August 11, 1991
U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro served up a fat pitch to her critics when she suggested that the city seek input from the inmates as it plans a new 1,000-bed prison in the Northeast. "I suppose they'll want a rec room, a spa and bathing suits," City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski cracked to the Daily News Tuesday. Why so modest? We imagined that each cell might be equipped with a Jacuzzi, a color TV and a queen-size bed, luxuries made possible by the money saved from doing away with all those unsightly metal bars.
December 5, 2013 |
WHEN PATTI Vaughn, who has lived on the same Holmesburg block for 34 years, saw the Nite Owl neighborhood taproom on her corner deteriorate into the Last Call Tavern nuisance bar, she fought a long, lonely battle to shut it down. Vaughn's neighbors agreed with her about the bar's loud music shattering the late-night quiet and about the closing-time brawls that spilled onto Decatur Street and into the middle of Frankford Avenue. But the neighbors were nervous about publicly opposing the bar. So Vaughn repeatedly called the police, the Liquor Control Board and the District Attorney's Public Nuisance Task Force.
March 28, 1990 |
Two Holmesburg Prison inmates contended yesterday that they had been kept in segregation over the weekend without being released from their cells for any reason - in violation of a consent decree governing prison conditions. Warden Willie Gray vehemently denied the allegation and insisted that officials had abided by the consent decree, which says that even the most severely punished inmates are entitled to two hours out of their cells for every 22 of confinement. The two - Timothy Schofield and Parrish Barnes - were among about a dozen prisoners who inmate sources said were placed in strict segregation last weekend.
April 9, 1997 |
U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro yesterday vented her frustrations over the unending city prison crowding case by suggesting that the city reopen its notorious Holmesburg prison. Though aware of the city's "great sense of triumph in closing Holmesburg" in late 1995, Shapiro said the city has not been able to get cooperation from the courts on bail and sentencing issues, and that hefty fines have not seemed to work either. "I'm pretty dried out of ideas," she said. "I've tried almost everything.
November 2, 2013 |
Police are searching for three men who they say made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the armed robbery of an armored car in Holmesburg on Thursday morning. About 9:30, two men wearing Halloween masks from the Scream movies approached two guards delivering cash in a Garda armored car outside a Wells Fargo bank branch on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue, FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said. The men were carrying TEC-9-style guns, Adamowski said. A TEC-9 is a semiautomatic weapon with a long clip that resembles a small submachine gun. One guard was already outside the truck unloading money, Adamowski said.
February 4, 1987 |
Holmesburg Prison Warden Gaetano Curione, who allegedly took a cash gift from Roofers Union boss Steve Traitz in 1985, will retire, Philadelphia Prisons Superintendent David S. Owens Jr. announced last night. "The decison to retire was his," Owens said, after a meeting with the warden yesterday. Owens said Curione admitted taking an unspecified amount of cash from Traitz in December of 1985, but insisted Traitz had given him the money to give to an inmate at Holmesburg, the city's maximum security prison.
November 17, 1989 |
Twelve Holmesburg Prison inmates were charged yesterday in connection with the Oct. 28 riot in which more than 160 inmates and guards were injured. The men were taken in small groups yesterday from the prison to the 15th Police District station at Harbison Avenue and Levick Street, where they were to be arraigned today on charges of riot, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and terroristic threats. They were identified as Keith Anderson, Alfie Coates, Kevin Everett, Tracey Fletcher, Ronald Jackson, Michael Allen, Michael White, Bryan Dozier, David Starling, Vernon Hill, Keith Washington and Anthony Williams.
January 14, 2015 |
Investigators believe three execution-style murders in Holmesburg last weekend may be connected to a "drug nexus," homicide Capt. James Clark said. Jason Stratos, 40, of Bristol; Ramon Ortiz, 40, of Holmesburg; and Sarith Mang, 30, of Logan, were found shot to death in a home on the 4600 block of Vista Street late Saturday night after police responded to a report of a person screaming. All three men had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police said. They were pronounced dead on the scene at 11:35 p.m. Clark said detectives are "working around the clock" on the case.
August 22, 1989 |
Twelve Holmesburg Prison inmates were injured, one of them seriously, in a fight Sunday night between two groups of inmates, prison officials said. About 35 inmates, some of them armed with homemade weapons, took part in the disturbance, which prison officials said broke out about 10:25 p.m. on the prison's B-block. One inmate, Christopher Wilkins, 21, was stabbed in the abdomen. He was admitted Sunday night to Frankford Hospital's Torresdale Campus, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday, according to a hospital spokesman.
March 23, 1990 |
More than 200 homemade weapons were found in Philadelphia's tense Holmesburg prison during two shakedowns earlier this month, and there have been stabbings and growing violence among feuding inmate factions, prison officials said yesterday. The weapons and violence were the reason that the now 10-day-old lockdown was put into effect at the prison March 13, the officials said. They said the lockdown probably would continue until Monday. The statements came during a hearing in Common Pleas Court before two of the three judges who are overseeing a consent decree between the city and prison inmates that requires certain levels of service and staffing at the prison.