North Carolina Department of Correction News - April 1999
|Paint plant sponsors fishing tournament||PERT members help locate
Thirty-four members of PERTs Company B, Second Battalion recently helped locate a 76-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimers Disease who had wandered away from the Graybrier Rest Home in Aberdeen.
The PERT members helped search 35 acres adjacent to the nursing home. At times crawling on their hands and knees through heavy vegetation, the team members conducted a systemized search of the area. After approximately six hours of searching, the missing woman was located lying in a drainage area in one foot of water.
Charles Campbell, the police chief of Aberdeen, and the womans family expressed their appreciation for the assistance provided by the PERT members.
Correction Enterprises paint plant will sponsor a two person per boat fishing tournament April 17 at Sharon Harris Lake to raise money for the Special Olympics.
The tournament will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Entry is $40 per boat and $10 per person to go in the "Biggest Fish Pot." For a registration form or more information, contact Billy Robbins or Teresa Langley at 919-989-8696.
Correction Enterprises is sponsoring a golf tournament Tuesday, May 4 at the Pine Hollow Country Club in Clayton to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. and follow a four-man captains choice format. The field will be limited to the first 100 golfers to register. Registration is $60 per player. For more information or to register, contact Mike Baldwin or Judy Chapman at 919-716-3600.
A grant for $16,000 was recently awarded to the Educational Services Section of the Division of Prisons from the State and Local Training and Educational Assistance Program to develop and implement a comprehensive system of transition services for inmates due to be released.
The grant, which ends in May 2000, will be used to retain the services of a specialist in transition planning to develop a program of pre-release and aftercare services and to conduct initial staff training at several pilot sites. One of the major objectives of transition services will be to prepare and assist participants in securing gainful employment upon release from incarceration.
Further information about the grants plan of work may be received from Dr. Jane Young, Director of Educational Services.
Moore County Sheriff Frank Johnson recently thanked Officer Lee Taylor for his assistance in capturing a suspect accused of robbing a bank in Seven Lakes.
The sheriffs department received a report of a bank robbery Feb. 25 at the BB&T. After a short time, the suspects vehicle was found, but the suspect had fled on foot. Taylor responded with a blood hound and picked up a track of the suspect. Four hours later, Taylor and a trooper with the Highway Patrol apprehended the suspect.
"If it had not been for Lee Taylors determination and desire to catch the suspect, the suspect would have never been apprehended," Sheriff Johnson said. "Lee has always been available to assist whenever we need a dog, and we are forever indebted to Lee and the N.C. Department of Correction for his assistance to the Moore County Sheriffs Department."
Sandy Pearce, manager of the Office of Research and Planning, and Patricia Hagler, mental health services coordinator at Southern Correctional Institution, were recently elected to leadership positions in the N.C. Society of Certified Public Managers. Pearce and Hagler have been certified public managers since 1988. Hagler was elected as president-elect and Pearce was elected as chairwoman of the board of directors.
The N.C. Society of Certified Public Managers promotes effective and efficient management in state government.
Kelvin Franklin, a correctional officer at Gates Correctional Center, was selected as the Outstanding Young Correctional Officer of the Year by the Elizabeth City Jaycees as part of their 50th annual Distinguished Service Awards.
Franklin was chosen for his commitment to helping young children who get into trouble and deterring them from crime by letting them know what prison is really like. u
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