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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.
NEWS
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.
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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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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.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A murder warrant has been issued in last month's double slaying and abduction of two men found stabbed, bound, and beaten in the Schuylkill, in which another man who survived the attack was found stumbling along the riverbank, police said Monday. Police have said they believe the Aug. 28 killings were linked to Asian gangs. On Monday, law enforcement sources said murder charges had been filed against Tam Le, 42, who lived in a Southwest Philadelphia home where investigators believe the three victims were tortured before being stabbed, taken to the river, weighted down, and tossed into the water.
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE ABDUCTIONS of three men, two of whom were found in the wee hours yesterday butchered, bound, haphazardly tethered to makeshift anchors and sunk into the Schuylkill, remained shrouded in mystery last night. But one thing was clear: Somebody wanted them to suffer painful, gruesome deaths. All three men - who investigators said were targeted as a result of a "drug nexus" and may have ties to Asian gangs in Philadelphia - were bound with duct tape at their hands and feet, their faces covered, and were thrown into the dark waters off Kelly Drive, police said.
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
One man was killed and a second critically wounded in a shooting incident Thursday that involved the victims' being duct-taped over their eyes and around their wrists, Philadelphia police said. About 5:45 p.m., police responded to the 5600 block of Newtown Avenue in the Lawncrest section for reports of shootings, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. A 26-year-old man was found shot in the back, an arm, and a leg, and was transported by police to Einstein Medical Center, Small said. The second victim, a man in his 20s or 30s, was shot in the head, chest, and a leg, and was pronounced dead at the scene, Small said.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE STRETCH OF Newtown Avenue near Godfrey seems the perfect place to disappear. The narrow, one-way thoroughfare is strewn with trash and shadowed by a thick cover of trees. No houses are nearby, only a few commercial properties and SEPTA train tracks. Yesterday, that remote stretch of pavement became the site of the latest brutal attack to rock Crescentville. Just before 6 p.m., officers found two men shot there, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Duct tape covered their faces and bound their wrists.
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis Zarzycki arrived at the dirty, three-room apartment near 11th and Locust Streets in Center City on an August night, believing he was in for a party with a pair of prostitutes known as Angel and Cinderella, police say. But the ladies' handler, a big guy named Keith Tolbert, whom Zarzycki had dealt with before, had a different plan, police say. They say Zarzycki, 40, who lived with his parents in Northeast Philadelphia, was carrying cash...
NEWS
July 20, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nadirah Ruffin's killers forced her to kneel on a bank of the Schuylkill before shooting her to death and dumping her body in the river. That's what three defendants said Thursday in federal court in Camden as they pleaded guilty to their involvement in her death at 3 a.m. March 27, 2011. The three - Shameria Smith, 26; Aziz Sanders, 20; and Deshawn Hicks, 21 - pleaded guilty to a single count of a federal weapons violation, a charge that carries a potential maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
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