December 7, 2014 |
There were many times during Khasiem Carr's tumultuous journey through Pennsylvania's mental health and prison systems when it seemed things couldn't get worse. Then, they generally did. For instance, after two months in solitary confinement at the Bucks County prison, Carr was refusing food and water, and was rushed to the hospital to be treated for dehydration and malnutrition. After more than a year in solitary, he entered a guilty plea in hope of getting out of the hole and into mental-health care in a state prison.
November 30, 2014 |
The name of our town is West Norriton, 40 degrees north latitude, 75 degrees west longitude. Population: about 16,000, give or take a few hundred. It's just across the border from Norristown, the Montgomery County seat. Down there, at the bottom of that sloping cornfield, is the hospital for those with urgent psychiatric troubles. Goes by the name of Montgomery County Emergency Service, MCES for short. Our story begins last spring with a team-building staff retreat. Leading it is Gabriel Nathan, an enthusiastic young man with a theatrical background.
September 25, 2014 |
WHEN KATHLEEN Young came to Philadelphia from a small town in North Carolina to attend nursing school, it had to have been something of a culture shock. But rather than being cowed or changed by the clash of environments, Kathleen adjusted, got married, had five children and reveled in the artistic opportunities available in an urban setting. She brought her Southern charm and graciousness with her, and they never deserted her. Kathleen Troncelliti, as she became after marrying world-renowned surgeon Manrico A. Troncelliti, a tireless volunteer in numerous charitable and civic endeavors, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Sept.
July 19, 2014 |
Police in Pottstown, Lower Salford, and elsewhere are searching for a patient who escaped Thursday morning from the grounds of Norristown State Hospital. Jessie Martinez, 24, was reported missing just before noon and slipped away before police had secured a perimeter, said West Norriton Township Deputy Chief Mike Kelly. Martinez is about 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, Kelly said. He may be wearing green pants or a green shirt. He had been involuntarily committed to the mental hospital by his mother and "does have some tendencies toward violence," Kelly said.
April 3, 2014 |
For 27 years, Nancy Yoder has lived yards from the spot where a deranged neighbor murdered her brother. She has seen the man's relatives almost daily, at first uncomfortable with the closeness, then angered by their lack of apology, then accepting - even though the killer was never held accountable. On Tuesday, she came within feet of that man, Stefan Szczesniuk, in Chester County Court and heard the word she had been waiting on for decades: Guilty. After hearing it, Yoder said, "I felt more pity than anything.
August 9, 2012 |
Since March 13, when a Philadelphia judge ordered Leo Bullman transferred from a locked criminal psychiatric unit at Norristown State Hospital to a less-restrictive civil-commitment ward, state officials have insisted they have had no beds available. On Wednesday - facing a contempt-of-court hearing with Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons promising a $1,000-a-day fine for every day Bullman, 68, remained at Norristown's Building 51 - a civil-side bed materialized. "Leo has been moved," said Luna Pattela, a lawyer with the mental health unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, which has represented Bullman in a pending assault charge from a neighborhood dispute.
May 25, 2012 |
Waving small plastic shovels, a crowd of 100 well-wishers broke symbolic ground Thursday on a new performing arts center for Norristown that officials hope will help bring cultural revival and economic prosperity back to the beleaguered Montgomery County seat. I'm so thrilled," said Erin Reilly, cofounder of Theatre Horizon, Norristown's professional drama company. "Today is the day when dreams come true. It's an auspicious beginning. " While the renovation to the first floor of the former Bell Telephone Building will provide permanent digs for the drama company for the first time, a lot more is riding on the $1 million project.
May 24, 2012 |
On a March morning in 2009, Tyree Bush fired a 9mm weapon at a man heading to a corner store in Overbrook to buy Pampers. The timid teenager was a lousy shot, striking the victim in the hand. Bush, a gentle loner with an IQ of 52, had no clue what he was doing except following orders from a menacing neighborhood drug dealer. For the next three years, state and local officials found themselves equally perplexed about how to punish, and release, an unlikely felon at a time of dwindling resources for the intellectually disabled.
December 27, 2011
Montgomery County prosecutors are seeking the return to prison of an Upper Merion man hospitalized for mental-health treatment after his arrest in the stabbing deaths of his parents and twin brother in March. Joseph McAndrew Jr., 24, is charged with first- and third-degree murder and related offenses in the March 5 slayings of Joseph McAndrew, 70; Susan McAndrew, 64; and James McAndrew, 23, in Upper Merion Township. Assistant District Attorney Tracey Potere filed a petition Friday seeking to have McAndrew transferred from Norristown State Hospital to the county prison.