Correction News

August 2000

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Scholarship Fund Started In Memory of Former Probation/Parole Officer

A scholarship fund has been set up in memory of Michele Lynn Clayton Hall, a former probation/parole officer in Jackson County. Hall, 24, was killed on July 2, 1995, was killed in a car accident, just hours after her wedding.

In 1993, Hall began working with the community service work program. A year later, she became a probation/parole officer, a dream come true. Friends and co-workers described her as a hard worker and someone who obviously loved their job.

Some of her fellow officers in Division Four wanted to honor her memory, so they initiated the scholarship. "Day, night, seven days a week, Michele would answer any call from a fellow officer," said Brucie Green, a chief probation/parole officer. "She always put others first."

They have been selling pins, mugs and bags to help raise money for the scholarship, which goes to a junior or senior criminal justice major at Hall’s alma mater, Western Carolina University. Interested students must have a 3.0 GPA and fill out an application for approval by the university’s scholarship committee.

If you would like more information on contributing to the scholarship fund, call Western Carolina University at 828-227-7164.

Surveillance Officer Saves Probationer’s Life

CHARLOTTE- When Surveillance Officer Joseph Byrne recently set out to do curfew checks, he had no idea he would end up saving a probationer’s life.

Officer Byrne went looking for an 18-year-old probationer at his girlfriend’s house. He said when asked where the probationer was, she told him asleep in a bedroom. "When I tried to wake him, he was unresponsive and would not talk," said Officer Byrne. Knowing something was wrong, Officer Byrne looked around the room and found an empty prescription bottle.

Officer Byrne rushed the probationer to a hospital emergency room where he received treatment. He was later taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail and placed on suicide watch. According to Officer Byrne, an emergency room doctor felt that if he had not brought the young man to the hospital, he would have died. Officer Byrne said, "I was just doing my job."

Officers Receive Recognition For Helping Keep Gastonia Beautiful

DALLAS- Community work crew officers from Gaston Correctional Center were recently recognized for their work with the Gastonia chapter of Keep America Beautiful.

The Keep Gastonia Beautiful board of directors and Gastonia Mayor Jennie Stultz presented the officers with a crystal biscuit jar at a reception May 11 at the Schiele museum. The officers also received a Keep Gastonia Beautiful license plate frame.

Officers James Lowery, Harold Brown and Raymond Gragg led 30 inmates for a two-week period in April on a daily routine of bagging litter and recyclables found on roadsides. Governor Jim Hunt had declared those weeks as the springtime "Litter Sweep."

Challenge Pays Off To Those Who Snuff Out Smoking

The manager of Judicial District 16A wants others to join in his challenge for people to quit smoking for an entire year. Frank Davis first issued the challenge to all Chief PPOs and officers in his district in 1998. He promised to pay $100 to any Chief PPO and $50 to any officer who rose to the challenge.

"I have lost several friends to lung cancer and heart problems that a doctor said smoking was a contributing factor," said Davis. "I just think the health benefits you can get from quitting can have a tremendous impact on someone’s life."

CPPO Diane Isaacs was the first person to receive the reward from Davis this past December. Davis said Isaacs has been smoke-free for two years. He also said that Intensive Officer Darren Davis has been smoke-free for about six months and will get a monetary reward at the district’s Christmas luncheon in December.

Nurse Named Employee of Quarter

DURHAM- The management staff at Durham Correctional Center has named Donna Andrews employee of the quarter. They honored the registered nurse June 1 at a luncheon and the Community Resource Council presented her a plaque.

"Ms. Andrews is a very skilled and effective nurse," said Durham Supt. David Cates. "Her professionalism and dedication to her job are evident every day. Durham Correctional Center is very fortunate to have her as a part of its medical staff."

Andrews has been a nurse at the facility and with the department for nearly five years. She lives in Durham and has two grown daughters. She expects to become a grandmother this month. When she’s not taking care of patients, Andrews likes to sew and is active in her church.

Surveillance Officer Helps Nab Burglary Suspects

CARTHAGE- Paul Starck, a surveillance officer in Moore County recently aided in the apprehension of four burglary suspects. Starck noticed a pickup truck loaded with furniture leaving an unoccupied residence, radioed the Carthage Police Department and followed the vehicle to obtain the license plate number. When the Carthage police checked the location they found the front door kicked in. The owner of the residence confirmed that the residence had been burglarized. As a result of Starck's efforts, four people were arrested for breaking and entering and larceny, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy.

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