June 20, 1999 |
It began with a former employee shooting his way into a Norristown State Hospital administration building. It ended, almost exactly two days later, with him cowering amid the bodies of the two female nursing supervisors whom police said he had just shot. When it was over, one of the women was dead, the other was wounded, Denis P. Czajkowski, 40, of Collegeville, was facing murder charges, and authorities were facing questions about what they did and did not do during last week's 46-hour hostage standoff.
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.
February 26, 1987 |
Norristown State Hospital, which failed a federal inspection last fall because it was understaffed, has passed a second inspection and is now fully in compliance with federal standards, a state Department of Public Welfare official said yesterday. "We have hired about 25 additional nursing staff, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and psychiatric aides," said Matt Jones, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Welfare. Jones said the hospital was continuing to "recruit staff in all three areas" so that it would have nursing staff in reserve.
November 4, 1986 |
Francis Hanley calls it the Green Hamburger Story. And his version of it - which is challenged by the administration at Norristown State Hospital, where it supposedly took place - goes like this: In 1985, a Fourth of July picnic was to be held for the mental patients in Building 9 at the hospital. Hamburger meat was sent over from the institution's kitchen for the event. But when it arrived, nurses and aides reported, the meat appeared green and spoiled. They called the office of Dorothy M. Cleaver, superintendent of the hospital, to complain.
March 11, 1988 |
Sylvia Seegrist went to jail for life yesterday after psychiatrists ruled they could do nothing more to treat her mental illness. Seegrist, 27, was transferred from Norristown State Hospital to the State Correctional Institution at Muncy in Lycoming County to begin serving three consecutive life sentences for her 1985 shooting spree at the Springfield Mall, said prison spokeswoman Anne Forgacs. State law says Seegrist will not be eligible for parole unless the governor commutes her sentence.
September 27, 1998 |
When the State Hospital for the Insane of the Southeastern District of Pennsylvania, now known as Norristown State Hospital, opened its doors in 1880, both its physical plant and its treatment program were on the cutting edge of mental health in this country. Previously, the indigent mentally ill of seven Southeastern Pennsylvania counties had been warehoused in the various county almshouses. There, many lived in squalor and neglect. Information in the library of the Historical Society of Montgomery County reveals that in 1876, an act of the General Assembly directed that the governor appoint a commission to select a site and build a hospital for the insane in the region.
January 27, 2011 |
The former president of a union representing workers at Norristown State Hospital has been charged with stealing more than $22,000 of its funds. Montgomery County prosecutors say Thomas Lee Wicker, who headed American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2348, withdrew thousands of dollars from the union's account through ATMs and checks made out to local vendors for food, gas, and other expenses he claimed were incurred on union...
August 13, 2003 |
Vacant buildings at Norristown State Hospital could be reclaimed to treat the wounded in the event of a terrorism attack, state and county officials said yesterday. Joseph DiMino, director of the Montgomery County Health Department, wants to refurbish an unused medical building at the hospital to absorb a potential surge in casualties caused by bioterrorism or other attack. He has yet to persuade anyone to pay for the estimated $1 million that the work would require. Norristown's proximity to transportation hubs would make it a perfect site to treat less-serious injuries, DiMino said.
May 15, 2002 |
He had been physically attacked twice, he said. His phone rang with threatening phone calls for two years. And someone had even pulled the vehicle identification number off his car. Denis Czajkowski, the ex-Norristown State Hospital nurse who killed one former supervisor and wounded another during a two-day hostage standoff in June 1999, yesterday took the stand to describe a conspiracy against him that he said made him fear for his life....
January 28, 2000 |
A cabdriver whose taxi police said was stolen by a man who walked away from an unlocked ward at Norristown State Hospital earlier this month testified yesterday that he was dragged for several feet as he tried to stop the carjacking. Antonio Ruiz testified at a preliminary hearing that Brian Kerrick, 19, moved from the back seat to the driver seat after Ruiz stopped at a pizza shop to ask directions to the state hospital. Kerrick, who had been missing from the hospital since Dec. 31, had hailed Ruiz at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard in Philadelphia for a ride back at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 10. Following the district court hearing, Kerrick was held for trial in Montgomery County Court on charges of robbery of a motor vehicle, theft and unauthorized use of an automobile.