2 officers, 3 inmates hurt in prison fightJESSUP -- Two...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

January 27, 1994|By From Staff Reports

JESSUP — 2 officers, 3 inmates hurt in prison fight

JESSUP -- Two corrections officers and three inmates were injured Tuesday night in a fight involving six inmates in the Maryland House of Correction's "J" dormitory.

Officers recovered several home-made knives and took several inmates into custody after the fracas, said Maxine Eldridge, a spokesman for the Division of Correction.

The fight broke out about 9:30 p.m. and ended a short time later, after 16 corrections officers and 20 state troopers responded.

Ms. Eldridge said the five injured men were treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Two officers were released early yesterday, Ms. Eldridge said. One inmate was returned to the House of Correction Tuesday night, one was released yesterday morning and the third remained hospitalized.

Two fights occurred, Ms. Eldridge said, but the first involved no corrections officers, and no inmates were hurt. When a major and a corrections officer responded to that scuffle, a second fight, in which six inmates participated, began -- leading to calls for assistance and the injuries.

Delegate urges lowering blood-alcohol limit

ANNAPOLIS

ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll Del. Richard C. Matthews said yesterday that lowering blood-alcohol levels at which a driver is considered drunk would save lives.

But two representatives of the beer industry said that would not keep hard-core drinkers off the road. Education and stricter penalties are better ways to reduce drunken driving, they said.

Mr. Matthews, a District 5A Republican, testified yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, on a bill he introduced to lower the blood-alcohol level for drunken driving from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph F. Vallario Jr., a Prince George's Democrat, said after the hearing that he would have liked to have heard a medical doctor testify about when a person is intoxicated.

He said he couldn't predict whether the bill would pass in the committee: "It's too early to tell."

Body identified as Aberdeen man

ABERDEEN

ABERDEEN -- The body of a man found Friday in a field behind the Kmart at the Beard's Hill Shopping Center was identified yesterday as that of Michael Patrick Ashmore, 38, of Doris Circle here, authorities said.

Mr. Ashmore's roommate, Kenneth Brown, identified the body through photographs yesterday at the Aberdeen Police Department, authorities said.

Mr. Brown told investigators that he had not seen Mr. Ashmore since last Thursday night.

The body was discovered about noon Friday by a United Parcel Service driver. It was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

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