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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]
NEWS
September 17, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 30, 1989 | By Linda A. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
January 16, 1993 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 30, 1991 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 27, 1989 | By Harold Shelly, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 14, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A CITY PRISON inmate awaiting trial for three unrelated murders attacked a correctional officer and a nurse at Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he'd been taken for a medical procedure, in a botched escape attempt yesterday. The inmate, Justin Mackie, 20, was tackled by hospital security officers and remains under guard at Einstein for unspecified reasons. The correctional officer remains hospitalized with head injuries, prisons spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. The nurse was treated and released, Einstein spokesman Damien Woods said.
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January 9, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A BUCKS COUNTY prison guard with a Sawschlong Obsession, or a proclivity for ogling inmates' private parts, was arrested for, among other jailhouse shocks, forcing inmates to play "patty-cake [pat-a-cake]" and hug one another, prosecutors said. Joseph Mullen, 28, of Feasterville, was charged by an investigating grand jury with official oppression and harassment yesterday after his sexually suggestive actions toward prisoners at the Bucks County Correctional Facility gave inmates the gruesome prison blues, according to authorities.
NEWS
November 26, 2014
OK KIDS, in advance of that all-American holiday when too many eat too much of their favorite foods, I offer a sampling of the journalistic equivalent of yummy. For just as tasty turkey, gravy, cornbread or oyster stuffing, candied yams, greens, sweet potato or pecan pie excite the palates of your family and friends, delicious quotes from the public sector get journalistic juices flowing. Pennsylvania politics provides an all-you-can-believe buffet. There are far too many bon mots to mention.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A COMMONWEALTH Court panel yesterday denied an appeal by the city prison guards union of a 2012 arbitration award that resulted in less generous pension benefits for new hires and lower wage increases than the union had sought. The union, Local 159 of AFSCME District Council 33, argued that the arbitration award was flawed because it took into account the city's financial condition. But Commonwealth Judge Bernard McGinley wrote in yesterday's decision that the city's ability to pay is applicable in deciding the award, siding with lawyers for Mayor Nutter's administration and the Common Pleas Court decision that was under appeal.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A STATE PRISON guard now is jailed after police arrested him in a tax-fraud scheme that allegedly netted him and his four accomplices thousands of dollars. Kenneth Davidson, 38, a corrections officer at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, allegedly headed the scam, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Davidson worked a part-time, seasonal job at H&R Block and used his position there - unknown to his bosses - to file fraudulent tax returns and get refunds worth thousands, according to the D.A.'s office.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County correctional officers voted 120-82 on Monday to join the Teamsters, a union official said. The balloting took place at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Lower Providence Township, with 225 guards eligible to vote, said Chris O'Donnell, business agent for Teamsters Local 384. "Long overdue," he said of the results. Once the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board certifies the Teamsters as the officers' bargaining representative, the union will talk more to its new members and draft a contract proposal.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
THORNBURY The allegations are vivid: African American inmates placed for hours at a time in a "dirty cell" strewn with rotten food, human feces, and urine. White guards "waterboarding" black prisoners with pepper spray until they vomit. K-9 officers letting "their dogs urinate on the belongings and bedding" of black inmates. The claims are spelled out in lawsuits filed by two guards at Delaware County's prison, the George Hill Correctional Facility in Thornbury. The private company that runs the prison denies the accusations, and a lawyer for the county prison board called them "sensational" and noted they had not been substantiated.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN Some days at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, officers there say, there are so few guards that only one is available to patrol the general population area for male inmates. There are so few, they say, they sometimes can't take bathroom breaks and have to relieve themselves in garbage cans. That personnel shortage accompanies more traditional workplace complaints from some of the county's 235 correctional officers - too little pay and shrinking benefits.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ONE DAY when Bob Jackson was a soldier in the South Pacific during World War II, he got a summons to see his commanding officer. "Uh-oh," Bob thought. "What have I done now?" But when he reported, he was told he had a visitor. It turned out to be his brother Harold, who was serving with another outfit in the same theater of operations. "You can imagine how thrilled he was," said his daughter Eileen Frierson. But Bob was not thrilled with his duties as the war in the Solomon Islands raged about him. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft unit, but, being a black man, he was not allowed in combat.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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