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July 9, 2009
A Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate was stabbed more than once Thursday at the prison south of Hagerstown, according to a state prison spokesman. The 32-year-old male inmate's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, wrote in an e-mail. Reached by phone, Vernarelli said the department wasn't releasing the man's name because his family hadn't been notified. After seeing a man running from an RCI recreation hall, a lieutenant investigated and found an inmate bleeding from "multiple stab wounds" just before 1 p.m., Vernarelli's e-mail said.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | January 8, 2008
Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown was taken off lockdown at 7 a.m. Monday, a Division of Correction spokeswoman said. The institution was locked down after simultaneous fights in three housing units Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, a prison spokeswoman said. One inmate was taken to Washington County Hospital for stitches that day, but he has returned to RCI, spokeswoman Danielle Wilmsen said. No staff members were injured during the fights. When a prison is locked down, nonessential services like programs and recreation are restricted to reduce large inmate movements, and inmates are fed in their cells but may still receive medical attention, a Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokeswoman has said.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 22, 2005
HAGERSTOWN andrews@herald-mail.com After a second Roxbury Correctional Institution officer was attacked by an inmate in two weeks, a state delegate said Maryland's correction commissioner and understaffing under his watch are to blame. Division of Correction Commissioner Frank C. Sizer Jr. "should be held personally responsible" for the latest RCI assault, the last RCI assault and any future assault, Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said Thursday. Thursday afternoon, an RCI inmate being escorted from the prison yard struck a male correctional officer in the face, according to George Gregory, a Division of Correction spokesman.
NEWS
March 20, 1997
A stabbing following lunch Wednesday in the Roxbury Correctional Institution mess hall has left one prisoner hospitalized and two other inmates segregated for their alleged participation in the attack. The victim, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, is "expected to survive," according to Maxine Eldridge, spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction. Eldridge said he was stabbed once in the neck. He was taken to Washington County Hospital shortly after the 10:30 a.m. incident, Eldridge said.
NEWS
October 20, 2009
Officials said 11 grams of heroin were brought to Roxbury Correctional Institution on Monday, and because of the amount, it is believed the heroin was going to be distributed, according to court records. A Gywnn Oak, Md., woman admitted to bringing the contraband into the facility along Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown in hopes of passing it to an inmate, Washington County District Court records show. Carla Renee Davis, 49, of 3800 Sylvan Drive, was charged with possession of contraband in a place of confinement and other charges, according to court records.
NEWS
August 8, 1997
About 20 inmates at the Roxbury Correctional Institution staged a brief protest over shower restrictions Wednesday evening, refusing to return to their cells from the recreation hall. The 8:50 p.m. incident ended peacefully when the RCI tactical team was dispatched to the segregation housing unit in case the inmates continued their protest. According to RCI spokesman Ron Bucher, the inmates returned to their cells without any need for force. "No inmates were charged in the incident," Bucher said.
NEWS
March 28, 1997
The students who attended Thursday's graduation ceremony at the Roxbury Correctional Institution got more than their diplomas. Guest speaker Thomas Perry delivered a motivational speech entitled, "Reinventing Who You Are," to the captive audience. An attorney from Connecticut, Perry travels around the country speaking to the incarcerated, encouraging them to change their lives so they never again find themselves behind bars. A total of 57 inmates received certificates indicating they completed vocational work programs in a variety of skills, officials said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 1, 2013
Two federal indictments have been filed charging a total of nine former or current correctional officers at Roxbury Correctional Institution in connection with a pair of 2008 beatings of an inmate at the facility south of Hagerstown, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The grand jury indictments were filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, said in a news release that the first indictment lists four men and the second includes five more for their roles in the March 8-9, 2008, assaults of the inmate and subsequent cover-up.
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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.
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NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 1, 2013
Two federal indictments have been filed charging a total of nine former or current correctional officers at Roxbury Correctional Institution in connection with a pair of 2008 beatings of an inmate at the facility south of Hagerstown, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The grand jury indictments were filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, said in a news release that the first indictment lists four men and the second includes five more for their roles in the March 8-9, 2008, assaults of the inmate and subsequent cover-up.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
A man convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into his father who was an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution last year was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to five years in state prison. Edward Dennis Dorsey Jr., 20, of Pikesville, Md., pleaded guilty Thursday to possession with intent to deliver morphine and resisting arrest in the June 27 incident at the prison. Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced him to 15 years in prison with 10 years suspended. Dorsey had gone to the prison on June 27 to visit Edward Dennis Dorsey, according to the application for statement of charges.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ and DON AINES | andrews@herald-mail.com | October 6, 2011
A union official is questioning the appointment of Roxbury Correctional Institution's new assistant warden, but state officials say Denise Morgan is qualified. Until recently, Morgan was an administrative assistant for Jon Galley, the assistant commissioner for the West Region, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Morgan has worked for the department since Sept. 20, 2002, and was an Administrative Officer III until she recently was named assistant warden at RCI, according to details the department provided The Herald-Mail through a Maryland Public Information Act request.
NEWS
August 22, 2011
An inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown suffered cuts to his body and a puncture wound to the eye, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Monday. The 30-year-old inmate, who is serving 13 years for robbery, larceny and other charges, was discovered shortly after 1 p.m. by correctional staff, according to a news release. The inmate was taken to Meritus Medical Center, where doctors determined he should be taken to a hospital in Baltimore for his eye injury, the release said.
NEWS
July 12, 2011
An inmate suffered several puncture wounds and a possible head injury in a "one-on-one assault" at Roxbury Correctional Institution Monday night, according to a prison official. A homemade weapon was used in the assault, which was reported at 7:08 p.m., according to Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Mark Vernarelli and a 911 dispatcher. The inmate's injuries were not believed to be serious, Vernarelli said. Roxbury Correctional Center is along Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown.
NEWS
February 17, 2011
A female worker was assaulted by an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution Tuesday before another inmate serving a life sentence for murder and a correctional officer came to her aid, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The employee was shaken up not seriously injured, a news release said. The assault occurred in an RCI building which does not contain inmate housing, the release said. The woman was able to call for help, and a second inmate who works in the building came to the woman's aid, the release said.
NEWS
July 28, 2010
A Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate was taken to Washington County Hospital Wednesday afternoon after being found with blunt force trauma to the head in a housing unit at the prison, a Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokeswoman said. The condition of the 37-year-old victim, who was found at about 1 p.m., was not immediately known, Correctional Services spokeswoman Erin Julius said. The tier of the housing unit in which the incident occurred was locked down Wednesday while an internal investigative unit examined the scene, Julius said.
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