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BALTIMORE (AP) - A former correctional officer has been sentenced to more than three years in prison in connection with a large racketeering case at Maryland's largest prison.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that 28-year-old Xavier Holden was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on Friday. Holden was one of 80 defendants named in the contraband smuggling scheme at the Eastern Correctional Institution in indictments unsealed in October 2016.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A tip from a concerned prison guard has turned into the single largest federal case in Maryland's history: 80 people including corrections officers, inmates and "outside facilitators" have been charged with orchestrating a vast contraband smuggling enterprise that involved trading drugs, pornography, tobacco and cellphones to state prisoners for money and sex.


Philosophy in prison. It's a program that has been going on for the last 15 years at Salisbury University in which inmates meet with faculty and students to discuss the subject at the Eastern Correctional Institution. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with associate professor Tim Stock about the success of the program which will be honored at a symposium this Saturday at the TETC building on the campus of Salisbury University.

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A Mardela woman has been arrested for trying to sneak Suboxone and cigarettes to her son John Lowe who is an inmate at the Eastern Correctional Institution.

Kathleen Lowe was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute after police say they seized 114 sheets of Suboxone and 35 Maverick Cigarettes minus their filters.

WBOC reports that Lowe was taken to court for an initial appearance while police continue to investigate.

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The Salisbury Police Officer who has been the object of a number of federal lawsuits has quit the force.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan says that Officer Justin Aita has quit to pursue other opportunities.

She emphasized that it was his decision and that the department wishes him well.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it received a list of all the Salisbury Police Department members through a Freedom of Information Act and his name was not on it.

The paper notes that the officer has been named as the defendant in five federal lawsuits.


53 year-old Robert Tamargo has been identified as the GE worker who was electrocuted at the Eastern Correctional Institution last Thursday.

He was a field service engineer who was at the prison’s co-generation power plant when the accident occurred.

It’s now being investigated by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency.

He was with five other GE employees at the facility.

No one else was injured.

There was little interruption of service to the prison in Westover.

ECI Water Okay

Jul 10, 2014
Don Rush

It’s safe to drink the water at the Eastern Correctional Institution.

That’s the word from the Maryland Environmental Service officials after they discovered bacteria earlier this month.

Two water samples take on July 1st and 3rd  found traces of coliform bacteria which is usually found in fecal matter. 

But Chris Carrigan with the Maryland Environmental Service told the Salisbury Daily Times that the potentially deadly E. Coli form of the bacteria did not turn up.

The Eastern Correctional Institution will no longer be buying from hardware businesses on the Eastern Shore.

As of this month all purchases are being made through W. W. Grainger Incorporated a large industrial supply company.

Bill Harris, owner of two Ace Hardware stores in Princess Anne and Pocomoke City, told the Salisbury Daily Times that it would be a loss.

His stores used to supply ECI with everything from PVC pipe to coolers and charcoal for the annual employee picnic.

Harris declined to tell the paper how much the loss of business would cost him.