October 29, 2014 |
VIDEO THAT surfaced last week showing a corrections officer in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility allegedly beating a handcuffed prisoner has spurred allegations of preferential treatment of employees based on race in the city's largest jail. Curran-Fromhold Warden Michele Farrell recommended a five-day suspension for the officer, James Weisback, for using excessive force, prison spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. That recommendation is awaiting approval from Prisons Commissioner Louis Giorla, Hawes said.
February 19, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A suspect taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital grabbed for a police officer's gun after his handcuffs were removed for a medical procedure Monday night, police said. Dwayne Walker, 38, of the Tioga section of the city, was in custody in connection with the stabbing Saturday of a 15-year-old boy when he was taken to the hospital, police said. Walker had sustained "a severe laceration" to his hand, police said, but it was unclear when or how. Two officers stationed in his room around 12:30 a.m. Monday removed his handcuffs so hospital staff could conduct testing, police said Once his handcuffs were removed, Walker stood, yelled that he wasn't going back to jail, and tried to grab the gun of one of the officers, police said.
May 10, 2013 |
WHAT THE HELL is going on with the city jails lately? * Capt. Deurward Spellman, director of the Philadelphia Prisons Training Academy, has been accused of having an affair with a current cadet and inappropriate relations with members of past classes. This week, he was moved from the academy to a new post at the Detention Center while an investigation gets underway. * Detention Center Warden John Delaney has been disciplined for mishandling money while he was head of Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
April 17, 2010 |
The FBI is investigating a fight last weekend between accused rapist Jose Carrasquillo and five prison officers that left the inmate hospitalized with head injuries. Carrasquillo, 27, who was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in Kensington last summer, was in fair condition Friday at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, according to hospital officials. He was upgraded from critical condition this week. Carrasquillo was in a coma for days, his aunt Isabel Carrasquillo said in a telephone interview.
August 7, 2009 |
John E. Daughen, 71, a Philadelphia prisons officer for 38 years, died of brain cancer Wednesday at his home in Glen Mills. When he retired June 26, 1999, Mr. Daughen had risen from a guard to become the second highest-ranking officer in the Philadelphia Prisons System. On his retirement, the Prison Board of Trustees approved a resolution honoring him as "a man of integrity and distinction. " Mr. Daughen's son, John J., yesterday recalled his father's ethical approach to his work.
December 4, 2008 |
D. Scott Perrine - the lawyer arrested last week after failing to appear at a hearing in his own drug case - will stay in prison while undergoing a psychiatric and drug evaluation, a city judge ruled yesterday. Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Brown denied Perrine's strenuous arguments to let him go free and find his own treatment program. Brown, however, said she might let him be discharged directly from prison into an inpatient program if Perrine or his attorney can find one. The judge set a hearing for Dec. 23 to check the status of Perrine's evaluation.
December 2, 2008 |
It's not unusual for a lawyer to have to meet a criminal client in a prison. It's another thing to bump into your client because you're living in the same jail. So it is for D. Scott Perrine, now housed at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the Northeast. It's the same prison housing Perrine's client Pete Hopkins, 20, one of three men whose beating by Philadelphia police on May 5 was captured on an infamous video by a Fox29 news helicopter. Independent of the Hopkins case, Perrine, 31, got himself arrested Oct. 24, 2007, while visiting a client at Curran-Fromhold.
November 16, 2006 |
At 11:22 p.m. Nov. 20, 1985, Patrick O'Donnell stubbed out his last cigarette of the day at his bedside. "The last thing before going to sleep was to put the cigarette out," he said, "and the first thing in the morning, you lit up before getting out of bed. " That last cigarette of the day was the ash end of O'Donnell's three-pack-a-day addiction. "If I can quit," said the county commissioner, 58, "anybody can quit. " Today, as the American Cancer Society marks its 30th annual Great American Smokeout, Chester County is witnessing two moves against smoking in public places.
April 3, 2003 |
In yet another black eye for the Bucks County Correctional Facility, a prison lieutenant was charged yesterday with sexually assaulting a female inmate. Lt. David W. Rosser is the fifth prison employee to face charges of sexually assaulting inmates in the last two years. His arrest came a week after Joseph Schuck, a prison investigator hired to ferret out misconduct at the facility, was himself arrested on drug-dealing and bribery charges. Schuck's case took a troubling turn yesterday when a county audit found that he, unlike most new prison employees, had not undergone drug testing when hired.
April 25, 2000 |
A 44-year-old Philadelphia man who sped away from police, dragging a Radnor police sergeant whose arm was caught in the car door, was sentenced yesterday in Delaware County Court to 5 to 10 years in prison. Theodore Rayner told Judge Charles Keeler that he was using drugs and was "paranoid beyond control" when his vehicle was stopped by police on Lancaster Avenue on May 20. "I really didn't know the officer was on the car," he said. Radnor Sgt. George Smith, 33, an eight-year member of the force, testified at an April 10 sentencing hearing that when he leaned in the passenger side of the car, Rayner smiled at him and took off. Smith testified that his left arm was pinned in the door and that the car ran over his leg at one point.