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January 17, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
Donald Griffith and Jamil Ransome got into a minor fender bender Friday night, the kind that police don't even respond to now because the vehicles were operational after the accident. But somewhere in between the banged-up bumpers of Griffith's 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass station wagon and those of Ransome's 2009 Chevy Malibu, things went wrong, police said. Very wrong. Shortly after the 8:30 p.m. accident on Frankford Avenue near Deveraux in Wissinoming, perhaps while the men were exchanging information, tempers flared and Ransome, 20, assaulted Griffith, 42, said Lt. Ray Evers, police spokesman.
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January 16, 2011 | By Mark Fazlollah and Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Northeast Philadelphia man was held Saturday without bail on murder and weapons charges in what police said was an apparent road-rage killing after a traffic accident in the 3000 block of Devereaux Street. Police said Donald Griffith, 42, was in a fender-bender with Jamil Ransome, 20, shortly before 9 p.m. Friday. They said that immediately after the accident, Griffith pulled a gun and fired repeatedly at Ransome, hitting him once in the stomach. Griffith fled before police arrived.
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September 25, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County motorist chased two African American women who had passed him and caught up to their car at a nursing home, where he pointed a handgun at them and called out racial slurs and expletives, according to court documents. Robert G. Lambert, 52, of Trainer, who is white, has been charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, harassment, and ethnic intimidation in the incident. According to court documents, Lambert was heading west in a Jeep on a two-lane section of Naamans Creek Road near Highland Drive at 6:45 a.m. Thursday at an "extremely low rate of speed" when a car driven by Shardae Wilson pulled around him. Wilson was taking a friend, Jashona Degraphemreed, to work at the Naamans Creek Country Manor health-care facility, a few miles away on Naamans Creek Road in Bethel Township.
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September 24, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Delaware County man chased down two African-American women who passed his slow moving Jeep, followed them to a nursing home where one worked, pulled out a gun, pointed it at them and repeatedly used racial slurs and expletives, according to court documents. Robert G. Lambert, 52, of Trainer, who is white, has been charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, harassment and ethnic intimidation in the road-rage incident. He was arraigned on $50,000 bail and is currently still in custody, according to court officials.
NEWS
May 29, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Long before ex-Marine Christian Squillaciotti pulled his truck alongside an SUV on the Schuylkill Expressway and shot the driver in the head in October 2008, he was a broken and addicted man, testimony at his sentencing hearing revealed yesterday. Squillaciotti, 35, was sexually molested as a boy by an uncle and by a "Big Brother" mentor and was abused by an alcoholic stepfather, according to testimony. He was discharged from the Marines for mental illness and suffered pain and addiction to a grab-bag of drugs prescribed after a tractor-trailer hit his truck in 2007.
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May 28, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An ex-Marine with a history of mental illness was sentenced today to 13 to 26 years in prison for a road-rage incident in South Philadelphia that left a South Jersey man disabled with a gunshot wound of the head. Christian Squillaciotti, 35, said nothing before being sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi after a two-hour hearing in which his background of childhood sexual molestation, physical abuse and mental illness was made public in painful detail by defense attorney Christopher J. Angelo.
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May 28, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com215-854-5949
Christian Squillaciotti, the former Marine who admitted shooting a fellow motorist in the head during a 2008 road-rage incident, was sentenced to 13 to 26 years in state prison plus 35 years of probation this morning in Common Pleas Court. Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi handed down the sentence following a nearly two-hour sentencing hearing during which Squillaciotti's history of mental illness and of being sexually abused as a child was detailed by his mother and others.
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May 13, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moments after dragging Mark Wallace, unconscious and badly beaten, to the curb off busy Knights Road, Philadelphia firefighter Gerard Shaffer had a warning for the people gathering at the scene that April evening. "Nobody seen anything," he called out, loud enough that even some motorists inside cars heard him. The bystanders did not listen. On Wednesday, four of them told a Philadelphia judge how Shaffer, 47, and his son, Gerard Jr., 21, pummeled the drunken Wallace for walking in front of their SUV. Wallace, 54, of Northeast Philadelphia, died April 20 of massive brain injuries, almost two weeks after the beating.
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May 13, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
A former firefighter from Northeast Philadelphia and his son were ordered yesterday to stand trial in the "road-rage" beating death of a drunk pedestrian last month. Gerard M. Shaffer, 47, who retired before being fired from the Fire Department, and his son, Gerard Jr., 21, were each held on third-degree murder and conspiracy charges by Municipal Judge James DeLeon. Wallace, 54, of the Northeast, suffered a fractured skull during a beating at Knights and Fairdale roads on April 8. He died April 20. A third-degree murder conviction carries a maximum 20-to-40-year prison sentence.
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May 12, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com215-854-5949
A Northeast Philadelphia former firefighter and his adult son were ordered to stand trial this morning for the "road rage" beating death of a man last month. Gerard M. Shaffer, 47, who retired before being fired from the Philadelphia Fire Department, and his son, Gerard Jr., 21, were each held on counts of third-degree murder and conspiracy in the beating death of Mark Wallace . Wallace, 54, was beaten and fractured his skull after being attacked at the intersection of Knights and Fairdale roads in the Northeast on April 8. He died April 20. The prosecutor and witnesses at this morning's preliminary hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court, said the fight between the Shaffers and Wallace began when Wallace walked in front of the SUV being driven by the father.
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