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by LAURA ERNDE | March 24, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich will chose a Hagerstown business owner, a retired civil servant or an assistant prison warden to fill a vacancy on the Washington County Board of Education. A local screening panel has recommended John Barr, Spence Perry and W. Princeton Young for the job, Washington County lawmakers said Friday. Ehrlich has no timetable for deciding which of the three will serve as the seventh School Board member, said his spokesman, Henry Fawell.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | March 7, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Members of the Prison Board are crediting Warden John Wetzel with turning around the Franklin County Prison this year, leading to a near-perfect inspection last month. Wetzel said he received the Department of Corrections report earlier this week, which indicated three areas of a 117-section review that required attention. "It's because of the crowding, and it's an old facility. There is really nothing we can do about it," he said.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 23, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Chief Animal Warden Ray Strine stood in the middle of his facility's expansion, his hands shoved in his jacket's pockets, his breath visible in front of him. The expansion of the county's animal control shelter on South Queen Street, which will add up to 30 more dog pens, is scheduled to be finished Feb. 3. Once complete, Strine said, he hopes it will allow animal control...
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by STACEY DANZUSO | January 10, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Prison housed a record number of inmates in 2002, despite a decline in the population in December. The average daily population for the year was 341 inmates, although it peaked at more than 380 last summer, Warden John Wetzel reported to the county Prison Board Thursday. "We ended the year on a low note with the population of 289. But the population is creeping back up," he said. The prison was designed to accommodate 244 inmates.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | October 4, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The warden of the Franklin County Prison wants to put more inmates to work. "The biggest thing is inmate idleness. I'm not used to inmates basically laying around all day," said John Wetzel, who was hired as warden in February. While many inmates do work in the prison kitchen or keep outside jobs through the work release program, there are dozens of inmates confined to the main building on Franklin Farm Lane with essentially nothing to do, he said.
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BY STACEY DANZUSO | March 11, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - John Wetzel is a tall, imposing man, and as he walks through the Franklin County Prison, the new warden quickly draws the attention of most inmates. Bogged down with paperwork, learning names and policies, the jail's top administrator takes the time to hear from one man how his meeting with a counselor went and to promise another he will look for papers from his lawyer. Looking at the yellow cinderblock cells that are nearly as old as he, Wetzel, 32, says there is a lot of work to be done.
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January 4, 2002
Warden named for Franklin County prison By STACEY DANZUSO chbbureau@innernet.net CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The six-month search for a new prison warden is over, and a Berks County, Pa., corrections official will take over the job in two weeks. The Prison Board announced Thursday it has hired John E. Wetzel as the new Franklin County Prison warden to replace Ray Rosenberry, who retired last summer after nine years on the job. Wetzel, 32, has nearly 12 years of corrections experience and is currently the director of training and staff development at Berks County Prison.
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April 5, 2001
Roundup - VanBrakle fires perfect game PREP SOFTBALL CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Steph VanBrakle threw a perfect game, striking out 11 in a row as No. 1 Chambersburg trounced Big Spring 13-0 on Wednesday. VanBrakle helped her cause with two home runs, including a grand slam in the first inning, and drove in six runs. Jen Swartz also had two hits for Chambersburg (4-0, 2-0). Big Spring00000-003 Chambersburg8023x-13100 Cohick, Henke (4) and Lay. VanBrakle and Stouffer, Cook (4)
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March 25, 2001
Local Roundup - Deese stays hot at Speedway HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY Two-time defending late model champion Roy Deese Jr., of Odenton, Md., took victory again in the 30-lap late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Hagerstown Speedway. Deese quickly moved into the lead from his front row starting position coming off of the forth turn and then held off Charlie Schaffer for the win. Craig Von Dohren, of Barto, Pa., won the 30-lap small block modified feature and Erik McKinny won the 15-lap Modified Lite main event.
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By MARLO BARNHART | May 24, 2000
In 1977, Rod Sowers was trying to choose between careers with the Maryland State Police or the Maryland Division of Correction. Now the assistant warden at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, Sowers took the first offer and for the past 23 years, hasn't regretted his decision. "I had just gotten married and bought a house and I didn't want to have to relocate," Sowers said, knowing that in the state police that would be almost a certainty. He attended the DOC academy and began working as a Correctional Officer I in March 1977 at MCI in Hagerstown.
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