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.
September 25, 1987 |
Prison guards assaulted inmates as their superiors watched after a 1983 disturbance at the Camp Hill state prison, a state investigating grand jury has found. In a report released yesterday, the panel recommended that the state Department of Corrections start disciplinary proceedings against the prison officers, but it stopped short of calling for criminal charges, citing "confusion over the exact events" and the length of time that has elapsed since the incident. The department had originally refused to initiate disciplinary action against the guards, some of whom still work at the prison, which is in Cumberland County, near Harrisburg.
December 3, 1994 |
It wasn't exactly the Great Escape. Timothy Morgan, 35, spent more than 18 hours hiding in a Graterford Prison dumpster hoping to ride a trash truck to freedom. Instead, he wound up in the prison infirmary yesterday for treatment of low body temperature. Morgan's adventure began about noon Thursday, when he climbed into one of four dumpsters on a loading platform outside the Graterford kitchen, said prison spokesman Alan LeFebvre. Morgan, of Scranton, who is serving three to 10 years for burglary, turned up missing at 7 p.m. during a routine cell check, LeFebvre said.
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.
March 3, 1994 |
DURBAN CHIEF AGAIN CALLS FOR ZULU LAND In South Africa, Mangosuthu Buthelezi made a fresh call yesterday for a sovereign Zulu kingdom, saying he would only end his election boycott if the demand was met. The Zulu leader's statement appeared to be political brinksmanship in a bid to win concessions from the rival ANC as the deadline approached for parties to register for the nation's first all-race election in April. The African National Congress, South Africa's largest political group, is expected to win the election.
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.
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.
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.
June 16, 1989
All else having failed, U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro is now talking about early releases for certain convicts in Philadelphia prisons, which are so crowded that inmates sleep on the gym floors. District Attorney Ronald D. Castille has gone ballistic, calling such a remedy sentence-tampering. He says he'll fight right up to the Supreme Court if the judge goes that route, which would let inmates out as much as 60 days early. If the district attorney is in a fighting mood, we've got another, eminently winnable battle to suggest, one that he's already involved in. It is the upcoming legislative fight for something called "earned time" in Pennsylvania prisons.
March 7, 1997 |
County commissioners think they may have come up with a solution to the air problems in Bucks County Prison: get the prisoners to stop smoking. Commissioners Sandy Miller and Charles Martin voted Wednesday to table a decision on a $30,766 contract for cigarettes - 2,860 cartons' worth - with the idea it may alleviate some of the environmental woes at the prison. County Health Department officials declared the prison a "sick building" after an employee survey last fall showed almost 80 percent - 73 of the 92 respondents - reported health problems related to bad air. Sick building syndrome occurs when there are an abnormally high number of illnesses such as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat and respiratory infections.