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By ERIN JULIUS | March 18, 2008
The investigation into excessive force allegations at Roxbury Correctional Institution continues, prison officials said Monday. Eight Roxbury Correctional Institution correctional officers who face allegations of excessive force have been placed on administrative leave, pending a recommendation for termination by the Division of Correction, prison officials have said. Another correctional officer has been suspended without pay, prison spokesman Mark Vernarelli has said. The excessive force allegations stem from an incident involving at least one inmate at the medium-security facility that houses about 1,750 inmates.
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By ERIN JULIUS | July 10, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- More than 20 correctional officers at Maryland prisons remain locked in appeals after being fired in April amid allegations of excessive force, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard said Wednesday morning after making a presentation to the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Maryland State Police continued a criminal investigation into the allegations, spokesman Greg Shipley said Wednesday afternoon. "The investigation continues to be a priority for investigators," Shipley said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | April 3, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- When it occurs, the use of excessive force by prison staff requires quick, decisive action, according to Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary D. Maynard. Sixteen correctional officers - eight from Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown and eight from North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. - currently face allegations of using excessive force against inmates. Termination has been recommended for eight RCI officers, an action that would require Maynard's approval, he said.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | September 2, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - More than 20 people gathered outside Shepherdstown's police department Saturday to request the suspension of an officer who witnesses allege used excessive force during a traffic stop involving a town business proprietor Friday night. The businesswoman was reportedly thrown to the ground as she walked from her vehicle after the traffic stop. Shepherdstown Police Chief Charles Cole, who was said to be out of town Saturday, was reportedly planning to meet as early as Tuesday with those who spearheaded the protest.
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By ERIN JULIUS | March 26, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Wardens at two state prisons south of Hagerstown swapped positions Monday at the order of state officials, a Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman said Tuesday. The wardens' new assignments, and several other personnel moves at prisons throughout the state, were announced to Division of Correction personnel March 3, Mark Vernarelli said. Warden Roderick Sowers, formerly assigned to Roxbury Correctional Institution, is now at neighboring Maryland Correctional Institution.
NEWS
April 27, 2008
We asked members of The Herald-Mail's Opinion Club the following question: About two dozen corrections officers have been fired from Western Maryland prisons in recent weeks for alleged use of excessive force. It doesn't take much imagination to think of situations inside of prison walls that may call for severe methods of discipline. On the other hand, a prison that fosters high degrees of tension between inmates and officers can quickly spiral out of control. With that in mind, when does "excessive force" become a fireable offense?
NEWS
April 24, 2008
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's prisons chief says 23 correctional officers fired in a probe of alleged brutality against inmates were terminated justly and for "very compelling" reasons. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard responded in a letter to two western Maryland state lawmakers who had asked him to consider reinstating the officers until a criminal investigation into the allegations is complete. Maynard told Republican Sen. George Edwards of Garrett County and Democratic Del. Kevin Kelly of Allegany County that the officers received due process under a law requiring the agency to take any disciplinary action within 30 days after learning of alleged misconduct.
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By ERIN JULIUS | February 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Nine former officers at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown and six former officers at North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., have been charged in connection with March 2008 incidents, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Friday. The RCI officers each were charged with one count of second-degree assault for allegedly assaulting an inmate at the prison in March 2008, the Attorney General's office said in a news release.
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By ERIN JULIUS | March 15, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Eight Roxbury Correctional Institution correctional officers who face allegations of excessive force have been placed on administrative leave, pending a recommendation for termination by the Division of Correction, a prison spokesman said Friday afternoon in a press release. Another correctional officer has been suspended without pay, Mark Vernarelli said in the release. The nine officers are being investigated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' Internal Investigative Unit and the Maryland State Police.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 5, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherdstown Police Chief Charles Cole conducted interviews Wednesday as part of his investigation into whether one of his officers used excessive force in a traffic stop last Friday. Cole said he interviewed several young people who were in the area when Patrolman Charles Lynch stopped a car Friday being driven by Nancy VanTol, a Shepherdstown businesswoman. Cole said he did not expect to make a decision in the case for several more days.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 11, 2009
o See the online petition to end James Knodle's suspension from South Hagerstown High School: HAGERSTOWN -- Students at South Hagerstown High School are asking that teacher James Knodle be allowed to return to the classroom after he allegedly tackled an "insubordinate student," according to an online petition. Sarah Riley, a South High student who last week presented to the Washington County Board of Education petitions signed by students supporting Knodle, said the social studies teacher and softball coach has been suspended since April 23. Riley, the recording secretary for the school's student government association, said the petitions were student-generated.
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By ERIN JULIUS | February 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Nine former officers at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown and six former officers at North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., have been charged in connection with March 2008 incidents, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Friday. The RCI officers each were charged with one count of second-degree assault for allegedly assaulting an inmate at the prison in March 2008, the Attorney General's office said in a news release.
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By ERIN JULIUS | July 10, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- More than 20 correctional officers at Maryland prisons remain locked in appeals after being fired in April amid allegations of excessive force, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard said Wednesday morning after making a presentation to the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Maryland State Police continued a criminal investigation into the allegations, spokesman Greg Shipley said Wednesday afternoon. "The investigation continues to be a priority for investigators," Shipley said.
NEWS
April 27, 2008
We asked members of The Herald-Mail's Opinion Club the following question: About two dozen corrections officers have been fired from Western Maryland prisons in recent weeks for alleged use of excessive force. It doesn't take much imagination to think of situations inside of prison walls that may call for severe methods of discipline. On the other hand, a prison that fosters high degrees of tension between inmates and officers can quickly spiral out of control. With that in mind, when does "excessive force" become a fireable offense?
NEWS
April 24, 2008
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's prisons chief says 23 correctional officers fired in a probe of alleged brutality against inmates were terminated justly and for "very compelling" reasons. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard responded in a letter to two western Maryland state lawmakers who had asked him to consider reinstating the officers until a criminal investigation into the allegations is complete. Maynard told Republican Sen. George Edwards of Garrett County and Democratic Del. Kevin Kelly of Allegany County that the officers received due process under a law requiring the agency to take any disciplinary action within 30 days after learning of alleged misconduct.
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April 14, 2008
"I went to a high school baseball game at Smithsburg High and was very disappointed on the entry to the field. We were made to walk clear out and around all the other sports fields, along a muddy swampy area. There is no way one could begin to bring a handicapped relative or friend. This is discrimination to the disabled, and not only them (but) to the older people who love to watch games. What does it take to get a nice blacktop, walkable path to the field? We used to go through the gate and walk down on the side of the football field.
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By ERIN JULIUS | April 3, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- When it occurs, the use of excessive force by prison staff requires quick, decisive action, according to Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary D. Maynard. Sixteen correctional officers - eight from Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown and eight from North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. - currently face allegations of using excessive force against inmates. Termination has been recommended for eight RCI officers, an action that would require Maynard's approval, he said.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | March 26, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Wardens at two state prisons south of Hagerstown swapped positions Monday at the order of state officials, a Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman said Tuesday. The wardens' new assignments, and several other personnel moves at prisons throughout the state, were announced to Division of Correction personnel March 3, Mark Vernarelli said. Warden Roderick Sowers, formerly assigned to Roxbury Correctional Institution, is now at neighboring Maryland Correctional Institution.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | March 18, 2008
The investigation into excessive force allegations at Roxbury Correctional Institution continues, prison officials said Monday. Eight Roxbury Correctional Institution correctional officers who face allegations of excessive force have been placed on administrative leave, pending a recommendation for termination by the Division of Correction, prison officials have said. Another correctional officer has been suspended without pay, prison spokesman Mark Vernarelli has said. The excessive force allegations stem from an incident involving at least one inmate at the medium-security facility that houses about 1,750 inmates.
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