SAMUEL M. SHAY was born in New Jersey around 1885. He was appointed to a five-year term as Judge of the Common Pleas Court in Camden County in March of 1922 by Governor Edwards. He was reappointed in 1927.

During this time Samuel Shay was involved with several business and civic groups, and was active in the fund raising drive that culminated in the building of the Walt Whitman Hotel at Broadway and Cooper Street.

Judge Shay married at the age of 41. At the time of the April 1930 Census, he was renting a house at 314 Volan Street in Merchantville with his wife Alice and two daughters, Elizabeth A., not yet 2, and Joan E. Shay, 8 months of age. The Shays lived adjacent to E. Huelings Antrim, whose family business, Antrim Hardware, operated in Camden for over a century. A son, Samuel, was born after the Census was enumerated.

Samuel M. Shay had passed away by the time the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled. His wife and children will still residing in Merchantville, at 121 Browning Road, a block which included Albert S. Woodruff at 101; Dr. A Lincoln Sherk at 106; contractor Edward Ellis at 125; the Bottomley family, who were connected to the Howland Croft & Sons Co. textile mill in Camden, at 129; E. Huelings Antrim at 131, and former Camden Mayor Roy R. Stewart at 226.

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 14, 1919
George Kleinheinz - George Fisher - Samuel M. Shay - Edward J. Kelleher
Rocco Gimello - John T. Cleary - William Schmid 
Joseph Keefe - Frank Homan

Camden Daily Courier
November 9, 1925

Conn L. Mack aka Dan McConnell
Howard L. Miller - Samuel M. Shay
John W. "Red" Brigham - George H. Jacobs
Charles A. Wolverton - Ethan Wescott
Alfred R. White - Frank F. Neutze
Edward Kelleher - Frank H. Ryan
Larry Doran - Frank Sheridan
Edward Ferat - Charles H. Klump
Howard Smith - William Cleary - William Lyons

Joseph Norcross - Andrew McLean Parker - Jack Dean -  Thomas N. Littlehales - James Wren

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 27, 1927

Michael Brown - Joseph " Mose" Flannery - Joseph "Cuzzy" Scarduzio - Samuel M. Shay 

Camden Courier-Post * January 5, 1928

Camden Courier-Post * January 28, 1928

Patrons, Patronesses Announced Today for First Military Ball

Patrons and patronesses for the first military ball of the Camden Post No. 960, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to be held on Friday evening February 3 in the Elks auditorium, Seventh and Cooper Streets., are announced today.

The following prominent men and women are listed: Mrs. J.W. Connor, Miss C.M. Day, Mrs. J.H. Forsyth, Mrs. H.J. Goodyear, Miss B. Graham, Mrs. R.E. Green, Mrs. E.F. Haines, Mrs. J. Hood Jr., Mrs. W. Hurley, Mrs. J. Jarrell, Mrs. T. Keefe, Mrs. J.F. Kobus, Mrs. L. Liberman, Mrs. F.L. Lloyd, Mrs. M.A. Logan, Mrs. T.P. McConaghy, Mrs. F.F. Neutze, Mrs. L.K. Marr, Mrs. J.A. Pennington, Mrs. M.E. Ramsey, Mrs. E. Truax, Mrs. S.M. Shay, Mrs. W.J. Staats, Mrs. B.G. Tarburton, Mrs. R.W. Waddell, Mrs. E. Watson, Mrs. E.P. Wescott, Mrs. C.A. Wolverton. 

David Baird Jr., William T. Boyle, Isaac Ferris, William Hurley, John Hood Jr., John Jarrell, Victor King, William J. Kraft, Thomas Keefe, Joseph F. Kobus, Hon. Edmund B. Leaming, Dr. A. Haines Lippincott, James H. Long, L.K. Marr, Dr. Thomas P. McConaghy, Hon. Frank F. Neutze, Samuel P. Orlando, Albert E. Simmons, Edwin Watson, Ethan P. Wescott.

Camden Courier-Post * January 31, 1928


Camden Trenton Bureau

Trenton, Jan. 31- The name of Judge Samuel M. Shay, of the Camden County Court of Common Pleas, has been handed to Governor Moore as the choice of the Camden Democratic organization for prosecutor, succeeding Ethan Wescott.

The name was submitted to Governor Moore last night by a delegation of Camden Democrats, headed by Edward J. Kelleher.

That Governor Moore will send the nomination to the State Senate appears certain, and it not likely that any serious objection will be raised in that body, inasmuch as Judge Shay’s reputation is of the highest and he has been twice before confirmed for the judgeship by the Senate.  

Sees Drastic Changes

The choice of Judge Shay was a big surprise in state Democratic ranks, and started a flurry of speculation. If Judge Shay is appointed to the prosecutorship it will leave a vacancy on the bench of the Court of Common Pleas. Although the Camden Democrats are said to be a unit in supporting Shay and also on the other changes they contemplate, no definite word leaked out as to who will be Shay’s successor on the bench.

Judge Shay’s appointment as prosecutor, it was said by Camden Democrats who were here last night,  mean drastic changes to the personnel of the Camden Prosecutor’s office. One of the rumors in effect is that District Court Judge Frank F. Neutze will be elevated to the County judgeship and that Prosecutor Wescott will succeed Neutze. It is also rumored that Judge Shay’s present post may go to either former Judge William T. Boyle or former Judge William C. French. Both Boyle and French formerly held the county judgeship position.

Another rumor is that Samuel P. Orlando will be named first assistant prosecutor and that either Francis G. Homan or Lawrence Gregorio, the incumbent will be named second assistant prosecutor.

The names at former Police Judge John T. Cleary and Assistant Prosecutor Joseph A. Varbalow also figure in the rumor. Cleary has been mentioned as first assistant prosecutor several times.

Term is 5 Years

Judge Shay is now serving his second term as Judge. He was reappointed for a five-year tenure of office last March. The term of the prosecutor’s office also is five years.

The proposed changes are said to be steps toward a complete reorganization of the Democratic party In South Jersey.

State Senator Joseph H. Forsyth, whose ‘O. K.’ is necessary before the appointment of Judge  Shay could become official, under the “Senatorial courtesy rule” would not comment on the situation here today.

Interviewed in the Senate Chamber prior to the opening of today’s session, Senator Forsyth refused to admit that Governor Moore had sent for him last night and had discussed the appointment of Judge  Shay. Forsyth's answer, however, indicated that he had been in conference with the Governor on the subject last night.

“I have not made up my mind as to my attitude on the nomination of Judge Shay,” Senator Forsyth said. “I want to take up the matter with the Governor first. I do not think it would be proper to give my decision to the newspapers before I discuss the matter with the Governor.”

Headed by Assistant Prosecutor Lawrence Gregorio, County Detective Frank Cocchilaraley and Justice of the Peace Jack O’Grady, a delegation of Camden Democrats were scheduled to arrive in Trenton this afternoon for a conference with Governor Moore in the interest of Prosecutor Wescott.

O’Grady stated he will present letters from the Bricklayers and Iron­workers Unions urging the reappointment of Wescott. Cocchiaraley is heading a group of South Camden Italians who are also favoring the reappointment of Wescott. 

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 2, 1922

John B. KatesSamuel M. Shay - William D. Brown

Camden Courier-Post * April 23, 1928

C. Lawrence GregorioSamuel M. Shay - Joseph A. Varbalow
6th Ward Republican Club - Broadway
Charles "Chick" Hunt - "Polack Joe" Devon
William King - Walter Keown


February 9, 1928

Anthony "Babe" Paradise was arraigned in Criminal Court, Judge Samuel M. Shay  presiding, along with Rocco DeCord and James Mucci


February 10, 1928

Andrew Wojtkowiak
William Michalak
C. Lawrence Gregorio
Judge Samuel M. Shay


February 16, 1928

Camden Courier-Post * February 22, 1928

L. Scott ChercheskySamuel M. Shay - Joseph A. Varbalow

Camden Courier-Post * February 23, 1928


February 24, 1928

Minnie Burmelo

Van Hook Street

Camden Courier-Post * February 27, 1928
Blonde, Accusing Three Men Disappears as Time for Trial Nears
Husband Reports 2-Year Old Daughter Also Has Vanished
Bernard Bertman - Samuel M. Shay - Fiore Troncone
James Abbonizio - Fiore Dalesandro - Louis DiRenzo - Thomas O'Neil
Michael Riccardi - Sara Riccardi
South 2nd Street - South Third Street - South 4th Street
Benson Street - Pearl Street - Pine Street -
Stevens Street
Washington Street   

Camden Courier-Post * February 29, 1928
Jury Out Less Than Hour; 'Babe Paradise' Up Next Week

Convicted by a Criminal Court jury of conspiracy and the possession and sale of narcotics, Joseph Colanduno, 29 years old, 431 Walnut Street, said by police to be a member of a powerful dope ring in Camden, will be sentenced by Judge Shay tomorrow morning.

The jury deliberated less than an hour before returning a verdict of guilty on seven indictments, marking the end of the first of a series of "dope" trials scheduled to be heard by Judge Shay. The most important hearing will be that of Anthony "Babe" Paradise, who has been indicted in eleven counts on narcotics charges, six of them true bills accusing Paradise and James Mucci with conspiracy to sell narcotic drugs. Another alleged member of the gang, Rocco DeCord, 221 Spruce Street, who recently pleaded guilty to six indictments and who turned state's evidence at yesterday's trial, will be sentenced later. Still another alleged "dope runner". Alex Frumento, is being sought by police.

DeCord and three confessed addicts testified against Colanduno at the trial yesterday. DeCord said that he had been hired by the defendant and Frumento to sell small packages marked "H" and "C" to certain men who had been introduced to him. DeCord declared that he did not know what the packages contained, nor did he ever use dope.

The drug users, Nolan Clark, 28 years old who gave no address; George "Gyp" Haines, 29 years old, 527 Spruce street, and Andrew Hill, 20 years, Locust Street and Kaighn Avenue, declared they had brought dope from Colanduno on various occasions.

Colanduno, who until last December operated the Primrose Inn at Barrington with Frumento as his partner, denied that he ever possessed drugs or hired DeCord. His arrest, he said, was a "frame-up" engineered by his "enemies". His wife Hazel and his wife's grandmother, Mrs. Laura Brakeman, who lives with Mrs. Colanduno, both testified that they never had seen DeCord or the three addicts buying drugs at the inn, as they declared on the witness stand.

James Gatti, 18 years old, of Philadelphia, who is serving a six-month term in the county jail for robbery, took the stand on Colanduno's behalf. He testified that DeCord had told him in the jail that the confessed dope peddler's statement implicating Colanduno had been forced from him by police.

Assistant Prosecutor Joseph A. Varbalow stated that the Paradise case probably would be disposed of next week with the return from Florida of Samuel P. Orlando, attorney for the alleged "Dope King of Camden.", 


February 29, 1928

Pine Street


Camden Courier-Post * April 04, 1928

Slayer in 6th Ward G.O.P. Club Fracas Released From Jail by Varbalow
Findings of Grand Jury Will Not be Returned Until Tomorrow
Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Samuel M. Shay - Joseph A. Varbalow
6th Ward Republican Club - Broadway - Kaighn Avenue
Charles "Chick" Hunt - "Polack Joe" Devon
James Lewis - Walter Keown - Walter T. Gross - Ed Powell

Camden Courier-Post * April 05, 1928

Samuel M. Shay - Joseph A. Varbalow
6th Ward Republican Club
"Polack Joe" Devon - Walter Keown
Ethan P. Wescott


April 5, 1928


Camden Courier-Post * April 5, 1928

Joseph H. Forsyth - Samuel M. Shay - Ethan Wescott

Camden Courier-Post * April 6, 1928

'Polack Joe' Devon Charged With Manslaughter in G.O.P. Club Slaying
Joseph "Mose" Flannery - Samuel M. Shay - 6th Ward Republican Club
Joseph Cimini -
Patrick Mulvihill - "Polack Joe" Devon

Camden Courier-Post - September 10, 1928
Enos B. Dellmuth - Dr. Elliott Schull - Dr. Wesley Barrett - Edward Holloway
Samuel M. Shay - C. Howard Hunt Pen Company
Trimble Lodge No. 117, F&A. Masons - Camden Rotary Club
Camden Lodge No. 293, B.P.O. of Elks

Camden Courier-Post * September 20, 1928

Assistant Prosecutor to Get Higher-ups in Distribution Plan
Grand Jury Today Gets Evidence in Surprise Raids

Samuel P. Orlando - Ethan P. Wescott - Samuel M. Shay
Lawrence T. Doran
- D. Auletto - Peter Bernardo - Earl Sanderson
Max Beals - Betty Leopold - Frank Delgarzo - Antonio Auduint
South 2nd Street - South 3rd Street - South 8th Street - Line Street
Clinton Street - Mickle Street - Spruce Street - Stevens Street

Camden Courier-Post * September 21, 1928
Nicholas John Donahoe
Samuel M. Shay
Elizabeth S. Fernan
Raymond R. Donges
John Donahue
Edward Donahue
Carlton Webb
Wilbert V. Pike
Katherine Cavanaugh
Dr. Clarence Donges
Katherine Donges
John W. Donges
Raymond R. Donges Jr.
Mary Hanna
Walter T. Pratt
Charles Derrickson
Lottie Derrickson

Camden Courier-Post
June 25, 1929

Dr. Emma M. Richardson
Robert John Richardson aka John Kopcinski
Samuel M. Shay

On Trial


Camden Courier-Post 
August 27, 1929

John Doris

Camden Courier-Post
August 27, 1929

John Doris - Joe O'Connor - Abraham Lutz
Rose Gibbs -
Samuel M. Shay - Eli Conaghy
Joseph Leonhardt - John B. Toland
Rocco Palese - Dr. Ralph Warwick
Walter S. Keown - William King

... continued...
... continued...
... continued...
Nonpareil Club - Russell Sage - William Jones - Lillie R. Kelton - Bessie Kunitz
William Wescott - Bernice Branch -  Mrs. F.L. Barber - avid Rolle - Abbie Lewis
Mary Heake - Stella McGowan - Catherine LeSage - Michael Carrigan
Alva P. Joseph - Frank Doris - Clifford A. Baldwin - Joseph "Mose" Flannery

Camden Courier-Post * September 17, 1929

... continued...

John Doris - Joe O'Connor - Samuel M. Shay - Eli Conaghy - Frank Doris
Edward Holloway - Helen Doris - Frederick Eichfeld - Highland Avenue - Walter S. Keown
Rocco Palese - Joseph "Mose" Flannery
Lorenzo Cole - American Restaurant -
South 6th Street - Nonpariel Club - Rose Gibbs
Henry Street - Ernest Matsios - Jefferson Avenue - Amber Street

... continued...


Camden Courier-Post 
September 18, 1929

John Doris
 Samuel M. Shay
Frank Doris

Clifford A. Baldwin
Joseph "Mose" Flannery
Walter T. Gross

Camden Courier-Post
September 20, 1929

Samuel M. Shay
Clifford A. Baldwin
Samuel P. Orlando
Garfield Del Duca - Everglades Club
Joseph Regan - Northmont Inn
Walter S. Keown
Chester Henderson - Orchard Inn






Camden Courier-Post * March 12, 1930


Found guilty of carrying a gun, Richard H. Morrow, 24, of 2319 Howell Street, as fined $150 by Judge Shay in Criminal Court yesterday. He will be permitted to pay the fine in installments.

The fine was imposed after a plea for leniency was made by Morrow's attorney, Bernard Bertman. Morrow was arrested in a raid on a house at Second and Spruce Streets.

Camden Courier-Post * March 25, 1930

Year in Prison Withdrawn Because Lawyer Has Made Restitution

After he had changed his pleas of not guilty to non vult Charles F. Squillace, former Camden attorney, was given one year in state prison by Judge Samuel M. Shay yesterday afternoon and then the sentence was suspended.

Squillace was charged with embezzlement, larceny as bailee and issuing a worthless check. He had been a fugitive from justice six years. The court suspended sentence after it was announced he had made restitution to former clients.

When he went into court yesterday Squillace entered pleas of not guilty to five indictments through his attorney, Carl Kisselman.

Squillace said he would have pleaded non vult at the morning session if he could have reached an agreement with a former client, Mrs. Marie Fanelli, West Berlin. He passed a worthless check for $600 on her and she demanded six years interest through her attorney, Francis G. Homan. A compromise was affected.

Fugitive Since 1923

A fugitive from justice since the December, 1923; grand jury returned nine true bills against him, Squillace was arrested in Washington, D. C., last July by County Detective Fiore Troncone, who found him and his wife operating a beauty shop.

Squillace is said to have readily admitted his guilt and agreed to return to this city and face the consequences. He was released in $3500 bail on August 3, 1929, his bond being signed by Ralph Cavallo of Kaighn Avenue near Third Street. '

During the time that Squillace has been at liberty, his lawyers declare he has been making weekly payments on the total $2865 which he is charged with diverting from funds clients entrusted to him for real estate transactions in 1922 and 1923.

Rather than face disbarment proceedings, Squillace resigned as a member of the Camden County Bar Association shortly before he hastily left Camden after discovering that he could not repay the money which he had received and used in several personal real estate deals.             -

The indictments for larceny as bailee, his accusers and amounts involved, are: Frank Canola, $800; Mrs. Marie Fannelli, $600; Albert Covitto, $245; Antonio Di Maio, $350; Angelina Palaia, $600; Aorozio Martines, $125, and Nick Monocchio, $100.

The embezzlement true bill was returned against Squillace at the instance of Canola, who charged him with swindling him out of $45.

Camden Courier-Post * March 25, 1930


Despite his plea that he was the vic­tim pf his estranged wife's animosity, Charles Yatzus, 45, formerly of 978 Ferry avenue, but now of Baltimore, was fined $75 in criminal court yesterday by Judge Shay on a charge of carrying a concealed deadly weapon,

M. L. Cobbin, attorney, asked leniency for his client, declaring that Yatzus and his wife had separated, and he took his .32-caliber revolver from the Ferry avenue home intending to carry it to his rooms in Philadelphia. Cobbin alleged that Mrs. Yatzus telephoned police that her husband was carrying a revolver, resulting in his arrest as he was about to board a ferryboat for Philadelphia.

Judge Shay admitted the story might be true, but imposed the fine because the gun was loaded. 


Eight-Year Controversy over Property of Former Detective Ends Here

An eight-year controversy over the estate of former City Detective George Murry, one time alleged vice czar of the Third Ward, ended yesterday when Wife No.2 withdrew her claims.

Murry, who died under mysterious circumstances on the eve of going on trial for graft January 29, 1922, died intestate and Cora J. Murry, who claimed to be his wife, applied for letters of administration. She was the mother of 10 children of the detective. She since has remarried, her name now being Butler.

Elizabeth Murry came forward after the man's death and made a claim that she was the real widow and the other woman was only the detective's common law wife.     

Former State Senator Albert S. Woodruff yesterday withdrew Elizabeth Murry's claim in the estate and Judge Shay granted letters of admin­\istration to Cora J. Murry Butler upon application of Surrogate George W. Whyte.

Murry's sudden death caused a sen­sation in political and police circles. He had been accused of offering pro­tection to gambling dives, dope sellers and disorderly house proprietors for which he was said to have received large sums of money.

It was reported at the time of his death that he drew $200,000 from a bank the day before and gave it to the Butler woman. He once was reputed to have owned nearly all of the property in the Third Ward tenderloin,

The inventory filed in the application for administration papers, however, shows but $2000 in real estate as visible assets. 

Camden Courier-Post * March 29, 1930

Lads, 11 and 10, Charged by East Camden Woman
With Taking Purse and $725 Diamond

Charged with the theft of a $725 diamond ring, two small boys were ordered held for Juvenile Court by Police Judge Pancoast yesterday. One of the boys, William McGinnis, 11, of 2639 Carman Street, had been released from the county detention home last Thursday on probation by Judge Shay. He had been one of six boys held in connection with a series of nine robberies in East Camden.

The other boy is John Auletto, 10, of 2824 Howell Street.

Mrs. Catherine Tydeman testified the pair had come to her apartment at Twenty-eighth Street and Westfield Avenue Thursday afternoon and told her she was wanted on the phone. Returning, she saw the two boys leaving her apartment, and a short time later she discovered that her pocketbook containing a $725 diamond ring was missing. District Detective William Hurlock arrested the pair at the Garfield School. He said he found the ring in their possession.

Parents of the McGinnis boy pleaded for him before Judge Shay last Thursday and said he was "backward" because of a fractured skull he had suffered in an accident. 

Camden Courier-Post
May 5, 1930

Doris Jenkins
D. Trueman Stackhouse
Garfield S. Pancoast
Clifford A. Baldwin
Samuel M. Shay
Penn Street


Camden Courier-Post * May 6, 1930


Philip DePalo - Michael Brown - Samuel M. Shay - Samuel Ungaro
William C. Gottshalk - Ernest Steubing
Harry Metzer - Frank Binker - Edward Trotman
Ferry Avenue - Sylvan Street - South 5th Street - South 5th Street - Hale Street
Chestnut Street - Benson Street - Van Hook Street

Camden Evening Courier - December 1, 1930

Samuel P. Orlando - Ralph Endt - Joseph McKenna
Rollie Waterhouse - Samuel M. Shay - Clifford Baldwin 
Albert Saunders - Harry Auman - Jacob Davis
Vernon Lyons - William Gaskill - William Sawyer - Angelo Solury
Little Cafe - Hotel Camden - Mt. Vernon Street - Van Hook Street Mechanic Street - Lansdowne Avenue
- North 32nd Street
Lincoln Avenue - North 21st Street
Mary I. Klein - Mary J. Sayre - John Quirk - Cecilia Cahill
Minnie Hines - Elizabeth S. sharp - Russell Kleaman - Nellie Powell
George James - Ida M. Palme - Mary Cantwell - Thomas Haggerty

Camden Evening Courier
December 2, 1930

Rollie Waterhouse 
Samuel P. Orlando
Ralph Endt
Joseph McKenna
Clifford Baldwin

Samuel M. Shay - Albert Saunders - Edward Schreyer
Walter Dent - James McGinnis - Joseph Dent
Angelo Solury - Little Cafe -
Central Airport
Mt. Vernon Street
- Van Hook Street
Mechanic Street - Lansdowne Avenue
- North 10th Street Broadway - Cooper Street - Federal Street - Taylor Avenue
Fred Weyman - James Hoff - Michael Bachmeyer

Camden Courier-Post * December 4, 1930

State Street - Mickle Street - Borton Street - Carpenter Street Lawrence Street - Kaighn Avenue - South 2nd Street
Sycamore Street
- Erie Street - Harvey Magowan
Theresa Magowan - Louis Works - Louise F. Walsh
John Jones - Frank Williams - Lemuel McGregor
John Cheeks - James Wallace - Harry Jones
Peter Petrie - Elsie Petrie - Howard Bittner

Morning Post
December 9, 1930


Samuel M. Shay - John Cullen - Stanley Janasz - John Makowski
Earl Bundy -  West Jersey Hospital - Lansdowne Avenue
South Common Road

Camden Evening Courier - December 11, 1930

Clifford Baldwin
Lewis Cohen
Mitchell Davis
John Delena
Carl Kisselman
David S. Rhone
Jesse Seybold
Samuel M. Shay
Frank Varro
Michael Magglio
John Saggese
Joseph Rosa
John Lapone
South 4th Street
Chestnut Street
Pine Street
St. John Street
Walnut Street

Camden Morning Post * December 12, 1930

Clifford Baldwin - Samuel M. Shay - William T. Feitz - August Reihm - Floyd Alter Bell
Frank M. Bank - Baxter Street - 600
Kaighn Avenue - Railroad Avenue
South 6th Street - Van Hook Street - Star Beef Company

Camden Morning Post * December 13, 1930

John Prentice
Samuel M. Shay
Sol E. Zeiger
Dr. Charles Ley
Carteret Street
Haddon Avenue
Kaighn Avenue
Lansdowne Avenue

Camden Courier-Post  February 2, 1931

Camden Courier-Post * October 13,1931


Judges Samuel M. Shay and Frank F. Neutze will be among the speakers at an A. Harry Moore rally to be held Friday night by Democratic clubs of the Eleventh Ward at Maennerchor Hall, Twenty-seventh Street below River avenue.

Other speakers will include Samuel P. Orlando and the three Democratic Assembly candidates, William French, Jr., Vincent DePaul Costello and Fred Stanton. A North Jersey orator also is expected.

Mrs. Lillian Pisko, Democratic county committeewoman, is general chairman of the rally, and is being assisted by Charles Goldy, county committeeman; Mrs. Helen Rush, former committeewoman, and John Hutchinson.             ,

Mrs. Pisko and Goldy will open Moore headquarters for the Eleventh Ward today at 923 North North Twenty-seventh Street.

Camden Courier-Post * October 13,1931


Counsel for Henry Luellowitz, 28, lof Los Angeles, who was arrested here last June after posing as Floyd Gibbons, will seek his freedom from the county jail today in application for a writ of habeas corpus before Judge Samuel M. Shay.

 Frank Lario, attorney representing Luellowitz, said yesterday he would seek the writ on the ground there is no proof that his client aided and abetted in the escape of Albert Rumford, alleged bandit, from the jail several weeks ago. Sheriff E. Frank Pine charged Luellowitz sang and made other noises near, Rumford's cell to prevent jailors from hearing hacksaw blades the fugitive used.

Luellowitz was ordered by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast to pay $100 fine or spend three months in the county jail for posing as Gibbons, the famous radio entertainer. Luellowitz has been in the jail since June 13. His term on the city charged ended September 12, but there are two detainers against him, one placed by Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin on Sheriff Pine's charge, and the other from Connecticut, where he is charged with failing to pay a hotel bill.

Camden Courier-Post * October 20, 1931

Two Figured in Wounding of Cop and Slaying of Pal

Four members of the notorious North Cramer Hill gang, two of them participants in the robbery in which one bandit was killed after wounding a city detective, were sentenced to state prison terms by Judge Samuel M. Shay yesterday.

They were among more than a score of defendants who were arraigned in special session of Criminal Court for sentence. Among the others was Robert S. Ballentyne, 32, of 130 South Thirty-second Street, shipping clerk for Congoleum-Nairn. Inc., who pleaded non vult to embezzlement of $2985 from his employers and was sentenced to one year in the state penitentiary.

The Cramer Hill robbers and the sentences they received are:

David Allaband, 18, of 297 Sycamore Street, pleaded non vult to carrying concealed deadly weapons and participation in five robberies, six years.

Gordon McCrea, 20, of 820 Beideman Avenue, pleaded non vult to seven robberies, five years.

Melbourne James, 24, no home, pleaded non vult to carrying concealed deadly weapons and breaking and entering, five years.

Frank Tiedeman, 18, of 820 Beideman Avenue, pleaded non vult to four robberies and carrying concealed deadly weapons, five years.

McCrea and James admitted taking part in the attempted robbery of the American Store at Thirty-second and Pierce Avenue when Charles Rettberg, 21, was shot to death after he seriously wounded City Detective Robert Ashenfelter. Rettberg's, brother, Theodore, was arrested and tried for implication in the attempted burglary, but was acquitted. One more alleged member, Thomas McCrea, who was arrested in his hideout at Towanda, Pa., last week, awaits trial. James was the only one who stood trial besides the exonerated Theodore Rettberg, but he changed his plea to non vult to the weapon and entry charges, receiving a directed verdict of acquittal on the charge of attacking Ashenfelter. Allaband was given the heaviest sentence because of a criminal record. He and Tiedman took no part in the fatal "job."

Ballentyne, who was arrested July 24, was sentenced to one year for embezzlement after his attorney made an impassioned plea for clemency stating that his client, who is married, has offered to make restitution.

James Miller, who would not reveal his address, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the grocery store of Samuel Pearl, 1101 Cooper Street, on September 10. He was sentenced to three years.

Floyd Coates, of 3408 North Twenty-fifth street, Cleveland, was given a one-year's sentence in state's prison on a charge of deserting his wife, Edna, of 935 North Twentieth street, and two minor children, Robert, nine, and Floyd, Jr., six.

Tony Locantore, 20, of 314 Walnut Street, received a premature Christmas present from Judge Shay when he pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting Jennie Balassia, 16, of 576 Walnut Street. He was sent to jail and Judge Shay instructed the sheriff to release him on December 24.

Another Christmas present was handed out to Mrs. Mary Bieliniski, of 1041 Thurman Street, who was convicted of violating the child welfare act. The complaint was made by Mrs. Louise F. Walsh, secretary of the S. P. C. C., who charged that on September 19 the woman became intoxicated and brutally beat her seven children and put them into the streets. The children range in ages from two to 14 years. When Mrs. Walsh visited the house, she said, Mrs. Bieliniski threw a lamp at her. She also will be released from the county jail on December 24.

Given Suspended Sentence

Norman Buckingham, of Oaklyn, who pleaded guilty to the charge of breaking and entering the Puroil gasoline station, Bettlewood Avenue and White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, on September 18, was given a three-year suspended sentence when he told the court he had a position in Hawaii.

The court stated that sentence would be suspended on condition that the defendant leave Camden at once and not return. Two other defendants who received prison sentences were James Lynch, of 39 North Ohio Avenue, Atlantic City, and Edward Lynch, of 39 Atlantic Avenue, Collingswood. The complaint against the pair was made by Edwin Lovell, of 1836 South Seventh Street, who charged that on July 4 the Lynches attempted to flirt with Lovell's wife while she was walking along Morgan Boulevard. When he remonstrated with them they beat him.

They were sentenced to two months in jail and the sentence was suspended and they were placed on one year's probation.

William Moztioz, no home, pleaded guilty to carrying concealed weapons and received a suspended sentence of one year in state's prison and was placed on probation. The defendant was arrested on June 22 at Sixth Street and Ferry Avenue on a disorderly conduct charge and a black­jack was found in his possession.

A 72-year-old man, grandfather to 16 children, pleaded guilty to attacking a 12-year-old girl. The man is John Bayer, of 1329 Princess Avenue. He was given a one-year suspended sentence and placed on probation.

Judge Disbelieves Story

Cornelius Crimmins, of 5725 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, a window decorator, was found guilty by Judge Shay of deserting his wife, Ella, of 817 South Sixth Street. Crimmins was sentenced to one year in prison but the sentence was suspended and an order of $7 a week placed against him. Mrs. Crimmins said she had not seen her husband since May 22, 1931, and that after an absence of six months, he returned home and left next morning. The husband declared that his wife told him to leave because she had a friend and wanted to be free. Judge Shay told him that he did not believe his story.

Charles C. Small, 154 Texas Avenue, Atlantic City, was found guilty of obtaining money under false pretense. He was sentenced to six months in jail. The complaint was made by Mrs. Agnes Hamm, of 530 Cooper Street. She stated that on August 14 while she was standing at Fifth and Cooper Street watching a golf game, Small approached her and told her he was a retired lawyer and that his father had died and left him $38,000. Mrs. Hamm asked him to bring suit against a prominent physician and he said he would take the case for $25 and quoted Small as saying, "All the Camden lawyers are in a click." .

Camden Courier-Post * October 16, 1931


Police last night cleaned up an old case of highway robbery that occurred at Second and Mt. Vernon Streets last August when Edward A. Turner, 48, of 1104 Cresson Street, was robbed of his watch, chain and knife.

At the time of the hold-up, Turner told police there were four or five colored men in the robbery. Detectives Robert Ward and Clifford Carr arrested Earl Bundy, 17, of 819 Sycamore Street, who they said had the articles in his possession; also Charles Wing, 17, of 1012 Francis Street; Sherman Smith, 17, of 161 Ivins Street and William Jackman, 16, of 152 Sycamore Street. The last three pleaded guilty and were sentenced to Rahway Reformatory by Judge Samuel Shay.

Bundy pleaded not guilty and was lodged in the local jail. 

Last night Ward and Carr with Patrolman Luke captured Oscar Moore, 19, of 135 Mt. Vernon Street as the fifth bandit. He will be held without bail on the same charge as the others..

Camden Courier-Post * October 20,1931


Phila. Barber Who Shot Man 
in Brooklawn Lashed as 'Cur'

A Philadelphia barber who shot and seriously wounded a companion after an argument over a game of cards, yesterday was sentenced to six years in the state prison by Judge Samuel M. Shay, who denounced the defendant as a "yellow cur."

The defendant, David E. Wright, 32, was convicted Friday in Camden Criminal Court, on charges of shooting O. Nelson Kelley, 30, clothing salesman of Portsmouth, Va., at Brooklawn on March 22, The jury deliberated more than 22 hours be­fore returning a verdict of guilty.

During the taking of testimony, the state contended Wright and Kelley got in an argument over a card game in Philadelphia and decided to drive to Brooklawn to fight it out with their fists. When Kelley got out of the car, Wright is alleged to have shot him.

"Yours is an unusual case," Judge Shay said in pronouncing sentence. "You went out to Brooklawn with murder in your heart. You went out there to fight man to man, but you gave the other fellow no chance and shot him in cold blood.

"Your act was that of a yellow cur. There were no extenuating circumstances in your case and you do not deserve any sympathy from this court. After shooting him you drove away to leave him die in the road and for your crime I sentence you to six years in the state prison."

Two men were arrested during Wright's trial and are under $5000 bail for the grand jury. They are Walter Reggin and Walter Stewart, both of Brooklyn.

Reggin was arrested on a charge of perjury when he testified he was with Wright in New York the night of the shooting.

Stewart under indictment here as an accessory, was suspected by detectives of being the man sought since last March by' the police who alleges he was at the scene of the shooting. According to the police, Stewart was to have been the "referee" of the fist fight Wright and Kelley planned.

Kelley, during the investigation of the shooting, said he was shot and abandoned in Browning Lane, Brooklawn. He named Wright as his assailant. Kelley hovered between life and death for 19 days at Underwood hospital, Woodbury. It was Kelley who testified Stewart was the third man at the scene. 

Camden Courier-Post * October 21,1931

'Gibbons' Free After 46 Days 'Extra Time'
Judge Shay Calls Holding of Impersonator An Outrage

Declared to have been illegally detained in Camden County jail, Henry Luellowitz, 28, of Los Angeles, who posed as Floyd Gibbons, was ordered released yesterday by Judge Samuel M. Shay.

A writ of habeas corpus, served at the office of Sheriff E. Frank Pine, charged Luellowitz had been kept prisoner 46 days after his 90-day sentence had expired. The man was sentenced June 13, by Police Court Judge Pancoast, on a charge of im­personating the famed radio announcer after his arrival here by plane.     

He was detained following expiration of his sentence, on a detainer from New Haven, Connecticut, where he was accused of having defaulted payment of a hotel bill.

According to Rocco Palese, assistant prosecutor, and Chief of County Detectives Lawrence T. Doran, Luellowitz was held in connection with an investigation of the escape from jail of Albert Rumford, 23, of Philadelphia. The latter cut his way from a cell adjoining Luellowitz last August 17.

Wanted Poster for Albert Rumford -  1931

Calls Case Outrage

In dismissing the prisoner, Judge Shay declared the case was "an outrage," ruling that the man was kept "through somebody's oversight." Luellowitz criticized the prosecutor's office upon his release, saying his detention was occasioned by his refusal to "become a goat in the investigation of Rumford's escape." He praised prison attaches and Warden Edmund B. Powell, for treatment accorded him in the jail.

Frank M. Lario, attorney, who started proceedings to affect Luellowitz' release, told Judge Shay yesterday that the man had been detained without a hearing after his sentence had expired. He charged that following service of the writ last week, Luellowitz was rushed by county detectives to the office of Peter J. Wallace, justice of the peace, and then recommitted to his cell.

Judge Shay sent for Justice of the Peace Wallace who admitted he ordered the man's commitment after a hearing at which only the detectives appeared as witnesses.

The jurist declared he was convinced Luellowitz had been kept in jail through oversight of someone.

"The New Haven authorities have had ample time to come for the man. I don't care now whether they want him or not. This man cannot be punished for some one's negligence. I order his release immediately."

Says He Was 'Goat'

Following his dismissal, Luellowitz said he had been questioned about the escape of Rumford, alleged bandit, for whose capture the county has offered a $200 reward. Luellowitz and another inmate were said to have made noise while the jailbreak was being made.

"It's an outrage, the way I was treated by the prosecutor's office. Warden Powell and the jailers were mighty nice but the prosecutor and sheriff wanted to have a goat when that guy escaped and I was the first one they reached for.

"But I wasn't going to let them make a goat of me. It wasn't my fault if they didn't have enough jailors there and they couldn't blame me if that guy got away."

Assistant Prosecutor Palese said Luellowitz was detained because he was suspected of having aided Rumford to escape. He admitted the man was not legally committed.

Camden Courier-Post * October 21,1931


One of the five children of Joseph White, a former Camden hotel proprietor, who have been county charges, found a home yesterday.

White, who lives at 517 Penn Street, was rebuked in police court by Judge Pancoast last week, for buying expensive clothing and wearing diamonds while his ten children were in need. Welfare workers said he failed to contribute to the support of the five children in homes here and in Trenton.

The recent hearing was a result of White bringing his 15-year-old daughter, Dorothy, into court as an incorrigible. The charge was disproved today in the opinion of Judge Samuel Shay, sitting in juvenile court. He granted the request of Dorothy's married sister, Mrs. Catherine Graham, of Magnolia, to have the girl live with her.

Camden Courier-Post - October 23, 1931



Samuel M. Shay - Liberty Street - Rocco Palese - Frank Lario
Charles B. Kay - Reino Thompson - Henry Mallet

Camden Courier-Post
October 23, 1931


Camden Courier-Post * October 23, 1931

Missing Girl Weds Bandit On Way to Pen
Bridegroom Linked in Ashenfelter Case; Mother Faints


A prisoner in the Camden county jail awaiting removal today to state prison, married his sweetheart yesterday afternoon.

Last flight the bride was reported as having been missing from her home in Westville Grove for two days.

The bride is Mary Lillie, 22, of Second and Cedar Avenues, Westville Grove, and here mother with the same name, was almost frantic when informed by a reporter from the Courier-Post of the marriage.

The bridegroom, Frank Tiedeman, 18, of 820 Beideman Avenue, was sentenced to five years in prison when he pleaded non vult to four robberies and carrying concealed deadly weapons, by Judge Samuel M. Shay last Monday.

Tiedeman was a member of the "North Cramer Hill gang", two of whom participated in the robbery in which one bandit was killed after wounding City Detective Robert Ashenfelter.

The marriage was performed by Rev. Carlton R. Van Hook, of First M. E. Church, at the request of the prisoner.

Mary is a dressmaker. She is the sole support of her mother and two unemployed brothers. The family lives in meager circumstances. The bride's weekly wage is their only provender.

Last night, it was learned the mother had heard from neighbors that her daughter loved Frank. Mary had expressed it by saying "I will wait ten years or longer, if he is found guilty and sent to jail"

Mrs. Little, however, laughed it off. She didn't believe Mary would marry Tiedeman.

When she heard the news she almost collapsed.

She told a reporter she would "report it to the police" and have a search made for Mary.

The girl left home Tuesday.

Mary's two brothers, George and Edward, last night started to hunt for their sister and will order her home, if successful in their effort to locate her.

The others receiving sentences with Tiedeman were David Allaband, H. Gordon McCrea and Melbourne James. The last two, each got five years apiece and Allaband 6 years.

Camden Courier-Post * October 26, 1931

Defers Democratic Request; Sure Election Here Is Clean and Honest


Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd has deferred action on a Democratic application for additional police protection in Camden to assure, a "fair and honest election" November 3.

He declared he did not like "the nature of the application at .this time" and that "it is a dangerous thing to bring before the court a matter which could embroil it in a political mess"

The application was made Saturday by Edward Markley, of Jersey City, personal counsel for A. Harry Moore, Democratic candidate for governor. He presented 40 affidavits charging that gunmen, gangsters and hoodlums had intimated voters and stuffed ballot boxes in the last city commission election. 

Markley also charged that irregularities were particularly noted in the Fifth and Eighth wards. Here he alleged, "police were in collusion with politicians" and election officers were forced out of the polling places.

Judge Sure City Is Clean

Justice Lloyd frankly expressed disbelief of the charges of rampant irregularities and corruption, and was certain voting in Camden County is as clean as anywhere else in the country. However, he stated that he and Common Pleas Judge Samuel M. Shay will adopt the usual custom of being available on election day in the event that there are any complaints.

Justice Lloyd said he would read the affidavits and decide later whether or not he should take action. He said earlier, however, he did not feel that it "was justified by two or three affidavits to indict an entire police department, or the prosecutor's of­fice, as would be implied by bringing into the county outside police help."

"A case would have to be presented to the court of substantial character to warrant any drastic action, such as proposed," Justice Lloyd said. "However, I shall read the af­fidavits and say whether or not I should take action."

The justice stated that the affidavits charged irregularities which allegedly occurred six months ago, and complaint should have been made at that time.

Markley declared that to have made such complaint would have been "futile," whereupon Justice Lloyd commended the prosecutor's office upon its work, and declared that there was no justification for Markley's remark.

'Mess' Dangerous

"I will sit on election day with Judge Shay to hear any complaint that is presented to the court, Justice Lloyd concluded. "The justice has the right to remove election officers. If upon election day it shall be brought to the court's attention any neglect by a police officer or any other officer, the court will be alert to exercise the full limit of its authority. But to ask for something on an implication that the police or election officers are not prepared to do their duty, I who have lived in Camden County many years cannot consider without deprecation such an application at this time because Camden County is a county of which

I am proud. I must say I do not like the nature of the application at this time. It is a dangerous thing for any citizen to bring before the court a matter which would embroil or entangle it in a political mess. 1 deprecate this action being brought at this time on information you have had for months and upon which no formal action has been taken. 1 don't say the court will not take any action but I would much rather that you had made your ap­plication when the excitement was not so high and would not have excited public feeling as it may so soon before the election." 

Camden Courier-Post * October 26, 1931


George E. "English George" Sampson, erstwhile "valet" to the late Mickey Duffy, slain gang chieftain, will go on trial today before Judge Samuel M. Shay on a charge of carrying concealed deadly weapons.

Sampson was arrested Labor Day on the White Horse Pike, near Berlin, by a state trooper who stopped him for speeding his high-priced motor car.

Upon investigation, several weapons and ammunition for a submachine gun was discovered in a satchel in the rear.

The former Duffy aide denied knowledge of the weapons, declaring the satchel had been given him in Atlantic City for delivery at a Camden garage.

He was brought to Camden and held in $10,000 bail by Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin. After obtaining bail here Sampson was taken to Atlantic City by shore authorities and questioned there regarding the Duffy murder. He is also under bail there. .

Camden Courier-Post * October 28, 1931

Editorial Page


Do gangsters laugh at the law?

Here are some curious facts in a curious case.

Harry J. Green and James A. Toland, supposed racketeers, were held in heavy bail as material witnesses in the Mickey Duffy murder. On August 30, they were arrested at Berlin on the serious charge of carrying concealed deadly weapons.

Since that date rumor has been rife that these man made two boasts:

One, that they would not be tried until AFTER election.

The other, that they would be acquitted at that time.

Have they made good the boasts? Glance at the record.

The men were scheduled for trial on September 23.

But Judge Shay was involved in the registration cases then, so the criminal case was postponed until October 13.

On October 13, Prosecutor Baldwin asked postponement, saying he feared to try the men before the jury panel which heard the Rettberg case, and whose verdict Baldwin severely criticized. This time the case was put off until October 26.

 On Monday, October 26, the trial was again postponed.

Green, it seems had bronchitis. They couldn't try Toland alone, as Green was a leading defense witness.

It was suggested that the trials be postponed a week. But that would bring them THE DAY BEFORE ELECTION. All the attorneys, it seems, would be too busy to bother with the machinery of justice on that day. So the trials were put off another week- until AFTER ELECTION.

It will be interesting to see whether Messrs. Green and Toland now make good their boast of acquittal!

Since everything seems to be more important than the dispensing of criminal justice at the court house these days, that outcome would not be at all surprising.

No sign of the hard-boiled, fast-moving methods Judge Wilkerson, of Chicago, used in the Capone case.

Jersey Justice, it seems is running with its brakes on!.

Camden Courier-Post ^ March 21, 1932


Charles "Jack" Kelly, wanted as one of the bandits who held up and robbed the Pennsauken Township National Bank December 11, sailed from Bermuda yesterday handcuffed to County Detective Fiore Troncone

Kelly was arrested last month after detectives intercepted his letters to friends near Third and Mt. Vernon Streets. Extradition procedure followed.

Michael Spingotti and Anthony Tate were said to be Kelly's partners in the holdup. Tate pleaded guilty before Judge Samuel M. Shay and was given 15 years in state prison. Spingotti is awaiting trial.

Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1932

Carmen Mercantini - Line Street - Samuel M. Shay - William Maley
Lansdowne Avenue - South 4th Street - Pine Street - William C. Gtschalk

Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1932
Jack Gannon - Walter Lynch - Fiore Mascarini - North 3rd Street - Mt. Vernon Street
Nicholas Parisi - Carmen Mercantini - Frank Tucci -
Line Street - Beckett Street
Samuel M. Shay - Alfred Swindell - Anna Swindell - North 28th Street
Joseph Dzietczyk -  Helen Dzietcxyk - Mt. Ephraim Avenue
Sandy Jackson - Minnie Coleman - Van Hook Street
William Green - Sycamore Street - Front Street


Camden Courier-Post
June 2, 1932

Camden Lions Club
Robert D. Hughes
South Jersey Law School




Samuel M. Shay - Charles M. Maurer - Elmer G. Van Name 

Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1932

Ralph Bakley - Joseph Tumulty - Roy R. Stewart - T. Harry Rowland
Charles V. Dickinson - Arthur Colsey - Clifford A. Baldwin - Samuel M. Shay
Austin H. Swackhamer - Manle J. Steyer - WIlliam Sharkey - Dr. C.N. Mason
Gustave Huseman - John Uboldi - Albert Cohen - James Jordan - Herman Romaine
Harold Nickturn - Howard C. Franklin - Arthur "Gyp" Del Duca 
Charles Fanelli aka Charlie Mack - Harry Fleisher - John Cernivo
Thomas Gibbons - Walt Mills - Edward J. Walsh - Owen Sweeney
William Marshall - Conrad Bittner - Harry Underwood
Frank Truax - Walter Kennedy aka Walt West * Harry Willingmeyer
Fairview Street - Penn Street - Rand Street
Louis Ward - Dean Kessler - Pasquale Massi - Jacob Melzer - Frank Atwater
Louis Scott - Edward Brady - Carl Pisco - Joseph Pisco - Jim Jackson
Woodrow Jackson - Frank Mucci - W.H. Seckel - Davis Keese - Gustave Seletos
Roland Davis - William Bopergola - Tony Basile - Jospeh Gogenti - Frank Garafalo
Edward North - Joseph Carboni - George Huber - George Walters

Camden Courier-Post * June 7, 1932

Gene R. Mariano - Samuel M. Shay

Camden Courier-Post
June 7, 1932

Samuel M. Shay
John Uboldi
Mrs. Mary Bandaruk

Lester Terrace

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1932

Ralph Bakley - Joseph Tumulty - John Tumulty - Charles Rubenstein
T. Harry Rowland - Charles V. Dickinson - Clifford A. Baldwin
Samuel M. Shay
- Austin H. Swackhamer - Frank Truax
A. Harry Moore - David Baird Jr. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1932

Samuel M. Shay - Carlo Pisco - Joseph Pisco - Earl Wright

Camden Courier-Post
June 9, 1932

Samuel M. Shay  
Elmer Catlin
Bertha Catlin
Tyler Avenue

Camden Courier-Post
June 9, 1932

Samuel M. Shay 
Anthony Orsini
Clifford A. Baldwin
South 3rd Street
Front Street

Erie Street

Camden Courier-Post
June 15, 1932

Fillmore Street
Samuel M. Shay
George Rumble
Allen Dubowski
Joseph Carpani
Walter Smith
Garfield S. Pancoast


Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1932

Mickey Blair - Basil Cook - Cook's Grill - South 5th Street - Clifford A. Baldwin - Samuel M. Shay
Frank T. Lloyd - Garfield Pancoast - Erie Street - Thomas Bonelli - South 4th Street - Walnut Street
Luigi Celani

Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1932

Royden Street - Benson Street - Samuel P. Orlando - Samuel M. Shay - Senate Street
Martha Tomlionson - Joseph Girgenti - Frank Corofola - William Lopergola - Tony Basile
Clinton Street - Rocco Palese

Camden Courier-Post
June 16, 1932

Samuel M. Shay
Maurice L. Praissman
Clifford A. Baldwin

Camden Courier-Post * June 18, 1932

Royden Street - Benson Street - Samuel P. Orlando - Samuel M. Shay - Senate Street
Martha Tomlionson - Joseph Girgenti - Frank Corofola - William Lopergola - Tony Basile
Clinton Street - Rocco Palese

Camden Courier-Post * January 12, 1933


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Michael Brown - Clifford A. Baldwin - Samuel M. Shay - Frank S. Albright
Cornelius Rose - Herbert Hicks - Van Hook Street 

Camden Courier-Post * January 25, 1933

William J. "Shooey" Bonner - William Pernier - Julius Sklar - Rocco Palese - Liberty Street
Kaighn Avenue - Locust Street - William Whaland - Joseph Lack - Joseph Leonhardt - Samuel M. Shay

Camden Courier-Post * February 2, 1933

Sentenced by Judge Shay After Pleading Guilty to Holdup Charge

Pleading guilty in criminal court to holding up two South Camden men last February, and to a gun toting charge Louis "Blackie" Battino, 23, of 805 South Fifth street, was sentenced to three to five years in state prison by Judge Samuel M. Shay yesterday.

Bottino, who was captured in a New York "love nest" on a fugitive warrant after he jumped a $5000 bail bond here, was first arrested by Detective Thomas Cheeseman on the night of the holdup. He was identified by Marvin Johnson, of 926 South Ninth Street, and Louis Puggsley, of 312 Benson Street, who said the man stuck a revolver in a car in which they were seated and robbed them of $28.

County Detective Fiore Troncone and New York detectives surprised Bottino in an apartment at Ninth Avenue and Fifty-fourth Street, New York, with a woman. Patsy Costagno, 23, of 2412 South Watts Street, Philadelphia, an alleged accomplice of Bottino, was sentenced April 19, 1932, to serve 13 years in jail on three indictments for participation in the crime and carrying concealed deadly weapons.

C. Lawrence Gregorio, counsel for Battino, pleaded for another chance for his client, pointing out the youth of the prisoner. Judge Shay, however, remained unmoved and imposed sentence.

Camden Courier-Post * February 2, 1933

Pal of Shooey Bonner Jailed on Gun-Carrying Charge

Despite his plea that he was still suffering from a gunshot wound received October 30, William Pernier, 32, of 293 Liberty street, was sentenced to serve from two to three years in the state prison for carrying deadly weapons. Pernier's wife, Edith, screamed and was led from the courtroom when the sentence was pronounced by Judge Samuel M. Shay

Pemier, former pal of the slain William "Shooey" Bonner, was arrested by three policemen who found him lying wounded and holding a revolver which they said was "still hot" at Locust Street and Kaighn Avenue.

When tried in Criminal Court, Pernier's defense was that he had been wounded by gunmen and that he had picked up the revolver dropped by a one of his assailants. A jury deliberated only 12 minutes before returning a verdict of guilty after a short trial on January 24. Request for postponement of sentence was made at that time by Julius Sklar, Pernier's attorney.

Judge Shay remanded Pernier to jail to await sentence after setting yesterday as the date when he should learn his fate.

Camden Courier-Post * February 2, 1933

Suspended Jail Sentence is Given Operator
Where 17 Were Taken in Raid

Pleading non vult to charge of operating a 'numbers" headquarters raided by the police last July, Dominic Olivette, 28, of 444 Royden street, was fined $100 and given a suspended sentence of six months in criminal court yesterday.

Olivette was arrested by a detail of police led by former Director of Public Safety Charles V. Dickinson and Lieutenant George Frost when they captured 17 men in the Royden street house.

In police court the day following the raid Olivette was fined $100 by Judge Garfield Pancoast on charges of violating Section 422 of the city ordinances prohibiting disorderly persons from congregating in a building.

Olivette paid the fine and was later indicted by the grand jury following an investigation by Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin. Judge Shay, in imposing the fine, refused Olivette's plea that he be allowed to pay the sum on installments.

One other man charged with "numbers' writing was fined $100 with the privilege of paying at a $2 weekly rate. He is Herbert Lantry, 35, of 519 Ray street, arrested by Lieutenant Herbert Anderson November 26. He was held for the grand jury by Judge Pancoast when arraigned in police court.

Camden Courier-Post * May 11, 1933

South Camden Man Cleared of Tipsy Charge to Again Permit

A South Camden man, convicted in police court of drunken driving, but acquitted on his appeal to Judge Samuel Shay, will seek reinstatement of his driver's license which was revoked officially today by Motor Vehicle Commissioner Harold G. Hoffman.

The man, Sylvester Tazcinski, 1477 South Tenth Street, was arrested April 28 by Motorcycle Policemen Edward Shapiro and Thomas Kauffman after Tazcinski's car is alleged to have sideswiped Kauffman's motorcycle. They followed the car to Tazcinski's house where they found it parked. The policemen told Judge Shay on Tuesday they were unable to testify Tazcinski was driving and the judge released the defendant after saying he was convinced Tazcinski was drunk.

William Mazzare. 922 South Fifth Street, arrested April 16 after his automobile crashed into parked cars at Mt. Ephraim and Kaighn Avenues also was deprived of his license. Mazzare was fined $220 by Police Judge Pancoast on April 17.

Edward T. Cheeseman, Ashland road, Magnolia, arrested April 17 after a chase of more than two miles, also lost his license. Cheeseman was halted by Camden police a few feet from the closed gates of the Reading Ferry.

Camden Courier-Post * June 2, 1933

Grand Jury Returns 45 True Bills to Judge Samuel M. Shay

Now in Tombs Prison, New York, Frank Osborne, 32, alleged Camden stock embezzler, was one of 45 persons named yesterday in indictments, returned by the April grand jury.

Osborne, alias Allen Drake, is being held in the New York prison at the request of Camden authorities.

The indictments, first of the April jury term, were returned before Judge Samuel M. Shay in Common Pleas Court. 

Eleven true bills were impounded.

It is reported the charges contained in them are of a minor nature and name persons at present fugitives from justice.

E. Chester Ridgway, Sr., of Haddon Heights, woolen manufacturer, is foreman of the jury.

Osborne is charged with embezzlement. He is accused specifically of fleecing a Camden business man out of 534 shares of Cities Service' stock, valued at $1,602.

According to Chief of County Detectives Lawrence T. Doran, who caused Osborne's arrest in New York, the suspect operated a stock racket in Camden under the trade name of the "R. E. Stoddard Company" and swindled Camden and suburban business men.

Other indictments made public follow:

Robbery: Russell Grady, alias "Spencer” of Camden. Grady is alleged to have stolen $10 from Max Kleinfield January 28th.

Embezzlement: Frank Osborne, alias Allen Drake, of Camden, charged with embezzling 534 shares of common stock of the Cities Service Company, valued at $1602, on January 24.

Breaking, entering and larceny: James Cox, of Clementon; William H. Shinn, of Haddon Township, Charles Joslyn, Dominic Croge and Anthony Scott, all of Camden, named jointly. Harold Walters, William Kirk and George Walters, all of Pennsauken Township, named jointly.

Larceny and receiving stolen goods: Joseph Smitka and Theodore Jakucki, alias Theodore Chaney, both of Camden, named jointly. Ignatz Jaroshuk, of Camden, who is alleged to have taken $850 belonging to Peter Kracyzk, on February 25.

Larceny, receiving stolen goods and  larceny as bailee: John F. Cook, of Camden.

Receiving stolen goods: Spencer Murry, of Camden, alleged to have received $2000 worth of stolen copper templates from the Camden Pottery Company.

Obtaining money under false pretense: Samuel B. Stevenson, alias Samuel Ward, of Berlin.

Atrocious assault and battery: Charles Atkins, of Camden.

Assault and battery: William Di Paolo, alias Dip Di Paolo, of Haddon Heights, William Baxter; Jr., of Haddon Heights, Wladislaw Zineszki, of Camden, Nicholas Sakolonis, of Camden, I. J. Lewis, of Camden.

Statutory offenses: Walter Hart, of Camden; James Vennell, of Camden; Nick Simone, Jr., of Camden, and Raymond Ballinger, of Waterford Township.

Tampering with a meter: Joseph Perpetuino, of Camden; John Seick, of Barrington; Reuben Mitchell, of Gloucester Township, and Harry F. Clipper, of Haddon Township.

Non-support or desertion: James Morgan, of Camden, George Raymond Sykes, of Camden; Ernest Herman, of Camden; Frank J. Gaten, of Camden; Barney Cahill, of Gloucester; Anthony Debouno, of Waterford Township; Charles Jerome Sheppard, of Collingswood; Maurice Brinn, of Gloucester, and Philip Winter, of Camden. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 3, 1933


When a father pleaded he needed his son to drive a truck, Judge Samuel M. Shay yesterday suspended a Rahway Reformatory sentence, for the youth and placed him on probation.

The youth is Raymond Kocinski, 19, of Liberty Street near Mt. Ephraim Avenue. He was sentenced to Rahway last January 3 after he was found guilty of breaking into the home of Edward Ferat, 1476 Kaighn Avenue, and taking $50 and $550 in jewelry Nov. 6, in company with another youth.

The father, Joseph Kocinski, appeared before Judge Shay in Common Pleas Court, said he was crippled and needed his son to drive a truck in the fruit and produce business. Judge Shay suspended sentence and placed Raymond in custody of Clifford Schemeley, county probation officer. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 3, 1933

Visitor at Hearings Before, Pancoast Jailed for Failure to Pay Fine

The urge which prompted Albert Barlow, 37, of 755 Spruce Street, to visit police court yesterday as a spectator landed him in the county jail as a prisoner.

Sought for more than two years on charges of failing to pay installments of a $200 fine imposed when he was found guilty of a liquor law violation, Barlow a former city employee, was arrested by Clifford Schemely, county probation officer.

Schemely was notified that Barlow was in court by Lieutenant Ralph Bakley, of the second district, who saw him sitting in a front row of the court­room just before the hearings started.        

Bakley knew there was a warrant out for Barlow but he was not in possession of it at the time so the police official telephoned Schemeley from Police Judge Garfield Pancoast's office.

The probation officer hurried to the courtroom armed with a copy of the warrant, served it on him and led him from the courtroom just as Judge Pancoast entered the room to open the hearings.           

Schemeley said that Barlow was arrested in February, 1931, and was fined $200 by Common Pleas Judge Samuel M. Shay. He was ordered to pay the fine in installments, Schemeley said, but he disappeared on March 23 of the same year.

Barlow was placed in a cell at the county jail and will be arraigned before Judge Shay next week.

Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933

Youth Gets 5 Years for Iron Bar Attack
on Ex-employer in Robbery Plot
Merchant Bludgeoned When He Went to Cellar to
Repair Lights

A Camden youth, who confessed brutally beating a former employer with an iron bar in a robbery attempt, yesterday was sentenced to serve five to six years in State's Prison at Trenton.

William H. Carpenter, 22, of 212 Atlantic Avenue, grinned as he heard sentence pronounced in special sessions court.

In passing sentence, the court commented that it was unusual for “a novice in crime” -it was Carpenter's first offense- to commit "such a violent crime." It was "almost unthinkable- the victim might have been killed by those blows," Judge Shay said.

Victim in Court

The victim of the attack was Bert Fishbine, of 3 South Davis Avenue, Audubon, who appeared in court today with his head swathed in gauze. He testified he and his wife returned home at 12:30 a. m. on May 28 and the lights wouldn't work. He went to the cellar, believing a fuse had blown out, and struck a match. In its glow he saw and recognized Carpenter, Fishbine said. Then he was struck repeatedly on the head. West Jersey Homeopathic Hospital physicians took 18 stitches to close the wounds.

Carpenter pleaded guilty to charges of carrying a concealed deadly weapon and attempted robbery. In a statement to the prosecutor's office he confessed that, needing money and knowing Fishbine would take home the day's receipts, he went to the Fishbine residence during the family's absence. He admitted he had taken out the fuses in the hope that Fishbine would go into the darkened cellar to investigate. He confessed, too, to having had a stolen .38-calibre pistol, but said it was unloaded.

Sentences Consecutive

Judge Shay sentenced him to from two and one-half to three years on each of the two charges, with the sentences to run consecutively.

Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin and Assistant Prosecutor William C. Gotshalk represented the state. T. Phillips Brown was Carpenter's counsel.

Richard Hammond, 32, who gave an address at 1615 North Sixty-Third Street, Philadelphia, was sentenced to from one to three years when he confessed to the theft of a typewriter from Frank S. Hinkle 1800 Mt. Ephraim Avenue. On the night of May 12 Hammond was seen walking on Haddon Avenue with the typewriter under his arm. He was intoxicated and said he did not re­member where he had obtained the typewriter, the police stated.

Willie Ross, 30, colored, of 681 Van Hook Street, was sent to Trenton prison to from one to three years on a charge of carrying a concealed deadly weapon. He fired four shots at Sidney Lewis, 661 Van Hook Street, during an altercation over a debt, and when his aim proved too poor, resorted to a more simple expedient. He felled Lewis by striking him over the head with the revolver.

Relents Too Late

A woman's attempt to have a complaint made against a former boarder withdrawn was unsuccessful. As a result, Nicholas Lipenta, 25, of 906 South Ninth Street, was sentenced to from two to three years on a charge of carrying a weapon.

Lipenta, in his statement to the prosecutor's office, said he had been keeping company with Mrs. May Woodward, 541 Race Street. He said he went to her home and her husband told him she had gone to Clayton. An argument followed, Woodward called the police and the latter found the gun.

It was revealed Mrs. Woodward had gone to the prosecutor's office in an effort to have the complaint quashed. She declared that Lipenta had been intoxicated "and didn't mean all the things he said." She was told he had been arrested for carrying a gun and the case was out of her hands. Prosecutor Baldwin said Lipenta had a criminal record. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933


James Crosby, alias William Caldwell, 32, of 577 Mickle Street, was sentenced yesterday by Judge Samuel M. Shay in Special Sessions Court, to six months In the Camden county jail. He had pleaded guilty to the theft of a vacuum cleaner, a waffle iron, a cigarette lighter and other articles, valued at $90.

The articles were stolen from 2122 Berwick Street, Camden. The complaint against Crosby was made by George Barrett, of 1535 Federal Street.

Crosby also admitted to Prosecutor Baldwin, It was testified, that both here and in Philadelphia, he went to the homes of housewives to repair carpet sweepers. He said he never took the sweepers back. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933


Leo Kuchinski, 18, of 14 Jasper Street, pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny before Judge Samuel M. Shay in Special Sessions Court yesterday. He received a suspended sentence to Rahway.

Kuchinski was arrested through Charles Salvaggio, a watchman at the Pusey & Jones Shipyard, Gloucester, who said he fired one shot at Kuchinski after he had sought to pry loose a piling support at the end of a wharf.

Kuchinski said he had been ill. He said he expected to sell the piling for $.50 cents with which he intended to buy medicine. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 6, 1933


Daniel Ryrie, 16, of 2009 Fillmore Street, and Vincent Storer, 16, of 879 Florence Street, pleaded guilty to charges of larceny before Judge Samuel M. Shay, in Special Sessions Court here yesterday.

Ryrie was sent to the Rahway Reformatory and Storer to the State Home for Boys, both for indefinite terms.

The complainant was Frank DeFrancesco, 1810 South Fourth Street, whose sedan they were charged with stealing May 17 at 1623 Collings Road.

Storer, according to Prosecutor Baldwin, admitted that he and Ryrie had stolen other automobiles, in addition to robbing a gasoline station at Almonesson. They admitted, the prosecutor said, being arrested in Gloucester. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 7, 1933


Albert Mungioli, 31, of 314 Stevens Street, a justice of the peace, who pleaded not guilty before Judge Samuel M. Shay on April 17 to charges of assault and battery on a brother-in-law, received a suspended sentence of three months in jail yes­terday. Mungioli was put on probation for 18 months.

Mungioli was charged with kicking John Strang, 307 South Third Street, in the nose, after an altercation at his home last March. Mungioli said he ordered some relatives out of his house, including Strang, and that the latter struck him.

Camden Courier-Post * June 7, 1933

Marlton Man Found Guilty in 20 Minutes After $2200 Theft

It took a jury in Criminal Court only 20 minutes yesterday afternoon to return a verdict of guilty against Joseph Dombrowski, 39, of Marlton, also known as Adolph Bachynsky, charged with larceny of $2200 from Samuel Schultz, of 738 Fern Street. Judge Samuel M. Shay, before whom the case was heard, will impose sentence later.

Dombrowski or Bachynsky was arrested on a farm in Delaware Township last April 23, after being sought since January 28, 1932, when he is alleged to have worked an old flim-flam game on Schultz.

Dombrowski testified yesterday he and Schultz had known each other for some time and that Schultz took the money from a bank "because he wanted to go in business."

At the time of his arrest, detectives said that Dombrowski and another man were introduced to Schultz by a "con" man. Dombrowski's companion, it is alleged, offered to show Schultz how to double his money by the simple expedient of placing bills between blank paper and retrieving the blank paper as perfect bills after use of a chemical agent. Schultz said Dombrowski and his companion left with his $2200 while he was under the impression that a cheesecloth bag left behind in his home contained the $2200 and an additional $2200. .

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933


An East Camden barber, charged with assault and battery on a neighbor's son, was acquitted in Criminal Court by a jury before Judge Samuel M. Shay yesterday.

He is Nicola Saccomanno, of 3418 Federal street, charged with beating Paul Agnew, of 3408 Federal street.

Mrs. Elizabeth Agnew, the boy's mother, lodged a complaint against Saccomanno, charging he attacked the boy, who was playing on the street near Saccomanno's shop.

The woman said Saccomanno struck her son, knocked him down and then kicked him. Saccomanno denied the charge and testified the boy fell when he attempted to run away from the scene.

Camden Courier-Post * June 8, 1933

Pleas Received by Shay as 20 Cases Come Up in Criminal Court

A South Camden man charged with receiving stolen goods was fined $50 by Judge Samuel M. Shay in Criminal Court yesterday. He was charged with disposing of several cartons of cigarettes allegedly stolen from chain grocery stores.

He is Joseph Sepicato, 21, of 251 Mt. Vernon street whose plea of not guilty was among a total of 20 cases listed to be heard.

Three men charged with robbing a Pennsylvania railroad freight car of 144 pairs of shoes and a bale of wash cloths near Fish House entered pleas of not guilty. They are William Kirk, Harold and George Walters.

Two men arrested with Kirk and the Walters brothers are now serving prison terms after conviction. They are William Hibbell, and Herbert Pratt, who were given six and 18 months sentences respectively by Judge Shay several weeks ago.

Other pleas on, indictments returned by the April term grand jury include: Charles Joslin, Dominic Groge and Anthony Scott who pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering and larceny; William Shinn, guilty of breaking and entering; Phillip Winters, not guilty to charges of, non support; Raymond Ballinger, James Vennell, Nick Simone and Walter Hunt, all pleaded not guilty to charges of statutory offenses.

Spencer Murray pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen goods; Harry Clipper, entered a plea of guilty charges of tampering with a meter.

Joseph Smitka and Theodore Gahricki, alias Theodore Chaney both pleaded guilty to larceny charges and receiving stolen goods. William Di Paolo, I.J. Lewis, William Baxter and Charles Atkins pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery; James Cox entered a plea of not guilty to a breaking and entering charge. .

Camden Courier-Post * June 19, 1933

Guarded Rigidly, Segregated From Others, Accused of Two Robberies 
Drops to Yard by 'Rope' of Sheets; Saw Horse Helps Him Over Wall 

"Eddie" Adamski, most notorious of local gangland's safecrackers, has escaped from Mt. Holly jail. 

He was in solitary confinement, allegedly under special guard and allowed no visitors other than his sister. He sawed away the bars of his cell early yesterday and fled hours before his 
disappearance was discovered. 

The famed "Jimmy Valentine" of Camden-Philadelphia mobsters was a mystery prisoner at Mt. Holly. In February Adamski, alias Harry Burns, was sent to State Prison for a three-year term by Judge Samuel M. Shay, following conviction on a gun-toting charge. Several weeks ago Judge Shay issued a secret writ ordering his appearance in the local court and the sentence was 
suspended and Adamski turned over to Burlington county authorities. 

Ellis H. Parker, chief of the Burl ington county detectives, said yesterday Adamski was being held on two robbery cases- one at the home of Circuit Court Judge V. Claude Palmer, Moorestown, and the second at the home of Kirkland Marter, Burlington. Parker declares Adamski was indicted on both robbery charges by the Burlington county grand jury last week. The indictments were among the 45 impounded by the court and not made public, Parker said. 

Adamski was tn the south wing of the jail, in a cell block known to inmates as "murderers' stir." Forty other prisoners were in the north wing of the jail. The wardens office separates the two wings, with the prisoners exercise yard, surrounded by a 30-foot wall, in the rear.

At 11 p. m. Saturday Deputy Warden Atwood Wright and Lovando Pond, a special assistant only recently hired by Sheriff George N. Wimer. visited the south wing and "put the prisoner to bed." 

That is the last seen of Adamski by jail officials. 

At 7 a. m. yesterday, one of the two jail attaches- Wimer refuses to reveal which- went to Adamski's cell with his breakfast.

His cell was empty. 

Three bars had been neatly sawed away from the lone window, leaving a space 13 by 7 inches, hardly enough for anyone to squeeze through. 

Helpful Saw Horse 

Attached to one of the remaining bars was Adamski's bed clothing, knotted together and stretching to within a few feet of the ground, 20 feet below. While his fellow prisoners had been asleep- and the guards apparently busy elsewhere- Adamski had filed the bars, made his rope of bed clothing and fled. 

But even then he was not free. 

He had to get out of the jail yard. A saw horse placed against the wall of the yard at the sheriff's house, where Wimer has his offices and a deputy sheriff lives, showed where Adamski had made his final bid for freedom. The wall at this point is slightly lower than around the rest of 
the yard. 

Prisoners Grilled 

It is believed that "Eddie" climbed the wall, and then used the roof of an outhouse adjoining the rear of the sheriff's office, to reach the ground. 

As soon as his disappearance was discovered, Parker, at his summer home in Brant Beach, was summoned, as were Sheriff Wimer and Prosecutor Howard Eastwood. All of the prisoners in the north wing were questioned, but little information gathered from them. Eastwood then questioned both Wright and Pond. Deputy Warden Benjamin F. Farner, who was off duty and asleep in the sheriff's apartment, also was questioned.

No one could tell how Adamski came by he saws. His last visitor and the only one he has been allowed since put in the jail was his sister, who talked with him last Friday. 

Rigidly Guarded 

A deputy warden stood by her side during the conversation and she was not allowed within arm length of the prisoner. Only once in the last seven weeks has Adamski been allowed 
in the yard for exercise. And on that occasion two guards watched his every move. No explanation of the care in guarding the prisoner was advanced by Burlington authorities other than their claim that he was "a tough guy and very tricky."

Parker sent flyers to every police department in the east immediately following notification that his prisoner had escaped. His two secretaries, Mrs. Anna Bading and Mrs. Anna 
Lippincott, and Detectives Clifford Cain and Clinton Zeller, worked throughout the day on the case. State police under Corporal Jarvis Wood, of the Columbus barracks, also assisted in notifying other departments. 

Adamski is said to be wearing a brown suit, with a light hat. He is five feet, ten inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. 

Gang's Lone Survivor 

Adamski is the lone survivor of a gang of 12 men, known to Philadelphia police as the "Seventh and Parrish streets mob." His delicate sandpapered fingertips have opened a thousand 
safes without the aid of knowing the combination, police said. He has been arrested scores of times and spent much of his 28 years in jail.

His last arrest was when Camden Detectives Benjamin Simon and Edwin Mills led a raid on a Gloucester cafe, where Adamski and two others, suspects in the $150,000 bond robbery of the George K. Bartle home in Philadelphia, were. 

Adamski pulled a pistol from' his pocket and was about to "shoot his way out" when the weapon was knocked from his hands by Simon and Mills

Parker Sends for Him 

The two arrested with Adamski, Adam Szewezak and Solomon Lutz, were turned over to Philadelphia authorities. Szewezak was convicted in the bond job and is serving a 15 
year term in Eastern Penitentiary. Lutz was sentenced to a year in Moyamensing for another robbery. Adamski was given three years in New Jersey state prison on the weapon charge by Judge Shay

After Adamski's imprisonment there, Parker learned of his connection with numerous Burlington county robberies and sought to have him brought to Mt. Holly to answer for these 

Special Guard Denied 

Parker said he had recovered part of the loot of the Palmer-Marter home on information he received from Adamski. He said he "had enough on him to send him a way for 15 years." Parker denied knowledge of a special guard over Adamski. Sheriff Wimer also denied the guard. He said Pond had been hired recently "to fill in when the regular men went on their vacations." He has been "learning the ropes" at the jail in preparation for the other men's absence.

Philadelphia detectives were assigned last night to "old haunts" of Adamski in the hope that, penniless, he would return there .

Authorities were puzzled how he got the saw. He filed through three bars, each an inch and three-quar ters thick.

Did He Go Through Hole! 

Wimer believes the saw was concealed in his shoe when he was brought to prison. At Trenton this was denied. Prison officials there said they were certain nothing was concealed on his person when he was turned over to Burlington authorities. 

Parker, too, was skeptical about Adamski's escape through the hole in the window bars. "I can't see," Chief Parker said, "how any man could get through such a small hole. But Adamski must have done so because he's sure enough gone."


The photo shows jail wall surrounding Burlington County jail which "Eddie" Adamski (Inset) scaled early. yesterday to escape. "Eddie" filed away the bars of his cell, climbed down a blanket rope and scaled the wall, which at this point is 25 feet high. He reached the ground by way of the roof of the sheriff's house next door.

Camden Courier-Post * June 20, 1933

July 9 Set for Reception and Picnic to New Revenue Collector

"Harry L. Maloney Day" will be celebrated by South Jersey Democrats, Sunday, July 9, when the newly-appointed collector of internal revenue will be guest of honor at a picnic at Silver Lake Park. State leaders of the party will attend. Maloney, Democratic state committeeman from Camden County and Mayor of Bellmawr, was named by President Roosevelt to succeed Edward L. Sturgess and is expected to 
take office by July 1. 

Plans for the outing were made last night at a meeting in Democratic headquarters, 538 Stevens Street, at which Albert S. Marvel, Jr., was named chairman of the general committee. Vincent de P. Costello was elected secretary and former Mayor Victor King treasurer. 

The committees follow: 

Ways and means- Sidney Kaplan, chairman; Judge Samuel M. Shay, Judge Frank F. Neutze, Victor King, Vincent Gallaher, Samuel P. Orlando and Thomas N. Madden. 

Entertainment- Joseph A. Varbalow, chairman; Patrick H. Harding, Joseph E. Nowrey, Calogero Salvagio, Thomas Cavanaugh and Joseph A. Gorman.

Refreshments- Ralph W. Wescott, chairman; Raymond Hadley, Walter Bateman, Joseph Ackroyd, James Hainesworth, Joseph Harczynski.

Athletics- Frank Abbott, chairman; John Lyons, Joseph McVey and Daniel T. Hagans, 

Music- John P. Bissinger, chairman; Ventorino Francesconi, William Bell, Bernard Tracy and Matthew P. Johnson. 

District organization- Michael J. Powell, chairman; Dominick Josephs, Ralph Comilli, Herbert McAdams, William Noonan, Edward Huston, Harry Daly and William Kistner. 

Transportation - Mayor Emerson Jackson, of Gloucester, chairman; Lewis C. Parker, George Cohen, John Bennett, Horace L. Brewer and Sabba Verdiglione.

Printing- Charles J. Clark, chairman; Raymond Saltzman, Jack Goldstein, Walter Kelly and William M. Williams. 

Publicity- Edward C. Bowe, Herbert Beattie, Patrick Whalen, Alfred R. White and Luke Bates. 

Mrs. Emma E. Hyland, state committeewoman, and Miss Marie V. Kelley, vice- chairman of the county committee, will head a women's reception committee to be chosen later. 

The committees will meet again Monday night to complete arrangements. . 

Camden Courier-Post * June 20, 1933

'Numbers' Slips Just Ain't They're Only Timetables!
Porter, Held for Papers Found in Possession, Convinces Jury 
'Evidence' Is Only Data on 'Choo-Choo'; Change Is 'Tip'

Believe it or not, but slips such as those used by numbers lottery players and patrons are really not numbers slips at all- they are train schedules! At least, that was the contention of one Washington Nixon, of Philadelphia, a porter in Broad Street station. 

Nixon so well presented his version of what the slips really are used for- at least the slips found in his possession- that a jury, out an hour, returned a verdict of not guilty yesterday afternoon before Judge Samuel M. Shay in Criminal Court. 

Nixon was arrested in a raid at 1017 South Second Street last December 2. Besides number slips, $15 in pennies, nickels, and dimes was found in his possession, according to police testimony.

Nixon demanded a jury trial and then proceeded to explain to the jurors, holding several slips aloft, the real meaning of the slips found on him. One slip, marked 10 in a corner and bearing a list of other numbers, he explained, meant that trains bearing those numbers were due to arrive on track number 10. Likewise, two other slips, each marked 5 in the corner and bearing other numbers on it, which have always been regarded as nothing but numbers slips, also meant that trains bearing those numbers would arrive on that track. Unperturbed by the laughter of everybody in the court-
room, Nixon went on to explain that the slips were given to the porters dally by the conductors to let the porters know what trains to expect on the various tracks.

"How do you explain the small change found on you?" asked Assistant Prosecutor Rocco Palese

"Oh, they were tips," said Nixon, "tips from the Army and Navy crowd- and what cheap tips they give!"

"The generals and the admirals didn't tip so well last year, did they," interposed Palese

"They didn't tip so good last year," said Nixon. 

Pauline Bowers, also arrested in the raid, faced Judge Shay without a jury. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 20, 1933


Chester Lewandowski, 27, of 1000 Atlantic Avenue, was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail by Judge Samuel M. Shay after he pleaded non vult in Criminal court to possession of numbers lottery slips. City detectives arrested Lewandowski two months ago. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 20, 1933


Judge Samuel M. Shay yesterday sentenced Spencer Murray, 52, colored, of 1181 Sycamore Street, to 80 days in the county jail after finding him guilty of receiving stolen goods. Murray is alleged to have sold $2000 worth of copper template 
stolen April 1 from the Camden Pottery Company, Mt. Vernon and Orchard Streets, to a Philadelphia junk dealer. He received about $3.25 for it, he said, after buying it for $2.95 from Paul K. Obylinskl, 16, of 1506 Norris Street, and Edward Wisniewski, 17, of 1359 Jackson Street. The two youths were convicted recently of the theft. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 20, 1933


Pleading guilty to robbery of a chain store at Twenty-seventh and Westfield Avenue, three youths were sentenced yesterday by Judge Samuel M. Shay in Criminal Court. 

Anthony Scott, 17, of 326 Benson Street, was sent to Rahway Reformatory; Charles Joslin, 19, of 1606 Pierce street, was fined $100, and Dominick Croge, 18, of 2311 Carman Street, was sent to the county jail for four months.

Police said two of the youths broke into the chain store about three weeks ago and stole 50 cartons of cigarettes and other merchandise. Joslin, it was testified, did not break into the store, but had used his automobile to cart away the stolen goods, at the request of the other two youths.

Camden Courier-Post * June 21, 1933

Mysterious Piece of Paper' Enlivens Numbers Trial Here 
Judge Shay Enjoys Verbal Tilt Between Gotshalk and Walter Keown,
But It Fails to Enter Into Evidence

A mysterious piece of paper yesterday precipitated a verbal battle between Assistant Prosecutor William C. Gotshalk and Defense Attorney Walter S. Keown upon opening of the trial of Joseph and Fred Klosterman on charges of number writing. They were placed on trial before Judge Samuel M. Shay and a crlminal court jury. 

Acting Lieutenant Louis Shaw, of the city detective bureau, testified of a raid on the Klosterman saloon at Mechanic and Green streets and an adjacent house at 1312 Green street. The witness identified a brief-case containing numbers slips and also a postal card addressed to "F. Klosterman." 

When Shaw was turned over to Keown for cross-examination, the defense counsel reached into the case, pulled out a piece of paper and asked how it had gotten into the bar. When Shaw said he had put it there, Keown declared: 

"Well, put it into your pocket. It has nothing to do with this case." 

Shaw refused, whereupon Keown rolled it up into a ball and put it in his own pocket. At this, Gotshalk angrily demanded to see the paper, but Keown declared that "you can't see this until after the jury has gone out." When Gotshalk insisted, Keown said he would give it to Judge Shay. He threw it on the judge's desk, but Judge Shay, who was smiling broadly, made no move to take it. Gotshalk then reached out to get the paper, but Keown was quicker retrieving it and placing it in his pocket again.

"What right have you to take a state exhibit and place it in your pocket?" Gotshalk queried heatedly. "I want that paper." 

"I'll show it to Judge Shay," parried Keown. 

"I don't want to see it," laughed Judge Shay, as Keown paced around the courtroom, followed by Gotshalk. 

"It has nothing to do with this case," repeated Keown. 

And there the matter stood. 

Shaw testified that he, Detective Clarence Arthur and Patrolman John Kaighn entered the saloon December 10, and went out the back door. They followed a path to the Green street house, broke down the door and found Henry Bagroewski, 17, and his mother burning numbers slips in a stove. Shaw said he recovered a half basket of slips. 

Shaw and Arthur also declared that they found a bell in the house and that it was connected to a push button in the saloon, allegedly for an alarm. 

Mary King, deputy city clerk, testified that at the time of the raid the license for the saloon was in Joseph Klosterman's name. 

Shaw's testimony was corroborated by Arthur and Kaighn. Shaw was then recalled to the stand and related that as the three detectives went from the saloon to the other house, the Klosterman brothers followed them and demanded to know "why the dicks are always picking on us." 

The case will be resumed this morning. . 

Camden Courier-Post * June 22, 1933

Camden Brothers Released in Bail Awaiting Sentence 
Both Defendants Deny Connection With Raided Saloon

Joseph and Fred Klosterman were convicted in Camden Criminal Court yesterday of operating a numbers racket. 

A jury returned a guilty verdict against the two South Camden sportsmen-brothers at 6:25 p. m., after deliberating only a short while. 

Both were in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, but were allowed to depart under bail pending sentence later by Judge Samuel M. Shay

Judge Shay delivered his charge to the jury after denying motions by Walter S. Keown, defense counsel, first to quash the indictment on grounds that 
its language was faulty, and second, to direct a verdict of not guilty for lack of evidence.

Called 'Big Shots' 

The two brothers were character ized as "big shot numbers barons" by Assistant Prosecutor William C. Gotshalk in his closing argument to the jury. 

Referring to a woman and her son, who were burning numbers slips when raiders entered the establishment, Gotshalk said: . 

"They might ask us why we don't have that woman and her 17-year­old son on trial here. When the police make an arrest the public wants to know why we don't get the big shots. Well, here they are," pointing at the Klostermans. "Here are the big shots," 

The Klosterman saloon, Mechanic and Green Streets, was raided December 10 by city detectives who testified Tuesday they followed a footpath to an adjacent house at 1312 Green Street. They broke down the door and found a woman and her son burning numbers slips. Acting Lieutenant Louis Shaw, of the city detective bureau, testified he recovered some of the slips and also found a brief case containing numbers slips and a post card addressed to "F. Klosterman." Detective Clarence Arthur and Patrolman John Kaighn corroborated Shaw's testimony. 

Says He Was Visitor 

The defense opened with Joseph Klosterman on the stand. He testified he had nothing to do with the saloon when it was raided, but merely happened to be in there for a drink when the raiders entered. He said he had owned the saloon for three and a half years but sold it last July for $100. He never had any connection with the Green Street house, he declared. He is now a plumber, Klosterman averred. 

When Assistant Prosecutor Gotshalk asked him if he had ever been convicted of crime, Keown asked that the jury be withdrawn as he wanted to make another motion. Court then recessed. 

When court resumed Mrs. Anna Pogroszewski, of the Green street address, took the stand. She testified the Klostermans were not connected with her home in any manner. She testified she had rented a room to a man named "Tommy" and all the numbers apparatus was his. When he moved out, he left the slips and adding machines there, she said, and she had cleaned out his room and was burning the papers when the raiders arrived. 

Fred Klosterman, who resides at 1255 Decatur Street, denied he was a "numbers baron" and said he merely "happened" to be there on the day of the raid. Under cross-examination he admitted having pleaded guilty to slot machine charges in June of last year.

Camden Courier-Post * June 24, 1933


Diplomas and certificates were awarded 25 graduates of the Y.M.C.A. naturalization class last night.

They were presented by Herman Hensgen, chairman of the naturalization committee. The new citizens recently were naturalized by U.S. Judge John Boyd Avis and County Judge Samuel M. Shay.

Hensgen delivered the address of welcome. A zither duet was given by Eugene Heilig and John Gruetzer; recitation by Doris Graves, McKinley School; address by Rev. Elwood A. Harrar, pastor of First Baptist Church, and vocal solo by Alfred L. Huttelmeyer.

William C. Cramer, clerk of the U.S. District Court, presented certificates to the new citizens.

Camden Courier-Post * June 29, 1933

Mothers Hysterical In Boy Vandal Trial
Pancoast Refuses Leniency to Sons, Blames Hartmann,
Who Hits Back, Charges Inconsistency and Reveals Threat

Hysterics among three mothers, one of whom fainted, as their young sons were held for court yesterday inspired another attack on Police Judge Garfield Pancoast by Frank J. Hartmann, Jr., secretary of the North Camden Civic Association.

The three women shouted frantically as their sons, each 15, were led from the court to be taken to the Juvenile Detention Home on charges of incorrigibility. They had been accused of' vandalism in North Camden. It was brought out, however, that Hartmann did not make the complaints against the boys, who will be detained until the next session of juvenile court is held by Judge Samuel. M. Shay.

Hartmann in a statement last night disclosed that a threat had been made against him by the father of one of the boys who allegedly declared he "had a gun and was going to use it."

Led from the courtroom after screaming and after one had fainted, the women cried so bitterly in the corridor that court attendants ordered them to leave.

The episode was one of the most turbulent in the history of the Camden police court, according to veteran attendants. So great was the turmoil there was question whether Pancoast would not have to recess other hearings.

Pancoast remained adamant in his decision despite the shrill protests of' the mothers; the plea of one of the boys, who begged for release with arms outstretched, and of the complainant, who urged leniency.

Criticizes Hartmann

Pancoast criticized Hartmann for "condemning him for showing leniency in such cases, yet never making formal complaint himself against youthful vandals in a specific case.

Pancoast added that he "was compelled to act as he did because of the facts in the case and general complaints against vandalism in North Camden and other parts of the city.

The boys are: Lester Jamison, of 326 North Second Street; Frank Smith, of 521 Elm Street, and Henry Egerton, 15, of 212 Bailey Street.

Complaint against the youths was made by G.T. Moore, of 313 State Street, who charged that he had found the boys destroying a property at the northeast corner of Third and State Streets.

Value $25,000, Now 25 cents

"That property once was worth about $25,000," Moore testified, "Today it could be bought for 25 cents because of vandalism."

The youths admitted they had been on the premises, but denied they had caused any damage.

The court then directed that a disorderly conduct charge against them be changed to incorrigibility, the complaint for which was signed by Moore.          

Moore testified that the defendants and other boys had been warned to keep off the property, but they would cross the street and ridicule him. He urged leniency, however, when the court revealed that the boys would be sent to the detention home. He said he did not want to see the, youths placed in confinement and their reputations blemished .

 Calls Him Liar

"I can't be lenient in his case," Pancoast replied. "I've been charged by Mr. Hartmann, of the North Camden Civic Association, with taking care of criminals and politicians who come to this court, and that is a lie. Also there has been a great deal of publicity about vandalism in North Camden, columns and columns of it, yet Hartmann has never made a single formal complaint against any boy in my court. As a citizen, if he knows such things are going on, it is his duty, as well as that of other citizens, to make a complaint to us.

"This occurrence by these boys is undoubtedly a part of the vandalism going on in North Camden and I'm going to send these boys to the detention home,"

Moore again pleaded for leniency for the boys, but Pancoast said he had no other alternative than to .sentence them under the circumstances.

The arrests on complaint of Moore were made by Gus Reihm and Wilbur Prentiss, motorcycle policemen.

Civic Clubs Protest

Apprehension of youthful vandals has been urged repeatedly by the North Camden Civic Association officers, including Hartmann, who said recently that damage by the vandals in the city has reached more than $500,000 and the city officials and police have “done little or nothing about it.

Hartmann and other officers of the association appeared before the city commission last week, urging prompt remedial measures by the city officials, and charging that too much leniency is shown in such cases. Mayor Stewart replied that the city had taken steps to eliminate the evil and was doing, all that could be done to end it.

 North Camden Civic Association officers, including Hartmann, who said recently that damage by the vandals in the city has reached more than $500,000 and the city officials and police have done little or nothing about it.             ,

Hartmann and other officers of the association appeared before the city commission last week, urging prompt remedial measures by the city officials, and charging that too much leniency is shown in such cases. Mayor Stewart replied that the city had taken steps to eliminate the evil and was doing, all that could be done to end it. The civic association’s officers protested nevertheless that this was not so, and that the police could minimize the damage if they were on the job.

Hartmann, in company with Frederick von Nieda, president of the Congress of Civic Associations, to which the North Camden association is allied, and George I. Shaw, vice president of the uptown group, conferred with Captain Arthur Colsey, at police headquarters. Captain Colsey promised further co-operation of the police in stamping out the practice of wrecking vacant dwellings and invited all citizen to report such instances to the police.

Hartmann's Reply

In replying to Pancoast's criticism Hartmann said:

"I learned from the father of one of the boys committed to jail by Judge Pancoast that the three boys could not be released unless I gave the word. This parent was quite alarmed, and I am told made threats against me. He declared that he had a gun and was going to use it. I can appreciate this man's feelings, because I understand that when he re­turned he found his wife in a terribly excited condition, an because of the fact that their son was arrested for playing tag with some chums. But I can't go to the detention home and order release of the boys. That's impossible. Only the judge can do that.

"The attitude of Judge Pancoast in criticizing me indirectly as the complainant not only is uncalled for but is the direct cause of this threat, as well as the distracted state of the boy's mother.

"Judge Pancoast is trying to throw a cloud over the real state of affairs in Camden.

"As a member of the North Camden Civic Association I have helped to point out conditions here that have existed for a long time without the police taking any notice of them, conditions which should not have been tolerated and which have caused considerable expense to property owners. 

"This needless expense could have been prevented by the police and Judge Pancoast, in a quiet, yet determined manner.

'Children Victims of Anger'

"Simply because we have criticized him and the police is not reason for Judge Pancoast to vent his anger at us upon innocent children, such as he has done in this particular case.

"He states that because we have complained it is necessary for him to hold the three young boys for court.

"On top of this he said that we never made any complaints.

"The latter is true, for we have not accused any child and do not in­tend to do so. It is the job of the police department to stop the wave of vandalism, not our task.

"Judge Pancoast's attempt to blame me in this situation is ridiculous. As I look at it he seems to be trying to evade the real issues.

'Reprimand Sufficient'

"He made a disgraceful example of three boys, to whom a reprimand would have been sufficient had they; been brought before him for merely playing tag, but if they were accused of vandalism then I think his action in committing them to the detention home was justified. But, since the charge against them was changed from vandalism to incorrigibility it. is apparent that there is some doubt in the judge's mind.

"Even with this reasonable doubt I cannot reconcile a case with the disposition of two others, immediately prior to the hearing of the three boys. I understand that two defendants on charges of stealing pipe from a vacant dwelling were dismissed.        

"The difference in these two instances, certainly does not give evidence of Judge Pancoast's sincerity in dealing with vandalism, or convince me that he is co-operating with the mayor in correcting the evils of which the Citizens and taxpayers have rightfully complained..

Camden Courier-Post * June 30, 1933

Camden Attorneys Go With Cumberland County Bar on Trip in Bay

Millville, June 29.-A number of South Jersey jurists were guests to day of the Cumberland County Bar Association on a cruise of Delaware bay and a fishing trip.

Among them were Judge Samuel M. Shay, Camden; Circuit Court Judge V. Claude Palmer, Mt. Holly; Vice Chancellor W. Frank Sooy, Atlantic City; Judge Palmer M. Way, Cape May; former Judge Austin H. Swackhamer, Woodbury; William B. Knight, Camden, special master in Chancery; Judge J. Forman Sinnickson, Salem, and Judge Francis A. Stanger, Jr., of Bridgeton.

Other Camden attorneys in the party were Samuel T. French and Frank T. Lloyd Jr. Leon Bardfelt of Vineland, was chairman of the committee.

The party consisted of 60 barristers, who embarked on the state guard boat Firman M. Reeves, which left Bivalve at 11 a. m. The boat went as far as Cape May Point. Stops were made at the fishing banks and some large catches were repeated. Luncheon and dinner were both served aboard the boat, which docked at Bivalve at 9 p. m.

Camden Courier-Post * August 16, 1933

Turmoil Caused as Judge Acts to End Vandalism in County

A court room crowded to the doors was thrown into a turmoil of excitement yesterday when five women became hysterical upon hearing Judge Samuel M. Shay impose prison terms on three men who pleaded guilty to vandalism in special session of criminal court.

Completely losing control of themselves, the women threw their pocketbooks, hats and gloves across the court room. Screaming at the top of their lungs, they were joined in the bedlam by small children they had brought to court with them.

All five women fainted and were carried from the court room by attendants. When they were revived they continued the disturbance In anterooms and corridors. The names of the women were not obtained by officials.

The jail sentences were meted out by Judge Shay as the opening shot in his campaign to stamp out vandalism in Camden county. The three men and their sentences are Elmer Baxendale, 32, of 1647 Forty-ninth Street, Pennsauken, two to three years in state prison; Thomas Henry, 32, of 1211 Bergen Avenue, 18 months, and John Schwab, 31, of 1739 Lexington Avenue, Pennsauken, 18 months.

Judge Shay sounded a warning that he will show no mercy to convicted vandals, who may, in the future, expect a sentence of 10 years.

The jurist was angered when information that one of the three defendants had pleaded not guilty, instead of guilty, as the judge had understood, and ordered him to trial immediately with the promise of 10 years if found guilty. After a conference with, counsel, the defendant, Schwab, let the guilty plea stand.

Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin told the court Baxendale had admitted the theft of plumbing and other fixtures from 13 houses in the vicinity of Forty-fourth street and Pleasant avenue, Pennsauken, and Forty-ninth street and Westfield Avenue, Pennsauken. Henry admitted to 10 robberies and Schwab to two, he added.

"The kind of stuff you fellows have been doing strikes at the very foundation of organized government said the court: "We can lock our automobiles and jewelry, but owners of unoccupied houses are at the mercy of men like you. I am not going to tolerate it."

He then pronounced sentence and the women, rising in their seats, began screaming. When some semblance of order was restored, C. Lawrence Gregorio, an attorney, addressed Judge Shay, saying: 

"You must have misunderstood my client, Schwab, he pleaded not guilty."

"All right," said the court, making no effort to hide its anger at the whole procedure, "if he does, we'll put him on trial now, right this minute. Prosecutor, go ahead and proceed with your case.             ,

"But I'm going to tell you this, Mr. Gregorio. If your client is found guilty, I'm going to sentence him to ten years in the state prison. Go ahead and put him on tria1." Gregorio, after conferring with Schwab, said the prisoner was satisfied to let the original sentence stand and he would plead guilty.

"You can broadcast to the city and county," the court then said, "that I have a way to break up this vandalism. I'm going to sentence convicted vandals to 10 years."

Camden Courier-Post * August 16, 1933

Ex-Policeman Who Turned Bandit Jailed 18 Months For $70 Holdup
10 Lawbreakers Imprisoned Out of 12 Arraigned Before Judge Shay

Five state prison sentences, four "light" terms in the county jail, a fine, a suspension of sentence and a sending of a youth to reform school were among the rulings of Judge Samuel M. Shay yesterday in Special Sessions of the Camden County Criminal Court.

A former policeman, who turned bandit, was among those given prison terms.

Leniency was accorded a father who abandoned and failed to support a boy, but with the promise he must stay away from women to keep out of jail.

Parker Hunter, of 1722 Ferry Avenue, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering a gasoline service station at Broadway and Webster streets, on the night of July 14 and stealing seven quarts of oil. Hunter's plea that he was intoxicated at the time did not save him from a 60-day sentence in the county jail.

Girder Thieves Jailed

John Capello, 18, of 1291 Decatur Street, pleaded guilty to two indictments charging him with the theft of an automobile of Abraham Schribner, Pleasantville, on July 29, when the car was parked in front of the owner's store at Broadway and Kaighn Avenue. Patrolman Thomas Welsh caught the defendant after an exciting chase through South Camden, in which several shots were fired.

Capello also pleaded guilty to breaking into the home of Mrs. Jennie Barriger, 1293 Decatur Street, on July 27, and stealing $25.

Judge Shay sentenced him to the Reformatory.

George Edmonds, 48, and Alonzo Martin, 31, both of 1300 South Eighth street, were sentenced to from one to three years each when they pleaded guilty to the theft of steel girders and beams belonging to the Acres of Diamonds Realty Co., near Central Airport. The robbery occurred on July 5. It was charged that the two men cut the girders and beams into small pieces with a cutting torch and sold them to a junk dealer. The beams were valued at $957.

Two Years for Gun Toter

Emmanuel Trappan, 33, 473 East Rittenhouse street, Philadelphia, a paroled convict from the Eastern Penitentiary was sentenced to from two to three years when he pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying concealed deadly weapons.

He was arrested at 3 a. m. on July 17 by William Markward, 513 North Tenth Street, a special officer, near Second and Vine streets. The prisoner told the court he had come to Camden to attend a fireworks display in connection with the celebration of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel day. 

"So you came to see the fireworks," said Judge Shay. "I imagine you saw them well at 3 a. m., didn't you?"

"No, Your Honor, they were over." "Well," continued the judge, "I would hate to see you disappointed." He paused to look at the clock. ”I’ll show you some at 11 a. m. Two to three years."

Ex-Cop Sentenced

William F. McKittrick, Somerdale, was given a one year's suspended sentence when he pleaded guilty to a charge of deserting his 12-year-old son and failing to support him. William Stainker, also of Somerdale, brother-in-law of the prisoner, told the court that McKittrick spends all of his money on other women.

In suspending sentence, Judge Shay told McKittrick, "If I hear of you running around with any women back to jail you go."

Floyd Griffin, Lucaston, a World War veteran and a former Philadelphia policeman, was sentenced to state prison for a term of from 18 months to seven years on a charge of holding up and robbing Edward Glassburg, a milk wagon driver at Lindenwold on July 10.

He took $70 away from the driver at the point of a gun, it was testified.

Three Years on Girl's Charge

Marvin Taylor, of 931 Howard Street, was sentenced to serve 18 months to three years when he pleaded non vult to a statutory charge brought by the parents of a 9-year-old girl.

Roland Greer, of 332 North Second street was given a three months county jail sentence when he entered a guilty plea to a statutory charge, preferred by a 14-year-old girl.

Garry Denney, 1070 Sycamore Street, was fined $100 when he pleaded guilty to breaking into the home of his sister-in-law, Marie Sims, 358 Walnut Street.

Edward Lewis, of 327 Cole street and Charles Dunn, 611 Mt. Vernon Streets, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the plumbing supply house of the J. D. Johnson Co., Newton Avenue and Division Street, on July 5, and taking a quantity of copper beer coils. They were sentenced to serve six months each.

Two youths who pleaded guilty to tearing fixtures from a Clementon home, were sentenced to serve indefinite terms in Rahway by Judge Shay.

They are Ralph Ernst, 16, of 19 Atlantic Avenue, Clementon, and Frank Medick, 16, of Lucaston.

Camden Courier-Post * September 20, 1933

Slain Politician's Son Must Stand Trial for Killing of Father

William Schiller, 30-year-old former summer cop, was indicted for murder today and must stand trial for the fatal shooting of his father, Jacob Schiller, 72, well-known and well-liked politician.

The indictment was one of 39 true bills in a presentment made by the new September term of grand jury to Judge Samuel M. Shay.

In addition to Schiller, five other men were indicted for murder.

These are Peter Citeroni, 28, of 919 South Fifth Street; Samuel DiGiacomo, 18, of 314 Berkley Street; Stanzo Palumbo, 20, of 314 Clinton Street; Joseph Patricci, 21, of 320 Berkley Street, and Fred Williams, colored, of Camden. All are in the county jail without bail and awaiting trial.

Schiller shot and killed his father at their home, 2420 Carman Street, last Saturday night. The elder Schiller had long tried to act as a conciliator between his son and the latter's wife, Augusta, who were estranged. Mrs. William Schiller wrote what police described as a "suicide note" and was found wandering dazedly through the city streets Monday, asserting that her father-in-law had been killed while trying to protect her. 

Citeroni fatally shot his sweetheart, Jennie Zucchi, 21, of 322 Warren Avenue, on August 30, at Haddon and Wright avenues. She died September 3. Citeroni, who has twice attempted to commit suicide, claimed Miss Zucchi had ended their friendship because of her father's objections to him. 

Bill in ‘40 cent Murder’ 

Palumbo, DiGiacomo and Patricci are indicted in the "40-ccnt murder" of Archie Pidgeon, who was found slain at Third and Berkley Streets August 21. The three are said to have admitted they held up Pidgeon and got only 40 cents from him, which they spent for "hot dogs" and coffeee.

Williams, who once served time for the murder of a woman in Atlantic County, is indicted this time for the murder of Ida Paynter on August 12.

A former Camden woman was indicted on a charge of abandoning ­her two children, and her husband was indicted on a charge of non-sup­port. They are Harry Mulhearn, 579 Mickle Street, and Mrs. Lillian Mulhearn, of Deepwater Lighthouse.

Mrs. Mulhearn was arrested September 7 on a warrant on September 7 by Mrs. Louise F. Walsh, secretary of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Mrs. Walsh charged that the parents had shown no disposition to take care of their children, Lillian, 6, and Verna Mae, 5, who have been under the charge of the Sheltering Arms Home.

Other Indictments

The other indictments were as follows:

Receiving stolen goods- Richard A. Wiggins, Lawnside; Harry Smith and William Bow, Camden; Joseph Hampton, Gloucester; Edward Hendricks, Gloucester.

Non support- Charles Van Dusen, Camden; Elmer P. Peters, Gloucester; John Shoemaker, Clementon; Martin Burns, Camden; William Lachzynska, Camden; George A. Spingler, Barrington; William Patten, Camden; Jerry Fagen, Gloucester; Harry L. Blaetz, Merchantville, and Frank Kunitz, Camden.

Breaking and entering-Ira Munroe, 10 indictments for breaking into houses at Haddonfield; Charles Priesly, indicted with Munroe in two true bills; Charles Hill, Camden.

Carrying concealed deadly weapons- Trim L. Austin, Pennsauken, for carrying brass knuckles.

Embezzlement- Raymond Weaver, Pennsauken, $543.50 from the Standard Oil Company.

Camden Courier-Post * September 30, 1933

Baldwin Will Move for Speedy Trials Before Judge Shay
Several Reported Ready to Throw Themselves on Mercy of Court

 Six alleged slayers will appear in Camden Criminal Court Monday to enter pleas to indictments.

 That is the largest number of persons charged with murder to appear in the court at one time for more than 20 years.

Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin intends to move for speedy trial of defendants who will plead not guilty. It is expected that several of the alleged slayers will enter pleas of non vult and throw themselves on the mercy of the court. Prosecutor Baldwin would not reveal today whether he would accept such pleas. Those who will stand trial will be tried before Judge Samuel M. Shay, who has been designated by Supreme Court Justice Frank T. Lloyd to conduct the murder trials alone.

Among those who will plead will be William Schiller, of East Camden, who is charged with shooting and killing his father, Jacob Schiller, 72, former Republican leader of the Twelfth Ward and city light inspector. Schiller shot and killed his father is his home at Twenty-fourth and Carman Streets two weeks ago when he went to the elder Schiller's home, armed with a revolver seeking his estranged wife. Schiller fired several shots at his wife.

Three youths also will face Judge Shay on a murder charge. They are John Petracci, Sam DiGiacomo and Stanzo Palumbo, who are charged with beating Archie Pidgeon to death at Fourth and Berkley Streets several weeks ago and robbing him of 40 cents.

Peter Citeroni who shot and killed his sweetheart, Jennie Zucchi, at Wright and Haddon avenues on the night or August 13, will plead to a murder indictment. Citeroni, who is in the county jail, tried to kill himself by bumping his head against the walls of  his cell and slashing his throat. He was not injured seriously and has fully recovered.

Other defendants who have pleaded not guilty and who are scheduled to be placed on trial Monday are:

Joseph Hendricks and Edward Hendricks, charged with possession of stolen goods; Robert Carey, assault and battery; Tony Tzaskowski, embezzlement; James Jordan, assault and battery; Ray Weaver, embezzlement; Lacy Mooney, Joseph Rizzo and Hackle Gamble, attempted larceny; Harry Sheer and John McShany, larceny and breaking and entering.

On Tuesday these defendants are scheduled to go on trial: Raymond Ballenger, statutory charge; Harry Blaetz, Martin Burns, William Patten, Jerry Fagen, non support.

Camden Courier-Post
February 19, 1938

Walt Leopold & his Orchestra
John A. Reynolds
George H. Brunner -
Samuel M. Shay
Charles A. Wolverton
Hotel Walt Whitman
Matthews-Purnell Post 518, V.F.W
Fairview Post No. 71, American Legion


Camden Courier-Post * September 1, 1938

Samuel M. Shay - Thomas J. Brogan
Wilfred H. Jayne - A. Dayton Oliphant

Camden Courier-Post * September 1, 1938


 Woodbury, Jan. 31- A truck owner was absolved of liability today In a suit In the Supreme Court to recover damages for injuries suffered by a six-year-old National Park boy last June.

Judge Samuel M. Shay directed a verdict in favor of Burt Casey, National Park florist, but ruled the suit, also directed against his driver, Maynard Gayner, be continued tomorrow.

Eugene Szostak Sr., brought the suit to recover damages for his son, Eugene Jr. Szostak testified his son's back was injured by the truck while playing on St. James walk, near his home.

Casey testified Gayner borrowed the truck to go home to dinner on the day of the accident.

Camden Courier-Post * September 2, 1938


Woodbury, February 1.-A jury in Supreme Court today awarded .$1500 to Eugene Szostak, Sr., of National Park, and the same amount for his son, Eugene, Jr., six, for injuries sustained by the boy when he was struck by a truck while playing on St. James Walk near his home last June. The jury deliberated two and a half hours. 

The verdict was against Maynard Gayner, of National Park, who was driver of the truck, owned by Burt Casey, National Park florist. Yesterday Judge Samuel M. Shay, who presided at the trial, directed a verdict clearing Casey, who was also named as defendant in the suit.