December 16, 1997
RCI goes to court to halt inmate's hunger strike By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer State prison officials have obtained a temporary court order allowing them to force-feed a Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate who has been on a hunger strike to protest his prison sentence. Washington County Circuit Court Judge Frederick C. Wright III on Monday issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on Monday, according to court records. The order, which expires midnight Dec. 23, allows officials to force Warren R. Stevenson to eat. Maxine Eldridge, a spokeswoman for the Division of Correction, said Stevenson has cooperated with the order.
October 8, 2009
Of the nine Roxbury Correctional Institution officers charged with second-degree assault in connection with a March 2008 assault on an inmate, the fate of only one remains unknown. A trial for Scott Boozel, 28, ended June 16 with a hung jury, and a judge declared a mistrial. Prosecutors have not decided whether to retry Boozel, according to Raquel Guillory, director of communications for the Office of the Attorney General. Prosecutors in June dropped a second-degree assault charge against Reginald Martin, 38. Two of the officers, Timothy Mellott, 23, and Lucas Kelly, 29, who now lives in Wyoming, agreed to testify against their former colleagues as part of a plea agreement.
August 12, 2007
Editor's note: This is the final part of a three-part package about the three state prisons south of Hagerstown. Roxbury Correctional Institution's green manicured lawns might remind a visitor of a college campus, except that one-fourth of the inmates at the prison have taken a life. In fact, RCI houses the largest percentage of convicted killers of any of the three state prisons at the Roxbury Road complex south of Hagerstown. Correctional officers must remind themselves daily that the smallest items, such as tuna can lids, can be deadly weapons.
March 1, 2009
Nine ex-RCI officers charged Hartle's Subs reopens in original location Man sought in sex assault Crash victim identified Henry Keating Scheck, 4
March 2, 2009
Hartle's Subs reopens in original location Hagerstown man wins 2008 Jeep Patriot Valley Mall hosts Jonas Brothers fans Md. considers raising tax on alcohol Nine ex-RCI officers charged
April 5, 2013
Two more former correctional officers at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown have pleaded guilty in connection with an assault on an inmate at the prison in March 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The pleas of Lanny Harris, a former correctional sergeant, and former correctional officer Walter Steele bring to five the number of former RCI correctional officers who have pleaded guilty in connection with the 2008 beating of an inmate at RCI, and 10 others face charges in the assault, according to a news release from the Justice Department.
February 1, 2006
"What's touched us is that he's a great father. He was wonderful with them. I knew they meant the world to him. " - Sujaya Menon of Charles Town, W.Va., whose children went to school with Wroten's children "No one thinks about the risks until something like this happens. " - MCI-Hagerstown Officer Fred Hopkins, 53 "He was always making jokes, trying to make people laugh. " - Kara Ebersole, 26, whom Wroten taught in a correctional officer academy "Even if you didn't know him personally, he's part of our extended family.
October 22, 2009
Woman facing charges in daughter's stabbing Heroin brought to RCI Grasmick: Arts school Md.'s 'most unique' Williamsport to close off streets for homecoming parade Hagerstown ranks No. 2 in Eight Cities with the Ugliest Guys
July 11, 2009
Suit: Employees made to crouch naked during strip search Fish kill linked to sunken pickup truck Victim of fatal fire identified Skull believed to be that of 19th-century girl RCI inmate stabbed 13 times wasn't seriously injured