Youth center changes begin

August 06, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A week after two juveniles escaped from the Eastern Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Director Tom Moreland said security is being beefed up while a change in management of West Virginia's juvenile detention centers moves forward.

"We're re-keying the locks here today," Moreland said Tuesday.

Miguel Quinones, 19, and Adam Rozas, 17, stole a staff member's keys to the center when they escaped last Tuesday.

While the pair remained at large last night, the car of staff member Cheryl Lutz was found by police in the Bronx in New York City late Friday night.

Moreland also said he plans to get the staff "hand-held radios so that they can communicate in the building."

Quinones, an accused murderer, was able to overpower Lutz while another staffer, Larry Murphy, was outside investigating a loud noise. He overpowered Murphy when he came back inside.


Moreland said other security measures are being discussed and that he's still investigating the circumstances of the escape. "If we determine, factually, that there was any policy violation, we will taken appropriate action," he said.

Moreland met Monday with Otis Cox, the secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. MAPS was supposed to take over administration of the state's juvenile detention centers from the Department of Health and Human Resources last month, but Moreland said that probably won't happen until sometime in 1998.

Moreland had said last week that MAPS has more experience in corrections and "I think the funding will be a little better."

Meanwhile, the search continued on Wednesday.

Sgt. George Swartwood of the Martinsburg Police Department said Lutz had been informed that her gold 1982 Mazda RX-7 had been found.

He said there is nothing to determine where the pair went after ditching the vehicle.

Staff Writer Brendan Kirby contributed to this story.

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