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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer | July 3, 1992
WESTOVER -- A men's softball team that dresses in women's clothing was hired to entertain inmates at the all-male Eastern Correctional Institution, prompting complaints from some inmates who said the show was in poor taste and a waste of money.The California Cuties, a group that bills itself as "the world's funniest softball team," was paid $750 from the prison Inmate Welfare Fund to play inmate teams and to perform four shows June 18 at the Eastern Shore facility near here.Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said the four-man team was hired at the request of inmates and with the permission of ECI officials.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 7, 2000
WHEN FRANCIS Nochera was a sophomore at Washington's Gonzaga High School, he volunteered to work at a summer day camp. And his life changed forever. He was looking for a summer job when he heard about a new camp for disabled kids in Rockville, under the direction of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The camp sounded "like something different to do," Nochera recalls, so he gave it a try and found himself working with a bunch of other high school students - among them Maria Shriver, daughter of the camp's founder.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | July 21, 1991
A Virginia electronics firm is near a deal to take over the operations of Woodbine defense contractor Daedalean Inc. and re-hire more than 160 employees who were laid off in April.Eastern Computer Inc. hopes to win approval for the purchase soon from a U.S. Bankruptcy judge, the Small Business Administration and the Defense Department.Daedalean develops and manufactures training simulators for military equipment such as helicopters and tanks.ECI develops computersoftware and curriculum for Navy training programs, so "there's a nice complement between Daedalean and ECI," said Robert Felty Sr., vicepresident of ECI.Felty would not say what criteria his company would use to decide which employees would get their jobs back.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | August 10, 1997
Correctional officers at the Eastern Correctional Institution have handed Warden Earl D. Beshears a vote of no confidence because of problems that they say have turned the prison near Salisbury into a "powder keg waiting to blow."Carl McVeigh, staff representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 92, said the unanimous no-confidence vote was taken at a union meeting Thursday night in Salisbury.About 100 of the union's 250 ECI correctional officers represented by the union were at the meeting and voted, he said.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | October 27, 1991
A Virginia electronics firm has agreed to buy troubled defense contractor Daedalean Inc. and will likely hire the company's remaining 151employees.Eastern Computer Inc., based in Virginia Beach, has agreed to pay $4.3 million for four of five facilities run by Daedalean, which develops and manufactures training simulators for military equipment and tanks.Daedalean, based in Columbia, has operated under bankruptcy courtsupervision since May.The company's problems escalated followingadmissions of tax evasion by company owners in December.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 7, 2000
WHEN FRANCIS Nochera was a sophomore at Washington's Gonzaga High School, he volunteered to work at a summer day camp. And his life changed forever. He was looking for a summer job when he heard about a new camp for disabled kids in Rockville, under the direction of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The camp sounded "like something different to do," Nochera recalls, so he gave it a try and found himself working with a bunch of other high school students - among them Maria Shriver, daughter of the camp's founder.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | August 10, 1997
Correctional officers at the Eastern Correctional Institution have handed Warden Earl D. Beshears a vote of no confidence because of problems that they say have turned the prison near Salisbury into a "powder keg waiting to blow."Carl McVeigh, staff representative of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 92, said the unanimous no-confidence vote was taken at a union meeting Thursday night in Salisbury.About 100 of the union's 250 ECI correctional officers represented by the union were at the meeting and voted, he said.
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By Susan Schoenberger | September 27, 1990
Sixteen inmates at the crowded Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County tried unsuccessfully to climb over a 15-foot fence yesterday, and one corrections officer was injured in the incident.The 16 inmates were in the recreation yard of the prison's segregation unit about 1 p.m. when they simultaneously rushed the surrounding chain-link fence, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correction.Correctional officers prevented the prisoners from scaling the fence, but one officer was assaulted by three inmates, Sergeant Shipley said.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr | October 24, 1991
The mother of one of three teen-agers allegedly killed by rapist and robber John F. Thanos has filed a $1 million negligence lawsuit in Baltimore County Circuit Court against the state and a prison records clerk who signed the convict's release papers.Lawyers for Donna Dillon, whose 14-year-old daughter, Melody N. Pistorio, was shot to death Sept. 3, 1990, at a Middle River convenience store, filed the suit Tuesday.It charges that the state and the former records clerk at Eastern Correctional Institution, John P. O'Donnell, were negligent in allowing Thanos to go free April 5, 1990 -- 18 months earlier than he should have been released.
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October 6, 1990
The Maryland Division of Correction has suspended without pay an Eastern Correctional Institution records supervisor who signed the early-release papers for rapist and robber John F. Thanos, the former inmate subsequently charged with killing three people.John P. O'Donnell, 50, a records supervisor at the time the release papers were signed in April who has since become a correctional officer at the Somerset County prison, was suspended -- the first step in the firing process -- Thursday pending an appeal and personnel hearing.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer | February 22, 1993
SALISBURY -- The Justice Department is being asked to investigate charges of racial discrimination at Eastern Correction Institution, among them that the warden promoted a dozen white officers even though he knew they may have seen the answers to the promotional exam.The Correctional Coalition, a group of about 100 officers and nonuniformed workers at the Somerset County prison, also alleges that white officers are given preferential treatment and that blacks are often subjected to racial epithets.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer | July 3, 1992
WESTOVER -- A men's softball team that dresses in women's clothing was hired to entertain inmates at the all-male Eastern Correctional Institution, prompting complaints from some inmates who said the show was in poor taste and a waste of money.The California Cuties, a group that bills itself as "the world's funniest softball team," was paid $750 from the prison Inmate Welfare Fund to play inmate teams and to perform four shows June 18 at the Eastern Shore facility near here.Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said the four-man team was hired at the request of inmates and with the permission of ECI officials.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | October 27, 1991
A Virginia electronics firm has agreed to buy troubled defense contractor Daedalean Inc. and will likely hire the company's remaining 151employees.Eastern Computer Inc., based in Virginia Beach, has agreed to pay $4.3 million for four of five facilities run by Daedalean, which develops and manufactures training simulators for military equipment and tanks.Daedalean, based in Columbia, has operated under bankruptcy courtsupervision since May.The company's problems escalated followingadmissions of tax evasion by company owners in December.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr | October 24, 1991
The mother of one of three teen-agers allegedly killed by rapist and robber John F. Thanos has filed a $1 million negligence lawsuit in Baltimore County Circuit Court against the state and a prison records clerk who signed the convict's release papers.Lawyers for Donna Dillon, whose 14-year-old daughter, Melody N. Pistorio, was shot to death Sept. 3, 1990, at a Middle River convenience store, filed the suit Tuesday.It charges that the state and the former records clerk at Eastern Correctional Institution, John P. O'Donnell, were negligent in allowing Thanos to go free April 5, 1990 -- 18 months earlier than he should have been released.
NEWS
By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | July 21, 1991
A Virginia electronics firm is near a deal to take over the operations of Woodbine defense contractor Daedalean Inc. and re-hire more than 160 employees who were laid off in April.Eastern Computer Inc. hopes to win approval for the purchase soon from a U.S. Bankruptcy judge, the Small Business Administration and the Defense Department.Daedalean develops and manufactures training simulators for military equipment such as helicopters and tanks.ECI develops computersoftware and curriculum for Navy training programs, so "there's a nice complement between Daedalean and ECI," said Robert Felty Sr., vicepresident of ECI.Felty would not say what criteria his company would use to decide which employees would get their jobs back.
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By David Simon B | July 12, 1991
State officials have reached an out-of-court settlement in their $6.4 million lawsuit against the designers of the Eastern Correctional Institution, a 4-year-old Eastern Shore prison that has been a constant source of headaches.The settlement, which closes the books on a 1989 civil action in which the state sought to recover losses blamed on design defects at the medium-security prison, guarantees the state a little more than $2.2 million from two architectural firms, Dewberry & Davis and Phillips Swager Associates, officials said.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer | February 22, 1993
SALISBURY -- The Justice Department is being asked to investigate charges of racial discrimination at Eastern Correction Institution, among them that the warden promoted a dozen white officers even though he knew they may have seen the answers to the promotional exam.The Correctional Coalition, a group of about 100 officers and nonuniformed workers at the Somerset County prison, also alleges that white officers are given preferential treatment and that blacks are often subjected to racial epithets.
NEWS
By David Simon B | July 12, 1991
State officials have reached an out-of-court settlement in their $6.4 million lawsuit against the designers of the Eastern Correctional Institution, a 4-year-old Eastern Shore prison that has been a constant source of headaches.The settlement, which closes the books on a 1989 civil action in which the state sought to recover losses blamed on design defects at the medium-security prison, guarantees the state a little more than $2.2 million from two architectural firms, Dewberry & Davis and Phillips Swager Associates, officials said.
NEWS
October 6, 1990
The Maryland Division of Correction has suspended without pay an Eastern Correctional Institution records supervisor who signed the early-release papers for rapist and robber John F. Thanos, the former inmate subsequently charged with killing three people.John P. O'Donnell, 50, a records supervisor at the time the release papers were signed in April who has since become a correctional officer at the Somerset County prison, was suspended -- the first step in the firing process -- Thursday pending an appeal and personnel hearing.
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By Susan Schoenberger | September 27, 1990
Sixteen inmates at the crowded Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County tried unsuccessfully to climb over a 15-foot fence yesterday, and one corrections officer was injured in the incident.The 16 inmates were in the recreation yard of the prison's segregation unit about 1 p.m. when they simultaneously rushed the surrounding chain-link fence, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correction.Correctional officers prevented the prisoners from scaling the fence, but one officer was assaulted by three inmates, Sergeant Shipley said.
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