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August 27, 2003 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It can happen quickly when the fragile emotional undercurrents of prison life boil over: An inmate takes advantage of a split-second security lapse and then beats, stomps or chokes the life out of another prisoner. That's what happened Saturday in Massachusetts to John J. Geoghan, the pedophile former priest who was strangled and beaten to death by a fellow inmate. And that's what happened four years ago in Trenton when pent-up rage on New Jersey's death row led one inmate to kill another.
NEWS
November 2, 2007 | By Jan Hefler INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 15-year-old Camden boy who police said has confessed his involvement in the beating death of a homeless man has been placed in protective custody after other Camden County Youth Detention Center inmates were caught plotting to kill him, his relatives said yesterday. The boy, whose name is being withheld by authorities because of his age, is one of four teenagers from Pennsauken and Camden accused of attacking John Anthony Smith, 53, as he slept on a park bench and beating him to near death with his own cane.
NEWS
July 26, 2007 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 18-year-old charged with the road-rage killing of 14-year-old Tykeem Law was injured in a fight in a holding cell and sent to a hospital just before his preliminary hearing yesterday. Charles Meyers, of South Philadelphia, had been in protective custody and in isolation at a city prison. When taken to the Criminal Justice Center, he was placed in a cell with other inmates in protective custody, said his lawyer, Jeremy-Evan Alva. Meyers was "beat up so badly that 911 was called," Alva said.
NEWS
June 28, 1994 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nicky Scarfo Jr. has been sprung from the protective-custody wing of a New Jersey state prison, ending almost six months of isolation for the son of notorious Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo. Scarfo Jr., 29, serving a seven-year prison sentence on racketeering charges, filed suit in U.S. District Court last month in an attempt to force state prison officials to return him to the general prison population. He was moved out of protective custody last Tuesday following a June 15 hearing to re-examine his status, said James Stabile, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
NEWS
May 15, 1994 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nicky Scarfo Jr. is doing hard time in state prison after pleading guilty to racketeering and gambling charges in Camden County Superior Court last year. The son of imprisoned mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo has been isolated in "involuntary protective custody" for most of the six months he has been behind bars. Except for 15 minutes each day to shower and three or four exercise periods each week, he spends his time alone in an 8-by-10-foot cell in a special wing of the Vroom Building in West Trenton.
NEWS
April 2, 2000 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In 1763, two brutal attacks on American Indians in central Pennsylvania sent shock waves eastward and caused a panic among residents of this part of the colony. "A band of frontier hoodlums . . . took cowardly revenge by massacring a peaceful tribe . . . of Indians," historian Samuel Eliot Morrison wrote in describing what came to be known as the Paxton Boys Raid in his 1965 Oxford History of the American People (Oxford University Press). On Dec. 14, 1763, about 50 Scots-Irish frontiersmen from the Paxton area near Harrisburg descended upon a village of the Conestoga tribe in Lancaster County, murdering the six people they found encamped.
NEWS
August 28, 1986 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Brad Lieberman is an unhappy young man, and I can understand it. He spends 23 hours a day alone in a cell in the protective custody unit of the Menard State Prison. He's in protective custody because prison gangs are after him. Or so he says. He can't use the prison gymnasium, the art room, the prison yards, the music or college programs. In effect, he's in a prison within a prison. Having a lot of free time on his hands, Brad writes about how terrible prison life is, how cruelly he has been treated, and he asks for help.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man whose DNA led him to be charged in two cold-case murders from 1989 was held Wednesday for a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court trial. Police arrested Rudolph Churchill, 52, on March 19 for the murders of Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible, whose bodies were found five weeks apart in North Philadelphia. Detectives, using decades-old DNA collected from both crime scenes, charged Churchill, who was living in Paulsboro. He had a three-year prison stint in DeKalb County, Ga., for burglary.
NEWS
September 10, 2003
I'M GLAD Alabamans finally got the Ten Commandment monument out - now they are free to go on and take care of other things that went undone while they were fighting over this. I'm going to say the same thing I said to my children when they took prayer out of school: That won't make any difference with us. We are Christians, we don't pray to people, and the Commandments we have in our hearts. Addie Murray, Philadelphia Whose safety ignored? Re "Slain Priest Felt Safe in New Prison Unit" (Aug.
NEWS
May 6, 1987 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writer Jim Smith contributed to this report.)
Thomas DelGiorno might be wondering how "protective" protective custody is. The former mobster and government stool pigeon contends that as much as $70,000 was stolen from him while he was under protective custody in New Jersey waiting to testify against his alleged ex-employer, reputed mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo. Yesterday, a veteran state trooper was charged with misconduct after investigators said they had "developed information" that the officer had stolen $57,000 from DelGiorno.
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December 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Chris Palmer, and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
The toll from one of the deadliest rampages in the region's history grew to seven Tuesday when Bradley W. Stone, the Iraq war veteran suspected of killing his former wife and five of her family members, was found dead in woods in Pennsburg, officials said. After an intensive manhunt that included house-to-house searches, even rummaging through trash bins, police found Stone's body about a half-mile from his home. He evidently died of self-inflicted cutting wounds, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man whose DNA led him to be charged in two cold-case murders from 1989 was held Wednesday for a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court trial. Police arrested Rudolph Churchill, 52, on March 19 for the murders of Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible, whose bodies were found five weeks apart in North Philadelphia. Detectives, using decades-old DNA collected from both crime scenes, charged Churchill, who was living in Paulsboro. He had a three-year prison stint in DeKalb County, Ga., for burglary.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Two Collingdale runaways and a 3-year-old sister of one of them have been found safe, according to police. Danielle Natale, 15, returned home about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, police said. Monae Onuffer, 3, and her 16-year-old sister Nicole later were located at a home in the 5200 block of Westminster Avenue in Philadelphia. The two girls were taken into protective custody by Philadelphia Police, transferred to Collingdale police, and were turned over to Delaware County Children and Youth Services for placement.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A COLLINGDALE teen and her 3-year-old sister were found safe in a West Philadelphia house late Wednesday night after the elder girl ran away from home with the little one in tow, police said yesterday. The girls' cousin, who had joined them in their escape, returned home on her own, said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams. Nicole Sporish, 16, ran away with her little sister early Wednesday morning, right before Delaware County Children and Youth Services workers were slated to take them from their mother's home, police said.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
POLICE WHO responded to a domestic dispute in Upper Darby on Tuesday were shocked to discover a 3-year-old autistic boy in the house with the burn print of a fork on his face. The child's father, Miguel Sanchez, 48, was arrested in connection with the brutal act, and the child's mother is now under investigation for cigarette burns discovered on the chest of another of the couple's four children, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "These poor kids were treated like they were animals," Chitwood said.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office plans to convene a grand jury in the case of the 5-year-old girl who was abducted from her Cobbs Creek school, lawyers said Wednesday. Christina Regusters, 19, is the only person charged in the case. She is being held on $4 million bail, and on Wednesday her attorney, W. Fred Harrison, said he believed the District Attorney's Office would take the case to an indicting grand jury. The office declined to comment. Regusters, who is charged with rape, assault, and kidnapping, is being held in the Northampton County jail, in protective custody due to the nature of her alleged crimes.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office plans to convene a grand jury in the case of the 5-year-old girl who was abducted from her Cobbs Creek school, lawyers said Wednesday. Christina Regusters, 19, is the only person charged in the case. She is being held on $4 million bail, and on Wednesday her attorney, W. Fred Harrison, said he believed the District Attorney's Office would take the case to an indicting grand jury. The office declined to comment. Regusters, who is charged with rape, assault, and kidnapping, is being held in the Northampton County jail, in protective custody due to the nature of her alleged crimes.
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky was transferred Wednesday to a maximum-security prison in the far southwestern corner of Pennsylvania where he will serve his 30- to 60-year sentence. At the State Correctional Institution at Greene, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach's fellow inmates will include most of the state's death-row prisoners and convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. On Sunday, Sandusky was moved to the state prison in Camp Hill, where he was medically and psychologically evaluated, the Department of Corrections said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
CERRITOS, Calif. - While the man behind an anti-Islam movie that ignited violence across the Middle East would likely face swift punishment in his native Egypt for making the film, in America the government is in the thorny position of protecting his free-speech rights and looking out for his safety even while condemning his message. It's a paradox that makes little sense to those protesting and calling for blood. To them, the movie dialogue denigrating the prophet Muhammad is all the evidence needed to pursue justice - vigilante or otherwise - against Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, an American citizen originally from Egypt.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman who abandoned an infant outside a Norristown human-services center Tuesday has been taken into custody in Philadelphia, police said Wednesday. Chrissie Williams, 28, of the 900 block of Schuylkill Street, Norristown, was arrested on a warrant at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday in the 5900 block of Belmar Street in Southwest Philadelphia. Williams was charged with a parole violation, said a Philadelphia police spokeswoman, Officer Jillian Russell. Williams was being processed Wednesday by law enforcement officials.
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