March 21, 1994 |
One inmate stabbed another twice in the buttocks with a kitchen knife in a Saturday morning fight at Riverfront Prison, and authorities said yesterday they were investigating how the inmate got the weapon. Herman Payne, 39, is accused of stabbing Raymond Kates, 38, while both men were working in the kitchen at 8 a.m., said Jim Stabile, public information officer for the state Department of Corrections. The fight was broken up by officers and another inmate, Stabile said. Kates was taken to Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, where he was treated and released Saturday.
July 11, 1990 |
A Riverfront State Prison inmate died yesterday of head injuries he received when he was thrown over a second-floor railing during a fight with another inmate Sunday night, officials said. Michael Van Newkirk, 28, whose last address was in Collingswood, was removed from life support at 6:30 a.m. at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden, according to James Stable, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. Robert Segal, the Camden County medical examiner, concluded that Van Newkirk died of head injuries and that the incident was a homicide.
July 11, 1997 |
A Bucks County jury swiftly rejected charges against a former Bucks County prison inmate who was accused of harassing a prison guard with late-night phone calls after her release from custody. During a brief trial Wednesday, a female prison guard described how her 15-year-old daughter answered the phone at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 27 to hear a woman, identifying herself as "Kathy," making inappropriate sexual remarks. The guard grabbed the phone and said she recognized the voice on the other end as that of Kathy Phillips, a former inmate whom she knew from the jail.
February 15, 1990 |
The tortuous and seemingly unending path to modern-day prison reform in Philadelphia began with a bloody riot at Holmesburg Prison on July 4, 1970. When it was over, 82 inmates and 14 guards had been injured, and public attention had begun to focus on inmate complaints of overcrowding, filth, beatings by guards and sexual assaults. Within days, a challenge to prison conditions was filed. The city's Defender Association sought to free a Holmesburg inmate who couldn't raise bail, citing "cruel and unusual punishment," a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
April 14, 2000 |
The prisoner said he didn't want anybody looking over his shoulder. Especially while he was watching TV. So Hasan Dempsey, 20, of Marston Street near Cumberland, told fellow House of Corrections inmate, Carl Harden, 50, to "get from behind me. " "Then he told me I needed a haircut. He pushed me, and I pushed him back," Dempsey later told police. Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy said the two men walked away from the TV and argued last June 10. About a dozen inmates watched.
August 16, 1988 |
A Riverfront State Prison inmate escaped yesterday afternoon while working on a supervised litter detail in the Bridgeport section of Logan Township, Gloucester County, and was captured in the township about 4 1/2 hours later by local police, officials said. Jorge Sanchez, 40, formerly of the 900 block of State Street, Camden, was discovered missing by correctional officers at 12:25 p.m., said Jim Stabile, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. Sanchez was one of 12 inmates from the medium-security prison in Camden who were accompanied by two guards while collecting litter along Interstate 295, Stabile said.
July 23, 2005 |
A Chester County Prison inmate charged with drug offenses died Wednesday of natural causes, authorities said yesterday. First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Carmody said an autopsy was performed on Joel A. Samuel, 26, by Ian Hood, a Philadelphia deputy medical examiner, who determined that Samuel died of natural causes. Samuel went to the infirmary about 4:15 p.m. after experiencing labored breathing, said Warden D. Edward McFadden. Samuel was transferred to Chester County Hospital at 7:47 p.m., where he was pronounced dead at 8:57, McFadden said.
July 30, 1999 |
The Bucks County Prison inmate who was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease this week contracted the bacteria while incarcerated, health department officials said yesterday. But county officials said they did not believe that other inmates - or workers - at the prison were at risk. "As far as we know, there's no reason for panic in the streets or in the corridors of the prison," said Dr. Lewis Polk, director of the Bucks County Health Department. In most cases, he said, occurrences of Legionnaires' disease are isolated to one person.
May 15, 1995 |
Taunting a fellow prison inmate playing basketball proved fatal to a North Philadelphia man. John Catlett, 20, of Chestnut Street near 58th, was so hassled after his cellblock team lost an April 1 game to another prison team, he allegedly decided to get even with his heckler, Roberto Rolland, police said. As about 18 inmates looked on, Catlett punched Rolland in the jaw, knocking him to the floor of the gym at the city's House of Correction. Rolland, 20, also known as James Moody, of Taney Street near Indiana Avenue, struck his head and was rushed to a hospital.
April 11, 1989 |
A 19-year-old West Philadelphia man died over the weekend shortly after he was found hanging from a bedsheet in his cell at the House of Correction. Tyrone Anthony Vanderhorst, of Poplar Street near 41st, was found Sunday night by guards who were alerted by another inmate, said Deputy Superintendent Phillip Dukes. Dukes said Vanderhorst had used a sheet from the bed that he "twisted until it was tight," then wrapped the sheet around "slats on the window" of his cell and hanged himself.