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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.
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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
July 7, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old man was shot in the stomach in Holmesburg on Tuesday afternoon. The shooting happened on the 7400 block of Rowland Avenue at 12:19 p.m., according to Philadelphia police. The victim was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus in stable condition, police said. The suspect is unknown and no arrests have been made. lfeiner@philly.com 215-854-5915 @lauren_feiner  
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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
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.
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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
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.
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August 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 34-year-old Holmesburg man was held for trial Tuesday on charges stemming from a May hit-and-run that critically injured an off-duty SEPTA Transit Police officer. The officer, Gary Miller, 44, was out for an afternoon run on Rowland Avenue in Holmesburg on May 22 when he was hit by a Saturn sedan. Jeffrey Soder, also known as Jeffrey Sickel, was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, driving under the influence, and related charges. Soder, of the 4600 block of Kraydor Street, was ordered held for trial after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Wendy Pew. He remains in custody at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Holmesburg.
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July 7, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old man was shot in the stomach in Holmesburg on Tuesday afternoon. The shooting happened on the 7400 block of Rowland Avenue at 12:19 p.m., according to Philadelphia police. The victim was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus in stable condition, police said. The suspect is unknown and no arrests have been made. lfeiner@philly.com 215-854-5915 @lauren_feiner  
NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
A day after the city said it would house in Holmesburg Prison protesters arrested during the Democratic National Convention, plans have changed. "In the event of any arrest, we will first use other jails in the system," Shawn Hawes, spokeswoman for the city's prison system, said Wednesday. Hawes said the department assessed the available space in the regularly operating jails and determined that at least two other facilities for men have plenty of units: the Detention Center and the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC)
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The city's shuttered Holmesburg Prison will be available during the Democratic National Convention to hold arrested protesters if necessary. Shawn Hawes, spokeswoman for the city's prisons system, said the facility is being readied on an if-needed basis for the convention, July 25 to 28. "If we had to activate Holmesburg, that would be out of necessity for a mass-arrest kind of processing situation," she said. "We're always ready to open whenever necessary, so, like the city, we're hoping for the best, preparing just in case.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
From the start, Ronald Dorsey had been considered a suspect in the 2014 slayings of Dollie May "Grandmom" Evans and her roommate, Ruby April Thomas. Evans, 67, was known to sell crack cocaine from the house in the 4700 block of Vista Street in Holmesburg. So was Evans' boarder, James Mears, recently paroled from prison on a 2010 gun case and on the lam from a halfway house. And detectives knew of a flurry of cellphone calls between Mears and Dorsey, a drug dealer who lived on the 1100 block of E. Upsal Street, in the hours after the slayings.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police on Thursday were seeking the public's help in identifying a motorist who hit a man who was out running Sunday afternoon in Holmesburg. The driver fled the scene, leaving the victim critically injured on the roadway. About 3 p.m. Sunday, a 44-year-old man was running on the 7600 block of Rowland Avenue when a man driving a dark-colored Saturn sedan south on Rowland struck the victim from behind, police said. The crash caused the victim to hit the driver's windshield before landing on the road.
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May 5, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A man's body was found in Holmesburg Wednesday morning in what police are calling a "suspicious death. " The man, who has not been identified, was outside of a home on the 8100 block of Crispin Street when he was found about 6:50 a.m., police said. He was unresponsive and wearing only his underwear, police said. The man suffered blunt-force trauma to his body and was pronounced dead by medics at the scene. No arrest has been made in the case. shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592 @julieshawphilly
NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
The flashy website for Saints & Sinners swingers club boasts that its new location in Northeast Philadelphia will have "stripper poles," and open, semiprivate, and private "play rooms. " It also invites all to its grand opening on April 16, but it does not disclose the location. But when word leaked out that the newest addition to the swinging scene would be housed in a former catering hall in a strip mall along Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg, residents, the local neighborhood association, and the district councilman became concerned.
NEWS
March 28, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
IF YOU'RE IN Mayfair in May, you might want to look for a new crop of monarch butterflies. They will be part of the Mayfair Monarch Project, an effort to increase the number of monarch butterflies in North America, and spruce up the corridor between Mayfair and Holmesburg. The project is the brainchild of Steve Kanya, who for 24 years has operated a not-so-little shop of critters called the Insectarium in Holmesburg. In a few weeks, Kanya plans to unveil a new Butterfly Rainforest Pavilion inside the 8,000-square-foot warehouse behind his existing business and museum.
NEWS
March 20, 2016
Man arrested in Phila. killing; second male sought Police have arrested one man and are searching for a second in connection with the Friday evening execution-style killing of a 22-year-old man near Somerset and A Streets in North Philadelphia. Two men on an orange off-road motorcycle targeted the victim, who was standing on a sidewalk, police said. A gunman shot the victim and then stood over the fallen man and fired more shots, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at 5:44 p.m. at Temple University Hospital.
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