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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
May 3, 2010
A child identification program will be held Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. in the visiting reception area at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The Maryland Child Identification Program, which will be offered free to the public, collects basic identification data, including a photograph, fingerprints and identifying characteristics for each child in a family, according to a news release.
NEWS
April 27, 2012
A helicopter landed at the prisons south of Hagerstown to fly out a construction worker who injured several of his fingers Friday morning, state prison and Washington County Emergency Services officials said. Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said the accident happened at about 8:15 a.m. while the worker was setting a heavy piece of electrical equipment at a Maryland Correctional Training Center housing unit. Roxbury Road east of Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65)
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 1, 2007
A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate who drove off from a work detail last week was found Monday afternoon by Baltimore County Police, the Maryland State Police said. Raymous Little, 43, escaped from a Washington County Roads Department shop on National Pike in a white, 1995 Chevrolet S-10 truck that was parked in the shop's lot, police said. The vehicle Little escaped in has not been found, troopers said in a news release. Little, who was serving an 18-month sentence for theft, had family in the Baltimore area.
NEWS
June 17, 2009
A deputy state fire marshal Wednesday continued to investigate a Tuesday fire inside a cell at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown. The fire was reported Tuesday at 12:45 a.m., according to a press release from the fire marshal. Correctional officers discovered the fire, which caused about $250 in damage to property inside the cell, the fire marshal said. An inmate who was inside the cell at the time of the fire was treated at the prison infirmary for smoke inhalation, the fire marshal said.
NEWS
April 23, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer MOUNT AETNA - An inmate who was less than seven months from completing his sentence escaped from a prison work detail Tuesday morning, Maryland State Police said. Edwin Phillip Hobbs, 35, a prisoner at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown, was serving sentences for auto theft and assault. Part of a five-man crew working along state roads, Hobbs bolted at about 11:10 a.m. when the group took a break at the Md. 66 park-and-ride area just north of Interstate 70, police said.
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
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | July 12, 1999
An inmate serving a 16 year sentence for armed robbery and assault escaped from the Maryland Correctional Training Center Monday, according to David Towers, prison spokesman. Raymond Eric Dodd, 24, escaped from inside the medium-security prison and "an investigation is under way to determine how it occurred," said Towers. Todd is described as a black man with black hair, a medium complexion and brown eyes. He weighs 180 pounds and is 6 feet, 2 inches tall. He was wearing blue jeans, a red short-sleeved T-shirt and white Air Jordan sneakers before the escape.
NEWS
By DON AINES | May 13, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- The third trial for a state prison inmate charged with assaulting a Maryland Correctional Training Center officer three years ago ended Thursday with a jury finding the man guilty in Washington County Circuit Court. The jury deliberated about 15 minutes before finding Gary Jonathan Cooper, 23, guilty of second-degree assault on a correctional officer. Cooper was tried and convicted of the charge in November 2007, but the conviction was overturned on appeal, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said after the trial.
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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.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2013
Washington County Department of Social Services On April 19, the Washington County Department of Social Services held its 24th Employee Recognition Day at its headquarters at 122 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. National Employee Appreciation Day was started in 1995 as a day to honor employees everywhere. In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley issued a proclamation recognizing the value of the Maryland workforce. The day's activities included an awards ceremony, during which employees were recognized for their outstanding performance and contributions.
OBITUARIES
May 12, 2013
Donald Edwin “Donnie” Nutter, 52, of Sharpsburg, Md., passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 7, 1960, in Hagerstown, Md., to Donald Lee and Constance Mae Moats Nutter of Boonsboro, Md. He was a 1978 graduate of Williamsport High School. He was employed as a correctional officer at MCTC in Hagerstown until retiring in 1999. He also was employed by Napa of Boonsboro and is the co-owner of Nutter's Ice Cream Sharpsburg. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines.
OBITUARIES
September 9, 2012
Gary Melvin Jennings, 66, of Hagerstown, Md., died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center. Born Nov. 21, 1945, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Melvin C. and Edna N. Drenner Jennings. Gary was a 1964 graduate of North Hagerstown High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a correctional officer with the state of Maryland at MCTC for 18 years. He was currently employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department working with courthouse security.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2012
Local food pantries have been receiving fresh vegetables from inmates at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. Some of MCTC's pre-release center and minimum-security inmates have been growing and picking vegetables on a farm for the facilities in the state prison complex south of Hagerstown, with some of them going to the Washington County Hunger Group. The group then distributes them to local food pantries, said Pam Christoffel, a member of the group. On Friday, members of some of the food pantries and of the hunger group showed up at MCTC to see the garden.
NEWS
May 9, 2012
Maryland Correctional Training Center, off Md. 65 south of Hagerstown, will again offer free child IDs for the general public today from 5 to 7 p.m.   This service is being done in concert with Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services  employee appreciation week activities statewide. It's a partnership with the Maryland Masonic Child ID Program (MdCHIP) and is sponsored locally by the Williamsport Masonic Lodge.   Parents and guardians can come to the MCTC gatehouse from 5 to 7 p.m. with their children and leave with digital photographs, video, fingerprints and vital child information.     They do not have to enter the prison for this service.
NEWS
April 27, 2012
A helicopter landed at the prisons south of Hagerstown to fly out a construction worker who injured several of his fingers Friday morning, state prison and Washington County Emergency Services officials said. Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said the accident happened at about 8:15 a.m. while the worker was setting a heavy piece of electrical equipment at a Maryland Correctional Training Center housing unit. Roxbury Road east of Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65)
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