Crime Attempted escape reported at N.C. prison; several injured

02:20  13 october  2017
02:20  13 october  2017 Source:   CBS News

The Latest: Governor orders new safety steps at NC prisons

  The Latest: Governor orders new safety steps at NC prisons ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The Latest on an attempted escape from a North Carolina prison that killed two employees (all times local):5:30 p.m.North Carolina's governor is ordering extra safety measures after an attempted prison breakout left two corrections officers dead and a dozen other prison workers and inmates injured.Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday suspended the inmate work program at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, the scene of Thursday's attempted escape by four inmates. Authorities said the inmates started a fire in a prison sewing operation where they worked to divert guards and allow their escape.

ELIZABETH CITY, N . C . -- An attempted escape was reported Thursday afternoon at a northeastern North Carolina state prison . Fires were set in the prison sewing plant and several employees were injured , according to the tweet.

ELIZABETH CITY, N . C . – Several employees at a North Carolina Prison have been injured during an attempted prisoner escape Thursday afternoon. The Department of Public Safety reports several employees were injured .

Police respond to the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, N.C. after a report of an attempted escape Oct. 12, 2017: pas.jpg © WTKR pas.jpg

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- An attempted escape was reported Thursday afternoon at a northeastern North Carolina state prison.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety tweeted that the attempted escape happened at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City around 3:30 p.m.. Fires were set in the prison sewing plant and several employees were injured, according to the tweet.

A spokesperson with Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City told CBS affiliate WTKR the hospital has received nine patients.  Two are being transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, which is also expecting five additional patients, the station reports. 

2 prison workers killed in unsuccessful escape in N Carolina

  2 prison workers killed in unsuccessful escape in N Carolina Two North Carolina prison employees were killed and several others hurt after inmates at a sewing plant started a fire in an unsuccessful escape attempt Thursday, authorities said. How the employees were killed at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City was not released.At least 10 people were taken to hospitals after the fire about 3 p.m. Thursday, Sentara Albemarle Medical Center spokesman Peter Sengenberger said. He did not have a breakdown of whether they were employees or inmates.Prison spokesman Keith Acree said several employees were hurt.

Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Elizabeth City. Fires set in prison sewing plant. Several employees injured . North Carolina teen reported missing found, taken to hospital.

The North Carolina Department of Safety confirmed via Twitter reports of an attempted escape from the "high security" prison in Elizabeth City on Thursday. Attempted escape at Pasquotank CI in Elizabeth City. Fires set in prison sewing plant. Several employees injured .

The Department of Public Safety tweeted at 6:18 p.m. that the fires had been extinguished and the situation was under control. The prison, which houses just under 900 men, remained on lockdown.

Members of the department's Prison Emergency Response Team, consisting of officers from other facilities, have responded to to assist, DPS tweeted.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools told the station an elementary, middle and high school were placed on lockdown after an incident at a nearby jail, but the lockdown was later lifted.

Correction Enterprises, an arm of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, operates 32 businesses across the state that employs 2,300 inmate workers, according to the group's website. The group operates a sewing plant at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution that employs 30 inmate workers, the website says.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the inmates involved were employed by the plant. Calls to Correction Enterprises and the Department of Public Safety Thursday weren't immediately returned.

South Carolina to close minimum-security prison in Rock Hill .
South Carolina prison officials say they are closing a minimum-security prison that operates a work release program because it has fewer prisoners that fit into minimum security. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said Tuesday that the Catawba Pre-Release Center in Rock Hill will close next month.Officials say the prison opened in 1970 with a capacity of 188 inmates and currently houses 123 prisoners.Stirling says the state needs fewer minimum-security beds because of sentencing reform and programs in other prisons designed to give inmates skills to find work when they are released.

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