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NEWS 7 Web Staff | December 29, 2011
UPDATED 8:00 p.m. Authorities in Danville say Christopher Bowman has been captured by authorities. Police caught up with him around 6:40 Thursday night on the Route 29 Expressway. They had received a 911 tip from a driver who spotted a suspicious man walking along the expressway near Elizabeth Street. Bowman was taken to the Danville City Jail where he was served a warrant for escaping custody. -------------------- Danville investigators are looking for an inmate who escaped from a work crew Thursday afternoon.
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June 18, 2010
An inmate being held at the Botetourt-Craig Public Safety Facility was found unresponsive Friday. She later died at the hospital. Elizabeth Willis Romano was being held at the facility for leading police on a high-speed chase in Botetourt County. Romano, who lived in Tennessee, but used to live in Roanoke, had been charged with reckless driving and eluding officers. The 51-year-old was under constant surveillance, according to the Botetourt County Sheriff's Department, and appeared to be sleeping.
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June 26, 2011
An inmate who escaped while getting medical care at Lynchburg General Hospital was caught in Roanoke. The Appomattox Co. Sheriff's Office says he was apparently caught  in the waiting room at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Jackie Lee Brown was arrested by the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office on Saturday night for an outstanding warrant. Brown told workers at the jail he had medical issues, so he was taken to the hospital Sunday morning. Just before 6 a.m., Brown got away.
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May 21, 2010
A man who had just been sentenced to a ten day jail term briefly escaped custody in Danville Friday. The city sheriff's office says Curtis Maurice McCain overpowered a deputy and escaped from the courts and jails building.  Danville police officers and sheriff's deputies found McCain within ten minutes near a building at Main and Ridge Streets.  McCain had just received a ten day sentence for driving on a suspended license when he escaped.  He now faces two felonies-- assaulting a law enforcement officer and escaping custody by force.
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June 18, 2010
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- An inmate will spend another three years behind bars for escaping from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with a rope made from bed sheets. Larry Wayne Dodson Jr. was sentenced Friday in Lynchburg Circuit Court. He had pleaded guilty in April to escape without force. Prosecutors say Dodson climbed down from an outdoor recreational area and fled on March 10, 2009. He was captured April 5, 2009, in Port Wentworth, Ga. Dodson was serving a seven-year sentence for grand larceny and other charges at the time of the escape.
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March 21, 2011
A Virginia inmate who has served nearly three decades in prison for at least one rape he didn't commit has been released from prison. Thomas Haynesworth called the event "joyful. " Haynesworth was released from the Greensville Correctional Facility in Jarratt at noon Monday, his 46th birthday. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday that Haynesworth had been granted parole. The Richmond man was convicted of two rapes and an abduction in 1984. The Virginia Supreme Court exonerated Haynesworth of one rape in 2009 after testing of semen implicated another man. There was no biological evidence in the other two crimes.
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Web Staff | July 17, 2010
Police are investigating why an inmate was found dead inside his Roanoke City jail cell Saturday. Michael Evans Conrad was found dead around 8 a.m. by jail guards. He had been arrested two days ago for being drunk in public. He was also accused of violating a protective order. The medical examiner will determine an official cause of death. Roanoke County authorities are also helping out with the investigation.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 4, 2012
An inmate at the Danville City Farm who escaped from a work crew on May 16 was captured in Roanoke on Sunday night. Investigators arrested Willie Graves in Roanoke after getting a tip about where he may be. Graves will be brought back to Danville to stand trial for the escape. -------------------- Original story from May 16 Danville police are looking for an inmate that escaped from a work crew Wednesday afternoon. Willie Henry Graves, an inmate at the Danville City Farm, escaped around 12:39 p.m. Graves was last seen in the area of West James Street and Fletcher Street.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | July 31, 2012
Officials with Roanoke County say a phone message sent out to its residents about an escaped inmate was just a test. The recorded message began by saying that the message was a test. But several residents were confused because the message gave specific detail about an inmate escape. A representative from Roanoke County says the message was supposed to go out to a number of people who agreed to help test the emergency alert system, but instead the message went out to everyone with a landline telephone.
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Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | September 3, 2010
Gone are the days of inmates and visitors looking at each other through glass during visiting hours at the Roanoke County Salem Jail. The Roanoke County Sheriff demonstrated how the video visitation works.  It'a fairly simple. Visitors sit in a room on the first floor of the jail and talk to the inmate by video phone. Each visit is 15 minutes. An inmate is stationed at a video station closer to the cell. There's one on each wing. "You don't have to move the inmate.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 20, 2013
A Virginia inmate who escaped while on work release is back in custody. The Virginia Department of Corrections says the U.S. Marshals Service captured 44-year-old Karan Batra in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening. The department and Virginia State Police didn't provide details. Batra was captured about nine hours after he left a work release crew Wednesday morning. The crew was landscaping the grounds at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave. Batra was assigned to Cold Springs Work Center.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | January 28, 2013
A Virginia inmate will get a full court hearing on her lifelong quest for a sex-change operation. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in the case of Ophelia De'Lonta. They sent her case back to U.S. District Court to decide. A federal judge dismissed De'Lonta's self-filed lawsuit in 2011 after he concluded the Virginia Department of Corrections was adequately treating De'Lonta's gender identity disorder, a mental diagnosis in which people believe they were born the wrong sex. While the appeals judges did not rule on DeLonta's bid for a sex change, they agreed unanimously that she is entitled to a hearing on her claim that denying her sex-assignment surgery is a violation of her Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | August 29, 2012
Joshua Ansell and Shawn Barb were arrested at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday in Staunton. Ansell and Barb walked away from a work crew in Augusta County on Wednesday morning. They are inmates at the Cold Springs Correctional Center. -------------------------- Authorities are searching for two inmates that walked away from a work crew in Augusta County on Wednesday. The two men, 28-year-old Joshua Ansell and 36-year-old Shawn Barb, escaped from the work crew around 10:25 a.m. Wednesday.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | July 31, 2012
Officials with Roanoke County say a phone message sent out to its residents about an escaped inmate was just a test. The recorded message began by saying that the message was a test. But several residents were confused because the message gave specific detail about an inmate escape. A representative from Roanoke County says the message was supposed to go out to a number of people who agreed to help test the emergency alert system, but instead the message went out to everyone with a landline telephone.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 4, 2012
An inmate at the Danville City Farm who escaped from a work crew on May 16 was captured in Roanoke on Sunday night. Investigators arrested Willie Graves in Roanoke after getting a tip about where he may be. Graves will be brought back to Danville to stand trial for the escape. -------------------- Original story from May 16 Danville police are looking for an inmate that escaped from a work crew Wednesday afternoon. Willie Henry Graves, an inmate at the Danville City Farm, escaped around 12:39 p.m. Graves was last seen in the area of West James Street and Fletcher Street.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | March 19, 2012
A Carroll County inmate is back in custody after escaping Monday morning, then stealing a truck and rammed several police cars with the stolen truck. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office says Richard Wilson Garrett escaped while a group of inmates was being moved from the lockup at the Carroll County courthouse in Hillsville. The deputy moving the prisoners secured the remaining prisoners, and then chased after Garrett. However, Garret was able to steal a truck that a county employee was using to unload garbage.
NEWS
February 7, 2012
Legislation to restrict the use of restraints on pregnant inmates is drawing support from across the political spectrum. Representatives from abortion-rights groups, the ACLU, religious organizations and the conservative Family Foundation were among those advocating approval of the legislation at a news conference Tuesday. Democratic Del. Patrick Hope's bill would prohibit the shackling of pregnant inmates unless it's necessary to protect public safety or keep them from fleeing.
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NEWS 7 Web Staff | December 29, 2011
UPDATED 8:00 p.m. Authorities in Danville say Christopher Bowman has been captured by authorities. Police caught up with him around 6:40 Thursday night on the Route 29 Expressway. They had received a 911 tip from a driver who spotted a suspicious man walking along the expressway near Elizabeth Street. Bowman was taken to the Danville City Jail where he was served a warrant for escaping custody. -------------------- Danville investigators are looking for an inmate who escaped from a work crew Thursday afternoon.
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Holly Pietrzak and Weekend Anchor/Reporter | November 18, 2011
    The Western Virginia Regional Jail is hoping to help reduce crime by reaching out to offenders who want a stake in their community after their release.     New training called TachCareers Program teaches computer skills to inmates who are currently in jail.     The training will last 36 weeks in a special classroom at the jail.     The inmates will receive up to four months of supported employment.     The program is federally funded and planning for it started back in February.
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News 7 Web Staff | August 18, 2011
 JARRATT, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man who raped and suffocated an 88-year-old widow has become the state's first inmate executed using a new three-drug cocktail. Thirty-year-old Jerry Terrell Jackson was executed by injection at 9:14 p.m. Thursday at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. Jackson was sentenced to death for the August 2001 rape and murder of Ruth Phillips in her Williamsburg apartment. Asked if he had any final words, Jackson shook his head and said "no" under his breath.
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