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Dan River Work Farm Inmate Escapes From Training Center

Posted October 30, 2003

— An inmate has escaped from a satellite training center operated by the

Dan River Prison Work Farm.

Edward Navone, 31, was currently serving a four-year, two-month sentence for operating a vehicle without a license. He had been serving time for a felony larceny charge, but he has completed that sentence.

Authorities think he hitched a ride to Virginia, where he bought a bus ticket for Ohio.

Navone was discovered missing when a head count was done at the facility about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities believe Navone may have jumped a fence; they found a coat near the fence.

The State Department of Correction believes Navone got a ride out of state, possibly into Virginia, where he bought a bus ticket for Ohio. North Carolina and Ohio authorities are working together to locate him.

Inmates are bused to the training center from the work farm in Caswell County, near the county seat of Yanceyville. The training center's programs include light construction, microcomputer systems technology, electronics servicing and human resource development for 88 inmates.

The Dan River Prison Work Farm has an operating capacity of 640 felon and misdemeanor minimum-security adult male offenders. Inmate work assignments include 194 inmates for food service, maintenance, janitorial and other institutional jobs.


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