July 14, 1993 |
The handcuffed Holmesburg Prison inmate, a smallish 30-year-old man, was in a hysterical state, kicking, spitting, screaming and thrashing. A handful of guards, perhaps as many as eight, tried to control him. After the inmate was down, at least one guard stood on his back. Finally, the inmate became quiet. But something was wrong. Minutes later, a prison doctor declared him dead. The medical examiner's autopsy report concluded that the inmate, Wayne Anthony Taitt, had suffocated.
November 30, 1988 |
A Camden County Jail inmate was charged yesterday with murdering his 70- year-old cellmate. Rodney Fowler, 34, of the 1000 block of MacArthur Drive, Camden, is accused of beating Albert Fanelli to death in an Oct. 23 jailhouse fight. Camden County Superior Court Judge A. Donald Bigley set Fowler's bail at $200,000 yesterday. Fanelli, of the 2000 block of White Horse Pike, Lindenwold, was bleeding from a head wound when a corrections officer discovered him lying in his cell about 1 p.m. Oct. 23, First Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Dennis Wixted said yesterday.
April 12, 1989 |
A Graterford inmate who took a correspondence course in witchcraft has filed a lawsuit against prison officials alleging that he is being denied the right to practice his faith. In the lawsuit, filed Monday in Montgomery County Court, Norman Jennings contends that amulets he ordered for $29 from California Astrology Associates in 1987 were returned without his knowledge, violating his right to participate in his religion of choice. "Witchcraft is my religion," Jennings wrote in a 1987 letter to prison Superintendent Charles H. Zimmerman, a copy of which was submitted with his lawsuit.
January 13, 1994 |
A former inmate at a Chesterfield prison was indicted this week on charges that he stabbed a fellow prisoner to death with a homemade knife in front of a crowd of prisoners and guards, Burlington County Prosecutor Stephen G. Raymond said yesterday. Jason Wilkins, 22, of Trenton, is accused of plunging the knife into Fred Ross's chest after the two inmates had a heated argument in the yard of the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility on August 20. Wilkins was serving time on conspiracy charges, and Ross had been convicted on drug possession and distribution charges.
April 3, 2013 |
A corrections officer faces charges in the theft of $72 in cash from an inmate being processed at the Delaware County prison, the District Attorney's Office said Monday. Michael Siler, 45, of Upper Darby, a guard at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, was charged last week with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and theft by failing to make required disposition. Siler is accused of pocketing the money from an inmate who handed in the cash while being processed in October, according to the criminal complaint.
December 16, 1993 |
Haywood Fennell has spent 25 years in prison because he has refused to violate the inmates' code against ratting on a pal, the prosecutor said. Yesterday, Fennell, now 43, continued his devotion to the code by refusing to testify against Stephen Watkins, 44, whom he originally implicated in a statement to police in the stabbing death of Joseph Hayes, 42, during a 1968 robbery. The district attorney's office brought Watkins to trial because Fennell had said he was ready to testify.
May 3, 1988 |
An inmate at Graterford state prison assaulted a staff psychiatrist with a 2 1/2-pound weight from a barbell yesterday morning, inflicting minor head injuries, state police said. The 34-year-old inmate was subdued by guards at the Montgomery County prison's social services department, said State Trooper George Kadash of the Limerick Barracks. The psychiatrist received immediate first aid at the prison infirmary and was transferred to Montgomery Hospital in Norristown, where she was treated for head injuries and released, Kadash said.
December 20, 1991 |
A Camden city man was caught trying to smuggle 10 bags of heroin concealed in a paperback book to an inmate at the Camden County Jail, authorities said yesterday. Joseph Czarnecki, 19, of the 2000 block of Howell Street, was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of heroin and possession with intent to distribute. He was being held in the Camden County Jail yesterday after failing to post $7,500 bail. Sgt. Philip J. Dollarton, a spokesman for Camden County Sheriff William J. Simon, said that at 6 p.m., Czarnecki walked up to the visitors' desk and presented a corrections officer with a set of long underwear and a copy of Mario Puzo's novel The Fourth K for delivery to an inmate.
February 28, 2013
An inmate has killed a guard at a federal prison in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Prison officials say that Monday night at the Canaan penitentiary in Waymart, about 20 miles northeast of Scranton, Correctional Officer Eric Williams was working in a housing unit when an inmate attacked him with a homemade weapon. Williams was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. The Bureau of Prisons says Williams is the first federal corrections officer killed on the job in nearly five years.