bodies in the Tioga rowhouse and set it on fire. On Wednesday, in its fifth day of deliberations, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury agreed, acquitting Williams, 26, of two counts of murder but finding him guilty of risking a catastrophe for the fire he set in the kitchen of the house in the 1700 block of Erie Avenue. Williams agreed to be immediately sentenced, and Judge Glenn B. Bronson imposed a 31/2- to 7-year prison term.
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January 20, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
GOLFER Robert Allenby had a tough weekend. On Friday night in Hawaii, he was allegedly abducted, beaten and robbed after missing the cut of the Sony Open earlier in the day. Yesterday, he discussed the incident with the Associated Press. "You think that happens in the movie, not real life," said Allenby, whose left eye was swollen shut due to the attack. "I'm just happy to be alive. " Allenby said he remembers having dinner and drinks with a friend, but has difficulty recalling any other details.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
JAMES WALSH, one of the most notorious of the "goons" in the local Ironworkers union who committed acts of violence and sabotage at nonunion-contractor sites, told a federal jury yesterday that his actions had the approval of the union's leadership. They were "endorsed, and they were appreciated by the administration of the local," Walsh, 50, testified. That administration included Joseph Dougherty, 73, the former longtime head of Ironworkers Local 401, who is on trial on racketeering conspiracy, arson and extortion charges.
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November 4, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MUMMERS aren't exactly known for self-restraint, so perhaps it's not surprising that a former Fancy Brigade captain and his daughter might want to deal with certain matters personally . Why call the cops when you got a baseball bat and a gun right here? Police say Carmen "Butch" D'Amato, 62, former leader of the South Philly Vikings, and his daughter Rita, 36, attacked a 36-year-old homeless man on Oct. 25 in Queen Village. They were arrested Friday. "You know what you did, you son of a bitch," one of the D'Amatos allegedly said before the early-morning attack, possibly a reference to a recent string of car break-ins.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia Police have prepared arrest warrants for a father and daughter suspected in the shooting and beating of a man in Queen Village last weekend, according to a law enforcement source. Earlier this week, police released video of the incident on the 100 block of Carpenter Street. The video shows a woman crouching into a batting stance and swinging a baseball bat at the victim. A man shoots him in the leg as he attempts to flee. The victim, a 36-year-old homeless man, told police the woman said "You know what you did, you son of a . . .," before swinging the bat. A law enforcement source said the pair believed the victim may have been breaking into cars.
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November 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police have arrested well-known Mummer Carmen D'Amato, 62, in the shooting and beating of a man in Queen Village last weekend. Rita D'Amato, 36, his daughter, was also charged after the two turned themselves in to South Detectives on Friday. Police had contacted the D'Amatos after arrest warrants were issued earlier in the day, police said. The D'Amatos believed the victim may have been breaking into cars, a law enforcement source said. Both were charged with aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment, and related counts.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have obtained footage from a home security camera that captured a shooting in Queen Village early Saturday morning and are searching for suspects in an attack that may been retaliation for car break-ins in the neighborhood. The 36-year-old victim told police he was walking on the 100 block of Carpenter Street around 2:40 a.m. when a woman with a baseball bat and a man with a handgun approached him. "You know what you did, you son of a [expletive]," the victim said one of the assailants yelled at him. The woman then struck him with the bat, the victim said.
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