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May 13, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County Jail escapee charged with criminal homicide in the death of his former employer is expected to be in county court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Scott Nathan North, 27, was in court briefly Monday to appear on an escape charge. The commonwealth asked Judge Douglas Herman to accept that the escape charge be combined with the homicide case. The defendant offered no objection, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom. North, who remains in jail, does not have legal counsel for the criminal homicide case, which developed after the decomposed body of Carl Ryder was found along a Huntingdon County, Pa., road in August 2006.
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by DON AINES | May 2, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Jail will not be a warehouse for criminals, but "one piece of a totally revamped correctional system," County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said at Tuesday's dedication of the $30 million building. The 470-bed jail is the biggest public works project in the history of the county and came in on time and under budget, although Warden John Wetzel said last week he did not have the final price tag. About 100 people gathered to see correctional officers unveil the building's sign while county commissioners, judges and other officials cut the ribbon to the entrance.
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by DON AINES | January 12, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Years of overcrowding have taken a physical toll on the Franklin County Prison complex, which the county plans to replace with a new $30 million building in 2006. "It's structurally sound, but it's got problems," said Warden John Wetzel. With plumbing, electrical and heating systems all original to the 32-year-old building, maintenance costs continue to rise, he said. The public can get a look at plans for the 450-bed prison at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, when Wetzel will address the Chambersburg Area Taxpayers Association at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1811 Lincoln Way East.
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By DON AINES | April 28, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - From the outside, it could pass for a high school, and it does have classroom spaces and plenty of high technology inside, but when it opens this summer, the Franklin County Jail will be home to the more than 300 men and women who, on any given day, are serving local sentences or awaiting trial. The dedication ceremony for the $30 million jail, on Opportunity Avenue in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. A regimented life Unlike Franklin County Prison, this new lockup has air conditioning, but inmates might find it less comfortable, with more regimentation than at the old prison complex, Warden John Wetzel said.
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By DON AINES | April 29, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA.-From the outside, it could pass for a high school, and it does have classroom spaces and plenty of high technology inside, but when it opens this summer, the Franklin County Jail will be home to the more than 300 men and women who, on any given day, are serving local sentences or awaiting trial. The dedication ceremony for the $30 million jail, on Opportunity Avenue in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. A regimented life Unlike Franklin County Prison, this new lockup has air conditioning, but inmates might find it less comfortable, with more regimentation than at the old prison complex, Warden John Wetzel said.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | November 30, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. ? The three children of Stacey Reed, a corrections officer at the Franklin County Jail who was killed last month in an automobile accident, got a surprise Saturday during the jail's annual holiday dinner. Reed, 27, was killed Nov. 11 when the car she was driving struck a house. Instead of the jail employees exchanging names for gifts this holiday season, they decided to buy presents for Reed's three children, Aurora Moser-Reed, 11, Joe Ausherman, 6, and Liv Ausherman, 5. They are living with their grandparents, Lisa and Wallace Reed of Waynesboro, Pa. "We decided to get gifts for Stacey's kids to try to make their Christmas better since they lost their mother," Corrections Officer Robert Fink said.
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By DON AINES | February 23, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- On a Friday in late December, about 80 inmates were moved from the Franklin County Jail to the courthouse for the call of the incarcerated for the January trial term, a logistical exercise that meant a dozen or more round trips by Sheriff's Office vans along the six-mile route. If all goes as planned for the May trial term, the inmates on the trial term list only will have to be walked down a corridor to a courtroom within the jail itself. Each week, deputies have to move inmates from the jail to the courthouse for sentences, arraignments, preliminary hearings in Central Court or other courtroom procedures.
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April 29, 2007
The new Franklin County (Pa.) Jail, on Opportunity Avenue in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, will be dedicated Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The jail cost about $30 million to build, but has state-of-the-art security. There will be little privacy, with 115 surveillance cameras covering the building inside and out. Warden John Wetzel said he can review anything captured by any camera as far back as a month. One corrections officer can manage each block, using a wireless handheld device to lock and unlock cell doors, operate cell intercoms and lights, communicate with staff or summon help, if necessary.
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September 28, 2011
A Waynesboro man has been charged with robbing a local tavern just after noon on Wednesday. John Francis Sullivan, 54, of 18 S. Grant St., was charged with two counts of robbery. Sullivan was being held in the Franklin County Jail Wednesday night on a $100,000 cash-only bond, according to a jail spokesman. Waynesboro and Washington Township police responded to a report of a robbery at 12:37 p.m. at Mathias Tavern at 300 Cleveland Ave. After talking to several witnesses, police obtained a description of the robber and his possible direction of travel.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2011
Former Franklin County, Pa., jail warden John Wetzel received unanimous approval Tuesday from the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee as its choice for state corrections secretary. Wetzel, a Chambersburg, Pa., resident, is awaiting a confirmation vote from the Senate as a whole. He has been acting corrections secretary for 12 weeks after being tapped by Gov. Tom Corbett for the position. Wetzel said he's visited 20 of the state's 27 prisons in his time as acting corrections secretary.
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