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April 27, 2010
An inmate was stabbed in a yard area at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said. The man was taken to the hospital, but his injury was not life-threatening, Danielle Lueking said. There were three possible assailants in the attack, which occurred at about 2 p.m. Lueking said. The inmate is serving a five-year sentence for burglary and a third-degree sex offense, Lueking said.
BREAKINGNEWS
June 14, 2011
Authorities continue searching Tuesday morning for a Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate who walked away from a work detail near the prison south of Hagerstown on Monday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police. Jerome Taylor, 36, walked away from the outside work detail at the Hagerstown Regional Training Building on Division of Correction property at Roxbury Road at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to emailed information from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
NEWS
September 21, 2010
Authorities believe an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown burned himself early Monday when he tried to light something in his cell, said Mark Vernarelli, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. "The inmate suffered a small welt and was treated on-site by MCTC medical personnel," Vernarelli said Monday in an e-mail. Vernarelli said the inmate possibly was trying to light a cigarette. The inmate suffered a second-degree burn to his left biceps, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.
NEWS
July 13, 2013
An inmate at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown sustained nonlife-threatening injuries from a stabbing Friday night at the prison, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Mark Vernarelli said Saturday. The victim was a 37-year-old inmate serving a 15-year sentence for second-degree murder, Vernarelli said. He did not believe the inmate was from Washington County. The department has a “potential suspect” and recovered a weapon in the incident, Vernarelli said.
NEWS
December 17, 2011
A Washington County Detention Center inmate was charged with possessing contraband after authorities found prescription medications she had concealed in her body, police said. Kristie Ann Foster, 30, of Hagerstown, is believed to have had the medications inside her body when she was brought to the detention center on Thursday, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release. Police said that deputies discovered 30 doses of Seboxone, 13 doses of Nadalol, four doses of 800 mg Ibuprofen and 15 doses of Benadryl, which is the only over-the-counter medication of the group.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 4, 2010
Maryland state prison officials still have not determined how an inmate with a violent history escaped Friday from the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown. Mark Vernarelli, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Wednesday in an e-mail that officials would pass along information on the escape of inmate Dominic Webster as soon as it becomes available. Vernarelli said there is no evidence that Webster, 51, climbed over a fence or received help to escape.
NEWS
July 27, 2010
A Baltimore woman was charged Monday with attempting to smuggle heroin and cocaine to an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution, according to Washington County District Court records. Darlene Tina Lovings, 47, was charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics to someone in confinement, attempted delivery of contraband and three counts of possession of a controlled substance, court records show. Lovings appeared in District Court for a bail review Tuesday before District Judge Mark D. Thomas, who kept her bail at $75,000.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2011
An inmate who walked away from a work detail Monday near Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown was captured Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore, Maryland State Police said. Jerome C. Taylor, 36, was arrested shortly after noon in the 1000 block of Madison Avenue in Baltimore, according to a state police news release. Police said Taylor was not armed and offered no resistance when he was arrested while walking down the street. Taylor was serving a five-year sentence for firearms violations and filing a false police report, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Monday.
NEWS
October 31, 1997
An inmate at the Roxbury Correctional Institution was assaulted Thursday afternoon during an outdoor recreation period at the prison south of Hagerstown. "The staff responded immediately and summoned medical help for the inmate," said Division of Correction spokeswoman Maxine Eldridge. The inmate was taken to Washington County Hospital where he was under observation, Eldridge said. All inmates who were in the prison yard for recreation were returned to their cells, she said.
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NEWS
August 20, 2013
A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate was alert and in stable condition  Tuesday  morning at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he was stabbed multiple times  Monday  night, according to Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The inmate's condition was not believed to be life-threatening, Vernarelli said in an e-mail. The incident began  Monday  night as a fight involving three inmates in a housing unit and correctional officers quickly got it under control, Vernarelli wrote.
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NEWS
August 19, 2013
A medevac helicopter was called to the Maryland Correctional Training Center on Roxbury Road south of Hagerstown following a report of an inmate being stabbed Monday night, according to a Washington County 911 dispatcher. The call came in at 9:06 p.m., the dispatcher said. Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said he had few details, except that the inmate's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. It is the third stabbing incident reported at state prisons in Washington County since July.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate who was convicted of weapons charges and other counts remained at large Thursday after he walked away from his work site Wednesday evening in downtown Hagerstown, a Maryland prison official said. Dion Alves, 41, was serving a seven-year sentence for weapons and drug distribution charges, according to Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Alves had been assigned to work at Bulls & Bears Restaurant on South Potomac Street, Maryland State Police said in a news release.
NEWS
July 13, 2013
An inmate at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown sustained nonlife-threatening injuries from a stabbing Friday night at the prison, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Mark Vernarelli said Saturday. The victim was a 37-year-old inmate serving a 15-year sentence for second-degree murder, Vernarelli said. He did not believe the inmate was from Washington County. The department has a “potential suspect” and recovered a weapon in the incident, Vernarelli said.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
Emergency medical personnel responded to reports of a stabbing at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown about 9:30 p.m. Friday, according to a communications supervisor at Washington County Emergency Services. A 36-year-old male patient was transported to the Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown after the incident, according to the supervisor. A patient condition was not available, nor was there any information about whether the victim was an inmate. It was the second stabbing incident at the prison in less than a week.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2013
A state prison investigative unit is probing the stabbing of an inmate Monday night at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, a prison system spokesman said Tuesday. Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said an inmate at the prison was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown to be treated for wounds he suffered to his arm, head and back. “Fortunately, the inmate stabbed multiple times last night did not suffer any life-threatening injuries,” Vernarelli wrote in an email.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
Another former correctional officer has entered a guilty plea to charges stemming from a 2008 inmate assault and subsequent cover-up at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal officials said Jeremy McCusker pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting the inmate and conspiring with other officers to cover up the assault. He is the sixth former RCI officer to enter a guilty plea in federal court. McCusker faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2013
A stab wound to the neck resulted in the death of a 22-year-old inmate who was assaulted Tuesday night at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, according to Maryland State Police. The cause of Deavel M. Johnson's death was revealed during an autopsy at the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore, MSP spokesman Greg Shipley said Friday. He said the manner of death was ruled as a homicide. “No one has been charged at this time,” Shipley said. MSP investigators have concluded initial interviews with inmates and correctional officers who were at the scene when Johnson was stabbed, Shipley said.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance's HOPE, or Hounds of Prison Education, program needs volunteers for its second branch at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown. The program works in cooperation with RCI to train and rehabilitate homeless dogs from its member rescue facilities so the dogs can be successfully adopted into homes.  The program was established in 2005 and pairs screened inmates with dogs in need of a second chance.  The dogs that go to live at the prison come from sad and difficult situations, but have found safety in one of the member rescues of the alliance.  The dogs live at the prison with the inmate handlers and receive training from the handlers, as well as professional HOPE trainers, to help them reach their goals and finally find a home of their own. The program is looking to add volunteers who can help with transportation of the dogs to appointments, adoption events and to new homes.
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