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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.
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December 5, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
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.
NEWS
March 28, 1990 | By Howard Goodman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 9, 1997 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 2, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 4, 1987 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 17, 1989 | By Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 22, 1989 | By John Woestendiek, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 23, 1990 | By Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 18, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Mayfair man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence Thursday and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison for hitting and killing a man on crutches as he crossed Frankford Avenue. George Mullen, 26, said he was "truly sorry" for the June 6, 2014, accident that killed Timothy Quisito, 49, of Holmesburg, as he crossed Frankford Avenue at Sheffield Avenue. "It bothers me every day that someone lost his uncle or brother, who is not coming home because of me," Mullen told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe.
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July 17, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writershawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A DRIVER WHO struck a man crossing a street on crutches last year pleaded guilty Thursday and apologized for taking another man's life. "I'm so sorry someone lost his life in this situation," George Mullen, 26, said before Common Pleas Judge J. Scott O'Keefe. "It bothers me every day that someone lost his uncle or brother, who is not coming home. " It was about 11 p.m. June 6, 2014, when Mullen, driving a Ford Taurus north on Frankford Avenue, just past Sheffield Avenue in Holmesburg, struck Timothy Quisito, 49, Assistant District Attorney Alisa Shver said.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A BILL THAT would allow the city to buy riverfront land to build a replacement for the adjacent, crumbling House of Correction appears to be on lockdown. City Councilman Bobby Henon - the bill's sponsor - yesterday sent Mayor Nutter a letter saying that instead of putting the bill up for a vote this morning, he would refer it back to committee. Additional hearings will be held in the fall, a series of telephone town halls will be held in the meantime and a prison-reform working group will be convened to "work to find common ground," Henon said in his letter.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
RUDOLPH KEITT Jr., the man who was shot by police last month after allegedly hitting several cops with his car, has been found incompetent to face his preliminary hearing, a prosecutor told a judge yesterday. A forensic psychiatrist has recommended that Keitt be committed for mental-health treatment for 60 days, Assistant District Attorney Jacob Sand said. An Aug. 11 status date was scheduled for the next briefing on Keitt's mental competency. Keitt, 47, who is being held in a city jail in the Philadelphia Prison System complex in Holmesburg, is expected to be transferred to its mental-health wing.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barely 36 hours after a horrific hit-and-run accident that cost him his right leg, stage actor Michael Toner focused on the future. "What can you say? Life is unpredictable," Toner, 68, said Wednesday from his hospital bed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "I've been in much worse situations, let's put it that way. " Toner ended up at Jefferson after a vehicle ran him down before 1 a.m. Tuesday on Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets, where he remained until a passerby found him. Toner said he had been running errands when he was struck, which he thinks happened about 11 p.m. Otherwise, he doesn't remember anything.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
HOLMESBURG and Mayfair residents made their voices heard last night on whether the city should spend about $7.2 million to buy waterfront property to replace the decrepit House of Correction. About 65 people showed up at a Holmesburg Civic Association meeting at the Holmesburg Recreation Center and peppered City Councilman Bobby Henon and Commissioner of Prisons Louis Giorla with questions and comments. "We've been dealing with prisons since 1874 and we're done," said Peter McDermott, of Mayfair.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
AMID HEAVY criticism from education advocates, City Councilman Bobby Henon yesterday held a bill that calls for the city to spend more than $7 million to purchase property along the Delaware River that some say could be used to build a replacement prison for the adjacent dilapidated House of Correction, built in 1874. Henon, whose 6th District includes the 58-acre Holmesburg property, postponed a vote on the bill during Council's regular meeting, where about 40 public school advocates cheered for speakers decrying what they called the "school-to-prison pipeline" and demanding that lawmakers spend tax dollars on schools instead of prisons.
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May 22, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
MAYBE IT WAS because he looked like a stunt double for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, but when Peter McDermott of Mayfair told the City Planning Commission that he "couldn't think of a worse use for a waterfront property" than putting a prison on it, the commission listened. After McDermott's passionate appeal, the commission on Tuesday voted to disapprove a bill to give the city authority to buy a 58-acre lot on the Delaware River at State Road near Bleigh Avenue in Holmesburg for up to $7.2 million.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have charged a North Philadelphia man with murder in the death of a 39-year-old woman found buried in a yard in Frankford last month. Jeffrey Bowen, 30, of the 300 block of East Erie Avenue, was charged with murder, robbery, abuse of a corpse and related offenses. He was arrested March 24 after police were flagged down on the 4700 block of Frankford Avenue and led to a backyard where they saw a human foot protruding from the soil. Bowen was taken into custody nearby after a brief struggle with officers.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
IN A BEAT-UP maroon Toyota Corolla, Carol Rostucher drives slowly up Kensington Avenue, the street of tortured souls lost in heroin's handgrip. She scans the young faces, the ones with the faraway eyes of self-disgust. One of them might be her son, Drew, a handsome 25-year-old. He was her first-born, once an athletic, artistic "social butterfly. " She knows he is out here. "As long as he's breathing, there is hope," she says. Garbage bags filled with blankets, hats, gloves and feet warmers cover the back seat.
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