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Former 'chief jailer' of old Jefferson County Jail dies

December 06, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A well-known former member of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department who once oversaw the old Jefferson County Jail downtown died Tuesday at the age of 73, area police said.

Jim Carbone, who worked more than 20 years at the sheriff's department, died at his home, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said.

Although Carbone had been hospitalized recently, he was active until his death and was at the Charles Town Christmas parade last Saturday, Boober said.

Carbone was well-known among police in the county and he was respected for being a hard worker at the sheriff's department, Boober said.

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"Jim is a legend, to be honest with you," Boober said.

Carbone said previously that he had a knack of earning respect from inmates at the old county jail, which was behind the Jefferson County Courthouse at the corner of George and Washington streets.

Carbone said inmates were well-behaved when he oversaw the jail, and that can be attributed to the fact that he treated all of them fairly.

"I was a 'Mr. Carbone' to them. It wasn't 'Hey you,''' Carbone said during a 2005 interview at his Orchard Hills home.

When Carbone assumed his job at the jail, he was the "chief jailer." That was before the term correctional officer came into use.

Carbone also transferred inmates from the county jail to the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

That was before patrol cars were outfitted with dividers to protect officers from occupants in the car.

Carbone said he used to shackle up to five inmates at a time, put them in his car and head to Moundsville.

Boober retired Carbone's sheriff's department number - J-1 - after Carbone retired.

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