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October 29, 2003 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A onetime foster father accused of duct-taping children in his care pleaded guilty yesterday in Bucks County Court. Neil Broe, 42, once held out as a shining example of the county's foster-parent program, pleaded guilty to felony charges of endangering the welfare of children, false imprisonment, and conspiracy. No sentencing date was set. He faces punishment that could range from probation to 10 years in prison. The Levittown man is expected to testify this week against his estranged wife, Colleen, who faces similar charges.
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November 11, 2003 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Colleen Broe, a Levittown mother who became a national target of outrage over allegations that she illegally duct-taped her foster children, was found not guilty of child-abuse charges last night in Bucks County Court. After more than six hours of deliberations, a jury acquitted Broe, 34, of endangering the welfare of children, false imprisonment, and conspiracy, all felonies. The verdicts, announced at 8:20 p.m., left Broe shaking and sobbing uncontrollably on the shoulder of her attorney, Andrew Schneider.
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November 11, 2003 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Colleen Broe, a Levittown mother who became a national target of outrage over allegations that she illegally duct-taped her foster children, was found not guilty of child-abuse charges last night in Bucks County Court. After more than six hours of deliberations, a jury acquitted Broe, 34, of endangering the welfare of children, false imprisonment, and conspiracy, all felonies. The verdicts, announced at 8:20 p.m., left Broe shaking and sobbing uncontrollably on the shoulder of her attorney, Andrew Schneider.
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February 20, 2003 | By Sumana Chatterjee INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
"Stash away the duct tape," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge advised yesterday, but "be ready. " The counsel came as Ridge announced a terrorism-preparedness Web site and manual during a visit to an Ohio Red Cross center, chosen to suggest that Washington and New York are not terrorists' only possible targets. "An emergency is not a time to plan; it's the time to react," Ridge said. "We can be afraid or we can be ready, and today Americans declare we will not be afraid and we will be ready.
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June 6, 2004 | By Wendy Walker INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The most frequent question Ryan McLaughlin gets about her duct-tape prom gown is: "Doesn't it stick to you?" No, it doesn't, explains the Great Valley High School junior: The top is double-faced, sticky side to sticky side, and the skirt is lined with a shower curtain liner. Far from its hardware-store origins, the dress looks as if it were made from fine, pliable leather woven into squares. The black, sleeveless top is laced up the back corset-style with ribbon, and the ankle-length black skirt ties at the waist.
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February 17, 2011 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Caira Ferguson might have thought it was hilarious to wrap duct tape around her 2-year-old daughter, from mouth to ankles, and pose for photos as if her living room were Abu Ghraib prison. But police in Delaware County weren't laughing yesterday when they charged Ferguson, 21, with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and child endangerment after she confessed to taping the girl to her little purple chair last summer. And Magisterial District Judge C. Walter McCray III was equally unamused when Ferguson appeared for her arraignment.
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April 9, 2010 | By Debbie Arrington, McClatchy Newspapers
We live in a duct-tape world. Nobody knows that better than the Duct-Tape Guys, Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg. "It's the ultimate power tool," Nyberg says. "We know; we're duct-tape evangelists. " They're stuck on their favorite subject. The team of brothers-in-law has written seven books (and 15 years' worth of page-a-day calendars) about the ubiquitous tape. "It's got thousands of uses, including some pretty incredible stuff, but who's counting?" Nyberg says. "It's limitless what you can do. " Their motto: "It's not broke; it just needs duct tape.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2012 | By Samantha Melamed, For The Inquirer
When Joe Girandola took a job apprenticing as a stone carver in Italy back in 1989, he learned quite quickly that this romantic career move had a painful downside: It was blisteringly hard work, and gloves only made the blisters worse. Quickly, though, Girandola devised a solution. He wrapped his hands each morning in "gloves" made of duct tape, shipped by the case from his parents in the United States. Soon, the tape became even more interesting to him than the stone he was sculpting.
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October 31, 2003 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The images of two wide-eyed toddlers, their arms bound snugly to their torsos with layered rings of duct tape, stared from a projector screen in a Bucks County courtroom. They were the foster children of Colleen Broe, 34, a Levittown homemaker accused of abusing them. As Broe's child-endangerment trial opened yesterday, lawyers alternately portrayed her as a sneaky, selfish phony or as the victim of a set-up by a jealous, devious husband she was trying to shed. "Colleen Broe had two sides," Chief Deputy District Attorney Michelle Henry told jurors in her opening statement.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
One would like to imagine that, as electrical engineers in the same group at Lockheed Martin, Michael Petner and Tuan Ngo are quick to offer each other words of encouragement. But is it always quite so boisterous? "Think light!" Petner shouted at Ngo on Tuesday. "Just keep those legs up. Good job!" The 145-pound Ngo grinned gamely in reply. It might have been partly a grimace. After all, he was stuck to a cinder-block wall with duct tape. At the defense contractor's Moorestown facility, employees are participating in National Engineers Week, a celebration of a discipline that too often goes without credit for its creativity and sense of humor.
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May 22, 2016
A Gloucester County man was sentenced Friday 61 years in prison for killing his ex-wife in 2012, prosecutors said. Charles F. Sawyer, 62, of Glassboro, was found guilty after an eight-day jury trial of first-degree murder and related offenses for the fatal shooting of Rita Sawyer, 53, in her Glassboro home on July 2, 2012. Sawyer bound his ex-wife with duct tape and then shot her in the head. Prior to the murder, Sawyer had sent a series of threatening text messages to her. Sawyer must complete 85 percent of his sentence - or 461/2 years - before he is eligible for parole, prosecutors said.
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May 18, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
For the second time this year, a "heavy mouse infestation" and a staggering list of basic health violations prompted the Philadelphia health department to ask a Sichuan Chinese restaurant near the Belmont Reservoir to close temporarily. Chun Hing, in the 4100 block of Monument Road, was cited for 39 violations last week. Many of the infractions found May 12 echoed those found in a mid-February inspection: fresh rodent droppings throughout the kitchen, inadequate handwashing by employees, food thawing at room temperature, filthy dish racks and an ice machine held together with duct tape.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
Police say the 20-year-old woman who was abducted in West Philadelphia and sexually assaulted in an 11-hour ordeal on Saturday knew her attacker. The woman told police she was abducted at 4 a.m. around 49th Street and Lancaster Avenue. A man with a gun forced her into a black vehicle with tinted windows and a trash bag covering the driver-side rear window. The victim was bound with duct tape but managed to free herself around 3 p.m., about two miles away, at 57th Street and Larchwood Avenue, police said.
NEWS
April 25, 2016
Police are investigating the abduction and sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman who escaped her attacker on Saturday afternoon after an 11-hour ordeal. The woman told investigators she was abducted at 4 a.m. around 49th Street and Lancaster Avenue when she was forced by a man with a gun into a black vehicle with tinted windows and a trash bag covering the driver-side rear window. The victim, who had been bound with duct tape, freed herself at 57th Street and Larchwood Avenue in West Philadelphia around 3 p.m., police said, about two miles from where she was abducted.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police in Chester County are searching for a man who wore a Halloween mask and barged into a woman's Wayne home over the weekend. The home invasion and robbery occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Crestline Road in Tredyffrin Township. The victim woke to find a stranger wearing a mask "with a bulbous nose" standing at the foot of her bed, the township police said in a news release Monday. The man tied the woman up with duct tape, and warned her: "Be quiet and you won't be hurt," police said.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
ARKANSAS Theories clash in murder trial Jurors in the capital murder trial for an Arkansas man accused of killing a real estate agent heard vastly different theories Wednesday, with prosecutors describing a brutal killing and the defense claiming the victim may have accidentally died during a consensual sex act. Prosecutors said during opening statements that Arron Lewis and his estranged wife targeted Beverly Carter as part of a ransom scheme....
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April 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A PIMP WHO chopped up a man's body with an ax two years ago, then dumped the victim's torso in the Schuylkill, pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder and related charges. Keith Tolbert, 35, faced trial in the death of Francis Zarzycki, 40, of Somerton, who had been at Tolbert's Center City apartment on Aug. 26, 2013, to have sex with two prostitutes, but died during a struggle when Tolbert and the two women tried to rob him. Amid jury selection yesterday - five jurors had been picked - Tolbert instead decided to plead guilty to third-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and conspiracy to commit robbery, in a deal in which he is to be sentenced to 22 to 44 years in state prison, Assistant District Attorney Brian Zarallo said.
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March 5, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
MURDER SUSPECT Tam Minh Le sat at a defense table yesterday and stared directly at the man who clambered out of the Schuylkill last year. Victim Tan Voong, 20, testified to a terrifying ordeal last August in which his friends - two brothers - apparently were beaten, stabbed and then kicked into the river with him. The brothers died. Le, 43, stared coldly and with confidence at Voong during his testimony. Authorities have said that Le, who served prison time for a 1993 killing in Rochester, N.Y., is associated with a Vietnamese-American gang called Born to Kill.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
One would like to imagine that, as electrical engineers in the same group at Lockheed Martin, Michael Petner and Tuan Ngo are quick to offer each other words of encouragement. But is it always quite so boisterous? "Think light!" Petner shouted at Ngo on Tuesday. "Just keep those legs up. Good job!" The 145-pound Ngo grinned gamely in reply. It might have been partly a grimace. After all, he was stuck to a cinder-block wall with duct tape. At the defense contractor's Moorestown facility, employees are participating in National Engineers Week, a celebration of a discipline that too often goes without credit for its creativity and sense of humor.
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Vietnamese gang member charged this summer with the double slaying and abduction of two men found stabbed, bound, and beaten in the Schuylkill was added Wednesday to the U.S. Marshals Service's Top 15 Most Wanted list. Police obtained an arrest warrant in September for Tam Minh Le, 42, weeks after they fished the bodies of brothers Vu Huynh, 31, and Viet Huynh, 28, both of Paoli, from the river. The brothers had been bound with zip ties, stabbed, weighted down, and had their throats slashed and heads wrapped with duct tape.
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