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Camden Courier-Post * February 7, 1933
COP'S CAR SCRAPED; 2 MEN PUT
Following an argument with a bridge policeman at Broadway and Cooper Street yesterday, two allegedly drunken motorists engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle with passersby and officers, dashed into a nearby barber shop and were subdued only after a riot call had been sounded.
At police headquarters, they gave their names as William J. Bell, 25, of Williamstown, and Walter D. Olsen, 38, of Fourth avenue, Runnemede. They were held for police hearings today on drunken driving and disorderly conduct charges.
Bridge Policeman John Curry said they were in a car driven by Bell when it brushed the side of his machine at Seventh and Cooper Streets shortly after noon. Curry pursued the vehicle to Broadway and Cooper. There Bell got out of his car. Curry said he was insulted. A flurry of fists followed, and the men ran into the barber shop of Sam Bosco, on Broadway north of Cooper Street. An unidentified customer joined in the melee, as did several pedestrians and Bosco.
As police responded to a riot call, the two men ran upstairs where they were cornered. According to Curry, both men had been drinking.
Camden Courier-Post * February 8, 1933
FIGHT PENALTY SUSPENDED
Two men, whose arrest was preceded by a police riot call after a collision with a bridge policeman's automobile, drew suspended sentences from Police Judge Pancoast yesterday.
William J. Bell, 25, of Williamstown, and Walter D. Olsen, 38, of Fourth Avenue, Runnemede, were charged jointly with disorderly conduct, to which they pleaded guilty, while Olsen pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of reckless driving.
Bridge Policeman John Curry testified he was driving west on Cooper Street Monday afternoon when he stopped at Seventh for a traffic light. An automobile driven by Olsen, accompanied by Bell, drew up alongside Curry's car. As the light turned, according to the bridge policeman, his car was forced to the curb by Olsen and the fenders were scraped. The same thing happened at Broadway and Cooper Street, Curry testified. He blew his horn and Bell cursed at him, he declared. The two men and the policemen got out of their machines. There was a flurry of fists and the two men fled into a barber shop on Broadway north of Cooper, it was testified. The proprietor, Sam Bosco, a customer and several pedestrians sought to aid Curry, and, according to police, the two men fled to the second floor of the building, where they were cornered by police. The latter were summoned by a riot call which had been turned in.
Olsen said he did not know Curry's car was behind him, and he merely wanted to turn into a parking space. .
Ermelious - Angelo Naglas - Ross Pandeladis
Joseph Carpani - Thomas Murphy - Harry Kyler
David S. Rhone - Franklin P. Jackson III
Luigi Tortu - Thomas Timothy Sullivan
Cooper Street - Langham Avenue - Line Street
Camden Courier-Post * January 12, 1938
Ermelious - Angelo Malagas - Ross Pandeladis
George Caras - Michael Dandrea - George Matros Annie Matros
Sam Bosco - George Summers
Camden Courier-Post * January 24, 1938
Tortu - Pearl Willis - Evelyn Buffa - Harry Kyler - Thomas
Samuel P. Orlando - Frank Luggi - Nicholas Dandrea - Frederick Gasperone
Samuel Ermelious - Angelo Malagas - Ross Pandeladis - George Caras
Michael Dandrea - George Matros - Annie Matros - Sam Bosco
George Summers - Baird Avenue - Langham Avenue - Broadway - Penn Street
Mickle Street - Norris Street - South 5th Street - Line Street
Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1938
SET TODAY IN GAMBLING DEATH
Jury List Prepared for Coroner's Action in Holdup Fatality
The coroner's inquest to decide the cause of death to Angelos Magalas, Greek chef, who was shot during a card game holdup at 725 Penn Street on January 11, will be held today at 10 a. m.
Coroner Franklin P. Jackson III, of Collingswood, will conduct the inquest and will select his jury of 12 from a list of 15 persons prepared by the office of County Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando.
Detectives already have subpoenaed 20 witnesses for questioning at the inquest, including players who were the victims in the holdup and three Camden physicians who attended Magalas prior to his death.
The witnesses will include Samuel and Mabel Ermilios, tenants of the Penn Street house where the holdup occurred; George and Annette Mastros, who room at the house; Samuel Bosco, Broadway barber; George Summers, Ross Pantel, Michael D' Andrea. and William Caras, who according to police were participants in the card game.
All of the men were held as material witnesses in the shooting when arraigned today before Police Judge Gene R. Mariano.
Doctors to Testify
Other witnesses will include Dr. Paul Mecray, Dr. A. S. Ross and Dr. Edwin R. Ristine and Miss Sophia MacAfee, a Cooper Hospital nurse. Police who will testify in elude Detectives Thomas Murphy, Harry Kyler and William Boettcher and Patrolmen Richard Powers, Frank Clements, George Nicktern and Sergeant Jack Deith.
The jury will be selected from Guy Clokey, Collingswood; Lawrence Ball, Haddonfield; Howard Friant, Collingswood; Harry Chew, Collingswood; Sig Schoenagle, Camden merchant; Raymond Hanly, real estate broker; Benjamin Brest, Raymond Worrel, John Eby, all of Camden; William H. Lorigan, Merchantville; David B. Robinson, Collingswood; Rev. James Pemberton and John McGowan, of Camden, Earl Jackson, of Collingswood and Morris B. Clark, of Haddonfield.
Coroner Jackson refused to give a certificate of death until the chemical test of Magalas' brain was made by Philadelphia experts. The re suit will not be revealed until the inquest.
Assistant Prosecutor Isaac Eason and County Physician David S. Rhone gave it as their opinion that Malagas died of natural causes rather than, the bullet wound. Coroner Jackson then ordered an inquest to be held.
Police are searching for Frank Luggi, 21, of 322 Penn Street, who they say was one of the holdup bandits and the one who fired the bullet that struck Magalas.
The last coroner's inquest held in Camden county was in 1933, in the death of Thomas Timothy Sullivan, and previous to that none had been held here in 25 years.
Sullivan was 57 years old and lived at 401 State Street. He was employed as a detective by the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was found shot to death in a shack in the rail road yards on August 28, 1933.
At that time, County Physician Edward B. Rogers issued a certificate of death that Sullivan had committed suicide. The decision of the county physician enraged members of Sullivan's family and they demanded an inquest.
The inquest was ordered by then Coroner Arthur H. Holl, who presided. All the evidence in the case was presented to the jury of 12 men, and after deliberating for less than an hour, they returned a verdict that Sullivan had been murdered by persons unknown.
Under state law, the county physician may order an inquest; with 12 persons on the jury of the coroner's choosing. The jurymen may be taken from the present panel of the petit jury or be picked at ran dom. The Grand Jury does not have to indict on the basis of the inquest. At the inquest Coroner Jackson will be assisted by attaches of the prosecutor's office.
Malagas, the father of three children, lived at 1110 Langham Avenue. He was shot when several armed bandits held up a card game and he died several days later.
Camden Courier-Post - February 3, 1938
Camden Courier-Post * February 12, 1938
BOSCO DENIED BAIL IN CARD
Samuel Bosco, widely known Camden barber, sat in the anteroom of the Camden County Grand Jury room yesterday, expecting to be called as a witness in the slaying of Angelo Magalas, Camden chef.
Instead he was arrested on the charge of murder.
With Frank Luggi, fugitive police character, he was charged with slaying Magalas, wounded fatally as he sat in a Penn street card game, January 10.
Magalas, who lived at 1119 Langham avenue, died Jan. 23 in Cooper Hospital. A coroner's jury found death was superinduced by gunshot wounds inflicted during a scuffle between two bandits and players at the scene of the holdup.
Bosco, who also participated in the card game, was one of the principal witnesses at the inquest. And yesterday he readily answered the summons to appear before the jury.
Indicted by Jury
He was in the ante-room— still waiting to testify— shortly after 4 p. m. when Mark Reeve, clerk of the jury, came out and whispered to City Detective Thomas Murphy.
Murphy walked over to Bosco. Ha placed a hand on his shoulder and said:
"You are under arrest."
"What for?" Bosco asked.
'The grand jury just indicted you on a charge of murder," Murphy replied.
Bosco appeared stunned. He started to speak again. His lips moved but no sound came as ha arose, put on his overcoat and accompanied Murphy to the city jail across the street from the old courthouse. He was booked at police headquarters on the murder charge, photographed, fingerprinted and hell without bail.
John L. Morrissey and Benjamin J. Dzick, counsel for the accused barber, announced last night a rule to show cause for a writ of habeas corpus will be sought this morning from Common Pleas Court Judge Clifford A. Baldwin, in an effort to win Bosco's release.
Evidence Held Lacking
"There was no evidence to warrant Bosco's arrest on a charge of murder," Morrissey said.
"If Judge Baldwin is available I will appear before the court and ask for a writ of habeas corpus. I intend to ask the court to dismiss the charge entirely. There was not sufficient evidence to warrant a charge of murder and certainly no evidence on which the arrest for murder was made."
Both Morrissey and Dzick visited Bosco in the city jail last night. They held a brief conference after which Morrissey reported the barber still was stunned over the turn of events but .otherwise was unworried.
Police said arraignment of Bosco would be delayed due to the Lincoln's Birthday holiday. He probably will be taken before Judge Gene R. Mariano Monday morning, they said.
Barber Held Door
Bosco was one of the players in the game, but when the bandits entered, he ran into a shed and held the door in back of him. He told police he held the door to prevent the bandits from following him. None of the players could have, fled by the door, either, Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando pointed out.
At the time of the coroner's inquest, officials of the prosecutor's office questioned Bosco at great length concerning his act in holding the shed door closed.
"I didn't want the bandits to follow me. I didn't want to be robbed," Bosco answered his questioners.
Luggi has been sought for questioning in connection with the holdup; ever since it occurred.
Luggi has been identified by other participants of the card game, which was held at the home of Samuel
Ermilios, 725 Penn
street, as the gunman with whom Magalas was wrestling when the gun went off, the bullet severing an artery in
Camden Courier-Post * February 14, 1938
POLICE JAILER HURT AS BOSCO HURLS PLATTER
Sam Bosco, Camden barber indicted and arrested on a murder charge last Friday, went temporarily berserk in the city jail late Saturday, police revealed yesterday.
In a fit of nerves and rage, according to the police, the heavy-set prisoner flung a platter of food in the face of the jailer, Policeman William Michalak, who had opened Bosco's cell to give him a hot meal he brought from a nearby restaurant.
Bosco then menaced the jailer with a jagged fragment of the platter that shattered on the cell floor. Michalak rang an alarm which attracted Police Lieut. Herbert Anderson, Detective Thomas Murphy, Motorcycle Policeman Marshall Thompson, Sgt. Gus Koerner and Policeman James McLaughlin from the adjacent police headquarters in City Hall.
Anderson and Murphy went into the cell tier at the end of which Bosco stood, still brandishing the piece of broken dish. After grabbing his arms, they led him back to his cell. He offered no resistance.
"I was excited," he told them later.
Camden Courier-Post * February 15, 1938
Bosco Faces Hearing Today on Murder Charge in Holdup Death COUNTY JAIL AIDES REFUSE TO ACCEPT PRISONER OF CITY
Sam Bosco, central city barber held since Friday on a murder indictment, finally will get a police court hearing today, it was decided yesterday.
Handcuffed but composed, Bosco appeared briefly before Police Judge Mariano yesterday, but there was no formal hearing then because defense counsel held that the city court no longer had jurisdiction since an indictment was found.
Judge Mariano agreed that the indictment removed the case from his jurisdiction and placed it in the hands of the county, but later when Bosco was taken to the county prison on transfer from the city jail, attaches there refused to admit him on the grounds there was no commitment from a judge.
Went Berserk in Jail
Then it was that his lawyer, John L. Morrissey, and Mariano agreed that a formal hearing should be conducted today and commitment papers for the county jail prepared. After that, Morrissey said, he probably will seek his client's release on a writ of habeas corpus before a higher court.
Meanwhile, Bosco will remain in the city jail, where, according to police, he went berserk Saturday and, after flinging a plate of food in the turnkey's face, threatened him with a jagged piece of the broken dish. For that reason, he was handcuffed when taken before Mariano.
Yesterday's arraignment was to have been a further hearing on material witness charges against Bosco in connection with the death of Angelo Magalas, fatally wounded during an alleged holdup of a card game in which Magalas and Bosco were playing in a Penn Street house last January 10.
Morrissey pointed out that since the previous hearing the case had been taken out of the hands of the city and was now a matter of the county prosecutor's office by reason of the murder indictment. Mariano said he was in accord with that reasoning.
Bosco, who showed no sign of having lost control of himself, then was led away. After the hearing, Morrissey said:
"I intend to go before Common Pleas Judge Baldwin or Justice Donges and seek a writ of habeas corpus. This will permit me to see what the indictment contains, and if the evidence does not support a murder charge— as we are certain it does not— the charge might be changed to manslaughter, which would be bailable."
The indictment against Bosco will not be formally handed up until
Friday, and it was not certain whether Morrissey would wait until then
or would act at once..
Camden Courier-Post * February 16, 1938
Camden Courier-Post * February 19, 1938
Camden Courier-Post * February 25, 1938
Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938
Bosco Denied Bail Pending Murder Trial
Samuel Bosco, central city barber shop owner jointly indicted with Frank Luggi, a fugitive, for the murder of Angelos Magalas, a chef, in an alleged holdup of a Penn Street gambling house, was denied release on bail by Common Pleas Court Judge Clifford A. Baldwin yesterday.
John L. Morrissey, and Benjamin J. Dzick, counsel for Bosco, lost their application for bail but were assured by Judge Baldwin the accused man, will be brought to trial in the April court term. Bosco, handcuffed to a jailer, listened to the, arguments.
It was intimated by Assistant Prosecutor Patrick H. Harding that the State will seek to try Bosco on a first degree murder charge.
Judge Baldwin said a decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court prohibits the taking of testimony of witnesses in an application for bail to obtain the release of a defendant for murder.
The return of the indictment, Judge. Baldwin said, was a strong presumption of guilt which precludes the court from going into the merits of the case.
Right of Bail Argued
Dzick argued the presumption of guilt in the defendant's case was not great and that under the state constitution a defendant in a capital murder indictment is entitled to release on bail.
Bosco's attorney contended Judge Baldwin has authority to fix bail on the grounds the defendant can only be charged with a maximum of second degree murder and that the State must prove a first degree charge by testimony of accredited witnesses.
Harding said the State is in possession of evidence warranting Bosco's trial on a possible charge of first degree murder. The trial he said, is contingent on the apprehension of a fugitive. He referred to Luggi who has eluded arrest on an indictment charging him with murder and the actual shooting of Magalas.
Unsuccessful in his effort to obtain bail Dzick asked Harding and Judge Baldwin to agree on a trial at an early date. This was done.
Morrissey asked Harding if Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando intended to put Bosco on trial separately in the event Luggi is apprehended. Harding said he could not give an immediate answer.
Morrissey then asked Harding if he expected to use Luggi as a witness, to obtain a conviction against Bosco. Harding said he was unable to say just how the State will proceed if Luggi is apprehended.
The question of bail for Bosco at a later date was raised by Dzick.
Judge Baldwin said bail might be arranged by agreement between the prosecutor and counsel if Luggi is a fugitive when the trial date for Bosco is determined.
|Trenton Evening Times * May 20, 1948|
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