January 25, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Closing arguments in the trial of a fired state prison guard charged with abusing inmates who were gay or were serving sentences for child molestation hinged on credibility and a disturbing question: Have the convicted child predators found another victim by making up heinous accusations to frame an honest guard or are they now the victims of a power-hungry predator? "If we can't trust our children around these monsters, we can't believe them and that oath [to testify truthfully]
September 17, 1997 |
City Correctional Officer Rudolph Delvecchia went from the pot to the frying pan last Nov. 11. And he ended up in the cooler. Delvecchia was charged with keeping a small amount of marijuana he had seized from a prisoner at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. Delvecchia, 58, a veteran of 13 years as a prison guard, was charged with drug possession after he took the weed to police for processing, and some fell out of his pocket. Yesterday, after defense lawyer Patrick Artur asked for justice for his client, Municipal Judge J. Earl Simmons acquitted Delvecchia.
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.
July 30, 1989 |
A county prison guard who says he was fired for refusing to work a fourth eight-hour shift in a 40-hour period has taken his case to the county commissioners. The guard, Richard J. Viggiano of Bristol Township, told the commissioners at their meeting Wednesday that just as he was finishing an eight-hour shift at 2 p.m. Saturday, he was asked to work another eight-hour shift. He had worked from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. the previous day. When he told prison supervisors that he was too exhausted to work another double shift, Viggiano said, he was given the choice of working the hours or turning in his badge and giving up his job. After he asked that someone else work overtime to make up for short staffing, Viggiano said, he was told that Warden Arthur M. Wallenstein had been contacted and had approved firing him if he did not continue working.
January 16, 1993 |
A Graterford Prison guard lieutenant testified yesterday he was "disgusted" when he saw the injuries fellow guards inflicted on three inmates who had just arrived at the maximum security prison, especially one inmate who died eight months after the November 1989 beating. "He was just all beat up," testified Douglas Evans, referring to the appearance of Richard Mayo, an inmate who had AIDS and diabetes and was lying in his cell. "His eyes were completely closed. I've never seen a face swollen like that.
January 30, 1991 |
Bernard J. "Nard" Vann Jr., prison guard, charmer with children and a gifted musician who played at area churches, died Monday of a respiratory ailment. He was 29 and lived in South Philadelphia. Nard, or "Peanut" to many family members, was a guard at Graterford Prison for the past year. But thousands of Philadelphians knew him as a talent on the piano and organ. He had performed with gospel groups on programs at the Shubert and Walnut Street theaters and the Academy of Music.
June 25, 2009
Sharlelle N. Butler, 27, of Mount Airy, a state prison guard and former Army military police officer in Iraq, died of pancreatic cancer last Thursday in Chestnut Hill Hospital. A 1999 graduate of Bodine High School for International Affairs, Miss Butler entered Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Kappa sorority. She received a bachelor's degree there in 2006. Miss Butler joined the Army Reserve in 2000 while in college, said her mother, Lynnell, a Philadelphia police officer in the 17th District.
August 2, 2013 |
A Bucks County prison guard was charged Wednesday with crimes including simple assault and recklessly endangering another person after he allegedly shot at someone in Holland last month over a dispute about his girlfriend. Anthony Pekarski Jr., 26, of Levittown, was driving his girlfriend and two others about 2 a.m. June 21 when Pekarski noticed one of the passengers, Pearson Crosby, talking with Pekarski's girlfriend in the backseat, according to court documents. Pekarski pulled over, documents say, and ordered Crosby to get out. The two got into a physical confrontation outside the car, and Pekarski eventually reached inside and pulled out a .40-caliber Ruger.
June 27, 1989 |
A former Bucks County corrections officer was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to beating his fiancee, also a prison guard, after an employee Christmas party. Anthony S. Portella, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated and simple assault, intimidation of a witness and false imprisonment for two attacks on Linda Smith, 22, in a condominium they shared in Quakertown. Common Pleas Court President Judge Isaac S. Garb, who handed down the sentence, asked Portella why he had beaten Smith.
December 6, 2012 |
With bloodstains on his pants, a Delaware County corrections officer walked into the Tinicum Township police station Wednesday and asked the chief to put him in handcuffs. "He indicated he did something bad," said District Attorney Jack Whelan, who announced at a news conference that Winlaw Muzirwa had been charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, Daisy Janbawo. Whelan said Muzirwa, 38, entered the station at 10:15 a.m. Moments later police found his 34-year-old wife's body in the third-flood bedroom of the couple's home in the 500 block of Third Street, shot in the face and back.