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By Marleigh Chaney | November 5, 2007
"Holes" is a very good book. It is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats gets hit by Clyde Livingston's shoes, and the police catches Stanley holding them. Stanley has a choice jail or Camp Green Lake. "I have never been to camp before" responded Stanley. Camp did not go as Stanley planned. The greedy Warden makes everyone dig holes for treasure. Stanley runs of and broke the family curse. He also finds the treasure.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 5, 2007
The shooting death of correctional officer Jeffery Alan Wroten in January 2006 was a deadly example of what one warden described as an "upswing of violence" within the prison system. Wroten was the first Maryland correctional officer killed in the line of duty since 1984, when Herman L. Toulson was stabbed by an inmate at the former Maryland Penitentiary. Another correctional officer was killed on duty on July 25 at the House of Correction in Jessup. In 2006, there were 105 inmate assaults on staff members working at the three prisons south of Hagerstown, according to data provided by the Maryland Division of Correction.
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July 24, 2007
APRIL 11, 1948-JULY 22, 2007 THURMONT, Md. - Mr. Mason W. Waters Jr., 59, of Thurmont, died Sunday, July 22, at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore. He was the husband and best friend of Olivia M. Myers for nearly 29 years. Born April 11, 1948, in Cavetown, he was a son of the late Mason and Margaret Kline Waters. Mr. Waters graduated from Smithsburg High School and went on to graduate from Frostburg State College. He worked for the Division of Corrections for 19 years, including serving as the warden at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown.
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By DON AINES | July 6, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - During its first month of operation, not everything went according to plan at the Franklin County Jail, with the work release block full and grievances and complaints by inmates up, although fighting was down, Warden John Wetzel told the county Prison Board Thursday. Prisoners were moved from the prison complex on Franklin Farm Lane to the jail at the Cumberland Valley Business Park on May 30 and 31. For the first six months, Wetzel said he will issue monthly transition reports to track inmate misconducts, grievances and other statistics, comparing it to data from the former prison.
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by DON AINES | June 19, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has nominated Franklin County Jail Warden John E. Wetzel to fill the corrections expert vacancy on the state Board of Pardons. "John's years of experience as a prison administrator will enable him to provide a unique and valued perspective that will contribute greatly to the board's deliberations and decisions," Rendell was quoted as saying in Friday's news release. "It's a pretty prestigious board, plus I'm interested in the justice system as a whole," Wetzel said Monday.
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By Lloyd "Pete" Waters | April 15, 2007
It was a beautiful spring morning, as I drove to Hagerstown to pick up my friends Tom Mellott and Joe and Mary Stains-Ecker for a journey to Arlington National Cemetery. Tom is a major at the Northbranch prison in Cumberland and Mary Stains-Ecker is a retired warden's secretary from the Maryland Correctional Institution just outside of Hagerstown. We were traveling to the Arlington Cemetery on this day to say our farewells to Preston Fitzberger, who served as the warden of MCI-H from 1961 to 1968.
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by Lloyd Waters | March 18, 2007
When our new country was born we killed the British to preserve our freedoms. As we became a nation, we killed the Indians to acquire their lands, and then we killed each other to preserve our government. To make sure our society remained safe, we have killed those villains who would kill others. When it comes to killing, we seem quite familiar with the subject matter, huh? In our society today, 38 states, including Maryland, agree that capital punishment is a reasonable penalty, and it is primarily used against those who would kill others.
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by TAMELA BAKER | November 28, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A former disc jockey, two former city council candidates, a former prison warden, an outgoing school board member and close relatives of two current council members are among the 16 applicants to fill the vacancy that Councilman Kristen B. Aleshire leaves as he becomes a Washington County commissioner next week. Aleshire, scheduled to be sworn in as a commissioner on Dec. 5, has served a year and a half of his current four-year term. The deadline to apply for the open council seat was 4:30 p.m. Monday.
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July 13, 2006
Veteran prison warden Lloyd L. "Pete" Waters, a Democrat, has filed for Washington County Commissioner. Employed with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for 34 years, Waters, 57, retired in 2003 as warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown - a position he held for more than 15 years. Waters said he wants to see Washington County government stop doing business the same way it's been done for the past 40 years. "We need a good debate or a summit on growth, because it affects water, sewer and schools," Waters said.
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