Clipped From The Courier-Express
Murders Trigger Shakeup Of Lewisburg Prison Staff By MARGARET GENTRY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Prisons has appointed a new warden and made other changes at the Lewisburg, Pa., penitentiary in the wake of several murders there during the past two years. Bureau Director Norman A. Carlson announced today that Charles E. Fenton will take over Sept. 1 as warden of the Lewisburg prison. He succeeds Floyd E. Arnold who is being transferred to La Tuna, Tex., as warden of the federal prison there. Carlson also said 20 persons will be added to the Lewisburg' staff to bring the total to 406 employees. This "will permit the institution to reorganize along functional unit management lines," the bureau said. This means that the inmate population will be divided into groups of 100 to 150 each with a semi-autonomous staff team in charge of each group. All but eight of the federal prison system's 37 institutions already use this type of administration, Carlson said. The eight exceptions include the six maximum security penitentiaries. The bureau said the new arrangement provides "greater security, closer control and more effective programming for inmates." Carlson promised a public report soon on the findings of a board of inquiry which, he appointed last month to examine why Lewisburg had such a high murder rate. At least seven inmates have been killed by other inmates during the past two years, the highest rale of any federal prision. Fenton, 46, comes to Lewisburg from Marion, III., where he has been warden of the federal prison since June 1975. Before that, he spent about two years as warden of the federal prison in Oxford, Wis. He has been with the Buffalo Man Wins Big In Lottery PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Howard Reitzel, a 62-year-old machinist from suburban Buffalo, N.Y., won the grand prize of $1,000 a week for life in the Pennsylvania Bicentennial Game Jackpot Jackpot lottery. The prize guarantees a minimum award of $1 million. Reitzel outlasted four other contestants contestants in the special drawing held Wednesday night prior to a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium here. Reitzel was hospitalized for ab- dominable surgery last week and qualified as a finalist in the contest the 'day after his release. He is married and has one daughter. He works at the Westinghouse Electric Co. plant in Buffalo. Other finalists and the amounts they won were: Nancy Sopko, Baden, Pa., $25,000; Betty Przcinski, Philadelphia, $20,000; Robert Roth, Duncannon, Pa., $15,000; and John Casha, Freeland, Pa., $10,000. federal prison system since 1954. Arnold, 44, has been the warden at Lewisburg since July, 1974. • At La Tuna, he will replace warden James D. Riggsby, who is being transferred to replace Fenton at Marion. Riggsby, 50 has been the warden at La Tuna since 1973. A federal judge in Philadelphia ordered ordered an inmate, Francis Marziani, released last month after hearing him testify about prison conditions. Marziani claimed he had been gang-raped and beaten because he had refused.to allow his wife to smuggle drugs-into the prison. The next day another federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced a bank robber to nine years in prison, but ordered his immediate release if he was sent to Lewisburg. Minibike Accident On Private Property Two youths were slightly injured early Wednesday night in a minibike accident oh private property, it was reported today. ' Treated at DuBois Hospital were Mark Dobbins, 15, DuBois RD 2, and Robert Almire, 13, Vandergrift RD 2, a visitor in the area. Dobbins was treated for multiple abrasions of both hands, the right shoulder, and right leg. Almire was treated for multiple abrasions of both arms. Both were released after treatment. Details of the accident are unavailable.