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June 23, 2006
Longtime residents of Washington County will remember the name Merle Unger Jr., but not fondly. Unger killed Hagerstown Police Officer Donald Kline in December 1975 during a gun battle following the robbery of a Baltimore Street corner grocery store. Now 56, Unger is seeking a modification of his life-plus-40 year sentence in the 30-year-old case. He will get his day in court, but we agree with prosecutors who say Unger should not be returned here for a hearing until renovations to the Washington County Courthouse are completed in the spring of 2007.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 12, 2011
George Weller Bushey, a Washington County architect who worked on prisons and schools, died Wednesday. He was 81. Bushey, of Briarcliff Drive near Hagerstown, ran a local architecture firm for about 20 or 25 years, according to his son, George Kent Bushey, who is known as Kent. The firm's local projects included the original Washington County Detention Center, Western Heights Middle School, Springfield Middle School, Williamsport High School and buildings at Hagerstown Community College, according to his obituary.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 30, 2007
Documents showing a state prison inmate charged with killing a correctional officer is back in the regular prison population are in error, a Maryland Division of Correction spokeswoman said Wednesday. Paperwork circulating within the Division of Correction community in Washington County showed that Brandon Travon Morris was put back in the regular prison population on June 29, after being in segregation since Jan. 26, 2006. According to the paperwork, the January 2006 to June 2007 time frame was a reduction in the original sentence of 2,190 days in segregation.
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By MARLO BARNHART | February 7, 2000
Demetri Antone Dixon was sentenced to three years in prison Monday in the death of his cellmate 13 months ago at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. Because of the unusual circumstances surrounding the Jan. 8, 1999, death of Mervin James Isley, Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright agreed that the sentence would be served concurrently with the 15-year term Dixon is serving. He is imprisoned at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore. Dixon, 20, entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 31, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Documents showing a state prison inmate charged with killing a correctional officer is back in the regular prison population are in error, a Maryland Division of Correction spokeswoman said Wednesday. Paperwork circulating within the Division of Correction community in Washington County showed that Brandon Travon Morris was put back in the regular prison population on June 29, after being in segregation since Jan. 26, 2006. According to the paperwork, the January 2006 to June 2007 time frame was a reduction in the original sentence of 2,190 days in segregation.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 31, 2006
HAGERSTOWN pepperb@herald-mail.com Once the Washington County Office of the State's Attorney gets a police report on the investigation into a correctional officer's shooting death, it plans to decide charges and take its case to the grand jury, County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong Jr. said Monday. Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten, 44, a four-year Maryland Division of Correction veteran and father of five, died Friday, a day after he was shot in the face, allegedly by the inmate he was guarding in a Washington County Hospital patient room.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Federal Bureau of Prisons wants to open a halfway house in Hagerstown or somewhere else near Martinsburg, W.Va. The bureau is soliciting proposals for a Residential Re-entry Center with 12 to 24 beds, spokeswoman Felicia Ponce wrote in an e-mail. Most of the beds would be for men, one-third for women. The center must be within 40 miles of Martinsburg. It would help federal prisoners serving the end of their sentences readjust to the community, according to Ponce.
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February 1, 2001
Both sides rest in prison death case By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer Jurors will resume deliberations today in the trial of two former Maryland Correctional Training Center inmates charged in the 1999 death of another prisoner. The prosecution and defense presented closing arguments Wednesday afternoon, after which the jury of eight men and four women began deliberating on the case of Melvin Curtis Rust and Howard Berryman Jr. Both men were indicted by a Washington County grand jury in January 2000 on first-degree felony murder charges for the Jan. 2, 1999, strangulation death of Lawson Noel.
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By BOB MAGINNIS | September 2, 2007
Could it really be that simple? That's the question I asked myself Wednesday morning after Gary Maynard, Maryland's new Public Safety secretary, announced his department had initiated a policy to discourage inmates released from the local state prison complex from remaining in this area. This issue has been batted around since March 1998 and the only progress up until now has been a Division of Correction agreement to give inmates who are released a bus ticket back home. But they didn't have to use that ticket.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 22, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Worried that convicted killer Merle W. Unger Jr. will try to make another break from prison custody, Washington County prosecutors asked through a court motion Wednesday that no hearing to review his sentence be held until construction on the Washington County Courthouse is complete. Unger, 56, filed an amended petition in May to seek relief from the life plus 40-year sentence he was handed for his conviction on first-degree felony murder and other charges for the Dec. 13, 1975, murder of Hagerstown Police Department Officer Donald Kline.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 12, 2011
George Weller Bushey, a Washington County architect who worked on prisons and schools, died Wednesday. He was 81. Bushey, of Briarcliff Drive near Hagerstown, ran a local architecture firm for about 20 or 25 years, according to his son, George Kent Bushey, who is known as Kent. The firm's local projects included the original Washington County Detention Center, Western Heights Middle School, Springfield Middle School, Williamsport High School and buildings at Hagerstown Community College, according to his obituary.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Federal Bureau of Prisons wants to open a halfway house in Hagerstown or somewhere else near Martinsburg, W.Va. The bureau is soliciting proposals for a Residential Re-entry Center with 12 to 24 beds, spokeswoman Felicia Ponce wrote in an e-mail. Most of the beds would be for men, one-third for women. The center must be within 40 miles of Martinsburg. It would help federal prisoners serving the end of their sentences readjust to the community, according to Ponce.
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By BOB MAGINNIS | September 2, 2007
Could it really be that simple? That's the question I asked myself Wednesday morning after Gary Maynard, Maryland's new Public Safety secretary, announced his department had initiated a policy to discourage inmates released from the local state prison complex from remaining in this area. This issue has been batted around since March 1998 and the only progress up until now has been a Division of Correction agreement to give inmates who are released a bus ticket back home. But they didn't have to use that ticket.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 31, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Documents showing a state prison inmate charged with killing a correctional officer is back in the regular prison population are in error, a Maryland Division of Correction spokeswoman said Wednesday. Paperwork circulating within the Division of Correction community in Washington County showed that Brandon Travon Morris was put back in the regular prison population on June 29, after being in segregation since Jan. 26, 2006. According to the paperwork, the January 2006 to June 2007 time frame was a reduction in the original sentence of 2,190 days in segregation.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 30, 2007
Documents showing a state prison inmate charged with killing a correctional officer is back in the regular prison population are in error, a Maryland Division of Correction spokeswoman said Wednesday. Paperwork circulating within the Division of Correction community in Washington County showed that Brandon Travon Morris was put back in the regular prison population on June 29, after being in segregation since Jan. 26, 2006. According to the paperwork, the January 2006 to June 2007 time frame was a reduction in the original sentence of 2,190 days in segregation.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 30, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Inmates released from the three prisons south of Hagerstown who do not have a home plan for Western Maryland no longer will be dropped off at the Greyhound bus station in Hagerstown. Those inmates and others released from two prisons in Cumberland, Md., will be released from the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore. Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard announced the change Wednesday morning. He announced the change during a meeting with the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
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June 23, 2006
Longtime residents of Washington County will remember the name Merle Unger Jr., but not fondly. Unger killed Hagerstown Police Officer Donald Kline in December 1975 during a gun battle following the robbery of a Baltimore Street corner grocery store. Now 56, Unger is seeking a modification of his life-plus-40 year sentence in the 30-year-old case. He will get his day in court, but we agree with prosecutors who say Unger should not be returned here for a hearing until renovations to the Washington County Courthouse are completed in the spring of 2007.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | June 22, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Worried that convicted killer Merle W. Unger Jr. will try to make another break from prison custody, Washington County prosecutors asked through a court motion Wednesday that no hearing to review his sentence be held until construction on the Washington County Courthouse is complete. Unger, 56, filed an amended petition in May to seek relief from the life plus 40-year sentence he was handed for his conviction on first-degree felony murder and other charges for the Dec. 13, 1975, murder of Hagerstown Police Department Officer Donald Kline.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 31, 2006
HAGERSTOWN pepperb@herald-mail.com Once the Washington County Office of the State's Attorney gets a police report on the investigation into a correctional officer's shooting death, it plans to decide charges and take its case to the grand jury, County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong Jr. said Monday. Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten, 44, a four-year Maryland Division of Correction veteran and father of five, died Friday, a day after he was shot in the face, allegedly by the inmate he was guarding in a Washington County Hospital patient room.
NEWS
February 1, 2001
Both sides rest in prison death case By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer Jurors will resume deliberations today in the trial of two former Maryland Correctional Training Center inmates charged in the 1999 death of another prisoner. The prosecution and defense presented closing arguments Wednesday afternoon, after which the jury of eight men and four women began deliberating on the case of Melvin Curtis Rust and Howard Berryman Jr. Both men were indicted by a Washington County grand jury in January 2000 on first-degree felony murder charges for the Jan. 2, 1999, strangulation death of Lawson Noel.
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