UPDATE: Work Release Offender Walks Away from Sussex Community Corrections Center, Caught After Brief Search

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Update: An offender is back in custody after walking away from the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown. According to a spokesperson with the Delaware Department of Correction, the offender had been allowed out on work release. He was caught early this morning (Monday) after a brief search in the Georgetown area. Original story: Multiple…

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SCI Abuse Complaint Amended to Include More Plaintiffs

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Additional allegations of abuse at Sussex Correctional Institution are contained in an amended complaint. A complaint was first filed in U.S. District Court last December on behalf of two people who were incarcerated and alleged violations of their constitutional rights. The list of plaintiffs grew to 21 in February, and now a second amended complaint…

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New Warden Appointed For Sussex Correctional Institution

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Sussex Correctional Institution will get a new Warden.Scott Ceresini succeeds SCI Warden Truman Mears, who retired last month after 33 years with the Delaware Department of Correction. Mears had been warden at SCI since January 2020.Ceresini has been serving as Kent County Community Corrections Warden and is an 18-year DOC veteran. “Warden Ceresini is a…

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Update: SCI Inmate’s Death Under Investigation

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Delaware State Police and the Department of Correction are investigating the death of an inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution Saturday.State police said Sunday that the victim’s body has been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy that would determine the cause and manner of death. *Delaware State Police Monday identified the…

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Inmate With Numerous Health Conditions Dies With COVID-19

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An inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution who had chronic health conditions has died with COVID-19 complications. According to the Delaware Department of Correction, 40-year-old Michael Harris tested positive January 10th after showing symptoms. He was admitted to a hospital three days later, but his condition deteriorated suddenly Tuesday and he died late Tuesday night. Authorities…

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Visits With Del. Inmates To Be Suspended

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“In-person visits with offenders at Delaware correctional facilities are suspended as of Thursday as a precaution against spread of coronavirus. Positivity rates have been rising among the general population. The Department of Correction is suspending visits in an attempt to reduce the possibility of someone with infection coming into a facility. “The Department of Correction…

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SCI Inmate Dies Of COVID-19 Complications, Other Factors

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A Sussex Correctional Institution inmate with underlying health conditions and complications from COVID-19 has died at Kent General Hospital. 55-year-old Charles R.J. Patterson was from Frankford and had been serving a sentence for his 7th DUI conviction. He tested positive back in July. The Department of Correction says Patterson was the only SCI inmate who…

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SCI Inmate Dies Of Underlying Health Issus, COVID-19 Complications

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An inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution with underlying health conditions and affected by COVID-19 complications has died. 61-year-old  Fred Clanton, originally from Bridgeville, died Tuesday at Kent General Hospital according to the Delaware Department of Correction. Clanton tested negative for coronavirus July 4th. He was part of a group of 36 inmates with chronic conditions…

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SCI Inmate Dies Of Hypothyroidism, COVID-19 Complications

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An inmate at Sussex Correctional Institution has died of complications from COVID-19 and hypothyroidism. The Delaware Department of Correction says 71-year-old Jackie Lovett tested positive for the virus July 5th as part of the state’s mitigation plan after a cluster of cases developed. After that, Lovett was treated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center’s treatment…

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Update: Most Inmates Are Recovered Or Symptom-Free After Testing Positive For COVID-19

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Nearly 75 percent of the inmates at Sussex Correctional Institution and Morris Community Corrections center who tested positive for coronavirus this month have already recovered. According to the Delaware Department of Correction, the vast majority of the population that tested positive has not shown any symptoms. Currently, 14 have symptoms of illness. A total of…

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ACLU Calls For Action In Response to SCI COVID-19 Cases

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The ACLU of Delaware says the outbreak of coronavirus positive cases at Sussex Correctional Institution requires immediate steps. The organization calls upon state leaders to consider the release of medically vulnerable people who may pose little risk to public safety but are at risk of being exposed to covid-19. Also ACLU of Delaware Executive Director…

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More Inmates At SCI Diagnosed With COVID-19

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Testing, tracing and treatment are part of the state’s response to an outbreak of coronavirus at Sussex Correctional Institution. Cleaning is also a big part of the Delaware Department of Correction’s mitigation plan. 119 inmates at SCI and three at Morris Community Correction Center in Dover had active COVID-19 infection as of Wednesday, including 95…

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Update: COVID-19 Cases Grow At SCI

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The Delaware Department of Correction is taking what it calls aggressive action to control an outbreak of coronavirus at the Sussex Correctional Institution. Inmates with underlying health conditions are being transferred to other facilities. A COVID-19 treatment center has been opened at SCI, where testing has been expanded for the offender population and staff. Initially…

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22 More SCI Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

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The Delaware Department of Correction reported Friday that 22 more inmates at the Sussex Correctional Institution have tested positive for coronavirus. Three inmates also tested positive earlier in the week after the correctional system had gone six weeks without any inmates testing positive in any of its facilities. These are the first indications of the…

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3 Inmates At SCI Test Positive For Coronavirus

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The Delaware Department of Correction has confirmed three coronavirus cases in the prison system. One asymptomatic inmate from Sussex Correctional Institution who tested positive late last week contracted coronavirus in the community. Another SCI inmate received a positive diagnosis while being treated at an area hospital for a medical condition. An inmate from Morris Community…

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Infant Placed into Fostercare after Mom Found Drunk in Rehoboth Hotel Room

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This past week, Rehoboth Beach police arrested a woman from Washington, D.C. when she was discovered passed out and extremely intoxicated in a guest room after her distraught infant was found on the balcony. Police were called to the Breakers Hotel & Suites just after 5 p.m. this past Tuesday after the maintenance man found…

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Laurel Man Arrested for Drug Dealing

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The Laurel Police Department was assisted by the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit in the arrest of a 26-year-old Laurel man on numerous drug charges. Officers say they executed a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of Laurel Court, a suspected drug residence. The suspect, 26-year-old Treg Burris was subsequently…

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Four People Arrested on Drug Charges in Selbyville

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Delaware State Police say they have arrested four suspects in connection with the sale of illegal drugs. Troopers arrested 51-year-old Keith Handy of Selbyville, 19-year-old Jayquan Bland of Laurel, 55-year-old Herbert Griffin of Selbyvile and 23-year-old Devine Lynch of Salisbury. Their arrests stemmed from reports of suspicious activity at a home in the 37000 block…

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Laurel Man Arrested on Drug Possession Charges

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Delaware State Police have apprehended a Laurel man after he was found in possession of drugs and paraphernalia. Troopers say on April 9 around 6:39 a.m. they were dispatched to Fire Tower Road in the area of the Cool Branch Development for a report of a suspicious person standing in the entrance, which is a…

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Federalsburg Man Arrested for Felony Assault in Seaford

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Delaware State Police have arrested a Federalsburg, MD man after he physically assaulted his assaulted his girlfriend in Seaford. The incident happened Saturday shortly after 9 p.m. when Troopers were dispatched to Cinnamons bar located on Bridgeville Highway in Seaford for a report of a physical assault. Upon arrival, Troopers made contact with a female…

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Georgetown Man Arrested for Home Burglary

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Delaware State Police have identified and arrested 40-year-old Dwayne Sudduth of Georgetown who was wanted in connection with a residential burglary Troopers say last Wednesday before 1 p.m. they were dispatched to a home in the 24000 block of Lewes-Georgetown Highway for a report of a burglary. They learned the suspect had forced entry into…

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Dagsboro Man Arrested in Millsboro on Drug Charges

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Delaware State Police have apprehended 28-year-old Kevin D. Handy Jr. of Dagsboro following a traffic stop that uncovered numerous drugs, paraphernalia and traffic infractions. Troopers say they witnessed a tan colored Mercedes Benz traveling northbound on Long Neck Road in Millsboro. Authorities initiated a traffic stop then detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from…

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Lincoln Man Charged Following Domestic Incident

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Delaware State Police say they have arrested and charged 30-year-old Justin R. Ohl of Lincoln following a domestic related assault that took place Friday night. Troopers say Ohl returned to a residence on Clendaniel Pond Road in Lincoln around 11 p.m. on February 22 and became engaged in a verbal altercation with a female victim.…

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